KIDS REVIEW The Snow Globe
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You’ve seen them in the souvenir shops, you may even have one. A tacky memento of your holiday encased in plastic. But to Beryl, these snow globes are very special. They are the only form of communication she has
with her globe-trotting granny.
Spending her retirement travelling the world, Granny keeps in touch through her lively postcards and more importantly, the snow globes she sends to Beryl from her every destination. Using an inventive and imaginative set, Giant Productions give us a glimpse of Granny’s escapades as she catches the tap shows on Broadway, watches the millennium firework celebrations in Sydney or shivers in the Moscow snow. And it's a highly visual and magical affair. Originating from talks with nursery school children, the company’s latest devised show was written and directed by Andrew Dawson. With a target audience of 3-7-year—olds, the narrative is kept to a minimum with original music, special effects and carefully choreographed dance steps in place to bring the story to life. And for the most part, it works extremely well. A great cast, in particular Amanda Donald as Granny, adds the final sparkle.
However, the long-drawn-out dance sequences (think Gene Kelly in An American In Paris) and too few crowd-pleasing slapstick moments, don't quite hold the audience for the duration of the show. (Helen Monaghan)
We welcome submissions for this section, but cannot guarantee inclusion. Please send details to our offices at least ten days before publication. Kids listings compiled by Helen Monaghan.
Activities And Fun
The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. Daily 10am—5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); accompanied children free. Fast becoming one of Glasgow‘s most popular attractions, the Clydebuilt sailing ship Glenlee offers a host of children‘s activities featuring Jock And [illsabetlz 's Adventures where you can raise the ship’s flag or ring the bell. Power boat river trips run daily in Jul and Aug and on Sat 8: Sun 16 Jul, a free bouncy castle will be on the quayside for children visiting the Tall Ship.
Art Cart Every Sun, 1 lam—1pm 6L; 2—4pm. Free. Gallery Of Modern Art, Queen Street, 229 1996. All ages. Gallery-based activities for families and children.
Cottle & Austen Circus Until Sun 9 Jul, £8—£20 (£6—£16). Queen’s Park Recreation Ground, Queen’s Drive, 07887 555181. Thrills and spills under the big top as artists, clowns. dancers and musicians descend on Glasgow. Superdays — Adventure Island
Ke vingrove Mon 17 Jul, 10.30am—3.30pm. Free. Art Gallery &
Museum, Kelvingrove, Argyle Street, 287 5527. Children’s play day in and around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery including guided tours, quizzes. and much more. Activities change every hour so there’s plenty to keep everyone happy. Museum Activities Tue 18—Fri 21 Jul, l0am—noon 8; l—3pm. £20 for four classes. Hunterian Museum, University Avenue. 330 422]. Ages 10—16. Creative photography and fun activities inspired by the collection.
Way Out West and The Music Of Life Fri 7 Jul, 7.15pm. £2. Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 332 9000. Scottish Opera’s summer school for 8—12year-olds culminates in a performance by the participants of Way Out lies! and The .‘llusic ()fl.ife.
Jazz Cats And Cool Dudes Sat 8 Jul,
10am—4.45pm. Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, 552 3552. Ages 8—10. Advance booking necessary. A jazz dance workshop with live music from Raymond Macdonald, George Ler and Stuart Brown. A public performance takes place
at 4pm. Part of Glasgow International
TumTumTinker Thu 6 Jul, 11am at 2pm. £2.50. (’ottier Theatre, 93—95 Hyndland Street, 357 3868. Ages 5—10. After a successful sell-out Fringe show last year, Mark Pencak returns as the 'l’um'l’um'l‘inker with his trademark mix
of fantastical stories. Using his magic needle and a whole host of puppets and props, he weaves wonderful tales from lands far and near.
The Snow Globe Sat 8 Jul, 11am & 1pm. Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, 887 1010. Ages 3—7. Giant Productions present this fun show in which a young girl’s grandma travels around the world sending snow globes from each destination. See review.
The Singing Kettle Homemade Band Show Sat 15 & Sun 16 Jul, £9 (£7). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Bring along your own piece of home-made percussion and join Cilla, Artie, Gary and Jane for their Homemade Band show. Make as much noise as you can with pots, pans and tins, and help the gang ﬁnd the kettles Bonzo has buried in the garden.
Harry Potter Day Sat 8 Jul, 9am. Free. Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. Free. Waterstone’s throw a party to celebrate the launch of the fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Bloomsbury £14.99), complete with real life magician, face painter and much
Harry Potter Breakfast Sat 8 Jul, 7.30am. Free. Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. It’s early doors at Borders and you’re chance to be one of the ﬁrst lucky owners of the JK Rowling’s latest Harry Potter saga. Readings, competitions and fun activities take place throughout the morning.
