Activities And Fun

Pottery Decorating For Christmas Thu l6—Sat 18 Nov, Mon 20—Sat 25 Nov tfi Mon 27—Thu 30 Nov, 10am*(>pm. £5 and from £5 for pottery items to decorate. Bridgewater Pottery Cafe. 2821 Dundas Street. 556 9781. Create a seasonal masterpiece using pottery pieces and limma Bridgewater‘s range of decorating sponges.

Festive Workshops Sat I8 Nov & Sat 25 Nov, 10.30am—l2.30pm for ages 8—-l l; 2~-lpm for ages l0—l4. £45 for 5 workshops. Old St Paul's Church. (>3 Jeffrey Street, 554 1‘)‘)‘). Advance booking required. Make your own Christmas cards from scratch using materials such as clay. paper mache and paint.

Fotofun Sat 25 Nov, I lam—1pm for ages 8—11, 2~4pm for ages 12—15. £10 (£6). Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, (>22 (>200. Advance booking required. Learn the basic techniques behind traditional photographic processes. Create your own images and use them to make unique Christmas cards with an extra

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T e Ancient Egyptians Workshop Sat 25 Nov. 2—4pm. £5. The Meeting Ilouse. 7 Victoria Terrace, 467 5585. Advance booking necessary. Ages 87-411. ngptian Roots invite children to learn more about Ancient ligypt through a series of activities including myth telling. art and hieroglyphics.


Shergar (PG) Sat Nov 18, 2.30pm and Thomas And The Magic Railroad (U) Sat 25 Nov, 2.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). The Lumiere, Royal Museum. Chambers Street. 247 421‘). See Film Index.


Ronan Keating Sun 1‘) Nov. 7.30pm. £20. Playhouse. 18—22 Greenside Place. 0870606 3424. He's still only 23. but the Irish charmer has had more number one's than new hairdos. Going it alone, the Boyzone heart-throb plays songs from his debut solo album.

Theatre & Dance

Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Mon 27 Nov—Sat 2 Dec. 7.30pm; Tue, Wed, Thu c& Sat 2pm & 7.30pm; Fri 5pm & 8pm. £6.50—£1‘) (£4.50—£l6). Festival Theatre, 13—2‘) Nicolson Street. 52‘) (>000. The popular I.loyd-\\'ebber,'Rice biblical opus is back tn town.

Aladdin Tue 28 Nov—Sat 6 Jan, 2.30pm. £(>.50—£ 10.50 (£3.75): family ticket £32. Brunton Theatre. Ladywell Way. Musselburgh, 665 2240. With a host of original songs. audience participation and outrageous characters. Brunton Theatre brings the classic tale ofAladdin to life. It's Christmas With The Happy Gang Thu 30 Nov, 6.30pm. £5; four tickets for £18. Queen‘s Ilall, Clerk Street, 668 201‘). See photo caption.


1 Saw A Ship A Sailing Until Mon 20 Nov. Free. Newhaven Ileritage Museum, Newhaven Harbour, 551 4165. Artworks on a maritime theme produced by children of the Creative Kids Club. Snowballs And Runny Noses Until Sat i 27 Jan. Free. Museum Of Childhood, 42 Iliin Street. 52‘) 4142. This exhibition recreates a child's view of Christmas, complete with woolly jumpers, frozen toes and Christmas stockings.

The Big Draw Mon 27 Nov. 10am—5pm. Free. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of lidinburgh. South Bridge. (>50 221 1. A special drawing day in the gallery for first to sixth year school children. Using a variety of materials, participants will look at ideas about space brought out in i the current exhibition. Made Space.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID Thu 23--Sat 23 Dec. £7.50 (£5.50); amily ticket £22. Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. Cumbernauld Theatre Company's Christmas show tells the tale of a little mermaid searching

, for love, happiness and a human soul. Written and directed by Simon Sharkey,

the story owes as much to Disney as it does to the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. The enchanting production is brought to life with a host of colourful characters including Cameron the Crab, Thunder the seahorse, Olivia the octo- pus and of course The Little Mermaid herself.

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Activities And Fun

Children's Workshops Until Tue 21 Nov, Cowane Centre, Cowane Street, Stirling. 01786 4431 13. For ages 6+. Drama. animation. painting and pottery are just some of the workshops on offer during the autumn term in Stirling. Tracks And Signs Sun 26 Nov. 2pm. £1 (50p). Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. by Broxburn, Livingston, 01506 882254. Track down wild animals with the help ofa few clues along the

Animal Magic Sun 26 Nov, 2—3pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, ()1355 236644. Take a closer look at the animals of the petting zoo including guinea pigs, bunny rabbits and some rather unusual creatures.


Stuart Little (U) Sun 1‘) Nov, 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 461081. See Film Index.

Theatre & Dance

The Singing Kettle Pirates At Christmas Thu l6—Sun 1‘) Nov, Thu 1pm; Fri 10am 6'; 5.30pm; Sat 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm; Sun noon & 3pm. £9 (£7—£8); family ticket £28. Rothes Ilalls, Rothes Square. Glenrothes, 015‘)2 611101. See photo caption.

Aladdin Tue 2l—Sat 25 Nov, 7pm; Sat 2pm 8; 7pm. £5—£7. Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, 01383 314127. A magical pantomime for all the family brought to you by one of Scotland‘s leading children's theatre companies, Forefront.

The Little Mermaid Thu 23—Sat 25

Nov, Mon 27--Thu 30 Nov, 10am & 1pm: 23rd Not, 1pm; 25th Nov, 7pm. £7.50 (£5.50): family tlcket £22.

Cumbernauld Theatre. Kildrum, Cumbernauld, 01236 732887. See photo caption.

It's Christmas With The Happy Gang Tue 28 Nov, 10.30am. £4—£5.50; £20 saver ticket. Albert IIalIs, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, 01786 473544. See photo caption.

Jack And The Beanstalk Wed 2‘) Nov, 7pm: Thu 30 Nov, 10am & 1.30pm. £5.75—£‘). Palace Theatre, ‘) Green Street, Kilmarnock, 01563 523590. A magical Christmas show filled with music and laughs, starring High Road's Lesley Fitz-Simons and Karen Logan of Bucks Fizz.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre, Broughton Road, 0189‘) 220631. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 8; £36. Book in advance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties of five or more. Shows on offer over the next two weeks are:

Peter Pan Sat 18 Nov, 2pm & Tue 28 , Nov, 7pm. Join in the adventures in ; Never Never Land with the flying Peter

Pan and Wendy. John and little Michael. and not forgetting the baddie pirates, led bv the villainous Captain Hook.

Pips And Panda's New Christmas Show! Sat 25 Nov. 2pm. When Pips and Panda find one of Santa‘s toy sacks they are surprised by the noises coming from inside. Join Pips and Panda as they make new friends and sing new songs.


Touchy, Feely, Squashy! Until Sun 10 Dec. Free. Low Parks. 12‘) Muir Street, Hamilton. 01698 328232. An interactive exhibition of soft. large-scale sculptures by Jan Niedojadlo. Created from recycled materials, you can look, smell, touch and even crawl inside some of the exhibits.