Theatre and dance highlights of the West End Festival 2012

Featuring Pygmalion, Man of the House and Pulse 12

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Theatre and dance highlights of the West End Festival 2012

The Tempest

At first glance, the theatre and dance programme for this year’s West End Festival looks a bit traditional as the team from A Play, a Pie and a Pint offers up Shaw and Jarry classics while The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet are brought back for the Bard in the Botanics season (see interview with artistic director Gordon Barr). That said, the newly established (and aptly named) West End Theatre Company stage Man of the House, their Psycho-esque debut play focusing on a clingy mother and her indolent son. Written by Glasgow novelist Laura Marney, the play recalls the darkly comic tone of her books by exploring the damaging yet awkward side of ‘unwise’ love. The dance strand is topped up with some Flamenco Fusion crossed with a bit of opera. You can go one better with a Scottish Step Dance event, featuring live music and offering the chance to learn some basic, traditional bops; or alternatively relax with Annisland College’s Pulse 12 showcase, displaying some of Scotland’s liveliest choreographers.

Various venues, Glasgow’s West End, Fri 1–Sun 24 Jun.

Flamenco Fusion

A colourful performance from the DWA flamenco dancers, accompanied by classical guitar and powerful vocals. Followed by a salsa sabrosa party with tapas. Part of the West End Festival.

Man of the House

New blackly comic drama from Scottish novelist Laura Marney, dealing with dark secrets, greed, lust and love set in a run down hotel, starring Stevie Allen and Eileen Nicholas.

Sol Summer Season of Classic Cuts: Pygmalion

Writer Sandy Nelson and director Liz Carruthers reset George Bernard Shaw's classic tale in Edinburgh at the turn of the 20th century. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

Sol Summer Season of Classic Cuts: Ubu Roi

Marcus Roche adapts Alfred Jarry's anarchic play about the megalomaniac murder who takes over a nation. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

Pulse 12

Dance performance from students at Anniesland College.

Come & Try Scottish Step Dance

Open workshop for adults in this traditional Scottish dance style, with live musical accompaniment. Part of the West End Festival.

The Tempest

Journey to Prospero's enchanted isle for the first of this year's Bard in the Botanics adventures, which are all linked by the theme of 'Brave New Worlds'. Directed by Jennifer Dick. Part of the West End Festival.

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare's most famous love story is retold by the Bard in the Botanics team.

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