Drama is listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Dance is listed after drama for each city. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication.
Drama & dance listings compiled by Kelly Apter.
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Tickets for major venues in Glasgow are available from the Ticket Centre, Candleriggs, MonaSat 10.30am—6.30pm; Sun noon—5pm in person or until 9pm by phone on ()141 287 5511. AnyTicketlink box ofﬁce can sell tickets for other
11‘ indicates venues where Theatre Tokens can be exchanged for tickets. Tokens can be bought from the Ticket Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow, 0141 287 5910; most branches of W.H. Smith, John Menzies and James Thin Booksellers; or by credit card from Tokenline, 0171 240
30 Midland Street, 221 4001. [WC, WA] Big Book Of Tales Thu 19 Oct.
10—1 lam. See Kids listings.
Peter The Pirate Boy Fri 20 Oct. 10—11am. See Kids listings.
The Bookroom Until Sat 28 Oct (not Sun/Mon). 8pm. £7 (£4). Andy Arnold directs The Arches Theatre company in Julie Fuller’s debut play. So obsessed is she with the works of cult American author Paul Auster, Greta leaves her Edinburgh home and heads to New York to meet her literary hero. But a chance meeting with a stranger in Central Park sets her on an alternative path . . .
119 Gorbals Street, 429 0022. [P, H, W, WC, WA]
The Old Tune Tue 24 Oct—Sat 18 Nov (not Sun/Mon). 7.30pm. £10 (£3). All tickets £3 on Tuesdays. (Stalls Studio). Two friends reminisce about the good old days in Samuel Beckett’s moving play. See preview.
Ten Rillington Place Wed 25 Oct—Sat 18 Nov (not Sun/Mon). 7.30pm. £10 (£3). All tickets £3 on Tuesdays. (Circle Studio). Kenny Miller adapts and directs
Timothy Evans, who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. See preview.
The Dance Of Death Thu 26 OctASat 18 Nov. 7.30pm. £10 (£3). All tickets £3 on Tuesdays. (Main Theatre). Stewart Laing directs August Strindberg’s dissection of a doomed marriage. See preview. The weather closes in and the theatre
9 University Avenue, 330 5522.
An Treas Fad and Salvage Sat 21 Oct. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). Tosg-Gaelic Theatre Company presents this double-bill from established playwright John Murray and emerging talent Iain Finlay MacLeod. An Treas Fad (The Third Rank) is Murray’s tale of two brothers leading an idyllic life on the Isle of Lewis circa 1814, until military conscription shatters their world. Salvage is Macleod’s macabre, but humorous, look at the survival instincts which kick in when a group of people are stranded on a desert island. And don’t let the Gaelic put you off— Finlay’s contribution to the Traverse ’s Highland Shorts series was nothing short of riveting.
Biggles Cocks It Up Tue 24—Thu 26 Oct. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Boundless Theatre Company presents Joe Hancock’s tale of one man’s slow transition back to mental
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REVIVAL Jeffrey Bernard ls Unwell King’s Theatre, Edinburgh until Sat 21 Oct it it it
Tom Conti is more powerful than you expect
Actors are, by definition, skilful dissemblers, but it's hard to imagine that Tom Conti’s enjoyment of his audience and their adoration is anything but sincere. As he corpsed, ad-libbed and double-took his way through the second of the eponymous waster's life, you could imagine two thirds of his audience waiting at the stage door to invite him home. There is a presence about this actor which allows a deft, but pretty standard stage drunk routine to assume greater power than you initially expect.
The story of, if you'll permit me the tautology, a drunken journalist, is less a play than a piece of bravura raconteurship hung upon an ultimately trite plot. The narrative, such as it is, involves Bernard finding himself locked into his beloved Coach and Horses for the night, and giving himself up to a succession of reflections upon the benefits of a dissolute lifestyle. Aided by four performers assuming a succession of roles from Bernard’s past life, the piece ambles its way through a couple of hours with enough wit to charm its way out of trouble.
