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The BFG

5 Dec 20144 stars

Andrew Panton's BFG lands with a whizzpop and a whizzbang

With many strings to his bow including international renown as a vocal coach and director, Andrew Panton’s behind-the-curtain career has recently found a natural outlet as director of large-scale seasonal shows on the Lyceum stage...

White

5 Dec 2014

Catherine Wheels' award winning show White is a hit with pre-school children and adults alike

For something so simple, it can be awfully hard to get right. Creating theatre for a pre-school audience is a fine balance of ‘suddenlys’ (moments where things change and recharge a child’s focus) and gentleness. Get it wrong, and you’ll have a room…

The Emperor's New Clothes

4 Dec 20143 stars

Òran Mór’s Christmas panto offers seething satire and utter unabashed filth

Day one of Òran Mór’s Christmas panto, and the room is stuffed full, almost to breaking point – such is the love for Dave Anderson, creator of this wee gem. With Anderson, giving good camp in char-lady drag, are his merry sidekicks, Frances Thorburn…

The Singing Kettle Big Christmas Party

4 Dec 2014

Kids theatre troupe ask 'what's inside the Singing Kettle?' one last time

If you grew up in Scotland during the past 30 years, chances are you’ll have no trouble completing the line ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal... ‘ But as of February 2015, the children’s theatre company who brought you that immortal line will be no more.

Stick Man

2 Dec 20144 stars

Julia Donaldson's creation comes to life just in time for Christmas

For most children, recreating the action-packed visuals in your average film, game or app is pretty impossible. But, should they be so inclined, emulating the cast of Stick Man back home in their bedroom after the show is eminently possible...

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Get Santa

2 Dec 20144 stars

Christopher Smith's festive film shows both a dark side and refreshing compassion

From the director of Severance and Triangle comes a heartwarming and very funny Christmas tale about a father who, after his release from a two-year prison sentence, has to learn the virtue of reliability...

Penguins of Madagascar

1 Dec 20143 stars

Knockabout spin-off featuring the voices of John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch

Over their three Madagascar features to date, DreamWorks Animation have successfully established a menagerie of comic characters. The franchise's penguins have already struck out with their own short film and TV show, and they now get their own movie...

Tales of home this winter with Homecoming Scotland 2014 events

27 Nov 2014

Featuring Station Stories by Sven Warner, Ae Spark o’ Nature’s Fire and The Home Straits

Pop-up theatre, fire sculptures, music and poetry are on offer during November and December as part of finale events celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. Taking place across the country in a variety of exiting and unusual place, check out these brand…

Paddington

24 Nov 20144 stars

The beloved bear is brought to the big screen by Paul King's charming adaptation

Ever since his creation in 1958 by author Michael Bond generations of children have grown up with Paddington Bear, so writer-director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Bunny and the Bull) faced no small task in bringing the hirsute hero to the big screen. By…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Scotland

21 Nov 2014

Including rinks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Perth

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink The Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink has become a Christmas tradition in the city, with the stunning location beneath the castle hard to beat for setting the Christmas tone. Separate kids and adults ice discos are…

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A guide to Christmas ice skating in Manchester

21 Nov 2014

Head to rinks in the city centre, Salford, Bolton and Tameside

Manchester Ice Rink This outdoor rink has a viewing terrace and onsite bar to keep everyone happy. There’s a big screen above the rink where Christmas films and music will be shown, as well as Christmas markets nearby. Spinning Fields, 10.30am–9pm…

Christmas 2014: Edinburgh's top theatre shows

17 Nov 2014

Featuring Aladdin, Scotch and Soda and Wicked

Aladdin Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are veterans of the pantomime game: they last performed Aladdin a decade ago, and they have become 'the dream team' for Edinburgh’s King's Theatre since 2010 when they teamed up for Jack and The…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

From the archive: April 1993 – Interview with Clangers creator Oliver Postgate

14 Nov 2014

'All this talk of Iron Chickens, Soup Dragons, cosmic truths ... ‘What are they on?’'

