Theatre listings

Central Drama 8. Dance, Falklrk

Our Bad Magnet Thu 6 Sep. 7.30pm. £3—£6. See Glasgow. Paisley Arts Centre. Love & Money Thu 20 Sep. 7.30pm. £5 (£4). Fiona Knowles stars in Rhona Munro‘s comic play about a single mum stuck in a rut. whose wishes suddenly come true.


OREENOCK ARTS GUILD Campbell Street. 01475 723038. [R H. WA]

David Copperfield Thu 6—Sat 8 Sep. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). To celebrate their 75th anniversary. SC DA present an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

Talking Frankly with Frank Pllklngton Thu 13 Sep. 7.30pm. £10.50 (£9.50). Psychic astrologer to the Sunday Mail and Radio Clyde. Pilkington unearths your past. present and future. Losing Alec Fii 14 Sep. 7.30pm. £7 (£5). See Glasgow. Barmulloch Community Centre.

The Singing Kettle Silly Circus Sat 15/Sun 16 Sep. See Kids listings.



Lower Auchingramont Road. 01698 452299. IP. WC. WA]

Female Transport Thu 6/Fri 7 Sep. 7.30pm. £6.50 (£4.50). Six women bid farewell to Britain and head for a penal colony down under. in Steve Gooch‘s comedy.



9 Green Street. ()1563 523590.

Losing Alec Thu 13 Sep. 7.30pm. £7.50 (£6). See Glasgow. Barmulloch Community Centre. Slng-A-Long-A-Sound Of Music Sat 15 Sep. 7.30pm. £10.50 (£9.50). Grab your lederhosen and prepare to sing your little heart out to all the film's classic hits.

Bondagers Wed l9/Thu 20 Sep. 7.30pm. £7.50 (£5). Sue Glover‘s award- winning play. recounting the experiences of women working the Border farms during the 19th century. See preview.


HOWDEN PARK CENTRE Howden. 01506 433634. IP. WC. WA] The Happy Gang’s Cactus Canyon Sat 15 Sep. See Kids listings. Bondagers Mon l7/Tue 18 Sep. 7.30pm. See Kilmarnock.



Civic Centre. Windmillhill Street. ()1698 267515. IP. WC. WA]

Our Bad Magnet Fri 7 Sep. 7.30pm. £9 (£7). See Glasgow. Paisley Arts Centre.



185 High Street. ()1738 621031. IH. TT. WC. WA]

Double Double Until Sat 8 Sep. 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £4—£l4. Simon Ward and Anita Harris star in this romantic comedy-thriller. where a woman lures a down-and-out into her fraudulent scheme.

Annie Fri 14 Sep—Sat 6 ()ct (not Sun). 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £5-£15. Rags to riches musical about the wee orphan girl with red hair and a scruffy dog.

St Andrews


Abbey Street. ()1334 475000. Bondagers Thu l3—Sat 15 Sep. 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £5—£l4. See Kilmarnock.

Neville’s Island Until Sat 8 Sep. 8pm (Sat that 2.30pm). £8—£14 (£5—£7.50). The Scottish premiere of Tim Firth‘s comedy about four people‘s experience at an outward-bound course in the Lakes. See review.

64 THE LIST 6 Sep-ZO Sep 2001


Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Tue 18 Sep; Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Wed 19


Little rages against his boy next door image

A glance at the Perrier shortlists over the last few Edinburgh Fringes might tell you something about the situation of comedy. In the radical departures of the 80s. a succession of stand-ups. among them Alexei Sayle. Ben Elton and Jeremy Hardy. issued a challenge to the British establishment seldom heard from other quarters of the entertainment industry. The aesthetic and political dangerousness of these acts made them more entertaining by degrees than the conservative bunch of (largely) young male comics of today. With routines about their nice girlfriends. the rigours of owning cats and the enguette of being in pubs. they mix the odd reference to blowj0bs (gosh!) and vomiting (wow!) into pure production-line comedy. There are exceptions. but not enough of them. Mark Little speaks of his role in British comedy with a nostalgia for the cutting- edge stuff of a decade ago. and a burning desire to rekindle a radical spirit: 'I started doing the Fringe at the very end of that period. Since then I‘ve always put on a good show. because that‘s what it‘s about. giving people their money's worth. but I want to shake things up a bit.‘ And he‘s done so. As with so much of comedy’s history. his new act is audience led. with mixed receptions from critics.

but plenty of enthusiasm from the crowd.

