Theatre is listed by city, thee alphabetically by venue. Touring shows are listed alphabetically by title at the end oi the section. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our oiilces at least ten days beiore publication. Theatre listings compiled by Mark Fisher.


Access: P = Parking Facilities. PPA = Parking to be Pre-Arranged. L = Level Access. R = Ramped Access. ST = Steps to negotiate.

Facilities: WC = Adapted Toilet(s). WS = Wheelchair Spaces. AS = Adjacent Seats. H = Induction Loop System. G = Guide Dogs Allowed. R = Restaurant Accessible. C = Catering Accessible. T = Adapted Telephone.

llelp: A = Assistance Available. AA = Advise Venue in Advance.


Tickets for major venues in Glasgow are available from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. Mon-Sat 10.30am until 6.30pm in person or until 9pm by phone on 041 227 5511. Sunday opening is noon—5pm. Any Ticket Link box office can sell tickets for other venues.

I ARCHES THEATRE Midland Street. 221 9736. [Access: L. Facilities: WC. W5. C. G. Help: A. AA]

Ecstasy Until Sat 24 Jul. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). The budget-defying Rain Dog turns out another big-name cast including Barbara Rafferty and Robert Carlyle for an adapted production of Mike Leigh‘s 1979 devised drama of loneliness. communication and struggling relationships. The expanded cast of eleven is developing the play further. bringing it forward into 1993. Kenny Miller designs. I CITIZENS’ THEATRE Gorbals Street. 429 0022. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm (lOam—9pm on performance days). Bar. [Access: L. R. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: AA]

Only an Excuse Tue 27—31 Jul. 7.30pm. £6 (£2). Audio-described performance Fri 30 Jul. Main Theatre. Dead funny comedy for fans of fitba’. starring Jonathan Watson and Tony Roper.

orylng tor the Moon Wed 28 Jul—l4 Aug (not Mons 2 and 8 Aug). 8pm. £6 (£2). Circle Studio. Terry Neason‘s popular collection of songs and poetry features the work of Don McLean. Liz Lochhead. John Hegley and many more.

I GLASGOW GREEN Big Tent. next to People’s Palace.

The Glasgow Fair 93 Mon 19—Fri 23 Jul. All day. The annual jamboree of family entertainment features cabaret. circus. music and morning workshops. There’s a Gong Show Cabaret on Tue 20. 7pm—midnight. and a busy programme of events every day. See Days Out and Kids sections.

I "H’S THEATRE Bath Street. Box Office. Mon-Sat noon—6pm. 4 bars. Phone bookings. Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. see Ticket Link details above. [Accessz PPA. L. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Robin, Prince oi Sherwood Tue 27—31 Jul. 7.30pm. Thurs—Sat mats 2.30pm. £2—£10.50. West End musical about the moralistic robber and his band of merry men.


‘When 'people have cardboard boxes on their heads they become like puppets,’ says Clea Wallis, director and lounder member oi lludendance, explaining why her company spends a lot oi time in the dark. ‘The audience stop having a psychological relationship with the perionners because their laces are cut oii. They can watch them clearly because the body language becomes stronger.’

Formed in 1987, lludendance lirst perionned Excuse Me, I Just llave to Strangle Myself in 1990 and has been evolving it ever since. In fact Wallis suggested that they should have altered the title as the piece is now a very long way lrom the original which toured Britain and Brazil. Wallis outlines her working methods: ‘You know when you watch a lilm and it takes you through certain moods and emotions? That’s what happens in our work. I have strong ideas about the overall spatial structure and then the emotional content comes lrom the company members.’

The six periormers have diverse talents ranging irom stilt-walking to Indian dance, including mimes and clowns. Wallis is hali-Gennan and two oi the periormers are Brazilian, but these nationalities bear little resemblance to those in the piece. ‘There are two races in Excuse me . . .: people with boxes on their heads and people without. The ones without take away the space from the others - it sounds abstract but it’s not - they take it away through their talking and movement, although actually they’re out to murder each other because it becomes so claustrophobic.’

Wallis tantalises iurther: ‘In

paintings by Bosch there are indescribable creatures - you can’t say exactly what they are - and that’s the eiiect oi the boxes; creating a species oi animal with limbs coming out in strange ways. These creature- like beings live quite harrnonlously In one space to start with but it eventually becomes impossible for them to live together. like a Greek tragedy everyone murders each other.’ (Tamsin Grainger)

Excuse Me, I Just llave to Strangle Myseli, lludendance, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley, Fri iii-Sat 17 Jul.


I KING’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 229 1201. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—8pm. Bar. [Accessz R. L. Facilities: WC. W5. H. G. Help: AA]

Murder Mistaken Until Sat 17 Jul. Mon—Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5pm and 8pm. £5 (£3.50). Murder mystery by Janet Green. Fatal Attraction Mon l9—Sat 24 Jul. Mon-Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5pm and 8pm. £5 (£3.50). Berbard Slade‘s thriller is the last in the Colin Maclntyre Repertory Company‘s summer season.

I ROYAL lYCEiIM THEATRE Grindlay Street. 229 9697. Box Office Mon-Sat 10am—6pm. 10am—8pm on perf. evgs. Bar. Rest/Cafe [Accessz P. L. Facilities: WC, W8. H. G. C, T. Help: A. AA]

A little Hotel on the Side Fri I6-Tue 20 Jul. Wed 28—Thurs 29 Jul. 6—7 Aug. 8pm. Sat 17 Jul mat 3.15pm. £4.50—£l2 (£3—£8). Kenny Ireland takes over as Artistic Director with a season of farces running in repertoire throughout the summer. A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau in a translation by John

Mortimer and directed by Ireland himself. is a classic comedy of extra-marital infidelity. confusion and room-swapping. Despite a dull middle act. it’s a boisterous

production with lots of laughs. not least from Andy Gray.

lloises Oil Fri 23—Tue 27 Jul and 4—5 Aug. 8pm. £4.50—£12 (£3—£8). Michael Frayn’s clever farce-within-a-farce joins the Royal Lyceum summer season in a brisk and breathless production directed by Benjamin Twist. A second-rate touring company romps through an on and off- stage parody of the farce genre.

llookery llook Wed 21—Thurs 22 Jul. 30 Jul-3 Aug. 8pm. The Royal Lyceum's summer company turns its hand to Ben Travers's English fance of suspicious minds and double bluffs set in a country house where a newly-wedded husband‘s act of chivalry is misinterpreted. Richard Baron directs with a polish that disguises the play’s lack of substance.

I TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street. 228 1404. Box Office Tue—Sat 10am—8pm. Sun 6—10pm. Bar. Rest. [Accessz L. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C] To Cry is Not So Until Sun 18 Jul. 8pm. £7 (£3.50). Well-received show from Canada's Theatre Smith-Gilmour which brings to life the stories ofJulio Cortazar with magic. clowning and physical invention undercut by the sadness of the

themes. DANCE

Dance periormances and classes are listed by city, than alphabetically by venue. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our oiilces at least ten days before publication. Dance Listings compiled by Mark Fisher.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. Box Office open Tue—Sun noon—8.30pm. [Accessr PPA. L. R. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Excuse Me, I Just have to Strangle Mysali Fri 16—Sat 17 Jul. 7.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). Dudendance Theatre Company has been in residence at the arts centre for two weeks working with local young people and here you can see the expected funny and surreal results. See preview.


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