Sat mat 3pm. £4 (£2.50). Edinburgh Children’s Theatre in a stage version of the MGM musical.
I CHAPLAIHCY CEHTRE Edinburgh University. Bristo Square.
Acting Mon 12 Apr. Noon—3pm. £3. Shakesperian acting class with Graham Pountney is the ﬁrst in a week of courses for the Scottish Student Drama Festival. How to liaise Money and Keep it Mon 12 Apr. 2pm—4pm. £3. TAG’s Mandy Stewart on the ﬁne art of budgeting. SSDE Special lleeds Tue 13 Apr. Noon—3pm. £3. Andy Cannon on using drama in special schools and hospitals. SSDF. Design Tue 13 Apr. ll.30am—2.30pm. £3. Hands-on class with the Royal Lyceum's design team. SSDF.
Music Wed 14 Apr. Noon—2pm. £3. Theatre music class with Ralph Haggeny. ‘ SSDF.
Stage Fighting Thurs 15 Apr. Noon—3pm. £3. Jonathon Howell on unarmed stage combat. SSDF.
Movement and Mask Thurs 15 Apr. Noon—3pm. £3. Mime artist Mark Saunders leads a class on physical theatre. SSDF.
SHAYT Forum Fri 16 Apr. 10am—1pm. £3. A discussion on young people and drama hosted by Andy Cannon. SSDF.
Stage Fighting ll Fri 16 Apr. lpm—4pm. £3. Jonathon Howell on how to work with weapons on stage.
The Business oi Theatre Seminar Fri 16 Apr. lpm—3pm. £3. Equity"s Lorne Boswell and Boilerhouse‘s Paul Pinson talk about the practicalities of acting and setting up a company.
I KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 229 1201. Box Ofﬁce Mon—Sat 10am-8pm. Bar. lAccess: R. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. Help: AA]
Hello Dolly Mon 12—Sat 17 Apr. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.15pm. £4-£8. The Bohemian Lyric ()pera Company in the much-loved musical.
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Opera Circus KILL ME I LOVE YOU! Wed 21-Sun 25 April 8pm
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The End oi the Beginning: Jamieson's debut for Winged Horse last year
Strindberg is one oi that reassuring genre of Swedes who, no matter how depressed you become, will always be more miserable.
So it’s hardly surprising that Eve Jamieson should be turning to the man who makes lbsen look lightweight at a time when circumstances have, to say the least, been decidedly gloomy. llo sooner had she taken over the iourteen-year-old company, Winged Horse, than the Sean D’Casey project bequeathed her by the departing Artistic Director became embroiled in a publicity stunting wrangle. The prominence given to a production of exactly the same show by a diiierent company during the Irish Drama Festival prevented her many new and
ambitious policies irom getting oii to a ilying start, but worse was to iollow when the Scottish Arts Council reiused the company’s yearly grant application. lindaunted, but doubtless somewhat pissed oii - ‘there was unanimous disappointment’ says the press release - Jamleson got underway with Play Strindberg - The Dance oi Death.
As plays on which to launch Arts council iunding appeals go, this three- hander is an adventurous choice. Friedrich Durrenmatt’s re-worklng oi the sad Swede’s marital tragedy doesn’t have the sort oi title which suggests a simple anagram for Instant Box Diilce Success, but .lamleson is quick to point out that ‘Euro writer’ does not necessarily equate with ‘Turgid llavei Cazing’.
‘It’s an enormous comedy,’ she protests. ‘iie’s got a dry, thy sense oi humour.’ The dehydrated laughs are packed within a tightly structured ‘lles-withln-lies’-type plot. ‘It’s very demanding tor the audience,’ explains Jamleson, ‘you never know who’s telling the truth, who’s lying, who’s manipulating whom - and why! The characters carp, whinny and belch out vitriolic bile and blackness in a series at short, sharp shocks.’ That Jamieson Isn’t doing the same is a marvellous triumph oi magnanlmlty. (Stephen Chester)
Play Strindberg - The Dance oi Death, Winged Horse, 19 April—15 May, on tour.
