In these uncertain times it’s good to see some artists rising to the challenge of reflecting and exploring the undercurrent of weirdness running through society. A case in point is Scottish Opera’s new production of a brand new work – The Trial.
Performing Arts News
January 13 – 28
Recovering from their 50th year celebrations, 2017 sees The Lyceum continue their commitment to excellence with a creepy and bold adaption of Picnic at Hanging Rock performed by renowned Australian companies Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan Theatre.
November 26 – December 31
The Lyceum is celebrating a strong year in which new Artistic Director David Greig set out his stall with the much acclaimed Suppliant Women, a 2500 year old play which resonated seamlessly with modern audiences.
Directed by none other than famed film and TV mogul Gillies MacKinnon, this week’s Òran Mór show resurrects a piece written by William McIlvanney for the original first season of Play, Pie and a Pint in 2004.
Scottish Opera have re-launched their much admired Sir Thomas Allen production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for the autumn season. Sharp storytelling and skillful staging attracted many rave reviews first time round and this fresh production shoulders the mantle effortlessly.
The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival draws to a close on the 30 of this month, and with over 300 hundred events staged across the country (including theatre, music, visual art and film), it has to be applauded as a massive success.
British-Trinidadian Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has attracted a devoted following for her classically trained troupe, Ballet Black. They are a company of international dancers of black and Asian descent who seek to reinvigorate ballet with a resolute energy and versatility.
Syd Barrett, the mercurial front man and searing talent of 60s psychedelic pioneers Pink Floyd would have turned 70 this year. His contribution to modern culture and his oft mentioned mental health issues are the recurring themes in Alan Bissett’s work for this week’s Play, Pie and a Pint which captures the unpredictable wild-child in all his free-form whimsical charm.
Our chance to see Antony Sher steal the show
On the October 12 RSC broadcast their spirited production direct to cinemas across the country in a spectacular live offering that can somehow feel more immersive than sitting in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre itself.
An exciting programme of rarely performed stunners
Curated by Music Director Stuart Stratford, this special series of four shows in concert highlights a few lesser-known works by some of opera’s biggest names. Debussy, Rossini and Puccini feature in coming events but the series kicks off with Pietro Mascagni’s passionate and romantic drama L’amico Fritz on Sunday, October 23 at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.
Thursday 6 October
Looking for something interesting and different to do in Glasgow this Thursday afternoon? How about watching a complete performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto by a world famous orchestra featuring illustrious violinist Nicola Benedetti – for FREE.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has been nominated at the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album of the Year. The announcement on 21st September applauded RSNO for its recent recording of the orchestral works of German-born American composer Samuel Adler. José Serebrier Conducts Samuel Alder was the final recording made by the RSNO at
A Play, A Pie and a Pint, Oran Mor’s legendary lunchtime theatre experience is presently in the foothills of a boisterous new season. With 38 brand new plays written and performed every year and over 400 hundred new works achieved since its inception it’s hard to overstate the success and popularity of this magical idea.
September 16 – October 30
Newcastle residents are incredibly lucky. Every year, the city seems to play host to more and more festivals celebrating some unique aspect of contemporary culture. The International Print Biennale is definitely one of them.
September 21 – October 29
Don’t miss Scottish Opera’s new version of Donizetti’s loopy love story The Elixir of Love which gets a colourful PG Wodehouse makeover for this production. The troupe are about to embark on a tour of some of the smaller venues around Scotland. Playing it firmly tongue in cheek,
September 16 – October 23
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, North Lands Creative Glass has teamed up with curator Amanda Game and Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios to create a major exhibition from the North Lands Study Collection.
The Lyceum kicks off its autumn season with a barnstorming performance of John McGrath’s The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil – an extraordinary tale of exploitation, conniving and brutality played out in scenes from Scottish history stretched out across the centuries. It gets a 10 day airing from this week with Dundee
National Chamber Music Day is a fabulous free event that sees ensembles performing impromptu concerts in public spaces all across Scotland, engaging with a wide range of cultures and communities and exploring Scottish traditions in music and language. With 27 performances taking place in unusual locations from Ullapool to Galashiels, this ambitious programme is designed to get
Internationally famous soprano Angel Blue drops by Kelvingrove Art Gallery to raise some baroque rafters in the company of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra this month. The lush interiors of the gallery make a magnificent backdrop for a special evening to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum’s refurb. Angel, who is the
August 12 – September 12
Stepping into the Uniongallery to see her new solo exhibition, ‘Sapphire Skies,’ is like taking a stroll across country meadows and along the seashore, so tangible that you can almost smell the fragrant flowers.