all the Dickens‘ Novels, it was one oi
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A NOVEL APPROACH TO DICKENS
4 On 29 January TAG Theatre Company
2 begin a tour oi Scotland with a new
; production oi Stephen Jeiireys‘
. adaptation oi Dickens' classic Hard
FirstwritteniorCumbria'sPocket Theatre Company - a production
directed by Adrian Harris who is now at
Edinburgh‘s Theatre Workshop - Jeiireys chose Hard Times because ‘oi
system based on iacts that crushes the imaginative Iiie.‘
In adapting the book Jeiireys took the opportunity to clarity a iew oi the more bewildering aspects oi the tale giving Blackpool, the token working class character a deiinite reason ior not joining the union — ‘Dickens wasn't really equipped to write about the Victorian working classes.‘
Jeiireys hasn’t been directly involved in the TAG production — indeed this is only one at a number oi recent productions oi what is prooving to be a very popular adaptation— but he will be hoping to see it. The tour starts at the Drama Centre, Ingram Street and includes Vincent Friell, lately seen in Restless Natives, as Gradgrind and a new music score by Richard Sisson.
Jeiireys meanwhile will be working on a community drama project in Wales about the nationalisation oi the breweries. However, agreeing that Dickens is the ‘best playwright who never wrote plays', he hasn't ruled out 3 an adaptation oi
the very iew that could be periormed by iour actors and has a cast that divides up pretty well between male and Iemale‘. The other reason ior taking on this grim tale oi oi scientiiic education in Coketown, Dickens' imaginary Northern industrial town, was the contemporary political parallels. ‘In 1982 there was a growing awareness oi the kind oi government Thatcher‘s really was. The reliance on pseudo Friedman economics struck me as very like the the scientiiic education the book satirises - as in the iamous scene when the pupil can name the parts at a horse but doesn't know what one is. It a
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Morningside Road. The Relapse Until Sat 25 Jan. 7.30pm. Tickets avail. on the door and from Cruikshanks Newsagents opp. theatre. ()nstage ()6 in one of their biannual productions: a production directed by Rex Walker ofJohn Vanburgh‘s rarely performed Restoration comedy — a suitably bawdy tale featuring all the best in cuckolded husbands. I mistakenidentityand comic misunderstanding. Evening oi One Act Plays Sat 1 Feb
O BEDLAM THEATRE 2 Forrest Road. Richard III Mon 27 Jan — Mon 3 Feb.
OAPs). (£1.25— members). Edinburgh University Theatre Company in a new production. set in the volatile social world of the Elizabethan ‘Ril‘s. of Shakespeare's play with Angus Wright playing one ofthe best loved villains oithem all.
0 CHURCH HILL THEATRE
Tue 28-Thur 30 Drama Centre. Ingram St. Glasgow 7 30 Fri 3t-Sat1 Cumbernauld Theatre 7 45 February
Wed 5 Strathaven Town Mlll Theatre 7 30 Thur 6 Queen Margaret Union. Glasgow 7 30 FTI 7-Sat 8 Third Eye Centre. Glasgow 7 30 Tues 11 Bonar Hall. Dundee 7 30 Wed 1 2 Students Union Theatre. St Andrews 7 30 Thur 13 Aberdeen Arts Centre 7 30
For iurther iniormation contact: TAG Theatre Company. Citiz
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CHARLES DICKENS' g
HARD TIMES for these times
adapted by Stephen Jeiireys 'A masterpiece . . showrng an astonishing and irreSIStib/e richness of life
ens Theatre. Gorbals. Glasgow GS 908 (041-429 2877).
Gorbals, Glasgow GS 908
Friday 17 January-Saturday 2 February at 7.30 pm.
THE SPANISH BAWD
A Romeo and Ju/iet story of passionate and consuming love. Friday 7-Saturday 22 February at 7.30 pm. FRIENDS AND LOVERS by Carlo Goldoni
ALL SEATS £3 Tickets available from the theatre Box Office. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon-Sat. Call in or phone 041-429 022/8177.
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by Fernando de Rojas
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THE BRILLIANT SOUTH AFRICAN PIANIST
ABDULLAH IBRAI'I I M
WITH HIS 7 PIECE BAND
USHER HALL EDINBURGH
THURSDAY JANUARY 30 ° 8PM
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