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One of the first events in the Globe theatre's new education season will take place next week when Norfolk schoolchildren will perform at the London theatre.

Twenty A-level students from Sprowston high school, Norwich, will perform Kemp's Jig at the Globe at midday next Wednesday. The following Wednesday, nearly 200 children will perform it again in Norwich. The piece is inspired by Shakespearean actor Will Kemp, who danced a jig from London to Norwich in 1600. Sponsored by Norwich Union, it is also part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. For more information about the Globe's education projects, ring 0171 620 0202.

The French Theatre Season has hit London and Stratford-upon-Avon with a programme designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes. It is accompanied by an extensive education programme running through to December including Le Ballon Rouge, a musical play in French and English adapted from the film The Red Balloon and performed by the European Theatre Company. It tours Britain until December 5.

For a programme of the season, ring 0171 420 0070 or write to Philip Brown, French Theatre Season, 1-7 Harley Street, London W1N 1DA. Information on the education programme can be found on the internet at: FRANCE A LA CARTE http:www.campus.bt.comCampusWorldpubFranceALC

World Mental Health Day is next Friday and, coincidentally, is the 750th anniversary of Bedlam Hospital in London, notorious madhouse and entertainment venue of the uncertified for centuries. So Y Touring's production of Cracked couldn't be more timely. Written by Nicola Baldwin, it's about a 17-year-old girl's experience of depression, dovetailed with the story of a Kurt Cobain-like rock star. It is sponsored by The Wellcome Trust, the medical research charity. For tour details, ring Y Touring on 0171 272 5755.

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