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Pull up a seat for cool tale and some musical chairs

GRANIA McFADDEN

FAIRIES, foundlings and furniture make up some of the offerings tomorrow at the Belfast Children's Festival.

The fairies come courtesy of Irish company Barnstorm Theatre Company, which is telling the story of The Ice Child.

Once upon a time the fairies stole a baby, and left the Ice Child in its place.

He's not like other children, and they don't like him. And grown-ups can't hug or cuddle him in case he melts.

This story of what it's like to be a bit different is aimed at children aged eight and over.

Using real-time video and live performances, a motley band of sidhe, or fairyfolk, tell the tal Temp Head - FAIRIES foundlings and furniture makee of The Ice Child and how he found love.

Hopefully, there'll be seats available at the Lyric for you to watch the show. But should you find yourself in need of a sitdown, you could take a hop and a skip round to the Mac, where Maiden Voyage Dance are performing A Quartet For 15 Chairs.

It's a whodunnit live art installation, where children get to examine the evidence, work out what's happening, and cast their vote.

Created by choreographer Enrique Cabrera from Argentina, Quartet has music from Bach, Jean-Baptist Lully and Brian Ervine, and features four dancers who are joined by a cast of 15 wooden seats in a surreal game of musical chairs.

There's no set story – children can imagine their own narrative.

I'm not sure whether one chair is disqualified every time the music stops, but you can bet your life that some members of the audience will be sitting on them by the time the show ends.

The rest of us can pull up a chair (if there are any left), sit back and enjoy a magical combination of music, movement and monkey business.

Quartet conjuring up some lessons in magic

Now you see it, now you don't... The Mid-week Magic Club pops up at the Black Box this afternoon. Four expert magicians from Seedhead Arts will be demonstrating some of their skills on the stage – as well as showing you some tricks at close range, so you can see how they're done. So, if you've ever wished you could make your teacher disappear or conjure up a bottomless bag of sweets, you'd best get moving. By tomorrow, the show will have vanished in a puff of smoke.

Now you see it, now you don't... The Mid-week Magic Club pops up at the Black Box this afternoon. Four expert magicians from Seedhead Arts will be demonstrating some of their skills on the stage – as well as showing you some tricks at close range, so you can see how they're done. So, if you've ever wished you could make your teacher disappear or conjure up a bottomless bag of sweets, you'd best get moving. By tomorrow, the show will have vanished in a puff of smoke

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