I TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 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. [Accessz St. Facilities: E. Help: AA].
Vice Vice Baby Sat 4—Sun 5 May. 8pm. £4 (£3). See Cabaret.
Bondagers Sat 11 May—Sun 2 Jun. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Scaled-down from its debut at the Tramway in Mayfest. Sue Glover‘s play settles in for a three-week run at the Traverse. Set in the Borders duringthe 1860s, Bondagers is about the women who were virtually enslaved to the male farm workers who themselves couldn't be employed without a woman to help them. See Mayfest preview.
I Changed Days The Royal Lyceum Theatre presents an updated version of Alan Spence‘s play first performed by Winged Horse in 1988. Based on the stories and memories of residents in Edinburgh‘s Old Town. it doesn‘t manage to conceal its origins as a series of reminiscences. despite energetic and committed acting. This is the company‘s last production before moving back to its permanent — and newly fitted out — base in Grindlay Street. Details on ()31 229 9697. St Bride '3 Centre, ()rwell Terrace, Edinburgh Until Sat 11 May. 7.45pm. Sat 11Mat3.15pm.
I Desperately Seeking Scotland West Lothian Youth Theatre explores the psyche and the history of Scotland in this new musical play devised by a mainly female cast. Details on 0506 31727.
Mews Theatre, Livingston Fri 3—Sat4 May.
I The Evil Doers Winged Horse is quick off the mark with the first Scottish production of Chris Hannan‘s comedy which was a recent hit in London. Set in an high-profile Glasgow, it tells the tale ofa man whotries to capitalise on the culture industry by setting up as a cabbie cum tour guide. See Mayfest preview. More details on 041 556 2494.
Byre Theatre. St Andrews Thurs 2-Sat 4 May. 8pm. 0334 76288.
Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow Tue 7—Sat 11 May. 7.30pm. 041 227 5511.
Maryhill Community Hall Tue 14 May. 7.30pm.0413329115.
Elgin Town HallWed 15 May. 7.30pm. Cumbernauld Theatre Thurs l6—Sat 18 May. 7.45pm. ()236 732887.
I Glasgow Boy Written by William Porter Elliot. an inmate of Barlinnie Prison‘s Special Unit, Glasgow Boy is a semi-autobiographical tale of poverty. violence and religious divide in the Calton. Performed by Connect and directed by Robert Jones. Details on ()236 737235.
C umbernauld Theatre Thurs 9 May. 7.45pm. 0236 732887.
Drumchapel Unemployed Workers Centre Fri 10 May.
Molendinar Community Centre, Blackhill Tue 14 May.
I Made from GirdersTheatremachine presents a new play by Christopher Ballance about poet and tragedian
William McGonagall. Establishing him as ; one of Scotland‘s heroes. the play looks at
the poetic and religious aspirations that led to isolation from his family and tragic consequences. More details on 041 423 8517.
Dundee Rep, Tay Square Wed 8—Sat 1 1 May. 7.45pm. Sat mat 3pm.
St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace,
Edinburgh Mon 13—Tue 14 May. 7.30pm. Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh Wed 15
‘ May. 7.30pm.
; I Nighi Mother American Connexion in : Marsha Norman‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning
play about a mother and daughter facing awkward truths when they come together for a single evening. See review. More details on 031 661 0144.
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh Wed 8 May.
Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock Thurs 9 May. Byre Theatre, StAndrews Fri 10—Sat 11 May.
Carnegie Hall. Dun fermline Wed 15 May. Tour continues.
I Sharks The eve r-industrious Wildcat team of David Anderson and David MacLennan turn out another politically motivated musical, this time about loan sharks. See review. More details on 041 951 1200.
Mayfest Tue 7—Mon 13 May. 041 552 8000. Webster Theatre, A rbroath Tue 14 May. 0241 72609.
Sirlohn Wilson Town Hall, Aidrie Wed 15 May. 0236 62453.
MacRobertArts Centre, Stirling Thurs 16 May. 0786 6108].
I The Surrogate Eve Jamieson directs a new play by Charles Barron about a couple who decide to have a surrogate birth. Annexe Theatre Company, specialists in new writing, tour the play
, with a professional cast. See review. More L details()41 5510570.
Paisley Arts Centre Fri 3 May. 8pm. 041 887 1010. Pearce Institute. Govan Sat 4 May.
Maryhill Central Community Hall Wed 8 May. 7.30pm. 041 3329115.
