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Get ready for some riotous assemblies

Dance to the beat of the drums or revel in outdoor events and festivals.

Heather Neill looks at what's on offer this week

Darkness to light

Imagine a moonless future. Teacher Aisha Khan's play, Moonshed, for seven to 12-year-olds, is set in 2015 in a world with no Moon. Anu and Shaun are about to start secondary school when they find a strange piece of rock. This sets them on a magical journey from the garden shed to the outer reaches of the solar system. Science and the anxiety of facing a common rite of passage combine with theatrical magic. Tickets: 0161 833 9833.


Croydon will take on summer colours on July 12, when Outside Now! presents surprises in various locations. Osadia will create fantastical hairstyles at the Whitgift Centre, Batanai Marimba from South Africa will be playing at North End, and circus troupe the Flying Dudes take over the Queen's Gardens. Workshops available. Information: 020 8253 1009;

Tap those feet

London's South Bank Centre will resonate to the sounds of percussion from July 19-27 in Rhythm Sticks 2003. This annual festival of world, jazz, rock, contemporary and classical percussion will feature artists from all over the world in concerts, workshops, free events, masterclasses and drum clinics. Everything from junk rock to tabla, street sounds to Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Tickets: 020 7960 4242.

Box clever

The travelling exhibition Celebrating Boxes has arrived at the Bolton Museum Art Gallery and Aquarium. Craftsmen and women from around the world show their skill, their love of wood and their delight in surprises.

Until August 30, with school workshops until July 11. Tel: 01204 332211;

Knights of song

The family opera Gwyneth and the Green Knight is taking to the road again.

In a twist to the Arthurian tale, Gwyneth (desperate to be a knight) becomes squire to Sir Gawain as he sets out on his beheading adventures.

This Music Theatre WalesRoyal Opera House production by Lynne Plowman and Martin Riley will visit Sheffield, Oxford, Cheltenham, Buxton and Aberystwyth between July 8 and July 22.

Festival in the Marches

Young people from Telford and Wrekin will be enjoying a Party in the Park tomorrow as part of the local youth arts festival. Until July 13 visual arts and performances, from contemporary and maypole dancing to steel bands, jazz and 1960s drama and music.

Domestic dramas

The Redgraves: a family on the public stage celebrates six generations of this prolific family's life in the theatre. It opens on July 9 at the Theatre Museum in London's Covent Garden with letters, diaries and video of Vanessa, Lynn, Corin and their children in performance. Tel: 020 7943 4700;

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