1989 HEADLINE NEWS LONE STUDENT HALTED TANK COLUMN AFTER TIANANMEN SQUARE MASSACRE - AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI ISSUED RUSHDIE FATWA - 95 LIVERPOOL FANS DIED IN HILLSBOROUGH CRUSH - THE BERLIN WALL FELL IN SYMBOLIC END OF COLD WAR - MURDOCH LAUNCHED SKY Tv
The chainsaw-wielding, fire-eating, motorbike-racing Archaos brought their act, The last Show On Earth, to Edinburgh's Fringe. This was, it was said, a toned-down version, although it left audiences with sore bottoms from prolonged periods on the edge of their seats. The rumours about accidents in previous performances were almost as nail-biting as the real thing. Speaking to The list, one of the troupe catalogued a bone-crushing career with Archaos which included broken feet, ankles, fingers, legs, arms, a vertebra and an exposed knee.
“ Scotland’s domestic ratepayers wanted to see a fairer system . . . there was no reason for Scottish people to wait to get the benefits of our reforms.
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The Anti-Poll Tax Federation told Scottish Secretary Ian Lang just what it thought of the tax system about to be imposed on Scotland. Led by Tommy Sheridan, a young militant politician from Glasgow’s Pollok, it was to lead a tough, but fruitful campaign of non- payment. Sheridan got up the nose of the authorities, proving himself expert at grabbing headlines — he was later to represent Pollok constituents as a city councillor. The Anti-Poll Tax Federation offered only one guarantee: ‘We will lead from the front and go all the way to the finish.’
Maverick sculptor George Wyllie’s Paper Boat was launched onto the Clyde during Mayfest. The 80ft long, 25ft high vessel was built in a secret location in Greenock from a piece of paper 120ft by 80ft. It took the mighty Finnieston Grane to swing the vessel onto the river, where it stayed for a week before sailing on a maiden voyage. Proving himself a true man of
abolished barriers between audience and production, making this truly in- yer-face theatre before the phrase was bled dry by critics.
After Peter Brook’s spectacular Mahabharata, Tramway audiences were to be treated to another blockbuster production. Test Department brought their epic tragedy Godaddin to Glasgow’s converted Museum of Transport. It was a melting pot of
I November’s issue of The list exploded a few myths about two varieties of pop, with
the people, Wyllie allowed The Listto print exclusively his plans for the Paper Boat, daring east coasters to try their luck.
intense music, powerful acting by theatre group Brith Gof and technical wizardry. The venue was crammed with trees, sand and thousands of gallons of water. As always, Test Department
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lovable lindsay Kemp charmed _ Glasgow audiences as Puck in A H ‘v_ Midsummer Night’s Dream . .. future Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley made an entrance at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with sculpture moulded from his own body after four years out of commission, the Renfrew Ferry was encased in glass and moored on the Glyde as Glasgow’s latest venue Joanne Whalley-Kilmer ruffled cinema audiences as Christine Keeler in Michael Gaton Jones’s portrayal of the Profumo affair, Scandal.
1989: THE LIST TEN YEAR SPECIAL —