Saltbush Fri 23 May & Sat 24 May, 2.30pm (Sat 11.30am also). £8 (family £21) See kids listings. Heart Fri 23 & Sat 24 May, 8.30pm. £10. Set in Tehran over four days in August 1953, the play excavates obsession, madness and betrayal on a personal and global level. Mayfesto. My Name Is . . . Thu 29–Sat 31 May, 7.45pm. £10. Captivating verbatim play about love, family and identity which reveals a cross-cultural love story that began in late 1970s Glasgow. See preview, page 100. Mayfesto. Return to My Native Land Fri 30 & Sat 31 May, 8pm. £3. Aimé Césaire’s rarely performed poem, an epic and moving response to colonisation. Mayfesto. Hamlet Thu 5–Sat 7 Jun, 7.30pm (Sat 2.45pm also). £11–£12 (£6–£7). Royal Conservatoire present Shakespeare’s most famous play. Directed by Hugh Hodgart and Katya Kamotskaia. Festen Thu 5–Sat 7 Jun, 7.45pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £10 (£7.50). A disturbing exploration of middle-class respectability. David Eldridge adapts the Dogme film. New Playwriting: The Progressive Playwright Thu 5 Jun, 8.30pm. £5. An evening of play readings for new and developing playwrights. ■ WILD CABARET & WICKED LOUNGE 18 Candleriggs, 552 6165. FREE The Big Show Fri, Sat & Tue 16 May–7 Jun, 8.30pm. Free to all diners. An evening of cabaret.
■ ADAM HOUSE 3 Chambers Street, 651 2120. August: Osage County Thu 15–Sat 17 May, 7pm. £10. Play based on the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. Presented by the Grads.
■ ALBA FLAMENCA 73 East Crosscauseway, 667 3600. Alba Flamenca Saturdays 17 May–7 Jun, 8.30pm. £11–£13. Flamenco rhythms from highly skilled dancers. Doors open at 7pm. ■ ASSEMBLY ROXY 2 Roxburgh Place, 623 3030. Blackout Thu 29–Sat 31 May, 7.30pm. £10 (£7). See Lansdowne Church, Glasgow.
■ COUNTING HOUSE West Nicolson Street, 667 7533. FREE You, Appearing Sun 18 May, noon. Drama about university friends. Presented as part of the QMU students’ playwriting showcase. FREE Meant for Me Sun 18 May, 2pm. An extract from the experiences of a woman across three stages of her life. Presented as part of the QMU students’ playwriting showcase. FREE 1 Murder, 3 Corpses Sun 18 May, 3.30pm. Convinced of her innocence, Patricia Fisher re-enacts characters and scenes as she tries to clear up the events of the previous night. Presented as part of the QMU students’ playwriting showcase. ■ THE EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE 18–22 Greenside Place, 0844 871 3014. Rock Of Ages Mon 19–Sat 24 May, 7.30pm (Fri 5pm & 8.30pm. Sat 2.30pm also). £10–37.50. A country girl meets a city rocker in an LA nightclub and they fall deliriously in love to a familiar soundtrack including ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and ‘We Built This City’ in this 1980s-set musical. See preview, page 99. Let It Be Mon 2–Sat 7 Jun, 7.30pm (Wed & Sat 2.30pm also). £10–£39.50. Musical celebrating 50 years since the first Fab Four single. See review, page 102.
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cuffed to a past that refuses to release them. See preview, page 99. Money, The Game Show Fri 23 & Sat 24 May, 7.30pm. £15.50 (£8– £12.50). Unlimited Theatre’s explanation of the 2008 economic catastrophe, reimagined as a high-stakes game show and featuring £10,000 in real one pound coins. Heart Thu 29 & Fri 30 May, 8pm. £15.50 (£8–£12.50). See Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Chorale – A Sam Shepard Roadshow Fri 30 May, 7.30pm. £15.50 (£8–£12.50). See Òran Mór, Glasgow. Double bill of The Holy Ghostly and The War in Heaven. First Cosmonaut Thu 5–Sat 7 Jun, 7.30pm. £15.50 (£8–£12.50). The story of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. Presented by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. See preview, page 99. La Tragedie Comique Fri 6 Jun, 7pm. Sat 7 Jun, 2.30pm & 7pm. £15.50 (£8–£12.50). One-man show performed by Tim Licata and directed by Ian Cameron. OUTSIDE THE CITIES
■ THE BRUNTON Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. Me & My Girl Thu 15–Sat 17 May, 7.30pm. £10 (£9). The popular musical about a cockney wide-boy who discovers he’s the new Earl of Hereford. Alpha Dance Academy Mon 19–Sat 24 May, 6.30pm (Fri & Sat 2.30pm also). £13–£15 (children £10). Annual showcase of dance. Squish Squared Mon 26 May, 7.30pm. £11.25 (£9.25; under 18s £6.75). Dynamic sport-centric male dance duet based on a game of squash. Part of Culture 2014. Entertaining Mr Sloane Fri 30 & Sat 31 May, 7.30pm. £11.75 (£9.75; children £6.75). Joe Orton’s unique farce / black comedy, first staged in London in 1964, winning the London Critics Variety award for best play of the year. Move It! Showcase Thu 5 Jun, 6.30pm. £6.75. Energetic dance from the East Lothian youth company. Uncle Varick Fri 6 Jun, 7.30pm. £11.75 (£9.75; under 18s £6.75). A play where 60s London collides with remote Scotland. ■ DUNDEE REP Tay Square, Dundee, 01382 223530. Woman in Mind Wed 21 May–Sat 7 Jun, times vary. £19. Funny and poignant play about a woman slowly unravelling. Tunnels Thu 29 May. See Kids listings. Brief Encounters Thu 29–Sat 31 May, 7.10pm. £tbc. Short five-minute theatre from our Mlitt Theatre Studies Students. Birdsong Mon 9–Sat 14 Jun, 7.30pm (Thu 2.30pm also). £17.50–£19. Hit stage show based on novel by Sebastian Faulks.