If it's not always easy to see how Keith Waterhouse's account of his old pal's life and times could have been such a resounding West End hit, there's still much here to amuse. Maybe the play’s 1990 dating places it at the crest of the 'new lad’ wave and having seen enough of this now we wish to move on. However Conti contrives to freshen it up, and even add a disarming charm to the gambling-addicted drunken old misogynist. I'll see you at the stage door. (Steve Cramer)
health. Having broadcast on air from his prison cell during captivity, Flight Lieutenant Shaun Bigglesworth returns home to a heroes welcome. But only psychiatrist Dr Dupond can unlock the key to his sleepless nights.
Hopeless Games Mon 30 & Tue 31 Oct. 8pm. See Dance.
297 Bath Street, 287 5511. [H, WC, WA] Doctor Dolittle Until Sat 4 Nov (not Sun). 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm). £5—£24.50. Philip Schofield hands over the doctor’s reins to madhouse resident Russ Abbot as the hit musical continues its tour. But regardless of who’s at the helm, the real stars of the show are the 90-odd animatronic animals who squawk and talk their way through this fun show.
PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE
New Street, 887 1010. [H, WC, WA] Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Sat 21 Oct. See Kids listings.
Don't Forget Me Fri 27 & Sat 28 Oct. 7.30pm. £7 (£3). Starving Artists’ new play set amidst the glitz of Hollywood, where two lost souls are adrift in the city of dreams. Part of Glasgay See feature
PAISLEY TOWN HALL
Abbey Close, 887 1010.
One Step Beyond Mon 23 Oct. 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Phoenix Productions chart the rise and fall of an 805 pop star, featuring hits by The Police, Adam 6’: The Ants and Spandau Ballet.
Macbeth Wed 1 & Thu 2 Nov. Wed 8pm; Thu 10am. £8 (£6). Long Overdue Theatre Company performs its interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale.
121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. [P, WC, WA]
Not Another Very Special Hogmanay Until Sat 21 Oct. Mon—Sat 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm). £7—£11.50. Johnny Beattie, Joe Gordon, Sally Logan and the Scottish Country Dance Society present this popular variety show.
98 Ingram Street, 287 5511. [P, WC, WA, WAA]
The Criminals Fri 20—Sun 22 Oct. 7.30pm. £8 (£4). Translation of Cuban playwright Jose Triana’s tense play about three children suspected of killing their parents, after being locked underground by them for cars.
Beautiful Thing Mon 30 Oct—Sat 4 Nov. 7.30pm. £5—£8 (£2—£4). Strathclyde Theatre Group presents Jonathan Harvey’s urban fairytale based on the lives of a group of adolescents on a London housing estate. Part ()fGIasgay.
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Red First rate physical theatre from Boilerhouse. This piece explores the many ups and downs of love, from the first exhilarating meeting with someone, to sleeping with them by accident when they’re your ex. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. See review. The Ice Factory, Perth, Fri 27 Oct then touring.
Jeffrey Bernard ls Unwell Tom Conti’s star turn is the highlight of Keith Waterhouse’s account of the notorious drunken womaniser's life. He manages to add charm to a very unprepossessing character. See review. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh until Sat Oct 27.
1O Rillington Place Kenny Miller directs this account of the misdeeds of the notorious mass murderer Christie, and the miscarriage of justice which occurred when Timothy Evans was executed for two of his murders. A dark and brooding piece of theatre. See preview. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 26 Oct—Sat 78 Nov. Don't Forget Me American company Starving Artists presents this comical and moving account of a movie producer at the end of his tether meeting a young wannabe actor. The string of earlier hits indicate another entertaining evening from actor Mark Pinkosh and writer Godfrey Hamilton, perhaps the highlight of Glasgay! See feature. Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley, Fri 27 81 Sat 28 Oct, then touring.
Among Unbroken Hearts Henry Adam’s play about two heroin addicts returning to the Highlands to commemorate a dead friend and discovering much about themselves. Strong drama is promised. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh until Sat 28 Oct.
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