Haddo A rts Centre, A berdeem'hire Thurs 9 May. 7.30pm.0224641122.
Civic Theatre, Ayr Fri 10 May. 7.30pm. 0292 264639.
DundeeArts Centre Sat 11 May. 7.30pm. Mayfest Mon 13—Fri 17 May. ()41 5526612. Tour continues.
THE TRAVERSE THEATR r o l v a u a c
TRAMWAY BOX OFFICE 041 227 5511 FRI 3 - MON 6 MAY 8PM TICKETS £6.00 CONCS £3.00
E THE TRAVERSE THEATRE PRESENTS it THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
BY SUE CLOVER WINNER OF 1990 LWT PLAYS ON STAGE AWARD DIRECTED BY IAN BROWN MOVEMENT DIRECTOR SUE MACLENNAN DESIGNED BY STEWART LAING MUSIC BY PETE LIVINGSTONE
Set against the sprawting landscape of the 1860's Borders farms, BONDAGERS combines original music and dance in a spirited evocation of the lives 01 women bondagers, hired out at the annual fair as they laugh and work, flirt and tight their way through a long hard year on the term.
TRAVERSE THEATRE BOX OFFICE 031 226 2633 SAT 11 MAY - SUN 2 JUN 7.30PM TICKETS £6.00 CONCS £3.00
CABAR ET mam-
Cabaret is listed by date, then by city. Shows will be listed. provided that details reach our ottices at least ten days betore publication. Cabaret Listings compiled by Mark Fisher.
I Maytest See separate listing at front of magazine.
I Arnold Brown Ferryfest. Renfrew Ferry. Clyde Place. 429 2683. 9pm. £6 (£4). Opening up a nightly mini-festival running parallel to Mayfest in the atmospheric surrounds of the Renfrew Ferry. Arnold Brown entertains with his dry witticisms. He's on again tomorrow.
I Ten Days in May Revue Transmission Gallery. 28 King Street. 552 4813. Ticket details on 424 0409 or 424 3067. 7.30pm for8pm. £3 (£1.50). Another Mayfest alternative. this one is a nightly satirical revue staged by Paranoid Productions plc and featuring the writings ofJames Kelman. Brendan McLaughlin. Farquhar McLay and Jack Whithers.
I The Counting House Upstairs. 32/2 West Nicolson Street. 6620781. 10pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar/restaurant open all day. serving until 9.30pm — diners can claim £1 reduction on their cabaret tickets. Friends of the Famous, winners of the Scottish Daily Express New Names of '90 Award.
Friends ot the Famous return to Edinburgh with a newshow, Nipped and Tucked for '91 . which is described as a journey of mutual loathing featuring Derek and Deirdre Lush. Recommended.
I I Theatresports Bedlam Theatre. 2 Forrest Road. 225 9873. 10an Edinburgh University's popular team ofimprovisers engage in a spot of freeform fun.
3 SATURDAY 4 Glasgow
, I Maytest See separate listing at front of
I Arnold Brown Ferryfest. Renfrew Ferry, Clyde Place. 429 2683. 9pm. £6 (£4). See F ' s
l FRIDAY 3
I Ten Days in May Revue Transmission Gallery. 28 King Street. 552 4813. Ticket details on 424 0409 or 424 3067. 7.30pm for 8pm. £3 (£1 .50). See Fri 3.
I The Comic Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar open
8.30pm—midnight. Another helping of local wit and wisdom from the Funny
1 Farm and beyond.
I Eve'n Alter Paisley Arts Centre, New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Cosmorama Theatre Company bring together a collection of songs, satire and humour written by women through the ages in a 90s-style cabaret for both sexes.
I The Counting House Upstairs. 32/2 West Nicolson Street, 6620781 . 10pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar/restaurant open all day, serving until 9.30pm - diners can claim £1 reduction on their cabaret tickets. See Fri
I Vice Vice Baby Traverse Theatre, Grassmarket. 226 2633. 8pm. £4 (£3). Bruce Morton tries out a brand new set, after writing and starring in the Tron
Theatre pantomime. The leading light in the current wave of young Glasgow comics is well worth checking out. More tomorrow.
SUNDAY 5 Glasgow
I Maytest See separate listing at front of | magazine. . I Ten Days in May Revue Transmission
MEMORIES OF AN EDINBURGH COMMUNITY
by Alan Spence
(031) 229 9697 2 _ 11 May
at St Bride's Centre
“Fast-moving, hilarious” Sunday Express
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