MUSIC-THEATRE Lonesome Standard Time

On tour.

‘Once upon a time or perhaps it’s just last week', is when Lonesome Standard Time takes place. Donna Rutherford’s musical performance piece is mostly inspired by fairytales and folklore from northern Europe. The traumatised narrator is Norwegian, some of the text is translated from Gaelic sayings, and Glasgow-born Rutherford, who spent several years working in Belgium, brings some of the country's influence to the piece.

The story centres on a bOy-hero Suffering post-traumatic stress, liri ( relationship With his mother, and a trio of sirens who guide him Performed by .;- cast of six (four of them playing mu5ical instruments), the show Nils» takes in St Dympna, who was raped, then beheaded by her father and became patron saint of the insane, the writings of Marina Warner, 'other-worlcllrness, nine-slippage and an abstract Jig.’

Don't be alarmed though, says Rutherford, whose last piece was Ewi; Cries Shame at the National Revrew Of Lave Art. "The storyline isn't lrrzeai, ind it sounds confusing ~ but it's not,’ (Andrew Burnett

For tour dates see page 66.

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DRAMA Goliath

Edinburgh: Traverse Theatre, Wed 9—Sat 12 Apr.

'It wasn't my rdea,‘ says playwright Bryony Lavery 'Annie Castledrne, the director, said in her imperious way, "I want to do a one-woman show and I want you to write rt." '

It was an unenvrable task, to be srrre: adapting a factual account of three inner-city riots (Beatrix Campbell’s 1993 book Goliath) for a Single actress. But the show VrilH h began a tour ‘.'.Ifr'l Sphinx Theatre Company this February has been a significant success, titre partly to a remarkable performance by Nichola McArrlrfie, who convinc i'rrtly Creates an array of nineteen frctronalrsed characters.

'Every character tells their story and gives their point of vrc-w,’ explains 50 year- olcl Lavery, a prornrnent writer on the gay and women’s theatre crrc :rits ‘There are no saints v— they’re all sinners In riots people get swept alonc; and :i-r‘ shouldn’t It does pOrnt out that we're a deeply rac ist society; we're very vc ratile, policing rsn't answering the problems, youths can be very destru: tzve.

'But you can't write characters you don’t have sympathy for,’ she adds -.-./::h a sigh 'You end up krncl of agreeing With each one of them ' :Anrlrew Burneti After-show discussion wrth Beatrix Campbell, Wed 9 Apr Bryonv Lat/er irchs a workshop on ’text and physica/r'ty' at the Traverse on Sat 72 Apr For details rail 07 37 228 3223

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DRAMA In Lambeth

Glasgow: Cottier Theatre, Wed 9—Sat l2 Apr.

Not for nothrnc; does William Blake rhyme wrth fruitcake The 18th/l9th century poet, painter, philosopher and prophet is best known for hrs collections of lyrical poetry Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience btrt his relroro-politrcal Visions are revealed in greater depth in prose- poems like Urixen and America

Many people have become fascinated with Blake, llttllldlm}, recently, musician lah Wobble Another Blake-lover rs actor Jack Shepherd, whose witty and (‘lll’ilit' Lambeth introduces Blake as a DIDO'DIJYIW; nudist i‘ecc-ivrirct

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Tue 1- Sat 5 April 0 7.30pm ¢ £6/£3

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