it’s hard to imagine that an actor of the calibre ot Sir Anthony Duayle should be spending his latter years worrying about money. Yet with the sell-inﬂicted
f burden and joy at a touring theatre
company on his hands, that is exactly
what is uppermost in his mind.
The star who has played in lilms such as The Eagle Has Landed, Lawrence ol Arabia, and The Guns ol Navarone, deliberater eschewed the prospect of leading West End roles, or retirement in the sun — he sold his boat— to set up Compass Theatre in 1983.
Now taking the part at the pompous dean in the company’s Dandy Dick, a comedy on horse-racing by Pinero, Duayle has no regrets about the ditticult venture he started. ‘To go on tour and actually leel you are making a national contribution to theatre, is very exciting.’ It is a project which he hopes may even promote a greater leeling ot unity within a Britain beset with North/South prejudices.
The crusade is ‘lull of hazard’ nonetheless. Despite some pertormances in London, ‘thirteen weeks ol travelling is very expensive. You can never pay back the initial capital outlay, so you have to be
Hamilton). The plays, put on by SYT will subsequently be touring Scotland (see next issue).
0 TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate, 552 4267/8. Box Office Tue—Sat. Noon—10pm. Bar.
Hamlet Until Sat 20 Sept. 7.30pm. Members £3, Guests £4. The Actors Touring Company. a group renowned for strong, energetic productions, in Shakespeare‘s masterpiece. on which they promise to shed interesting light by emphasising the play‘s comic streak as well as its darker elements.
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subsidised partly by the Arts Councils, and partly by sponsors like the Prudential and Bank Xerox, but we’re living year by year and hand to mouth, which means you can never plan ahead.’
Too much at its lounder’s gloomy x number-crunching, and you can begin ' to overlook the considerable success
, Bing returns with his own successful [ brand of head banging one-man
‘ comedy. See panel on Rock page.
i Blood and Ice Tue 23 and Wed 24
: Sept. 8pm. Tickets as above. Winged Horse in the first oftheir two touring ! productions — Liz Lochhead’s play.
' (See Touring).
I The Cry 01 Spain Thurs 25 Sept. 8pm.
i Tickets as above. Winged Horse in
] the second of their touring
i productions, about the Spanish Civil [ War. (See Touring).
i Desire Fri 26 Sept—Sun 5 Oct. 8pm.
i Tickets as above. Communicado in
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as above. The extremely popular
f R.L. Stevenson. (See Touring).
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Compass has had. Though they have travelled as tar as Hong Kong, where, having played to lull houses, they have been asked to return, lor Duayle, the highspots have been occasions such as perlorming The Tempest in Plymouth. ‘It was the lirst Shakespeare they had had in overtwo years,’ says the sell-contessed ‘nut on the subject oi theatre’ who was born in Lancashire and himselt remembers the frustrations of having to wait until his
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traditionally consistent team envisaged, and Dandy Dick, directed by David Gilmore and with 42nd Street’s Margaret Courtenay as its leading lady, is less star-studded than past offerings. But the tale
olthe puritan’s descent into gambling and jail at the hands at a wicked woman, has plenty ol comic possibilities, especialy with Duayle in the lead. ‘lt’s wondertully written and very lunny’, he says. ‘Really it’s the classic situation ot a proud man brought low, only this time it’s a great
big banana-skin in the torm ot a racehorse that does lor him.’ ] (Stephanie Billen)
[ 0 ASSEMBLY ROOMS George Street. ; Tickets for The Albannach available ' from Usher Hall Box Office 228 1155. Ticket Centre. Waverley 225 3732, Canongate Music, Blackfriars Street, 557 3090 and on the door. The Albannach Thurs 2—Sat 4 Oct. 7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). 7:84 Scotland begin their tour ofa new production oflohn McGrath‘s adaptation of the book by Fionn MacCoIla that was a great success last year.
Body Sculpture Performance Sat 27 Sept. 2pm. Free. A short performance by the unique performance art group. Centre Ocean Stream — the culmination of a week ofworkshops. See also Ross Theatre, Edinburgh. and Exhibitions page.
