Ferry. 9pm. £6 (£3). See Sun7.

I Fairground Attraction Pavilion Theatre. 8pm. £7 (£5). £6 (£4). A year (and one baby for singer Eddie Reader) on from the runaway success oflast year‘s ‘Perfect‘ single and The First of a Million Kisses LP. sweet FA have proved that acoustic instruments and an eclectic style is no bar to major success.

I Giant Mayfair. 9pm. £3. Young Glasgow band tipped for big things. and based around the songwriting partership of songer Bobsie Mullen and guitarist David Young.

I Bars Makars a Bards Hielan’ Jessie. Gallowgate. 8pm. Free. Stories. poems, music and songs.

I Melanie D'Beiily a Francis Cowan Renfrew Ferry. Midnight. £2.


I A Tale DtTwo Cities Citizen‘s Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£1/Free). See Fri 5.

I The Thirst RSAMD Chandler Studio. 6pm. £5 (£2.50). This one-man show met with mixed reactions at its recent showing in Edinburgh. but it’s always worth catching Mime Theatre Project‘s plays for their characteristic visual and physical performance style.

I The Secret Voice Crawfurd Theatre. 11am & 2pm. £1. TAG joins forces with Rotating Dancers to create a children‘s show about the first day at big school. Aimed at nine to twelve year-olds.



I Yuk Yuks Renfrew Ferry. 6pm. £5 (£2.50). See Mon 8.

I Bruce Morton with Clea a McLeod Tron Theatre. 11.15pm. £1 .5(l/£2.5() (no cones). Comedy and music.


I The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs The Robin Anderson Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). ‘Flag‘ is a new piece by these two British groups whose performances are as catchy as their names. Clever. quirky and as down-to-earth as they are flamboyant. these groups must not be missed. To the jazz music ofthe Pointy Birds (live!) ‘Flag‘ looks at images ofnational cliche with bizarre effect.


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the players are scared it's ghastly. but it the players are iearless it‘s goodto watch even it the results are less than brilliant. The best work happens when things go wrong. Improvisation is not really meant to go right everytime.’ Alan David Marriott is artistic director oi Theatresports. the company oi masochists who coniidently jump oil the iirm ground oi scripted drama into the thin. intoxicating air oi improvisation. Two teams compete iorpoints and audience support in an unlikely cross between charades and all-in wrestling.

‘Nobody's ever died lrom doing a bad sketch.’ says Marriott. but metaphorical death by a hundred sneers is as painiul a way to go as any. Preparing actors ior



the tray means developing a f

muscular short-term memory. and working on three main techniques: how

society. we are used to externalising our expression. letting other people teel ior us, says Marriott. He sees audience improvisation as a step backtowards childhood spontaneity, a chance to

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to tell a story. how to denote ;

status. and developing spontaneity. “Even the most boring accountant has amazing imagination.’ says Marriott.

Theatresports putthis dubious statement tothe test by asking their audience to write their plots. In our

Pennsylvania Glasgow Film Theatre. 8.45pm. See Mon 8.


I Fairground Attraction Pavilion Theatre. 8pm. £7 (£5).£6 (£4). See Mon 8.

I Capercallle City Hall. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). Leading Scottish. with a large Gaelic input. folk fusion band. Vocalist Karen Matheson isthe core ofan instrumental hothouse oftalent.

I ital Express Third Eye Centre. 10.30pm. £5 (£2.50). The music is from Algeria by way of Belgium. and features an innovative group who employ a jazz tendency with native melodic sense. I John Martyn Renfrew Ferry. 9pm. £6 (£3). See Sun7.

I Dougie MacLean and Friends The Shed. Popular songwriter. fiddler and singer. based at his recording studios in Dunkeld.

I Tony Cutie Renfrew Ferry. Midnight. £2.


I Canniball Third Eye Centre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). Ian Smith aims not to shock but to educate. inform and amuse in his thoroughly

consequences at actual involvement.

It’s a social iorm oi having your cake and eating itwhich has caught on throughout Europe and America. It has taken longer to iniiltrate the British theatre: ‘lmpro was a dirty word in the UK. It's onlyin the last year or so that it has

researched exploration of the eating of human flesh. A sort of Everything You Wanted to KnowAbout Cannibalism But Were Afraid To Ask.

I The Death oi Bessie Smith Drama Centre. 7.30pm. £3 (£1.20). 9—13 May. Edward Albee has personally approved the use of Bessie Smith‘s music in the Strathclyde Theatre Group‘s production of his 1960 play about the legendary blues singer and her untimely death.

I The Cult! Sisters Tron Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2). See Fri 5.

I Don Juan RSAMD New Athenaeum Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). The Georgian Film Actors' Studio productio of Moliere‘s comedy made the running in The List's top shows of the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Now it is one ofthe highlights of Mayfest and comes highly recommended despite the language barrier (subtitles in English).

I The Pied Piper King‘s Theatre. 2pm & 7pm. £3—£8 (£2—£5.50). You know the story already. but by all reports this adaptation by the National Theatre will captivate you whatever




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reached a wider audience.‘ says Marriott. who ioresees a cult developing in the near iuture. “The audience get a showthey want to see. It they want a dirty show. are complex. meaningiul show. they get it.’ As iora speciiicaliy Scottish ilavour at Mayiest. Marriott is uncertain: ‘The amazing part at Theatresports is its universality. Isaw a group oi Dutch pertormers. and their scenes were interesting even in Dutch.‘ Nevertheless. he concedes. there will probably be some poll tax jokes.

