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Family Arts Weekend - 1 & 2 July 2023

Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Community Grants Fund

Lyra is Greater Craigmillar's venue for children and teenagers who come to watch, learn and create through the performing arts.


Join us for a free weekend of activities, shows and fun to celebrate the start of the Craigmillar & Niddrie Community Festival.

Saturday 1 July

11am The Last Forecast & Young Company Work in Progress Sharing

12pm The Good, The Bad & The Poultry

12pm Scamps Taster workshop

1pm Youth Dance Taster Workshop

2pm Family Garden Party

4pm The Last Forecast & Young Company Work in Progress Sharing

Sunday 2 July

12pm Drama Taster workshop

1pm Youth Music Taster Workshop

2pm Family Garden Party

Everything at Lyra is free – please book your free tickets in advance below or call 0131 659 4759


Enjoy more of the brilliant Craigmillar & Niddrie Community Festival Programme - more info here

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Image by Brodie Reekie

The Last Forecast

A new dance theatre show for ages 6+ and their families

Lyra is delighted to present the world premiere of a new Catherine Wheels production by Bridie Gane.

Saturday 1 July at 11am and 4pm (60 mins)

Venue: Lyra (Artspace)

Somewhere, on an island, Gail, a gecko-like creature lives alone, in harmony with  the surroundings. Everything matches, everything is perfect.

Unfortunately, Gail is not alone for long. A stranger arrives, laden with earthly belongings and starts setting up home, disturbing this island sanctuary. However, the forecast is for rising water levels and soon there won’t be space for either of them…


The show will begin with a short performance by Lyra's Young Company.

The Good, The Bad and The Poultry

Outdoor performance for all ages by Glasgow theatre company Adrenalism

Saturday 1 July, 12pm (30 mins)

Venue: outside Craigmillar Library

Also performed as part of Lyra's Family Garden Party at 2pm


Two chickens, a turkey and ‘Hennio Morricone’ (the live poultry band) along with audience members of all ages; work together to explore being brave in the face of ‘danger’ to create the grand shootout finale of every cowboy film ever made.

Join in throughout and help figure out who stole the giant egg…It’s high noon, and the cockerels must crow…draw their guns and go and hide…


Do you feel clucky punk?

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Image by Andy Catlin


Image by Jassy Earl

Dance, Drama & Music Taster Workshops

For children and teenagers aged 5+ who aren't currently coming to Lyra's Young Artist Programme

Saturday 1 July

Scamps (P1-P3) 12pm - BOOK NOW

Youth Dance (P5+) 1pm - BOOK NOW


Sunday 2 July

Performing Arts/Drama (P4-P7) 12pm - BOOK NOW

Youth Music (P5+) 1pm - BOOK NOW

(all 45 mins)

Venue: Artspace

Lyra’s Young Artists programme offers free after-school and weekend classes in music, drama or dance for children and teenagers from P1 upwards. Beginning in August 2023, Young Artists will choose the professional artists they want to create with inspired by this year’s theme: ‘Face the Dragon’. Sessions run until June 2024 when the Young Artists will perform in the Bright & Wild Festival. Waiting lists to join the Young Artists programme are already open and you can join Lyra for a free taster session on 1 & 2 July. No experience necessary but please reserve a space in advance.


Lyra’s Family Garden Parties

For children and their families

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July at 2pm (1hr 45mins)

Venue: Artspace (garden)

Join Lyra’s team for a fun, friendly garden party with awesome games, a musical instrument petting zoo, juice, cake and creative activities for all ages.


Saturday’s party includes a performance of The Good, The Bad and The Poultry (see above).


Sunday’s party includes a performance of Matt Von-Trapp’s Magic Quest. Join Matt's quest to save his audience from the lemon of doom. Witness daring feats of astonishment, danger and the ridiculous. A show full of silliness, audience participation and magic (with thanks to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society).

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