THEATRE drama & dance


Paisley Arts Centre Thtt 6 & Fri 7 Nov. 7.30pm.

MllCRHbt'l‘l Arts ( 'enm', Stirling Tue 1 l 8: Wed 12 Nov.

Wym/ Theatre. Ale/ruse Fri 14 a: Sat 15 Nov.

Nether/row Arts Centre. Edinburgh Thu 20—Sat 22 Nov.

the Misanthrope Moliet'e's classic tale of conformity versus non-conformity is transposed to the modern-day luvvie worlds of arts and media in this new version by Martin Crimp. perlormed by Ayr's Borderline Theatre Company in its first major production under new artistic director Leslie Finlay. For more information call Borderline on 01292 281010.

Currier 'I'lteulrt'. Glasgow Thu 1 l-—Sat 20 Sep.8pnr

Bruit/rm Thea/re. r‘vlussel/iiug/i Tue 23—Wed 24 Sep. 7.30pm.

Village 'I‘lu'urre, Iz'usl Krlhrirle Thu 25--Fri 26 Sep. 7.30pm.

MucRu/n'rr Arts Centre, Stirling Sat 27 Sep. 7.30pm.

Greenm‘k Arts (irrilrl Thu 2 ()ct, 7.30pm. Cumlu'muulrl 'I‘lu'um' Fri 3 ()ct. 7.45pm.

Only An Excuse? Johnathan Watson lirnbers up for his first solo run of the well-played show that takes a lighthearted look at the nation‘s obsession with eleven men and a ball. For more information call (1410 507 784.

Glee/lurk {1175' (itu'ltl Mon 1 & Tue 2 Sep. 7.30pm.

King '3 Theatre Fri 5 (\1 Sat 6 Sep. 7.30pm.

Bl'lllllnll 'I‘lu'utre. .1Iusse/luuje/t Mon 8 Sep. 7 30pm.

Ctmt/n'muu/rl Tllt’tlil't’ Thu 25 ck Frt 26 Sep. 7.45pm.

Rem/raw 'Iim'n Hull Tue 2 ()ct. 7.30pm. Village lllt‘tlll't’. [first Krlhrrt/e Frr 3 d2 Sat 4 ()ct. 7.30pm.

Shadow Boxing Kirkcaldy-based in Company deliver a winning punch with this first play by actor-ttimed-writer Simon McCallum. Raw and funny. this sharp two-hander takes an invective Streetwise stroll round the 80s bars. nightclubs and boxing rings of McCallum‘s native Dundee. Call relevant box office for tnore information.

CtmtherltuultlArts Cert/re Fri 29 Aug. 7.45pm.

Are/res 'I'lreum'. (ilusgmv Thu 4 -Sat 6 Sep.8pnt


COTTIER THEATRE 935 Hyndland Street. 557 3868.

Essence Of Africa Sun 31 Aug. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). family ticket £14. Big bouncy beats as you‘ve never heard them before at this celebration of African music and dance featuring some of the continent's most talented artists. Call the Cottier box office for details of daytime workshops in drumtning and dance and singing.



Comedy is listed by date, then b

city. Shows will be listed, providing that details reach our offices at least ten da 5 in advance of publication. Come y listings compiled by Ellie Carr.



The Funhouse (ilztsgtm Media 62; Press Club. 94 West Regent Street. 400 1033. 9pm (doors 8pm). £3. Fortnightly. Escape the big comedy cheeses that have been swarming about the Edinburgh Festival with some down-to-earth stand—up Glasgow-style at this new fortnightly club. Hosted by Raymond .‘vlearns (recently seen on Jonathan Ross‘s [he Big lit/(’Ill Show) the night will feature stand-up from both established and new talent.


Fred MacAulay The 1’dl1ut1ltllll. Broughton Place. 557 2100/26 5138. 9pm. £8.50 (£6.50). An additional show for the ever-popular Glasgow-based comedian. added at short notice.

Bill Bailey The Palladium. Broughton Place. 557 2100/26 5133. 11.45pm. £8.50 (£6.50). Another e\tra one—off gig for the balding. beardie. musical mirtlunaker. Definitely worth a go.

