This year's Spring Fling is an impressive development on last year’s programme. Organised by Edinburgh District Council, and running ior two weeks (1741 May), it alters the people at Edinburgh a wide variety oi periormances and opportunities to get involved in arts and events, and is genuinely low-priced and accessible - many events are tree.

Our Daily Diary lists events by day and then by category. ND exhibitions are to be iound in the usual place in the Edinburgh art listings. Tickets to events at the Assembly Rooms are available it advance lrom the Usher Hall Box Diiice, Lothian Road, tel 031 2281155 Mon-Sat 10am -5pm, and on the door one hour beiore pertormance. Tickets to events elsewhere are available on the door. For any further iniormation, please tel: Arts Outreach Team, 1 Cockbum Street, Edinburgh 1, tel: 225 2424 ext. 6623/6625.

Events may be subject to change aiter going to press, so do check beiore going it you can.


o Pandemonium Puppets Calton Community Centre. 10.30am (not at 3pm). See Kids.

0 The Odyssey Wilkie House, Cowgate. 7pm. Admission free by voucher available from Theatre Workshop (226 5425) or on door hall an hour before performance. Following on the heels of Lung Ha ’3 Monkey last year, Lung Ha’s

-. Theatre Co. , a large cast of

physically and mentally handicappec people, volunteers and experienced performers present a piece of theatre

. about the exciting adventures of Odysseus, as penned by Homer,

using film, music, dance, drama and slides to recreate the myth.


0 Tea Dance with Swing '86 Portobello Town Hall. Portobello High Street. 50pm. 3pm. Ticket includes refreshments. Give it a whirl. Music from the Thirties and Forties.


0 Rock at the Ross Ross Open Air Theatre. Princes Street Gardens. 2pm. Free. Music by Bananas, Volunteer Slavery, Flying School, Watch With Mother, Medusa Touch and the lively and punky Napalm Stars.

0 Fini Tribe present ‘Absolutlon' Assembly Rooms. George Street. 8.30pm. £2 (£1). A very special show is promised, but cloaked in mystery. Fini Tribe had to cancel their last


o Rotating Dancers, Dance and Rock Project Royal Commonwealth Pool Cafe. Dalkeith Road. Telephone 225 2424 ext 6623 for information and details. The week long project continues (it began on 13 May and finishes tomorrw). Performance: see Sun 18 and Thurs 29 May.


0 Late Night Open Air Movies Ross Theatre, Princes Street Gardens. 10.30pm. Free.

0 The Airican Dueen (PG) (John Huston, UK, 1951) Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn. 103 mins. Humphrey Bogart as a grizzled alcoholic boatman. Katharine Hepburn as an oh-so-proper missionary. Throw in a few Nazis and a lot of reeds, and you get one of the all-time greats


0 Community Cavalcade King’s Theatre, leven Street, 229 1201. 7.30pm. Free. Featuring a host of talent from around Edinburgh who auditioned to perform. Those appearing include the ‘Spring’ Dance Troupe; Frank Logan, a comic; the clowns Nervous circus; Lynn Fairley; The Grace Boyle Dancers; Pilton Children‘s Circus; Theatre School Dancers; ballad-singer Pamela Wheelan; the comic act Mars and Uranus; Chinese Dancers and Edinburgh Acting School presenting one act of a play.


O Danceabout Assembly Rooms. George Street. 225 2424 ext 6623 for information and booking. l—Spm. Free. Creche. Marilyn Williams ex-Ballet Rambert gives a weekend shape-up in a warm-up class

followed by a full workshop.

i o Rotating Dancers, Dance and Rock

. Project Royal Commonwealth Pool Cafe. Dalkeith Road. Tel: 225 2424

1 ext 6623 for information. Free. 3pm performance following the week-long performance project see Sat 17 May and Thurs 29 May.


o Pandemonium Puppets Waverley Market Plaza, Princes Street. 1pm Free. See Sat 17

o ‘Spector lnspectre' Netherbow Arts Centre, 43 High Street. 556 9579 2.30pm£2 (£1) ' '

A fast-paced family show with lots of


o Pandemonium Puppets Waverley Market Plaza. 1pm. Free.

0 Spector Inspectre Netherbow Arts Centre. High Street. 556 9579. 2.30pm. £2 (£1). Edinburgh Puppet Co. in a show for the family. See Kids.

