Mahabharata actor to create a short piece which is given a single airing here. See preview.
Into the Blue Mon 9—Tue 10 Dec. 7.30pm. £3 (£1 .50). See Dance and preview. Trilogy Thurs lZ—Sat 14 Dec. 8pm. £5 (£3). Prospective Glasgow Communist Party candidate and recent leading light in Communicado‘s The Cane Gatherers, Tam Dean Burn performs his own adaptation of Bobby Sands‘s poem trilogy — The Crime of Castlereagh, Diplock Court and H-Block Torture Mill - written during the fatal hunger strike. Lisa Goldman directs.
Peter Pan Mon 16—Sat 21 Dec, 1.30pm; Wed 18—Sat 21 Dec, 7.30pm. £4 (£2). Fablevision‘s cast of40 mixed-ability actors put the company‘s patent spectacular style to work on J.M. Barrie‘s ever-popular classic. George Wyllie has been helping out on the set. so expect an extra helping ofmagic.
I TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate. 552 4267. Box Office Tue-Sat Noon—8pm; Sun 12.30—11pm. Closed Mondays. [Access: R, ST. Facilities: WS. E. G, R. B. Help: AA] Jack and the Beanstalk Until Sun 12Jan. 7.30pm. £5.50 (£2.50). The Tron has established a reputation for lively pantomimes which appeal to adults as much as to children. To continue that tradition. director Michael Boyd has brought in Forbes Masson of Victor and Barry fame to write this year‘s romp. See
I ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 George Street. Cinderella Roclt Thurs 12—Fri 13 Dec. 7pm: Sat 14 Dec. 6pm. £2 (£1). A staggering90 people are putting their efforts into this updated variant of the ubiquitous (this year at least) Cinderella story. Edinburgh‘s Arts Outreach Team is co-ordinating four local community groups to help turn on the seasonal magic. I BEDLAM THEATRE Forrest Road, 225 9893. [Access: St. Facilities: WS, G. B. Help: AA] The Tempest Until Sat 7 Dec. 8pm. Sat mats 2.30pm. £3 (£2.50/£2). Edinburgh University Theatre Company’s major production of the term is Shakespeare’s island fantasy about magic. revenge and growing maturity. See review. Play Mozart Tue 10—Sat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Andrew Dalmeyer directs the Yellow Dot Theatre Company in a new play by Mike Hall, which is possibly the only new piece to be written to mark Mozart‘s bicentcnary. Based on Hall‘s experience of working in a health club, the play looks at people‘s ability to communicate through music. The Great Theatre of the World Wed 1 1 Dec. 1.30pm. £1 .50 (£1). 17th century drama from Spain‘s Golden Age by Calderon de la Barca. I BRUNTON THEATRE Mussclburgh, 665 2240. [Access: PPA, R, St. Facilities: WC, W8, E, G, B. Help: AA] Cinderella Until Sat 4 Jan (not Suns, Wed 25, Tue 21 Dec or Wed 1 Jan). 7.30pm. £5.25 (£4.25). Mats 2.30pm until Sat7, Tue 10, Sat l4,Thurs l9, Sat21,Tue24, Thurs 26, Sat 28, Mon 30 Dec. Thurs 2and Sat 4Jan,£3.50. lfyou see a panto this year, the chances are it will be Cinderella, far and away the most popular choice of story. This version is by David Swan who wrote last year‘s entertaining panto at the Brunton. I CHURCH HILL THEATRE Morningside Road. 228 1155. Tickets available from Queen‘s Hall and Usher Hall Box Offices. Christmas Crackers Wed 18—Sat 21 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £4 (£3). Leitheatre in a festive romp by Willis Hall for children of all ages. I CRAIGROYSTON SCHOOL Pennywell Road. Pied Piper Wed 1 1—Fri 13 Dec. 7.30pm. Muirhouse Drama Group tries to cope with an infestation of rats as it gets down to