Elvis the Musical Mon l9—Sat 24 Apr. Mon—Thurs 7.30pm. Fri. 5.30pm and 8.30pm: Sat. 5pm and 8pm. £3.5()—-£14.50. The show that claims to pack in 85 songs and 10(X) slides of the King of Rock 'n' Roll promises non-stop musical entertainment for Presley—lovers. I HETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street. 556 9579. Box Office. l()am—4.30pm. 7—9pm perf. evgs. Cafe. [Access: ST. R. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]
Puppet and Animation Festival Until Sat 10 Apr. Sec Film and Kids listings.
I ROYAL lYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Box ()fﬁce Mon—Sat 10am—6pm; 10am—8pm on perf. evgs. Bar. Rest/Cafe [Access: P. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. T. Help: A. AA] Merlin - the Search for the Crall Until Sat 17 Apr. 7.45pm. £4—£12. Audio- described performance Thurs 15 Apr. Ian Wooldridge says goodbye to the Royal Lyceum with the second half of Tankred Dorst‘s epic modem reworking of Arthurian legend. Last year‘s instalment was loved and loathed in equal measure — here on the Theatre Page we thought it was great — but you're sure not to come out of it indifferent. See review.
Shirley Valentine Wed 21 Apr-Sat 1 May. See Touring.
I ST BRIOE’S CENTRE Orwell Terrace. 346 1405. [Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. G. C]
Cie it Laldy Mon l9—Sat 24 Apr. St Bride‘s mounts its ﬁfth festival for older people with a week of events to promote the work of the ‘third age group'.
The Tempest Mon 19. 2pm: Tue 20. 7.30pm; Fri 23. 7.30pm; Sat 24. 2pm. £1. The highly-rated First Framework brings the Mary Ward Drama Group of over—60s from London to perform an innovative version of Shakespeare's island romance as part of the St Bride‘s Gie it Laldy festival for older people. See preview.
I STEPPIHG STORES West Bow.
Politics in the Park and The Hostess Until Sat 10 Apr. 8pm. A double-bill of lain Heggie’s park-bench two-hander and Vivien Adam‘s new one-acter about the dark secrets lurking behind a lonely woman's veneer of respectability. The Whitehill Group performs this production on a short Scottish tour. Much Ado About llothing Wed l4—Sat 17 Apr. 7.30pm. £4 (£3). Chameleon Theatre Company in Shakespeare‘s comedy. The Splitting oi Latham Tue 20 Apr. 8pm. One-off chance to see again Benchtours‘ odd-ball gothic comedy about a scientist who perfects a technique to split himself into ﬁve. Eccentric physical theatre that's well worth a look. I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. Box Ofﬁce Mon—Sat 9.30am—5.30pm. Bar. Cafe. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA] How Far Can You Go? Thurs 15—Sat 17 Apr. 8pm. £5 (£3). See Dance. Khoros Dance Theatre Thurs 22—Sat 24 Apr. 8pm. £5 (£3). See Dance. I TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street. 228 1404. Box Ofﬁce Tue—Sat 10am—8pm: Sun 6—10pm. Bar. Rest. [Access: L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C] The Swan Until Sun 18 Apr (open Sun. closed Mon). 8pm. £7 (£3.50/£l). The latest production in the Traverse's unusually busy spring season is the British premiere of American playwright Elizabeth Egloff's poetic modem-day fairytale. Directed by Les Waters. the play is about a woman who takes in an injured swan only to watch it turn into a man. Exploring dark feelings of love and sex. the play also has an air of comic surrealism. See review. The Doug Anthony Allstars Sat 10 Apr. 9pm. £7 (£3.50). See Cabaret. The Street oi Crocodiles Tue l3—Sat 17 Apr. 7.30pm. £7.50 (£4). Excellent imaginative interpretation of the stories of Bruno Schulz performed by Theatre de Complicite with a National Theatre co-
commission. Surreal. visionary and moving.
