ornithologists are surveying wild birds on a remote Hebridean island. When the true reason for their mission to the island is revealed, the Cambridge naturalists are drawn into a primeval world of voyeurism, emotional discovery, sexual passion and murder. Breathing Corpses Fri 31 Oct & Sat 1 Nov, 7.30pm. £11. Laura Wade’s play about how one death can lead to another. Angel Anne Smith Sun 9 Nov, 7pm. £25. An evening of mediumship and chat. Maybe you’ll contact a loved one. Maybe you won’t. Tragic Thu 13 & Fri 14 Nov, 8pm. £8–£12. Iain Heggie’s one man humorous and moving adaptation of Hamlet subtitled ‘When my Mother Married my Uncle’. ■ THE OLD FRUITMARKET Candleriggs, 353 8000. Company Chordelia: Dance Derby Wed 5 Nov, 7.30pm. £14. Company Chordelia recreate the gruelling dance marathon days of Depression-era America. See preview, page 98.
■ ÒRAN MÓR 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Squash Thu 16–Sat 18 Oct, 1pm. £9.50–£14.06. Martin McCormick’s play about bad boy Paul and his antics. A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Crash Mon 20–Sat 25 Oct, 1pm. £9.50–£14.06. Andy Duffy’s play focuses on a stock trader who has lost his magic touch. Welcome To Night Vale Wed 22 Oct, 7pm. £18.50. A podcast in the style of community news for the small desert town of Night Vale. A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Flying With Swans Mon 27 Oct–Sat 1 Nov, 1pm. £9.50–£14.06. Three friends reunite for a simple trip to Arran, which becomes the journey of a lifetime. The Happiest Day of Brendan Smilie’s Life Mon 3–Sat 8 Nov, 1pm. £9.50–£14.06. Rehearsed reading of Catherine Grosvenor’s new play. A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Bridge Mon 10–Sat 15 Nov, 1pm. £9.50–£14.06. Donna Franceschild’s play about two strangers who meet on a bridge and who lie about their motives. ■ PAVILION THEATRE 121 Renfield Street, 332 1846. The Songs Of Sister Act Sun 19 Oct, 7.30pm. £18.50 (£17.50). The Singers Of Soul Choir performs the music from the West End musical. The Addams Family Thu 23–Sat 25 Oct, 7.30pm (Sat 2pm also). £14–£16. Musical based on characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, made famous in the 1960s hit TV comedy series. Robert Hamilton’s Dance Illusion Tue 4 Nov, 7.30pm. £15. Dance spectacular as seen on Sky 1’s Got to Dance. An Evening of Dirty Dancing Thu 6 Nov, 7.30pm. £19 (£18). A song and dance show featuring a number of performers showcasing well-known tunes including ‘Do You Love Me’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’.
■ PEARCE INSTITUTE 840 Govan Road, 445 6007. FREE Life is a Cabaret Fri 17 Oct, 7pm. Showcase of local community talent. Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
■ PLATFORM The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, 276 9696. Seven Hungers Mon 20 Oct, 7pm. £3.50–£8. Ensemble physical theatre that blends movement, sound, text and song to explore what lies behind the mysteries and histories of human hunger and desire. Breathe Sun 26 Oct, 4pm. £3.50–£8. Dance work exploring the remnants of lives and shared history.
✽ Royston Maldoom OBE Restrospective Tue 4 Nov,
100 THE LIST 16 Oct–13 Nov 2014
DANCE RETROSPECTIVE EDINBURGH CHOREOGRAPHIC PROJECT Platform, Glasgow, Tue 4 Nov, then touring
When your back catalogue spans over 40 years, choosing what to include in a retrospective isn’t easy. Especially if, like Royston Maldoom, you like to see more than one choreographic voice in a show.
‘I prefer mixed-repertoire programmes to those featuring only one
choreographer,’ he says. ‘So with the retrospective, I attempted to create the illusion of a “rep” company, even though all the works are by me.’ A quick look at the varied lineup of Maldoom creations soon to be performed by the Edinburgh Choreographic Project, and it’s clear he’s achieved his aim.
Black Earth and Hook were both originally choreographed for Peru’s Ballet
San Marcos, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is set to James MacMillan’s dramatic score of the same name, and Adagietto No 5 was Maldoom’s first piece, made at the Royal Ballet in the mid-1970s. With a new set of performers, each piece has been slightly reworked, as
Maldoom found himself ‘inspired by the unique qualities of each dancer’.
