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0 Theatre is listed by city iirst, then by venue, running in alphabetical order, except for touring shows which are listed by the name or the show. Most theatres in Glasgow are showing Mayfest productions. See separate Mayfest Diary ior details.
0 CITIZENS Gorbals Street. 42‘) 0022. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [D].
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0 CUMBERNAULO THEATRE Cumbernauld. 0236 732887. Box Office Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—3pm. 6-8pm perfevgs. Bar/Cafe.
Orton Double Bill Until Sat 2 May. 7.45pm. £2 (£1 ). No Mean Company in a double bill ofplays by the master ofsavage black comedy. Joe Orton — The Ruffian on the Stair and The
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Marcella Evarista Tue 5 May. 8pm.
£1 . The playwright reads from her plays and poems in the bar. including excerpts from Checking Out. a play to be produced at Cumbernauld in the autumn ofthis year. and The Work.
Maclash Sat 9 May. 7.45pm. £2.50 (£1.25). The extremely popular comedy group. the Merry Mac Fun Coin their new show. See Mayfest Diary.
The Warld’s Wonder Tue 12 May. 7.45pm. £2.50 (£ 1 .25). Theatre Alba‘s production of Alexander Reid‘s comedy. Sec Touring and Review.
Macbeth Thurs 14 and Fri 15 May. 7.45pm. £2.75 (£1 .50). Compass Theatre. a company acclaimed for their bold. punchy and strong productions in a new. very physical production ofShakespeare's classic ‘Scottish‘ play.
0 DRAMA CENTRE 126 Ingram Street. 041552 5827.
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0 GEORGE SOUARE
Calton Weavers Community Pageant Sun 3 May. Noon. Free. A huge piece ofstreet theatre to commemmorate the bicentenary of the Calton Weavers‘ martyrdom. Co-ordinated by United Artists. eighteen community groups have dveloped performances based on the events. to be shown over the next few weeks. Today's pageant will take in some of them as it tours the city finishing at Glasgow Green at 5pm.
0 GLASGOW UNIVERSITY DRAMA CENTRE West Quadrangle. University Avenue.
Decadence Fri 1 May 2.30pm. Free. Drama Plus from Cardiff come to Forward Act (See Modern Languages Theatre) with Steven Berkoff‘s savage. biting comedy about the British upper class. recently revived by the playwright himselfin London. Ways of Seeing Sat 2 May. 7.30pm.
Free. York University come to Forward Act with a play that might increase your understanding of the situation in Palestine. 0 KING’S Bath Street. Box Office Mon—Sat 12 noon—6pm. 4 bars. [D] [E] Phone Bookings. Ticket Centre, Candleriggs. Mon—Sat 10.30am-6.30pm. 552 5961. Cinderella Until Sat 2 May. 7.15pm. Sat mat 2. 15pm. £4—£2.50. Glasgow Grand Opera in the opera by Massenet. See Classical Music. Thereafter please see Theatre section in Mayfest Daily Diary. 0 MITCHELL Granville Street, 221 3198. Box office Mon—Sat. 12 noon—6pm. Bar. Cafe. [D] Tickets also available from Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 552 5961. Mon—Sat 10.30am—6.30pm. Brigadoon Until Sat 2 May. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. West End Theatre in the Broadway musical in which two Americans discover a ghost village in Scotland that awakens once every hundred years. 0 MODERN LANGUAGES THEATRE University ofGlasgow, University Gardens. Hess Fri 1 May. 1pm. Free. Part of the last few days of Forward Act a national festival ofpolitical theatre organised by Glasgow University. Theatre Racoon present Hess. a dramatic monologue about Hitler’s close friend. who is now asking personally for release for the first time. Audition Fri 1 May8.30pm. Free. Cast ofThousands from Nottingham
‘Live big and dream small' advises one character at the end at Peter Jukes’ play, Abel Barebone and the Humble Company Against the Great Mortality. which is premiered at the Traverse on 7 May, the first in the Traverse season oi new plays. Such wisdom is gleaned irom a Wizard oi Oz-Iike journey oi learning, which stretches irom the plague-ridden misery oi Yorkshire in 1350, to a iuture when sell-extermination is the popular solution to life’s predicament.
The Humble Company are the troupe oi misiits and losers who make this traumatic journey through time, led by the irrepressible Abel — con-trickster, Irishman, and avenger otthe opppressed. He leads his band at melancholy men out oi thankless reality into a startling present, where they have the chance to write the unauthorised version oi history, including themselves as being amongst the elite who will deieat The
Great Mortality by living on in memory.
