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1ST PA­TRICK’S PRAISES CANON­GATE KIRK,ED­IN­BURGH TONIGHT, 7.30PM; ST ANDREW’S IN THE SQUARE, GLAS­GOW, TO­MOR­ROW,7.30PM St Pa­trick’s Day is past and gone by al­most a fort­night, but Canty, the fe­male quar­tet from Capella Nova, have sourced a fine col­lec­tion of chants and songs for the Feast Day of St Pa­trick that de­serve a hear­ing through­out the year, not just on March 17.

The pro­gramme of 15th-cen­tury Ir­ish plain­song has al­ready been per­formed by Canty in Ire­land, but since Pa­trick was, ac­cord­ing to leg­end, kid­napped from Scot­land by Ir­ish pi­rates, it seems fit­ting that this su­perb legacy of a me­dieval Celtic world should be spir­ited back across the wa­ters and per­formed be­fore au­di­ences here.

In con­cert, Canty are joined by the Scot­tish Plain­song Choir and ac­com­pa­nied by William Tay­lor, whose im­pro­vis­ing on the me­dieval clarsach is a plea­sure in it­self. And be­cause this is a bring­ing to­gether of old and new strands, there’s also a pre­miere: a new set­ting of St Pa­trick’s Breast­plate by Michael McG­lynn.

2EDINBURGH IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SCIENCE FES­TI­VAL VENUES ACROSS ED­IN­BURGH, TO­DAY UN­TIL SATUR­DAY APRIL 5, TIMES VARY In the 20 years since the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Science Fes­ti­val (EISF) first in­vited the pub­lic to take a close-up look at the ori­gins, method­ol­ogy and new dis­cov­er­ies in the ever-widen­ing realm of science, this an­nual event has grown in size and pop­u­lar­ity.

Nowa­days it caters for fam­i­lies in search of a great day out with a dif­fer­ence – check out the fun work­shops and interactive ex­hi­bi­tions at Won­derama at the As­sem­bly Rooms, Ge­orge Street – as well as those adults and older chil­dren for whom science is per­haps a ca­reer op­tion, not just a se­ri­ous hobby. The var­ied talks pro­gramme might well be a re­ward­ing op­tion for them.

Those who’ve been to the Science Fes­ti­val be­fore will be glad to hear that the hugely en­ter­tain­ing Dr Bun­head is back with a show called Crash Test Jelly Ba­bies in which he will test ob­jects to de­struc­tion – a process he cheer­fully de­scribes as “science made scary, with all the nasty bits left in”. Dr Bun­head, it should be said, pos­sesses just the right per­sonal (and sci­en­tific) chem­istry to make his shows go with a real bang. His show is at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land from Tues­day to Fri­day at 11am.

For de­tails of the en­tire EISF, call the box of­fice on 0131 524 9830 or log on to www.sci­ence­fes­ti­val.co.uk

3HALF A SIX­PENCE KING’S THEATRE, GLAS­GOW MON­DAY-SATUR­DAY APRIL 5, 7.30PM (WED­NES­DAY AND SATUR­DAY MATI­NEE, 2.30PM) Its ti­tle may be in old money – and you would be hard pushed to come by twoand-a-half new pen­nies nowa­days – but this rois­ter­ing, heart-warm­ing mu­si­cal hasn’t lost any of its en­ter­tain­ment value over the years.

Based on HG Wells’s story about an or­phan, Kipps, who comes into money but loses his way when he starts so­cial climb­ing, the show was writ­ten (in 1967) as a star ve­hi­cle for Tommy Steele. In this new tour­ing pro­duc­tion, his role as the lov­able in­no­cent is taken by theatre favourite Gary Wil­mot. Money can’t nec­es­sar­ily bring you hap­pi­ness, but it can se­cure you a ticket for a show that still packs oo­dles of Flash, Bang, Wal­lop. Clock­wise from main: Ansel Adams’s work is on show in Ed­in­burgh; Can We Live with You? goes on tour; the EISF is ex­per­i­men­tal as any­thing; Gary Wil­mot in Half a Six­pence

4CAN WE LIVE WITH YOU? TRA­VERSE, ED­IN­BURGH, THURS­DAY 2PM AND FRI-SAT 7.30PM Ed­in­burgh’s Lung Ha’s Theatre Com­pany re­turns with what prom­ises to be yet an­other full-on, to­tally top­i­cal piece of mu­sic theatre. This time, the 40-strong group of per­form­ers is re­flect­ing on the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness and our ten­dency to build cas­tles in the air … and then re­lo­cate to other shores in an at­tempt to find the elu­sive Shangri-La.

If past projects are any­thing to go by, then the mes­sage that will beam out loud and clear from this en­er­getic, out­go­ing in­te­grated group, will be find­ing hap­pi­ness in what you can­not buy – and that in­cludes your fam­ily and friends.

There’s orig­i­nal mu­sic played live on stage and prob­a­bly more than a smat­ter­ing of tongue-in-cheek mis­chief at work in the script. One of the things that Lung Ha’s has in abun­dance is a wicked sense of hu­mour that can tar­get and de­bunk pre­ten­sions, hypocrisy, to­kenism and trendy fads. If you can’t make it to Ed­in­burgh, the show is at the Plat­form, Easter­house on April 10 and 11.

5NORTHERN STREAMS FES­TI­VAL THE WYND,MEL­ROSE, THURS­DAY 8PM;THE SCOT­TISH STO­RY­TELLING CEN­TRE, ROYAL MILE, ED­IN­BURGH, FRI-SUN, TIMES VARY Mu­si­cians and singers from Nor­way and Den­mark join forces with their Scot­tish coun­ter­parts in the fifth North­ern

Streams Fes­ti­val, all with the aim of cel­e­brat­ing the tra­di­tional mu­sic, song, dance and sto­ry­telling of the dif­fer­ent cul­tures. One thing is def­i­nitely shared: an en­thu­si­asm for hav­ing a crack­ing good time.

This year’s pro­gramme opens in Mel­rose with a bit of a preview – Mu­sic from Scan­di­navia, fea­tur­ing Su­dan Du­dan (Nor­way) and Svobsk (Den­mark), groups that will also be per­form­ing in Ed­in­burgh. Su­dan Du­dan’s reper­toire ranges from comic bal­lads to lul­la­bies, many of them ac­com­pa­nied on the lan­geleik (the rare Nor­we­gian zither) while Svobsk take their name from a dance where you whirl around in a close em­brace un­til you get all … “svob­sked”.

There are work­shops, as well as per­for­mances. Full de­tails are avail­able from www.ceilid­h­cul­ture.co.uk or www.eltmsa.org.uk.

6ANSEL ADAMS: CEL­E­BRA­TION OF GE­NIUS CITY ART CEN­TRE,ED­IN­BURGH UN­TIL SUN­DAY APRIL 20, MON­DAY-SATUR­DAY, 10AM5PM, SUN 12NOON-5PM. You may be aware that, as the clocks go for­ward tonight, you lose an hour. The good news, how­ever, is that the open­ing times for this re­mark­able ex­hi­bi­tion have been ex­tended.

The col­lec­tion of Adams’s pho­to­graphs – won­der­fully ab­sorb­ing land­scapes and images of na­ture, span­ning his ca­reer from the 1920s to the 1960s – has proved so pop­u­lar that Sun­day open­ing has been brought for­ward to meet pub­lic de­mand, with an ex­tra day, April 20, be­ing added for good mea­sure. It’s a feast for the eyes and mind, and worth catch­ing be­fore it heads back to the USA.

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