IPOETI DEL ROCK
This is it: the cult hit of the season. I’m utterly convinced, although I don’t have a clue what I Poeti del Rock was supposed to be about. Two women massaged their thighs while perched on rocking horses. They had an impassioned conversation - unfortunately it was in Italian and the only words I thought I knew were ‘cigarette‘ and ‘penetration‘. A man in an orange tie-dyed T-shirt and a purple boa clutched himself a la Jim Morrison. Another who looked like Frank Zappa in satin hotpants and thigh-high boots did an impersonation of amateur strip night at the Teutonic
bar and grill. And all to the throbbing soundtrack of 19805 art rock.
mescalin to see you through the show. (Roberta Mock)
I I POOII del Rock (Fringe) La Pinguicola Sulle
29 Aug, 7pm, £4 (£2.50).
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
Ten mud-spattered. self-important teenagers.
I stomping around telling us 3 in loud voices and
i dreadful rhyming couplets ; (‘we were blind but now
l we see/this campaign is a
I catastrophe'; ‘the lists of
dead are so, so long/and
yet the battle still goes
on‘) that the Battle ofthe Somme was unbelievably unpleasant (now there‘s a thing). All this from people who. judging by their age and mostly upper-middIe-elass accents. have had no closer contact with the realities of battle than reading Wilfred Owen or watching Kate Adic on
the news. The actors
Buy a ticket and enough
Vigne, Theatre Workshop (Venue 20) 226 5425. until
equate increased volume with heightened emotional intensity. the sound effects are deafening and the strobe (which we weren‘t warned about; epileptics beware) extremely annoying. Truly dire. (Sue Wilson) I They Shall Not Grow Old (Fringe) Mania Productions/Bedfordshire Youth Theatre. Celtic Lodge (Venue 6) 225 7097. until 5 Sept. 6.05pm, £3.50 (£3).
7 THEATRE ‘
SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND
‘Chuck your TV out the window. Sit and tell stories and play music instead.‘ insists Duncan
Campbell. storyteller and host for the evening.
Maybe it was the two free whiskies I was proffered in exchange for my ticket that made me slip off my shoes. sink back into a fulsome leather armchair and allow my eyes to mist over. But I’d like to think it was the canny mixture of Scottish stories, songs and music working their magic on me.
Held in the exquisite members' room ofthe Scotch Malt Whisky Society. the evening can only be described as utterly. utterly civilised. So. if you see what looks like a hardened reviewer whooping with abandon with the pipes and ﬁddles, it's me back for seconds.
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Alice runs a restaurant serving the best of English : cuisine. In the kitchen, Barring a few minor her staff go about their technical hiccups. only to
? allotted tasks and be expected on a show
5 simultaneously reveal that demands backstage their hopes, fears and organisation to rival the dreams for the future. opening night ofthe
It is difficult to discern , much more than this yet
Olympics. Sondheim‘s trust in awarding this
the play is by no means amateur company a unenjoyable. The cast Scottish premiere has make stylish use of been amply rewarded. physical movement lntertwining familiar miming the conveyor belt fairy-stories, the ﬁrst half process of producing a sets up the convention of
meal, and there is acute and often humorous observation of the relationships and tensions between workmates. The programme states that this
the sugar-plum happy ending. These myths are then exploded in the
; second part which
psychoanalyses the hero‘s actions, and deconstructs
is a play about misogyny the happy-ever-after and this is a recurrent i pathos.
theme, although ifthat is An ambitious
the message of the production in every way,
production it is confused.
the show is a triumph of
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32 The List 28 August — 10 September 1992