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34 | May 16, 2013 | | Cambridge News

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* ɀ Go to the zoo TIGERS, goats, meerkats and bugs – are there any cute and creepy creatures Shepreth Wildlife Park doesn’t have? On Sunday you can get to know some of the animals that are native to the UK as part of their Native Species Sundays SESSIONS. Meet some spiky hedgehogs, sneaky pine martens and many more (we’re hoping you’re allowed to feed them!). Meet at the Discovery Centre at 3pm. Entrance is included in the usual admission price (£10.95 adults / £8.95 children). Call (01763) 262226 for details. ɀ Learn to make prints ROLL up your sleeves for an afternoon of printmaking. St Barnabas Press Gallery is hosting a family taster day on Saturday for budding young artists who don’t mind getting covered in paint and splashing their ideas about. Learn to make your own prints from scratch using paint, rollers and fabric – you might even get to take the finished pieces home! Suitable for 5-12-yearolds, there are three hour long sessions to get involved in, from 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm and 4pm-5pm. Each session costs £6. To find out more call (01223) 902116. ɀ See a show WHO doesn’t love a good old sing-song? Put your vocal chords to the test during a musical storyconcert this Saturday at the Michaelhouse Centre on Trinity Street in Cambridge. All ages can get involved with The Golden Treasure Chest (performed by Jeroen Schipper and Kathleen van der Weerd) – a show packed with music to dance to, stories to imagine and songs to join in with. The show starts at 3.30pm and tickets cost £3 from (01223) 309167. ɀ Create a quilt TO match a quilt that was made in Cambridge in 1892 and has somehow survived, the Museum of Cambridge (formerly the Folk Museum) is working on a project to make a second quilt with the help of people who live and work in the city today – that means you! Pick up a needle and thread and embroider a square of your own to add to the finished article. Drop in between 10.30am and 2.30pm to take part. Standard admission prices apply, call (01223) 355159 for more information. ɀ Meet the Gruffalo’s Child BRAVE fans of the Gruffalo can go on an adventure with the Gruffalo’s Child and discover the Big Bad Mouse at the Cambridge Arts Theatre this weekend. Tall Stories Theatre Company takes Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s tale of the Gruffalo’s rather curious child, who potters out alone one wild and windy night, and add music, fun and some fantastical costumes. Suitable for ages 3+, it’s on until Sunday at various times. Tickets cost £12.50 from (01223) 503333.

Short Cuts: Time-Travellers


UTURE Tarantinos, Spielbergs and Nolans can tap into their inner directing abilities at a digital film production workshop over the half term holidays. The Arts Picturehouse Cambridge, is running Short Cuts, a four-day film making extravaganza aimed at 10-13-year-olds. Suitable for complete camera novices, as well as those who are slightly more tech savvy, “it’s open to any kids that are interested in film,” explains course leader and independent filmmaker Ryd Cook. The budding film producers will put together a whole film based on travel and modes of transport in Cambridge: from the past, the present and the future (where things get a bit more imaginative and a lot more spaceage-y). “I’ll teach the kids how to use [DSLR] cameras, how to use microphones and get good quality shots and audio,” says Ryd, who also runs Jump Cut sessions at the Picturehouse, a film making course for 14-19-year-olds. “The idea for the film is time travelling and it’s going to be a narrative documentary. They’re going to have a look at what modes of transport were like in the past – the history of modes of transport in Cambridge – and then have a look at what’s happening today.” The course is partly being funded by Sustainable City (via Cambridge City Council), in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Film Consortium, so has a sustainable theme running

ᔡ Short Cuts: Time-Travellers, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, May 31 at 10am. Tickets £60 from 08719 025 720 /

through it too. And it’s extremely hands on. “We have a couple days planned for location shooting, so we’ll go to a couple of different locations in Cambridge and observe and interview people about the sorts of transport they’re using,” says Ryd. “People on bikes, punters, people driving, you’ve got skateboarders, people coming in on trains… and then also the film will look at what it’s going to

be like in the future.” “We’re going to have a day where we shoot in front of a green screen and the kids can think about what it might be like in the future. “Are there going to be hover boards, you know?” he says laughing. “I’m just going to leave it to their creativity, because kids can come up with the barmiest of things.” While the green screen is bound to seduce any Lord of the Rings and Gollum fans, the workshop is also a chance to take a positive look at how we get about in Cambridge and how different modes of transport interact. Here’s hop-

MONSTER FUN: Gollum fans will enjoy the green screen session

ing that any bike v car road rage doesn’t get sneakily caught on camera… that’s not the angle Ryd is aiming to capture. So why should people sign up? “Because it’s fun,” he enthuses. “[The kids] will learn a lot about filmmaking, they’ll gain new friends, they’ll learn about team work and they’ll learn a lot about Cambridge as well. Making a film about something, you learn tonnes about the subject, so they’ll learn about the history of Cambridge and have fun thinking about the future too.” We’re convinced and just a little bit jealous. Now, where to track down a camera and tag along?

Become a time traveller  

Time travelling film workshop

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