0 Theatre is listed by city tirst then by venue, running in alphabetical order,
' except tor touring shows which are listed by the name at the show. Please send details not later than 10 days beiore publication date.
O BRIGGAIT CENTRE 72 Clyde Street. 552 3970. Bar. Cafe. [D] Elsie and Norman’s Macbeth Sat 19 Apr. 8pm. Tickets from Briggait Centre or Drama Centre. Ingram Street. 552 5827. 0 CITIZENS Gorbals Street. 4290022 /8177. Box Office. Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [D] Closed until Maytest. O CUMBERNAULD THEATRE Cumbernauld. 023 67 32887. Box ' Office Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—3pm. 6—8pm perf. evgs. Bar/cafe. Barricades Until Sat 19 Apr. 7.45pm. £2 (£1). Cumbernauld Youth Theatre in a play by Nick Fearne about the divisive effect of barriers all over the world. and the reactions § ofpeople to each other when placed
When Ian Brown lirst asked Terry Neason to play Piai in TAG‘s new production at Pam Gems' play about the legendary singer, she thought he was joking. Though well-known to audiences of Wildcat productions tor her poweriui singing voice and sense of humour, Terry’s blue eyes, mane oi blonde hairand somewhat rounded edges make her physically about as far away from the so-called ‘sparrow' as you can get: ‘I thought—is he OK? I thought, people will come and think, My God, the sparrow's turned into a vulture! But I think now it was very courageous at him to cast me - l’m glad he didn’t go torthe obvious. ldon’t think you do need a lookalike. For a start, Pam Gems' play isn’t in French, it’s in Cockney.‘
The production promises to add an edge to Gems' already sharp play in more ways than one: Glaswegian will replace Gems' Cockney equivalent at working-class Paris jargon to begin with, and the score will include songs from Piai‘s repertoire that show her in uniamiliar light.
‘Most people know her tor her love songs. We've deliberately tried to get away irom that, so the audience won’t get a chance to sit back and relax. We’ve chosen some oi her strident, vibrant songs. Luckily enough, we sing in the same key!
‘I think it would be wrong though for me to try to ‘be' Pial—l don‘tthink anybody could sound like Piai. She was unique. People who saw her just wouldn't torget her. There was a sort oi i magnetism about the woman. She did
8'l‘hc List 18 April— 1 May
on either side of a divide.
Writer’s Cramp Fri 25 and Sat 26 Apr. 7.45pm. £2.75 (£1 .50). Borderline Theatre Company start their tour of John Byrne‘s hilarious comedy (see Touring).
Balls Wed 30 Apr and Thurs 1 May. 7.45pm. £2 (£1 ). Itai Productions in a play by Stu Henderson about a couple of youths who decide that they may be snookered and they may be juggled with. but the future amounts to a load of. . . and proceed to act accordingly. Not for the Unhip. they advise.
0 THE DRAMA CENTRE 126 Ingram Street. 552 5827. Box Office 9.30am—6pm.
Versatile Hamlets Fri 18—Sun 20 Apr. A mini-Shakespeare Festival comprising unorthodox versions of The Bard‘s plays (see also Elsle and Norm's Macbeth. Touring and Briggait).
And The Lady Shall Say Her Mind Freely 7.30pm. All three nights. A feminist version of Hamlet which takes its cue from Hamlet‘s advice to the Players. Written by Susan Triesman. it looks at the role of
everything to excess, including falling in love. When she was happy, she was really happy, oozing happiness. She had an awtul lot at joy in her. When she was telling a joke, she was seven loot tall.’
Gems' play develops a picture oi Plat as cynical, tough, witty, sellish—and yet immensely vulnerable and alone. The leeling at being out there on your own is one not unfamiliar to Terry. ‘The
tear when you walk on stage. That's me
every time I sing a song. That is every pertormer. And I don’twant this to sound big-headed, but there are parallels between us, and they are helping me. I went irom Easterhouse,
I which is like heavy, heavy working
class, straight into what is really a
women and patriarchal values in the
play and its productions over the
Thelma Pod - an anagram in 5 acts
9pm. All three nights. Ever such a
slightly silly version of Hamlet which
according to publicity ‘stn'ps away
i the rich poetry, powerful epic drama
3 and deep psychological insights. to
reveal the knockabout musical
sit-com at the heart of the work‘.
5 Do-bee or not do-bee perhaps.
3 O GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street, 221 4526. Mon—Fri 10am—10pm. Sat and Sun
The incredible Vanishing Until Fri 18
Apr.7.30pm.£1.50(£1).UB40 free. When a substantial number of small
children disappear. suspicion rests on the wicked queen. For children
, and adults. presented by the centre‘s Youth Theatre and written by
1 Denise Coffey.
O KING'S Bath Street. Box Office Mon—Sat noon—6pm. Four bars. [D] Phone bookings (Ticket Centre). Candleriggs. Mon-Sat 10.30am—6.30pm. 552 5961.
