Glasgow‘s Iongest-runningstand-up haunL

I Fools Paradise Old Athenaeum Theatre. 179 Buchanan Street. 332 2333. 10.30pm. £5.50 (£3.50). They‘ve been turning them away at the door for recent gigs at Fools Paradise. so book early to see pride-of-Greenock. Parrot. and qualified psychiatric nurse. Jo Brand. Keeping everything in order is regular compere and ex-Merry Mac Jes Benstock.

SUNDAY 16 Greenock

I Rico's Comedy Church Tobago Street. 0475 837(15. £2.50. Increasingly popular new cabaret slot which promises three quality comics every week. This week‘s compere is David Cosgrove and he‘ll be introducing Parrot. the mastermind behind the club. and_ headliner Jo Brand. There will also be an open mic spot.

THURSDAY 20 Glasgow

I Jim Beam Comedy Evening Arches Theatre. Midland Street. 10pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Top of the bill this week in the Arches congenial cabaret spot is Mark Lamarr who is supported by three of Scotland's finest. compere Kenny Harris. stand-up Martha McBriar and surrealist Phil Kay. See Competition Page to win bottles ofJim Beam. T-shirts and a season pass to the Jim Beam Comedy Evenings. I Folk ‘n' Hilarious Star Club. 73 Berkeley Street. 8pm. £2.50. Comic poet Alex Frackleton joins forces with Stu Who'.’ for the first ofa series of planned gigs that combine comedy and folk music.

FRIDAY 21 Glasgow

I Stevie Stan (The Regurgitator) Level 8. Strathclyde University. John Street. 8.30pm. £3 (students and guestsonly). Apparently the RSPCA has approved of Stevie Starr‘s regurgitating antics. because the poor little goldfish involved have too short a memory to cotton on to what's happened to them. That‘s entertainment.


I Cabaret Club Young‘s Hotel. 12/14 Leamington Terrace. details 343 3898. 9pm. £3 (£2). Gordon Neish introducesa mixed line-up of local comedy hopefuls. I Theatre Sports Bedlam Theatre. Forrest Road. 10pm. £1 (50p). See Fri 14.



I The Comic Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm.

£4.50 (£3.50). Local comedians share their ;

wit and wisdom for another night of laughs.

I Fools Paradise Old Athenaeum Theatre. 179 Buchanan Street. 332 2333. 10.30pm. £5.50 (£3.50). The theme this week is Comic Wizardry as Jes Benstock introduces one of the best comedy magicians on the circuit. John Lenahan. and one ofthe most highly energeticand least predictable stand-ups. Lee Evans.


I Jim Beam Comedy Evening The Counting House. 32/2 West Nicolson Street. 9pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Thursday‘s first-rate line up at Glasgow‘s Arches Theatre moves through to Edinburgh.

SUNDAY 23 Greenock

I Rico‘s Comedy Church Tobago Street. 0475 83705. £2.50. Parrot welcomes another crop of top-rate comics to Greenock including the manic and unexpected talent of Lee Evans.


I A Wee Soiree Ior Milestone House Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 l 155. 7.30pm. £9.50/£8.50/£7.50. All-star line-up charity gig in aid of Edinburgh‘s Milestone House which is the only hospice for people with AIDS in Scotland. Taking to the stage are Gregor Fisher. Elaine C. Smith. Gerard Kelly. Eric Cullen. Andy Gray. Helen Lederer. Jonathan Watson. Tony Roper. Norman Lovett and Ricky Ross. Should be a hoot. See preview.

THURSDAY 27 Glasgow

I Jim Beam Comedy Evening Arches Theatre. Midland Street. 10pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Expect lots of observations on the state of the nation as Ireland‘s Ian MacPherson and England's Johnny Meres (aka Immaterial) explain how it is they‘ve come to live in Scotland. Representing the home team is the one and only Fred MacAulay. The line-up moves to Edinburgh tomorrow.

I Scotland the Rave: the Ecstacy The Mercat Theatre. Mercat House. Drumchapel. 944 9022. 7.30pm. £5 (£2./£1). Stu Who? is the first comedian to play Scotland‘s newest theatre and he‘ll be trotting out his non-stop stream of Glasgow wise-cracks.


I Comedy Club Bannerman‘s Bar. 55 Niddry Street. 5563254. 9pm. Free. Gordon Neish is your compere for a night of local comedy and entertainment. Open mic opportunities for first-timers.

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Dance perlormances and classes are listed by city. then alphabetically by venue. Shows will be listed. provided that details reach our onices at least ten days before publication. Dance Listings compiled by Mark Fisher.


I NEW MOVES THEATRE The Centre for Contemporary Arts. 346—354 Sauchiehall Street. 227 5511.

U1 Fit and Without the Need to Return L'ntil Sat 15 Feb. 7.30pm. £6(£3). In thelirst

programme of New Choreographers. New

Moves presents a double-bill of Peurtas Abiertas from Bilbao. Spain. and from this country. Kristina Page's Krakeel. Both performances draw on individuality and personal experience. ' CoaXThurs 20—Sat 22 Feb. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). The British Premiere ofa bizarre piece by Gruppe Coax which uses both dancers and controlled robots. The solid. smooth power of the machines contrasts with the human energy of the performers. Highly rated in their native Germany. Colourwheel 2 and Discovering Realities Tue 25 Feb. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). A double bill featuring Randomoptic Pick Up Co. which uses pre-recorded video to inspire and determine its work. and Rosina Bonsu. whose new piece is an allegoryon Pandora‘s Box. See preview. lrgnza Thurs 27—Sat 29 Feb. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). From Belgium. Leporello bringsthis piece of ‘new music theatre to New Moves a dance performance developed from music and sung lyrics. I TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive. 227 5511. Siye 6011 Wed 26—Sat 28 Feb. 8pm. £6 (£4). Public Workshop Sun 23 Feb. 2—6pm. £12 (£8). Adzido. Britain‘s foremost traditional black African dance ensemble. makes its only Scottish appearance this year with George Dzikunu‘s new full-length show for 25 dancers and musicians. See preview.



