An Evening With Dean Park Sat 25 Nov. 7.30pm. A night of old fashioned entertainment with one of Scotland‘s favourite mainsream comics.
FALKIRK TOWN HALL
West Bridge Street, 01324 506850. [P, WC, WA]
Sex & Chocolate Thu 16 Nov. 7.30pm. £5 (£4). Mid-life crisis, women and motorbikes are all part of Rhona Munro’s comedy drama about a woman of middle age who sets out from her grown-up family and stale marriage to seek adventure.
Joe Brown - A Show Business Lifetime Fri 17 Nov. 7.30—10.30pm. £10 (£9). Four decades of showbiz presented by the entertainer of the title. Featuring songs and stories of life on the stage, with special guests the Bruvvers.
GREENOCK ARTS GUILD
Campbell Street, 01475 723038. [11, WA] Last Of The Red Hot Lovers Thu l6—Sat 18 Nov. 7.30pm. £5—£6. A new production of Neil Simon’s celebrated Broadway hit. Middle aged. married Barney has a succession of afternoons with other women, but each ends in farcical failure. Gregory‘s Girl Wed 22—Sat 25 Nov. 7.30—9.30pm. £5 (£4).' Stage version of Bill Forsyth’s classic comedy. Adolescent anxiety in suburban Scotland, as Gregory learns about girls, footie and life itself in this gentle reﬂection on growing up.
HARBOUR ARTS CENTRE
114—1 16 Harbour Street, 01294 274059. [1), II, WC, WA]
Perfect Days Sat 25 Nov. 7.45pm. £6.50 (£3.50). See Iiast Kilbride.
9 Green Street, 01563 523590.
Joe Brown - A Showbusiness Lifetime Sat 18 Nov. 7.30pm. £10 (£8.50). See Falkirk.
Jack And The Beanstalk Wed 29 Nov—Sat 6 Jan. 29 Nov 7pm; 30 Nov 10am & 1.30pm. £5.75—£9. This classic fairytale is brought to life for the Palace’s Christmas show. Will Jack relieve the family tension over his poor consumer choice by burglary?
ADAM SMITH THEATRE
Bennochy Road, 01592 412929. [P, H, WC, WA
State Fair Mon 20—Sat 25 Nov. 7.15pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.15pm. £6. Rogers and Ilammerstein’s classic screen musical is staged here by the local amateur operatic society. The story of a gathering of folk around the American event of the title incorporates such classic numbers as ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’.
Greenock Road, 01475 689777. Joe Brown - A Show Business Lifetime Sun 19 Nov. 7.30pm. £11 (£10). See Falkirk.
CRAWFORD ARTS CENTRE
93 North Street, 01334 474610. [R WA] The Odyssey Wed 29 Nov—Sat 2 Dec. 7.30pm. £5 (£3.50). This production, featuring a new translation and adaptation by Heather Smith, renders Homer’s great narrational epic through a small company. A voice-over narration by local poet Robert Crawford is a highlight.
University of Stirling, 01786 461081. [R H, WC, WA]
Don't Forget Me Fri 17 Nov. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). Mark Pinkosh and Godfrey Hamilton of Starving Artists present this wonderful and moving love story, with an edge of satire, about life for a gay movie producer in Hollywood.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE Scottish Dance Theatre
When Janet Smith took over the reins of Scottish Dance Theatre in 1997, she inherited a company with a barrel-load of potential, albeit rather tightly sealed. In three years, she has prised open the lid and unleashed a dance ensemble worthy of its national status. So assured is she of her dancers’ ability, that for SDT's autumn season Smith has handed over complete creative control to two guest choreographers.
San Franciscan Janice Garrett and Israeli-born Yael Flexer were chosen by Smith for their differing choreographic styles, and it was a choice well made. Both elicit superb performances from the dancers, while managing to tap into this youthful company's playful and energetic heart.
Garrett’s Plunge opens the night, an eclectic work which marries childlike frolicking and shadow play with boot camp marching and muscle man posing. Its creator’s American style is emblazoned all over the piece and composer Christopher Benstead's original score works in perfect harmony with the steps. But SDT's real technical prowess only becomes fully
apparent in Flexer’s Undone.
Again, humour is high on the agenda, with the dancers grinning out to the audience as the action stops and starts. Exploring bodily contact and gravity, the dance takes place on a bare stage with the mechanisms of the wings exposed. For the first five minutes the dancers carry the steps in complete silence before Nye Parry’s frantic cello kicks in. Interaction is the name of the game, as the five dancers pair up in a variety of combinations, leaning on and supporting one another. Breakdance moves sit alongside taut stretches and energetic leaps, while (in true b-boy style) those not currently dancing stand at the side to watch. And by the end of the evening, the company's full potential seems to be just that closer to hand.
GilmorehillGlZ, Glasgow, Fri 17 & Sat 18 Nov (seen at Dundee Rep)
This grid includes theatre and dance performances at Glasgow and Edinburgh's main theatres.
More information, including events at smaller venues, can be found in the listings above and over the page.
Performances shown in brackets are free or reduced price previews.
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1 Citizens Circle
— Death In Venice
Peer Gym 1 Citizens Stalls
Death In Venice
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