Cumbemauld Theatre's miShT‘IUSI be Aflhur new show Them Through Scafglll. both writers deny The Wall introduces a a POllllcal lhcmc.

. fourth: novelist and short

team-up to the ‘smashing

from then on they wrote individually scene by

. information is most useful and how itshould be presented. Write to The Editor. 14 High

they went.


Perhaps I'm being over- optimistic, but Scottish theatre looks pretty healthy from where I'm sitting. What proportion of English companies regularly produces new work, and how many of them will

garden and the

painstakingly rewriting as

As its title suggests. the play concerns two families of neighbours (one

developed by each writer) who fall out over ‘a very expensive, fancy fence’ which the Grahams decide to interpose between their

McGlogans'. The Grahams. you see, are buying their house from

| say ‘We're really having a good time.’ (Andrew

Bumet) Them Through the Wall: C umbernauld and Tron

Theatres. See Listings.


TAO Theatre Company have already recruited about l000ordinary people to be involved in

commission writers new to d": COWCII- _ their mammoth ( in theatre? Despite the dim“ project but they are still

7284‘s Long Story Short contains work by three such writers, and

story writer Agnes Owens. who wrote the play in collaboration with Liz Lochhead, already well known for her stage work.

Lochhead attributes the adds Owens.

insights' of Cumbemauld's Artistic Director Robert Robson, though he claims she suggested it herself after a performance of Owens' prose. However it came about, the women are agreed that collaboration enforced a discipline they might otherwise have shirked. A week of day- long sessions chez Lochhead produced ‘a really rough first act'; and



scene. cross-referring and

reference to Thatcherism. and ‘a shadowy figure in the background' who

‘It's basically a working- cIass farce'. says Lochhead, ‘about gender; family; generations; the desperation of poverty.

‘People at loggerheads -'

‘Children hate you.’ continues Lochhead.

"They do, they do -' ‘- but there's wee things that show there's love

‘Blood is thicker than water. if you like.‘ concludes Owens.

One can imagine the

creative process. And

seeing them outside the rehearsal room, toying with

ideas, arguing in a good-

natured way, considering

more rewrites, one can. also

I believe them when they 1

keen for more. Rehearsals start around Ill Apri|.so do get in touch. no matter what your interest is. Phone TAG on 041 429 2877.


Last year's Edinburgh Fringe saw a new development in the shape of Diverse .4 ttraetions. the Riddles Court venue specially geared for local communin groups. The venue will be operating again this year. and still has spaces for community groups. Ifyou’re interested please contact Noreen Farrell. South Bridge Resource Centre. Infirmary Street. Edinburgh.03l 556 2944.



In conjunction with the Scottish Council For Disability. The List will be expanding on venue information of relevance to disabled people overthe coming months. The project begins with the Theatre section and it's hoped that over the next few issues all the venues listed in this section will join those encoded this time. During the change-over period. the existing disability codes (ID) for lacilitieslor the disabled. and [E] for lacilities for the hard of hearing) will be run alongside the new system. We’re keen to hear your views and suggestions on what

Street. Edinburgh EH1 1TE.


Access: P = Parking Facilities. PPA = Parkingto be Pre-Arranged. I. 2 Level Access. R = Ramped Access. S'I Steps to negotiate.

Facilities: WC = Adapted Toilet(s). WS = Wheelchair Spaces. AS = Adjacent Seats. E = Induction Loop System. (i : (iuide Dogs Allowed. R = Restaurant Accessible. B = Bar Accessible. T r Adapted Telephone.

Help: A = Assistance Available. AA '— Advise Venue in Advance.

Theatre is listed by city first. then by venue. running in alphabetical order. Touring shows are listed separately under the relevant heading. KEY: [D] facilities lorthe disabled. [E] facilities tor the hard at 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.


I CITIZENS' THEATRE Crorbals Street. 429 0022. Box Office Mon—Sat l0am--8pm. Bar. ]Access: P. L. Facilities: WC. WS. Ii. G. R. Help: AA]

No further performances until May.

I CRAWFURD TREATREJordanhiII College. 76 Southbrac Drive. (ilasgow.

0419503437/3438. ]Access: P. R. Facilities: WC. WS. Ii. (1. R. B. Hpr: A. AA].

Long Story Short Tue 28 s.- ch 29 Mar. 7.30pm. £3.50(£2.50). 7:84Thealrc Company in their travelling production of ten new plays frotn Scottish writers. Sec Review and Touring.

