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


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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.

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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 04] 227 5511. Sunday opening is noon—5pm. Any Ticket Link box office can sell tickets for other venues.

I ARCHES THEATRE Midland Street, 22] 9736. [Access: L. Facilities: WC. W5. C. G. Help: A. AA]

Get Up and Go Until Sat 24 Sept. See Dance.

Backgreen Belter Tue 6-Sat 10 Sept. 7.30pm. See touring.

I CITIZEHS’ THEATRE Gorbals Street. 429

g 7—Sat 10 Sept. 8pm. £6.50 (£3.50). Wildcat‘s Dave Anderson gets out his

See Comedy.

DON’l MISS lHlS Al—SlAR (A8] IN lHE Hll or 3 YEAR!

0022. [Access: L. R. Facilities: WC. W5. H, G, C Help: AA]

The Silver Darlings Until Sat 3 Sept (not Mons). 7.30pm. £6 (£2). Free mats Wed 24 and Sat 27 Aug. 2.30pm. Signed performance Sat 27 Aug mat. Audio- described performance Thurs l Sept. Main Theatre. Neil M. Gunn’s novel about 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. See review.

The Aspern Papers Thurs 8 Sept-Sat 1 Oct (not Mons). £6 (£2). Free preview Wed 7 Sept. Free matinee Wed 14 Sept. 2.30pm. Circle Studio. Jon Pope adapts and directs Henry James‘s satire of American culture in which an editor sets out for Venice in search of the letters of a famous poet.

There was a Man Tue 6—Sat 10 Sept. £6 (£2). Free matinee Wed 7 Sept. Main Theatre. Capstride Theatre Company in a revival of Tom Wright‘s much-praised tribute to Robert Burns directed by the playwright Donald Campbell. Peter Raffan stars as Burns.

I CDTTIER THEATRE 935 Hyndland Street. 357 3868.

47 Wed 3| Aug—Sat 3 Sept and Wed

mid-life crisis musical comedy. a gently entertaining one-man show about a media personality who reaches the grand old age of47.

I CUMBERHAULD THEATRE Kildrum. Cumbemauld. 0236 732887. [Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W5. H. G. C. Help: A, AA]

Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Until Sat 27 Aug. 8pm. £4 (£2). Flipside Theatre Company in Dario Fo‘s political farce about a band of women who rebel in protest at rising prices.

Stll Who? Sat 27 Aug. 7.45pm. £4 (£3).


BOX OFFICE: 041 332 9000


DEBT!- THE SILVER DARLINGS Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow. Until Sat 3

Sept. If such a thing as the Honing Marketing Board exists, they can anticipate a bumper catch with Wildcat’s latest production. The programme is scattered with adverts extolling the nutritional virtues of the ‘sllver darlings’ and in the play the herring harvest becomes the lifeblood of the Caithness community whose story this is. For once, Wildcat seems to be with the government on a particular issue and John McGrath’s adaptation of the lleil Gunn novel provides basic, no-frills nourishment. it has to be said, Wildcat is not exactly going out on a limb here. The track record of other productions concerning bygone rural Celtic communities smiling through adversity and celebrating honest toil is hardly discouraging. Audiences lap this sort of thing right up.

So at first it’s hard not to feel sceptical. Such an obvious formula, such a hackneyed script, such stereotypical characters - the men are stoic types who always bring the catch home, their women resourceful householders with a seemingly endless capacity for hospitality - and trite dialogue which allows lines like, ‘We don’t have much here but you’re welcome to share it,’ when they should have been cast back into the lrothing ocean.

But gradually the charm of this Tale of Ordinary Fishing Folk overrides its predictability. Kevin McKidd takes on


his first professional role as the ' pivotal character Finn, who narrates the story of his mother’s life and eventually features in it himself as the adolescent hero. McKidd oscillates from lively storyteller to personable protagonist with impressive ease. However the principal deciding factor is the integral use of music in helping to create a sense of place. The villagers whistle while they work rather than the Wildcat speciality of bursting incongruously into song when a valid point has to be enforced, so for those who can’t stomach the seafood there’s a diet of enchanting hymns, worksongs and traditional reels to feast on instead. (Fiona Shepherd)

Times Like These Thurs l—Sat 3 Sept. 8pm. £4 (£2). Frances Barrett runs through her own selection of songs. poems and words written by Brecht. Scrodoni Wed 7 Sept. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). See Comedy.

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

The Pirates of Penzance Thurs l—Sal 3 Sept. 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm. £4 (£3.50/£2). The Cecilian Society in the ever-popular Gilbert and Sullivan nautical Operetta.

I KIHG’S THEATRE Bath Street. Phone bookings. Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. see Ticket Link details above. [Access: PPA. L. Facilities: WC. W5. 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 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 somewhat sanitised story of the 12 l-year-old club.

I MITCHELL THEATRE Granville Street. 227 5511. [Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W5. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

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

I THEATRE RDYAL Hope Street. 332 9000. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA]

Present laughter Mon 29 Aug—Sat 3

Sept. 7.15pm. £4.50—£16.50. Sat and Thurs mats 2.15pm. Breezy and insubstantial Noel Coward comedy on a post-London tour starring Peter Bowies. Leslie Ash and Helen Atkinson Wood.

I TRDH THEATRE 63 Trongate. 552 4267. [Access: PPA. ST. R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA]

Camping l'lut Until Sat 27 Aug. 9pm. £7.5()/£6 (£3/£2.5()). Quick return to Glasgow by New Zealand's Topp Twins who went down well in Mayfesl with their comedy about a 50s camping holiday. Tivelfth Right Tue 30 Aug. Thurs l and Sat 3 Sept. 7.30pm; Wed 31 Aug and Fri 2 Sept. 1.30pm. £6/£5 (£3/£2.50). Peter McAliister directs new company Babel in Shakespeare's comedy. The company has been set up to perform small-scale productions ofclassical texts throughout Scodand.

Romeo and Juliet Wed 31 Aug and Fri 2 Sept. 7.30pm; Thurs 1 Sept. 1.30pm. £6/£5 (£3/£2.5()). Love between warring families as Babel performs Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

I EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000.

Stage Secrets: The Hypocrite Mon 5 Sept. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). The National Theatre for Scotland Campaign begins an autumn series of readings in the Festival Theatre's

J Empire Rooms to draw attention to ‘The

Unknown Story of 20th Century Scottish Theatre‘. First up is Robert McLellan's final play written in 1967. a study of class division and pulpit morality in the closes of 18th century Scotland. See preview. Stage Secrets: The Brus Tue 6 Sept. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). George Byatt's twelve- year-old epic about Robert the Bruce gets singled out by the National Theatre for

88 The List 26 August—8 September 1994