Theatre Royal Tue 30 Mar—Sat 3 Apr. I The Street of Crocodiles Theatre de Complicite joins forces with the Royal National Theatre for this surreal, strongly-visual adaptation of the haunting tales ofJewish-Polish writer Bruno Schultz. Tramway, Glasgow. Tue 9—Sat 13.

I The Pitchtork Disney The Citizens’ mounts a studio production of this

hit play by Philip Ridley, author of countless short stories and script-writer for The Krays. Wed 24 Mar—Sun 18 Apr.

I The Scapegoat Edinburgh’s enterprising Fifth Estate take another new play on tour to theatres including Glasgow’s Tron. Mid-March.


I Precious The country’s two most unspellable dance companies, The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs, join forces for an idiosyncratic and accessible show about alchemy, choreographed by Lea Anderson at Tramway, Glasgow. Wed 17—Sat 20.

I The Sleeping Beauty High-speed acrobatic skating as the Russian All-stars perform a full-length ballet on ice at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Tue 2—Sat 6.


I Thea Vidale The sharp-talking, irrepressible hit of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe returns to Edinburgh’s Queen‘s Hall for an evening ofopinionated hilarity. Wed 17

theme by one of America’s leading novelists.

I Looking iorthe Possible Dance A.L. Kennedy (Secker & Warburg) First novel by the award-winning Scots author of Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains.


I Chernobyl -The Legacy Using eye

1 witness accounts and primary : sources, this City Art Centre,

Edinburgh, exhibition charts the

events at Chernobyl from the

building of the power station, to 26 April, 1986— the disastrous day

when nuclear radiation was

dispersed into the air and 100.000

people were evacuated from a

2(l-mile radius and on to the

5 present day. Sat 27 Mar-Sat 22 May.

I Ben Elton The multi-talented comic I

with a conscience packs the Pavilion and Playhouse with more than a bit of politics Wed 24, Thurs 25, Sun 28.


I Soccer friendly Scotland v Germany. Ibrox Stadium sees a friendly international against the world champions whom Scotland last met in the European championships in Sweden. Wed 24.


I American Ghosts and Old World Wonders Angela Carter (Chatto & Windus) Last stories from the late and much—lamented wise child.

I The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction edited by Dermot Bolger (Picador) Forty-five of the best from the Emerald Isle.

: Festivals

"a g, h.‘ v Q

i I Edinburgh Science Festival The

increasingly popular celebration of

: gadgets, bright ideas and natural

' phenomena, the only one of its kind

I Memories of the Ford Administration 1

John Updike (Hamish Hamilton) Two eras of American history compared and contrasted by the great American novelist.

I Fucking Martin Dale Peck (Chatto & Windus) First novel by a young American writer, ‘daring and dazzlineg candid’, part ofthe burgeoning genre of AIDS-afflicted love-stories.

I Songs oi Enchantment Ben Okri (Chatto & Windus) Spirit-children, family bonds and political upheaval combine in the follow-up to 1991 ’s Booker-winning The Famished Road.

I Operation Shylock Philip Roth (Chatto & Windus) Mischievous re-working of the doppelganger

in the world, returns for a fifth year. Subjects under the microsc0pe this time include UFOs. Science Fiction, alternative medicine, left-handedness. animal experimentation and the positive side ofaleohol. In Princes Street Gardens there‘s the Science Dome with hands-on events inside and firewalking outside. Sat l()—Sat 24. I The Edinburgh Fling The annual

; community arts festival, Spring

Fling, returns with a modified name.

for eleven days ofsport, leisure and arts. Wed 28 Apr—Sat 8 May.

Pagan I Beltane Fire Edinburgh‘s Calton

j Hill has become the place to be to

mark the coming ofspring, as hordes of merry-makers go on a torch-lit

l procession to the pounding beat of

local drummers. This year it will be organised by a Beltane Fire Committee and ifyou are interested in getting involved with any aspect of the event from movement and music to production you should call NVA on 041357 5299. Fri 30.

book, now see Madonna get her kit offon film. Another juxtaposition of the words ‘erotie’ and ‘thriller‘, this one has Willem Dafoe as the lawyer defending La Ciccone, who’s accused ofmurder by, ehm, fornication.

