Silver Darlings

An everyday story of herring flshennen in Caithness is not a description that Immediately lights a fire In the minds of everyday lowland landlubbers - yet Wildcat aims to do lust that with Its stage version of Neil Dunn’s novel The Silver Darlings.

But it would be wrong to dismiss one of the most powerful and beautiful Scottish novels written this century as a fleshed out tale of fishing folk. certainly playwright John McGrath who adapted the book and went so far as to name his son after the hero, would take issue with any such accusation. And director John aett as the man in charge of staging the epic tale is only too aware of the work’s depth. ‘lt’s a very richly textured play,’

he says between rehearsals. ‘There are elements of dancing, the sea, religion, paganism and of course, being Gunn, there’s the whole thing of mysticism and memories.’

On a basic level Silver Darlings is a rites-of-passage novel for the central figure, Finn, as he comes to terms with his place In the tightly-knit community and, despite being set In the early 19th century, the play, feels Dett, has a universal relevance that transcends any time frame. One of the

main qualities that attracted him to the play was the inner confidence of the characters. ‘These characters are very sexy,’ he says. ‘They’re sexy because they know who they are. They have this great sense of community in that they live their shared lives In a very uncomplicated way. None of them are fucked up in a 20th century post- industrial way,’ he laughs. (Ann Donald)

Silver Darlings, Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, 17 Aug-3 Sept andon tour.


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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 CITIZENS’ THEATRE Gorbals Street. 429 0022. [Access: L. R. Facilities: WC. W3. H, G. C. Help: AA]

The Indian Dueen Until Sat 13 Aug. 7.30pm. £6 (£2). Main Theatre. Theatre meets music as the Scottish Early Music ,Consort performs Purcell’s music and

Dryden's heroic verse. Juliet Cadzow is in the title role and isjoined by singers. dancers and a full orchestra for this tale of a wicked queen. a noble savage and a merciless assassin.

The Silver Darlings Wed 17 Aug—Sat 3 Sept. 7.30pm. £6 (£2). Free mats Wed 24 and Sat 27 Aug. 2.30pm. Signed performance Sat 27 Aug mat. Audio described performance Thurs I Sept. Main Theatre. Neil M. Gunn's novel of an early~ 19th century Caithness fishing community is adapted for the stage by John McGrath and performed by Wildcat. John Bett directs a sixteen-strong cast. More details on 041 221 6789. See preview.

I KINGS THEATRE Bath Street. Phone bookings. Ticket Centre. Candleriggs, see Ticket Link details above. [Access: PPA. L. Facilities: WC, W8. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Follow Follow Until Sat 10 Sept. Tue—Thurs 7.30pm; Fri and Sat 6pm and 8.30pm; Sun 3pm. £5—£10.50. You can’t beat a good football play to draw in the crowds and this celebration of Rangers FC should be no exception. A top-notch cast including Jonathan Watson and Barbara Rafferty tells the story of the l2l-year-old club. See review.

Fever Pitch, Paisley Arts Centre




















I MITCHELL THEATRE Granville Street. 227 55| 1. [Access: PPA. 1.. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

A Breath Di Scotland Fvery Sat until 10 Sept. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £5 (£4). Traditional Scottish entertainment kilts. comedy and couthieness hosted by Dundee-based master of ceremonies. Ronnie Coburn.

Virtual Reality Fri 12 Aug. 9pm. £7.50. Topical comedy by a load of familiar faces from the HHt‘ ('omedy l‘nit Andy Gray et al.

I PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. [Access: l’l’A. l.. R. Facilities: W(‘. WS. H. (i, (‘. Help: A. AA]

B-iload Movie Until Fri 12 Aug. 8pm. £6 (£3). Spoof specialists lip Service hitch into Paisley en route to the Fdinburgh Fringe with a send—up of 30s road movies. Fever Pitch Thurs [8 Aug. 8pm. £5 (£3). Post-Mayfest. pre-Fringe adaptation of Nick Hornby's comic tribute to the world of football. Performed by Brighton Theatre iivents.

I PEARCE INSTITUTE l.ithgow Theatre. 840 Govan Road (opposite Govan Underground). 4-15 1941. [Access: P. S'l. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. Help: AA] Constant Stranger Tue l()~—Thurs 18 Aug. 7.30pm. £2.50 I .50). Skelp Theatre Collective presents a new play by Alain Steele about the search for love and the strange places we look for it.

I TRON THEATRE o3 Trongate. 552 4267. [Access: PPA, ST. R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA]

The flight tarry Kramer Kissed Me Thurs Iii—Sat 20 Aug. 7.30pm. £7.5()/£6 (£3/£2.5()). Autobiographical account by New York‘s David Drake about how his life was changed after seeing Larry Kramer‘s landmark gay play The Normal Heart. A sell-out success in New York. San Francisco and Los Angeles and now en route to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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thu 18-sat 20 aug 7.30pm brash, naked,

shamelessly funny

sandpiper productions

THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME by david drake thu 25-sat 27 aug 9pm

when camping used to be dangerous & sex was safe

the maytest hit returns THE TOPP TWINS In CAMPING OUT comedy with an edge tue 30 aug-sat 3 Sept babel in Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT ROMEO AND JULIET

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