Children's Classic Concerts Sun 28 Mar. 3pm. £8 (£4-£6.50); fainin ticket £22. Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. Ages 4—14. See Glasgow


National Children's Orchestra Of Scotland Thu I Apr. 7—8.30pm. £10 (£l-£5). Queens Hall. Clerk Street. ()67 7776. The 100-strong orchestra‘s anttual perfonnance. sponsored by Scottish Hydro-Electric.


The Prince Of Egypt (U) Sat 20 Mar. 2.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Btunton Theatre. Ladywell Way. Musselburglt. ()65 2240. See Film Index.

Fairytale: A True Story (U) Sat 20 & Sun 21 Mar. 3pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere. Royal Museum Of Scotland. Chambers Street. 247 4219. See Filitt Index.


Whybird's Lucky Number Fri 19—Sun 2| Mar. Fri 10.30am & 2pm; Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm. £o—£7.50 (£5-£().50); family ticket £23. King's Theatre. 2 Leven Street. 529 (>000. Ages 2—7. .loin Whybird. Poppy arid Peggy on their latest adventure into space.

The Chuckle Brothers Mon 29 Mar. 2pm & 5pm. £6.50—£7.50. PlayhOuse. 18—22 Greenside Place. 557 2590. The stars of TV‘s (,‘liueklerisinn are ‘In Trouble At Sea' iii this all new show.


An Exhibition Of Children's Art Until Tue 30 Mar. Mon—Thu 10am—8pm: Fri 10am-5pm: Sat 9am—1pm. Fine Art Library. George IV Bridge. 225 5584. An exhibition of children‘s artwork comprising pastels. paintings. mask puppets. wire sculptures and photographic documentation resulting front an workshops led by Jenny Smith for 5— I 2 year olds.


Activities And Fun

Easter Puppet Making Workshops Sat 27 Mar. 1 lam-3.30pm. £8. Biggar Puppet Theatre. Broughton Road. Biggar. 01899 220631. Ages 7—12. Let the professionals show you how to create your own puppets iii this fuii workshop. followed by a performance of Aladdin And His Wonderful [xii/1]) at 2pm.

Easter Activities Mon 29 Mar—Thu 1 Apr. Harbour Aits Centre. I 14—1 16 Harbour Street. Irvine. ()1294 274059. Times and prices vary. Ages 5—-12. Easter activities guaranteed to banish boredom. including glass design. fabric-painting. salt dough clay sculpture and drama.


Peter And The Wolf Fri 19 (k Sat 20 Mar. Fri 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm. £7 -£8; family ticket £20. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. ()1592 412929. Ages 7—13. Box Clever attd The Marlowe Theatre Company bring Prokofiev's well-loved musical story to life.

Magic Bob - Do You Want To Know A Secret? Mon 29 Mar. 10.30am-noon. £3. Rotltes Hall. Rotltes Square. Glenrotltes. 01592 ()1 1 101. Ages ()+. Top tips for your own magic tricks from Scotland‘s greatest expert.

Now That‘s What I Call Magic Bob . . . 13 Mon 29 Mar. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Rotltes Hall. Rothes Square. Glenroihes. 01592

()1 1101. Ages 3+. Following the workshop earlier in the day. enjoy Magic Bob‘s latest mind-boggling show.

The Singing Kettle Wed 31 Mar—Sat 3 Apr. Wed & Thu 1 Iain 8; 2pm: Fri 1 1am. 2pm & 7pm: Sat 1 latit. 2pm 8; 5.30pm. £8 (£7): family ticket £23. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkcaldy. 01592 412929. Come dressed as your favourite animal and join the Kettlers' sing-along fun at the farm.

The Chuckle Brothers Sun 28 Mar. 2pm & 5pm. £6.50—£7.50. Whitehall Theatre. Bellfield Street. Dundee. 01382 434940. See Edinburgh Theatre.


Folding Theatre Puppet Company are just one of the participants in this year's festival

The Puppet Animation Festival

Mon 22 Mar—Sat 17 Apr.

From its relatively humble beginning as a week-long festival at the Netherbow Arts Centre, The Puppet Animation Festival, now in its sixteenth year, has gone on to encompass venues across central and southern Scotland, providing over 150 performances by sixteen companies.

Largely due to a 75% increase in funding from the Scottish Arts Council, the festival can now expand and reach areas which would not normally take part. Festival Director Simon Hart feels that the SAC are now recognising the importance of puppetry in encouraging youngsters into the theatre.

’The provision for children is increasingly important, with Scottish companies performing to thousands of children throughout the year,’ says Hart. ‘Puppetry is popular as it is cost effective and easy for young people to

relate to.’

So for the next month, the country's puppet fraternity will be performing in theatres, village halls and community centres throughout the Central Belt and beyond, bringing traditional puppetry and new, innovative performances to an ever increasing audience. Highlights include DNA’s adaptation of Eric Carle‘s popular story ’The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and Mimika's ’Landscapes', a journey through some of the world’s most colourful creations. There’s also a newly extended programme of animation, with the lions share being shown in Glasgow for the first time.

