Dr Korczak's Example
New Territories‘ Artus
Aug) will premiere a translation by David Harrower of The Girl In The Sofa by Norway’s Jon Fosse directed by Thomas Ostermeier. There'll also be visits from the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio. the Vienna Burgtheater and dance from Boris Charmatz and Emio Greco. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (4—26 Aug) includes a 00‘ production of Othe/lo by Michael Philip Edwards (whose Runt won a Fringe First) and Love & Madness (whose Macbeth was the second best selling show at the Gilded Balloon last year). The Edinburgh International Book Festival (10-26 Aug) will feature discussions on royalty. babies. war, religion and the environment. And rounding off August will be the Edinburgh Mela (31 Aug—1 Sep). Scotland's biggest multicultural festival.
nva's follow-up to The Path will be The Hidden Gardens (autumn). transforming the wasteland behind Glasgow’s Tramway . . . Harvey Nics is set to open its first Scottish store in Edinburgh's St Andrew's Square in the autumn and Conran's Zinc Bar 8. Grill will open in Glasgow’s Princes Square (Jun).
In the world of rugby. Scotland kicks off its Six Nations tournament with a home match against England (Murrayfield. Edinburgh. 2 Feb). before two away matches. then a home match against France (23 Mar) . . . Over at the footie towers of the SFA, Glasgow has pulled off a massive coup to host the UEFA Champions League Final (Hampden Park. Glasgow. 15 May). The national team can look forward to serious competition when Euro 2004 Qualifying starts in September.
(PDIub interest can be found in the Tennent’s Scottish Gup Final (Hampden DlscuSSIOns ark. Glasgow. 4 May) . . . The horseraCIng calendars big two at Ayr. the Scottish
Grand National (Ayr Racecourse, 20 & 21 Apr) and the Ayr Gold Cup (Ayr 0n Racecourse. 22 Sep) continue to draw the crowds . . . Athletes get a run out at the "
Women’s 10K Run (City Centre. Glasgow. 19 May) in preparation for Scotland's war, biggest participative sporting event. the Great Scottish Run (City Centre. mllglon
Glasgow. 8 Sep) . . . And finally. Scotland's populace of cycling converts continues and
to blossom with Bike Week. Glasgow Cyclefest. and the Glasgow to .
Edinburgh bike ride. Pedal For Scotland all scheduled for September. env'mnment
It’s already shaping up to be a rib-shaking year for mirth-making.
Words: Maureen Ellis
his year, as ever. the Stand
continues to spoil us with a varied
programme of Scottish and international comedy. Its Glasgow venue will ofﬁcially expand to five nights a week. and Sunday nights are revamped with Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service. while over in Edinburgh. the shockers are on as Wild Wednesday (monthly. Wed) positively assaults the boundaries of comedy courtesy of The Bushtucker Brothers. Aside from its new shows. heavyweight headliners include the divine Adam Bloom (Glasgow, 1 & 2 Feb; Edinburgh. 3 Feb). stuttering nemesis Daniel Kitson (Glasgow. 15 & 16 Feb). word~p|ay surrealists John Hegley and Simon Munnery (Edinburgh. 26 Feb: Glasgow. 27 Feb). manic veteran Simon Bligh (Edinburgh. 22 & 23 Mar), and affable Irishman Colin Murphy (Glasgow. 22 & 23 Mar).
Both venues will see visits later in the year from John Moloney and Simon Evans (Jun). and Phil Nichoil and Junior Simpson (Jul). Steve Gribbon is back in September and Adam Hills is booked for November 2002.
In other quarters. frantic performance poetry cabaret Big Word returns for its second season (fortnightly. Thu. Gilded Saloon. Edinburgh). while competitive Slams are planned for January. Easter. the Fringe and December. At the cutting edge of comedy. the New Material Nights return with more outrageous ingenuity (fortnightly. Thu. Gilded Saloon. Edinburgh).
Making brief stopovers in Scotland as part of national tours include the hardest working man in comedy Ross Noble (the Stand. Edinburgh. 29 & 30 Jan: King Tut's. Glasgow. Fri 1 Feb) who is back in town with his mind boggling feats of comic absurdity. Dinner Ladies' funny lady Victoria Wood (Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow. 14 Feb; Festival Theatre. Edinburgh. 19 Feb) and rubber-faced sweat machine Lee Evans (Royal Concert Hall. Glasgow. 30 & 31 Mar) prove that there's more to life than television. And ﬁnally. the stars of last year's Fringe are out in force. including Danny Bhoy (venues tbc. Feb). Trev & Simon and their Circus Of Evil (venues tbc. Feb). and 2001 Perrier winner Garth Marenghi who is touring in spring.
4—1 7 Jan 2002 1'". LIST 28