We explore the best shows gracing Edinburgh stages this week…
It’s Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash house, and the girls need to get their washing done before the bells. Join Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers as they laugh and cry their way through the last day of the year – with a little help from the not so handy Andy.
First performed in May 1987, The Steamie has delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Writer Tony Roper directs this new 30th anniversary touring production starring Libby McArthur, Mary McCusker, Steven McNicoll, Carmen Pieraccini and Fiona Wood.
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Mon 6 Nov until Saturday 11 Nov, 7.30pm, £26–£30.50, 0131-529 6000
Acosta Danza: Debut
Following an exceptional career as a ballet star, international dance icon Carlos Acosta launches his brand new company, Acosta Danza in the UK. For their first UK tour, in which Acosta himself makes a guest appearance, they will perform works by Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán, Spanish dance-maker Goyo Montero and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Fri 10 Nov to Sat 11 Nov, 7.30pm, £29.50–£39.50, 0131-529 6000
Aisling Oidhche Meadhan Samhraidh / Midsummer Night’s Dream
’S e oidhche meadhan an t-samhraidh a th’ ann, agus gun teagamh tha sgeul ri innse. Eadar am blàr a tha a’ dol eadar Rìgh is Banrigh nan sìdhichean, na leannain air chall sa choille and na cleasaichean gun dreuchd a tha a’ ruith thairis air an dealbh-chluich fhèin, tha amadanachd gu leòr ri faighinn san sgeul ainmeil èibhinn seo le Shakespeare air a chur dhan Ghàidhlig.
It’s midsummer night and there’s definitely a tale to tell. What with the war between the King and Queen of the fairies, the lovers lost in the woods and the amateur actors rehearsing their play – there is some buffoonery to be had in this famously funny Shakespeare tale in Gaelic.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Thu 9 Nov, 7.30pm, £10 (£5), 0131-556 9579
Balletboyz: 14 Days
Young Men is a new full-length production from BalletBoyz, winners of the National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2013.
In an intensely moving portrayal of love, friendship, loss and survival, Young Men explores the theme of war and the bonds that develop between the men consumed by it. Drawing inspiration from images of conflict through the ages, the production is a compelling hybrid of dance, theatre and screen performance from the ever-inventive BalletBoyz and their all male dance company the TALENT.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicholson Street, Tue 7 Nov, 7.30pm, £19.50–£25, 0131-529 6000
Brand new from the producers of Magic of Motown … it’s the smash-hit Stateside spectacular featuring more soul classics than any other production.
Voice of Rose Royce ‘Gwen Dickey’ performs Car Wash, Wishing on a Star and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. And a huge, all-star cast of talented singers and musicians bring to life hits by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Barry White, Wilson Pickett, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, The Emotions, Kool & the Gang, Chaka Khan, Edwin Starr in “soulsational” style.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Fri 10 Nov, 7.30pm, £33, 0844-871 3014
Two of Scotland’s foremost performing groups – theatre company Vanishing Point and string orchestra Scottish Ensemble – present a co-production that sets Arvo Pärt’s masterpiece Tabula Rasa in a theatrical context.
Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Thu 9 Nov to Sat 11 Nov, 7.30pm, £18 (£14), 0131-228 1404
Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, writer and singer Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Tue 7 Nov to Sat 11 Nov, various times, £25 (£10), 0131 248 4848