24 Nov. 7.30pm. £3. A murderous tale ofa woman aCCUsed. but acquitted. ofher parents' murder. Several years later the crime is re-enacted and new evidence comes to light. Davidson's Mains Dramatic Club appear in William Norfolk's play.

She Stoops to Conquer Wed 28 Nov—Sat 1 Dec. 7.30pm. Edinburgh Civil Service Dramatic Society takes to the stage. Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of manners. Play Wed 5—Sat 15 Dec. 7.30pm. The Makars take to the stage.

I FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366.

The Human Voice and The Sound oiSilence Sat 1 Dec. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). NewStage Theatre makes its debut performance with

two new translations by Anthony Wood of

plays by French playwright Jean Cocteau. The Human Voice is remarkable for being amongst the first monologues in French drama. while The Sound of Silence was originally written for Edith Piaf in 1940. See review.

I KING'S THEATRE 2 [even Street. 229 1201 . Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [Accessz PPA. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. E. (i. B. llelp: AA]

The Best oi Friends Ifntil Sat 24 Nov. Mon—Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5pm and 8pm. £3—£6.50. Post-London run ofllugh Whitemore's play based on the friendship between (ieorge Bernard Shaw. a Benedictine nun and the director ofa museum in Cambridge. Touching and funny.

Cinderella Tue 4 Dec—Sat 16 Feb. 7pm. Mats at 2.30pm. £5.25—£7.25. Probably the most unmissable pantomime in Britain this year. as Stanley Baxter returns to the stage as the Dame in a new version which he has also written and directed. Tickets have been selling fast for a good while already. so book as soon as you can. See feature.

I NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 I ligh Street. 556 9579. Box Office. l0am—4.30pm. 7—9pm perf. evgs. Cafe. [Access: R. Facilities: WC,WS. E. (i. B. R. Help: A. AA] Waiting For Baby Until Sat 24 Nov. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Iivening .V'ewscritie. Raymond Ross. follows up his popular football comedy The Beautiful Gemme. with this black look at male attitudesto birth. sex and identity. Developing Puppet Drama Mon 26 andTue 27 Nov. 6.30—9.30pm. £5. Aimed at those with some—experience of drama or puppetry these two workshops look at making puppets and using them in performance. Reynard the Fox Wed 28 Nov—Sat 1 Dec. 8pm. £2.50 (£1 .50). Puppet theatre for adults as Ian Turbitt reworks the medieval fable of the anarchic and violent European anti-hero. Not suitable for children. See preview. The Moonchild Wed 5—Mon 24 Dec. £2.50. 7pm on Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat and also Mon 24. 2.30pm on Sat and Mon 24. Aimed at


Seen at The Counting House, f Edinburgh on 16 November. Ditlerent line-ups every Friday. When you go to see cabaret, you know 3 what to expect. A descent of twenty or

oi the drains. An oxygen-tree room which would gladden the heart ol any Imperial Tobacco executive. And the - ubiquitous spilt beer tying alongside f the sap who dropped it.

Karen Koren’s latest cabaret venture is, therefore, more than a little g shocking. You go upstairs to an ornate, ' large room with a decorous domed ceiling. You can sit and enjoy a meal belore, and imported bottled beer during, the show. And the audience is polite. Very, very polite.

Dave Cosgrove, who opened and closed proceedings, found it ditticultto


so steps until you can just detect a whitt

battle against this unique environment.

He delivered his routine, much of which is well written but poorly recited, in a state oi animated contusion. Why weren'tthese people heckling him? Why wasn’t a drunken Irishman trying to steal the mike to give his irrepressible rendition oi Danny Boy? And most oi all, why did the audience not laugh very much yet still give him rapturous applause at the finale? Ours is not to reason why Dave; just take the money and leave them clapping.

The Three Men Trio Bros Troupe deservedly won this year’s So You Think You’re Funny contest at the Edinburgh Fringe. In this, theiriull routine, they succeeded more than Cosgrove in rousing the audience (although everything is relative). Their act may be a touch shambolic and

' 5 much oi the style oi humour old hat, but The Trio have such a wealth oi original ideas, and the energy to deliverthem, that they cannot be ignored.

In many ways, The Counting House provides a much better night out than any other venue in Glasgow or Edinburgh. There is none at the discomlort which is otten altorded when an oh-so-iunny heckler decides that he is going to take centre stage. The word that springs to mind is convivial. But at the moment, the atmosphere of the place means that there is no bite. This could be the Geottrey Howe of Scottish comedy venues-comfortable, reliable but never incisive (but then he changed, didn’t he?). (Philip Parr)

5—l 1-year-olds. this is a colourful adaptation ofa Japanese folk-tale written by Chris Craig and performed by llullaballoo Children's Theatre.

I ST ORIOE'S CENTRE Orwell Terrace. 346 1405.

