Indulge Me: A Cabaret Sun 13 Nov, 7.30pm. £5. An evening of cabaret in the Victorian Bar with Stella Lichtfield and Stephen Adam. ✽✽ Blackbird Tue 15 –Sat 19 Nov, A painful but non-judgemental look at the taboo relationship between an older man and a young girl, presented by Pilot Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal. See preview, page 110. 7.45pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £7–£15.


BEDLAM THEATRE 11b Bristo Place, 225 9893. Twelfth Night Tue 25–Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £5 (£4.50). Visually striking reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s love comedy from Edinburgh University students. Immaculate Wed 2 Nov, 2.30pm. £4 (£3.50). Edinburgh University Theatre Company presents Oliver Lansley’s play about a young woman who finds a baby in her belly and Lucifer, the Archangel Gabriel and her ex on her doorstep. Caucasian Chalk Circle Tue 8–Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm. £5 (£4.50). Student production of a Brechtian classic. 7 Stories Wed 16 Nov, 2.30pm. £4 (£3.50). A darkly comic and absurdist play by Morris Panych is performed by students from Edinburgh University, with a lost man confronted by a series of characters from the building from which he plans to plunge. BRUNTON THEATRE Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. One Million Tiny Plays About Britain Sat 22 Oct, 7pm. £6 (family £22). A new production from Brunton Youth Theatre. Oh What A Lovely War Sun 23 Oct, 2.30pm. £11.25 (£9.25; under 18s £6). Poignant anti-war musical, set during the First World War. Macbeth Wed 26 Oct, 7.30pm. £11.25 (£9.25; under 18s £6). Icarus Theatre present the Bard’s bloody play about murder, ambition, guilt and witchcraft. Kith/Kin Fri 28 Oct, 7.30pm. £10.75 (£8.75; under 18s £6). A double-bill from Company Chameleon of Rites and Before Night Fell. Phoenix Dance Theatre: Reflected Fri 4 Nov, 7.30pm. £10.75 (£8.75; under 18s £6). Phoenix Dance Theatre return with an all new mixed bill of fresh and exciting dance. Calum’s Road ●●●●● Wed 9 Nov, 7.30pm. £11.25 (£9.25; under 18s £6). See Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow.

CHURCH HILL THEATRE 33a Morningside Road. Copacabana Tue 25–Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £13 (£10). Allegro take on Barry Manilow’s musical romp where music and passion are always the fashion. Booking via 07526 718676. 118 THE LIST 20 Oct–17 Nov 2011

And They Played Shang-A-Lang Thu 3–Sat 5 Nov, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £10 (£8). Craft Theatre Company review the highs, lows, bad trousers and classic tunes of a 1970s childhood. Tickets available via the Queen’s Hall box office. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum Wed 9–Sat 12 Nov, times tbc. £tbc. Roman-set musical farce with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The Accrington Pals Wed 16–Fri 18 Nov, 7.30pm; Sat 19 Nov 2.30pm. £9 (£7). Amateur theatre group Leitheatre presents Peter Whelan’s play about the experiences of a unit of soldiers in World War I and their wives, left behind in Lancashire. Tickets available via the Queen’s Hall box office. CORN EXCHANGE 11 New Market Road, 477 3500. Extravadanza Fri 28 Oct, 7pm–1am. £10. A huge performance of countless styles of dance, from capoeira to line dance via street style and samba, by children from the Dance Division classes.

KING’S THEATRE 2 Leven Street, 529 6000. One Man, Two Guvnors Tue 25–Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm). £15–£29.50. An English take on an Italian play of mistaken identities and intriguing characters that brings James Corden and Director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner together again for the first time since the success of The History Boys. Dr Marigold and Mr Chops Tue 1–Sat 5 Nov, 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm). £14.50–£27.50. Simon Callow breathes theatrical life into two great Dickensian tales. Men Should Weep ●●●●● Tue 8–Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £14.50–£27.50. Graham McLaren directs a brand new production for the National Theatre of Scotland of Ena Lamont Stewart’s seminal 1947 play, in which a strong cast remind us that Britain has been broken for longer than we might have though. Star Quality Tue 15–Sat 19 Nov, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £14.50–£27.50. Amanda Donohoe steps backstage in Noel Coward’s typically wicked and uproarious final play, set among the hot tempers of a West End show. THE EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE 18-22 Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660. Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story Fri 21 Oct, 7.30pm. £24.50. A musical journey through the short life of Eva Cassidy. Edinburgh’s Got Talent Fri 28 Oct, 7.30pm. £17.50–£23.50 (£12). Expect a mixed line-up of local singers, dancers, comedians and more as the Playhouse hosts the final of The Edinburgh Evening News talent competition. Sister Act Tue 1–Sat 12 Nov (not Sun), 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm). £22.25–£47.25. Musical produced by Whoopi Goldberg.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. Slava’s Snowshow Until Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm (Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm). £17.50–£27.50 (£14.50–£24.50). Snowy show promising hilarity, poignancy and all manner of recreated natural phenomena. Not suitable for under 8s. Hormonal Housewives Wed 2–Sat 5 Nov, 8pm (Sat mat 5pm). £18.50–£24.50. Carol Smillie stars in an evening all about women and the high drama that is attributed to their hormones.

ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE Grindlay Street, 248 4848. ✽✽ 27 Fri 21 Oct–Sat 12 Nov (not Sun/Mon), 7.45pm (Wed & Sat mat

2.30pm). £14.50–£29. A co- production from the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, written by Abi Morgan, who was the writer behind the film adaptation of Brick Lane and BBC film White Girl. In this new and thoughtful piece, a strange relationship forms between an outspoken nun and the leader of a group of scientists researching ageing and Alzheimer’s in her convent. See preview, page 110. SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Black Firmament Fri 4 Nov, 7–8.10pm. £6 (£4). Storytelling theatre from brand new company Esc f8, who promise to tell you everything you needed to know about space travel and more on this intergalactic sci-fi adventure.

