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6th October 1995 at 01:00
Congratulations to Shrewsbury School for winning The Scotsman's Fringe First award for their production of Jekyll! at the Edinburgh Festival. Written by teachers John Moore and Alex Went it is the first musical, apparently, to be based on Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The production involving 60 pupils, including a 14 piece band, was featured in The TES on November 18 last year.

The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden offers a range of activities and workshops for schools including costume workshops using materials from the RSC and the National Theatre's production of Wind in the Willows. Professionals show how to use simple lighting techniques and give make-up demonstrations. Theatre Museum: 0171 836 7891.

The Young Telegraph Cheltenham Festival is rolling around again on the weekends of October 78 and 1415 with a number of drama events for children and young people alongside the bookish ones. Among the highlights: The Youth Drama Festival features a specially commissioned play, Jam Tomorrow, by the Everyman Youth Theatre, Cheltenham. Jam, on today and tomorrow, is a musical devised by Sue Colverd in collaboration with youth theatre members about British and German families during the Second World War. Billed as "funny and poignant," it should be of interest to young and not so young audiences. Also in the festival: a musical adaptation of Posy Simmonds' book Fred is performed by Horsley Primary School children and a two-day theatre workshop based on Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Festival box office: 01242 227979.

The National Theatre is running two more all-day Inset workshops for English and drama teachers this term. On October 19, Congreve's The Way of the World will be the focus, based on the mainhouse production directed by Phyllida Lloyd. On October 31, Anuradha Kapur's production of Jatinder Verma's adaptation of Cyrano will be the subject. National Theatre Education Department: 0171 928 2033.

A treat for the young in the run-up to Halloween: the Little Angel Marionette Theatre presents Webs, Witches and the Spider Queen, a new production by Deborah Nash all about a kidnapped princess, an evil witch, a three headed demon and a host of other other-worldly characters. It is performed by the highly acclaimed resident company. Bookings and details on 0171 226 1787.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, has a good line-up of events for children and young people and those working with them. From today until Sunday, there's Rough Magic, a weekend of workshops for over 18s on developing improvisation, examining text, movement, etc, focusing on two current productions at the theatre, King Lear and With Every Beat. For information and bookings, send a SAE to Rough Magic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Leeds LS2 7UP.

And as part of Playbox, the arts programme for early years at the Playhouse, Oily Cart, Axis Dance Company and Pop Up, among others, perform for children aged three to seven from now until the end of term. In addition, Mike Kenny's Song From the Sea will be the basis for a practical workshop for teachers on October 19 and 20. The day will be spent exploring storytelling through music, movement, painting and drama and will be used to produce a resource pack for classroom use. Throughout November, training tasters for early years teachers will delve into a range of areas, including puppets, music, art and drama. For more information and full programme, ring the Playhouse on 0113 2442111.

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