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HARRY Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will be appearing on the big screen at the Buccleuch Centre in Langholm in a production of Tom Stoppard's brilliantly funny situation comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, broadcast live from the Old Vic Theatre in London.

NT Live's screening is on Tuesday, May 23, and co-stars Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral).

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play which made a young Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Well Road Productions stages its new show, Wool to the Mills, in the Buccleuch Centre on Wednesday, May 31. Tickets are selling well so buy early.

The woollen cloth and garments made in the Borders rightly earned a worldwide reputation for quality and style. The natural resources and raw materials, which were present in abundance, allied to the skills, talent and hard work of the men and women combined to produce unique woven and knitted goods and an enduring legacy of high quality work.

This is a great tale of talent, tradition and loyalty, allied to a strong entrepreneurial streak which conquered the world.

It tells the amazing story of the woollen industry in the Borders from the time of the monks to today. It is told in three scenarios through a mixture of narration, original sources, poetry and song, using the memories and poetry of the people.

It is illustrated with archive and modern photography and subtly underscored by an evocative musical soundtrack specially composed and performed by Ian Lowthian and incorporating some tunes from Common Riding festivals.

Taken together, the narrative, the poems, the characters, the visual images and the music tell an important and powerful tale.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) giant LEGO brick animal trail, the only one of its kind in Scotland, has been launched at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre.

This is the first time these amazing characters, specially created for WWT, have been seen in Scotland among the real life animals which inspired them.

Through this trail, WWT is using the world’s most popular toy to encourage kids (and big kids) to build a better future for nature.

Visitors can enjoy the 11 individually-designed 1.5m LEGO brick characters from now until Sunday, July 30. The giant animals, some up to 12 times life size, include Flavia the Andean flamingo, a riot of pink bricks; Emily the Emperor dragonfly, resplendently perched on a LEGO brick reed, and Benedict the Bewick swan, magnificently stretching his brick wings.

In total, 170,300 LEGO bricks were used over 1,209 hours to make all 11 characters. Fred the Frog took the longest to build at 244 hours.

Budding sculptors will be able to get creative at workshops and build their own mini Fred the frog figures to take home. All proceeds will support WWT’s essential conservation work in the UK and around the world.

Go to www.wwt.org.uk/caerlaverock for more details

An exhibition detailing how five brothers from Gatehouse of Fleet fought in the First World War is on in Dumfries Museum until September 30.

Of five Gatehouse of Fleet brothers, who signed up to fight, only one survived. Four were killed in separate battles in 1917. They were buried overseas, one in Egypt and the others in France.

Robert was born in 1891, James and Nelson by 1894, Peter in 1896 and the youngest, Wilfred, in 1897. Wilfred enlisted in the 1/10th Royal Scots in 1916 aged 18. In December 1917, after all four brothers had been killed, the army decided Wilfred should do no more overseas duty and sent him home on compassionate grounds.

He had married in January 1917 and his son was born the same year. Wilfred became a businessman and was the Provost of Gatehouse from 1962 to 1966. The family memorabilia was kindly lent by Wilfred’s grandson, Alan Davidson.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:34AM
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