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  • 16 January 2007

Stage Whispers

As New Year hangovers begin to lift, the theatre often stirs, slowly, to life in January, shaking off the grip of panto season with the first halting steps of a restarted season proper. Whispers finds no exception this year, with things not yet entirely in full swing, but the odd show is worth the trip into the January cold for the discerning theatregoer.

One such show must be C-90 by Daniel Kitson. Those who saw this monologue’s debut at the Traverse last Fringe will require little incentive to find their way to The Arches for this one. In it, Kitson tells the story of a man who curates old cassette tapes compiled by all kinds of folk for their lovers. This acts as a starting point for a succession of comical character sketches, detailing the lives of many a disappointed or elated lover over many a year. But the man also has a crush on the local lollipop lady in the regional English town of his home, and this becomes the central thread. It’s a comic and sentimental tale that falls just the warm and glowing side of cloying, and is well worth the watch.

Meanwhile there’s some musical fare from 7:84, who are refusing to lie down after a year of Arts Council privation. Mark Rafferty and Anita Vettesse will be presenting an evening of political song from times of old to the present day at Laurie’s Bar in Glasgow, near the Tron theatre. Admission is free, and the songs, Whispers is promised, include everything from cabaret to rap to The Clash. Doors open at 7.30pm on Friday 19th of January.

So too, over at the Brunton, the English touring company Red Shift will be presenting what looks like a stylish piece of multimedia theatre in their new adaptation of Vertigo, which you might know from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film. This version incorporates a similar story, in which a policeman stricken with a fear of heights becomes fixated on a woman he is tailing, but is set in wartime Paris at the onset of Nazi occupation. It all sounds quite intriguing.

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