THEATRE listings


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things We do for love by Alan Ayckbourn

starring Briony McRoberts

directed by David Robb

9 July - 7 August (Tuesday Saturday) Tickets: £7 - £16

Students Half Price, any seat, any night.

Box Office: 0131 248 4848

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Whether we can or not. doesn't it make for both comedy and tragedy? This 'production boasts one of the most interesting sets of the year. and watch for Briony McRoberts. star of High Road. See preview. page 48.



Ladywell Way, Musselburgh. 665 2240. [P. H. 11‘. WC. WA]

Raw Talent Fri 16 Jul. 7.30pm. Free. Scottish Youth Dance Workshop Mon l2—Fri l6Jul. 10am—5pm.£20-£35.25. See the best of young Scottish dancing talent in a programme devised in part by the young people themselves. drawing on influences running from the traditional to the ultra-popular. See preview, page 51.

Urban Dance Theatre Wed 14 Jul. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Under the umbrella title of Full On a treble bill ofdance will be presented. demonstrating a wide variety of styles and approaches. This group are notable for their eclecticism of approach. and the freshness and variety of their young dancers.



John Street. 01698 267515. [R H. WC. WA]

The Wind In The Willows Fri 9 Jul. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50); family tickets £10. Kenneth Graham‘s classic account of Toad and friends is brought to life. There is a nostalgia and magic to this tale which is liable to appeal to any generation. With A. A. Milne also touring with Richard Medrington‘s Winnie The Pooh puppet performances. this is the chance to give the kids some early literacy. See Kids listings. page 48.


Carrick Street. 01292 61 1222. [H. WC. WA]

The Gaiety Whirl Tue l3—Thu 22 Jul (closed Sun & Mon). 7.30pm; Fri & Sat 6pm & 8.30pm. £8.50—£l2. Popular entertainment of the old style. presented in an ideal venue for the occasion.


University of Stirling. 01786 461081. (P. H. WC. WA]

Eeyore's Birthday Party Sun 18 Jul.

1 lam & 2pm. £2.50.

Tiggers Don't Climb Trees Mon 19 Jul. 1 lam & 2pm. £2.50. Richard Medrington‘s puppets recreate the life and titnes ofA. A. Milne's favourite bear. Medrington‘s dedication to the original stories is evident in his recreation of the author‘s attic. evoking both realm and period in just the way Christopher Robin would have expected. Get the kids along. there's nothing like a good pooh. Free workshops are also offered to the first twenty children booked. See Kids

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Twel h nght Sat 10 Jul. 8pm. £6—£7 (£3—£3.50). Bawdy humour is presented with panache and irreverence by lllyria. Sid James is alive and well in this smutty bit ofclassic theatre. although we might well be moved and disturbed by the finale. See preview. Page 50.


Stirling Street. Airdrie. 01698 267515. [R WC WA]

The Wind In The Willows Fri 9 Jul. 10.30am. £3.50 (£2.50): family ticket £10. See Bellshill Cultural Centre.



Bennochy Road. 01592 412929. [R H. wc. WA]

Bangarra Dance Theatre - The Dreaming Wed 21 Jul. 7.30pm. £9.50 USO-£7). Lyricism and strong effect are evoked by this narrational dance. Feel the grace of this dance story.

Shows are listed by date. then by city. Performances will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least eight days before . publication. Comedy listings compiled by Steve Cramer.

THURSDAY 8 (Hasgow Cosy Comedy Cafe The State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 332 2159. 9.30pm. £4 (£2). Billy Bonkers joins Viv and Jill on a chortlefest visit to Glasgow.

Edinburgh The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558

7272. 9pm. £4 (£3). Mixed nationalities. but the same comedy culture from Allan Miller. Brendan Moohatt. Fin MacArthur and John Little'ohn.

Classy Come y Club Canon's Gait. 232 Canongate. 556 4481. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Michael Redmond tops the bill you won't see him in the Festival. so see him now. A fringe preview from Craig Hill is included. compered by Susanne Fraser.



The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.15pm. £5 (£4). Line—up includes Michael Smiley. Jo Enright. Colin

COMEDY REVIEW Dylan Moran Edinburgh: The Stand Comedy Club, Tue 29 Jun :2 a; e 2

Beneath the fringe: Dylan Moran

One might think that this comedian’s little boy lost image and absent minded, scattershot delivery might have become too mannered and samey for its audience by now. However the man who won the 1996 Perrier Award keeps going strong, probably because of the underlying slickness of the act. and the surprising level of analytical intelligence in his observation. Moran shows signs of middle age in his current routine, speaking of the mysterious questions asked by children, and having a good, solid 90 at rap music videos, which totally engaged, and clearly tickled, his audience. One sometimes suspects that underneath the booze-drenched and nicotine- stained facade there lurks a Daily Telegraph reader, arcth disapproving of all that is new in the world. This might go some way to explaining his particular hostility to a mass media which has, after all, been comparatively kind to him. His spiel on the institution of the Sunday magazine is particularly brutal. Such was his insight into the titling and subject matter of these, that one suspects he could take up an editorship of one, were he to retire from his current profession.

There are some things. though that remain constants in Moran's act. His references to drinking continue to abound - 'that which does not kill us makes us funny' seems to be his philosophy. This act was divided into two halves, and in the second Moran faded a little, leaning pretty heavily on the drinking, smoking and ill-health thing. All the same, he kept his audience wrapped by pure verbal facility, with his imitation fluffs and seeming loss of his thread giving one the comical impression of an imminent disaster, which was, in fact never going to happen. His brief appearance in mid-Fringe should be worth the fee. (Steve Cramer)