Fairytale: A True StorytPG) Sat 23 Nov. 10.30am. £2.25. Cilasgow l‘ilm Theatre. 12 Rose Street. 332 8128. See Film Index.

Human Body (PU); Everest (1’): Dolphins ([7); Into the Deep (1‘). Cyberworld (PG) and Santa v the Snowman (cert the). check Film listings for showing times. £5 (£3.50). IMAX Theatre. (ilasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5000.


TES Scotland Schools’ Gala Concert Thu 14 Nov. 7-—‘).30pm. £5 (£1-£3). City Hall. Candleriggs. 353 8000. A showcase of the best of Scottish schools‘ tntisie celebrating the talent and diversity of our musical youth.

Theatre & Dance

Clowning Around Sat lo Nov. 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre Centre. 8— 10 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 33‘) 0185. Fun. gatnes. laughter. music. magic and audience participation with Mr Giggles the Clown.

Jack and the Beanstalk and Billy Goats Gruff Sat 23 .\'ov. 2pm. £4 (£3). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre. 8--l0 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 33‘) 0185. Clydebuilt Puppets’ innovative storytelling using cloth puppets. baskets and boxes. bedding and washing.

Activities and Fun

Capital Christmas Thu 28 Nov—Tue 24 Dec. Princes Street (iardens. 52‘) 4310. Capital Christmas opens with the annual switch-on followed by the (irand Fantastical Christmas Parade. But that's not all. there's the traditional German street market. the big wheel and the Winter Wonderland. Britain‘s largest open air ice rink.

Theatre & Dance

Class Act L'ntil Thu 14 Nov. 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Traverse Theatre. Catnbridge Street. 228 1404. Ages l3-plus. Professional actors bring to life short plays written by lidinburgh's young talent who have developed ideas with the help of acclaimed Scottish playwrights including Douglas Maxwell. Christopher Deans and Linda McLean.

Rapunzel Sat l0 Nov. 2pm. £3: family ticket £10. North lidinburgh Arts Centre. 15a Pennywell Court. 315 2151. Ages 5—‘). When a beautiful. young maiden is imprisoned in a high tower. a handsome prince embarks on a quest to save her. Edinburgh Puppet Lab (formerly Edinburgh Puppet Company) brings this classic fairytale to life using exuberant storytelling. beautiful masks and colourful puppetry.

Monsters in my Wardrobe Sat 23 Nov. 2pm. £3; family ticket £10. North lidinburgh Arts Centre. 15a Petmywell Court. 315 2151. Ages 5 12. A young boy is terrified of things that go bump in the night. and especially his looming wardrobe. To confront his fear. he enters the wardrobe and embarks on a magical journey in this acclaimed production from Bluehoat Puppet Company.


My Queen Elizabeth L'ntil Stilt 1‘) Ian. National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street. 024 0200. An exhibition highlighting the 50 Blue Peter prize- winning entries in its (iolden Jubilee portrait competition for children aged 15 and under.


Sunday Stories Sun 24 Nov. 2-~~3pm. Free. National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street. 024 0200. Ages 5-p1us.


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Lights, camera, action! The Nordic Children’s Film Festival is underway

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Northern lights are currently illuminating cinema screens across Scotland in a new initiative between the Nordic Council and Dundee Contemporary Arts. The Nordic Children’s Film Festival is part of a wider aim by Network North to build bridges between the UK and Scandinavia, which has included the N55 art project Shop covered earlier this month by The List. Scotland’s co-ordinator Mairi Thomas, cinema development officer at DCA says she is ‘passionate’ about children’s films and feels that Scandinavian countries have got the right attitude. ‘Scandinavian countries have a different funding structure and a different culture,’ she says. ‘The government money that’s available for children’s film production is on average a stipulated 25% of the state budget.’ This commitment to children’s film making is widely recognised. ‘Their films are typically the ones that walk away with the prizes at all the children’s film festival awards around the world’, says Thomas. You will be able to see some of these award winners at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse and Stirling’s MacRobert (DCA’s showings were earlier in the month), including Scars which scooped the children’s and adult jury prizes at this year’s Berlin Kinderfilmfest. Thomas describes the drama of a 13-year-old boy coming to terms with difficult family secrets as ‘soulful’. For younger ones highlights include Circleen, Mice and Romance and

Fairy Tales for Wee Ones.

