m NOW BOOKING "W PM Sounds of silence MOBIL TOURING THEATRE Ed. D h b n J I“ K i tn urg - orn wr er ac e ay s CR UCIFER OF best known lor her award-winning l 6TH-20T H FEBRUARY poetry collection, The Adoption Papers, but she is also building a ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE COMPANY reputation as a talented playwright. Herthird play, Every Bit at It, currently TH E PRI M E OF on tourwith the Sphinx theatre company, stars Scots singer-actor M I5253 £_E7ATHNFE§FEEE;P I E Suzanne Bonnar (who portrayed Billie Holiday in I Cover the Waterlront) and Elizabeth Quinn (best remembered tor THE ACCLA'MED her performance in Children at a Lesser WEST END PRODUCTlON God) as two women who meet on a train and discover a shared obsession with SLREISUBT blues queen Bessie Smith. Kay has beena Smith tan all herlile, 2ND—6TH MARCH and in one sense Every Bit at It dramatises the importance blues ., ; 1 THEATR CLWYD music has held tor her, a black woman , Every Bit otlt \l OF A growing up ina predominantly white m 9 1 3 M society. But in addigon, Eliza'betll: Georgia has a brother in the play who TH‘ TH ARCH Quinn’s character, eorgia, as een took herto blues concerts and deal since early childhood, and thus described the music to her— the blues ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE the play becomes an exploradtiortiI nolt is wind at the top at a mountain, it's the only oi music's impact on in ivi ua inside at a black-eyed Susan- ON TH E DG E lives but ill sound, Silence. language capturing the rhythms by snapping his A NEW3g$zl VXRBCLAé—SS SESSIESDALE and meaning. d lingers, tapping his teet. Then alter I’d ‘l’ve always been inleresle in written about all that, I discovered that . dealneSS,' says Kay. ‘anllfl wanleg in ' Elizabeth Quinn actually did have a wllle Spmelhlng ll" 3 llea aelpf- ne 0 brother who took her to blues concerts, x BOX OFF'CE 041332 9000 the things I’m looking at is how limited which was very strange, but it did make TICKETLINK 041-227 551 l spoken language is, how much olwhat it seem thatshe was detinitetythe right A is meanlis hehinl'l‘wllalw: say. and person lorthe part.’ (Sue Wilson) 1 how somebody w 0 can't ear Eli __ experiences those kinds ot layers to Every Bit at It, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, lllings. Also. l was inlefeSle in 13—17 Jan and Traverse Theatre, T H E A T R E R O Y A L G L A S G O W exploring music through silence: Edinburgh, 19.23 Jan,

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