Beyond Zero Tue 7-Sun 12 Feb. 7.30pm. Laurie Booth — see Dance.
New Choreography Tue 14—Thurs to Feb. 7.30pm. See Dance.
Earthtall Dance Fri 17—Sun 19 Feb. 7.30pm. Sec Dance.
Traverse WorkshOp Theatre: Women and Theatre Wed 15 Feb. 7pm. The first in a new batch of the Traverse‘s new workshops for people interested in finding out about all aspects of writing and working for theatre. This next four concentrate on women and theatre. taken by playwright Anne Marie di Mambro and director Ben Twist.
Portrait ol the Artist as a Young Dog Tue 21—Sun 26 Feb. 7.30pm. £3.50(£2.50). Sunday all tickets £2.50. To mark Dylan Thomas's 75th anniversary. Peter Florence presents his solo show celebrating the infamous Welsh poet. Revoltlng Rhymes Tuc 21—Sun 26 Feb. 2.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Sunday all tickets £2.50. The second of Peter Florence‘s solo shows (he presents Portrait ofthe A rtist in the evenings) is based on Roald Dahl's wonderfully horrible children's stories. For kids of all ages. Traverse Workshop Theatre: Women and Theatre Wed 22 Feb. 7pm. The second in this series of workshops. See above. Wed 15 Feb.
I This section lists shows that are touring Scotland. We give detailed listings only for periods when they are in the Central Belt area. There is a phone number tor each company. however. should you require more iniorrnation. Unless otherwise specified, the number alter each venue listed is the telephone number for ticket enquirieslor that particular evening (please note. this is not always the venue number).
I Ave Marta/ My Army Theatre de Complicite. making one of their frequent visits to Scotland. While their acclaimed The Visit is at St Brides Centre. Edinburgh. two members of the company tour solo shows. Linda Scott Kerr creates a lonely little old lady in Ave Maria (see Panel) and Tim Barlow takes us through his own experiences in the army in My Army.
Theatre Workshop. Edinburgh Tue 14-Sat 18 Feb. 8pm. (031 226 5425); Ullapool Village Hall Mon 20 Feb; Poolewe Village Hall Tue 21 Feb; Clan Donald Centre. Skye Wed 22 Feb. Tour continues to Cromarty and Skerry.
I Dead Bad Dog and Sheila The Traverse
Theatre Company launch out on a tour of two plays that were very successful at last year‘s ‘Scottish Accents‘ festival of new writing. Dead Dad Dog. by John McKay. is a very funny. brisk two-hander about trendy yound Eck's big day. and how it is haunted by the ghost of his father: Sheila. by Anne-Marie Di Mambro. is a wry. beautifully observed comedy about the day the decorators arrive in student Sheila‘s ﬂat — and life. More next issue. Cumbernauld Theatre. Cumbernauld Thurs 23 & Fri 24 Feb. 7.30pm. (0236 732887). Tour continues.
I Howard Carter's Amazing Guest lorthe Tomb of Tutankhamun A new comedy by Harry (Loadsamoney. Stavros) Enfield and Bryan Elsley. purporting to tell the true tale of what happened when Howard Carter set off for Tutankhamun‘s tomb. More next issue.
Ayr Civic Theatre. Ayr Wed 22 Feb. 2 & 7.30pm. (0292 264639); Walker Hall. Kilbride Thurs 23 Feb. 1.45pm (0505 682712). Tour continues.
I The Sash 7:84 Scotland. now under the new artistic directorship of David Hayman. starts the new year with a production of Hector MacMillan‘s hugely popular comedy about religious bigotry. See Review.
Gaiety Theatre. Ayr Fri 10& Sat 1 1 Feb. 8pm (0292 264639); The Sirlohn Wilson Town Hall. Airdrie Tue 14 Feb. 7.30pm (Airdie 62453): Cumbernauld Theatre.
Cumbernauld Wed lS—Sat 18 Feb. 7.45pm (0236 732887): Kings Theatre. Edinburgh Mon 20—Sat 25 Feb. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm (031 229 1201 ). Tour continues. I Visitors TAG Theatre Company start a tour of a new play by Michael Duke. written particularly with 12—14 year-olds in mind. that looks at the problemsof being disabled — the cast includes disabled people. who play able-bodied roles. The tour is mostly around secondary schools. but there are some public performances. which are listed.