Suor Angelica and Cavalieria Rusticana Until Sat 19 Apr. 7.30pm. £3.50, £3. £2. Party cones. Glasgow Grand Opera Society present two operas. one by Puccini and the
second by Mascagni.
The Owl and the Pussycat Mon 21—Sat
26 Apr. Mon—Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5 and
8pm. £4.50. £4. £3.50. Two for price
ofone on Mon. OAP. Student.
middle-class arena -the theatre. It was heavy-duty culture shock!’
Terry’s voice, too, was ‘discovered' in an unorthodox way. She began singing when she was lourteen around railway clubs. Having left school early because she couldn’t do music, she moved to Glasgow, where she continued to sing and one day was invited along to a session with some iriends.
‘Big John McGrath was sitting there with a big shock of grey hairand an old pullover on. So i just thought he was some old guy, and I kept cracking dirty jokes with him, and he kept saying, Can you sing this? Can you sing that? When he asked me into the other room, I thought he was trying to pick me up! Then it turned out he was the director at
. 7:84 Theatre Company and he was altering the chance to do a tour with ' them . . .’ She began then, at the deep end. ‘ Aitertouring with 7:84, Terry then became one of the tounder members of . Wildcat Stage Productions, with whom she spent manyyears, singing, acting and writing material. Lately she has 2 moved into straight acting and, even _ more recently, into film, in an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s The ! Doctor and the Devils. ‘They were great learning experiences. Now this is ; another one. It’s good to challenge [ assumptions. People are used to 3 putting you into sale little bags like — ‘ Terry Neason, oh yes, that’s the big blonde one with the voice, who's funny with the audience. It’s good to do ] something ditierent.’
UB40 half price cones Tues—Fri. Peter Davison and Stephanie Lawrence in Bill Manhoff‘s comedy with a shade more innuendo that the original; more leer than Lear. Not suitable for children
The Seven Year itch Mon 28 Apr—Sat 3 May. Mon-Fri 7.30pm. Sat. 5 and 8pm. Prices as for The Owl and the
Pussycat. George Axelrod's
1 comedy. with Tony Britton and
O MITCHELL Granville Street. 221 3198. Box office Mon—Sat. 12
noon—6pm. Bar. Cafe. [D] Tickets
1 also available from Ticket Centre.
Candleriggs. 552 5961. Mon—Sat 10.30am—6. 30pm.
; Sugar Until Sat 19 Apr. 7.30pm. Sat mat 3pm. Tue—Fri £3.50: Sat mat £3. Sat evening £4. The Apollo Players
, in a stage version of the classic
comedy film Some Like I! Hot. Spanish Train and Other Stories Wed 23—Sat 26 Apr. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£2).
; Staccato Theatre Company in an
ambitious piece of musical theatre about opposites in life. based on the music ‘Spanish Train‘. by Chris de Burgh.
, Pantheon Club Diamond Jubilee Revue ;
Tue 29 Apr—Fri 2 May. 7.30pm. £3. Excerpts from the Pantheon Club‘s
I best loved recent musicals and
: dramatic productions. as wide
. ranging as The Importance of Being Earnest. A Man For All Seasons.
The King and I. My Fair Lady and Once a Catholic.
I O PAVILION 121 Renfield Street. 332
1846. Box office Mon—Sat
3 10am—8pm. Bar.
T Michael Barrymore and the Holy Polys ; Fri 18 and Sat 19 Apr. 6.15 and
9 8.45pm. £6. £5. Comedy from the TV comedian. whose appearances
on TV have ranged from Des O‘Connor to Kenny Everett.
AI Jolson's TOOtl'i Birthday Fri 25 and Sat 26 Apr. Fri 7.30pm. Sat 6.30 and 8.45pm. £3.50. £3. £2. Steve King
heads the celebrations. See Jazz.
j 0 THEATRE ROYAL Hope Street. 331 1234/332 9000 (credit cards). Box
office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm (7.30pm 1 on perfevgs) Bar. Buffet.
: Opera Season (see Classical Music).
0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall
; Street, 332 7521. Box Office Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Sun 2-5pm. (Tickets V from bookshop on perfevgs). [D]
; Dad and Davie Sat 19 Apr. 2.30 and
! 4pm. 50p. Bertie Scott. last seen at
i the Third Eye Centre in the panto. Fablevision. gives a lively illustrated readingofJ.K. Annand‘stranslation
of the German cartoon and verse tales about the archetypal gruesome twosome, Max and Moritz. Gruesome is the word; this reads like Teutonic Roald Dahl. so probably best for older children.
' London Calling Thurs 24 and Sat 26
Apr. 7.30pm. £2 (£1.50). Atlas
Theatre Co. in a production ofTony
Marchant‘s play about life for young people in present-day society. and their reactions to social and peer pressure around them.
0 TRON 38 Parnie Street. 552 4267/8. Box Office Tue—Sat. Noon-10pm. Bar with food.
McGrotty and Ludmilla Until Sun 20 Apr. 8pm. Members £2.50.