l Scottish Youth Theatre's Andrew Jeffrey and Jenni Wright, both 23, are Hansel and Gretel in a reworking of the tale for three to seven-year-olds which will play at SYT's Brian Cox Studio in Glasgow from Friday to December 24 with performances at family friendly times.

Oh Crumbs, Scary Biscuits! also features Jayne Austin as the Chookie Birdie who advises the lost children to avoid the less-than-scary witch.


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l The Tron Theatre in Glasgow also has a show for the same age group, running for the same period. Christmas Time has been devised by the theatre's education and outreach manager Lisa Keenan and features Mary Gapinski and Toni Frutin. In the studio space, Christmas Time is a countdown to the big day, listing all the things that have to be done in time.


l They've been received like rock stars in Algeria, played on a dairy farm in Normandy and performed in Glasgow, Carlisle, Preston and London on the same day already during 2012. Now horn quartet Brass Jaw round off an eventful year with a tour that begins at Hamilton Town House on December 1 and goes from Devon to Shetland, with stopovers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in between – and given a track record that includes gaffer taping each other to the stage, we wouldn't rule out some jazz pantomime style mischief along the way.