Drumehapel Unemployed Workers Centre. Glasgow Fri 10Feb.7.30pm; Mews Theatre. Livingston Thurs 16Feb. 7.30pm; Regal Resource Centre. Bathgate Fri 17 Feb. 2pm: Paisley Arts Centre. Paisley Tue 21 Feb. 7pm. Tour continues. I The Yellow on the Broom Winged Horse l‘heatre Company open a new play by Anne Downie based on the book by Betsy Whyte about her life as a travelling person earlier this century. See Panel. Cumbernauld Theatre. Cumbernauld Fri 10& Sat 11 Feb. 7.45pm (0236732887); Shotts Arts Guild Theatre Sun 12 Feb. 3pm (0501 22805); Learney Hall. Torphins Tue 14 Feb. 7.30pm (0592 62001 ): Dalrymple Hall. Fraserburgh Wed 15 Feb.7.30pm (0346 2876]): Town Hall. Elgin Thurs 16 Feb. 7.30pm (0343 45121); Town Hall. Int'erurie Fri 17 Feb. 7.30pm (0467
20981 ): Aberdeen A rts Centre. A berdeen Mon 20 Feb. 7.30pm (0224 635208): Webster Theatre. A rbroath Tue 21 Feb. 7.30pm (0241 72609): GreenockArts Guild Theatre Wed 22 Feb. 7.30pm (0241 72609): Palace Theatre. Kilmarnoek Thurs 23 Feb. 7.30pm (0563 23590). Tour continues.
I Arnold Brown and Simon Fanshawe Cumbernauld Theatre. Kildrum. Cumbernauld. 0236 732887. 7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). A rare chance to catch together two excellent comedians — the deliciously camp and bold Simon Fanshawe and the wry. dry Arnold Brown. An excellent bet for Valentine‘s Day.
I Comedy Triple Bill Crawford Theatre. Jordanhill College. 76 Southbrae Drive. Glasgow. 041 950 3437. 8pm. £2.50. An evening of cabaret from Miles and Miller. who combine music and comedy; Simon Munnery and Steve Coogan. who has been lauded by the Daily Express for his idiosyncratic ‘anti-comedy’.
I Comedy Evening The Joke Box Bar Point. 42 Wellmeadow Street. Paisley. ()41 8895188. 8pm—midnight. Free. The regular fornightly comedy evening here tonight includes Sid Ozalid and Magic Bob. The pub is keen to encourage new talent — so ifyou are interested in appearing. or know somebody who is good. do please get in touch.
I Daredevils Cumbernauld Theatre . Cumbernauld. ()236 732887.7.45pm. £3.50 (£2). The Grand Theatre of Lemmings. who. as their name suggests. go in for particularly dangerous comic acts. in an explosive evening ofcomedy.
I Triple Dill Gilded Balloon. Cowgate. 225 3013/ 225 4463. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). A very strong line-up of women performers: poet. playwright and creator ofmany characters. Liz Lochhead; Scotland‘s antidote to the Alexander Brothers— the Alexander Sisters. and the wonderfully
inventive Susie Maguire.
I Rock and Comedy The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm. £2.50 (£2). The Cirkus Club continues with regular music and comedy. Tonight Stu Henderson the comedian is MC. and the bands are Hearts and Minds. Joe Public and The Organisation. The Cirkus Club welcomes new performers — street entertainers. comedians etc. Call Mick on 041 204 3248.
ST ANDREWS ARTS FESTIVAL
The St Andrews Festival, now known as ‘Scotland’s Winter Festival’, was launched in 1971 by two University students (one at them being Michael Dale, who went on to head the Edinburgh Fringe and the Glasgow Garden Festival), and this year marks the tenth and most ambitious Festival yet. Still student-run, it remains a biennial event, as sabbatical posts are not available to ease the workload oi the organisers. Planning oi the 1989 Festival has been going on lot the last 18 months, and the Festival Society have managed to pull together an enviable collection of talent.
This year's programme boasts a broad range of classical music in particular, and with an assortment ot jazz, ballet, comedy, and drama from acclaimed companies like Lumiere and Son and Hull Truck (not forgetting a performance oi Heathcote Williams’ popular Whale Nation poem) even the most selective Edinburgh Fringe-goer should find plenty in the 11-day St Andrews Festival that is to their taste.
