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world get creepy as the Circus of Horrors brings a new cast of characters on tour.
■ THE BUNGO BAR & KITCHEN 17–21 Nithsdale Road, 423 0023.
✽The Creative Martyrs: The Sinister Wink Sun 26 Jan, 8pm.
Pay what you like. An evening of cabaret satire featuring mime, song and sketches in a 1930s style.
■ THE ARCHES 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Rantin Fri 24 & Sat 25 Jan, 7.30pm. £9–£12. Kieran Hurley’s combination of living room gathering, play and gig stitches together a set of stories into a patchwork of Scottish folk tradition. See preview, page 91. ■ BARROWLAND 244 Gallowgate, 552 4601. The Circus of Horrors: London after Midnight Thu 20 Feb, 7.30pm. £20. Circus performers from around the
■ CCA 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Leave Your Shoes at the Door Fri 31 Jan, 3pm & 7.30pm. Pay what you like. In October 2011 a group of international artists met for a week’s theatre residency in Glasgow to develop a performance. Two years later, they reunite to complete the work. They each have a story to tell and must decide whether and how to share this story. ■ CITIZENS THEATRE 119 Gorbals Street, 429 0022.
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Ciara Thu 23–Sat 25 Jan, 7.30pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £12–£19.50. Award winning play about a woman coming to terms with her gangster father’s past. Ages 14+.
✽Twelfth Night Tue 28 Jan–Sat 1 Feb, 7.30pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £12–£19.50. Radical reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. See preview, page 91.
✽Miss Julie Thu 6–Sat 15 Feb, 7.30pm (Sat 15 Feb 2.30pm also; not Sun & Mon). £0.50–£19.50. Strindberg’s 1888 examination of sex and class in a version by Zinnie Harris and directed by Dominic Hill. See interview, page 94. Glasgow Girls – The Musical Thu 20 Feb–Fri 7 Mar, times vary. £8–£19.50. Cora Bisset, herself the original star of David Greig’s Midsummer, directs her own new life-affirming, multicultural musical (also in collaboration with Greig), a vibrant celebration of Glasgow and the power of teenagers with a cause. Ages 12+.
■ COTTIERS THEATRE 93–95 Hyndland Street, 357 4000. Seasoned Wed 5 Feb, 7.30pm. £7 (£5). Drama set in the Curie-Carmichael Home of Hope for Ruined Women.
Watch out Edinburgh, there’s a new kid on the east coast block. Well, OK, chances are Dundee’s bookish extravaganza might never quite reach the exalted status of the capital’s world-beating literary fiesta but it’s making a very strong case for itself with a series of events that includes the likes of Nick Cave, Jackie Kay, Alan Warner, John Carey and Iain Banks (pictured) plus an all-day comics conference. ■ Various venues, Dundee, until Sun 27 Jun. ■ EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 577 4970. Cause Célébre Thu 23–Sat 25 Jan, 7.30pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £12 (£10). Terrence Rattigan’s drama, based on real life events, about the trial of a woman and her 18-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Performed by the Giffnock Theatre Players. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Tue 28 Jan–Sat 1 Feb, 7.30pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £13 (£10). Guys & Dolls meets Mad Men in this musical comedy about a window cleaner who climbs the corporate ladder in the 1960s. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Wed 5–
Sat 8 Feb, 7.30pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £13 (£11). Minerva Youth Theatre perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biblical musical. Swan Lake Fri 14 Feb, 7.30pm. £13 (£11; students £9). Ballet West present the dark tale of a prince who falls in love with a swan maiden, with original choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s moving score. ■ KILMARDINNY ARTS CENTRE 50 Kilmardinny Avenue, Bearsden, 931 5083. Rantin Wed 29 Jan, 7.30pm. £8 (£6). See The Arches, Glasgow.
■ KING’S THEATRE 297 Bath Street, 0844 871 7648. West Side Story Thu 23–Sat 25 Jan, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (Fri 7.30pm only). £15–£49.50. The classic tale, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, packed with memorable songs including ‘I Feel Pretty’, ‘America’ and ‘Tonight’. Chariots of Fire Tue 4–Sat 8 Feb, 7.45pm (Thu & Sat 2.30pm also). £10– £47. A stage version of the race to compete in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. ■ ÒRAN MÓR 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. A Bottle of Wine & Patsy Cline Thu 6–Sun 23 Feb (not Mon–Wed & Sun 9), 7.45pm. £18. Tribute to the country singer, starring Gail Watson, written and directed by Morag Fullarton (behind the recent stage adaptation of Casablanca).
■ PAVILION THEATRE 121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. Peter Powers Fri 14 Feb–Sat 8 Mar, times vary. £12.50–£16. Hypnotist act from Powers, who has been called ‘the Ali G of stage hypnosis’. Please note the Fri show is a ‘Family Fun Night’, Sat 7.30pm show is ‘Anything Goes’ (safe for teens) and the Sat ‘Midnight Madness’ is over 18s only.
CABARET DRAMA 1933: EINE NACHT IM KABARETT Summerhall, Edinburgh, until Sun 2 Feb
Susanna Mulvihill is one of Scotland’s more intriguing singer / songwriters, staging cabaret-style performances and working with Edinburgh’s Tightlaced Theatre, an ensemble that is dedicated to new writing. Her first full-length play, 1933: Eine Nacht Im Kabarett, sees her renew a relationship with Tightlaced while looking back at cabaret’s favourite era: the Weimar Republic.
‘The Berlin cabaret was a melting pot for ideas, sedition and satire: there was no censorship and a mirror could be held up to the follies of society,’ she says. ‘Our play uses that era to show the complacency and disaffection of the people, which we now know ultimately led to terrible consequences, and how popular feeling today is not removed from the origins of the Third Reich. Plus we like corsets.’
Set at the moment of Hitler’s ascent to power, 1933 is an ambitious blend of cabaret, immersive theatre and new writing. ‘The play can be regarded in two parts,’ Mulvihill continues. ‘There’s the cabaret show and the main drama which takes place in and around the auditorium, allowing the audience to be fully immersed in the ideas and world of 1933 Berlin.’
But more than reflecting on past dangers, Mulvihill sees immediate
relevance. ‘Since the financial crash of 2008 there have been similarities between the end of Weimar and what is happening in Europe today. For instance, in Greece the rise of the Golden Dawn movement shows worrying parallels with the increase in popularity the Nazis experienced after the 1929 stock market crash. Closer to home, if you open up certain newspapers you’ll see articles filled with anti- European sentiment.’
Promising ‘very raunchy’ skits, a rotation of burlesque performers and a script that examines the rise of Nazism, Tightlaced’s collaboration with Mulvihill offers a glimpse into the history of political cabaret and the future possibilities of cabaret influenced performance. (Gareth K Vile)
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