If your experience of puppetry is Punch and Judy and a sandy bum down by the beach, it's time to think again. (Helen Monaghan)


Mon 22 Mar—Sat / 7A,»;

Various Venues.

Puppet performances and workshops are listed below. Tickets can be purchased from the relevant venue. For a copy of the festival brochure contact the Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. Edinburgh. 0131 556 9579. Shows listed run until the end ofthis issue (Thu 1 Apr). Further listings will be published in our next issue out on Thu 1 Apr.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Ages 3+. Meet the caterpillar who just can’t stop eating itt Dynamic New Aniination‘s delightful adaptation of Iiric Carle's much loved classic.

Hunt/en l’urk (‘e/itre. Livingston. 0/500 433034. Wed 24 & Tltu 25 Mar. 10.30am & 2.30pm. £4 (£2.50); fatnin ticket £12 (£7.50).

t'l'litt'lx’n/iert xil'IS ('entre. l.’ (If Stirling. Stirling. ()/78() 40/08/. Fri 2(i—Sttn 28 Mar. Fri A; Sat Ilant & 2pm: Sun 11am. £2.50.

Sir ./()/ll1 ll’i/vnn 'Iinvn Hull. Stirling Street. iliI't/rit'. 0/098 2075/5. Mon 2‘) Mar. 10.30am. £3.50 (£2.50): family ticket £10.

Bells/till ('u/turul ('eulre. .lulin Street. Bells/till. 0/098 2075/5. Mon 2‘) Mar. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50); family ticket £10. (ii/nun’e/ti/l Centre. 9 (7ItivertitvAvenue. (iluxgun; 0/4/ 287 55//. Tue 30 Mar. llaitt. £3.50 (£2.50).

('(irnegie Leisure ('entre. I’i/ntuir Street. Dun/ei'inline. 0/5‘85’ .t‘l4200. Wed 31 Mar. 10am. £3 (adults attend free). Rut/luv Hull. Rut/iex Square. (i/enruI/u'x. 0/592 0/l/0/. Wed 3| Mar. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50).

Nether/ion“ :lrtv (’eiilre. 43-45 Hie/I Street. Iz't/iiiliure/i. 0/3/ 550 9579/2047. Thu 1 Apr. 11am & 2pm. £3.50 (£2.75). Sea Stories Ages 5+. (‘eltic legends. Grimms fairy tales aitd folk stories come to life through the objects a beachcomber finds on the shore iti Clydebtiilt Puppet Theatre‘s new show. iiiti‘tt Hit/l. HIM/1571114, tl/(tv/m/e. ()/05.5 882/08. Sat 27 Mar. 1.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50).

The Little Red Hen Ages 3+. Sliona Reppe brings this traditional Scottish tale to life using shopping baskets arid colourful glove puppets.

[first Kil/irit/e /il'f.\' Centre, ()lt/ ('mu'li Rtnttl. [East Kilbride. 0/355 20/000. Sal 27 Mar. 2.30pm. £3 (£1.50).

Dir/ge/v Bur Spur/x ck Leisure (ell/re. Htir/nnir Drive. [)ulgetv Bur. I-‘i/e. 0/383 822333. Mon 29 Mar. 1 1am. £3 (adults attettd free).

Bllt'k/lttl't’ll ('mnniunitv ('eiitre. Kinnetir Street. [iltt'k/uli'ett. Fife. 0/592 4/453}. Mon 29 Mar. 2.30pm. £1.

The Three Little Pigs Ages 3+. The tale of the three little pigs who try to outwit the nasty wolf iii Kenspecke Puppets’ sell-out I998 Fringe show. (inryie/Dit/rv (‘nnununilv xlsvmiutiun. 22 Mite/.em/Street, (inrgie. lit/in/nirg/i. 0/3/ 3373252. Mon 29 Mar. 10.30am. £2.50.

l’ut/t/teui/ l’uvi/iiin, ('u/lu/u/er l’urk. I’utlt/tetul. 0/3/ 003 3445. Tue 30 Mar. 10.15am. £2.50 (£1.50); family ticket £5. Loan/tend Leisure Centre. George Avenue. [min/retitl, 0/3/ 440 45/0. Tue 30 Mar. 2.15pm. £2.50 (£1.50): family ucket£5.

The Boy Who Flew Too High Ages 4+. Daedalus is the greatest inventor iii the world but his son Icarus needs as much love and attention as his father's inventions. Folding Theatre Puppet Company's comic adaptation of the classic Greek legend.

(Ii/nuire/iill Centre, 9 (,f/iit‘ersitv Avenue. (i/(isgun; 0/4/ 287 55//. Wed 31 Mar. llatn. £3.50 (£2.50).

