No fooling at Angus Arts puppet festival

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APRIL Fools’ Day has a likelihood of involving funny surprises.

There will be plenty this year at Stracathro Hall, Inchbare with the hilarious family show By The Seat Of Your Pants on Friday, April 1 at 7 pm

This co-production of acclaimed touring company Plutot La Vie with Howden Park Centre is a fast, visual funny show in a clown style for family audiences.

It is a hilarious exploration of friendship, slapstick and chairs in the company of three clowns, Franz, Fritz and Rudy.

After the performance there will be wine and refreshments and a chance to chat with the performers.

Hosted by Angus Arts, By The Seat Of Your Pants is a welcome return by Plutot La Vie who previously brought to the Stracathro Hall their show A Clean Sweep.

Thoroughly engaging, moving and funny, and involving a never ending variety of brushes, this show brought tears of laughter and delight to an audience of all ages.

By the Seat Of Your Pants promises the same level of skill and entertainment and a good many chairs.

By The Seat Of Your Pants is most suitable for anyone aged seven and over and their families.

It is a brilliant start to the holidays and to a fabulous festival at Angus Arts, the innovative local charity.

Their ever popular festival of puppets, part of Scotland’s Puppet Animation Festival, includes shows and workshops at Stracathro Hall, from Friday, April 8 to Monday, April 11.

With support from Angus Council and North East Arts touring, Angus Arts offers a programme to suit everyone.

On Friday, April 8 at 2 pm there is a great chance to make puppets and at 7 pm The Last Miner is a beautiful and moving show of sound, light and puppets from Tortoise in a Nutshell.

It is followed by wine and refreshments and a chance to chat with the performers.

Then on Saturday, April 9 there is another puppet making workshop at 11 am, followed at 3 pm by Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved tale of The Snow Queen from Folding Theatre Puppet Company.

Sunday, April 10 offers another puppet making session at 11 am and at 3 pm, Cloud Man, a lovely show from Ailie Cohen.

Monday, April 11 concludes the festivities at Angus Arts with workshops at 11 am and at 2 pm in which people can enjoy transforming themselves into a dynamic shadow puppet!

Workshops welcome all ages with under-eights accompanied.

Tickets and enquiries for all events are available from 01356 648 669 and from 01356 670 304.

Show tickets only can be bought at www.neatshows.org.uk and from Edzell Post Office or Newsplus in St David’s Street, Brechin.