Jack and the Beanstalk Tue 9—Sat 12 Dec. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). Pandemonium Puppets in an hour long version of the favourite tale of the upwardly mobile Jack and the giant problems he encounters.

The Censored Dreams of Batman and Robin Fri 29 Nov—Sat 20 Dec. 7.30pm. Fris and Sats also at 10pm. £3 (£2). Stage Dialogue in what they graphically describe as a Theatre Nasty.

0 TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate. 552 4267/8. Box Office Tue—Sat. Noon—10pm. Bar.

Tron Dance Week Thurs 27 Nov—Sat 6 Dec. See Dance.

Wireless, Wireless Thurs 27 and Fri 28 Nov. See Cabaret.

Sleeping Beauty Fri 12 Dec—1 Feb. Preview Thurs 11 Dec. 7.30pm. (8pm on Sats); Mats Sat 5pm; Thurs 2pm. £5, £4. £3. Thurs mat children £2.25. Craig Ferguson aka Bing Hitler stars in the Tron‘s first panto, written by himself and Peter Capaldi. See Panto page.


O BEDLAM THEATRE 2 Forrest Road. 225 9893.

Translations Until Fri 28 Nov. 7.30pm. EUTC members£1.5(): non-members £2.50 (£2). EUTC in a new production of a play by Brian Friel. Friel‘s quiet and unexpected exploration of Irish issues. through the arrival in a small 1830s Irish community ofa group of British soldiers working for the Ordnance Survey. won great acclaim when the play was first performed in 1981. See Review.

The Governor’s Lady Wed 3 Dec. 1.30pm. EUTC members£1: non-members£1.50. EUTC in a lunchtime performance of a play by David Mercer.

True West Thurs 4—Sun 7 Dec. 7.30pm. EUTC members£l .50: Non~members £2.50 (£2). EUTC in a production of Sam Shepard‘s play demythologising American family life through the meeting oftwo brothers.

0 BRUNTON THEATRE Musselburgh, 665 2240. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [D] [E]

The Shepherd Beguiled Until Sat 6 Dec. 7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). First night £2 (£1 .50). A new production of Netta B. Reid‘s mysterious and magical play about the 17th century minster. Robert Kirk. and his strangeassociation with the sinister


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The Traverse production of Losing Venice has seen several shores. Since its success early last year, John Clifford’s play has been to Perth Festival in Australia and more recently to Sweden. The next venue it plays will be closerto home, however— Edinburgh, to be precise, but not the Traverse Theatre. The company are mounting a new production at the Lyceum Studio just down the road. This isn’t sheer madness- it is a definite move towards making productions more publicly accessible, a short-term

lire-escape facilities don’t meet the a team of Edinburgh architects are engaged on a feasibility study towards

studies have been done with more radical, costly alterations in mind).

The firm, Robert Hurd and Partners (whose senior partner Larry Rowland is president oi the RIBA) are doing the survey for nothing as a form of sponsorship. If solutions are found, Artistic Director Jenny Killick hopes that changes could be made as early as next year. The ‘club’ status doesn’t make tickets outrageously expensive, but it does present a psychological block for people, even though day membership is possible. ’llext yearwe could be doing only four new productions. We’re facing a year of absolute minimal activity. If twenty more people came every night we could do another production.’

At various stages during the Traverse’s history, plans have been mooted to find a new building entirely. It is an option that Jenny Killick would consider, but prefers to avoid, as it could mean closing down for a couple of years. ‘This building has gradually evolved to do new plays. It’s good for that- it has all the facilities on site. What we’re saying is let’s give it anothertry.’