(Julie Morrice) Theatresports. 13 and 14 May. See Listings.

your age. I A Tale OiTwo Cities Citizen‘s Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£1/Free). See Fri 5.

I The Thirst RSAMD Chandler Studio. 6pm. £5 (£2.50). See Mon 8.

I The Secret Voice Crawfurd Theatre. 11am & 2pm. £1. See Mon 8.



I Jo Brand and Hattie ileyridge Renfrew Ferry. 6pm. £5 (£2.50). If Heyridge has worked out some new material— especially her more surreal stuff— she'll be worth looking out for. but ifshe hasn‘t. her deadpan delivery could become wearing. You might know Jo Brand (aka The Sea Monster) from her appearances on Friday Night Live and The Last Resort.

I Bnice Morton with Clea a McLeod Tron Theatre.

1 l . 15pm. £1 .50/£2.50 (no cones). Comedy and music.


I Donald Maxwell RSAMD Stevenson Hall.


8pm. £5 (£2.50). Donald Maxwell‘s masterly portrayal of Falstaff in Welsh National Opera‘s recent production by Peter Stein confirmed his remarkable versatility. For this rare recital appearance he has chosen songs by Purcell. Haydn. Beethoven and Shostakovich. He is accompanied by Angela Livingstone.


I Le Ballet do Farglstan Mitchell Theatre. 7pm. £5 (£2.50). Brigitte Farges and her remarkable company design a dance of abstract beauty. ‘Enigmes, Miniatures et Autres Visions’. her latest piece , uses colour, shape and sophistication to stunning effect.

I The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs The Robin Anderson Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). See Tue 9.


I The Prince oi Pennsylvania Glasgow Film Theatre. 8.45pm. See Mon 8.


I Carrie a Lorrie Bell Renfrew Ferry. 9pm. £5 (£2.50). Chicago blues artists. and a leading exponent of the harp. which in blues parlance means the mouth organ. I Dick Gaughan City Hall. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). Scotland‘s finest folk singer. if that means a man with a guitar and a social conscience. And one of our greatest interpreters of traditional song.

I Chick Lyall Group Third Eye Centre. 10.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Young Glasgow pianist. mixes jazz playing with his love of composition and electronic, taped and synthesized music. An evening of surprises.

I Courtney Pine Pavilion Theatre. 8pm. £5.50 (£3.50).£4.50 (£2.50). So far. so young. The tenor saxophonist who launched a thousand colour supplements leads the youth interest in jazz, now moving beyond the fascination with the bebop era. He includes two vocalists in the group.

I Dougie MacLean Band The Shed. 8pm. £3.50. Tickets: 553 2475 and 227 551l (Ticket Centre). With the singer. fiddler and songwriter are piper Gordon Duncan. Paul Turner (percussion) and David Allison (guitar).

I Silt Who? Renfrew Ferry. Midnight. £2.


I 1000 Airplanes On The Boot Theatre Royal. 7.30pm. £3.50-£12.50

(£2—£10). Mayfest's blockbuster this year brings together the talents of composer Philip Glass, playwright David Henry Hwang and designer Jerome Sirlin to explore the problems faced by an individual when encountering beings from another world.

I American Bagpipes Tramway Theatre. 7.30pm. £2.50. Ian Heggie. the author ofA Wholly Healthy Glasgow, has his new award-winning play about verbal cruelty in a domestic setting presented by London’s Royal Court Theatre Company.

I Cannibal! Third Eye Centre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). See Tue 9.

I The Gold Sisters Tron Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£2). See Fri 5.

I Don Juan RSAMD New Athenaeum Theatre. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). See Tue 9.

I The Pied Piper King‘s Theatre. 10am & 2pm. £4.50 (£3.50). See Tue 9. I A‘I’ale or Two Cities Citizen’s Theatre. 7.30pm. £5 (£1/Free). See Fri 5.

I The Thirst RSAMD Chandler Studio. 6pm. £5 (£2.50). See Mon 8.

I The SecratVoice Crawfurd Theatre. llam & 2pm. £1. See Mon 8.



I Danny Thompson's Whatever Tron Theatre. 1 1 . 15pm. £1 .50/£2.50 (no cones). One of the world’s greatest acoustic bassists, Danny Thompson draws on a wide range of traditional dance rhythms joined by Bernie Holland, Tony Roberts and Paul Dunmall. I Jo Brand and Hattie Heyrldge Renfrew Ferry. 6pm. £5 (£2.50). See Wed 10. I Comedy Store Players Renfrew Ferry. 9pm. £5 (£2.50). Come prepared with your own suggestions of scenes for the Comedy Store Players to improvise. If you enjoy Whose Line is itAn y way this is the show for you. I The Funny Farm Chandler Studio, RSAMD. 9pm. £4 (£2). Scottish comedy with Stu Who. Cathy and Clare. Fred McAuley. Bruce Morton and may McReaddie. I Andy Cameron Mitchell Theatre. 10pm. £5 (£2.50). Cameron represents the home side in The Englishman, lrishmen and Scotsman


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