The Stand Tron Ceilidh House. Information: (in: 4467. ll) 30pm 12.30am. £5 (£4). Catch the comedy club thats~ here all year round (ie not just the Fringe) delivering barrels of laughter and

crackling atmosphere to the masses. Tonight's special guest is Australian Fringe star Greg Fleet. Also appearing are Kevin Spence. Brian Hennigan and Leighton Calvert. latte Mackay competes. See Agenda. page 4.



Hello, We're the Nualas! Gilded Balloon Main Theatre. Cowgate. 226 2151. 11.30pm. £6.50 (£5.50). Irish all- fernale comedy trio also add a final date to their Fringe run by popular demand. Jerry Sadowitz The Palladium. Broughton Place. 557 2100/226 5138. 11.30pm. £8.50 (£6.50). Willi just halfan hour to go until the end of the Festival. the gleefully offensive Scotsman with amazing powers of magic ambles onstage for final bash. Will he turn everyone into pumpkins at midnight?

The Stand Tron Ceilidh House. Information: 662 4467. 10.30pm— 12.30am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Catch the comedy club that's here all year round (ie not just the Fringe) delivering laughter to the masses. ()n tonight's bill: Perrier Award nominee Johnny Vegas; plus Mark Bratchpiece. Neil Shackleton and Allan Miller. Susan Morrison comperes. See Agenda. page 4.


Glasgow The Comic Club Blackfriars Underground. Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street.

I PARROT - in case you thought he'd flown his cage is still at large. He’s still booking and compering a fortnightly laughter session in his native Greenock, which has been going for about five years now. Just back from

the Greenbelt arts festival, Parrot’s about to

et stuck into a BBC sitcom

commission; but in the meantime, a couple 0 shows in Glasgow will help

keep his comedy wings in trim.

Parrot’s Comedy Church, Tobago Street, Greenock operates fortnightly on Tuesdays (next date 2 Sep, with Raymond Mearns) 9.30pm, £3. Parrot also appears this fortnight at Cosy Comedy Cafe, Glasgow on Sat 6 Sep; and the Comic Club, Glasgow on Sun 7 Sep.

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552 5924. 9pm (doors 8.30pm). £5 (£3.50). Weekly. The Comic Club is back on form after its summer hols with a bill featuring the bounding Phil Kay alongside magic-man Reg Anderson. in MacKenzie and Viv Gee as hostess with the mostest.



The Stand The Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 22() 1550. No laughs this week. The Stand is on its annual hols. See Agenda. page 4.



Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs) Holland Street. Charing Cross. 332 215‘). 8.30pm—midnight. £4. Fortnightly. The laidback comedy club makes a temporary move from Java Internet Cafe to stand-up‘s spiritual home - the basement of a local boozer. ()n tonight‘s bill. Parrot (see photo-caption). plus Gerry Grant and Craig Crookston.

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The Comic Club Blackfriars Underground. Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm (doors open 8.30pm). £5 (£3.50). Weekly. See Sun 31. Biggish comedy name Parrot (see photo-caption) squawks in for several rounds of stand-up madness with Leighton Calvert. Alan McQueen and the formidable Viv Gee as compere.


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Clutha Comedy Nights 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 various local stand-ups. Tonight. Billy Bonkers. David Kilby and Suzanne Fraser with Gary Hagen as compere.


The Stand Tron Ceilidh House. Information: 662 4467. 9pm. At least four acts for £4 (£3). Twice weekly. Catch the comedy cltrb that's here all year round. delivering barrels of laughter and crackling atmosphere to the masses. Fronting the bill tonight is Dundonian Jimmy Mooney on a Stand debut. with support from 1997 BBC New Comedy Award runner-up Alan McQueen. electrical engineer-cum-comedian Kevin Spence. another Stand debut from Angus Cameron and Susan Morrison as host. See Agenda. page 4.


Elaine With Attitude MacRobert Arts Centre. Stirling. 01786 461081. 7.30pm. £9 (£7) Rab C. Nesbitt's missus throws off her prnny to reveal the brassy comedian and songstress that lies below.


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