Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Tue 28 & Wed 29 Oct & Gilmorehill12, Glasgow. Thu 30 Oct .0.

Shona Reppe is one of the most captivating performers on the children's stage. Her huge, sparkling eyes twinkle out into theatres and create instant rapport with the audience. She’s almost other-worldy, like a sprite creating magic with her hand-made puppets and intricate sets.

And so her latest show, Spend a Penny, is eagerly anticipated by big and little fans alike. The first impression is good. Standing all in brown with a blue knitted pinny, Reppe introduces a lovely-looking squishy rabbit, Puffy. She tells us, she was supposed to be babysitting him but double-booked with the show. Puffy has to ‘spend a penny’ in the toilet sense, but the pun is rather lost on the younger crowd. Puffy then discovers a meter in which he realises if he spends an actual penny. magic things start happening. Reppe has painstakingly created a set that features tiny chests. drawers and cupboards that open from all angles and from which an array of treats emerge. Within this space two main puppets, Herring the boy and Purl the girl, spend their pennies finding horns, coloured wool hair and music, dancing and playing. A sense of sunny, pastoral dreaminess reigns with sounds of twittering birdsong and bright, warm lighting.

lt‘s charming and lovely and often witty, but the dreaminess is sometimes a bit too vague. Unlike her hit show, Cinderella, in which a familiar plot could be played with, Spend a Penny, takes on quite abstract spaces. Objects and sounds appearing and disappearing sustain the piece but not always the momentum. For all the enchantment and fun there is unfortunately too little pull from the characters or plot to engage completely. It’s all there in style but a little re-working of story would bring the twinkles in Shona Reppe’s eyes out in her audience's. And we really want them there ‘cos we know she can do it, oh beautiful fairy puppet- making queen. (Ruth Hedges)

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Egyptian Bead Craft Workshops

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Tile Decorating in I" ()el.

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Pottery Workshops Sat Ix ()et. Sat 35 (let. noon (ipm, £5. l'neuorkx Studio. i5a lthltUthtC Street. .55: 5-55 .'\:_'L'\ 4* Pull” l‘utx or ha\ e a :J‘ on the putteik u heel in thexe \xeekl) \\tll'k\lltlp\ lor ehildren. Saturday Art Club Sat t.\ ()et. Sat 25 ()et. llam lpm l‘i‘ee. (iallei') ol \lodern ,-\rt. Queen Street. 33‘) two. New \xeekl) art eluh. led h} pl'tllt'\\l0ll.'ll art edueatoi'x \homng )ou hon to enio} and de\ elop di‘a“ mg. eollage and \eulpture making. .'\:_'L'\ 5 ill.

ActiVItieS And Fun

Centro Espanol Lorca - La Feria Latina Sat 35 (let. lllattt noon liee

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Oscar Wilde said: ‘All art is quite useless.‘ On seeing an exhibition of children’s art, Picasso said: ‘When I was their age. I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.‘ However useless or whatever your age and talents, it's time to give it a go and set the creative juices flowing. The nationwide campaign. The Big Draw, to get people scribbling, returns with an array of colourful activities. Here is a comprehensive guide for those on in your area

The Big Draw t'niil Wed 22 (M. .\lon 'I’hu & Sat lilam (\pllll Stiii llam 5pm. £3.50 «£1.75; l'annl} tieket £8). ('l)dehuilt Seollixh Maritime .\lt|\L'lllll. Braehead Shopping ('enti'e. Kings lneh Road. 88o till .i. (iet )our pen\ and peneilx otit as part ol the nationmde initiatixe to eneourage than mg and ereate all \til'l\ ol' maritime ohieets and artel'aetx. Saturday ha\ e a \peeial pirate theme “line on Sunday there's alxo singing and \lor}te|ling. Drawing Sessions l‘iiiil Sun It) ()et. l lam 5pm. l‘ree. (ialler) ol Modern :\l'l. Queen Slt't‘el. 33‘) lmlli. Artistx \till he on hand throughout the da} to help )iiti ereate llltt\lt‘l‘\\t)l'k\ and Inn e some tun ax part ol Big Draw

Drawing Workshop t'niil 'l‘hu lo ()et. llani noon. l‘i‘ee. Hurrell (‘olleelioiL JUN) l’ollokxhaux Road. 337 3.5.5”. :\}_'e\ 9 l2. (it'l L‘l‘ettliu‘ ill lll\pll'illltllltti \urrotindingx \\ ith help l'rom pl'tllt'\\ltilltll tll'll\l\. Booking t‘\\t‘lili;tl.

Young Illustrators Club t'niil l‘i‘i l7 ()et. llani lpm. .\lel.e||an (iallerie\. 37H Sauehiehall Street. 505 4 Hill. ('reatn e \\ riting and dramng L‘l;l\\L'\ lot 3- I .‘»'\eaI'-o|d\ to prodttee tour oun eomie. Hooking essential. Big Draw - Drop in Activity Sat IS‘ ()et. llani lpm «k 2 4pm. l'it'L‘C. Burrell (.UllL'L'llUll. lehl) l’tllltik\lltl\\\ Road. 337 3550. All

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The Big Draw Sal Is ()et. .\lel.e||an (iallet'ie\. 37H Sauehiehall Street. 5(i5 Jillll. Drawing aeti\itie\ l'or all age\ as part ol' the natioim ide ltto\ ement to get ex er_xone drawing. Painting Glasgow’s Skyline Sat IS ()et. noon 4pm. l‘ree. People‘s l’alaee & Winter (iarden. (ilaxgim (ireen. .554 “22.5. ('reate a collage til (ilaxgou \ \k}line h} painting on )our l‘mourite huilding. Drop-in aeti\it_\ l‘or all ages.

Illustration Workshop Sun I() ()et. l l.3(lam l.3tlpm. l‘ree. ()\lttlll Bookxhop. 330 By‘ex Road. 333

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The Big Draw Famin Workshop Sal Ix (it-i: t \opm l'i'ee. l-rintmaiket (Ballet). ~15 .\laiket Street. 335 3‘3; l'un \\ttlk\lltill led h} (‘haihe llaeketl that eneouiagex eieatnit) \\llll a \ai'iet} ol lllttlt'lldlx. Booking t'\\t‘llll;ll.

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Kids Art Days Wed 23 ’I hit 2*(let. llam lpm t\ 2 .lpm. l'lt‘t‘. 'l'alhot Riee (ialler). l'nnerxit} ol lalinhuigli. South Bridge. 050 33 ill. l‘l'anee\ \Valkel leadx lhl\ \Hit‘k\liop \xllh llte theme til l’;t\\lllj._' l\l;tlttl\ \theie )ou ean rerereate tour laxourne landxeape \xith Illillt'l'ldiS prouded. Jll\l hi'mg man image to get _\ou started. Agex 3+. Hooking L‘\\L'llll;ll, Unchartered Territories Sun In (let. | inn. l-i'ee National (ialler) ol Modern All 75 Behold Road. 03-1 (illlll, Drop-in .‘lL'll\lllL‘\ loi all the lamil} “till the ttl'll\l\ and lltttlL‘l'lill\ }ou need to \eek out neu tll‘ll\llt' Iandx.

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