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UNTIL AUGUST 30 STIRLING UNIVERSITY Scottish singing, Andean weaving, handpleating and dyed silk with natural dyes, spinning, geology on the golf course, creative writing, drama workshop, the study of film and a scenic tour of Scottish literature are just a few of the attractions organised by the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education in Airthrey Castle. Details: Margery Stirling, 01786 467951.

JULY 4-11 COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE Learn the performance techniques of Italian popular theatre dating back to the 16th century from Luca Franceschi, artistic director, Compagnia dell Improvviso, and put them into practice in a public performance at La Maison Verte, International Cultural Centre for Arts, Languedoc, southern France. Topics include: stage presence; playing with masks; stock characters; and how to structure a piece based on works by Flaminio Scala. Fee: pound;350 residential. Application deadline: June 25. Details: 0033 4 67 24 88 52; e-mail:; website:

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