Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Now Booking / Coming Soon - April to August 2007

Well that's the first quarter of 2007 gone already and we've reviewed 10 shows already. It's been a great start to the year's theatregoing with a number of memorable shows for many different reasons with NTS Young Company's "The Recovery Position" probably the highlight. We've not got quite as busy a schedule at the moment for the next few months although we'll no doubt add to this list as time goes on. In particular we're still hoping to see Rapture's "Broken Glass" and of course a whole host of shows from the Edinburgh Festival. But in the meantime...

The Chicago Project - Citizens Young Company, Thursday 5th-7th April @ The Citizens
We enjoyed "Geeks, Greeks & Party Myths" last year so we're looking forward to seeing this production of 7 short playlets by young Americans performed by a young Glasgow cast. Review now posted.

Futurology: A Global Revue, NTS 10th-14th April @ SECC (then Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Brighton)
I still have almost no idea what to expect from this one but it definitely falls into the category of "Interesting" and with tickets still available for £5 on the first night in Glasgow this must be the bargain of the year. Review now posted.

Spanglebaby, Poorboy @ The Arches, 12th-14th April
A look at the increasing trend to live a "virtual" life. Showing as part of The Arches Theatre Festival. We missed out on tickets for Poorboy's promenading "Falling" last year so really pleased to have spotted this one just in time. Review now posted.

Black Watch - NTS 13th-26th April @ Old Fruitmarket Glasgow (& Touring)
Finally we can stop kicking ourselves for missing this at the Festival last year. With so many 5 star reviews and awards it's hard to keep expectations under control for this one. I'm sure tickets will be going quickly so if you haven't booked yet, what are you waiting for??? Review now posted.

Re:Union - 7:84 @ The Citizens and on an extensive tour April/May
Having always been a fan of political theatre I'm keen to see this production of 4 tales based around the historical separation of nations - Ireland 1921; Pakistan 1947; Croatia 1991; Scotland 2007. Review now posted.

The Tempest - Northern Broadsides 30th May - 2nd June @ The Citizens
Not being a huge Shakespeare fan this is more Waldorf's choice than mine but Northern Broadside's reputation was enough to secure my attendance. Review now posted.

The Wonderful World of Dissocia - National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse 6th to 9th June (and extensively on tour in England)

Although this started its tour in Glasgow at the Tron we decided to give it a miss as it sounded just a little too weird, even for our taste. However the reaction to the production when it reached London was so intense and polarised that we regretted our decision, but fortunately the show visits Edinburgh at the end of the tour so we'll get the chance to decide for ourselves. Review now posted

We Will Rock You - STF Productions, 18th to 23rd June @ Rothes Hall, Glenrothes
Yes it's in Glenrothes, yes it's a musical, so what the hell are we doing going to this? Well I've been following the fortunes of this show since it was first planned by Mark and the folks over at the Scottish Theatre Forum and I need to see it through to the end. I'm even hopeful that my attachment to the people involved and general appreciation of "Queen" may even make up for my general dislike of musicals. Although I am concerned that if I let on I enjoy it Waldorf will be dragging me to God knows what the week after! If you've wanted to see this but couldn't make a trip to London this is your chance, and from what I've heard the cast will be excellent. Anyway, just this once, and seeing as the production is for charity... (click on the image to enlarge it) Review now posted

His Dark Materials, Scottish Youth Theatre - 25th July tp 4th August @ Citizens Theatre
Likely to be at the Citizens at the start of August, this will be first Scottish production of the two part play based on Philip Pullman's hit trilogy of books. The original National Theatre production is legendary and this is a hugely ambitious choice for SYTs Summer Festival. It has been a few years since we saw the SYT "main stage" production but this looks like being unmissable. Just remember it's in 2 parts so remember to book for both! Part I review posted.
Part II review now posted.

The Ballad of James II - Nonsenseroom, 2nd to 25th August @ Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" was the highlight of our Edinburgh Festival picks in 2006, so we're delighted to have this scheduled as the first of our 2007 Edinburgh Festival shows. Well worth considering paying more for the "Special Perfomances" which include a post-show light buffet, Q&A session and a guided tour of the chapel. (Review now posted)

We've currently got 16 shows booked up for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007. It's more "what we'll be seeing" than "what to see" but you can read our Fringe Previews and a bit about each of teh shows we have chosen - 11 shows in Part 1, and a further 5 in Part 2.

The Bacchae - National Theatre of Scotland, August @ Kings in Edinburgh & Theatre Royal in Glasgow
After a two year absence from the Kings/Theatre Royal in Glasgow for the reasons outlined in "Are You Positive" we've finally found a production that we couldn't let pass us by. With some of the creative team from "Black Watch" and Alan Cumming in the lead role it definitely falls into the category of unmissable. (Review now posted)

It's A Wonderful Life - Nonsenseroom, December @ Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin
"The Canterville Ghost" was last year's hugely enjoyable Christmas show and for 2007 Nonsenseroom are reviving one of their previous productions due to popular demand. A truly wonderful alternative to panto, but wrap up warm and take a blanket!