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by Anne Downie songs by Dave Anderson and David MacLennan directed by Andi Ross


Mon S—Sat1OSeptember 7.30pm Sat 10 September 3pm Ticket details from: Ticket Centre, Candleriggs, 041 227 5511





Mon 19—Sat 24 September 7.30pm

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The new fully illustrated OFFICIAL GUIDE TO GLASGOW has been designed for the visitor, the tourist and the resident. Full of helpful information with tours, routes, maps and colour photographs.




2.30pm. Long Tall Texans. 3pm.Tony Anthony. 3.30pm. Brother Niyi.

I Argyle Street I l .30 am. Original Mixture. Noon. Shona. M. Duthie. 12.30pm. Brother Niyi. lpm.Tony Anthony. 1.30pm. Andrew Duncan. 2.30pm. Roger & Lucie. 3pm. Fluke. 3.30pm. Crayfish Twins. 4pm. Long Tall Texans.

I Prince's Sq 12.30pm. Crayfish Twins. 1.30pm. FTuke.

I The Briggalt 12.30pm. Long Tall Texans. 1.30pm. Original Mixture. (For details see Friday 19)


I The following Alloa Pubs will be presenting Zap Club cabaret acts. Bull 5 Dear Buchanan Street. 7pm. Hobsons Sauchiehall Street. 7.30pm. Pythagoras Sauchiehall Street. 8pm. Sloans Argyle Street. ()pm. Times Square Enoch Street. b.3tlpm.


I Briggait Shopping Mall 1pm -‘ 2.30pm. Free Lunchtime performances including mobile mechanical sculpture. street musicians and cabaret.

I Buchanan Street I lam 2.30pm. Free street performances up and down Buchanan Street.

(There is no set programme for each venue but acts appearing on the street and in the pubs will include: The Iixtremely lfnusual Roland Millar; The I 'tcrly Astonishing'l‘hree-I leaded Man; Don Valley and the Rotherhides; The Iixplosiye Pyrotchician: The l'nbelieyable Human ()strich; Magritte the Mind-Reading Rat; Time Bat International Juggler; The Screaming Abdabs. There will be unicyclists. fire eaters and new surprises everyday).


I Monday 22 Spm til late. featuring Ian Smith. Peter Sinclair‘s 2t) Piece Mechanical ()rchestra. 9pm Joan (‘ollins Fan Club and gay disco.

I Tuesday 23 8pm 2 am. Featuring Ian Smith. Peter Sinclair' s 20 Mechanical Piece ()rchestra. Roland .‘vlillar. Don Valley S: the Rotherhides. ()strich. ('hris Lynam dz (‘lub Night with (‘olin Barr.

I Wednesday 24 8pm ~2 am (as for Tuesday 23)

I Thursday 25 8pm—2 am. Featuring('raig Ferguson. Ian Smith. Peter Sinclair. Andy Cunningham. Don Valley & the Rotherhides pltis (‘lub Night with (‘olin Barr.

The Joan (‘ollins Fan (‘lub and (‘raig Ferguson will be this week‘s star attractions at the Briggait. Thanks to his enthusiasm for the '/.ap (‘lub. Joan (‘ollins has sacraficcd his only free night during a three-week run at the Assembly Rooms. Iidinburgh.

For more information about any of this weeks Zap ('1th events. please phone (iina Hall (ll-II 227496“ ll.


I THEATRE ROYAL I lope Street. Box ()fficell-il 331 1234.

Song and Dance 22 Aug -3 Sept. 7.3opm. 27 Augand 3 Sept at 2.30pm. £2.5(l—il35ll. Andrew Lloyd Webber's milsic comes to Scotland. Marti Webb and ex Royal Ballet pint-sized Wayne Sleep head the original West Iind cast of this colourful tip-beat musical. An evening of glamour and polished performance for all the famin



IWogan ( BBC] ) 7 7.30pm. Mickey Rooney is'l‘erry‘sspecialguest.

I Playing For Real (BB(‘l limo 10.30pm. Will (‘hrissie (Patricia Kcrrigan ) sign up with an all-woman learn from Manchester?

I Festival ‘88 (Scottish) “1.35 ll.ll5pm.


The centrepiece of the MacDiarmid anniversary celebration on Scottish Television will be the first television performance by Tom Fleming of A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.

Seated, and casually dressed, Fleming gives a magnificently sustained interpretation of this epic poem as it oscillates from the outrageously maudlin to crystal-clear vision, from the savagely ironic to breath-taking rhythms of daring subtlety.

Tom has been given his edited version of what is now generally regarded as one of the great poems in Scottish literature, loryears.

But a live performance, inter-acting with an audience even one with little or no knowledge of the work— is very different from sitting alone in a television studio stopping and staring as the occasional uncharacteristic fluff is made, or a cameral shot missed.

Tom, directorTina Wakerell, and myself as editor, decided to record the performance without an audience so we could concentrate on the flow of the poem ratherthan being worried about an audience becoming restive and bored as we did pick-ups.

A very different kind of one-man show is Harry Stamper's Between the Wars, a number of recollections culled from MacDiarmid's autobiography, Lucky Poet, and fused together.

The years on the little island of Whalsay, in the Shetlands, were a time of great difficulty and poverty. with waves of frustration forever rolling like the surrounding sea.

But it was also a time of writing, of renewal, despite being so isolated and outof touch.

When I first saw the performance I, and a number of the audience, gave a gasp of astonishment as we were quite unprepared forthe singular likenessto my father that Harry had achieved. Even more ‘unnerving‘ was the way he had captured the distinctive intonation of his voice.

Although much shorter than A Drunk Man, running about 45 minutes, we decided again to dispense with the feel of an audience in an attempt to get the performance right.

Tony Wilson and Susie Maguirc with their first Festiy al round up.


I The Green Berets (Scottish) 2.3(l—5pm. John Wayne in one of those Vietnam war films you wished he hadn't made. ( l‘)()(l) I Cagney and Lacey ( BB( ‘l )‘)—-‘).5l)pm. This is the ‘douhle episode" they keep writing into I’Ulllfs nt’l’u'u'about. Itmarks the demise of the m errated American cops show.

William Johnston's flu drawing of Hugh HacDalrmld which Illustrated “.1935 volume of poetry, 'Secoud Hymn to looll'.

The evening of MacDiarmid programmes starts with The Hammer and the Thistle, sub-titled ‘The Story of Hugh MacDiarmid‘ it was made by Granada when Gus Macdonald now Director of Programmes at Scottish - was Head of Features, and was jointly compiled by him and film-maker Murray Grigor.

Shown on the network in 1977— a year before my father‘s death at 85 it is a vivid, fast-moving look at the many paradoxes which combined to make the aggressively controversial MacDiarmid and kindly, witty Chris Grieve into one: a great poet.

The evening ends with Douglas Dunn (and others), reading and talking about his own work in the latest edition of In Verse, a series l have been editing in which some fifty contemporary poets have read theirwork in Scots, English and Gaelic.

The format is deliberately simple- the poet speaks to you. There are no gimmicks to come between the words and the chance to appreciate and enjoy the emotions and thoughts conveyed.

It is a series my father would have enjoyed - although he might not have thought much of some contributions!

In addition a major exhibition on MacDiarmid has opened at The Richard Demarco Gallery in Blackfriars Street. and a three-day conference on the poet and his work begins on Sunday, August 21, atthe same venue. (Michael Grieve)

62 The List 19- 25 August I988