Oscar Fri 31 Mar& Sat I Apr.7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Theatre of Motion in a play about Oscar Wilde.

Who‘s Alraid of Virginia Woolf Wed 5—Sal 8 Apr. 7.30pm. Lucky Porcupine Theatre Company with a new production of Edward Albee‘s modern American classic. Directed by Edward Hall. Sec Preview.

I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE Cumbernauld. 0236 732887. Box Office Mon-Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am—3pm; 6—8pm perf. evgs Bar/Cafe. ]Access: PPA. S'l‘. Facilities: WC. WS. (‘1. B. Help: A. AA]. Them Through The Wall Thurs 23—Sal 25 Mar. 7.45pm. Thurs £2.50 (£1 .25) Fri & Sat £3.50 (£2). Written by the prolific Liz Lochhead in collaboration with Agnes Owens. this comedy is about relations between two sets of neighbours whose circumstances are rather different. See Preview. The Funeral Tue 28 Mar—Sat I Apr. 7.45pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. Tue 8: Wed

£2.50 (£1 .25); Thurs—Sat £3.50(£2): Matinee £2.50 (£1 .25). For all those who saw Hector IVIacMiIIan‘s hilarious The Sash here earlier this year. The Funeral continues the story. Dyed-in-the-wool Orangeman. Bill MacWilIiam. has now died. and as his equally staunch buddy. Wee Sam. takes charge. variousold skeletons come out of the closet. The Tron Theatre Company revive their

production. I DRAMA CENTRE 126 Ingram Street. 552 5827. ]Access: P. ST. Facilities WS. G.

Help: A. AA].

The Turn of the Screw Thurs 30 6;- Fri 31 Mar. 8pm. The Shadow Syndicate in .Ion Pope‘s stage adaptation of I lenry James' chilling novella about two possessed children. First shown with some success (nominated for an IndependentTheatre Award) at last year's [Edinburgh Festival. the production uses film and original music to create a tense. disturbing atmosphere.

I DRAMA STUDIO West Ouandrangle. (‘ilasgow liniversity

The Suicide Fri 31 Mar & Sat 1 Apr. 7.30pm. (ilasgow University Theatre in Nikolai lirman's I920s farce (translated by Peter Tegel).

I GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street. 221 4526. ]Access: PPA. R. Facilities: WC. R. ('1. Help: A. AA].

No further theatre performances until .‘vlayiesl.

I KINGS THEATRE Bath Street. Box ()fficc. Mon-Sat noon—6pm. 4 bars. Phone bookings. Ticket Centre. Candlcriggs. Mon Sat l0.30am-6.30pm. 041227 5511. ]Access: P. 1.. Facilities: WC. R. (i. Help: A. AA].

Oklahoma I'ntil Sat 25 Mar. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £2.50—£4. The Lyric Club in a production of the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Annie Get Your Sun Mon 27 Mar— Sat 1 Apr. 7.30pm. £3—£4.5II. Paisley Musical and ()peratic Society in the musical.

The Gang Show Mon 3—Sal 8 Apr. 7. 15pm. Sat tnat 2pm. £2.50—£3.50. (ilasgow Scout Association in the trad gang show.

I MITCHELL THEATRE (iranville Street.

221 3198. Box Office Mon- Sat noon-6pm.

Bar. Cafe. Tickets also available frotn the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 5511 Mon-Sat 10.30am——6.30pm. ]Access: PPA. ST. Facilities: WC. WS. (i. R. B. Help: A. AA].

Long Story Short Mon 20 ‘Sat 25 Mar. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). 7:84'I‘heatre Company in an evening ofof new short plays. See Touring and Review.

Animal Farm Mon 28 Mar—Sat I Apr. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Mitchell Theatre for Youth in Ian Wooldridge's punchystage adaptation of the classic ( )rchI novel allegorising the Rtissian Revolution.

I OLD TRANSPORT MUSEUM Albert Drive. Tickets for this show from Ticket Centre. Candleriggs: 041 227 551 I. ]IIelp: AA]. Border Warlare t 'niil Sat 25 Mar. 7pm. £6 (£3). Last few days ofJohn Mc(irath‘s bold. large-scale promenade production ofthe history ofScotIand‘s relations with lingland. presented by Wildcat and Freeway Films.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Box ()ffice open Tue—Sun noon- 8.30pm. Bar (open noon—I 1pm Tue- Sat: I2.30~-2.30pm & 6.30—1 Iptn Sun. Meals served). Cafe (open noon—1 1pm). |Access: PPA. ST. Facilities: WC. WS. Ii. ('1. R. B. Help: A. AA].

