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Bill Bryden’s epic story of the young Scots who went to the Great War 1914-1918.
An often funny but genuinely moving tribute.
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HARLAND & WOLFF SHED
GOVAN - GLASGOW
SEPTEMBER I4-OCTOBER 30
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King’s Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 10 Sept.
It’s lively enough and undeniably funny from time to time, but there’s still a nagging feeling that you’re watching an extended party political broadcast. This celebration of 121 years of Rangers even ends with a promise to lead us into Europe.
But party political broadcasts are painless enough if it’s your flag they’re waving. The audience, who all seemed to know each other, cheered and fell silent on the opening night as the triumphs and the disasters (such as the infamous Stairway 13) of the Blues were brought back to life through boardroom chat, locker-room banter and, of course, bar-room bickering. And what the actors can’t do, like recreate goals, a big video screen does for them.
The fascination of football is that it is taken seriously while being completely unimportant. Writer John Beft has dug up details from Ger history that encapsulate the level of fanaticism the game can inspire, such as when the legendary manager Bill
Struth was caught on all tours in the dresssing room one night, scrubbing the hallowed floor till it gleamed.
Alexander Morton is convincing as Max, a guy we’ve all stood next to in a bar, one of those human football iukeboxes who can replay every kick, header and foul of every game including ones they’ve never seen, all night.
But less convincing is his character’s parting shot in Follow Follow, a play which ultimately and perhaps inevitably feels a little episodic. Just before the curtain falls, Max asks us to believe the Rangers tradition was always about putting good football before bigotry. More than half true perhaps; but like a party political broadcast, it’s not the whole story.
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I KING’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 22‘) 1201. [Access: R. 1.. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. Help: AA]
The Boyfriend Until Sat 13 Aug. l‘ri 7.30pm; Sat 5pm and 8pm. £3.50—t.‘ 10.50. l-‘ortieth anniversary revival of the popular musical which features ‘I Could be Happy with You' and ‘It‘s Never Too Late to Fall in Love‘.
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on show until I , 26 September 'i ‘
Open: IOam - 5pm Sunday: I lam - 5pm Admission “5050;:
I PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Greenside Place. 557 2590. [Access: R. 1.. Facilities: WC. W8. G, (‘1
Godspell Until Sat 13 Aug. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £5-—£12.50. The biblical musical gets zapped up for a 90s production. Felice Arena goes from one extreme to the other: normally he plays heart-throb Marco in Neighbours. here he plays Jesus.
94 The List 12—18 August I994