Perhaps she seems an unlikely contender to be up Iront on the Theatre Royal stage along with a whole host at opera stars. but that's where actress Joanna Lumley is mostcertainlyto be tound on Friday 2 inA Concert For Luke. In aid ot5 year-old Luke Smith. who sullerslrom severe brain damage and desperately needs expensive treatment in Philadelhia, Lumley will. as she puts it, ‘bewhizzing in between acts to say what the next piece is goingto be'. emphatically-but laughineg-adding ‘I shall notbe singing orplaying'. In partnership with John Amis, she‘ll be introducing singers such asJames Bowman, Kathryn Harries. Ann Murray, Marie Slorach and other distinguished artists including conductors SirAlexanderGibson, Stephen Barlow (Joanna Lumley‘s husband). John
ago I had the happiesttime olmy lite playing Hedda Gablerin Dundee.
I the rest at us. As she says: “Because I can't help it, I'm i doing all sorts otsmall
Mauceri. Richard Absolutely magic. thingslike voice-overs and Armstrong and dancer Sensational'. . commercials‘ and, in Elaine McDonald inrather Atthe moment, Lumley is answerto any possible lighter repertoire than ' putting her acting careerto criticism that the Glasgow
usual. As she says ‘ll it was '
just tor blind capitalism
withthe money going
straight in someone's
pocket it would be worth it‘.
Lumley isthere because,
she says simply ‘I met Luke
and tell in love with him‘. Working in Scotland is not
a new experience to childhood through to Lumley. ‘We lilmed the very “modelling in the 60's and tirst episode olThe early acting in Dracula, the
Avengers in Eilean Donan at Skye 11 years ago, and since then I've done a ﬁlm with Eva Gardner in Peebles -which wasn't released— and endless photographic sessions. Then three years
Robert Dawson Scott unfairly comes a copper.
There can be lew more schizophrenia-inducing careers than that at a policeman. One minute you‘re a hero, busting a drugs ring, generally keeping the peace. Next minute you’re no better than the villains you’re
one side. ‘l've takenthe autumn period oil up until Christmas writing a book, which is jolly hard work. To call it an autobiography is too grand. It's memoirs really—a vaguish Iile story'. Brought up in the Far East, ittells other
Pink Panther. Coronation Street and The Avengers. It‘s quite amusing really. Ill get it in on time, it mightbe out next Christmas'. Buttime oil to Lumley, isn't quite like time ottto
supposed to be nicking, racist, sexist, crudely violent and stupid to boot. No doubt your average policeman is a pertectty decent bloke. What bothers me is that lewer and tewer policemen seem inclined to allow the same benetit ol the doubt to the average member of the public. Is the psychological balancing act beginning to tall apart? I otter you two recent examples.
i gala shouldn'tjust be in aid I alone child. adds ‘l‘ve got
j three other charitiesthis
week'. Brimlul olgenuine concern and compassion tor little Luke Smith, Lumley sums up Friday evening as being “just the same as an ordinary village orstreet coming together. lt’sjust that we happen to be a rather glamorous street and one isjust so happyto be doing something to help'.
A Concert lor Luke, Theatre Royal. Glasgow. Tickets: 331 1234. Friday 2. 8pm. Sid—£10. see Classical listings.
A colleague was to be lound wheeling
two bicycles up the Mound in Edinburgh .
late one recent night. Two bicycles are, you could argue, a bit unusual. Most people seem content with one. Certainly that‘s what the two police olticers who drew up alongside him argued. Did the bicycles belong to him? Well, yes, as a matter of tact they did. The photographer, let‘s call him Pete, explained that the reason he had two at once was because he had just purchased the second one that very evening Irom a man in Dalmeny. Plausible enough perhaps but with cycle thelts being so common these days the olticers pressed home their inquiries. Could he corroborate this story? As it happened, Pete still had with him not only the relevant page ot small-ads lrom the Evening News advertising the bike but also the return portion of the rail ticket to Dalmeny.
Fair enough, sir, mind how you go? Not
a bit ol it. By this time a second car had arrived and it was Right son, down the station with you. Pete was held tor hall an hour until the station olticers linally
called the man in Dalmeny- itwas now .
INSIDE I 2 l 16 34 GUEST LIST ; THEATRE , ART l-‘rom l-‘ascinating Aidato l ('omplctc theatre listings (‘omprehensivc gallery Bing l litlcr. this issue's : plus previews and l guide. line-up. i revievvs. 4 E 22 " 41 i ‘ MEDIA 'l'hist‘ortnightonthe small The first of a two-part Cultural. educational and screen. specialonScotland's i politicalevents- thc()pen . rising rock stars. Alastair List ‘ Mahhott talks to the Wets. : —2‘3—— “‘—‘~‘ 5 MUS"; THE TRUTH I (“when 1}. Folk 14. A ncyy comedy magazine in! 567),)“ 37“. ' is launched. Stephanie
Allan llunter talksto .lohn Boorman about the battle tor Britain's film industry.
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The young people's listing section.
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Case number two is even closer to home. Driving through to Glasgow in Septemberl became aware at two motorcycle mounted police looming
Rosemary (ioring. Art Alice Bain. Books Alan Taylor. Classical Music (‘arol Main. Dance Alice Bain. Film Allan Hunter. Folk/Jazz Norman
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one in the morning —to find that Pete wastellingthetruthallthetime.He was then allowed to go. (The Iinal irony is that Pete‘s new bike now really has
Nightlile (Glasgow) (iordon Neil. Open Rosemary Goring. Rock (Edinburgh) Alastair Mabboii. Rock (Glasgow) John Williamson. Listen! Alastair Mahhott. John Williamson. Sport Kenny Mathieson. Theatre Sarah
the paranoia and not Chiet Constable Anderton, I would reteryou to my three passengers, a desperate crew consisting ot the theatre critic at The Guardian, a seniorjournalist with Radio Clyde and a novelist.
Clearly villains, even petty ones, are not going to stand up and say ‘Sir, sir, please sir, itwas me, sir!‘ It is
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large in my rear-view mirror. Let us not dwell on the wisdom or otherwise of driving so close to the vehicle in lront. Suttice it to say that after about a mile at this rather intimidating formation I was waved into the side. They didn't say why, so I asked. They had apparently tormed the opinion (lrom behind) that I did not have a valid car tax disc. Far lrom sending me on my
5 wayarterrealisingtheirmistake,the two olticers then detained me tor a
Iurtherten minutes. They proceeded to f carry out a minute examination at my
car and insisted on checking all the relevant documents with what could
; only be construed as suspicion. 3 especially when l was asked whether I the name on my driving licence was my
real name. Lest you think it's me with
therelore inevitable that police enquiries will involve ordinary law-abiding citizens trom time to time.
; Facts have to be checked, stories
corroborated, suspects eliminated and
I, so Iorth. The police otten proclaim the importance ot the co-operation ot the
general public in theirwork. Yet is it
' not blindingly sell-evident that the one
sure-lire way to minimise that
co-operation is to treat everyone as a ; prima Iacie villain and subject us all to
the kind at petty harassment in the two
: examples —there are lots more where
_ must respect us too.
they came Irom—cited. The lailure even to attempt to soothe the milled leathers ol the aggrieved parties merely compounds the problem. It the police want us to respect them, they
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