In the meantime, while new plays from recent Traverse seasons transfer to other theatres internationally, Losing Venice at the Lyceum reflects the thinking behind present policy. ’We’re looking to ways of presenting work in Edinburgh in venues that are more accessible. It's a matter of showing confidence in the fact that our work is for everyone, it’s not inaccessible or elitist.’ Sarah Hemming

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measure reflecting a more long-term plan to make the Traverse ‘public’. The Traverse has been a theatre ‘club’ since it started in the sixties, partly, then, to escape censorship, but primarily because its seating and

requirements for a public theatre. Now

making the building public with the minimum expenditure (previous

faery folk. See Review.

Robinson Crusoe Thurs 11 Dec—Sat 17 Jan. 7.30pm. Mats 2.30pm (tel box office for details). £3.80 (£3); £2.50 for all seats on mats and Mon eve. 12 and 30 Dec already sold out. Ron Coburn Productions bring their annual panto to the Brunton with Coburn himselfplaying the children‘s favourite. Bammy Sammy. who this time finds himself caught up with Robinson Crusoe, Man Friday er a]. Music by Ken Haynes and Douglas Brown. Suitable for 5—14 year-olds (and the young at heart).

0 CASTLEBRAE STUDIO Castlebrae High School. Greendykes Road. Craigmillar.

Santa Comes to Town Tues 9—Sat 13

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The Shepherd Beguiled

By Netta B. Reid The strange, but true, story of the disappearance of the 17th Century Scottish Minister Robert Kirk Wednesday 19 November— Saturday 6 December 7.45 pm Tickets: £3.50/£2.00 (Wed. 19 Nov. 2200/2150) BOX OFFICE: 031-665 2240

NEXT:: Ron Coburn Productions and ELDC Present ROBINSON CRUSOE 11 December 1986- 17January 1987

I Dec. 7.30pm (Wed & Thurs sold out). £1 (50p). Tickets from Margaret Paton 661 5877. In which Queen Nastazia. a wicked queen (loosely based on a well-known political figure) forbids Santa to


Street. Edinburgh). The Makars in

changes rapidly when she meets the debonair Gaston. Anne of Green Gables Wed 3—Sat 6

£1.50. Tickets available usual outlets and also from Miss Ann Graham, 21

I society in a musical production of the well-loved book. Neville Garden conducts. The Imperial Nightingale Thurs ll—Sat 13 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat also 2.30pm. £2, £1.50 (Students. OAPs. UB40s) £1 (children). Tickets available usual outlets. The Mercators in a stage adaptation by Nicholas Stuart Gray of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen about freedom as the Emperor of China wonders why the nightingale whose song he loved in the wild won't sing when he keeps it in a Golden Cage. O GEORGE SQUARE THEATRE George Square. The Incredible Brechin Beetle Bug Fri 5 and Sat 6 Dec. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2). Tickets available from: Canongate Music, Blackfriars Street;Ticket Centre, Waverley Bridge and theatre on the night. For enquiries and party bookings (concs available) phone 7:84 on 031 557 2442.

7:84 Scotland open the tour of their first ever pantomime The Incredible Brechin Beetle Bug by Matt McGinn.

ome to Craigmillar one Christmas, nd the kids get together to foil her


Morningside Road. Tickets usually available from Cruikshanks the Newsagents. opp the Theatre.

Gigi Until Sat 29 Nov. 7.30pm. £2 (Tickets from Cruikshanks, also Mrs Helen Burgess, 16 West Annandale

the play by Colette and Anita Loos

about Gigi. a young girl growing up in Paris in the respectable society of her female relations. whose world

Dec. 7.30pm. Adult £2.50. Child

Pilrig Gardens. The Allegro drama Theatre Workshop Christmas Show 1986


A musical based on Russian Folklore :5

By Anne Oar-rite. Directed by Adrian Hams. f f; - A m fantasy at "m a lapel A WI um 00 wow .u wm1.&~"

Saturday 20th -— Wednesday 3lst December . looking Now. Tickets £2.80 ' (1.50. n ' an... m am. I’me saver an no" Iar Other to: details. on 226 5425 Theatre Watasnoo. 3‘ Marathon Place. Edinburgh I03“ 225 1942

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