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Awakening The Fool Workshop Sun I8 May. l0am—5pm. £20. This workshop from l)ance Base is led by experienced performer Jonathan Kay. whose approach is powerful and liberating as he attempts to awaken the ‘fool‘ in each participant. The workshop aims to offer a totally personalised experience for each individual and is suitable for anyone over sixteen. No experience necessary.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE l3/29 Nicolson Street. 52‘) 6000. [Access: I.. Facilities: WC. WS. AS. H. C. T. Help: A]

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 Mon I9fi‘ue 20 May. 7.30pm. £5.50—£l7.50 (£4.50—£l5.50). In NI)T2. choreographer Jiri Kylitin has created a ‘junior‘ unit of l7—2l-year-old dancers to feed the tnain company. But with a talent and maturity belying their youth. these youngsters meld the smooth academics of ballet with the dynamics of modernistn. performing live dance pieces. See Frontlines. page 2.


l3 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Saaba Tue 20 May. 8.30pm. £6 (£4). The only central belt date for this company of musicians and dancers from Burkina Faso in western Africa. With powerful drumming. colourful costumes and lively dance. they enact the life of their village. in all its joy. hard work and pain.


2 [even Street. 220 434‘). [Access: R. I.. Facilities: WC. H. G. C. Help: A. AA] The Sleeping Beauty Until Sat 17 May. 7.30pm; Sat mats 2.30pm. £l0.50-—£ l9.50 (concs available). Moscow City Ballet's touring company return to Iitlinburgh present the enduring romantic classic.

Tapping Harlem Mon I‘)—Sat 24 May. 7.30pm (Sat 8.30pm); Wed/Sat mats 2.30pm. See Touring.


Greenside Place. 557 2590. (Access: R. I.. Facilities: WC, WS. (.3. Cl Riverdance Until Sat 17 May. £l0—£30.50 (cones available). 8pm; Wed/Sat mat 2.30pm. Last few shows of the real thing in all its exhilarating. foot- stotnping glory. as its first visit to Scotland draws to a close.


South Clerk Street. 668 20l‘) (credit card booking 667 7776).

Indian Classical Dance/New Choreography Sat 24 May. 7pm. £6.50 (£4.50; family £ l 5; parties of ten or more £4 per person). Iidinburgh l)ance lndia Centre. in collaboration with Glasgow's Nritya Sadhna. present a programme of Indian dance. Indian snacks on sale.



University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 46I08I. [.Access: I’. I’I’A. I.. R. Facilities: WC. WS. II. C}. C]

Phoenix Dance Company - Celebrating Fifteen Years Of Exhilarating Dance Until Fri to Mav. 7.30pm. £7 (£3.50): apex £6 (£3). ' Phoenix l)ance (.‘ompany present three major works. performed to live music by twelve onstanding dancers. While I’it'kt'l Fence. choreographed by l)arshan Sinin Bhuller. lifts the lid on superficial American bliss; I’ume/u I.. Juli/ism: '.v lz've'v Reflect/nu combines movement inspired by Rotlin‘s sculpture with live soprano sax: and ('m‘ermg (imtutt/ is Shapiro & Smith's colourful. exuberant finale -— a free-wheeling exploration of the camaraderie and physicality of the Phoenix dancers.

68 THE lIST I6 29 May 1997



Comedy is listed by date, then by city. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before ublication. Comedy listings compile by Claire Prentice.



Fred MacAulay Tron Theatre. Trongate. 552 4267. 10.30pm. £8 (£6). The Gilded Balloon presents the hugely popular Glaswegian stand-up who‘s taking a break from his TV appearances on Have I (In! News For Yutl. Channel 5's new panel show Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertain/item among other shows to enchant audiences on home territory. with support from Viv Gee. Purl of May/est.

Amy Lame ln Cum Manifesto The Polo Lounge. 84 Wilson Street. 553 I221. 9.30pm. Free. A show about Gay Boyz and their sex lives. Not for the easily offended. I’ur! (ifMttv/icvt.


The Stand Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 220 1550. Doors open 8ptn--lam (show runs 9—I lptn). At least live acts for £5 (£4. benefit only no student concessions). Weekly. Stand regular Susan Morrison hosts this fun-fuelled night with guest spots from the ‘gloriously unjovial' llovis Presley. Jimmy Mooney and larger-than-life Dundonian Joon Broon. plus a surprise 0 en spot.

The Steve Flares Story Pleasance Cabaret Bar. The Pleasance. 556 6550. 7.30pm/I0pm. £3. The Iitlinburgh Comedy Revue present a sneak preview of their forthcottiing l‘)‘)7 Fringe show. Documenting the exciting btit ultimater troubled life of a notorious rock icon. it includes everything you‘d expect -— women. drugs and a large dose of controversy.



Fred MacAulay Tron Theatre. 552 4267. 10.30pm. £8 (£6). See Fri l6 May. l’urt (ifiIIuy/t'x‘l.

Cosy Comedy Cafe Java Internet Cafe. I52 Park Road. 337 68 I4. Doors open 8.30pm. £3. Fortnightly. A special bring- your-own-boole night is bound to ensure laughs a-plenty. aided by a bill including Gordon Brunton. Max Smart. Mark Bratchpiece. plus two open spots.


