'l'he hazards of heing on tour with a theatre company. it seems. not only include long and horing hus journeys. outnumhering the audience and sleeping six to a hed at Mrs (‘amphell‘s in the village. hut also heing confronted with twenty-two naked men. The [iden (‘ourt 'l'heatre's production of'I'he Wedding Party had been due to finish in St Boswells on Saturday l‘)th. hut the administrator found out last week that the hall had been double-hooked. She then hooked into an alternative venue. lleriot llall. only to find out. at the very last second. that the hall is used every Saturday as a changing room by a local foothall team (and their opponents) at the time the performance is scheduled to hegin. The question is. will the players ohject to the naked hodies and force yet another change of venue. or will sortie compromise he reached with the athletes'.’

One of the new ‘youth‘ programmes on Radio Scotland is, after much deliberation, to be called ‘Bite the Wax‘. Why? Because it‘s short for ‘bite the wax tadpole,‘ which is a literal



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translation of the phonetic symbols used to represent the name ‘Coca-Cola' when it was first launched in China. People have been ringing up producer Quentin Cooper to offer alternative suggestions as to the derivation of the name. ‘ls wax a reference to the record industry?‘ asked one record producer, ‘Perhaps it‘s something to do with burning the candle at both ends,’ suggested another caller, but the one who took the biscuit said ‘Bite the wax . . . nothing to do with nuns, is it?‘

What a lot of Blithe Spirits there are about these days. Dundee Rep did a production of the Noel (‘oward classic last month. The Royal Lyceum in lidinhurgh starts a production at the end of this month. Now it seems that the St Andrews

the play in Novemher. You don’t think that there could he some sort of supernatural influence at work here. do you '.’

The Scottish Book Fortnight has, on the whole, been a great success. There were enormous crowds in Edinburgh for Colin Baxter’s audio-visual presentation on St Kilda people were standing on chairs and, in one case, in a sink, and for a talk on eccentrics which covered not only the woman who collects garden gnomes and thinks they are living creatures from another dimension, and the Prince of Wales, but also a man who lives in a cave on the West coast and makes his dog wear suede bootees to protect its paws from the harsh environment. There have been one or two less well attended events, however; poorold Richard Hallewell, author of a book on walking, had a crowd of only one person at his talk in Galashiels-someone who had

just happened to be passing and looked more like a walker than the author.

By the time this issue is puhlisth. it is to he hoped that The (u! will he out of a set ofdifficulties which heset it at the moment. Almost immediately after the magazine received a very useful plug on

I luffn'uy !0 Paradise. it was announced. much to everyhody’s surprise. not least that of the staffof 'I’lie ( 'u!. that the parent company had gone hust. A consequence of this is that there is an issue of the magazine locked up at the printers. awaiting distrihution hut with no money availahle to pay for it. 'l‘hese difficulties have been added to hy the circulation of a story. which the people at the magazine say is a complete fahrication. that The ( it! has heen acquired by West [ind Magazines. the puhlishers of .S'o/io News. A rescue plan is to he

announced in the future. but it is not expected to involve West End.

An award is an award is an award, you would think— but not always in Poland, where even stranger manifestations of double-think than Margaret Thatcher exist. The theatre company, Theatre of the Eighth Day, attending the Polish Realities season in Glasgow this month unofticially- used to enjoy a good reputation with the Polish Government. Then in 1985, something happened and they officially ceased to exist. That same year, at the behest of Ricky Demarco, they came to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where their blazineg courageous production won them a Fringe First. The Polish Government remained unmoved: you can't have won an award, you don't exist, they said. So did they or didn‘t they? And if not, who did? Maybe Mrs T. could offer a convincing explanation.


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