THE Beacon Arts Centre is serving up an Easter treat for families with a packed programme of theatre designed for younger audiences.

The Greenock venue's team put the schedule together to give young people a taste of the magic of theatre – and keep families entertained over the school holidays.

The shows include a musical adaptation of the classic children’s fable The Three Little Pigs (April 12, 2pm) which promises catchy tunes and lots of family-friendly audience interaction.

Popular Scottish duo The McDougalls will also be appearing live in a fun-filled musical production of their Space Adventure, starring Auntie Aggie and Max (April 6, 1pm).

The next generation of scientists will enjoy Exciting Science Live (April 9, 11am), a show full of fun and fact-filled experiments, including a live recreation of a volcanic eruption and how to turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher.

Another upcoming show is A Home for Hamish (April 12, 4pm), an interactive adventure created by dance artist Clare Adam, who is deaf, and dance artist Lesley Howard, who has autism.

Playfully merging dance and British Sign Language, the production follows the story of a child and their imaginary friend as they travel across Scotland to find a perfect night’s sleep.

As well as the special Easter shows, which are scheduled for between April 6 and 12, the Beacon is also hosting a taster day on April 6, for children aged five to 16, for its youth theatre group.

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