the serious business of putting on a pantomime. I JACK KANE CENTRE Craigmillar. Snow White and Seven Dwarves Tue 10—Sat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). Festive fun from the 1991 Craigmillar Drama Group. I KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street, 229 1201. Box Office Mon-Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [Access: PPA, L. Facilities: WC, W8, AS, E, G, B. Help: AA] Aladdin Until Sat 15 Feb. £6.75—£8.75 (concessions available). 2.15pm Sat 7, Wed 11, Sat 14, Wed 18, Sat 21 , Mon23. Tue 24, Thurs 26—Sat 28, Mon 30, Tue 31 Dec, Thurs 2—Sat 4, Wed 8, Sat 11, Wed 15, Sat 18, Wed 22, Sat 25, Wed 29Jan, Sat 1, Wed 5, Sat 8, Wed 12 and Sat 15 Feb. 7pm every day except Suns, Wed 25 Dec, Wed 1 Jan. Gerard Kelly and Una McLean star in this year’s spectacular at the King‘s which has possibly the longest run in the country. Magic lamps, flying carpets and Eastern ' mirth and mystery. I LEITH COMMUNITY CENTRE New Kirkgate, 554 4750. Pantomania Mon 16—Sat 21 Dec. 7.30pm. £1 .50 (£1). Despite losing its funding, Leith Rep bounces back with an evening of sketches and songs with live music, followed by a one-man pantomime. or rather, a pantomimette. I NETHEROOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street, 556 9579. Box Office. 10am—4.30pm, 7—9pm perf. evgs. Cafe. [Access: R. Facilities: WC, W5. E, G, B, R. Help: A, AA] Aladdin Sat 7. Sat 14 and Sat 21 Dec. 1 lam. Ian Turbitt adapts the traditional pantomime tale for his puppet theatre. Weans in the Wid Thurs 12—Sat 21 Dec. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2). See Touring. I PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Greensidc Place,
557 2590. .2)
Paul Nicholas in Barnum \
Barnum Thurs 19 Dec—Sat 29 Feb. 7.30pm. Wed and Sats mats 2.30pm. £8—£17.50. Paul Nicholas cracks the whip for the smash-hit musical written by Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. The show re-creates the days ofAmerica’s Barnum and Bailey circus a century ago, with spectacular stunts set to a memorable I PORTOBELLO CENTRE Adelphi Grove. Details 669 6185. ProtessorTic-Toc and the Time Pirates Mon l6—Fri 20 Dec, 10.30am and 1.30pm (group bookings); Fri 20, 7pm; Sat 21—Tue 24 Dec (not Sun), 3pm and 7pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Pirate Theatre Company‘s show is a Christmas beach adventure involvinga band of pirates who try to hold back the clock. Colourful costumes and special effects should appeal to all ages. I OUEEN MARGARET COLLEGE Clerwood Terrace, 317 3000. The Snow Queen Sat 7—Thurs 12 Dec. 7.30pm. Third Year Students perform one of the several Stuart Paterson adaptations on the Christmas show circuit this year. I ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. 10am—8pm on perf. evgs. Bar. Rest/Cafe [Access: P, L. Facilities: WC. W5, AS, E, G, B, R, T. Help: A, AA] The Bevellers Until Sat 7 Dec. 7.45pm. £4—£12. Sat mat 7 Dec, 3.15pm. The Royal Lyceum returns to a play it premiered in 1973, Roddy McMillan‘swork-place drama about an apprentice glass beveller‘s
initiation into adult life. Kenny Ireland directs a well-acted production. strong on realism, that just about hides the fact that nothing really happens.
Shinda the Magic Ape Fri 13 Dec—Sat 4Jan. 2pm Sat 21, Thurs 26, Sat 28 Dec. 2.30pm Sat 14, Mon 23, Tue 24, Fri 27, Mon 30, Tue 31 Dec. Fri 3, Sat 4Jan. 5pm Sat21, Thurs 26, Sat 28 Dec. 7pm Fri 13—Sat 14, Wed 18—Fri 20, Mon 23, Tue 24, Fri 27, Mon 30, Tue 31 Dec, Thurs 2—Sat 4Jan. 8pm Sat 21, Thurs 26. Sat 28. Signed performance on Wed 18 Dec, 7pm. Audio-described performance Thurs 19 Dec, 7pm. £2-£12.
