A MIDSUMMER HIDHT’S DREAM
Scottish Ballet, King’s Tear
Edinburgh, Tue 4—Sat 8 May. Transposing Shakespeare’s tale of midsummer magic, spellbound lovers and blinded lust into a dance piece was last attempted by Frederick Ashton. Now Scottish Ballet has commissioned Bobert Cohan, ex- London Contemporary Dance Theatre, to choreograph a brave, dynamic and thoroughly modern production.
Using the bare essentials of plot, Cohan has concentrated on the nature of love and the collision between the natural and the civilised world. The set uses coloured light against two- dimensional ﬂats and thick ribbon streamers, and traditional moves are infused with a wicked sense of
With costumes which resemble Julian Clary creations, The Beastie Boys and the Paris catwalk 1993, Norberto Chiesa’s designs are not subtle. Too much colour occasionally jars as the sickly pastel shades of lovers’ chiffon clashes with the deep red and green richly detailed body stockings worn by characters from the forest.
The set also detracts from the actual dancing. Mirrors echoing lovers’ confusion are concertinaed across the stage and a Dali-esque red mouth of a sofa on strings hangs above like a smirk. This means that the dancers need to work hard to make an impact. Luis Rodriguez as Puck moves like a piece of silk, while Anne Christie as Titania gives the character an impish charisma, yet other dancers sometimes appear stilted by it all.
Although tentative and occasionally self-conscious, Midsummer Night’s Dream is worth seeing for its unusual blend of the dramatic and the visual — and for some inspired dancing. (Beatrice Colin)
The Sound of Music t'ntil Sat 24 Apr. 7.30pm. Wed mats 2.30pm; Sat mats 3pm. £4 £19.50. Return visit to Scotland for this touring production starring 1.11. Robertson and Christopher Cazenove.
I MERCAT THEATRE Mercat House. Drumchapel. 944 9022. ]Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. Cl. C]
Any Creche in a Storm Fri 23 Apr. 7.30pm. 50p (25p). The Lone Rangers spend a day in the life of a nursery.
I MITCHELL THEATRE (iranville Street. 221 3198. Box Office Mon -Sat noon—8pm. Bar. Cafe. lAccess: PPA. 1.. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. (i. C. Help:
.A. A A ]
Calamity Jane ['ntil Sat 24 Apr. 7.30pm. £5—£6. Wild West musical performed by
the West [ind Players.
A Night at the Sarry Wed 28 Apr-Sat 8 May. 7.30pm. £6.50 (£4.50). See Touring. l0M()'I‘H1iRW1iLL 'l'HliA'l'Rli Civic Centre. Motherwell. (1698 67515. IAccess: ST. R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C] Men Should Weep Fri 30 AprvSat 1 May.
7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Lanarkshire Little Theatre presents Tina Lamont Stewart‘s 1941 classic ot‘(ilasgow life.
I PAlSLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Box Ofﬁce open Tue—Sun noon 8.30pm. [.Access: PPA. L. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. (i. C. Help: A. AA]
A Night at the Sarry Fri 23-. Sat 24 Apr. 8pm. £4.50 (£2.50). See Touring.
Corky and the Juice Pigs Sat 1 May. 8pm. £5 (£3). Sec Cabaret.
I PAVILION THEATRE 121 Renl’ield Street. 332 1846. Box Office Mon ~Sat
10am 8pm. Bar. lAcccss: ST. Facilities: WS. (i. Help: AA]
Kevin Bloody Wilson Fri 23 Sat 24 Apr. 7.30pm. £8.50/£7.50. See Cabaret.
I ADAM HOUSE THEATRE Chambers Street. Tickets on 225 8696.
The Terminal Zone Fri 23~Sat 24 Apr. 8pm. £2. A new play about Rod Serling. the creator of The 'Iit'i/i'gli! Zone.
I ASSEMBLY ROOMS 54 George Street. 220 4348. Ticketline: 220 4349. ]Access: ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. 0]
An Evening of Contemporary Dance Mon 3 May. 8pm. £5 (£3). See Dance.
Wind Things Mon 3 May. 7pm. £2 (£1 ). Stilt-walking. magic. unicycling and juggling for the Edinburgh Fling.
I DRUHTOH THEATRE Musselburgh. 665 2240. [Access: L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA]
Crying tor the Moon Thurs 6 May. 7.30pm. £6 (£4.50). Terry Neason's latest selection of song. poetry and prose.
I CHURCH HILL THEATRE Morningside Road. 228 1 155. Tickets available from Queens Hall and LIsher Hall Box Offices and J. and A. Cruikshank or Harvest (larden (opposite theatre).
The Deadly Came Until Sat 24 Apr. 7.30pm. £4.50 (£3.50). ()nstagc 66 makes an appointment with fear in this adaptation ofa Frcidrick Durrenmatt thriller.
The Front Page wed 28 Apr-~Sat 1 May. 7.30pm. £4.50 (£4). Regular prize-winner on the amateur circuit. lidinburgh Theatre Arts is performing the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play (made into a ﬁlm by Howard Hughes in 1931 and again by Billy Wilder in 1974) about a Chicago journalist who is tricked into going on one more assignment before he retires. The play will be the only Scottish entry in the Diamond Jubilee Festival at Llandrindod Wells.
I KIHO'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 229 1201. Box Ofﬁce Mon— Sat 10am -8pm. Bar. [Accessz R. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. Help: AA]
Elvis the Musical Until Sat 24 Apr. Mon—Thurs 7.30pm. Fri. 5.30pm and 8.30pm; Sat. 5pm and 8pm. £3.50-—£l4.50. The show that claims to pack in 85 songs and 1000 slides of the King of Rock ’n' Roll promises non-stop musical entertainment for Presley-lovers. The Pilgrim’s Progress Wed 28 Apr—Sat I May. 7.30pm. £4~-£ 10. Edinburgh Grand Opera with a touch of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
A Midsummer llight’s Dream Tue 4—Sat 8 May. 7.30pm. Thurs and Sat mats 2.30pm. See Dance and review.
I PLAYHDUSE THEATRE (‘treenside Place. 557 2591). ]Access: R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. (i. C]
Freddie Starr Sat 24 Apr. 7.30pm.
£8.50 £12.50. See Cabaret.
Bottom Thurs 29 Apr. 7.30pm.
£8.50 £12.50. Rik Mayall and Adrian lidmondson in a specially written stage version of their anally-ﬁxated TV series. Vulgarity and gratuitous violence guaranteed.
Kevin Bloody Wilson Fri 30 Apr. 7.30pm. £6 £8. See Cabaret.
I ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE (lrindlay Street. 229 9697. Box Ofﬁce Mon—Sat 10am 6pm. 10am- 8pm on perf. evgs. Bar. Rest/Cate lAccess: P. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. 11. (i. C. T. Help: A. AA] Shirley Valentine Cntil Sat 1 May. See Touring and review.
Varietous Women Sun 25 Apr. 7.45pm. £5--£ 1 5. Sec Cabaret.
Rob Roy Wed 5-»-Sat 8 May. Various times. £4.50 (£3). See Kids.
That’s Her Again Thurs 6 Sat 8 May. See Touring and review.
Sat 8 May, 8pm 031 225 7942
— AND ON TOUR
This grid includes theatre and dance performances at Glasgow and Edinburgh’s main theatres, more information can be found in the listings above. Mayfest events are listed seperately in the Mayfest Daily Diary on page 18.
For events at Community Centres and other venues, see detailed listings elsewhere in this section. For details of cabaret and music events see appropriate listings. Performances shown in brackets are previews.
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