Performing Arts

Join us as we highlight the news and reviews from the world of music, opera, dance theatre, screenings and more.
A Midsummer Nights Dream. Image Scottish Opera.

Scottish Opera Sings Into Action

Scottish Opera’s Spring Season includes works by Benjamin Britten, Wolfgang Mozart, Rachmaninov, and Stravinsky, a new Opera Highlights production touring nationwide, complemented by new on-screen commissions.

Hannah Rarity at the Opening Concert, 20th January. Image Gaelle Beri

Celtic Connections 2022 Takes Centre-Stage

This year’s Celtic Connections programme promises a vibrant mix of lively in-person concerts, intimate-scale filmed sessions, an exciting digital programme and a number of talks and exhibitions, in all involving more than 500 artists.

Film still from Cauleen Smith’s H-E-L-L-O

Calling Home from Collective Edinburgh

The Scottish premiere of H-E-L-L-O by the American born filmmaker and multimedia artist Cauleen Smith opens the 2022 programme at Collective in Edinburgh.

Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble’s Return to Common Ground

Scottish Ensemble returns to the stage at four locations across Scotland for the first time since the pandemic with an event combining music and discussion exploring the importance of live performance, in which audiences are invited to take an active part.

Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor play Juliet and Romeo in the National Theatre 's production

Double Liaisons at The Brunton

The Brunton in Musselburgh has two special screenings of performance films – Dangerous Liaisons and Romeo and Juliet.

'Field - Something For The Future Now' by Christine Devaney. Image © Matt Beech

Dancing in a Field of Dreams at Holyrood Park Edinburgh

Review: Edinburgh-based dance theatre company Curious Seed makes its Edinburgh International Festival debut with Field – Something for the Future Now. This durational and immersive outdoor experience of dance and movement is set in Holyrood Park. 

Damon Albarn. Image copyright Jess Shurte

Damon Albarn Lifts the Veil at Edinburgh

Review: Former Blur frontman continues his quest for the surprising and eclectic with fresh material at the Edinburgh International Festival’s Contemporary Music stage.

Journey to the East

Take a Journey to the Inner ‘East’

The inaugural Journey to the East Festival 2021 brings together top contemporary performance and dance performers over an August weekend at Tramway, CCA Glasgow and other venues.