Motown’s fav0urite daughter, who's scored a US and UK chart hit every year since 1963, is back in Scotland this fortnight to sing selections from her new compilation album, The Voice Of Love. Ms Ross, whose current tour takes in Europe and the Far East, will return to the States later this year to produce and star in an English language version of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s classic neo—noir thriller Diva. Nova wlizch part woold she be playing . . .7
Diana Ross plays the SECC, Glasgow, Fri 7 7 Jul, 8pm.
Nine members of the nineteen-strong performance collective from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe appear in Glasgow this fortnight. They form part of a special ’Taster Weekend’ for the Scotland Africa 97 festival, due to take place in October. A cappe/la harmonies, band numbers, comedy, poetry and dancing can all feature in a varied, high-energy show that will bring the vibrant culture of southern Africa flooding into Scotland. And just to prove the Scots know how to party too, Aberdeen's Old Blind Dogs will be joining in the fun. Black Umfolosi and the Old Blind Dogs play the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Fri 78 Jul.
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
There are those who reckon Andrew Lloyd Webber should be hog-tied and spit-roasted for his contribution to the world of stage entertainment. Others have begged to differ, parking their derrieres into millions of plush theatre seats the world over, night after night. If you want a glimpse of what the newly ennobled composer’s work was like before he became a household name, Bi” Kenwright’s new touring production of Joseph — in Edinburgh this fortnight — is worth a look. Unlike the laVish Jason Donovan vehicle that had an outing a few years ago, the new version stays close in spirit to the show's original production in 1968. And, as our picture demonstrates, that spirit contained a high cheese coefficient.
Joseph And The Amazrng Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon l4-Sat 19 Jul.
All the best
More fun than a greased weasel in a mud bath, here's this fortnight’s highlights.
Music: T in the Park Glastonbury may have disappeared in a sea of mud but the organisers of T in the Park have been employing a special squad of rain dancers for the last month so that there is no rain left in Scotland come T day. Bands, booze and burlesque entertainment will shake your weekend. See line-up. Perthshire: Ba/ado, Sat 72 & Sun 73 Jul.
Theatre: Ashes To Ashes Harold
Pinter’s latest play, a return to the old
theme of menace and role play within sexual relationships, receives its Scottish premiere from new, Glasgow—based company ghostown, featuring Forbes Masson and Jennifer Black. See preview. Glasgow; Tron, Wed 9—Sun 73 Jul.
Film: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
. Believe it or not, there was a second
island where dinosaurs were being genetically manufactured. Believe it or not, they are on the rampage again. Steven Spielberg promises more Jaw-dropping special effects in a movre that's bound to be bigger than the first one. See reView, General release from Fri 78 Jul.
Film: Swingers A group of young guys bar hop around Hollywood yapping about their lack of love lives and favourite riiowes Alonl budget, American independent that hits a balance of laughs and home truths See prevrew and r‘ewew. Selected release from Fri 1 7 Ju/
Sport: The Open Championship The world’s greatest golfers, including new sensation Tiger Woods, tee off down the Ayrshire (ourse. Scotland's Colin Montgomerie will be flying the home colours, See Sport listings. ROya/ Troon, Thu I7vSun 20 Jul,
Books: Ali Smith A‘i‘xard-mnning, Scottish short story writer Ali Smith, looks set to hit the big time With her first novel, Like, which spans time and international boundaries while not forgetting about romance. See prevrew Virago £12 99, out now.
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