Mat 2.30pm. £4.25 (£3). The Brunton Theatre bravely risks its artistic credibility by staging Daphne Du Maurier'sthriller. Despite the low critical esteem often given to such Agatha Christie-style mysteries. they have proved perennially popular with audiences and the Brunton has set out to prove that Du Maurier has been seriously underestimated. See Review. When Smoking Is Bad ForYou/The Emingham Camp Wed 7-Sat 24 Feb. ' 7.30pm. £4.25 (£3). Interesting comic double-bill of infrequently seen one-acters. The first is a monologue by Chekhov featuring a hen-peeked husband addressing his wife's school for girls. The second is Joe Orton‘s holiday camp farce. Should be fun. I CHURCH HILL THEATRE Morningside Road. 228 1 155. lolanthe Until Sat 27 Jan. 7.30pm. Sat Mat 2.30pm. £4.50 (£3). Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group stage Gilbert and Sullivan‘s popular operetta. I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Sculpture Court. Old Building. Lauriston Place. The Mad Man and the Nun/Out at Sea Sat 3—Sun 4 Feb. 7.30pm. £3 (£2 students; Free to unemployed). A good month for Polish theatre this. Theatre Workshop is about to play host to mime and dance group Teatr Blik. but first a new locally-based company has been set up to perform Polish plays in translation. Directed by Lisa Baraitser. the debut of Theatre Dedykacja features two short plays by 5.1. Witkiewicz and Slawomir Mrozek respectively and includes amongst its company an actor Will Brook who trained for two months with Teatr Blik. Witkiewicz is now commonly regarded as the father of Theatre ofthe Absurd —some of his childhood plays were performed a couple of months back at Glasgow‘s RSAMD and. with help from Art School students and a promenade performance. The Mad Man and the Nun will attempt to exteriorise the mind of the mad man. Mrozek‘s Out at Sea was last seen here at the Royal Lyceum in 1965 and features three men stranded on a raft deciding which one is going to go first. I GILOEO BALLOON 233 Cowgate. 225 3013/225 4463. See Cabaret Listings. I KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street, 229 1201. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [Access: PPA. L. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. E. G. B. Help: AA] Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood Until Sat 17 Feb. 7pm. (Mats at 2. 15pm). £5—£7. The King‘s claims to have the biggest pantomime in the United Kingdom this year. Anita Harris and Una McLean are topping the bill ofstars. Allen Stewart and Russell Hunter play the robbers. Top quality traditional pantomime. lnstitutionalised silliness at its best. I LEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE Leith Playwriting Workshop Sat 27 Jan. 10.30am. The first of ten Saturday morning classes led by Janet Fenton who will be considering how to make a dramatic idea performable. Everyone is welcome whether or not you have experience. Places are limited and you should contact Theatre Workshop in advance on 225 7942. I NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street. 556 9579. Box Office. Nam-4.30pm. 7—9pm perf. evgs. Cafe. [Access: R. Facilities: WC. W3. E, G, B‘ R. Help: A.AA] The Winter's Tale Wed 7—Sat 24 Feb. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). The Canopy

Theatre Company bring out some ofthe more serious issues in Shakespeare‘s fairytale-like play. On tour after a run in London.

I PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Greenside Place. 557 2590.

Cats Until Sat 24 Feb. 7.30pm. Wed & Sat Mat 2.30pm. £6.50—£12.50. It's good to be sure of something in this world. Pantos may come and go. but Cuts stays. packing them in week in week out. They‘ve even

focuses on a classic love triangle. with

extended the run for three weeks. Andrew ] Lloyd Webber’s feline musical is an ‘s elaborate and entertaining. ifultimately forgettable. reading ofT.S. Eliot‘s 01d . Possum ’5 Book of Practical C ats. Dating ' from 1981. it marked the revival ofthe British musical as a viable economic proposition for the 19805. And ldon‘t expect Mr Lloyd Webber will disagree with that.

I ROYAL LYCEUM Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am-6pm. 10am—8pm on perf. evgs. Bar. Rest/Cafe. [Access: 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.

Fitting For Ladies Until Sat 3 Feb. 7.45pm. Sat Mat 27 Jan 3.15pm.£2.50—£6.5(). Georges Feydeau‘s 19th century French farce mixes double-dealing and sexual shenanigans in the promiscuous Parisian world of the courtesan. Robert J. Carson directs and Kenny Miller designs. See Review.

I SCOTTISH CENTRE FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION. MOVEMENT AND LEISURE STUDIES Moray House College. Cramond Campus. Cramond Road North. 3126001. Mime Movement Master Class Sat 3—Sun 4 Feb. 10am—5pm. £25 (or £10 for Sunday afternoon video lecture only). A weekend

workshop for profesional artists, directors and teachers. led by [dc Van Heningen i who is currently director of the Mime Centrum in the Netherlands. His work throughout the last two decades has pioneered new ground in physical and visual theatre. See Preview. I SPRINGWELL HOUSE CENTRE Ardmillan Terrace. Theatre Arts In Education Wed 7 Feb and then weekly. 1.30—4pm. Free. Anyone interested in learning more about theatre is invited to come along to thisfirst workshop of a 17-week course which leads to a nationally accredited Scotvec certificate. The Theatre Arts Module will enable students to acquire basic knowledge of one or more areas such as acting. directing. sound and lighting. Participants so far range in age from 17—76 and the course, led by Bobbie Jeffrey. involves an element of socialising as well as learning. More details on 346 1405 or just turn up on the day. I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. Box Office Mon—Sat 9.30am—5.30pm. Bar. Cafe. [Access: PPA. R. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. [3.0. Help: AA] The Last Voyage of Long John Silver Wed 31 Jan-Thurs 1 Feb. 7.30pm. £3.50(£2.50). A swash-buckling tale of love and destruction aimed at all ages. Presented by Kneehigh Theatre. the show starts where Treasure Island left off and finds Long John Silver retired in South America. Exciting and imaginative visual theatre. Tam O‘Shanter Sat 3 Feb. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Edinburgh Puppet Company use their spectacular giant puppets to give a fresh reading to Robert Burns' dramatic poem. Narration by Bill McCue and music by The Whistlebinkies.

I TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 West Bow. Grassmarket. 226 2633. Box Office I Tue—Sat 10am—8pm. Sun 6—10pm. Bar. ] Rest. Tickets also available from the Ticket Centre, Market Street. [Access: St. Facilities: E. Help: AA]

lnlemal Injuries Until Sat 27 Jan. 7.30pm. £3. The latest Traverse Springboard production is written by Robin Lindsay 1 Wilson of the Glasgow Arts Centre and directed by Colin Ellwood. The play

some drug dealing and a car crash thrown in to spice it up.

Tally's Blood Tue l—Sun 11 Feb. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Set amidst Scotland‘s Italian community. Ann Marie Di Mambro‘s play is a love story and family drama. Di Mambro‘sspecialityisthetouchingly D



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