Creature From The Mermaid's Purse Thurs 6—Sat 22 Dec. £4.50 (£2.50). 7.30pm on Thurs 6—Sat 8. Tue ll—Sat 15. Tue 16—Sat 22 Dec. Gerry Mulgrew directs a new Christmas show by Anne Downie who also has a more conventional play on at Glasgow‘s Tron at the moment. Set underwater. it provides fishy family fun with an environmental message. Should be ood.

I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. Box Office Mon-Sat 9.30am—5.30pm. Bar. Cafe. [Accessz PPA. R. Facilities: WC. W8. AS. E. G. Help: AA]

Rasho. Champion of the Romnay Tue 27 Nov—Sat 29 Dec. £3.50 (£2.50). 10.303!“ and 1.30pm on Tue 27 Nov-Thurs 20 Dec (not Sat or Sun). 3pm on Sat 22 Dee. 11am and 3pm on Wed 26—Sat 29 Dee. Theatre Workshop cuts out the evening performances in order to appeal to a

is written by Simon Abbott and is all about an Edinburgh schoolgirl who has a scrapyard adventure into the mists of time.

I TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 West Bow. I (irassmarket. 226 2633. Box Office | Tue—Sat 10am—8pm. Sun 6—10pm. Bar.

family audience. This new Christmas show

Rest. Tickets also available from the Ticket Centre. Market Street. [Aecessz St. Facilities: E. Help: AA].

And The Cow Jumped Over The Moon Until Sun 25 Nov (inc. Suns. but not Mons). 7.30pm. £5 (£3). The Traverse Theatre spreads its in-house productions more evenly across the year beginning with Donna Franceehild‘s comedy about breast cancer. Engaging. funny and unsentimental.

Rainy Day Woman and Woolgathering Tue 27 Nov. 7pm. £1 (50p). 'I‘wonew monologues by Eliza Langland are given a first reading by Edinburgh Playwrights Workshop.

Song For Joey Tue 4 Dec. 7pm. £1 (50p). Edinburgh Playwrights Workshop reads Ken Kelly's new play about someone who decides to become a Red Indian.


I Bambatha's Children The SAWCO Players come all the way from llowick. South Africa. where they and their workmates have been in dispute with UK company BTR since May 1985. the longest strike in South African history. The play tells the story of three generations of struggle against colonialism and apartheid and sheds important light on the originsof the present violence.

George Square Theatre. Edinburgh University Fri 23 Nov. 7.30pm. 031 332 3163.


1990 Commissions

Gloria . Sarrasme

An astonishing piece of music theatre comes home for nine very special performances - not to be missed! ’Stimulates every nerve ending you care to expose.’ - Glasgow Herald

21 - 24 Nov and 27 Nov ~ I Dec, 7.30pm, SAW/£2.50

6-8 December, 7.30pm, mac/£2.50 Steve Shill and Graeme Miller The Year They Changed The Wires

A passionate theatrical adventure... storytelling in a world which dreams in celluloid. At the lorefront of experimental theatre, the ex~lmpoct duo create an emotionally charged tour de force.

’Deliriously beautiful... profound warmth and humanity.’ - City limits BOX Office: 04‘ - 332 0522

346 - 354 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 62 3JD

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George Square. Glasgow Sat 24 Nov. Afternoon in S'IL’C marquee. Community ( 'entral Hall. 304 .llaryhill Road. Glasgow Sat 24 Nov. 7.30pm. 041 227 551 l.

I Bold Girls A new play by Rona Munro for 7:84 takes a witty and observant look at the lives of three women in Belfast. Recommended. .‘vlore detailson 041 331 2219.

Victoria Hall. Selkirk Fri 23 Nov.

Pearce Institute. Got-an Sat 24 Nov. 7.30pm. £4 (£1 ). 041 332 4946.

I Killing Me Softly Revived specially in the week running up to World AIDS Day on 1 Dec and to consciously raise the issue of AIDS in the community. Clyde Unity Theatre puts on John Binnie's popular play about a young gay man and a young straight woman. The latest revival ofthis widely toured play will have a collection at each performance for Scottish AIDS Monitor. Further details on 041 337 2290. Tormus'k Tennents Hall. 6 Scarrel Road. (‘astlemilk Mon 26 Nov. 7.30pm.

( ‘oncord (‘1:‘(’. To Wit Centre. I )urnharton Tue 27 Nov. 7.30pm.

('afe Information Centre. 2 I’innart Street. Greenock Wed 28 Nov. 7.30pm.

L'W( '. 4 Hecla Place. Drumchapel Thurs 29 Nov. 7.30pm.

( ’alders Community ( 'entre. ( ’alrlerpar/v‘. Westerhailes Fri 30 Nov. 7pm.

St Minian 's ( 'hurch Hall. Blue/(storm Road. Fergus-lie Park. Paisley Sat 1 Dec. 7pm.

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