‘We initially started with grandiose ideas, but the budget pulled us back down to earth,‘ says Publicity Controller Fiona McPherson. Originally the Festival Society planned to have James Galway and Prunella Scales among the acts appearing, ‘but against that we‘ve got Rohan McCullough in Beatrix Potter and we’ve got Scotland The What, who have played at the Festival before and have a commitment to it.‘
With twice as many events as last year, and a distinguished cast of musicians. actors and artists, it is hard to pick out highlights, but the organisers are especially proud to have netted the Scottish premiere of Beethoven's Tenth, pieced together from the composer's surviving scraps by an Aberdeen musicologist, and to be played in St Andrews by cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the Fife Youth Orchestra. The appearance by black dance group Irie is also considered something of a coup. ‘It‘s something very different. [don’t think there‘s been something as zany and colourful on the Festival before.‘
GETTING T0 ST ANDREWS
By car from Edinburgh: one hour's drive via M90. From Glasgow, an hour and a hall vla Klncardlne Bridge.
By rail: alight at Leuchars Station, on the main line lrom London King’s Cross-Edinburgh-Dundee—Aberdeen.
A taxi from Leuchers Station to St Andrews will cost around 25.
By bus: regular bus services from Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and all
other major towns in the area.
The Festival Society feel that the Scottish content at the Festival is well-reflected in the choice at art exhibitions. ‘New Directions in Contemporary Scottish Painting',
which can be lound in Upper College Hall. is a varied collection compiled with the help of Richard Demarco. Alexander Mollat and Arthur Watson, and the Younger liall hosts the simply-named ‘Five File Artists', who have not exhibited together belore. Other exhibitions include Huddersﬁeld-born watercolour painter Sax Shaw, sculptor Colin Miller and a set of 57 pen and ink caricatures by Max Beerbohm.
All tickets available trom Victoria Cate Box Office, 66 South Street (0334 77878). except for Byte Theatre tickets. which are only available trom the theatre itseit.
I Crawford Arts Centre North Street.
I Upper College Hall. Lower College Hall St Salvator‘s Quadrangle. off North Street. I St Salvator's Chapel St Salvator's Quadrangle. off North Street.
I Younger Hall North Street.
I St Andrews Golf Hotel 40 The Scores. 0334 72611.
I Buchanan Theatre Union Street.
I Byte Theatre Abbey Street, 0334 76288. I Union Theatre Market Street.
I New Picture House North Street.0334 73509.
I Scores Hotel The Scores. 0334 72451.
I Hope Park Church St Mary's Place. 0334 78144.
I Poetry and Images of the First World War Crawford Centre. 1pm. £1.50. Sassoon. Owen. Brooke and others. with photographs and paintings of the trenches Repeated tomorrow.
I Kiss 01 the Spider-Woman Crawford Centre Drama Studio. 8pm. £3. £2. A three-night run of the original Manuel Puig play of the Oscar-winnng film. directed by St Andrews graduate. Francis Hills.
I Whale Nation Byre Theatre. 8pm. £4.50. £3.50 (tickets available only from theatre). Roy Hutchins performs Heathcote Williams' ‘brilliant. cunning and dramatic’ poem. encompassing the whole life and being ofthe whale. Runs until Saturday.
I Poetry and images of the First World War 1pm. £1.50. See Thurs 16.
I Kiss ot the Spider-Woman Crawford Centre Drama Studio. 7. 15pm and 10.15pm. £3.£2. SecThurs 16.
I The Lewis London Ballet Company Union Theatre. 7.30pm. £6. £4. The celebrated company presents a triple biil of Les Sylphides Variations. Gershwin and Gala Divertissement. which includes favourite moments from Giselle and Sleeping Beauty.
I Raphael Wallfisch and The File Youth Orchestra Younger Hall. 7.30pm. £4. £3. Beethoven‘s Tenth. the symphony he was working on before he died. had its world premiere in London last year. after being pieced together by a musicologist from I Aberdeen University. This is its Scottish 1 premiere. featuring one of Britain‘s most I distinguished cellists. l
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