Action Day Sat 17 Apr. 10.30am—4pm. £12 (£7) inc evening performance; £3 without performance. The Mime Forum capitalises on the appearance of Theatre de Complicite by spending a day promoting new mime and physical theatre. 1n the morning there will be a showcase of new Scottish works-in- progress and in the aftemnon there will be an open discussion.
Kill Me i Love You! Wed 21—Sun 25 Apr. 8pm. £7 (£3.50/£l). David Glass directs Opera Circus in a commedia dell'ane- inspired journey through the pain and passion of Grand Opera.
I A light at the Sarry Unit One revives Simon Sharkey‘s comedy about Glasgow‘s cultural renaissance since 1990 and the gulf between the arts high-ﬂyers and ordinary people. More details on 041 773 0554.
MaeRobert Arts C entre. Stirling Fri 9 Apr. Magnum Theatre. ln'ine Mon 12 Apr. Palace Theatre. K ilmarnock Tue 13 Apr. C ivie Theatre, Ayr Tue 20—Wed 21 Apr. Tour continues.
I The Dance oi Death The ﬁrst show that new Artistic Director Eve Jamieson has programmed for Winged Horse is Friedrich Durrenmatt's bruising battle of the sexes — a rough. tough black comedy. More details on ()41 332 5127. See preview.
North Glasgow Arts Centre Mon 19 Apr. 7.30pm. ()41 558 9313.
Milton Community Centre. Glasgow Tue 20 Apr. 7.30pm. 041 772 9100.
The Old Athenaeum. Glasgow Wed 2l—Sat 24 Apr. 7.30pm. 041 332 2333. Tour continues.
I The Marvellous Kiss Rutherglen Drama Group and Transpunte Theatre in a specially-translated version of a Monty Pythonesque Spanish comedy called Tres sombreros de eopa by Miguel Mihura. With original music by Dominic Ashworth. the play is translated by Catherine Boyle and tells the tale of a young man in a second-rate hotel on the night before he gets married. Rutherglen Unemployed Workers Centre Mon 12 Apr. 7.30pm. ()41 647 0331. 'Ibrjt‘glen Community Hall Tue 13 Apr. 7.30pm.0416131531. Sprlnghall Community Centre Wed 14 Apr. 7.30pm. 041 634 3850. Renﬁeld St Stephens Thurs 15—Fri 16 Apr. 7.30pm. 041 332 8482. I ilo Mean Fighter Cat A Theatre Company returns with its successful play about Glasgow socialist and Peterhead prisoner. John Maclean. which was ﬁrst seen in last year‘s Mayfcst. More details on 041 423 7497. See review. Pirnilee C EC . Glasgow Tue 13 Apr. 7.30pm. South Nitshill C EC, GlUSgOW Wed 14 Apr. 7.30pm. Drumt‘hapel Mercat Theatre Sat 17 Apr. 7.30pm. I Old Times Harold Pinter‘s drama of sexual tensions and ambiguities. recently produced by Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum. is performed by Alien Arts Company and directed by Subash Singh Pall. More details on 041 427 5772. The Pean'e Institute, Gavan Tue 13 Apr. 7.30pm. ()41 445 I941. Larkﬁeld Centre. Govanhill Thurs 15 Apr. 7.30pm. 041 424 1797. Tour continues. I Shirley Valentine Elaine C. Smith stars in a Scottish version of Willy Russell's ﬁne monologue about a frustrated housewife who lives up to her dreams. Alex Norton directs. East K ilbride Theatre Wed l4—Sat l 7 Apr. Royal Lyceum Theatre. Edinburgh Wed 21 Apr—Sat 1 May.
45 The List 9—22 April 1993