I CHURCH HILL THEATRE Morningside Road. 228 l 155. Tickcllitle: 220 43-19. or Assembly Rooms. Usher Hall. Queens Hall.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Wed

25 -Sat 28 ()ct. 7.30pm. £4 50. (£4 for groups often or more). Local ant-drains Edinburgh People's Theatre with Muriel Spark's classic tale of the unorthodox 30s Edinburgh school-mai'm and her devoted following of 'creiiie de la creme' girl-

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Theatre of Story, Theatre of Dreams: European Season of Mask and Puppet Theatre Until Sat 28 ()ct. Call venue for details of kids/family shows that form part of the festival.

I EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 13-29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. [Access: L. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. H. C. T. Help: A] Bottom Until Sat 21 ()ct. 7.30pm. £10.50-£14.50. See Comedy.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Wed l—Szll 4 Nov. 7.30pm. £4~£20. See Dance.

I KING'S THEATRE 2 Leven Street. 220 4349. [Access: R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. Help: AA]

A Passionate Woman Until Sat 21 Oct.Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5pm/8pm. £4.50-£12.50. Gwen Taylor (Duty Free and A Bit afa Du) stars as Betty. desperately trying to regain her youth in time for her son‘s wedding. iii Kay Mellor's award- winnining life-begins-at-40 comedy. See review.

It Runs in the Family Mon 23—Szit 28 Oct. Mon—Fri 7.30pm; Sat 5pm/8pm; Wed mat 2.30pm. £4.50—£l2.50. Lionel Blair. Tim Brtmke-Taylor and various other middlebrow celebrity TV types iii Ray Cooney's classic farce involving outrageous goings-on at a neurologists' conference.

Pride of Scotland Mon 30 Oct—Sat 4 Nov. Mon—Sat 7.30pm. Wed/Sat mat 2.30pm. £6.50—£ 10. Tartan rugs at the ready for all all-round knees-tip. Scottish variety~style. The line-up includes the Alexander Brothers. Johnny Beattie. Walter Carr. Aim Williamson. Anne Fields. the Angela Forsyth Dancers and the Pride of Scotland Orchestra.

I NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street. 556 9579. [Access: ST. R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

I Theatre 01 Story, Theatre oi Dreams: European Season of Mask and Puppet Theatre Until Sat 28 ()ct. Call venue for details ofchildren's shows that forin part of the festival.

Don Quixote Wed 25»—Sat 28 Oct (double- bill with fat ()ene et Je General). 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Spanish company Bambalina Titelles. with a sophisticated marionette spin on Cervantes’ classic tale. J’ai Gene et Je Cenerai Wed 25--Sat 28 Oct (double-bill with Don Quixote). 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Experimental French puppet theatre company. Le Theatre dti Fast. with a striking adaptation of absurdist Russian poet/philosopher. Danni Harms short novel The 'l'ri'tanph of Mvt'hi'ne using huge wooden puppets. bold visualisation and technical virtuosity. I PLAYHOUSE THEATRE Greenside Place. 557 2590. [Access: R. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. G. C]

The Phantom of the Opera Wed 1 Nov—Sat 20 April (previews Fri 20-Tue 31 Oct). Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Wed/Sat mat 2.30pm. £5—£27.50. Lloyd Webber‘s blockbusting musical about the beautiful opera singer and the disfigured young composer hiding out in the sewers below the Paris Opera House comes to town in a new production from Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd. Expect big sets. big cossies. big special effects. and even bigger audiences. See preview.

I OUEEN MARGARET COLLEGE Corstorphine Theatre. Clerwood Terrace. 317 3546.

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Chekhov’s dog days celebrated by Prime Productions in Splinters

Measure for Measure Until Fri 20 Oct. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Final-year students at QM tackle Shakespeare‘s potent tale of

g the tensions between justice and sexuality. and the abuse of authority by those in


The Heiress Wed 25—Sat 28 ()ct. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Ruth and Augustus Goetz's adaptation of Henry James‘ ‘society' tiovel ll’us/iineton Square. performed here by final-year students at QM.

I ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street. 229 9697. [Acess: P. L. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. T. Help: A. AA]

The Caucasian Chalk Circle Utitil Sat 4 Nov (not Stilt). Mon—Sat 7.45pm; Sat mat 2.30pm. £4—£13. A rare foray into

musical theatre for the Lyceum. with

Breclit's satirical masterpiece following the fortunes of Grtische. a young peasant woman who rescues her master's child front danger and hotfoots it from the city with her oppressors in pursuit. See review.

I ST BRIOE’S CENTRE Orwell Terrace.

346 1405. [Access: PPA. 1.. ST. R. 3 Facilities: WC. WS. G. C] -

It’s a Funny Lite Fri 20 Oct. 7.45pm. £3 (£2). Songs. stories. film and memories from one of the best-loved figures of the Scottish stage. Jimmy Logan. as he remembers the seaside concert parties of the 1920s and 1930s and his long-gone encounters with President Eisenhower and the Queen Mother.

Caledonia ’n’ ltalia Mon 23 Oct. 8pm. £2. Mike Martin atid friends carry through the cross-cultural spirit of last year‘s Italia 'n' (’aletluniti with a tribute to the many Scottish authors. poets and songsmiths who‘ve travelled to lialy over the years. An Evening of Classical Kathakall Sat 28 Oct. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). See Dance. Bridges Sat 29 Oct. 7.30pm. £4 (£2). A colourful finale for St Bride's multi- cultural week as Sliiftwork Physical Theatre Company from Aberdeen meld with NASA from Zimbabwe in this unique Afro-Scots blend of drumming. dance. poetry. acrobatics. slapstick arid traditional Scottiin fiddle. See preview.

I ST STEPHEN‘S CENTRE St Stephen‘s Street. 556 2661.

The Mystery School Fri 27 Oct. 8pm. £3 (£1) Part of the Awakening oft/ie Heart series of storytelling events. this part- improvised performance draws together participants from Playing with Fire Storytelling Workshops. members ofThe Indian Dance and Music School of Edinburgh and local composer/musician Haftor Medboe. Directed by Lee Gershuny. it aims to illuminate the clash between the rational mind and the sensuous body.

I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: AA] The Seal Wife Wed 1—Sat 4 Nov. 8pm. £6 (£3). Another play from the pen of Sue Bum/tigers Glover. this haunting tale of the mythical Highland “Seal People‘ is performed by Stellar Quines and directed by Gerda Stevenson. See preview.

Theatre of Story, Theatre at Dreams: European Season of Mask and Puppet Theatre Until Sat 28 Oct. Call venue for

details of kids/family shows that form part I of the festival.

I TOWN HOUSE Haddington. Booking:

Brunton Theatre Box Office. 665 2240. They’re Playing Our Song Wed 25-Stit 28 Oct. 7.30pm; Sat mat 2.30pm. £6 (£5/£4). Leading US comedy writer Neil Simon collaborated with the Chorus Line team of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager oti this romantic musical comedy about an established male composer and a young. zany wannabe female songwriter. See preview.

I TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street. 228 1404. [Access: 1.. Facilities: WC.

WS. ll. G. C]

Stones and Ashes Fri 20 Oct-Sun 12 Nov (not Mon). 8pm. £2—£7. Traverse Two. 5 French-Canadian playwright and visual

artist Daniel Danis' fresh. poetic drama. translated into a Scots idiotii by Tom McGrath and performed by the Traverse company under the direction of Ian Brown. Drawing on both folk traditions and contemporary influences from his native Quebec. Danis' story takes as its base two characters. Clei'inont and his daughter Pascale and the devastation wreaked on their lives by a small-town gang. See preview.

Alien Bait Wed 25—Sat 28 Oct. 7.30pm. £8 (£4). Traverse One. Idiosyncratic Canadian physical theatre outfit One Yellow Rabbit boldly go where no performance theatre group has (probably) gone before. with this tale of alien abduction. UFO-spotting and society's fascination with all things weird and spooky. See preview.

I CUMBERNAULO THEATRE Kildrtim. Cumbernauld. ()1236 732887. [Access: PPA. L. ST. R. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Neebors Until Sat 21 Oct. 7.45pm. £4 (£2). Things-ain't-what-they-used-to-be- type community play written by Evelyn Wallace and Paul Osborne. and telling an everyday story of two Glasgow families making the most of life during wartime. Stars a cast of hundreds drawn from Cunibernauld's amateur and youth theatres.

