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Platform at Easterhouse, Glasgow has two theatre shows for young people tonight and on Friday and Saturday.

This evening's show, Feral, by Tortoise in a Nutshell in association with Cumbernauld Theatre, is for 13 and over and combines puppetry, film and live sound int eh tail of a travelling family seeking new beginnings. It starts at 7pm.

The venue has co-produced Visible Fictions' Friends Electric, which is about a (female) professor who has spent so much of her life with robots she prefers them to humans. It has performances at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday and is aimed at the 7 and overs. Both shows run under an hour.

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The other half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt, has surfaced as a performing entity, hot on the heels of his partner, Tracey Thorn's embracing of the literary circuit. Thorn's memoir Bedsit Disco Queen was highly acclaimed and she has been a popular attraction at book festivals. Now Watt, who made his own literary debut with his moving illness chronicle Patient some years back, is putting his career as a DJ with his own Buzzin' Fly label in abeyance while he rediscovers his inner singer-songwriter. After sold-out dates at London's Slaughtered Lamb pub venue last month - his first solo shows since 1983 - he is on tour in November, with a single Scottish date at Oran Mor in Glasgow on November 13. Tickets are on sale now.

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The hit musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for which Scots playwright David Greig supplied the book, is to have a special Gala performance on Thursday November 7 in aid of the BBC's Children in Need appeal. Sir Terry Wogan will be hosting the evening and many more Radio 2 personalities will be in attendance. Those who have tickets for that evening's show are being encouraged to upgrade them via the Radio 2 website to gain access to a special VIP experience, the precise nature of which is being kept under a sweetie wrapper.

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BBC Radio's tributes to Irish poet Seamus Heaney includes a re-broadcasting of his version of epic early English text Beowulf from Monday September 30th for two weeks in fifteen minute episodes at 9.45am on Radio 4. Read by the poet himself, the recording was made ten years ago.

On Saturday October 5 at 8pm on the same network, Fintan O'Toole addresses the thorny question of the relative legacies of Heaney and WB Yeats in Yeats and Heaney - 75 Years On.

On his death Heaney was often described as the greatest Irish poets since Yeats, subsequently corrected by Blake Morrison to run that Yeats was the greatest Irish poet before Heaney. Using archive recordings, O'Toole's programme will trace the journeys of both men from Irish poet to "world poet".

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