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I CUMBERNAULD THEATRE Cumbernauld. 0236 732887. Box Office Mon—Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am-3pm; 6-8pm perf. evgs Bar/Cafe. [Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: A, AA]

Waving the Sea Goodbye Fri 24 Apr. 3pm. Final play in a short season of rehearsed readings at Cumbernauld. which aimsto give writers a chance to see how their plays might work in practice. This one’s by Martin Goodman and a short discussion will follow.

Custer’s Last Stand Fri 24—Sat 25 Apr. 7.45pm. £4.75 (£2.25). The popular Yorkshire Theatre Company returns to Cumbernauld with a comic reinterpretaion ofthe Battle of Little Big Horn.

Forum Sat 25 Apr. 2-5pm. To round offthe short season of works-in-progress.


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Cumbernauld Theatre hosts a discussion chaired by playwright Stephen Greenhorn about the staging of new plays. lan Brown gives the voice of the director. Chris Hannan that of the playwright. and Blythe Duff that of the actor.

Midnight Waltz Sat 25 Apr. 6pm. Free. A preview of Stephen Greenhorn‘s new one-act play.

Puppetstull Sat Apr 25. 1 . l5pm. Kids £1.25; adults £1.75. Two excitingshows; Wee Willie Winkle and Mary Had A Little Lamb.

Elgl'lt to the Bar Thurs 30 Apr—Sat 2 May. 7.45pm. £5/£3.75 (£2.50/£l .75). See Touring.

I DRAMA CENTRE AT THE RAMSHORN 98 Ingram Street. 552 3489. [Access: ST. Facilities: WC. W5, G. Help: AA]

The King is Dead Fri 1—Sat 9 May. 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). Jane Duncan looks at three Glaswegian devotees of Elvis Presley in a new comedy about the dangers of hero-worship. Performed by Strathclydc Theatre Group.

Contemporary Scottish Theatre Sat 2 May. All day. £8. An all-day conference on the current state of theatre with speakers including Joyce McMillan. Charles Bell. Elizabeth MacLennan. Susan Triesman and Tom McGrath. Tickets from Cathy Wales on 041 552 4400 ext 3516.

The Seven Ages ot Woman Sat 2 May. 9.30pm. £4 (£2). The MsFits take us from cradle to grave in a new one-woman comedy by Rona Munro and Fiona


I EASTWOOD THEATRE Eastwood Recreation Centre, Eastwood Park. Roukcnglen Road. Giffnock. 638 8399. [Access: P. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC.WS. G. C]

She Stoops to Conquer Tue 28 Apr—Sat 2 May. 7.30pm. £4. (Tickets available from B. Robb. 041 637 9427.)Oliver Goldsmith‘s satirical comedy ofmanners is performed by the Giffnock Theatre Players.

I GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street. 221 4526. [Access: P. PPA. R.ST. Facilities: WC. G. C. Help: A. AA] Macbeth Thurs 30 Apr—Sat 16 May. 7.30pm. £4 (£3). The energetic and committed young company. Raindog, aims for an accessible and modern interpretation of Shakespeare‘s tragedy. Running parallel with Mayfest. but notan official part of it.

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Hollywood and Broadway: The Musicals Sun 3 May. 8pm. £10—£15. Wayne Sleep and Lorna Lqu lead this all-singing. all-dancing celebration of the catchiest bits from stage musicals. Jesus Christ Superstar Mon 4 May. 5pm and 8pm. £10.50—£14.50. Paul Nicholas takes the lead in an anniversary concert production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Tim Rice religious rock musical.


Seen at Cumbernauld Theatre. Returning to Mayiest. Atterthe mad. bad and dangerous antics ol the now-defunct French circus troupe. Archaos. the big top has never been quite the same. The 90s circus doesn’t leature sad animals perlorrning pathetic tricks or sequined ladies hanging by toothy smiles lrom . great heights. but takes the traditional skills and juggles them around to create potentially exciting. amusing and poignant shows.

lie-Ba 200 are three lemale perlormers plus cleaner/musician. Their new show, Angels and Amazons, is a romp through time with a distinctly temlnist slant. Using the bare minimum at set, just a stack at ladders and a toybox ol props, the perlormers pose as three Greek goddesses who decide to come down to earth. They take tea as Victorian ladies and balance the crockery on their heads, transform the ladders into a bl-plane and periorrn stunts on its wings, become weightless as astronauts and re-interpret the classic clown routine.

As purveyors of circus skills. they are haphazard. they drop things and occasionally collapse into tits ol giggles. As purveyors ot tun. they’re first rate. Each scenario is more

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inventive than the last and, using a variety oi cartoon-style costumes. the show is an unbridled leap into their collective imagination.

Angels and Amazons is not all slipping on banana skins and juggling plates. On a more serious level. they turn the lights down and twirl llares to re-create a witches trial in medieval times. The perlormers also take the stage individually. posing as a cowgirl, a Hell’s Angel and an Isadora Duncan-style dancer with a huge phallic sword. to make their stance on leminlsm clear.

In the intimate but swimming-poolish atmosphere at Cumbernauld Theatre, ita-iia Zoo were in their element. They charmed the audience with a chaotic, otten ad-libbed and genuinely tunny show. it was a night at eccentric enjoyment. (Beatrice Colin)


Seen at the Royal Museum oi Scotland, Edinburgh. On tour.

David Glass is better known tor his staging oi such comic grotesqueries as Gormenghast and Popeye than lor teamed discourses on academic subjects. But. with innovative Scottish pertormance group, State Theta, he’s turned his hand to geology. I can’t speak tor the geologists. but lrom a

theatrical point at view it turns out to be a voyage oi discovery well worth taking.

State Theta’s past work, despite its undoubted visual impact. has tended towards the nebulous; while Glass’s penchant lorthe plain silly can be irritating. Here. the severity ol the subject matter has inspired a locus and a clarity that provide some wonderiul theatrical moments. These range lrom dancer Lyn Denton chipping away at mcks in an underground cavern, to her drilling through space (against a slide-projection oi stars), via a highly-ellective lire dance.

For such a sclentltically thorough piece. it's odd, but heartening, that a very human-centred. almost mythical vision unlolds. As Denton holds alolt a small globe, the image otAtlas supporting the world on his shoulders is present. These images have an impact: it’s hard to imagine such dynamic but simple shiits in scale and tempo in another medium.

The company is equally strong technically and musically. with some innovative and finely-integrated slide and lighting ellects. and atmospheric live and recorded accompaniment lrom Derek Houghton. State Theta's strength lies in its willingness to develop the expressive possibility at all the theatrical arts. in The Quartz Cycle it has lound an apt and liberating subject. it works. (Ken Cockbum)

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