10am—8pm: Sun 6—l0pm. Bar. Rest. Tickets also available from the Ticket Centre. 22 Market Street. Seats from £2. Sundays ALL SEATS £2(non-members £2.50).

Abel Barebone and the Humble Company Against the Great Mortality Until Sun 31 May. 7.30pm. Day members £4.50; Econ members £4: Full members £3.50; Student members £2. All seats £2 on Sundays. Premiere ofan excellent play by Peter Jukes. starting the Traverse‘s season of new writing. Cain‘s brother Abel returns in the Middle Ages. and. with his Humble Company. demonstrates that it is possible for the poor to reshape their lives. See it now. or queue with the rest in the Festival.

Playing With lire Thurs 1 l June—Sat 4 July. 7.30pm. Prices as for/the! Barebone. A new play by John Clifford (author of the internationally successful [.osing Venice) a reworking of the Faust legend. in which Justina. an alchemist living in Paris during the Hundred Years‘ War. strikes a pact with the Devil. See panel.


The Alexander Sisters Fri 29 and Sat 30 May. £3 (£1.50) plus 50p membership for non-members. An evening ofcabaret. See Cabaret. Victor and Barry Fri 5 and Sat 6 June. 9.30pm. £3 (£1.50) plus 50p membership for non-members.

See Cabaret.

O WESTER HAILES EDUCATION CENTRE 5 Murrayburn Drive. 442 2201.

Red Wedge Cabaret Night Sun 7 June. 8pm. (Doors open 7.30pm). £3 (£2). Election Special tour by Red Wedge See Cabaret.


o Wallace—Guardian of Scotland Theatre Co-Op in a new play by Patrick Evans that attempts to strip the legendary hero of his romantic status but not his stature. Wallace emerges as a pugnacious. proud hard-man. a product and spokesman of his times and his divided. oppressed country. Through his story. narrated in short. punchy scenes. Evans paints in a picture of a ravaged. ununified Scotland ruthlessly economically exploited by the English Edward I. A bold. play. marred by overwriting and. at the outset of the tour. overacting.

For further details please contact Theatre Co-Op on 031 558 1610. Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Tue 2—Wed 3 June; Village Theatre. East Kilbride Thurs 4 June ; Harbour Arts

Centre. Irvine Fri 5 J une: Henderson Theatre. Shorts Sat 6 June ; Assembly Rooms, Edinburglt Tue 9 June (Spring Fling).

O The Gorbals Story 7:84 Scotland in the production (premiered at Mayfest) by David Hayman of Robert McLeish‘s 1940s play about life in a crowded Gorbals tenement during the post-war housing crisis. Though the production doesn‘t overcome the sentimentality bound up in the play it is buoyant. intelligent and funny and lends dignity to the characters. excellently played by the cast. For further details please tel 031 557 2442. Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh Tue 26—Sat 30 May. 7.45pm; Newcastle

I ’Iavhouse. .N'eweastle Tue 2—Sat 6 June. 7.30pm; Dundee Repertory Theatre. Dundee Tue 9—Sat 13 June. 7.45pm (Sat mat 3pm). Tour continues to Aberdeen.

For further details please tel: 031 557 2442.

O Gillespie Borderline Theatre Coin Bryan Elsley"s stage adaptation (premiered at Mayfest) ofthe turn-of—the-century novel by J. McDougal Hay about the entrepreneur Gillespie. who takes over and ruthlessly exploits a small fishing community in the West of Scotland. Elsley‘s taut adaptation retains the intensity and momentum of Hay‘s teeming. powerful original. and. though he doesn‘t force the point home. it is evident that the ‘spirit of materialism‘ that Elsley is exposing is not confined to the late 19th century. Morag Fullerton‘s production moves forward through bold swing ofmood. from the jaunty to the melodramatic. and though it is over self-consciously jolly in places. it works up to a black pitch with a strong confrontation between Gillespie and his victim-turned-avenger, Margaret Galbraith. For further details please tel: 0292 281010.

Elgin Town Hall Fri 29 May;

A berdeen A rts Centre Sat 30 May.

0 The Steamie Wildcat Stage Productions in their tremendously successful musical show (premiered at Mayfest) set in an old communcal washhouse. Written by Tony Roper and performed by an excellent cast (including Elaine C. Smith. Dorothy Paul. Ida Schuster and Katey ‘Miss Toner‘ Murphy). the show is basically a series of episodes which add up to a tribute to the humour and resilience of hard-pressed working women and re-affirm the importance ofcommunal support. lfoffers a rather roseate view of the past. but is very funny and positive. and contains a devastating discussion of the virtues ofmince.

Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld Until Sat 30 May. 7.45pm. 67 32887; Village Theatre, East Kilbride Mon 1 and Tue 2 June. 7.30pm. 32 48669; Magnum Leisure Centre, Irvine Wed 3 June. 7.30pm. ()294 78381 ; Kirkintilloch High SehoolThurs 4 June. 7.30pm. Tickets from Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs Libraries or Transtravel. 59 Townhead, Kirkintilloch. ()41 776 2956; Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline Fri 5 June.

