Pirates, priests and puppets at the Barn

Banchory’s Woodend barn is looking forward to an exciting week ahead including a classical group for the grown ups and a puppet show for the youngsters.

It’s hard to find entertainment for kids at Easter, but the Barn is providing a series of children’s shows as part of the annual Puppet Animation Festival.

The centre will host three performances and a puppet making workshop during the two week Easter break. They’re also putting on two events in Tarland’s MacRobert Hall.

The first puppet show is Steadfast Tin Soldier on Tuesday, April 2, at 2pm.

Next up is Faerie Stories by Round String Theatre on Thursday April 4 at 2pm.

The final show at Woodend Barn sees Puppet Theatre Maribor travel over from Slovenia to perform the classic story When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw.

For those children in Tarland, Folding Theatre will be performing Briar Rose on Thursday April 11 at 2pm. A Grimm brothers take on “Sleeping Beauty.”

Tickets for all the Puppet Animation events are £5 + bf

An exciting classical group are set to invade Banchory today (Friday) with swashbuckling renditions of Baroque classics.

Red Priest are the only music group in the world to have been compared in the press to acts as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers and the Cirque du Soleil.

Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given several hundred sell-out concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals. The group has been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) - the latter for the prestigious South Bank Show in 2005.

The ‘Pirates of the Baroque’ programme includes works by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Tartini and Couperin.

Tickets are £15, £12 concession or £5 for Students, Under 18’s and Jobseekers

Tickets available from the Woodend Barn Box Office 01330 825431 or at www.woodendbarn.co.uk