Maldoom has created work all over the world since he began
choreographing in 1972, but one thing has remained constant – his desire to reach out to new audiences. ‘I’ve always wanted my work to be understood and enjoyed by people who may not have had access to contemporary dance,’ he says. ‘And I have been described as a “populist”, which I think may be true, because I have a real desire to encourage an interest in dance among the wider community.’ (Kelly Apter)
7.30pm. £3.50–£8. See Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow. See preview, above. ■ ROSE AND GRANTS 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 553 0501. The Madness of Lady Bright Wed 29 Oct–Sat 1 Nov, 7.30pm. £8. On a hot New York night a drag queen reflects on her own mortality, haunted by the memories of those who she has loved and lost. Performed alongside ‘Mr & Mrs Laughton’. Glasgay! The Village Pub Theatre Wed 5–Fri 7 Nov, 7.30pm. £8. Fresh new performed script-in-hand by Village Pub Theatre. ‘Samson’ by Colin Bell. Glasgay!
■ SCOTTISH MASK AND PUPPET CENTRE 8–10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, 339 6185.
Alex the Magician: Tricky Tricks Sat 25 Oct, 2pm. £6.50 (£5.95). Fun and funny illusions from Alex the Magician. ■ SCOTTISH YOUTH THEATRE The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, 552 3988. The Enormous Turnip Thu 16–Sun 19 Oct, 10.30am & 12.30pm & 3.30pm. £5 (family £15; under 2s free). A gentle show adapted from a Russian fairy tale about the growing and harvesting of different sorts of vegetables. There Were Two Brothers Thu 30 & Fri 31 Oct, 7.30pm. £8–£10. Monologue/lecture/storytelling performance about two brothers growing up gay in Dundee. Glasgay!
■ THE SHED 26 Langside Avenue, 649 5020.
The Course Thu 16 & Fri 17 Oct, 7.30pm. £10. Comedy about a group of Dubliners signing on for a ‘Positive Mental Attitude Course’.
■ SLOANS 62 Argyll Arcade, 221 8886. Wee Theaters Mon 20 Oct, 6.30pm. £10 full pass (£4 single showing). Choose to see one play or buy a pass to see all three, each performed in separate rooms. ■ THEATRE ROYAL 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee Mon 3–Sat 8 Nov, 7.30pm (Thu & Sat 2.30pm also). £10–£29.50. Christie’s first play for the stage features the now-iconic Hercule Poirot and a typical crime plot. An Evening of Burlesque Thu 13 Nov, 8pm. £26–£41. Fresh from 2012’s first UK burlesque tour and featuring West End scene stalwarts such as Amber Topaz, the Folly Mixtures, Miss Oo La Lou, Bettsie Bon Bon, AJ James and Kalki Hula Girl.
■ TRAMWAY 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. Disabled Theater Fri 17 & Sat 18 Oct, 7.30pm. £15 (£12). Choreographer Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theater is a collaboration between Bel and the disabled actors of Zurich’s Theater HORA, Switzerland’s best-known professional theatre.
✽ Scottish Ballet: Up Close Fri 24 & Sat 25 Oct, 7.30pm. £15 (£12).
New Voices features exclusive excerpts from works by James Cousins and Helen Pickett, as well as fresh choreography from Scottish Ballet’s own company of dancers. Elite Syncopations is a whirl of 1920s dance hall glitz from Kenneth MacMillan. See preview, page 99. Dracula Thu 30 Oct–Sat 1 Nov, 7.30pm. £15 (£12). A contemporary interpretation of Bram Stoker’s haunting, erotic tale, set to music by composers including Bach, Mozart, Ligetti and Fred Firth.
■ TRON THEATRE 63 Trongate, 552 4267.
✽Three Sisters Thu 16–Sat 18 Oct, 7.45pm. £8–£16. John Byrne (Tutti
Frutti, The Slab Boys) presents Chekhov’s classic drama, documenting the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. New Playwriting: The Progressive Playwright Thu 16 Oct, 8.30pm. £5. An evening of play readings for new and developing playwrights, where they can hear short extracts of their work directed and performed by professional actors. The Night Before the Trail and The Sneeze Fri 17 & Sat 18 Oct, 6pm. £3. New adaptations of Chekhov’s acerbic, delightful and insightful short stories.
✽Cardinal Sinne Wed 22 Oct–Sat 1 Nov, 7.45pm. £10 (£8). There’s to
be a new Pope, and the Cardinal needs to journey to the Vatican for the election, but a journalist stalls his trip by asking questions about the past. See preview, page 97. Glasgay!. Colquhoun & MacBryde Wed 29 Oct–Sat 8 Nov, 8pm. £6–£10 (£7.50). John Byrne’s play about artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, who met at Glasgow School of Art and forged a lifelong relationship. Glasgay!. The Gamblers Wed 5–Sat 8 Nov, 7.45pm. £10–£16. An all-female adaptation of Gogol’s fast-paced comedy, telling a story of women who gamble, hustle, cheat, drink, swear, sing and dance, and never apologise for it. See preview, page 96.
■ VARIOUS VENUES: GLASGOW Glasgay! Mon 20 Oct–Sat 15 Nov, times vary. Prices vary. Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, the massive celebration of queer culture boasts an impressive programme of theatre, comedy, music, clubs and visual art events.