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The Water of Leith Millennium Project is due for cornpietrori in luriay after more than two years, with a l‘.'.'(‘l'.’(‘-.’ll|l(‘ i.‘.iall~.‘.‘ay frorn Balerno to l_(‘llll later, the forth and Clyde and Union canals ‘.'.’lll be restored to their former glory panen the Millennium Link opens llllll) It'll be fully navrgahle, hut the most exc iting aspect pr'oriiises to he an engineering deyire to transport boats and people XSrr: from the height of the Union canal down to the Forth and Clyde canal

Glasgow plays host to Glasgow Toon 2001 l23 28 Mayi, Britain's first international festival of cartoon art In George Sguare, a three-section arnphrthc—ratre \‘VIll house a cartoon cineriia, an interactive cartoon expei'ienc e and an exhibition of traditional cartoon material

Isabel Wright

Bright young playwriting hope enters busy year

With a sensational start to her writing career in 1998 with Speedrun, and a well-received follow-up in Waiting Room, Isabel Wright, who'll be 24 this month, looks set for a big future in Scottish theatre. Her plays, characterised by the problematical relationship between mother and daughter-in- law while a war rages outside the family home in Waiting Room, seem to question the role of women in society through taboos of the body and mind in situations of social

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With two new projects on the go at Boilerhouse, and one at Nicola McCartney's company LookOut, much is anticipated from this young writer. The LookOut project, which will run through April in tandem with Rob Fraser's Skunk Hour, is called Tongues, and will explore the effect of a girl’s childhood on her subsequent life. 'There's a lot about the nature/nurture debate in the play, but it’s also just about how people survive in life,’ says Wright. 'The young women in the play are given an ideal of femininity to live up to, but there are problems with this, they get called fat, or labelled a slag by the society that gives them the ideal.’

Blooded, the Boilerhouse project currently slated for October, puts five teenage girls in a cage inside a warehouse, and explores the various initiation ceremonies of the young adult female. ’The idea of the title of the show is about initiation into blood sports,’ says Wright. 'I liked the violence of the word, and its ambiguity, the sense of female ritual and initiation. It’s also tied into the idea of female aggression.’

This project will run simultaneously with Initiate, an educational project, which will play to female

FESTIVALS FOllO‘Iy’iliQ B'ues 2000, the Capital Blues Festival <5 6 May: hopes to consolidate its 'eputatron as _ cc t ands biggest annual blues bash at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange It :1 he great r'rtonth fOr fans of all things rootsy, given that Glasgot'gs international festr/ai of Antenc ana, Big Big Country (23 May 2 Jar: t‘ipprow~ , wrll explore the USA’s vast range of rnusrcal styles from the blues to country 8r western

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