Club Brouhaha! (illtletI Balloon. 233 Cowgate. 226 6550. 7.30<-I0.30pm. £4 (£3). A fortnightly feast ofcometly frotn the Gilded Balloon. offering stand-up. itnprov. game shows. sketches and late tunes for your amusement. Tonight's Iine- tip boasts Joe Heenan. Douglas Cairns and Paddy McGinty. plus three new- comers who are trying their hand for the BBC Comedy Awards.



Dumped And Devastated Tron Theatre. 'l‘rongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £8 (£6). The Gilded Balloon presents Geraldine McNulty in her popular one- woman show, in which two chairs. three elastic belts and 25 yards of good quality net combine to produce ten emotionally charged comic characters. Part of I'l'Iuv/t'st.



Clutha Comedy Night Clutha Vaults. Stockwell Street. 552 7520. 8.45pm. Free. Fortnightly. Still in its embryonic stages but fighting fit. this night of stand- up and general madcappery features spots from Ray Mearns. (iordon Brunton and Gary Hagan.



Maria Esposito And Bert Tyler Moore The Polo Lounge. 84 Wilson Street. 553 I221. 9pm. £5. Bert Tyler-Moore is probably best known as the cute boy presenter of BBC 2‘s Guy-time TV. while Maria Esposito is the sexy-sounding one from Radio 4's IV’c’kCllt/flly but apparently that‘s the beauty of radio for you. Purl ({I'Mttv/i'st.


The Stand downstairs at Christie's. West Port. Information 662 4467. 8.30pm—lam (show runs 9.30—l l.30pm). At least four acts for £4 (£3). Weekly. Set up to stimulate Scottish stand-up. the Stand present their second comedy work-out showcase with six or so new acts strutting their stuff. helped out by Stand favourites l)ave Williams and Gordon Brunton.

Billy Connolly Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. SOLD OUT. The gangling Glaswegian comic stops off on his current tour with a show packed with brand new material.


Rhona Cameron Tron Theatre. Trongate. 552 4267. 10.30pm. £8 (£6). In conjunction with the Gilded Balloon. the former wild-child returns to Scotland with her halltnark of irresistany dry wit. I’tll't offl'l’ltllj/t's‘l.

Maria Esposito And Bert Tyler Moore The Polo Lounge. 84 Wilson Street. 553 I22 I. 9pm. £5. See Thurs 22. Part of .IIuv/evt.


The Stand Tron Ceilidh House. llunter Square. 220 I550. Doors open 8pm~- lam (show runs ‘)--I lpml. At least live acts for £5 (£4. benefit only no student concessions). Weekly. Continuing to encourage new talent. tonight sees a debut for laconic. engaging Sheffield stand-up Roger Monkhouse. along with resident compere Jane Mackay. a ‘rigorously selected open spot'. and Stand regulars Susan Morrison and Reg Anderson.

Billy Connolly Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. SOLD OUT.

See Thurs 22.



Lynn Ferguson Tron 'I‘heatre. Trongate 552 4267. l0.30pm. £8 (£6). Currently appearing Ill the Tron's Mayfest production. [Attic/IAIN -- 5. this all- rounder is back on the stand-up circuit. presented by (iilded Balloon. with support from the imaginative Frankie Boyle. See Cheap Thrills feature. pages 8-- l 3. l’url of .thv/i'sl.

You better smile: Fred MacAulay celebrates new-found TV fame with live dates at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Hanging on: Geraldine McNulty is Dumped And Devastated at the Tron Theatre. Glasgow on Sunday 18


Billy Connolly Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. SOLD OUT. See Thurs 22.



BBC New Comedy Awards Tron Theatre. Trongate. 552 4267. I)0ors open 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Fred MacAulay cotnperes the regional final of this contest run by BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV. After a nationwide search for the best in new comedy talent. the best eight entrants frotn this region battle it out for a place in the final. with a £l000 prize dangling before them.



TV Comedy Showcase Gilded Balloon Studio Theate. 233 Cowgate. 226 6550. 8pm—late. Free (call to book tickets). ‘AIl-round daft geezer' Mack -— a former winner of the So You Think You're I-‘tmnyf’ award introduces promising young names from the Scottish comedy scene. who are trying ottt for a new television series.


Billy Connolly King‘s Theatre. 287 55 l l. SOLD OUT. See Thurs 22. Edinburgh.



Billy Connolly King's Theatre. 287 55 I l. SOLD OUT. See Thurs 22. Iidinburgh.



Billy Connolly King's Theatre. 287 55 I I. SOLD OUT. See Thurs 22. l-Idinburgh.



Billy Connolly King's Theatre. 287 55 I I. SOLD OUT. See Thurs 22. Iidinbttrgh.


The Stand downstairs at Christie's. West Port. Information 662 4467. 8.30pm— lam (show runs 9.30—I I.30pm). At least four acts for £4 (£3). Weekly. The sizzling Susan Morrison presides over proceedings which includes Stand debuts for Mancunian Pete Johnson and T. I. Mttrphy. together with up-and-coming talent Mark Bratclipiece. plus two open spots.