Workshops &. Courses
Children's Drama Workshop Until Sat 15 Jul. Every Sat at llam—noon (ages 5—7) & 2-4pm (ages 8—12). £3—£5 per workshop. Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 287 5511. Advance booking necessary. Please note that participants don’t have to attend every class. Weekly creative drama workshops led by Clare Hemphill. Impact Arts Summer Arts And Drama Camp Until Fri 11 Aug (not Sat & Sun). 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30—4.30pm. £50 (drama); £55 (arts & crafts); £60 (masterclasses). Strathclyde University, Jordanhill Campus, 76 Southbrac Drive. For further information and booking call Impact Arts on 341 0024. Ages 5—15. Advance booking necessary. Impact Arts offer week-long workshops to banish any summer holiday boredom. For the under 10s, there’s arts and crafts or drama and for the over 10s, masterclasses in drawing, painting and crafts.
Go Wild In The Summer Until Fri 18 Aug (not Sat & Sun). Times and prices vary. Various venues. For further information, contact your local Council- run library, sports centre or museum. Ages 5—17. Glasgow City Council’s Cultural and Leisure Services present an extensive programme of activities for the school holidays on a ‘Go Wild’ jungle theme. There’s arts and crafts, theatre, storytelling, museum visits, soccer camps, swimming lessons, come and try sports and family days.
Summer Workshops With Harvey Every Tue & Thu until Thu 20 Jul, 1—3pm. Free. Gallery of Modern Art, Queen Street, 229 1996. Ages 8+. Make an ‘alternative’ portrait using words to make up the image, with help from artist Harvey Jackson.
The World Of The Tiger Every Sat until Sat 12Aug, 2—4pm. Free. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art, 2 Castle Street, 553 2557. Ages 5+. Create tiger masks, paintings, and ﬁnger puppets and much more.
Make An Impression Every Wed & Thu until Thu 17Aug, 12.30—2pm. Free. Museum Of Transport, Kelvin Hall, 1 Burnhouse Road, 287 2720. Ages 8+. Advance booking necessary. Get your hands dirty at these rintmaking sessions. Summer Theatre Skills Workshop Mon 10—Fri 14 Jul, 9.30am—5pm. £55
(£35). Mitchell Theatre, 6 Granville Street, 287 551]. Ages 7—1 1. Advance booking necessary on 287 5522. Drama, art and music workshops on an environmental theme as participants work with professionals to develop creative ideas and skills.
Activities And Fun
Quickies For Kids Royal Museum Of Scotland, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Free entry to museum for visitors aged 18 and under. Ten-minute talks for children held every Sat at 2.15pm and every Sun at 3.15pm.
Dynamic Earth Explorers Sat 1 J ul—Sat 19 Aug. All Edinburgh libraries. Get reading this summer as Edinburgh Council launch Dynamic Earth Explorers. Go along to your local library and pick up a special Explorers Notebook. For every book you read, you’ll get a special sticker and if you manage to read the required eight books, you’ll get a special prize sponsored by the Post Ofﬁce, a certiﬁcate and free entry to a mega prize.
Summer Of Fun Every Mon & Tue until Tue 18 Jul, 3—7pm. Free. Fountainpark Leisure Complex, Fountainpark, Fountainbridge, Dundee Street, 228 9784. Fountainpark’s mall will be the scene of much summer fun as a resident DJ, juggler, trick cyclist, stilt-walker and a magician come to Edinburgh. Special events include the Elasto Run, a Rodeo Bull and a jousting challenge.
The Singing Kettle Homemade Band Show Fri 7—Sun 9 Jul, Fri—Sat 11am, 2pm & 6pm; Sun noon & 3pm. £9 (£7); family ticket £25. Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. See Glasgow. Bananas In Pyjamas Tue 18 Jul, 2.30pm. £5.50. Playhouse, 18—22 Greenside Place, 0870 6063424. Ages 2+. See photo caption.
The Snow Globe Thu 20 & Fri 21 Jul, 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way,
Musselburgh, 665 2240. Ages 3—7. See Glasgow and review.
Harry Potter Day Sat 8 Jul, 10am. Waterstone’s, 13—14 Princes Street, 556 3034. George Street, 225 3436; 128 Princes Street, 226 2666. More Potter pursuits with signed copies and Golden Tickets for the Hogwarts tour to be won. See Glasgow.
Harry Potter Day James Thin, George Street, 225 4495, 7am; The Gyle Shopping Centre, 35 Gyle Avenue, South Gyle Broadway, 539 7757, 8am; 53—59 South Bridge, 622 8222; 8am. It’s Potter crazy as James Thin prepares for the fourth instalment of Harry Potter.
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'.w .’ is! Summer Fun For Kids:- All tickets only £1.50! Tues 18th July The Tigger Movie (U) 71:00am
Wed 19th July Asterix & Obelix Take on
Ceasar (PG) 2:30pm Tues 25th July
Elmo in Grouchland (U)11:00am Wed 26th July
Jurassic Park (PG) 2:30pm
Tickets and further information from The Steeple Box office (Tel: 01324 506850)
or on the day from the hall
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