Gallery and theatre events

17th January 2003 at 00:00
Designing Ourselves Royal Museum, Edinburgh until March 30

A small but fascinating exhibition in the Craft Gallery which looks at the ways people are increasingly using design to enhance, adorn and transform their bodies. "From medical implants to body augmentation, and from branding to scarification, the potential for people to radically alter their own appearance has never been greater," we are told.

The show looks at perceptions of beauty, the pursuit of perfection and the way designers are trying to create a virtual ideal in characters such as Lara Croft.

Not suitable for young children.

Royal Museum, tel 0131 225 7534

From Quaint to Quant Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Peebles until March 21

This costumes and accessories exhibition featuring men's and women's clothes from 1790 to the 1960s is aimed at primary school classes from P3. In a series of workshops, children will look at how fashions have changed, how clothes were made and the materials used. Activities include dressing up and darning.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, tel 01721 724820

Victorian Childhood Experience David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre until June 2003

These workshops for primary children, which the National Trust for Scotland planned to run for one week last year, proved so popular that they are continuing until June at least. They cover The Schoolroom, where children dress up and sit in the same classroom that mill children were taught in; Home, which includes a look around a one-room Victorian house, having a go at making a rag rug and doing the washing (the hard way!); The Work Place, where they can try spinning and weaving; and a Traditional Games session.

David Livingstone Centre, tel 01698 823140

The Winter's Tale Dundee Rep January 31 and February 1 Eden Court Theatre, Inverness February 5-8 His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen February 12-15 Dundee Repertory theatre company

Artistic director Hamish Glen's huge success with the Dundee Repertory company has been acknowledged by the British Council with an invitation to take his production of The Winter's Tale to Iran this month. On its return, the production plays in Dundee for two days and then goes on a two-week farewell tour. Take the chance to see the company before Mr Glen's departure to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Details, tel 01382 223530 Labyrinth Eden Court Theatre, Inverness February 13 Quest North Edinburgh Arts Centre March 11-14 Quangle Wangle touring central Scotland March-May Wee Stories Theatre Company

The children's theatre company is planning two shows for "everyone over six years old": Labyrinth, the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (which the company is also taking to the National Theatre in London), and Quest, the story of King Arthur.

It is targeting three to seven-year-olds, "and everyone else", with Quangle Wangle, bringing Edward Lear to the young.

Wee Stories Theatre Company, tel 0131 557 6107

Playing with Fire touring Glasgow schools and special day care centres February to April Tag Theatre Company

As part of the national campaign against racism, Tag is to tour a play specially written for the company by Maya Chowdhry. The intention is to present Playing with Fire to every S3 pupil in Glasgow. The production, the result of a partnership between the city's education department and the Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance (GARA), is paired with a workshop that will tour schools prior to the performance.

Tag Theatre Co, tel 0141 552 4949 www.tag-theatre.co.uk (see projects)

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