0 BRUNTOH THEATRE Musselburgh, 665 2240. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [D] [E]
The Wallace Until Sat 27 Sept. The Brunton sails into action under its new captain Charles Nowosielski, with Sydney Goodsir Smith‘s epic
1986/87 Season of Romance, Music and Heroism 17 September— 27 September
by Sydney Goodsir Smith With Neil Duncan as William Wallace
BOX OFFICE: 031-665 2240 Next Production: OH WHATA LOVELY WAR. 1 - 18 Oct.
drama celebrating Scotland‘s famous hero,
0h Whata Lovely War! Wed 1—Sat 18 Oct. 7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). First night £2 (£1.50). A new production by the Brunton Theatre in honour of International Year of Peace ofthe musical critique ofthe First World War, first developed by Joan Littlewood's famous Theatre Workshop in 1963 and probably best known now in the film version.
0 KINGS 2 Leven Street, 229 1201. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. Rest. [D] [E]
Cluedo Until Sat 20 Sept. Mon—Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5 and 8pm. £4.50—£6. Cones: Sat mat and Mon eve all seats £4;Tue. Wed, Thurs— OAPs,
UB40$ and Children under 16 half
8 The List—19; 2 Oct
price; parties of 10 or over 40%
earlyteens to see his tirst London play. ' Compass has never quite become the 5
discount. Mystery. crime and comedy with a living version of the board game in which the audience has to decide whodunnit — Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the lead piping? Memories. . .
The Old Man at Lochnagar Fri 19 Sept. 2.30pm. Sat 20 Sept. 10.30am and 2pm. £3 (Child £2). Schoolteachers Free. Whirligig Theatre Coin a stage adaptation of the story written by HRH The Prince of Wales for his smaller siblings.
Himawari Thurs 25 Sept. 11am & la 2.30pm. £2. See Kids. 3
Dandy Dick Mon 29 Sept—Sat 4 Oct. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. 3 £5.50—£7.50. Mon eve and Sat mat all seats £4. OAP. Student, U840, . Child halfprice Tue—Thurs (Stalls i and Grand Circle only); disabled halfprice all performances. Parties of8 or more 20% discount Tue—Fri. Sir Anthony Ouayle's Compass . Theatre in a comedy by Arthur Wing PineroinvolvingaDean anda ‘ racehorse. See Panel. 0 MORAY HOUSE THEATRE Canongate, Royal Mile. Trumpets and Raspberries Thurs 2—Sat 4 Oct. 7.30pm. Tickets from the Fringe Office. 170 High Street, 226 5257 and from theatre on the night. Borderline Theatre in their acclaimed production of Dario Fo‘s faFCC. See Review. 0 NETHERDOW 43 High Street, 556 9579. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—4pm. 7—9pm perfevgs. Cafe. [El ‘ The Lambs ol God Fri 19 and Sat 20 ’ Sept. 7.30pm. Clyde Unity revive Benedick Scott‘s play, first performed by Glasgow Unity Theatre in the 1940s, about life for a working class community in a small Scottish town. Sister Betsy: In the Name ol the Lord? A musical comdey written by Gavin Dickson. Tue 23—Sat 27 Sept. 7.30pm. The Ups and Downs ol SuckerTown Sat 9 30 Sept. 2.30pm. £2 (£1). Mime and [ music underthe auspices ofthe ' Scottish Chamber Orchestra, following a workshop in the Harry I Younger Hall. Canongate (from 10.30am—12.30pm) for 7 year-olds and over. Free. Contact theatre for details. The Sadie Aitken Lecture Tue 30 Sept. 7.30pm. Michael Elder, whose Whalers won a Fringe First at this year‘s Festival gives the lecture. 0 PORTOBELLO TOWN HALL Portobello High Street, Portobello. Tickets available: Porto Grill, 10d Bath Street, Portobello; A&J Murray, Newsagents, 8a Bath Street, Portobello and Dept of I Recreation, Edinburgh District Council, 249 High Street, Edinburgh, 225 2424. We'll Support You Evermore Mon 29 and Tue 30 Sept. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). Cumbernauld Theatre Company in their touring production of a comedy about Scotland winning the World Cup. See Touring. 0 R088 THEATRE Princes Street Gardens. The Silent Circle Sat 20 and Sat 27 Sept. 10pm. Free. A fifty-minute performance by the performance art group Centre Ocean Stream, who