I ROYAL LYCEUM Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am-6pm. 10am—8pm on perf. evgs. Bar. Rest/Cafe. [Accessz P. L. Facilites: WC. WS. AS. E. G. B. R. T. Help: A. AA]. Ticketsfor Lyceum productions are also available at the Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge: branches of AT May‘s Travel and the Queen’s Hall. Clerk Street.

Cinderella Until Sat 6Jan. £2—£8. 2pm public perf 23 Dec. 2.30pm public pcrf22. 26—29 Dec. 3—6Jan. 5pm public pcrf 23. 30 Dec. 7pm public perf until 22. 26—29 Dec. 2—6 Jan. 8pm public perf23. 30 Dec. Panto

Stuart Paterson has gone back tothc original Cinderella tale for this year‘s family Christmas show which has an almost Medieval feel to it. The kids lapit up and there are some strong performances. but some of the humour could have been better developed.

I THEATRE ARTS CENTRE Davie Street (off Nicolson Street)

American Connection begins its New Year programme of classes on Sat 13 Jan. There are eight different courses to choose from. aimed at beginners through to professionals. including acting. singing. Alexander Technique and Chamber Music. Call 661 0144 or 225 2694 for further information.

I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 I lamilton Place. 226 5425. Box Office Mon—Sat 9.30am—5.30pm. Bar. Cafe. [Accessz PPA. R. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. E. G. Help: AA]

The Ice Dragon Fri 22—Sat 30 Dec. 2pm on 23—30 Dec. 4.30pm on 22 Dec. 7.30pm on 22 & 23 Dec. £3.70 (£2.20). Excellent Christmas show full of Christmas magic as well as the ubiquitous green message. It'sa new show written by Alex McShcrry who you can find acting in The Traverse‘s Christmas show (see below). See Review. I TRAVERSE THEATRE l 12 West Bow. Grassmarket. 226 2633. Box Office Tue—Sat 10am—8pm. Sun 6—10pm. Bar. Rest. Tickets also available from the Ticket Centre. Market Street. [Access: St. Facilities: E. Help: AA]

The Turkey that Fought Back Until Sat 30 Dec. 2.30pm on 23. 24. 28-30 Dec. 7.30pm until 23. & 28—30 Dec. Panto

Stuart Hepburn has written one ofthe several Green Christmas shows around this year and it‘s a more wilfully boisterous alternative to the traditional seasonal fare. It‘s a well-constructed. sharply acted and entertaining piece of festive froth that works best with an audience ofteenagers. I USHER HALL Lothian Road. 228 l 155. W881 Side Story Sat 6 Jan. Audience rehearsal 7pm. Performance 7.45pm.

£7 £5/£3. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert version ofthe Bernstein/Sondheim classic and the audience are invited to sing along.



I Terry's All Gold for Christmas. Tron Theatre. 63 Trongatc. Glasgow. ()41 552 4267. 10pm—midnight.£4.50(£3).Terry Neason and her band in concert. joined this evening by singers Eric Cullen. Dorothy Paul. Elaine C. Smith and harpists Mary Ann Kennedy and Charlotte Petersen.


I The Comic Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. Glasgow. 552 5924. 9pm. £5 (£3). Bar open 8.30pm—midnight. The Comic Club throws a big mental Christmas party featuring a staggering line-up ofFunny Farm regulars who‘ll be indulging in aspot of panto-style mayhem deep breath —JJ, Phil Kay. Ford Keirnan. Kevin Kopfstein, Philip McGrade. Bruce Morton. Parrot. Boris Vesta and Stu Who'.’ And ifthat lot don't provide an antidote to the glut of crimbo comedy on TV. then nothing will. I Wilde and Natl ()‘l lcnrys Riverside Cafe-Bar. 445 Great Western Road (entrance via Kelvin Walk Way). Kelvinbridgc.Glasgow,0413391275. 9.30pm. Free. Theatrical cabaret nodoubt with a suitably seasonal bent.

I Caledonia Brass Bar Point. 42 Well Meadow Street. Paisley. 041 889 5188. 8.30pm. Not strictly cabaret. but this popular quintet promise to be lcttingthcir hair down in this alternative carol singing

I Terry's All Gold for Christmas Tron Theatre. 63 Trongatc. Glasgow. 041 552 4267. lllpm—midnight. £4.50(£3). Tonight. Terry Neason and her band are joined by harpists Mary Ann Kennedy and Charlotte Peterson. singing duo Lesley Robertson and Susan Ncsbit. and

musician Michael Marra.


I Upstairs at Bonhams 194 Byres Road. Glasgow. 041 357 3424. From 7pm. As a Christmas Eve special. Bonham’s provide entertainment from singer/guitarist Michael Keenan and cabaret duo Trudi & Fiona.