ST BRIDE’S CENTRE 10 Orwell Terrace, 346 1405. Hamlet Wed 9–Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm. £10. Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group takes on Shakespeare’s tragedy of bitter revenge.

TRAVERSE THEATRE Cambridge Street, 228 1404. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now Until Sat 22 Oct, 1pm. £12. Lunchtime theatre from the pen of David Watson. Ticket price for this and all Play, Pie, Pint productions includes a pie and a drink. The Salon Project Thu 20 Oct & Sat 22 Oct, 6pm. £25 (bookings closed). Unique interactive theatre experience. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: Juicy Fruits Tue 25–Sat 29 Oct, 1pm. £12. See Òran Mór, Glasgow. Saturday Night Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm & Sun 30 Oct, 6pm. £17 (£13). The dreamy and surreal companion piece to Vanishing Point’s innovative and popular play Interiors. A Play, a Pie and a Pint: God Bless Liz Lochhead Tue 1–Sat 5 Nov, 1pm. £12. A sequel to the legendary Highlands and Islands tour of Liz Lochhead’s Tartuffe, when the personal lives of the actors provided more drama offstage than on. Martin McCardie’s play imagines three of the original cast members coming back together to stage a revival. Kes ●●●●● Tue 1 & Wed 2 Nov, 7.30pm (Wed mat 10.30am). £15 (£6–£11). See Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow. A Play, a Pie & a Pint: Watching the Detective Tue 8–Sat 12 Nov, 1pm. £12. The story of a forensic detective dreaming of being a gourmet chef while having to cook up feasible theories behind murder. ✽✽ Kin Thu 10–Sat 12 Nov, 8pm. exploration of middle-aged children and their feelings towards their ageing parents as they all face the future. Performed by Donna Rutherford with a cast including Alison Peebles, Tim Ingram, Richard Gregory and more. See preview, page 110. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. Going Dark Fri 11 & Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm. £17 (£13). A one-man show written by Hattie Naylor in collaboration with innovative company Sound&Fury. A man who works in a planetarium, his daily task to ask the big cosmic questions and stare up at the stars, starts to discover that understanding requires more than just seeing. £15–£17 (£6–£13). An insightful

THE VOODOO ROOMS 19a West Register Street, 556 7060. Itsy’s Kabarett Fri 21 Oct, 7.30pm. £8–£12. Alternative variety with comedy, circus and burlesque acts, celebrating their third birthday with ‘sword swinging tribal fusion dance star’ Leah Debrincat, gender-bending


After hit seasons on Broadway and the West

End, Whoopi Goldberg’s production of Sister Act is hitting the road, calling in at Edinburgh’s Playhouse from Tue 1–Sat 12 Nov. We’ve got two pairs of tickets to the evening show on Wed 2 Nov up for grabs to win, head to by Mon 31 Oct. There is no cash alternative. Usual List rules apply.

starlet Cherry Loco and geordie mistress of illusion and circus burlesque Amelie Soleil among many others.


Head Chopped Off ●●●●● DUNDEE REP Tay Square, Dundee, 01382 223530. ✽✽ Mary, Queen of Scots Got Her Until Sat 5 Nov (not Sun/Mon), 7.30pm (Thu 27 & Sat 29 Oct, Thu 3 & Sat 5 Nov mat 2.30pm). £12–£19 (£10–£17; students £8–£15). Robust production of Liz Lochhead’s powerful and playful dissection of a key chapter in Scotland’s history from Dundee Rep Ensemble and the Royal Lyceum Theatre. Rhinestone Mondays Mon 7–Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm (Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm). £12–£26.50 (£10–£22; students £8–£22.50). A foot-stomping musical comedy about the feuding members of Warbleswick Monday Night All Star Line Dancing Club. Scottish Dance Theatre: Letters from America Tue 15 Nov, 8pm. £16 (£13; children £6; students £9). Recent works from American choreographers, performed by the Dundee-based company in its 25th anniversary year. Free pre-show talk at 7pm, please book to attend. Suitable for ages 12+. Scottish Dance Theatre: Backstage Pass Wed 16 & Thu 17 Nov, 6pm & 8pm. £10 (£8; students £5). A performance in various alternative spaces around the theatre.

MACROBERT University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 466666. Kes ●●●●● Fri 21 Oct, 7.30pm. £7 (£5.50; family ticket £25). See Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow. Oh What A Lovely War Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm. £12 (£7–£9). See Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh. A Conversation with Carmel Wed 26 Oct, 7.30pm. £12 (£7–£9). A fusion of the arts to celebrate the fictional birthday party of 80-year-old Carmel, featuring the talents of an ensemble from across Glasgow, including Natasha Gilmore of Barrowlands Ballet, theatre makers from Vox Motus, composer Quee McArthur of Shooglenifty, and film maker Rachel Davies. Macbeth Thu 27 Oct, 7.30pm. £12 (£7–£9). See Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh. Mindwalking Fri 28 Oct, 7.30pm. £12 (£7–£9). See Platform, Glasgow.

PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE New Street, Paisley, 887 1010. A Conversation with Carmel Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm. £10 (£6). See macrobert, Stirling. Mindwalking Mon 24 Oct, 7.30pm. £10 (£6). See Platform, Glasgow. Calum’s Road Thu 27 Oct, 7.30pm. £10 (£6). See Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow. Cuttin’ A Rug Wed 9–Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm. £8 (£7). Trinity Theatre Group performs the second play in John Byrne’s Slab Boys trilogy.