I Filmhouse: Tsats/kr, Mum and the Policeman. Sat 16 Nov; Scars. Sat 23 Nov. MacRohert: F.'i//'vta/es for Wee Ones. Tue 26 Nov; Mirac/e. Wed 27 Nov: Benjamin Dove. Thu 28 Nov: Scars. Fr) 29 / ev; C/rc/een. Mice and Romance 8. Star Sisters. Sat 30 Nov; Prep and Berta. Urpe Turpos Treasure Hunt (pictured) <2 My Sisters K/C/S. Sun 7 Dec. For ful/ details see the Fl/lll Index.

An afternoon of tales in the atmospheric Portrait (iallery where paintings are used as springboards into the imagination. Glasgow-born Michael Kerrins leads this month's session of painting with words.

Outside the Cities

Activities And Fun

Christmas Lights Switch-On Sat 10 Nov. 10.30am. l‘t‘ee. Town Centre. Paisley. 842 5421. Real-life reindeer pull Santa through the streets of Paisley. accompanied by live music and local radio roadshows before the lights' switch-on at 4.30pm.

New Lanark Christmas Experience Sat 10 Nov Sttn 5 Jan.

1 1am—5pm. £0.‘)5. New l.anark Visitor Centre. New 1.anark Mills. New Lanark. 01555 001345. Recaplure the magic of Christmas at New Lanark's grotto. the Spirit of Christmas ride and panto fun for all the family.

Little Feet Still 17 & 24 Nov. 1 3pm. £1. McManus (ialleries. Albert Square. Dundee. ()1382 432084. Weekly activities on the theme of feet for the family. Things could get messy and parents tnust be prepared to put their best foot forward.

Laced Up Sat 23 Nov. 1 5pm. L‘l. McMantIs (ialleries. Albert Square. Dundee. ()1382 432084. Ages .’ l2.

Weave a collage frotn odd coloured laces and other shoe parts.

Projections and Posters Sat 23 Nov. 1.30 3.30pm. £2. Dundee Contemporary Arts. 152 Nethergate. Dundee. ()1382 ‘)()‘)‘)00. Ages 7 12. Make your own overhead projection with collage and words on slides.

Theatre & Dance

Loulou’s Friends t'mil Sat to Nov, Tue Thu 10.30am & 1.30pm; l‘ri 10.30am & 7pm: Sat 1 lam & 2pm. £3. MacRobert. l'niversity of Stirling. Stirling. 01780-100000. Ages 4-pltls. Teatro (lioea Vita present three stories for children about animals looking for friends by leading French author (iregoire Solotareff. See review. Rapunzel Sun 17 Nov. 3pm. £3.50 (£2.50); famin ticket £10. Adam Smith 'l'heatre. Bennochy Road. Kirkealdy. 015‘)2 412‘)2‘). Ages 5 ‘). See lidinburgh.

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£1 £1.50. Dundee Rep. Tay Square. Dundee. (11.332 22.3530. Nlc‘tillk‘t's ()1~ lltL‘ Dundee Rep company tell tales old and new to kids aged 5 8.

A Christmas Carol Thu 28 Nov l-‘ri 20 Dec. 10am & 2pm. £8 (£4 £5). MacRobert. l'niversily of Stirling. Stirling. 01780 400000. Ages 5—pltls. The spirit of Christmas is recreated in this timeless family tale.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet 'l‘heatt'e. Broughton Road. 0180‘) 220031. £5 (£4); fatnin tickets £23 6’; £30. Book in advance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties of live or more. Shows on offer over the next two weeks

Aladdin Sat 10 Nov. 2pm & Tue 20 Nov. 12.45pm. Ages 7-pltts. Discover the adventures of a young boy when he rubs a lamp.

Pips and Panda Meet the Three Bears Sun 24 Nov. 2pm 8; Mon 25 Nm. 10.30am. Ages 3 7. Pips and Panda lind themselves meeting with the three bears. Along the way. Panda finds himself lly ing through the air while tangling with a kite. Pips and Panda at the North Pole Thu 28 Nov. 10.15am. 12.45am ck 0.45pm. Ages 3 7. Pips and Panda find one of Santa's toy sacks and hear noises coming from inside. Meet their new friends in this Christmas puppet show.


The Gruffalo and Friends Sun l7 Nov. llatn. MacRobert. l'niversity of Stirling. Stirling. 01780 400000. The author of the hit children's story book acts out her tales with the help of Malcolm. Come dressed as your favourite character frotn 'I'ltc (ir'trtlétlu. .llunkev l’u.";'/¢'. Room on the Brown or The Smartest 'lirur in 'Iinrn and get your books signed.

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