Edinburgh, Drama contlnued
CHURCH HILL THEATRE
33a Morningside Road. 220 4349. IP. H] Hot Off The Press Thu 21—Sat 23 Jun. 7pm (Sat mat 1.30pm). £6.50 (£4.50). Three nights of diverse dance from the Dante Pointe Studio. Phone 01968 672458 for tickets.
l3w2‘) Nicolson Street. 52‘) 60110. [H. WC. WA]
Romeo 8. Juliet Tue 26—Sat 30 Jun. 7.30pm (Thu mat 2pm; Sat mat 2.30pm). £7—£27.50 l£5—£24.50). Northern Ballet Theatre replace their rather unsuccessful adaptation of Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde with a more crowd pleasing romantic number. Choreographed in 1991 by Massimo Moricone and directed by ex-company head Christopher Gable. this fast-paced take on Shakespeare's classic love story was filmed by the BBC back in 1993 and has remained a popular fave of the dance-theatre canon. See preview.
MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 247 4219. [H. WC. WA]
Transfigured Fri 22 Jun. 3pm. Free. “limotional Landscapes’ explored through music and dance in a performance led by Alex Rigg.
Central Drama & Dance
CUMBERNAULD THEATRE Kildrum. 01236 732887. [R H. TT. WC. WAI
Tartuﬂe l'ntil Sat 23 Jun. 7.45pm. £5 (£3 1. Ace Productions present Lil. Lochead‘s Scots version of Moliere‘s classic play.
Tay Square. 01382 223530. [R H. WC. WA]
Mlnce? Fri 2‘) & Sat 30 Jun & Mon 2 Jul. 7.45pm. £5.75—£10.50 (£2.75—£6.50). Forbes Masson returns to the masical format alter the success of Sit/11’. with this surreal new offering. Set inside the mind of a depressed jingle writer. Mince.” features a fourteen-strong cast and fifteen comic songs of the easy listening variety.
The Wlnter’s Tale Tue 3 & Wed 4 Jul. 7.30pm. £7.75—£9.50 (£4.50—£6.50). The Rep's in-house company perform one of Shakespeare‘s last and arguably most powerful works. about ajealous and irrational king and the far-reaching consequences of his actions.
The Land Of Cakes Thu 21 Jun. Tue 26—Thu 28 Jun & Thu 5 & Fri 6 Jul. 7.45pm (Tue mat 2.30me £7.75—£9.50 (£2.75—£6.50i. Don Paterson‘s black comedy about a group of patients on a hospital ward. complete with live score.
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Changing Kevin's Story Fri
22—Mon 25 Jun (not Sun). 7.45pm (Sat mat 2.30pmi. £6.75-£l2.50 i£2.75—£6.7Si. Subtitled ‘Or What Happened Next After The Mill Lavvies‘ this mUsical sequel follows the story of Kevin after he leaves Jute Mills.
East Port. 01383 314127. [R H. WC. WA]
Love And Money Thu 21 Jun. 7.30pm. £6 (£3—£4i. Playwright Rona Munro and actress Fiona Knowles team up once again. for this tale of a single mum with no prospects who‘s offered three chances to change her life. Peter Pan Wed 4—Sat 7 Jul. 7pm (Sat mat 2pm). £8 (£6). Starlight Theatre Company present J. M Barrie‘s tale of the little boy who refused to grow up.
EAST KILBRIDE ARTS CENTRE Old Coach Road. 01355 261000. IP. H. WC. WAI
Betrayal Fri 22—Sun 24 Jun. 8pm. £6 (£4). Rapture Theatre Company present Harold Pinter‘s play. which focUses on a wife's seven year affair with her husband‘s best friend. Interestingly. the action is played backwards. opening when the affair has long since ended and closing with the initial pass at a party. See preview.
Blue Remembered Hills Wed 27—Fri 2‘) Jun. 8pm. £6 (£4). See Glasgow. Tramway.
Abbey Street. 01334 475000.
Magic Bob . . . Unplugged Thu 5 Jul. See Kids listings.
Into The Woods L'ntil Sat 14 Jul (not Sun). 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £l0—£15 (£5—£8.50i. The Byre Theatre re-opens in an adventurous mood. with a seventeen-strong cast presenting Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s re-working of classic folklore characters. ST ANDREWS CASTLE
The Scores. Tickets from 0131 473 2000.
Macbeth Fri 2‘) Jun. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). See Glasgow Cathedral.
L'niversity of Stirling. 01786 461081. [R H. WC. WA]
Fame L'ntil Fri 22 Jun. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). Dollar Academy students pull on their legwarmers and learn how to fly in this popular musical.
thtle Violet And The Angel Tue 26—Sat 30 Jun. See Kids listings.