0 Thee Thy Thou Thine Assembly Rooms, George Street. 8pm. £2.50 (£1.50). The unique. quirky and immensely funny comedienne. Rose English, decribed as ‘Mona Lisa on speed’, in the company of Richard Wilding.


0 Words and Music Assembly Rooms. George Street. 7.30pm. 50p (free for unwaged) Not a ‘reading and discussion‘ as originally billed. but a performance of writing and song from the Tolleross and Leith Writers‘ Workshop.

0 School at Poets Retrospective

; Netherbow Arts Centre. High

f Street, 556 9579. 7.30pm. 50p (cones ; available). The Scottish Poetry

1 Library School of Poets present an

i evening of readings.


0 Star Trek 5 The Search ior Swing

The Mound. 11am. Free. Princes

Street Gardens. 2pm. Free. Also Wed 21 Thurs 29 May, various venues and times. Theatre Workshop's Street Theatre Team in another zappy, zany show. written by Simon Abbott from whose pen former street theatre successes have flowed.

0 To Fetch Her Home Again Netherbow Arts Centre. High Street. 556 9579. Tue 20—Fri 23. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). Janet Fenton‘s play explores the prejudices that surrounded treatment ofso-called ‘witches‘ and their contemporary relevance. Performed by Witch Theatre Company. A Women Live Event: open to both sexes.

o The Puddok an’ the Princess Assembly Rooms, George Street. Tue 20—Sat 24. 7.30pm. Sat also

; 3pm. £2.50 (£1 .50). Theatre Alba‘s

' delightful production of David

Purves’ play about an uppity puddok (aka frog) who, through a mixture of charm and bombast, inveigles his way into the affections of a princess. Adults and kids 7+. See also Theatre section.

0 The Complete Alternative History oi the World Part1 Assembly Rooms. George Street. 9pm. £2.50(£1.50).

immensely popular shows, this time

recreating great historical moments, with comedy and music.

0 Gorgie/Dairy Writers’ Workshop and § The Rookbook Group Assembly 3 Rooms, George Street. 7.30pm. 50p i (free unwaged). Poetry and song, all L welcome.



; o StarTrek 5—The Search tor Swing

' Middle Meadow Walk, Meadows.

1 lam. Free. See Tue 20. 0 To Fetch Her Home Again Castlebrae ' High School. Craigmillar. 7.30pm.

£1 (50p). See Tue 20.

o Robson's Choice Church Hill

3 Theatre, Morningside Road. Wed

21—Sat 24. 7.30.£2.50 (£1.50)

: Leitheatre in Harold Brighouse‘s comedy about life in a family in his

; contemporary. early twentieth century North England.

; o The Puddok an' the Princess Assembly Rooms, George Street. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1 .50). See Tue 20. 0 Edinburgh Playwrights’ Workshop Assembly Rooms, George Street. 7.30pm. 50p (free for unwaged). Playreadings and discussions of new work.


0 Rank Wangiord Assembly Rooms.

I, George Street. 7.30 and 10pm. £3.50 (£2). Alternative country band that

; has become what it parodied.

! Always welcome back in Edinburgh.


0 Writers’ Evening Netherbow Arts Centre, High Street. 5569579. 7.30pm. £2 (£1 ). Readings from Tessa Ransford, Alan Jackson and : Rayne MacKinnon.


0 Late Night Open Air Movies 10.30pm. Free. Ross Theatre.

Princes Street Gardens.

g 0 Blade Runner ( 15) (Ridley Scott.

i US, 1982) Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Darryl Hannah. 117 mins.


o StarTrek 5—The Search for Swing Abercorn Park, Portobello. 11am. Free. Jack Kane Centre. 4pm. Free. See Tue 20.

0 To Fetch Her Home Again Wester Hailes Education Centre. 7.30pm. £1 (50p) See Tue 20.

o Robson’s Choice Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road. 7.30pm. £2.50(£1.50) See Wed 21. o The Puddok an’ the Princess

action. The puppets are rod gloves, . performed by the Edinburgh Puppet

Company. -

The Nippy Sweeties, alias Liz Lochhead, Elaine C. Smith and Angie Rew, in another oftheir

Assembly Rooms, George Street. 1 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50) See

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