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MIDNIGHT AT CANONGATE LODGE The Royal Mile (Venue 5)
TICKETS 522-50 (CONCESSIONS [l -50) AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE 031-556 l388 OR AT THE FRINGE BOX OFFICE 03l-226 5138
August lOth-29th (not Sundays or 20th)
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THE SHOWS MOST LIKELY TO
A host ofgoodics for a stylish Festival start.
Artistic DirectorofDublin's Gate Theatre. Michael Colgan. was delighted to be asked to bring JUNO AND THE PAYCDCKtothe Edinburgh Festival: 'l'm always saddened bythe lack of lrish theatre around the testivals.‘ 0‘Casey‘s masterpiece. focusing on the strength of one woman in the appalling povertyin Dublin during the Irish Civil War. is traditionally more the province of Dublin's othertheatre. The Abbey. but Colgan feels it benefitted by the intimacy otthe Gate. and itcertalnly pleased O'Casey's widow when she came to see it. He describes his production as ‘sour' and survivalist: ‘People look on Juno and the Paycock as a wee bit leprechauny,’ he says. ‘And sometimes productions can play onthat.‘
o Juno and the Paycock. Gate Theatre Co. Royal Lyceum Theatre. 229 9697. 10-15Aug 7.30pm (also15 Aug 2.30pm); 23.50-27. [EIF]
At lastyear's Festival Eileen Nicholas presented an unforgettable. moving one-woman show by German writer Franz Xaver Kroetz which used silence- not mime-tremendously eloquently to say a great deal about about a sad. stale existence. This year Tattoo Theatre from Sarajevo present a show in which silence is similarly central.
Taking us into a world where the grubby everyday and the symbolic rub shoulders. Mlaten Materic‘s play without words has been hailed in Yugoslavia as compelling.
JUNO AND THE
moving and opening new
possibilities lorthe future of socially critical drama. Into the story of a waitress and hertattoed boyfriend. Materic introduces the Blue Velvet Bunny. a symbol of the dreams that arejust beyond theirreach. Awaiting the arrival otthe group from Yugoslavia. the Demarco Gallery had their work cut out lendingthe obligatory real bunny. whose rabbit habits were apparently less appealing. o Tetovirano Pozoriste.
Tattoo Theatre. Richard
Demarco Gallery. 17-21 Blackfriars Street. (venue
22) 557 0707. 9-15. 17-22
Aug. 11pm. £4.50 (£2.50).
PRINCE OF DARKNESS
Fringe First winners The
. Shadow Syndicate.who've gathered an enviable reputation for action theatre
' of stunning visual imagination. hope to continue a run ofsuccessful shows at the Festival with this year's THE LAST DAYS OF THE NDSFEBATU. inspired by the silent screen classics of German expressionism and skilfully evoking the plague otthe vampire on its deadly path across the Europe of 1922.
The project arose out of
directorJon Pope‘s fascination with the material and composer Adrian Johnston's experience in the same field. Johnston had previously scored and
accompaniment to the
original F. W. Murnaufilm
‘Nosteratu The Vampyre'
and several other notable
works of the period.
Togetherthey hope to
. create a striking fusion of
l expressionist lighting. all curious shadows. and a hauntingly eclectic live
20 The List 7 — 20 August
soundtrack provided bya battery ofpercussion. violins and a harmonium on stage.
Clad in black. the cast features James Duke in the central role as thefiend whose demonic control over all before him is. in part. an allegorical treatment of the scourge of fascism. Over sixty rapidly moving scenes the company will giddily whisk the spectator from the battlefield to gloomy mansions. and from mad sea journeys to the vampire‘s final Nemesis in a quiet English seaside town.
0 The Last Days otthe Nosferatu. Shadow Syndicate. Canongate Lodge (venue 5), 5561388. 9—29 Aug (not Suns 16.23) 8.15—9.50pm. £4 (£3).
THE SUMMIT— RALF RALF
Looking like a brace of
sad-sack clowns who were
neverproperly born. Ralf Half. the brothers Stone (Jonathan and Barnaby) steeraudio-visual theatre to heartbreakinglyfunny extremes.
They're ancient children. drooling and sputtering on
’ and at each other. pushing
each mutual playful idee-lixe to a climax only to collapse in chairs until the next attack ofstrange fraternal energy. Their slobbish anarchy and deft grossness seem linked to a musical-hall tradition that gets stood on its head. Imagine a non-verbal Waiting for Godot set in a seedy club forfossilised
i vaudevilliansandyou'll have some idea of what a
crazy stimulationthis strikingly original pair provide. Go! (Denis
o The Summit. B'allBall.
Traverse Theatre. 112West Bow(venue15) 2262633.
11-27 Aug. Times vary. [Fr].