Little's show addresses globalisation in all its ignominious glory. attacking the straitjacketed blandness of so much of the internationalised world. even the world of comedy. One advantage of this dismal state of affairs he says. is the avoidance of narrow national stereotypes. something that Australians. particularly the ones who used to appear in Neighbours are frequent victims of. ‘If I see one more person walk up to me and say "G'day Joe. how's Bouncer". they'll really

cop it.‘ Fair enough. (Steve Cramer)

Thursday 6


Watson’s Wind Up

GilmorehillG 1 2. 9 University Avenue. 330 5522. 7pm. Free. Jonathon Watson takes a satirical snide-swipe at the news and views from around the world in his weekly topical BBC Radio Scotland show. lixpect irreverence. blatant cheek and special guests joining the ()1in An [it‘t‘ust' stalwart.

The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 08706006055.

8.30pm. £5 (£3). The maniacal Frankie Boyle competes. introducing Raymond Mearns. John (iot'dott and three Velvet Virgins.


Noble Comedy Noble‘s Bar. 44a Constitution Street. Leith. 554 2024. 9pm. Free. Resident compete Charlie Ross introduces hard man James Ferguson in the headline slot with support still to be confirmed.

Reg Anderson’s Comedy Cellar Fin MacCools. 161 Lothian

Road. 622 7109. 9pm. Free. Amiable i observations courtesy of Joe Heenan. with support from Steven Dick. John McBride and compere Reg Anderson. Snatch Club The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. 10pm—-3am. £3.50 (£2.50). Resident compere. DJ and Perrier winner Harry Ainsworth hosts this weekly Curry-(m meets Hi- l)v-Hi debauched cabaret. Each week there will be a selection of guests. and competition host Dave Strong conducts the participatory fun and games.

Glasgow The Stand The Stand. 333 F \Noodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £6 (£5). Rex Boyd. Richard Allen and Martin Furby join compere Jane



The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£5). Big name five act showcase featuring Reginald D Hunter. Raymond Mearns. Chris Cooper and Bruce Devlin. Susan Morrison takes charge of the proceedings.


Comedy Store Vikingar Theatre. . (ireenock Road. ()1475 689777. 7.30pm. £tbc. Micheal Redmond of I-‘uI/wr '12"! fame headlines this new comedy event.

Saturday 8


The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 7 only Susan Morrison assumes the compering honours. Madcap Comedy Club The State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 332 2159. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Des Clarke plays it for laughs. ably supported by Frank



The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 7 but ' with Jane Mackay as compere.


OOT On Sunday The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £5. The Stand's gay-friendly consort reconvenes after their individual Festival exertions. which means compere Craig Hill. games host Joon Broon. pltis guests David Kay and Cathy 1’.

Canvas Comedy Club Canvas.

l3 l6 Walls Street. 552 2101. 9pm. £5. Edinburgh’s Gordon Brunton demonstrates his put-down mastery in a headline slot. He is joined on stage by Allan Miller. Charlie Ross. open spotter Steven Round and compere Brian l-lennigan.


Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. lpm. Free with drinks or a meal. Freestyle lttnnincss and hangover- banishing antics from resident duo Paul Graham and Stuart Murphy.

Six On Sunday The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). End the weekend on a high note as compere Martin Furby introduces a host of acts including Richard Allen and John (iordon.

Monday 1 0


Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. Host Brendan Moohan and headliner Bette Linchesticov shepherd eight little lambs who the audience slaughter.