With a new series of the 70s cult classic children’s TV programme The Clangers narrated by Michael Palin due to air this coming spring, we look back on Tom Lappin's interview with creator Oliver Postgate in April 1993

Preview: children's theatre show Glimmer comes to Glasgow

11 Nov 2014

'A personal story to explore universal themes of family, companionship and sharing memories'

Christmas, as the glossy TV adverts will confirm, is all about how much stuff you can purchase, money you can spend and gifts you can receive. On the off-chance you’d rather buy into a different approach, Glas(s) Performance’s new show, Glimmer is…

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Stick Man to show as part of Edinburgh's Christmas 2014 celebrations

11 Nov 2014

Scamp Theatre have adapted Julia Donaldson's book for the stage in St Andrew Square

They may be the perfect bedtime companion, but Julia Donaldson’s picture books have also proved to be ripe for adaptation. While Tall Stories have taken on The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, Scamp Theatre have done an equally fine…

A guide to the best winter events 2014

11 Nov 2014

Including Glasgow Loves Christmas, Scotland Street Santa School and Glasgow Comic and Toy Fair

After an ever more successful return year on year, Edinburgh’s Christmas (various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 21 Nov–Sun 4 Jan) is now bigger than ever, with fairs, markets, ice rinks, and theatre shows focused on St Andrew Square and the surrounding area.

Five Reasons to go to Previously … Scotland's History Festival

6 Nov 2014

Enjoy gin, Frankie Boyle, flyting, historical food and the supernatural at this diverse festival

Think of the gin Edinburgh Gin Distillery will let you search through their finest wares while learning about the history of Mother's Ruin. No celebration is complete without a drink or three, not even a historical festival. Bonus: an afternoon at the…

A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Leeds and Bradford 2014

29 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays in the city centres, Wetherby, Bingley, Haworth, Keighley and Skipton

Celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang at one of the many fireworks evenings planned in and around Leeds and Bradford. In Leeds city there’s the free Bramley Park Fireworks Display (Sat 1 Nov) starting at 7.45pm or a display in East End Park (Wed 5 Nov…

A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Southampton and Portsmouth 2014

24 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays in the city centres, Beaulieu, Cosham and Gosport

South coasters, celebrate Guy Fawes night this year at one of the many events happening in the 'English Riviera'. In Southampton there’s a choice of displays at the Royal Victoria Country Park (Sat 8 Nov) or the Ageas Bowl (Fri 7 Nov). We’d probably…

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A guide to the bonfire night fireworks display events in and around Manchester 2014

23 Oct 2014

Including fireworks displays in the city centre, Tyldesley, Darwen and Stockport

Find your local fireworks display Search It’s nearly time to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to kill the King again. Manchester is well-prepared, with a host of bonfire and firework events line-up this year to help you celebrate with…

Historical storytelling for all ages with Andy Cannon's Tales of a Grandson

22 Oct 2014

Interactive performance exploring Scottish history with live music and dancers for the over-6s

There’s no shortage of vibrant stories, characters and places in Scottish history, but remembering who did what to whom, where and what fashions of the day they were wearing at the time, is a struggle for most of us. Happily, one of Scotland’s…

New theatre show The Voice Thief explores female voices for the over-9s

22 Oct 2014

Promenade performance at Summerhall takes audience on an adventure through eight rooms at the venue

Got a troublesome daughter? A wife or girlfriend who speaks her mind a little too freely? A sister who won’t shut up? Venture along to Summerhall this November, and for a small fee the annoying female in your life can be rendered speechless. It’s a…

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014

22 Oct 2014

Storytellers from across the world including Germany, Portugal and New Zealand to take part

’Storytelling is an art of performance and community with elements of improvisation and live audience interaction ‘off the page’,’ says Scottish International Storytelling Festival director Donald Smith, by way of explaining how different his event is…

The best kids events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play, The Voice Thief and Big Ears, Little Ears

Family Arts Day: The Big Draw Join the nationwide celebration of the pencil and get drawing at this event inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 17 Oct. Charlie And Lola’s Extremely New Play CBeebies…