Hitlist - Theatre
● Crocosmia / The Night Flyer Triumphant return to the Arches for this pair of provocative, visually-stunning Brick Award-winning shows, both of which went onto highly acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 24–Thu 26 Feb.
● Educating Rita Jeremy Raison directs this revival of Willy Russell’s enduring two-hander. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 7 Mar.
● Year of the Horse Experimental theatre piece created by Tam Dean Burn, structured around the 52 visceral political cartoons Harry Horse published in the Sunday Herald. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 19–Sat 28 Feb.
● The Mystery of Irma Vep Charles Ludlam’s camp epic presents a pastiche of classic black and white horror films of the 1940s and 50s, with appearances from the Wolf Man, the Mummy and even Mrs Danvers from Rebecca. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 20 Feb–Sat 14 Mar.
● Companhia Paulo Ribeiro The Portuguese choreographer presents his new works Masculine and Feminine, inspired by his youthful fascination with the late poet, Fernando Pessoa, as part of New Territories. Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 27 & Sat 28 Feb.
● Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Dundee Rep takes on Edward Albee’s outrageous, discomforting classic about a middle-aged man and woman who inflict their marital train-wreck on a younger couple. Dundee Rep, Sat 28 Feb–Sat 21 Mar.
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Taking its lead from tales of gothic romance, The Mystery of Irma Vep is a fast-paced and wickedly funny parody, mixing in references to 'Rebecca', 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and 'The Mummy'. Almost as though Daphne du Maurier had written a post-modern episode of Midsomer Murders, starring the Marx Brothers. Obviously.
Rita, a working-class hairdresser, signs up for adult education classes where she encounters alcoholic hack Frank Bryant. Jeremy Raison helms Willy Russell's classy class comedy.
Year of the Horse
Harry Horse, artist, musician and award-winning children's author, was one of the UK's leading political cartoonists. In a unique and innovative collaboration, the Tron Theatre Company and Burnt Goods present a multimedia experience that celebrates Horse's genius. Starring Tam Dean Burn.
Companhia Paulo Ribeiro offer up two interconnected pieces of dance theatre based on the poetry of Fernando Pessoa. 'Masculine' (performed on Friday 27 February) and 'Feminine' (performed the following night) are contrasting interpretations of their titular conditions. 'Part of New Territories 2009'
Multiple award-winning show from the Little Bulb Theatre Company, following three children as they seek to make sense of the world through slide shows, 'cake puppetry' and their parents' vintage records.