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■ THE SHED 26 Langside Avenue, 649 5020. Monster-A-GoGo: The Monster Prom Fri 16 May, 7pm. £5 in advance; £6 on the door. Get your glad rags on, let your guts hang out and boogie till your heart starts beating again with an evening of burlesque and variety with a horror twist. Southside Fringe. The Flight of the Earls Sat 7 & Sun 8 Jun, 1pm & 5pm. £10. Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s play about the lives of two young men as one of them becomes a father. ■ THE STAND 333 Woodlands Road, 0844 335 8879. Variety Club Wed 28 May, 8.30pm. £10 (£8). Forget Britain’s Got Talents and The Voice – this is entertainment like they did it back in the good old days.
■ THE TALL SHIP AT RIVERSIDE 150 Pointhouse Place, 357 3699. The Little Leftover Mermaid Sun 8 & Mon 9 Jun. See Kids listings.
■ THEATRE ROYAL 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies Wed 11–Sat 14 Jun, 7.30pm (Thu 2pm also. Sat 2.30pm also). £6–£35. An exhilarating new production of Lord of the Flies where the action is relocated from deserted island to deserted theatre. See preview, page 100. ■ THE 13TH NOTE CAFÉ/BAR 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. Little Bit of Theatre Mon 2 Jun, 7.30pm. £5 (students £3). Monthly evening featuring live performance art, theatre, comedy, music, burlesque and spoken word.
■ TOUCHBASE BUSINESS CENTRE 43 Middlesex Street, 429 0294. I-HAPPY-I-GOOD Sun 18 & Mon 19 May, 2pm. £10 (£8). Intimate and immersive piece of theatre about deafness and blindness. Supported and co-produced by Sense Scotland. Southside Fringe. ■ TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. Grit: The Martyn Bennett Story Fri 30 May–Sat 7 Jun (not Sun & Mon), 7.30pm (Thu & Sat 2pm also). £8 (£6). Scots-Canadian production based on the life and music of one of Scotland’s most innovative and influential musicians, who died of cancer at the age of 33.
■ TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Mayfesto Thu 15–Sat 31 May, times vary. Prices vary. Mayfesto celebrates theatre with an edge, theatre that focuses on what’s going on in the world and that is in response to recent events. Our Country’s Good Thu 15 & Sat 17 May, 7.45pm. £10. The shocking true story of a performance by convicts in New South Wales. Part of Mayfesto. Jock: Scotland on Trial Thu 15–Sat 17 May, 8pm. £10. New play from Alan Bissett asking if Scotland is the colonised or the coloniser. Mayfesto. The Tempest Fri 16 May, 7.45pm. £10. Shakespeare’s shipwreck fantasy. Presented by Tron Theatre Company with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Mayfesto. Season in the Congo Tue 20 May, 7.45pm. £3. An epic drama by Aimé Césaire about a nation’s restless first year of freedom. Mayfesto. Day One (Rehearsed Reading) Wed 21 May, 8pm. £3. Sara Shaarawi presents a reading of her new work about a female suicide bomber. Followed by a discussion. Mayfesto. Thomas Muir – The Hidden Spirit of Our Times (Rehearsed Reading) Thu 22 May, 8pm. £3. Rehearsed reading of Peter Arnott’s
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CURTAIN UP LOUISE QUINN A Band Called Quinn is already a well-known theatrical proposition, thanks to the curation of cabaret night Club Tromolo and performances in Vanishing Point’s The Beggar’s Opera. Singer and songwriter Louise Quinn explains how Biding Time (Remix) evolved into a play / gig hybrid. Where did the production begin? The first version was written by producer and activist Pippa Bailey. She was hacked off with being a woman in the entertainment industry. Twenty- five years later, she threw the work out into the world, and all these versions came out. When did you pick it up? When Pippa asked me to do it, I said: ‘I like it, but it is not what I do.’ I asked if I could mash it up and we never took any dialogue, just the main character. Pippa was totally fine with that, and I used it to tell my own story. How does Biding Time (Remix) differ from your usual shows? When you play a gig, it is different every time, which is why people can come again! But the film aspect is already set. And what made you decide to use the ‘personal disco’ headphone technology? When we were doing The Beggar’s Opera, Janice Forsyth said: ‘I think you are amazing, but you can’t really hear your diction.’ So it was either singing in an opera style – which doesn’t suit the music – or this! There is a large rabbit that acts as a symbol throughout the show: was this in Bailey’s version? There was a moment in Pippa’s original when a rabbit runs through the crowd. But as we were devising it, we thought it would be good to have a character that represented various hurdles I had to defeat, as well as my determination to succeed. We wanted to make something dark, but it came out quite happy in places. (Interview by Gareth K Vile) ■ Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 24 May.
play about Thomas Muir, champion of democracy. Mayfesto.
✽ Newsboy Thu 22 May, 8.30pm. £5. A living newspaper aiming to
examine our ideas and feelings about the world around us. Created and produced by Matthew Knights and Rosanna Hall. Mayfesto.
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