Peter The Pirate Boy Ages 3—8. A lonely little pirate boy has to be brave iii the face of danger as he saves the creatures of his island iii this new show froin Kenspeckle Puppets.

King '.v I’urk I’ui‘i/iiin, King '.v I’ti/‘k. Dulkeit/t. 0/3/ 005’ 3445. Wed 31 Mai: 10.15am. £2.50 (£1.50); fantin ticket £5. Rim/ill l’tti‘i/iiilt, l’eitt/(Ilul New Place. Ros/in. 0/3/ 440 45/0/440 0293’. \‘v’etl 31 Mar. 2.15pm. £2.50 (£1.50): family ticket £5.

Big Aggie's Pearls Ages 3+8. Sylvia Troon's Kenspeckle Puppets present this humorous Scottislt fairy tale about Aggie the Giatttess who will only release Catriona frotn her clutches once .Iamic has fetched her a string of pearls frottt

(lie bottom of the sea.

lxlt/Hrmn/ Leisure (fen/re, /4i( litrrtiiv ('(iurt. /’eui('ui/.. 0/908 0784.73. Tltti 1 Apr. 10.15am. £2.50 (£1.50): family dckel£5.

Dir/keit/t ('mn/nunitv ('entre. (i lliim/liurn RUt/t/. Utt/At'it/I, (1/5/ 005 3445. Tth l Apt. 2.15pm. £2.50 (£1.50): family ticket £5. Puss 1n BOOtS Ages 7+. Puppets. original music and audience participation combine iii Ian 'I'urbitt's adaptation of this popular children's story. (Jamie/lhi/rv ('uinniunitv .vl vviu'iiuinn. 22 .l/tlt'l.('tn/ Street. (iiireie. lat/in/iuru/I. 0/3/ 35’ 5252. Thu 1 Apr. 10.30am. £2.50.

Landscapes Ages 5+. \liittika ’l'licati'c‘s visually exciting puppetry is performed within a canvas (Ionic. Using special effects. transformation and puppets. we are taken on a journey to witness the sights attd smells of tltc natural world.

(Ii/nuire/ti/l Centre. 9 I ‘iui‘erxitv :ll't‘llltt'. (i/(txt'titi‘. 0/4/ 28755//. Thu 1 :‘xpt'. Ilaitt. lptti 8 3pm. £3.50 (£2.50).

Animation Performances & Workshops

Ant2(1’(}t Sun 21 Mar. 2.30pm. £1.50. Mackoltcrl .»\i'ts (‘entrc. University ()1. Stirling. Stirling. (11780 4o1081. Sec Film Index.

The Prince Of Egypt (1') Sun 28 Mar. 2.30pm. £1.50. .‘ylacRoItct't :\1'1s(‘c‘1111‘c. University ()1 Stirling. Stirling. (11780 401081. See Film Index.

James And The Giant Peach (1’) Tue 30 Mar. 2.30piti. £2.50 (£1.50). (iilittorchill Centre. 9 l'ntvcrsity Avenue. (ilasgow. 11141 2S7 5511. See Iiilni Index.

How Do They Do That? Wed 31 Mar. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50) (iilittorehill (‘cntie 9 I'nixcrstty Avenue. (ilasgow. ()l4l 287 55 I I. Ages 8+. l-‘ollow'ittg screenings of new short films by young British aiiititators. Sliiotia \\'oo(l leads a lively discussion on various techniques. including drawn. cut-out. model and computer animation.

Tintin 8: The Mystery 0f Shark Lake t|’(i)Tliu 1 .'\1)1‘.2.5ll1‘11‘i.£2.5l)(£l.5lll. (iilnioreltill (‘cntrc. 9 l'nivcisity .-\\cnuc. (ilasgow.(11412875511 Sec l‘ilin lndcx.

The Happy Gang's Castle Of Adventure Thu | Apr. llattt a 2.30pm. £3. Village Theatre. Maxwell Drive. Iiast Kilbride. (113552 48669. Join the Happy Gang as they look after Prolcssot' Nincotnpoop's castle iii this fun show for 2-—9 year olds.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet 'I‘heatre. Broughton Road.


01899 220031. £4.90 adults: £3.90 children (reductions for patties of over ten 1. Shows on offer over the coming fortnight areas follows:

Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp Thu 18. 7pm; Sun 21. 2pm; Wed 24. 2pm; Sat 27. 2pm and Tue 30 Mar. 2pm. Aladdin gets a puppet makeover in Purves Pttppets' unique adaptation.

Pips And Panda And The Magic Egg Sat 20. 2pm; Tue 23 .v Wed 24. 10.30a1n1'1‘1tu 25. Illatti;Sun2.\’.51(111298 Wed 31

Mar. 21‘111.x\|ll;tglc‘t‘gg causes no end of trouhlc iit Pips atid Panda's latest adventure.

Sinbad The Sailor Tliu I Apt. 2[)111.Tl1t‘ magical story of Sittltad Tltc Sailor performed in UV light.

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