‘lt’s not an allegory. Everything’s dead real', says 26 yearold Peter Jukes, who wrote Abel aiterworking in
come to Forward Act with a play that shows Moliere as very much caught up in the political turmoil of his time. contrary to the general view of him. GrandirSat 9 May. 7.45pm. £3. Members £2. Students per 5 £1 . Please see Brunton Theatre. Edinburgh.
0 PAVILION 121 Renfield Street. 332 1846. Box office Mon—Sat 10am-8pm. Bar.
Forever Elvis Until Sat 2 May. 7.30pm. £4. £3.50. £3. Mon all seats £2. To mark the tenth anniversary of the King‘s death. Barry White‘s biographical musical is touring Britain.
Bing Hitler and Friends Mon 4 May. 7.30pm. £4. £3. The highly popular Glasgow comedian and actor. plus guests. appears as part of the Radio Clyde Week.
LauderThurs l4—Sat 23 May. 7.30pm. Sat mats 2.30pm. £4. £3.50. £2.50. Jimmy Logan in his extremely popular one-man show about the unique and personable Sir Harry Lauder and his times.
0 QUEEN MARGARET UNION Biko Bar. University Gardens.
Computer Date and Coming Out Fri 1 May. 4pm: Sat 2 May. 9pm. Free. Sheffield Polytechnic Theatre Group in a bold double bill that explores exploitation of heterosexism and considers the courage ofgays in finding an alternative. Part of Forward Act— See Modern Languages Theatre.
0 THEATRE ROYAL I lope Street. 331 1234. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm (7.30pm on perfevgs). Bar. Buffet.
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0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521.
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0 TRON THEATRE 63 Trongatc. 552 4267/8. Box Office Tue—Sat Noon—8pm; Sun 12.30—8pm.
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India with Maya, a village theatre group who combine iolk tale and politics. The characters are iully-iledged and the atmosphere is 1350, its iolklore and customs have been researched and recreated. But neither is it a historical play, ‘the iuture is seen through the past, and the present, which seems mundance to us, is seen through the characters' eyes and looks very strange.’
Style too is diiticult to pin down. ‘It
Cafe/Rest. Bar Tue—Thurs Noon-1 1pm; Fri and Sat Noon—midnight; Sun 12.30—11pm. Please see Mayest Daily Diary.
O BEDLAM THEATRE Top Girls Tue S-Sat 9 May. 7.30pm. £2.50. £2 cones; £1.50 non-members. Edinburgh University Theatre Company in a production, directed by Morag Sweeting. ofCaryl Churchill‘s remarkable play. Into the story of a top woman executive, working in modern London. Churchill introduces famous women from the past. each ofwhom have been exceptional in their day. 0i ior England Wed 6 May. 1.30pm. £1 .50: members £1 . EUTC in a luchtime presentation ofTrevor Griffith‘s play. Winners Wed 13 May. 1.30pm. £1 .50; members £1 . EUTC in one Bart of Brian Friel‘s Lovers.
racula Wed l3—Sun 17 May. 10.30pm. £2.50: £2 concs; £1 .50 members. A late night production of the Bram Stoker classic. adapted for the stage by the company. directed by Sally Bates. O BRUNTON THEATRE Musselburgh. 665 2240. Box office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [D] [E] Musselburgh Unemployed Workers Centre Mon 4 May 7.30pm. An evening ofcntertainment by members of the Centre. Grandir Fri 8 May. 7.30pm. £3 (£2x'£1.50). Theatre Ecarlate. presented by the French Institute. in a production in French. but using mime and puppetry. Nominated for an award at the Avignon Festival. Grandir tells the allegorical tale of two people who live at the foot ofa ‘pcrson‘ who keeps growing. 0 CHURCHILL THEATRE Morningside Road. Tickets usually available from Cruikshanks the Newsagents.o theTheatre.
catches a lot at conventions and transiorms them’, says Jukes. Narrators and writers abound within the play and, Jukes observes, the actors take over the storytelling, translating the narrators' words into liie.
Abel Barebone is kaleidoscopic and includes star-turns irom amongst others, Jehovah and Bessie Smith. Yet its myriad ieatures are unilied by what Jukes calls ‘the problem at historicism'. A quirky insight into the tricks oi time, the way we record it, try to control it and ultimately are deieated by it.
The epic scale oi Abel Barebone will be repeated in Peter Jukes’ latest and very diiierent project, a Shout in the Street, a unique collaboration between BBC Radio and the publishers Faber and Faber. This time the street lite oi tour modern cities— Paris, Leningrad, London and New York- is explored, covering everything that happens in the street, irom riots to window-shopping.
‘lt’s about street culture, sireet-iashion, street-wise; but its not
cool’, says Jukes, ‘because l'm not
cool.’ (Julie Morrice)
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