7.30pm. 0383 720108; Mayfield Leisure Centre. Dalkeith, Midlothian Sat 6June. 7.30pm. ()31 663 2219: Citizens' Theatre. Glasgow Tue 9—Sat 26June. 7.30pm. 041 429 0022. 0 MACLASH The Merry Mac Fun Co. winners ofthe Covent Garden Street Entertainers ofthe Year Award. in a new show: a collection ofsongs and comic sketches focussing particularly on the plight of Scotland‘s unemployed. For further details please tel: 031 556 8897.

James Young High School, Livingston Fri 29 May. 7.30pm. ()506 414244; Mandela Theatre,

A bbeymount. Edinburgh (Spring Fling). Sat30 and Sun 3] May.

7. 30pm. ()3! 661 0982; Bruce Hotel. East Kilbride Mon 1 June. 10pm; Inch Community Centre, Nico/son Street. Edinburgh (Spring Fling) Thurs 4 June. 7 . 30pm' The Big ()I' Opry. Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh (Spring Fling) Fri 5 June. 8pm; Rock at the Ross, Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh (Spring Fling) Sun 7 June. 3pm: Pilton Triangle Centre, West Pilton Bank, Edinburgh (Spring Fling) Wed 10 June. 7.30pm; Calton Centre. Montgomery Street, Edinburgh (Spring Fling) Fri 12 June. 2pm. Tour continues.

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For complete venue details please see Theatre Listings. For Spring Fling Events please see Spring Fling Daily Diary lortull details.

Edinburgh o ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 George


Best Party In Town Sat 30 May. 8pm. £5 (£3).£3 (£2). See Spring Fling Diary for full details.

The Broch Wed 3June. 8pm. £1.50 (50p). Cabaret from The MsFits. See Spring Fling Diary for full details. Women Live Cabaret Thurs 4 June. 8pm. £2 (£1). A cabaret night. See Spring Fling Diary for full details. The Big Chance Thurs 1 1 June. 8pm. £1 (50p). A cabaret night featuring local groups. See Spring Fling Diary for fulldetails.

0 MANDELA THEATRE Gateway Exchange. Abbeymount. 661 0982. MACLASH Sat 30 and Sun 31 May. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). The Merry Mac Fun Co. The Merry Macs are touring community venues also as part of Spring Fling. See Touring and Spring Fling Diary for full details.

O TRAVERSE 112 West Bow. Grassmarket. 226 2633.

Apologies to Suzie MacGuire (and her familiarly named best buddy) who managed to get onto the stage or the Traverse unbelmown to The List. . . The Alexander Sisters Fri 29 and Sat 30may. 9.30pm. £3 (£1.50) plus 50p membership for non-members. The history of Scottish Country Dancing rediscovered for you by a pair of bonnie young lassies. one ofwhom bears a disconcerting family resemblance to Bing Hitler.

Victor and Barry Fri 5 and Sat 6June. 9.30pm. £3 (£1.50) plus 50p membership for non-members. Kelvinside‘s answer to Hinge and Bracket alias Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson re-enact highlights of their illustrious stage careers.

o WESTER HAILES EDUCATION CENTRE 5 Murrayburn Drive.442 2201.

Red Wedge Cabaret Night Sun 7 June. 8pm. (Doors open 7.30pm). £3 (£2). Robbie (Tutti Frutti) Coltrane. The Joan Collins Fan Club (plus dog). laconic Jewish comedian Arnold Brown. Jenny Lecoat and John Moloney are among the cabaret artists on the line-up for this Election Special tour by Red Wedge hoping to strengthen your resolve or change your mind. with just four days to go. 0 QUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. Writers Weekend Cabarets Sat (i is Sun 7June. 7.30pm. £1 (50p). Entertaining lively discussion. with writers reading from their works and disputing - those appearing include Alasdair Gray. Ben ()kri. Liz Lochhead. Jim Kelrnan. Joan Lingard. Ronald Frame. 1 lunter Steele. ()wen Dudley Edwards. Brian McCabe. Norman SlacCaig and Gerald Mangan. Part of International Writers Weekend and Spring Fling. See Books page for full details ofevents and tickets.


EDINBURGH . Performance

0 See Spring Fling pages for Tea Dances, Khorus, Spring and Scottish Dance Theatre performances.

0 SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE As well as appearing at Spring Fling in Edinburgh on Tue 9 June, the company will perform at East Kilbride Festival Fri 29 May. Adam Smith Theatre, Kirlrcaldy Tue 2 June. MacRobert Art Centre, Stirling Wed 3 June and Perth Theatre Fri 5 June.

0 USHER HALL Lothian Road. 228 1155.

The Georgian State Dance Company Tue 23 June. 7.30pm. £7.50—£4. Daring leaps and beautiful costume. this Russian company visits the UK on a major tour. See Glasgow. Theatre Royal. Next issue of The List will include a feature on the Georgians.

Classes and Summer Schools

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