Curtain rises on new season of stage shows

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Boilerhouse Theatre Company. Initiate. by Isabel Wright

An interactive, performance-based education programme for young women about the choices they face every day and the perceptions they have of success, self-image and future possibilities.

Touring Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Glasgow, Stirlingshire, Dundee in October and November.

Things to know: For young women: S3-S4 or age 14-18 out of school. The programme is a dynamic combination of live performance, creative participation, debate, role-play and group work. Group size is limited to 50 to ensure active participation.

Contact Chloe Dear, 0131 556 5644.

* Dundee Rep Theatre. The Seagull. Anton Chekhov's play of relationships.

Performances October 10-27, with Saturday matinees.

Tickets: to school groups, pound;3.95.

* Puss in Boots by Stuart Paterson New Christmas play by a leading children's theatre specialist.

Schools performances December 3-20, some days 10am, daily 2pm.

Things to know: Performed by the resident company. School tickets pound;5, with reduction for early booking.

Contact box office, 01382 223530.

* Fablevision Helter Skelter Drug awareness package for P4-P5, comprising performance, follow-up workshop and teacher's resource pack.

Touring October 1-19

* I Don't Want To Be Like That! Drug awareness package for P6-P7, comprising performance, follow-up workshop and on-line teacher's resource pack.

Touring September 10-28, including September 27 at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen

Last Night Drug awareness package for S2-S3, comprising performance and interactive forum theatre workshop.

Touring August 27-September 7. In residence on Tiree September 1, 2.

Things to know: All shows are suitable for groups with special needs, physical, behavioural or educational.

Primary packages pound;200 for a half-day session: Last Night pound;250 for a half-day session.

Contact Dave Mason, 0141 425 2020

* Giant Productions Dreamscape A sensory world where six- to 10-year-olds with and without disabilities, their family and friends share and participate in a creative experience.

Touring Paisley October 17-20; Fort William October 22-27; Dundee (TBC) Oct 30-November 3: Elgin November 6-9; Glasgow November 14-17; Dingwall November 20-23.

Things to know: Maximum participants 40. Joint primaryspecial needs sessions especially welcome.

Contact Phyllis Steel, 0141 334 2000

* Hopscotch Theatre Company St Andrew, Scotland's Patron Saint The story of the saint who originated the national flag.

Touring primary schools (P2-P7) August 27-November 30; Harbour Arts, Irvine October 30 (tel 01294 271419) and Byre Theatre, where November 1 (tel 01334 475000).

* Puss in Boots Touring primary schools (P1-P7) November 19-January 18, 9.30am and 1.30pm Contact Susan, 0141 440 2025

* MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling Cartoon Theatre: Comic Story Live performance with computer animation, for over-fives.

Performances August 24, 25, 11am and 2pm. 60 minutes.

Contact (who?) 01786 461081.

* Perth Theatre Bondagers by Sue Glover Female agricultural workers in 19th-century Borders country.

Performances October 12-27. Saturday matinees.

Thing to know: School tickets pound;4. Teachers' packs available (tel 01738 472700).

* Cinderella Traditional pantomime Performances December 7-January 5, 2.30pm, 7.30pm.

Thing to know: School tickets pound;5. Special schools performances available.

Contact box office, 01738 621031.

* Scottish Opera For All Alberich's Curse Complementing Scottish Opera's Ring Cycle, a new mini-opera in SOFA's upper primary repertoire. High adventure and high drama with a host of colourful characters.

Touring October-June 2002

Things to know: Whole-day project; maximum 100 children.

Ring Cycle Project Complementing the main company's work, a four-year project for secondary schools, contributing to curriculum units in music, drama, English and visual arts.

Expressive Arts Classes for age groups 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-plus years, in music and drama, beginning in September.

Contact Jane Davidson, 0141 332 9559

* Tag Theatre Company Dr Korczak by David Greig A new, interactive play for young people aged 12 and over about Janusz Korczak, a renowned writer (including King Matt) and paediatrician in 1930s Warsaw, contrasting his humanistic thinking on children's rights with the inhumanity of the Holocaust.

Touring secondary schools September-November.

Things to know: 90 minutes, maximum audience 60. Major strand in the four-year Making the Nation project. Relates to environmental studies, social subjects, expressive arts, English language, personal and social development, religious and moral education. Free resources pack.

Contact Karen Douglas, 0141 552 4949

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