Dead Dad Dog and Sheila Sat 25 Mar.8pm. £4 (£2 ). The Traverse Theatre Company in their touring comic double bill. See Touring and Review.

Cinderella Fri 31 Mar. 7pm. £2 adultsz£l children; £5 family ticket. Clyde Built Puppets in a rod and shadow puppet presentation of the (irimms fairy tale.

I PALACE THEATRE9 (ircen Street. Kilmarnock. 0563 23590. |Access: P. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. E. (i. R. B. Help: A. AA].

Long Story Short Thurs 30—Fri 31 Mar. 7.30pm. 7:84 Theatre Company in an evening of new short plays by Scottish writers. See Review and Touring. I PAVILION THEATRE 121 Renficld Street. 332 1846. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am-8pm. Bar. |Access: ST. Facilities: WS. G. Help: AA]. The Sash Until Sat 1 April. 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm. £5. £4. £3 (£2.50). 7:84Theatre Company in Hector Macmillan's hilarious comedy about staunch Glasgow ()rangeman. Bill MacWilliam. that caused a stir when it was first presented at this theatre. Sec Touring and see also The Funeral. below. People seeing both plays can save £1. The Funeral Mon 3-Sat 15 Apr. 7.30pm. Sat mats 2pm. £5. £4. £3 (£2.50). Following The Sash (see above). the Tron Theatre Company present the sequel. in which Bill MacWiIliam has deceased. but his spirit lives on in his best friend Wee Sam with comic results as Sam triesto give Bill a full-blown ()range Funeral. See both plays and save £1 . I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA 100 Renfrew Street. 041 332 5057. ]Access: PPA. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. R. B.T. G. Help: A.AA]. No theatre performances this fortnight. I THEATRE ROYAL Hope Street. 331 1234. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. (7.30pm on perfevgs). Bar. Buffet. ]Access: P. PPA. R. Facilities: WC. WS. 1%. (i. R. B. IICIpI AA]. Swan Lake Mon 3—Sat 8 Apr. London Festival Ballet. See Dance Listings. I THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521 . Cafe open 1 lam—2.30pm Tue—Fri and during evening

performances. |Access: PPA. L. Facilities: WC. WS. [3. (i. R. B. Help: AA].

New Moves Dance Festival L'ntil Fri 31 Mar. See Dance Listings.

Serpent's Tail Readings Sun 26 Mar. 2.30pm. In association with A 1"ision of Love. . . at the Tron (see below).the company and special guests give readings in aid of (iay Switchboard from Scrpent's Tail authors. Neil Bartlett. William (ioycn..1uan (ioytisolo and Tom Wakefield.

Miss Margarida's Way and The Christian BrothersThurs 30 Mar—Sat I Apr. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Actors Lab in a double bill. Miss Margarida. written by Roberto Athayde and banned in his native Brazil. focuses on the eccentric schoolteacher. Miss Margarida. and her disconcerting views. and The Christian Brothers. written by Ron Blair and presented by Martin Poole.

I TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate. 552 4267 8. Box ()ffice Tue—Sat Noon—8pm; Sun 12.30—1 1pm. Closed Mondays. ]Access: R. ST. Facilities: WS. F. (i. R. B. Help: AA].

AVision 01 Love Revealed In Sleep L'ntil Sun 26 Mar. 7.30pm. £3 members; £4 non-members. Neil Bartlett's beautiful and moving testimony to gay Victorian painter. Simeon Solomon. originally presented by Bartlett in a tour-de-forcc solo performance. This new version has grown to incorporate three of London‘s lop drag queens: Ivan. Bette ‘BIooIips‘ Bourne and Regina Fong. Presented in association with the Third Iiye Centre. Discussion: Gay Theatre in Britain Today Sat 25 Mar. 1.15pm. Free. In association with A Vision ofl.m'e. . . (see above). anopen discussion with the company about the current position of gay theatre. There are also readings from Serpent‘s Tail authors at the Third Eye Centre (see above). Them Through the Wall Tue 28 Mar—Sun 2 Apr. 7.30pm. £3 members; £4 non-members. Cumbernauld Theatre Company in a new comedy about two families who live next door to one another. written by Liz Lochhead and Agnes Owens. See Preview. The Eighth Scottish Student Drama Festival Tue 4—Sat 8 Apr. See Separate Listings.

The List 24 March—6 April I989 21