MEASURE FOR MEASURE
William Shakespeare UNTIL 5 AUGUST
“Redeem thy brother by yielding up thy body tqmy will”
Performances Mon-Sat 7.45pm (tickets from £2.50)
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"The future generation of Scottish Theatre is alive and well and livmg at The Traverse" (Sunday Times)
NEW PLAYS FOR SUMMER '89
INES DE CASTRO
A Ponuguese Tragedy by John Clifford 4-6 AUG & 10-12 AUG and throughout Festival
by Michel Vinaver 10-13 AUG and throughout Festival
HANGING THE PRESIDENT
by Michele Celeste
BOX OFFICE ° 03l-226 2633
ALBERT FINNEY JANET SU ZMAN
SARA KESTELMAN in
A new play by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Elijah Moshinsky
28 Aug — 2 Sept tickets from £3.50
challenge.‘ (Andrew Burnet)
Blending In opens at the Traverse Theatre. Edinburgh on Fri 4. and will also he on during the Festival.
HERE!- HIGH RIKKI
Last summer saw the revival of a trio of theatrical legends. one called Francie the other Josie and the third the summer variety shows at the King's Theatre in Glasgow. Based on the tradition of the hugely popular Five Past liight shows at the Alhambra and the Half Past Seven shows at the King‘s. the new incarnation dropped the chronological stipulation from the title and opted for the moniker of King‘s High. the starof the piece however was unchanged: Rikki Fulton. This year his comic creations will again be the main attraction.
Where does he get the inspiration for characters such as the terminally depressive. the Revd l. M. Jolly. that personification of Late Call as we all know it'? ‘I tend to find the people to fit the situation. With the Reverend we really wanted to take off the (iod Spot as some people called it; [didn't have one specific model I must have run through about 15()different men of the cloth of all ecumenical pcrsuasions before I found Jolly‘. Though he made his name in broadcasting the run at the King‘s is something he looks forward to tremendously. ‘()bviously itsa bigthrill to be performing in front ofa live audience. I do enjoy adding to the material and improvising but the main thrill is just hearingthe laughter. there‘s nothing better‘. The much loved Francie (Jack Milroy) and Josie (Rikki Fulton). whose naive antics make the Young Ones look like MENSA candidates. will once more be treading the
Piccolo Theatre in Milan where he set up the
in those days I was
my students.‘ At the same
‘ theatre and television. but direction. ‘I managed to
actor and pedagogue.‘ he
original method of ; teachingtheatre.‘
the ideas he'd been
Rikki Fulton asJosie
boards together and doubtless providing the perfect tonic if you've had ‘ (to quote l.M. Jolly) ‘A llell ofaday.‘
King 's High is at the
King 's Theatre. Glasgow, 7 A rig—9 Sept.
LECOO MOVES IN .
Since founding his international school in Paris hack in 1956. Jacques Lecoq has established himself as one of the world's foremost teachers of movement and mime. While popular and innovative Fringe performers like 'l'heatre de ('omplicite and Steven Berkoffextend Lecoq‘s inﬂuence to the lidinburgh Fringe. their
spending a week at (‘ramond to lead the Scottish Summer School of Mime. For Scottish actors. dancers and performance artists it is a once in a lifetime chance to work with the legendary l-‘rench master. Much of Lecoq's grounding in theatre came from the eight years he spent in Italy. first at the UniversityTheatre. Padua. and later at the internationally renouned
theatre school. ‘I began to teach theatre very. very early.‘ explains Lecoq. ‘so
basically the same age as
time he was gaining invaluable experience working as a directorand choreographer in cinema.
before long he decided to focus his talents in one
combine the two rolesof says. 'but eventually I had
to make a choice. lchose. for a career. to develop an
Thus to Paris where he began to put into practice
. developing in Milan. ‘1
had a clear idea of what I wanted to create.‘ he says with the authority ofa practitioner of over thirty years. ‘lt would be a great school that would rethink the teaching oftheatre. Based on the movement of the actor — from his actions to his words — it had to rediscover the physical side ofacting.‘ But Lecoq is no dry academic. for whom performance is a be-all and end-all. Witness the work of his pupils and you realise that. much as imagination is important. his methods are firmly rooted in real life. ‘The research of movement and
an understanding ofhow
the world moves and lives are both the foundation of the school and my personal passion. We ask the students to be not only interpretive actors. but
initiators and creators as
Over the years Lecoq has investigated and drawn on the traditions of tragedy. commedia dell‘arte. the clown and what he calls the buffon — a kind of sinister clown reﬂecting our culture and behaviour through a hideously distorting fairground mirror. It is this awareness ofthe physical that he will be bringing to the (‘ramond Summer School. ‘For some. theatre is words.‘ he says. ‘but for me. it is also action.‘ (Jeffllowitt). The Scottish Summer School of Mime. 7—12 A ug. Scottish Centre for Physical Education. Movement and Leisure Studies. (.‘ramond Road North. Edinburgh [5 H4 (>11). Phone Pat Keysell for details (031) 312 6001.
I Young Playwrights Festival Would-be playwrights under the age onI are invited to enter scripts for the Scottish Youth Theatre‘s Young Playwrights Festival 1989. They can be for stage. radio or television. as long as they have not been performed previously. and the closing date is the middle of November. Script ('o-ordinator. (ieorge (iunn is keen to extend the intake ofthe competition to include the whole of Scotland and not only the catchment area of the Glasgow Herald who continue to sponsor the event in conjunction with BP and the RSAMD. There are six winners whose plays are given a two-week rehearsal and workshop period followed by a staged reading by 2nd year students at RSAMD in December. Entries to and further details from George Gunn, Chapelton
. Cottage. Rattray.
Blairgowrie, Perthshire Pl 1 ll) 7} IO.
24The List ZSJuly— 10 August 1989