Kids paint theatre at Eastgate Easter

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The Eastgate has unveiled its Easter ‘Engage’ programme of shows and workshops for children aged up to 16 years, running from April 7 to 18.

The Peebles theatre is putting on ‘something old, something new’, for kids “who wish to try something they love or test out something totally different,” the Eastgate’s Liz Taylor said.

New to this year’s programme is Red Button, a group born out of parental demand for more drama, with workshops running on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16.

Founder Mandy Durkin said: “I named the group Red Button because it’s the button you always want to press to see what happens.”

Workshops use physical clowning, mime and story building: P1-P3s can explore mime by bathing a monster, while P4-P7s can try clowning with Mr Clever and Mr Silly, and also story sabotage with a Smashing Pie Play.

A workshop for those with additional needs will recreate the tale of The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.

Drama is followed by licensed graffiti, titled Pillar Panorama, on Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, from 2-4pm. Local artist Jo Powell will run two two-hour workshops, where the children will change some of the Eastgate’s décor. Using one of Jo’s designs, the art will depict an array of musicians from accordionists to pipers, to be called the music pillar. The second challenge will be a large mural on the front of the cafe counter.

From April 7-11, Fiona Henderson’s Easter Holiday Dance School, for ages 5-11, encompasses a range of classes offering different dance styles and special routines during the week, culminating in a performance on stage for family and friends.

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