WITH the Easter holidays just days away, there’s plenty happening at Fife’s theatre venues to keep the little ones entertained.
There’s everything from theatre and puppetry to drama workshops, storytelling and even a live science show - something for all ages.
Among their holiday events, On at Fife is hosting the Puppet Animation Festival with shows across its four venues from Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 13.
As well as well known stories, such as ‘Thumbelina’ and ‘Peter and the Wolf’, some of the visiting theatre companies will present new and untold tales.
Age ranges for each performance also vary from those aged two to 10 to adults who are still young at heart.
Highlights include The Puppet Lab which returns to both Adam Smith Theatre and Lochgelly Centre with ‘Funnybones’.
Meet three skeletons - Big, Little and Dog - as they go adventuring to find fun, fright and friendship.
Storybox Theatre will be at Adam Smith Theatre on April 8 with ‘The Pea, the Bean and the Enormous Turnip’.
Rod Burnett uses his formidable skills as a storyteller and puppeteer to take the audience on a journey into the extraordinary gardent of the imagination in this unforgettably leguminous tale of three famous vegetables.
Another piece of puppetry theatre, with vegetables at its heart is ‘Potato Needs a Bath’ by Shona Reppe Puppets.
It’s a light-hearted and gentle show featuring fruit, veg and original music.
But it’s not just the Puppet Animation Festival which is taking place over the Easter holidays.
Hiccup Theatre will bring puppetry, live music and physical storytelling together to retell the classic poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ to Adam Smith Theatre this Sunday.
Following their sell-out national tour last year the theatre company are hitting the road again in 2012, which is the bicentenary of Edward Lear, and May 12 is international ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ day.
Sarah Brigham, artistic director, said: “The response from audiences in 2011 was overwhelming - children loved the mad-cap mayhem owl and pussycat got involved in and adults loved seeing this classic poem brought to life, so we simply had to tour again this year!”
The 55 minute play for children between the ages of three and seven, and their families, follows the original plot of the poem and includes a talking piggy-wig and a turkey who lives on the hill.
Everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola are coming to Lochgelly in their extremely ever so wonderful stage show.
The stars of the hit BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppets, live action and music.
Will Charlie ever get Lola to sleep, even though she is not sleepy and will not go to bed?
It won’t be easy - the tigers want their bedtime milk, the dancing dogs have borrowed Lola’s pyjamas and Lola thinks there is an ogre hiding in the wardrobe.
Find out whether Charlie succeeds at the Lochgelly Centre on April 14 and 15.
Charlie and Lola appear as cut-out cartoon characters in the same magical world they inhabit in the books and TV series.
From music to magic tricks and pink milk to party rings, everything you expect is there.
And another one for the young ones is The Singing Kettle.
Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin are back again, this time at the Adam Smith Theatre with ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’.
Based in a musical garden full of funky looking plants and lots of surprises the team bring the sounds of the garden to life as they search for hidden kettles.
However if that’s not for you, or the kids are a bit older, why not check out the Science Museum Live on Tour at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall on April 13 and 14.
It’s fun and educational.
Inspired by the Science Museum’s hugely popular interactive galleries, this inventive family show, suitable for those aged seven and above, leads both children and adults on an exploratory adventure into the world of science.
Spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments burst onto the stage with interactive sets, pyrotechnics and digital projections.
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