Aimed at 5-14 year olds, Stuart Paterson‘s new Christmas show tells the story ofa magical silver-backed mountain gorilla involved in an adventure of goodies and baddies. Hugh Hodgart directs the colourful tale. using specially-composed music by Steve Kettley.
I ST ORIOE’S CENTRE Orwell Terrace . 346 1405.
The Present Mon 9LSat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2pm. £3.50 (£2). See East Kilbride Village Theatre above.
I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 226 5425. Box Office Mon-Sat 9.30am—5.30pm. Bar. Cafe. [Access: PPA, R. Facilities: WC. W8, AS. E.G. Help: AA]
The Mouse and his Child Until Tue 24 Dec. Until Thurs 19 Dec (not Sun) 10.30am and 1.30pm; Fri 20 Dec 10.30am; Sat 21—Tue 24 Dec (inc Sun) 3pm and 7pm. £4(£3). Russell Hoban’s popular children‘s novel is adapted for the stage by Simon Abbott and tells the tale ofa clockwork mouse who launches a pro-Christmas raid to liberate his old toy shop from the clutches ofan evil rat. Adrian Harris directs.
I TRAVERSE THEATRE 112 West Bow, Grassmarket. 226 2633. Box Office Tue—Sat 10am—8pm. Sun 6—10pm. Bar. Rest. [Access: St. Facilities: E. Help: AA] Bruce Morton in Monkey Time Fri 6 and Sat 7 Dec. 9pm. £4 (£3). See Cabaret.
Mollie McCollie Sat 7, Sat 14 and Sat 21 Dec. 12.30pm. £3.50 (inc soup, roll and
Stuart llepburn iolns Liz Lochhead In duelques Fleurs at the TraverseTheetre
coffee). An unsugared black comedy by Spinning a Line writer David Kilby, pathetic and funny and acutely well-observed. A good break from your Christmas shopping.
Ouelque Fleurs Thurs 12—Sun 22 Dec (inc Suns, but not Mons or Thurs 19 Dec). 8pm. £6 (£3). Liz Lochhead teams up again with Stuart Hepburn to perform her Edinburgh Fringe hit about an oil widow and her homecoming husband. Hilarious and affecting. Recommended.
I TRINITY ACADEMY Craighall Avenue. Cinderella Wed ll—Sat 14 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Holyrood Drama Group contributes yet another Cinderella to this year‘s phenomenal glut — 1 make eight in this fortnight‘slistings alone. Perhaps it‘s something to do with John Major‘s classless society - you too can go from floor sweeper to princess with a little hard work and a few business contacts.
I WESTER HAILES EDUCATION CENTRE COMMUNITY HALL 5 Murrayburn Road. 442 2201.
Variety Show Wed 11 Dec. 7pm. 50p. BBC Radio‘s Danny Kyle hosts an evening of music, comedy and song aimed at older members ofthe community.
Weans in the Wid Mon 16 Dec, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. £2 (75p). See Touring.
This section lists shows that are touring the Central Belt. There is a phone numberlor each company should you require more inionnation. Unless otherwise speciﬁed, the number alter each venue listed isthe telephone number for ticket enquiriesior that particular evening (please note, this is not always the venue number).
I Weans in the Wid Clyde Unity Theatre's contribution to the Christmas season is John Binnie‘s tale ofgreed. glutony and Glaswegian glamour and concerns a young girl’s survival in the forest after she has been thrown out by her wicked stepmother. More details on 041 353 0905. Stonehouse Primary, Hamilton Fri 6 Dec. 7pm. 0698 282604.
The Henderson Theatre, C If C. Kirk Road. Shorts Sat 7 Dec. 7pm. 0698 21826.
The Netherhow Theatre. High Street. Edinburgh Thurs 12—Sat 14Dec.7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm.
WH [5 C Theatre, M urrayburn Road. Wester Hailes Mon 16 Dec. 1.30pm and 7.30pm.
The Netherbow Theatre, High Street, Edinburgh Thurs 19LSat 21 Dec. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm.
54The List 6- 19 December 1991