I Terry’s All Gold for Christmas Tron Theatre. 63 Trongatc. Glasgow, 041 552 4267. lOpm-midnight. £4.50 (£3). Terry Neason and her band are joined by special singing guests.


I Teny's All Gold for Christmas Tron Theatre. 63 Trongatc. Glasgow, 041 552 4267. 10pm—midnight. £4.50 (£3). Terry Neason and her band are joined by special singing guests.


I The Comedy Shop The Shelter. 7 Renfrew Court. off Renfrew Street. Glasgow. 8.30pm for 9.30pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Glasgow‘s newest comedy club enters the new year with the second ofits monthly gigs. Compere tonight isthe irrepresibly funny Lynn Ferguson (she of Alexander Sisters notoriety), who will be introducing David Cosgrove, Philip McGrade and bill-topper. Jo Brand (AKA Seamonster). The same line-up moves to the Gilded Balloon. Edinburgh tomorrow. See Review.


I Joke Box Bar Point. 42 Well Meadow Street. Paisley. 041 889 5188. 8.30pm. Music from the Ritz Brothers and stand-up comedy from Philip McGrade in the Joke Box‘s first fortnightly cabaret of the New Year.

I Gilded Balloon 233 Cowgatc.


The Shelter, Glasgow. Earlier in December Glasgow was privileged to have the opening of The Comedy Shop at The Shelter. The Core Tour brought an assortment of line stand-ups and cabaret to this new city centre venue—an undertaking that proved on the night to be a huge success.

The venue is intimate and welcoming, and succeeds in its

~ attempt to create an environment similar to that of certain London clubs. , it’s certainly conducive to good

stand-up entertainment, with the performers obviously enjoying the feel oitheir new surroundings.

Compere tor the evening is Stu Who? who fills the role with much ease, making everyone feel relaxed and comfortable as soon as he takes the stage. His observations of Glasgow iolk are not only hilariously iunny. but uncannin true. Hattie Hayridge is just as lovable as ever, and was very warmly welcomed-as indeed was everyone, lending support to the opinion that the arrival at The Shop has been long overdue and that it will surely capture the imagination and support at the Glasgow public.

Norman Lovett was next up. He makes me cry with laughter. It you haven't seen him yet, what on earth are you doing? You must see this man!

Mark Miwurdz

Mystery guest Lynn Ferguson is a very enthusiastic and naturally funny person, who was only ‘allowed’ a ten-minute spot. A pity.

Extremely popular. last-talking Mark Miwurdz makes people who want to chortle quietly at the truisms oi llle guliaw loudly and uncontrollably.

The Panic Brothers brought the evening to a close, and their song ‘My dad was a sperm bank, he came on my account’. had all at us (well, nearly) joining in.

The Shop will go fortnightly in the spring, weekly by the summer, and when lully established, every Friday and Saturday. lcouldn't agree more with Stu Who?'s suggestion for a slogan for the City of Culture 1990 - ‘Glasgow- our time has come’. (Janice Urquhart)

Edinburgh. 225 3013. 8.30pm for 9.30pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Yesterday‘s first-rate bill at the Comedy Shop. Glasgow. turns up for a night of hilarity in Edinburgh.

Jo Brand and her tamed pincer movement.


I STV COMM Studio A. Scottish Television, Cowcaddens. Glasgow. Free. STV invite readers of The List to apply for tickets to see one of six stand-up comedy shows to be recorded over the next three days. The programmes are to be recorded during the afternoon and will be broadcast later in the spring. Each show will feature a mix of established names in Scottish comedy. up-and-coming members ofthe Funny Farm comedy collective and a local band. Stu Who? will comperc. Apply for tickets in writing from Paul O‘Dell at STV. The first show today starsJohnnic Beattie, May McCreadie and Better Backwards. The second show features Dorothy Paul, Parrot and Better Backwards again. See Preview.

Upstairs BI Bonhams 194 Byrcs Road. Glasgow, 041 357 3424. From 7pm. Bonhams continues its programme of entertainment into the New Year with The Three Men Trio Brothers Troupe who also appear this time next week.


I STV Cabaret Studio A. Scottish Television, Cowcaddens. Glasgow. Free. See Mon 8 for details. The first line-upthis afternoon features Walter Carr. Fred McCaulay and The Sensational Blazing Bluegrass Catz. The latter also play on the second bill and are joined by David Cosgrove. Also to be filmed today are an improvisation group including Richard Vranch, Sandi Toksvig. Lee Simpson. Josie Lawrence. Neil Mullarkey and Jim Sweeney. See Preview.


I STV Cabaret Studio A. Scottish Television. Cowcaddens. Glasgow. Free. See Mon 8 for details. This afternoon Stu Who? will first of all introduce L'na McClean, Gordon Robertson and Paterson‘s Volunteers. Second bill ofthe day includes Lynn Ferguson. Andy Cameron and Paterson‘s Volunteers. A bout of improvisation will follow as on Tue 9. See Preview.

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