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THREE ACTORS AND THEIR DRAMA AND THE BLIND MAN
lwon’t pretend to have understood it. But I won’t say I didn't enjoy trying to fathom it out either.
A Russian director teams up with a Canadian company to perform two short Belgian plays and it comes out as a cross between Pirandello and Twin Peaks. I really didn’t think people made theatre like this any more. Ouite bizarre, it's more akin to 70s avant-garde than 90s periormance art.
Sulllce it to say that in amongst this peculiar melange there are people on stilts, others in bondage, snatches oi Hamlet, an angry author and three blind men who claim to be able to see with their sticks. One tor the seriously curious. (Mark Fisher)
‘l’hree Actors and their Drama and The Blind Men (Fringe) Horizontal Eight,
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Richard Demarco Gallery (Venue 22) 557 0707, until 5 Sept, 7.30pm, £5.50 (£3.50).
Tebbits' Comedy Club, Southside ‘92 (Venue 82) 667 7365, until 5 Sept, 7.50pm, £4.50 (£3.50).
characterisations or hopping breathlessly from one bit ofthe stage to another to make the point
lapsing into a sort of Stratford-upon-Avon circa 1957 style. are incredibly powerful. with the battle of Agincourt ' proving a remarkably vivid tour-dc-forcc. And. satisfyingly. just before OF ENGLAND i you leave thinkingthe .. play was homage to 3 xenophobic English E superiority, Stanson the i narrator turns the tables i inwards. Highly . recommended. (Roberta
I Henry V - Lion oi England (Fringe) Rear Window
Theatre. Marco‘s (Venue 98)2282141.until55ept. . . 6pm‘i4.50(£3.50). i abit,tellsafeWJokes,
Side-stepping the pitfalls : to which ‘issuc’ plays can ! sometimes fall prey, the
I entertains us with witty
i v THEATRE ditties while
j accompanying himself
f I ably on guitar and piano. l
j students from the Welsh his subject matter: the ' College of Music and ; Queen, Mellor, the 605, [wasn‘t entirely 3 Drama have produced an i and the Queen. The man A convinced that an authentic and compelling 3 is comedy‘s Radio 4. unassuming-looking man ( exploration of the Stutter’s charm, in a white button-down, experiences of special however, is put to even beige mac would be able needs children and their better use in the lunchtime to pull off twelve parts. i parents. show he comperes, also at including King Harry . Using the testaments of the Pleasance. Seen himself. with suitable overSO families as a basis, Anything Good, featuring aplomb. He does. And 1 the company explores _ eight different Fringe acts Robert Stanson does so emotional, physical and : every day, offers the without resorting to intellectual frustrations | punter the opportunity to - __ ridiculous i and fears. For example. sample high-quality '4
1 much anger and criticism
is levelled at the
! authorities and the alienation caused by
that thisisaone-man bureaucracy. i spend our money. This is show. Or. at least. there is On another level, the I Stutter‘s brainchild, and . . . only one man on stage, for 3 play confronts common he must be commended \ . o the contributions made by l prejudices and attempts to honourably for it. ‘ excellent technical make us lau h at our own Roberta Mock support and Robb hypocrisies.gThe result is (lAnother Hesita)tlonwith TICKETS ' JUSI 1H5 TICKET VIRGIN UNION SIREET' GLASGOW Williams‘ original live anintelligent, informative Mervyn SIIIILBHFringe) ' R'MNG VIRGIN EDINBURGH AND ALL TOCTA OUTLEIS' music cannot be play that raises genuine The Pleasance (Venue 33) THE PLAYHOUSE 031-557 2590- CANDLER'GGS 041'227 55”' underestimated. questions,while 556 6550, untilS Sept(not CREDIT CARDS 031-557 6969. POSTAL 8: Stanson’s remaining highly 15ept),7pm,£5.50 OTHER INFO 03I-556 I2I2. performances, while often entertaining. (Michael (£4.50).
I Sticks and Stones (Fringe) The Welsh College Of Music And Drama. Harry Younger Hall (Venue l3) unti129 Aug. 6pm. £4 (£3.50).
ANOTHER HESITATIDN WITH MERVYN STUTTER
Like the host ofadinner party, Mervyn Stutter
j treats his audience as welcome guests. He chats
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EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE 16th NOVEMBER
GLASGOW PAVILLION 17th NOVEMBER EDINBURGH QUEENS HALL 18th NOVEMBER
; makes some pithy observations and
Stutter appears so genuine that he is irresistibly likeable, despite the rather standard range of
theatre, music, and comedy on one bill — extremely useful for those of us scheduling how to
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