2015 Highlights: Stage
Featuring: Manipulate, Slab Boys, Coppelia, Cirkopolis, Kevin Bridges and Glasgow Comedy Festival
Weaving together puppetry, visual theatre and dance, Manipulate's vision is international, experimental and accessible. Kicking off with Edinburgh Festival hit Maria Addolorata, which examines the limits of physical pain and ecstatic joy, through dance and alcohol consumption, it continues through Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina, a look at preconceived notions of dance, to Scottish artist Ramesh Meyyappan's puppet-based and visually poetic interpretation of Madame Butterfly. (LI)
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 31 Jan–Sat 7 Feb.
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppelia
One of the UK’s most prestigious dance companies, Birmingham Royal Ballet is an infrequent visitor to Scotland, so catch them when you can. The tale of a toymaker who crafts a mischievous mechanical doll, Coppélia started life as a late 19th-century classic, with this popular 1995 production by Sir Peter Wright known for its charm and wit. (LI)
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 4–Sat 7 Feb.
The Slab Boys
As part of the celebrations of the Citizens 70 years in the Gorbals, David Hayman directs a revival of John Byrne's The Slab Boys. Designed by Byrne himself, and based on the artist's experiences, the 1978 classic regarded as one of the most important moments in Scottish theatre, with its raw representation of working-class youth, while Hayman has a legendary association with the Citz since its successes in the 1970s. (GKV)
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 12 Feb–Sat 7 Mar.
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
‘Bigger and better than ever before’ is one of those overly used straplines, but it’s perfectly apt in this case. Among the household names appearing at the 2015 GICF are Al Murray, Dylan Moran, Susan Calman, Fred MacAulay and Jimmy Carr while rising stars such as Ellie Taylor, Harry Garrison, Jellybean Martinez, Susie McCabe and Paul Currie will be looking to make more waves. (BD)
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 12–Sun 29 Mar.
Cirque Eloize: Cirkopolis
With modern circus fast becoming the theatrical equivalent of Starbucks, it’s incumbent upon all troupes to take their ubiquitous skill set and serve up something a little different. Montreal-based Cirque Éloize does just that. Juggling, aerial, trapeze, acrobatics and contortionism all feature in Cirkopolis – but so too do stunning visuals, taking us into a futuristic world where individuality is crushed by industry. (KA)
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 1–Sat 4 Apr.
Once upon a time, the Clydebank comic might have wondered where his next gig was coming from. This year, he is able to announce extra shows a year in advance at venues with O2, SSE and Arena in their titles. A genuine cultural phenomenon, Kevin Bridges brings us A Whole Different Story with his Scottish dates kicking off at the end of July in Lerwick. (BD)
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 21--Sat 26 Sep, Thu 1--Mon 5 Oct, Wed 11, Tue 17 & Wed 18 Nov; Edinburgh Playhouse, Wed 14--Sun 18 Oct.