Thla Here Now Thu 28 Jun. 7.45pm. £2.50. See Glasgow. The Arches.
Blue Remembered Hills Sat 30 Jun. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). See Glasgow. Tramway.
Land of Cakes at Dundee Rep
When Al Murray was awarded the Perrier in 1999 it was seen as the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award, recognising his long-standing contribution to the industry. Des Clarke hasn't had to wait quite so long for his talents to be acknowledged. The young Glaswegian reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny last year at the tender age of nineteen, having
never been paid for a gig, and was narrowly beaten by a more experienced Australian comic Drew Rokos. But bitterness is the last thing on Clarke’s mind: ‘A lot of people said 1 should have won that night, but you can't worry about that. The judges had a difficult choice to make and I’m glad I made that choice difficult. I’m not ashamed in any way of coming second.‘
lf last year’s festival held fond memories, August this year could be all the more special. Adding the BBC New Comedy Award Final and the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award Final to his blossoming biog, Clarke is also looking forward to a four-week run at the Gilded Balloon’s Midnight Show: ‘It should be a great experience; I've never “done” the festival before in the sense of doing a show every night. I suppose it's something that every comedian has to do and by the end of it, I hope to know my material inside out.’
So what of his material? His improvisational skills have been highly-lauded, but is this confirmation that pro-written material does exist in his stammering, word-play-laden set? ‘I give the impression that I don’t know what I‘m doing but that’s part of the trick. It’s like American wrestling - it looks real, but a lot of times you find out it’s not as real as you think it is. But they still hit each other with chairs and that’s what my act’s all about.’ Surely a true Scottish comedy genius in waiting. (Maureen Ellis)
The Fred MacAulay Show The Stand. 333 \‘y'oodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £7 (£5). Joining Fred MacAulay this evening are Edinburgh's political polemicist John Flint. plus Graeme Thomas and three Velvet Virgins.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £5 (£3). The affable Joe Heenan tops a bill which includes Ben Darcy. l.i/ Sneddon and compere Joon Broon. Noble Comedy Noble‘s Bar. 44a Constitution Street. Leith. 554 2024. 9pm. Free. Reg Anderson and Kevin Spence expand the boundaries of their comedy empire to take in Leith. The second instalment of their latest laughter venture has Gerry Grant in the top slot. ably supported by Tim Lawrence and Skunk. in an evening compered by Brandon Reed. Reg Anderson’s Comedy Cellar Fin MacCools. 161 Lothian Road. 622 7109. 9pm. Free. Trademark loud-mouth rattling from headliner Vladimir McTavish. ably supported by Colin Simpson. John Gordon and resident compere Reg Anderson.
The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £6 (£5). Stewart Lee makes a rare live appearance. with backing from Joe Heenan and John Littlejohn. Joon Broon is the guest compere. See preview for Stewart Lee.
The Cralc House The Outhouse. 12a Broughton Street Lane. 557 6668. 9pm. Free. Maniacal mUse Allan Miller headlines. and backing comes from John Gordon and Colin Simpson.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£5 1. Melbourne-based British ex-pat Matt King leaves behind the sunshine and adulation of ()7. for the conceivable prospect of comedy world domination. turning his cynical attention to our nation‘s chequered history. John Flint. Graeme Thomas and compere Susan Morrison complete the lineup.
Dundee Comedy Club The Doghouse. 13 Brown Street. 01382 227080. 0pm. £5 (£4). Loud mouth Vladimir Mc'l‘avish tops a bill which includes Jon lla/elton. Teddy and Julia Novak.
The Stand The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £7 (£41. See Fri 22.
Madcap Comedy Club State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 357 5387. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Likeable comic craic courtesy of Ireland‘s Michael Redmond. Standing up alongside the one-time l'ill/H'I' 'li'tl star are Ben Darcy and Brandon Reed. Billy Bonkers comperes and also introduces a selection of stand-up try -outs.
Edinburgh The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 22.
The Sunday Rhymes Brel. 3943 Ashton Lane. 342 4966. 3—5pm. Free. Host Viv Gee invites budding comic poets onto the stage.
The Vigorous lee Dulz Of Joy Curlers. 256 Byres Road. 338 651 1. 8pm. Free. Brush up on your trivia. witty responses and current affairs lor a chance to win the first prize of a crate of beer at this weekly quiz night.
Skitters The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £5 (£41. A frenetic mix ofcharacters. costume changes. and not forgetting a generotis helping of gags. jtist about sums up The Stand's showcase sketch show.
Canvas Comedy Club Canvas. 13—16 Walls Street. 552 2101. 9pm. £5. Boisterous laddish banter courtesy of Gerry Grant. plus comic storyteller James Campbell. Rob Miller. compere Jamie Robinson with an open spot from Nick Gray.
Edinburgh Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 1pm. Free