Brothers in farms: Donncha Crowley and Bill Hickey in Boss Grady's Boys


at the Arches Theatre, Glasgow and the Traverse Theatre. Edinburgh


I79 Buchanan Street. 332 2333. Hamlet Until Sat 21 Mar. 7.30pm.

£6 (£3). For its swansong at this venue (see Stage Whispers. page 57) Scottish Youth Theatre presents a shortened version of Shakespeare‘s tragedy. Artistic director Mary McCluskey‘s production. designed by Graham Hunter with music by Ralph Haggerty. gets through the play in under two hours.


New Street. Paisley. 887 mm. [Access: PPA. L. R. Facilities: WC. W8. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

Cuttin' A Rug Until Sat 21 Mar. 7.30pm.

£5 (£l). John Byrne's classic play is set in December 1957 at the staff dance of a local carpet manufacturers held in Paisley Town Hall. Presented by local company Trinity Theatre.

ECO Thu 26—Sat 28 Mar. 7pm. Sat mat 2pm. Paisley Youth Theatre present a promenade performance based on real events at the Faslane Peace Camp.


98 Ingram Street. 552 3489. Bookings also Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. see Ticket Link details above. [Access: ST. Facilities: WC. W5. G. Help: AA] Bondagers Until Sat 21 Mar. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Centring on the practise of

‘bonding' female farmhands to their male counterparts an exploitative form of cheap labour that flourished in 19th century Borders farms Sue Glover‘s play evokes the lives of six such women. it won the I990 LWT Plays on Stage Award and was the hit of the 1991 Traverse season. Presented by Eclipse Theatre Company.

Les leux Sont Faits Thu 26-Sat 28 Mar. 7.30pm. Wed £4 (£1.50); Thu—Sat £6 (£3). Jean Paul Sartre's screenplay about a couple who fall in love in Hell has been adapted by Alison Croshaw and is performed in French by students from University of Strathclyde Department of Modern uages.

Talking Bol ocks - Unzipped! Wed l—Sat 4 April. 7.30pm. Wed £4 (£1.50); Thu-Sat £6 (£3). 7:84 Theatre Company presents an allonew version of the hit community show ofGlasgay! 95 and Mayfest 96. Dealing with the real experiences of tert Scottish gay men. aged 19 to 60. it veers from camp to angry. taking in all stops between.

listings THEATRE


100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. [Access: PPA. ST. 1.. Facilities: WC. WS. H. G. C. Help: A. AA]

The Steamie Fri 20 Mar. 7.l5pm. £3.50 (£2). Tony Roper's well-kent play celebrating women‘s work iii a Glasgow wash-house at Hogmanay. Performed by Fourth Year Dramatic Studies students in the New Athenaeum Theatre.

Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme Tue 24—Fri 27 Mar. 7.15pm. £3.50 (£2). Eight Ulstermen sign up at the start of World War I. and march off to a bloody fate in France. The play reaches a climax at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme on I July 1916. the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.


Hope Street. 332 9000. TT. [Access: PPA. ST. R. Facilities: WC. W5. H. G. C. Help: AA]. Closed Suns.

Ariadne Auf Naxos Tue 24. Thu 26 & Sat 28 Mar. 7. l5pm. £3.50-£45.50. See Classical & Opera listings. Page 54.

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Hit list

stage shows this fortnight.

Dance: Essentially Phoenix A season of prestigious contemporary dance kicks off with Phoenix Dance Company. presenting four new pieces. See feature, page 18.6dinburgh Festival Theatre.

Mother Courage Brecht's epic tale of survival in war, in an energetic production. See review, page 60. Edinburgh: Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Boss Grady's Boys Sebastian Barry's moving play about two inseparable elderly brothers receives a rousing UK premiere. See review, page 60. Glasgow: Arches. Edinburgh: Traverse. Heart Of Darkness fActional Theatre tackles Joseph Conrad's journey into the jungle. See preview, page 57. Glasgow: Arches, Tue 24—Sat 28 Mar. Dance: Peter Schaufuss Ballet Three classic, fairytale ballets, given a dream-‘ state interpretation by this international choreographer. See New Shows, page 58. Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

Owen O'Neill - Off My Face The Irish comic returns with his solo play about alcoholism which won acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. See Frontlines. page 4. Touring.

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This grid includes theatre and dance performances at Glasgow and Edinburgh's main theatres. More information, including events at smaller venues, can be found in the listings above and over the page.

Performances shown in brackets are free or reduced price previews.

Saturday 28 sagas; 29" i ' Monday 30 ECU-Tuesday 31 7 waahegaa‘yr '

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'l'lte Millionairess 'lite Millrortairess

The Millionairess


The Millrorrarress

Arches l Citizens Main

The Mrllronairt‘ss

The Dying Gaul

The Dying Gaul


The Dying Gaul

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The Dying Gaul I

In Tire Solitude In The Solitude

in The Solitude

in The Solrltrde

In The Solitude

Citizens Stalls

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