MEMORIES OF AN EDINBURGH COMMUNITY
by Alan Spence
The fascinating story of the community at the heart of Edinburgh, from the clearances of the 19305 and 1950s to the present day.
For audiences of all ages 14 years and upwards.
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16 Nov—3 Dec at 7.45pm
A Scottish comedy by Alexander Reid
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I Theatre is listed by city first. then by venue, running in alphabetical order. Cabaret and touring shows are listed separately under the relevant heading. KEY: [D] facilities forthe disabled. [E] facilities forthe hard of hearing. usually an induction loop system. For prices, price in brackets eg (£1 .50) is the concessionary price. Long running shows. unless specified otherwise, do not run on Sundays.
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BOXING CLEVER Two years ago, at the age of fifty-five, Peter Murray was made redundant. It is a familiar story in Scotland - less familiar, though, is what happened next.‘l decided to change my life-style completely,‘ he explains. ‘So I started going to writing classes.‘
At one writing class he met Anne Marie Di Mambro, a founder member ofAnnexe Theatre Company. She spotted in Murray‘s writing a natural bent for dialogue — ‘I suppose I‘ve yapped away all my life‘, he says, laughing, —and encouraged him to try and write for stage. One result is ‘Boothies’, being staged by Annexe at the Traverse Theatre this week, set in a 19405‘ touring boxing booth.
Murray‘s ‘gift with the gab‘ and evident relish for change have clearly stood him in good stead in the past— he has worked, amongst others, as a union convenor in an engineering factory, at Ravenscraig and in a dance band, meeting a wealth of characters, who he now feels may provide inspiration for future plays. ‘Boothies‘ came, in part, from conversations with some of his wife’s family, who were involved themselves in the old boxing booths— little exists in the way of written documentation about the boxing-booth circuit.
‘Boxing then was unlicensed,‘
Paul llolan in Boothles
explains Murray, whose play follows the path of a young hopeful, who gets involved in boxing hoping to make his fortune, and has his eyes opened. ‘It shows the exploitation and brutality that went on,‘ says Murray.
Though the play is a comedy, it will, hopes Murray, offersome insight into life at the time. It is set in Northern Scotland in 1947, the year before the booths were ruled out. ‘lt’s the end of an era, in a way. I rememberwell the austerity years, afterthe war. The only entertainment that working class people had was football, dog-racing and boxing — in the fifties new forms of entertainmentappeared, like the television and social clubs, and people had a bit more money and could buy a suit of clothes and go to the dancing. I suppose it’s a wee bit of social history that has been neglected.’ (S.H.)
‘I think it is a genuinely revolutionary play in English,’ says Andrew Pulver, explaining why he is co-directing w.H. Auden's ‘Paid on Both Sides‘ at the Bedlam Theatre.
Auden‘s first play is not well known and is rarely performed. ‘It was written in 1929, when Auden was becoming socially committed,‘ explains Pulver. ‘The “first play-ness' of it lies in the fact that it is full of the very idiosyncratic poetry that he was working with at the time -which is quite difficult to come to terms with.
‘The play is intended to express this arcane theory about liberating your own impulses. lttakes the form of a
gangster melodrama — but the centre of the play is a sort of dream-like scene which is very complex.‘
In a sense, however, the difficulties of the play are also the delights for a director, offering plenty of freedom of direction. ‘We have imposed gangster form on it,‘ explains Pulver. ‘We‘ve used film noirstyle and included blues and trad jazz.‘ And it also permits some salient freedom of interpretation. ‘It can work as an allegory of the disillusionment that he experienced during the Thirties—which seems relevant to now.‘ (S.H.)
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