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Tales From The Women's Locker Room

Where men fear to tread: Tales From The Women's Locker Room is a collection of new short plays by women writers

Ever wondered what women talk about when men aren't around? And no, the answer isn't shopping . . . well, not always. Tales From The Women‘s Locker Room is a collage of monologues written by Scottish women writers that takes you on an hour-long journey into the female psyche. The performance begins with Gowan Calder’s An Audience With The Lizard Lady, in which the Lizard Lady herself (actor Jane Dunbar) tells of how she joined the circus as a human chameleon, developed an astonishing rapport with camels and scared the shit out of her


Margaret Seveney's monologue Dreams of Glass features Daisie Dickie (Shona McKee), who is about to take the final exams of a correspondence course in clairvoyance. While practising in Glasgow’s Central Station. she discovers she‘s not who she thinks she is. Ex-Big Issue editor Susan Flockhart‘s six-minute Jesus Comes to Shawlands Cross tells of a young mother who meets her saviour while struggling with two children in a


'We’re looking for the bizarre and the unusual, and these monologues have that in common,‘ explains director Bonita Beach, founder of Senga Women‘s Theatre Company. ‘t wanted well-written, strong characters for women, and particularly women who transcend their difficulties through humour. We're not moaning on about men or giving men a bad profile, all the monologues have hilarious and upbeat resolutions.‘

(Stephanie Noblett)

Tales From The Women ’s Locker Room (Fringe) Senga Women '5 Theatre Company Calder’s Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2157, 7—76 Aug, 4.45pm, £6

(£5). Diverse Attractions (Venue 11) 225 896 1, (£4).

l7-29 Aug (not 21—23) 9 45pm, f5

surrounding the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, brothers Michael and Colin Paterson look at the importance of the sporting non-starter on the national psyche,

For anyone not uo on their footie, this was the tournament when, had we not been Scottish, With an apparently blind man, Don Masson, taking the penalty against Peru, we COLild have made history by gomg through to the second round. Not your average poor Ioser’s whinging, though, as politics lecturers went on to com the ’Masson theOry' which argues that a Scottish Victory would have boosted the national fen/our sufficiently to have secured devolution in 1979.

Brought up to date With a bit of France 98, unlike previous Scots soccer plays this combined history lesson and

MacCauley and MCCOist-style chat focuses on the debacle on the pitch rather than the antics of the infamous Tartan Army Probably the closest we'll ever get to Winning the darn thing, they also look at the implications of the defeat on the way the Falklands Situation was handled.

’It’s definitely not the Scottish Fever Pitch,’ asserts Michael Paterson 'Obvrously there's lots of comic material in Scotland’s tragic sporting past which, in typically Scottish fashion, we combine With COHJQClUFQ abOLit what might have been.’ So near and yet so far. (Claire Prentice)

23 Argentina 78 The Director’s Cut (Fringe) Sad Obsessive Brothers, Gilded Balloon // Wenue 36) 226 275 l, 7~- 78 Aug, 3pm, £6 ([5), 79—27 Aug,

7, 75pm, £6 (£5)



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