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The Tiger Lillies, Cottier, Glasgow

....The recent rediscovery by Scotland's music promoters of the Cottier Theatre in all its down-at-heel ramshackleness might have been engineered with The Tiger Lillies in mind

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The Tiger Lillies, Cottier, Glasgow

KEITH BRUCE
November 23 2004

CURIOUSLY, but possibly quite deliberately, it was exactly a year ? to

the minute ? since Martin Jacques and his Adrians appeared at the Tron.

The relocation to the West End for this year's visit possibly signifies

little, but the recent rediscovery by Scotland's music promoters of the

Cottier Theatre in all its down-at-heel ramshackleness might have been

engineered with The Tiger Lillies in mind.

The world Jacques,

Huge and Stout inhabit is the same one Jacques Brel and Tom Waits

slouch through, bumping into scabby whores and drunken sailors, where

most folk are packing a blade (for their own protection, ken) and

accidents will happen. It's the kind of place where an accordionist

singing falsetto and virtuosic percussionist Adrian Huge's collection

of toys to supplement his tiny drum kit would not attract a second

glance. I'm not sure you'd want to live there, but it's a privilege to

join them for an hour or so.

Despite requests, there were no

songs about doomed children from Shockheaded Peter, the wildly

successful piece of music theatre they created with the team from

Improbable Theatre, but dead babies still figured. Among other adult

topics covered with childlike zeal were a romantic liaison with a sheep

(inflatable and clockwork models to hand) and the difficulty of

achieving sexual gratification with insects.

Gross and surreal and side-splittingly funny, The Tiger Lillies are

also musically superb and Jacques seems capable of producing an endless

supply of inventive melodies. Then he'll completely surprise you with a

tender, affecting and utterly fresh reading of Stephen Sondheim's Send

in the Clowns. Now that was weird.

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