Easter At Catstrand: Music, Theatre, and Children’s Workshops

There’s a big Easter weekend taking place at CatStrand with an exciting programme of live music, children’s theatre and art workshops. Including a concert by Radio 2 Folk Award winners, two very special puppet animation shows, and addition to some great children art activities.


Join Kay from Irose Studio for an Eco Art workshop on Thursday 14th. You can learn how to make your own art materials such as ink, paint, and painting tools. Then use them to make their own art. A fun hands-on workshop for under 10’s. Alternatively grab a quill and ink on Sat 16th April for Illustrate! with Jilly Henderson. Participants will take inspiration from Quinton Blake and other ink and watercolour illustrators  and work to create their own ink drawings.  For ages 11+


Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of April will conclude the Easter programme conclude with two Puppet Animation Festival shows supported by DG Arts Live.


Odd Socks by Nikki Kalkman is for ages 5+ and families promises to be a really special show on Friday 15th with a big set and big cast and lots of colourful characters .


In a world where fish have pegs for scales and ships are made out of laundry baskets, Lil One and Odd Sock embark on a magical nautical adventure into the world beyond the washing machine. They must battle a scary sea turtle, survive a vicious storm and subdue sticky seaweeds. Their quest: to find Odd Sock Island, a place where all odd things belong


On Saturday 16th Seedheart, a brand new solo show by Indigo Moon Theatre arrives at CatStrand. Seedheart is a show for all ages followed by a workshop for ages 5+ which unfolds from a suitcase. It tells the story of Grey. Grey finds themselves trapped inside a jar but can’t remember why. They try to remember how they got there and how they could be free. Seedheart tells the important tale of human impact on the environment and questions what we can do to restore our once green planet. Watch as our story unfolds (literally) from a single suitcase and follow Grey’s journey to a better future.


Concluding the weekend, on Sunday 17th the critically acclaimed Rheingans Sisters will grace the CatStrand Stage with their playful, powerful and richly connecting music.  Their music is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Performing live, the sisters are inimitable; full-hearted performers and spontaneous, on-stage improvisors, with adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, spoken word, dancing feet and percussion.  Many of their instruments are handmade by their luthier father Helmut Rheingans who is based in their Peak District home. Rowan and Anna Rheingans are a unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage.


Tickets and further information is available from www.gcat.scot 01644 420 374, or by popping into the CatStrand, New Galloway.

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