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The hands-down grandstanding hit of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe takes over the Armadillo this Christmas with the story of Henry VIII’s reign of terror told straight through the eyes of his six brides. Clad in funky Tudor garb, Catherines Howard, Parr and of Aragon, Annes Boleyn and Cleves, and Jane Seymour, all give us their perspective of a previously one-sided story through the medium of a Spotify-friendly soundtrack. Six is herstory in the making. See feature, page 56. SEC, Glasgow, Thu 20–Sun 30 Dec.
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AROUND TOWN SLEEP IN THE PARK
DANCE THE MOTHER
Taking place this year in Dundee and Aberdeen as well as in the central belt, Social Bite’s admirable attempt to defeat homelessness has another selection of big-hitters on board, such as Lulu, Irvine Welsh, KT Tunstall (pictured) and Eddi Reader, while Frightened Rabbit make their first stage appearance since Scott Hutchison’s death. See feature, page 49. Various venues, nationwide, Sat 8 Dec. Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Mother features the special dance talents of Natalia Osipova and Jonathan Goddard while mercurial South African choreographer Arthur Pita directs operations in this festive spectacular. See preview, page 126. Pleasance at EICC, Edinburgh, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Dec.
8 THE LIST 1 Nov 2018–31 Jan 2019