February might be short a few days but that hasn’t stopped Glasgow’s theatres from filling it up with as many quirky, stylish and intriguing productions as they possibly can. Here are some highlights to hopefully whet your appetite:
The Tron in particular has gone to town providing a grand total of six productions this month including Blythe Duff taking time off between Taggart and performing in New York to appear in Just Checking by Karen McLachlan, a one woman show about a highflier’s crash at the start of the month. Also on the bill are Like This a tale of sex and morality by first time writer Julie Tsang and the interestingly titled evening of music and storytelling, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
The Theatre Royal again plays host to Scottish Opera with their WWII set production of Handel’s Orlando featuring celebrated counter tenor Tim Mead in the title role. Meanwhile, their sister theatre, the King’s, gets physical with both the Moscow State Circus with Legenda and the spectacular and mesmerising Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre are putting on a selection of the choreographer’s finest work in Ailey 2.
The musical theme continues along at Òran Mór with Willie Russell’s dysfunctional family drama Blood Brothers performed by Take 3 Theatre Company. While at the Citizens their own company are producing two diverse offerings; firstly a Double Bill of Family Opera in conjunction with Scottish Opera followed by Marylin a new play about the iconic actress by Sue Glover.
The Tramway presents Boxman Theatre’s production of Anthony Neilson’s tale of friendship, Penetrator as well as seeing the return, for one night only, of the critically lauded From Where I’m Standing created and performed by the youngsters – and parents of Junction 25.
Talking about humanity brings us finally to Rob Drummond‘s Wrestling at The Arches which features theatre, film and, as the title suggests, live wrestling in an colourful, exhilarating examination of modern manhood.
There’s both quantity and a great deal of quality awaiting the theatregoer in Glasgow this coming month and with only a few short weeks to see it you’d best, if you pardon the wintery pun, get your skates on.
Just Checking: 2nd-3rd & 8th-12th @ 19:45
Like This: 16th-19th @ 20:00
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: 9th-10th @ 20:30
Orlando: 15th, 19th & 26th @ 19:15
Legenda: 24th-26th @ various times
Ailey 2: 22nd-23rd @ 19:30
Blood Brothers: 25th-26th @ 19:00
Double Bill of Family Opera: 5th-6th @ various times
Marylin: 17th-12th March @ 19:30
Penetrator: 25th-26th @ 19:30
From Where I’m Standing: 12th @ 19:30
Wild Life: 25th-2nd March
Wrestling: 9th-13th @ 19:30