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Family theatre

The festive period provides a great opportunity to get families involved in theatre.  Whether interested in 'seeing' or 'doing', Scotland’s theatres offer something for all ages and for all the family.

Family shows

Shona Reppe and Andy Cannon, Peter Pan; Photo: Kevin Low There is a whole host of family shows throughout Scotland, from edgy new writing to timeless tales such as Dundee Rep's Cinderella and Shona Reppe and Wee Stories' Peter Pan.  Of course a favourite with children and their families is pantomime.  This year Perth Theatre presents the classical pantomime story Sleeping Beauty, while the Tron Theatre adds a twist to a classic tale in a modern reworking, Weans in the Wood.

The Arches theatre’s family show is The Selfish Giant, which is targeted at families and intends to create a 'magical, interactive experience for young, first-time theatregoers'.  Also for younger children is Catherine Wheels’ Snow Baby - suitable for children of three and over.

Hans Christian Andersen in festive family theatre

This year sees the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birth.  Over the festive season, several theatre companies will celebrate this event through their shows.  The Marsh King’s Daughter is the Byre Theatre's Christmas show, and Cumbernauld Theatre have The Snow Queen, of which Theatre Modo will also be touring their version.  Theatre Workshop, on the other hand, take a different approach as they present their production of A Christmas Tale, a story that celebrates the journey of Andersen's life. The Marsh King's Daughter poster image; Photo: Byre Theatre

Other activities

All members of the family can also get involved in community theatre productions and events.  The result of one such community project will be seen on 1 and 2 December, when the North Edinburgh Arts Centre’s specially commissioned community play will be presented on stage.

Children and their families can get interactive in theatre and other artforms at theatre spaces throughout Scotland.  For example, as well as its pantomime, the Tron theatre is offering hands-on involvement through its pantomime workshops for all the family.  You can read more about these in this month's profile on Lisa McIntosh of the Tron Theatre.

Related links
* Dundee Rep Theatre
* Wee Stories Theatre for Children
* Perth Theatre
* Tron Theatre
* The Arches Theatre
* Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
* The Byre Theatre
* Cumbernauld Theatre
* Theatre Modo
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