■ MACROBERT University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 466666. Let’s Dance Festival Thu 15 May– Sat 21 Jun. See Kids listings. Faces of the Future Sun 18 May, 7.30pm. £13.50 (£10.50). A showcase of the city’s young talent. A Slow Air Wed 21 May, 7.30pm. £13.50 (£12.50; students £5). See King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer Sat 24 May, 11am. £8. Animation, puppetry, projections and music tell the epic story of quiet hero Alvin’s search for his wife’s lost soul in the depths of the ocean. Uncle Varick Wed 4 Jun, 7.30pm. £13.50 (£12). See Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh. Central Scotland Ballet School: Tinseltown Sat 7 & Sun 8 Jun, 2pm, 7pm & 6pm. £9. A showcase of dances and songs made famous by the silver screen, performed by almost 500 dancers.
GRIT: THE MARTYN BENNETT STORY Part of Glasgow Culture 2014 programme, this ambitious production brings together writer Kieran Hurley (Rantin) and director Cora Bissett (Glasgow Girls) to celebrate the life of Martyn Bennett, the talented and innovative musician who sadly died at only 33. With a cast of dancers, aerialists and musician, it promises to be a site-specific, multi-disciplinary extravaganza. (Gareth K Vile) ■ Tramway, Glasgow, Tue 3–Sat 7 Jun
■ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Takin’ Over the Asylum Thu 15–Sat 17 May, 7.30pm. £9. An ageing wannabe DJ and double-glazing salesman revive an old hospital radio station at a fictional mental institution. Presented by Leitheatre. Cross Currents Wed 21 May, 2pm & 7.30pm. £15. End of year production from students at Telford College’s Centre for Professional Dance Training, featuring a mix of jazz, tap and contemporary styles. Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet Wed 21–Sat 24 May, 7.30pm (Sat 2pm also). £15.50–£37.50. Another chance to see Scottish Ballet’s contemporary take on the Prokofiev ballet with Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor bringing a fresh twist to the classic tragedy.
✽ Nederlands Dans Theater 2 Thu 29 & Fri 30 May, 7.30pm. £17.50–
£24.50. Dutch ensemble Nederlands Dans Theater return with their high-energy work which features no dancers under the age of 21. See preview, page 100.
■ KING’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street, 529 6000. A Slow Air Thu 22–Sat 24 May, 7.30pm. £17.50. Play by the Olivier Award-winning writer David Harrower about two siblings who haven’t seen each other for 15 years reunited at a party. Last of the Duty Free Mon 2–Sat 7 Jun, 7.30pm (Wed & Sat 2.30pm also). £14–£27. Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy are reunited to play out another instalment in the TV series.
✽ Avenue Q Tue 10–Sat 14 Jun, 7.30pm (Sat 2.30pm also). £15–
£29.50. A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate who moves into a shabby New York apartment. See preview, page 98.
■ NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge, 623 3734. FREE Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles Tue 10 Jun, 6pm. Snow Angels Theatre presents
their take on the classic Sherlock Holmes tale as the NLS Fringe Show 2014. Preview show. Booking essential.
■ ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street, 248 4848. Pressure Thu 15–Sat 24 May (not Sun & Mon), 7.45pm (Wed & Sat 2.30pm also). £12–£27.50 (previews £10). Written by David Haig and directed by John Dove. The true story behind the planning of D-Day, one of the defining moments in ending World War II. See review, page 99 ■ SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Made for Us Fri 30 & Sat 31 May, 7.30pm. £8 (£5). In a world where hope is just a fleeting notion, and hunters lie in wait, questions must be asked about the choices made for us. Written by Jonathan Dawson and performed by Strange Town actors ages 18–25. Suitable for ages 14+. Second Face Thu 12 & Sun 15 Jun. See Kids listings. Into the Unknown Thu 12 & Sat 14 Jun. See Kids listings.
■ SUMMERHALL 1 Summerhall, 0845 874 3001. Biding Time (remix) Sat 24 May, 8pm. £10 (£8). A multimedia piece telling the story of a female musician looking to make it big in the music industry. See Curtain Up, page 101.
■ TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street, 228 1404. Banksy: The Room In The Elephant Fri 16 & Sat 17 May, 8pm. £15.50 (£8–£12.50). The story of a homeless man living within a work by Banksy: an old water tank in Los Angeles with ‘This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant’ spray painted on the side. See interview, page 112. FREE Traverse Sessions Wed 21 May, 8pm. Music and spoken word nights featuring some of the best talent Edinburgh has to offer.
✽ Pests Thu 22–Sat 24 May, 8pm. £8–£12.50. Play about two sisters,