Glasgow: Citizens’ Theatre, Tue l6—Sat 27 Mar.

The latest production from the Grid Iron company will take place in -- and even around the Citizens’ theatre, as Monumental re-creates Moscow in the Gorbals. Writer Anita Sullivan is reluctant to reveal precrse details of how and where this promenade performance will be staged, but feels it’s a style perfectly suited to the piece.

'lt's always been an adventure story and a Journey, so movmg it and taking the audience into that Journey seemed like a very logical thing to do,’ she says The play centres on a young Glaswegian girl's search for her father, missing in the Russian capital, There she encounters an incarnation of the revolutionary poet Mayakovsky and the two guide us and each other through post-Soviet Moscow 'They’re two strangers to this city, in that she doesn't know the past and he doesn’t know the present,’ says Sullivan, ’and they explore it together: the history, the ideas, the pas5ion and the politics' Monumental has its roots in a trip the writer made to Moscow three years ago, when coming across a statue in a square had a profound effect upon her. ’lt was such a powerful statue that I investigated it: It was lvlayakovsky,’ she recalls ’I read his work, found out more about him, and I began to wonder

Statuesque: Grid lron's Monumental

what he might think of modern

Russia.’ Another aspect of the poet’s character lent itself to dramatic

interpretation, particularly once the writer introduced a teenager to proceedings: ’Old Vladimir l:ked young girls, and she‘s looking for a father figure, so .' (Rob Fraser)


Edinburgh: Pleasance Wed l7~tSat 20 Mar.

with news of a new gaffer at the Fringe (see Agenda page XXX) hitting the papers, the timing couldn't be better for outgoing boss Hilary Strong to say her farewells to Edinburgh and sirriultaneOusly resume her career as a theatre director Her choice of production, The Grapes of l/Vl't tli, could hardly be more ambitious: it is, after ali, a tale already told by two of the 20th Century’s great artists, John Steinbeck and John Ford

’l didn‘t know the book or the film before i started this l)l()jf:fl,' says $trong 'Beirig in that situation actually made it easier for Hit? to approach as a play, because I didn't have a pre- conceived Viev: of it I've actually put the actors off watching the film,

loads on the road: Grapes Of Wrath

because I think it's Illlt,(/lltillt for t'ne:ii to find the characters for tl‘t‘lll8{‘th‘S '

When it came to re—c'ieating Steinbeclc’s Vision of 30s Oklahoma and California an 90s Scotland, the director found her cast of seventeen amateur actors from company to be a valuable human resource. 'Erank Gelati, the book and directed it on Ei‘oadway,

the Arkle

who adapted

said that it could work on a wry simple 5

scale, and l tllll‘k that’s true. With such a large cast you can achieve a lot in terms of draritatec effect. We're also using sOme \".(.‘lt’ft'Ti‘lli .»\lTlf?th3lt mimic, a mixture -t toll: songs and

Copeland which really helps generate

atmosphere With such distinguished


material and an (ls/C)\.‘Jirfl riitentioi: to

briiic out the cionteni )‘ll'll" relev.'ince

of Steinbeck's call for social justice, this may turn out to he a triumphant send off. (Rob Eraser)

previews THEATRE

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Theatre Bar Restaurant

Jazz Dinners £17.95 (includes 2 course meal)

9 March

Linda Fletcher with The Billy Kettles Trio

23 March

Tom MacNiven with The Brian Kellock Trio

6 April

The John Goldie Trio

12 April

Per Husby, Karin Krog 8. Terje Gevelt

20 April _ Malcolm MacFar/ane, Brian Kellock 8. Kenny Ellis 4 May

Madeline MacDonald and The Jazz Mess

24 May

The Yuri Honing Trio

Tickets: 0141’ 287 551 1

4—l8 Mar 1999 THE UST59