Murdered to Death Fri 27—Sat 28 Oct. 7.45pm. £4 (£2). Am-dram company. Apex Players with Peter Gordon's murder-mystery spoof set in what else? - a country manor house. with butlers. colonels. shady French art dealers and bumbling inspectors aplenty.

I HOWOEN PARK CENTRE Livingston. 01506 433634.

You’re Connae Have a Nasty Accident Sat 2| Oct. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Mews Theatre. Martin McCardie‘s no-nonsense look at violence and young people is performed by West Lothian Youth Theatre as part of

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a special evening marking the opening of Stramash 95 »— Scotland's first World Youth Theatre Festival. which is being hosted by W1.YT here in Livingston. See preview.

Dear Dirty Dublin Sun 22 Oct. 7pm. £5 (£3). PACii theatre company from lreland stage a tribute to the great lrish novelist James Joyce. in this new show directed by Mark O'Brien. Part of Stramash 95. See preview.

Dbuntu Still 22 Oct. 8.30pm. £5 (£3). South Africa's Port Elizabeth Youth Theatre present an antidote to the legacy of apartheid. with a play that describes a whole new way of living they've dubbed (if/)lllllli. Part of Straiiiasll 95. See preview. Agamemnon Mon -3 ()cl. 7pm. {5 its). Classic Greek tragedy made real for the modern world by Romanian company Academia de Teatru si Film. Part of Stramash 95. See preview.

This Land Mon 23 Oct. 8.30pm. £5 (£3).

; US company CFT Young Adult Theatre

Ensemble with the world premiere of Leslie lsliii's‘ eartliboiind tale of the Japanese. Filipino and Mexican immigrants who worked in the California fields leading tip to ill the early l9.l()s. Part of Stramash 95. See preview. Stramashed Sun 29 Oct. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). The grand finale to Stramash 95 a theatre-jam of devised pieces involving all groups involved in this multinational festival. See preview.

I MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE University of Stirling. Stirling. ()1786 46108 1. [Access: P. PPA. 1.. R. Facilities: WC. WS. 11. G. C]

The Challenge the 24 Oct. 7.3(lpin. £7 (£5); Apex price £6 (£4.50). linergy-lilled performance front the apty-nanied Dynamo Theatre. Using acrobatics and resolutely physical theatre. this young Montreal-based company explore the highs and lows of a typical adolescence. Suitable for all audiences but ofspecial interest to young people of twelve and

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 Hi 27~sat 28 Oct. 7.30pm. £10 (£8): apex price £9 (£7). See Dance.

This section lists shows that are touring the Central Belt. There is a phone number tor each company should you require more information.

I Only an Excuse? 95 Rab C‘. Ncsbill productions minus 'l'ony Roper btit holding on to Johnathon Watson for the new season with another round of this popular ‘let‘s all laugh at Scottish football' show. ‘Whenever a ball was being kicked. a pie being eaten. a Bovril being brought back up. Only an lirt‘use? was there‘. as they say. Call 0141 946

1 129 for further information.

John Wright Centre. [fast Killm'z/e Fri 20 Oct. 7.30pm.

(Ireenot‘k A rts (itii’lt/ Sat 21 Oct. 7.30pm. Paisley 'lint'n Hall Tue 24—Thurs 26 Oct. 7.30pm.

Palace Theatre, Kilmarnm'k Thurs 26—Sat 28 Oct. 7.30pm.

White/tall Theatre. Dundee Mott 30—Wed 1 Nov. 7.30pm.

Tour continues.

I Splinters Chekhov is funny. Or at least he was when he was a young medic penning stories for the satirical mag Spit/item in 1910. Prime Productions put lampshades on their heads and don silly expressions in honour of the great Russian’s lesser-known comic stories. devised and adapted by John Shedden. who co-stars with Finlay MacLean. See review. Call 0131 449 4055 for further information.

Cafe Royal. Edinburgh Mon 16—Sun 22 Oct. 8pm.

AK Bell Library. Perth Fri 27 Oct. 7.30pm.

East Ki1brit/e Arts Centre Sat 28 Oct. 8pm.

Tour continues.

GB The List 20 Oct-2 Nov 1995