Theatre is listed by city, than alphabetically by venue. Touring shows are listed alphabetically by title at the end or the section. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at leasth days before publication. Theatre listings compiled by Mark Fisher.


Access: P 2 Parking Facilities. PPA = Parking to be Pre-Arranged. L = Level Access. R = Ramped Access. ST 2 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.

Most theatre in Glasgow is part or Mayrest. Please see special listings at lront of magazine.

I AHCHES THEATRE Midland Street. 221 9736. [Access: I.. Facilities: WC. WS. C. G. Help: A. AA]

llight Sky Wed 20—Sat 23 Apr. 7.30pm. £6 l

(£3). See Touring and review. I BELLSHILL CULTURAL CEHTRE Bellshill. 0698 67515.

Burying Dad Fri 29 Apr. 8pm. £4 (£3). See l


We have road movies, so why not road plays? They certainly seem to be in fashion after 7:84’s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath and now the latest Traverse production, the Scottish premiere of Antoine 0’ Flatharta’s Grace in America. ‘lie’s writing about real geographical journeys from Ireland to America and vice versa,’ explains director Philip Howard, fresh from the critical success of Brothers of Thunder. ‘On top of that it takes the form or a road movie in that the two younger characters are going on their homage trip to Graceland.’

But 0’ Flatharta’s concerns go turther than Elvis. A native Gaelic

(this is his tirst English-language play), 0’ Flatharta has an instinctive awareness or the importance or language and culture. llis play, at turns funny and serious, looks at two

. couples: the young boys trying to

? escape Ireland to pursue their own personal American dream, and an elderly couple who emigrated to the States in 1947, taking with them visions of a romanticised Ireland. ‘lt’s a play about the history of emigration,’ says Howard, pointing out that the Irish have a very particular

I relationship with America. ‘One or the ! reasons we’re touring this play to the I Highlands and Islands is that the

I theme of emigration and what happens to native language has resonance there. Many Scots and

English don’t fully appreciate that.’

0’ Flatharta, Ireland’s leading Irish-

speaker lrom the west coast of Ireland


Flag day: the Irish-American

language playwright, is fervent about the survival or his native tongue, but at the same time he is obsessed about American culture. ‘lle wants to be American,’ says lloward. ‘But the play

looks at it in much greater clarity. The Irish-American story is partly about sentiment. The play doesn’t criticise that, in a way that it is very easy to do, because it is its own culture with

i its own worth. Irish-American

sentimental culture is a living and thriving entity and you can’t just lambast it.’ (Mark Fisher)

Grace in America, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thurs 21 AprwSat 14 May.

relationship dissected

takes the grass-is-greener proverb and

I CITIZEHS’ THEATRE Gorbals Street. 429 0022. [Access: L, R. Facilities: WC. W5. H. G. C. Help: AA]

Salome Until Sat 30 Apr (not Mons). 7.30pm. £6 (£2). Circle Studio. Jon Pope directs and designs Oscar Wilde‘s once- banned exploration of obsessive sexual love. See review.

In Guest of Conscience Until Sat 23 Apr (not Mons). 7.30pm. £6 (£2). Stalls Studio. Franz Stangl was the only Commendant of a Nazi death camp to be brought tojustice. His interviews with Gitta Sereny were published and now Robert David MacDonald has adapted them for the stage.

I CUMBERHAULU THEATRE C umbemauld. 0236 732887. [Accessz PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W3. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

The Android Circuit Fri 22—Sat 23 Apr. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). See Touring.

Desperate Journey Tue 26 Apr. 7.45pm. £5 (£2.50). New show by TAG about the Highland Clearances on a pre-Mayfest run. llot a llight at the Sarry Fri 29-Sat 30 Apr. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). See Touring.

I EASTWOOD THEATRE Eastwood Recreation Centre. Eastwood Park. Roukenglen Road. Giffnock. 638 8399. [Access: P. l.. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W8. G. C]

The Forsyte Saga Tue 26—Sat 30 Apr. 7.30pm. Sat mat 3pm. £4.20. Drama from the Giffnock Theatre Players.

I GLASGOW UNIVERSITY Drama Studio. West Quad. Main Building.

I Can Smell Liquorice Tue 26—Sat 20 Apr. 8pm. Free. A new play by Charlotte Wheeler set in a slimming club and concerning women. their bodies. self- image and food. The production. directed by Anna Linstrum. features a live band playing original music.

I HILLHEAO LIBRARY Byres Road. Details 041 333 1864.

Sunshine Mon 25. Tue 26, Thurs 28 Apr. 7.45pm. Free. A new play written and directed by Richard Solloway. dealing with themes of freedom, ambition. communication and struggle.

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53 The List 22 April—S May 1994