I This Boy's Lite Boy from Broxburn directs De Niro. Michael Caton-Jones approaches the top of the Hollywood ladder with this 50s tale of a teenager, his divorced mum (Ellen Barkin) and his new stepdad (De Niro). Well, it’s got to be better than Doc Hollywood.

I The Story of Col Ju The wonderful Zhang Yimou follows up Raise the Red Lantern with another story of Chinese injustice, this time centring on a pregnant woman’s battles with the authorities. Watch that Best Foreign Language Oscar go east.


I James Mancunian off-centre urban folk rockers return to Glasgow Barrowland for another mesmeric pair ofgigs. Fri 2—Sat 3 Apr.

I Hothouse Flowers Footstomping

Irish anthems at the Glasgow i Barrowland. Fri 30 Apr and Sat 1 i May. ; I Easy Listening The Radio 2—set is in E for an exhausting month as Elkie Brooks (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 3) is followed by Barry Manilow (SECC, Wed 14), then the Everly Brothers (Edinburgh Playhouse, Wed 21) and finally Neil Sedaka (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Thurs 29). I Silk Cut City Jazz Assembly Direct‘s successful UK-wide touring programme will bring another five international jazz names to Edinburgh, possibly with a more populist slant to the programme this time around. April—June. I Edinburgh Folk Festival A host of bands and performers as well as storytelling, masterclasses, sessions and dancing. Names include Phil Cunningham’s Na Seoid, Dick Gaughan and Michael Marra. Fri 2—Sun 11. I Edinburgh Harp Festival Multi-stringed virtuosity from groups including Sileas. the Belfast Harp Orchestra, Mary Bergin‘s Dordan and the Alasdair Fraser Trio. at the Pleasance and the l Queen‘s Hall. Fri 2—Wed 7.

I Body oi Evidence You’ve read the I

McGrath, no doubt the second part

I Philip Larkin: AWriter’s Lite

. Long-awaited biography of the

caused quite a stir when published last I Some Other Rainbow John


I Thomas Allen Leading British baritone gives a recital of Schubert’s song-cycle Die Schone Mullerin under the auspices of Scottish Opera at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Sun 4.

I Norma A new production of Bellini’s rarely performed opera. British soprano and great Scottish favourite. Jane Eaglen, is in the title role and the director is Ian Judge.


I That’s Her Again More entertaining anecdotes from a career in showbiz from the Glasgow comic and singer, Dorothy Paul. The Tron, Glasgow. Tue 13—Sun 18.

I Merlin: The Search torthe Grail Y either loved or hated the first instalment ofTankred Dorst's Arthurian epic adapted by Tom


will have them arguing at the aisles in the Royal Lyceum as well. The production will be Ian Wooldridge’s last as Artistic Director— Kenny Ireland is in charge from this point on. Fri 2—Sat 17.

I The Swan A modern-day fairy tale about love and sex at Edinburgh‘s Traverse Theatre where Elizabeth Egloff‘s magical poetic play is given its British premiere. Fri 26 Mar—Sun 18 Apr.


I Moloch Henry Miller (HarperCollins) Previously ‘lost‘ first novel by the modern master of eroticism.

I Poet and Dancer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (John Murray) First novel for six years by the author of the Booker-winning Heat and Dust.

Andrew Motion (Faber & Faber) famous Hull librarian, whose letters


McCarthy and Jill Morrell (Bantam)

Two sides of the Beirut hostage 5 experience. j I Mick Jagger: Primitive Cool Christopher Sandford (Gollancz) First biography for two decades, published to mark Jagger s half-century.

I Marilyn Monroe: The Biography Donald Spoto (Chatto & Windus) ‘Definitive‘ life ofthe ultimate screen queen, promising to reveal the truth and name the names about—J

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