Fairytale afternoon of classic fables

The tortoise and the hare. Photo by Niall Walker
The tortoise and the hare. Photo by Niall Walker

OCCUPYING holidaying children in the first few weeks of summer is a breeze – provided the weather holds up.

Luckily, city centre venue the Arches have planned a programme of events to entertain little ones if there’s more storm than sunshine outside.

This week, the city centre theatre hosts Aesop’s Fables — a trunk-full of tales from the original sleepy storyteller.

What happened to the boy who cried wolf? And the fox and the goat who fell down the well?

Aesop and his stories are brought to life in the atmospheric underground vaults with the use of puppets and masks – a great way to introduce youngsters to some classic yarns.

The show is put together by a group of young artists on a budget – so expect handmade and recycled props (all the better for engaging the imagination).

It’s an hour of family, and it’s preceded by a mask workshop recommended for children aged four up.

Settle in afterwards, forget all about the rain, and learn all about the tortoise and the hare – the perfect afternoon for all the family.

n Aesop’s Fables is on at the Arches from today until Saturday. Performances at 12.30 and 3pm. Tickets from £4 or £15 per family. To find out more, call 565 1000.