CHANNEL 4 NEWS broadcaster and former List columnist Sheena McDonald remains seriously ill in hospital after being knocked down by a police van in London. Thankfully, it is believed that the Edinburgh University graduate and patron of the Traverse Theatre has not suffered brain damage, as was first feared. The driver of the van, which was answering a 999 call, has been suspended from driving duties while an investigation is carried out. The List joins the entire journalism and broadcasting community in wishing Sheena a full and speedy recovery.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION IS the title of 7:84 Theatre Com pany’s latest production. Working with youth
and community groups under the Glasgow 1999 umbrella, the piece explores the relationship between architecture, environment and society. Promising to present ‘your city in a whole new view', the show premieres at Castlemilk Youth Complex on Wed 17 Mar. See Theatre listings for details of this event, and future issues of The List for other dates.
SCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Drama Projects funding. They include Benchtours of Edinburgh, who will receive £30,000 to assist a tour of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Glasgow’s KTC pocket the biggest single award of £35,000 for their production of David Harrower's
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ACTOR SIMON CALLOW, in Scotland to promote his new book Love Is Where It Falls, will take time to show his support for The Gateway, 3 unique theatre school situated at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh. The plan is to provide practical hands-on training for actors, technicians, stage managers, administrators, directors and playwrights. Callow will visit the
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CALLING ALL GARDENERS: Channel 4 needs you. The second series of Real Gardens, with green-fingered types Monty Don and Carol Klein, begins filming shortly and would like to feature Scottish horticulturalists. If you’re a passionate amateur gardener and fancy being on telly, call Ark Productions on 01494 870 940.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR... an announcement on the final location and volunteer selection for BBC's ambitious Castaway 2000 project.
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