GLASGOW Activities and run

I CRAWFURD ARTS CENTRE Jordanhill College. 76 Southbrae Drive. 950. 3437. Crawfurd Kids Saturday afternoons 2pm. Adults and kids £2.

Magic Bob meets Mr Boom 15 Feb.

Drama Workshops Now running until Easter. Tuesdays 4—6.30pm (8—10-year-olds);Thursdays 4—6.30pm

(l l—l3-year-o1ds). £1 . per session. must be booked.

I GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street. 221 4526.

Kickstart17 and 18 February. Half-term activities for age 5 and over. including drama workshops led by Scottish Youth Theatre. mask making with Lynne Mack. musical events with John (iourlay. Music Lecturer at Glasgow Arts Centre and performances by Baldy Bane Theatre Co. Also displays with 'I lands ()n‘ exhibits. competitions. books to read and an ‘Adult Creche‘ running both days 10am—4pm. All events free. but early booking is advised. Age range given in brackets. Mon 17 Feb

10am. Storytelling.

lOam—noon. Paper sculpture workshop (6 and over).

10-1 1am. Blues for kids For those able to play an instrument and read a few notes. 10am—noon. S.Y.T Skint Knees Drama workshop (7—1 1 ).

10am—noon. Mask making (7—10). 11.30am— 1 2.30pm. Castlemilk Fringe perIormance/workshop (1 1-19). Noon—1pm. Sing along (7 and over). 12.30—1 .30pm. Circus skil|s(l4—18). 1.3(1—2. 15pm. The Monster olthe GreatGlen The adventures of McAlister the monster (5—7).

2—4pm. Mask making( 1 l— 16).

Z—me. Paper sculpture workshop to and over).

2—4pm. S.Y.T. Drama workshop( 12— 18). 2.45—3.30pm. Story theatre (5-8).

3—4. 15pm. Island Earth No More Play about the Highland clearances (8- 12).

Tue 18 Feb

10am. Storytelling.

Ill—noon. Paper sculpture workshop (6 and over).

Illam—noon. Mask making(7).

1(1—1 1am. Sing along (over 7s).

1(1—1 1am. Circus ski113( 14—18). 10am--noon. S.Y.T. Skint Knees workshop (7—1 I).

Noon-1pm. Latin American Jamboree For those able to play an instrument or are interested to learn.

12.30— 1 .30pm. Circus skills (7—1 1 ). 1-1.45pm. The Monster oI the Great Glen The adventures of McAlister the monster (5—7).

2—4pm. Mask making ( 1 1-16).

2—4pm. Paper sculpture workshop (6and over).

2—4pm. S.Y.T. Drama Workshop( 12—18). 2.30-3.15pm. Island Earth No More Play about the Highland Clearances (8— I2). 2.45—3.3opm. Puppet show (5—8).


I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE 0236 732887. Kids StuIt Saturday afternoons at 1.15pm. Kids£1 .25: adults£ 1 .75. Magic. songs. puppets and fun. Shows last 45—60minutes

and are suitable for 3—1 l-year-olds.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010.

Saturday afternoon shows. 1.30pm. Kids 75p: adults £1.25. Always popular. best to book in advance.

Uncle Jimmy's Punch 8. Judy and Magic Show 15 Feb.

Mr Bones 22 Feb. Fun and puppets. Half-term break special.

Cheeko the Clown Mon 17 Feb 2pm. Kids 75p; adults £1 .25. Show lasts one hour.

EDINBURGH Activities and fun


Aikido Wednesdays 5—6pm. £1 per session. For boys and girls 7— 14 years.


Free Creche 'I'ue/Thurs 10am—noon. Run by the Edinburgh Creche Co-op. for Central Library users. the creche hasa large selection of toys and is open to children of all ages.

I EDINBURGH ZOO Corstorphine Road. 334 9171.

()pen every day. 9am to 6pm (9.30am on Sundays). Kids £2; adults £3.75.

I GORGIE CITY FARM 51 Gorgie Road. 337 4202.

Go down on the farm in the heart ofthe city. Open every day. 9am—4pm. admission free.

Young City Farmers Group Meet every Saturday. 10am—1pm. For 7—13-year-olds.

I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN lnverleith Row. 552 7171 . ext 454. Marisa Main. Tales of trees and plants from around the world 14 Feb. 11am. Noon. lpm.2pm. 3pm. Kids and adults 50p. Half-term event with storyteller Linda (‘ottcrill.

Exhibitions I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 4211igh Street.

Five floors of toys. toys. toys. Everything from tiny tin soldiers to action man. Puppets shows. and slot machines. Open Mon-Sat. 10am—5pm. Admission free. Walkman guides available for hire (kids 50p;adults£1).


I EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 2282688.

Saturday 2pm matinees. all seats bookable. £1 .70.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter ( U) 15 Feb. Jemima Puddleduck and pals brought to life by members ofthe Royal Ballet Company.


I EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE Greenside Place. 557 2590.

BEG 24—28 Mar. Tue-Thurs matinees 2pm; Fri matinee 10am; Tue—Sat 7pm. Adults; Stalls and Circle £9. £8; Balcony £8. £7. Kids; £1 .50 discount on evening performances and Sat matinee only. Parties: 1 in 10free (5570540forparty bookings). Booking now open. You‘ve read the book. seen the film. now see the stage version. Childchewer. Bonecrusher. Fleshlumpeater. . . Roald Dahl's outrageous characters come to life in a musical adapted by David Wood.

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