Allan Radcliffe

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Billy Liar

19 Apr 20134 stars

John Schlesinger’s classic British New Wave comedy has a warm and light touch

Not many classic films have also enjoyed success as a book, play, sitcom and musical. It’s testament to the timelessness of Keith Waterhouse’s source novel, about a 19-year-old lad who ‘can’t say two words to anybody without telling a lie’, that the…

The best theatre productions of 2012

12 Dec 2012

Featuring Ulysses, Macbeth, Further Than the Furthest Thing, Betrayal and Beats

1 Ulysses Dermot Bolger’s adaptation of Joyce’s masterpiece is a textbook example of how to transfer a doorstopper of a literary classic onto the stage, wisely focusing on the humour and humanity in Joyce’s account of a single day in Dublin in a series…

The best visual art exhibitions of 2012

12 Dec 2012

Featuring Glasgow International, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Peat, Susan Philipsz and Studio 58

1 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art Glasgow International returned for its fifth edition with the usual impressive city-wide programme of Scottish and international artists. Highlights included new work by Karla Black, whose layer cake of…

Hot 100 2012: 49-40

11 Dec 2012

FOUND, Paul Brannigan and Kerry Hudson among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 59-50

11 Dec 2012

Billy Connolly, Optimo and Kevin Bridges among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2012: 89-80

11 Dec 2012

Daniel Sloss, Canongate and Julie Fowlis among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 100-90

11 Dec 2012

JK Rowling, Tilda Swinton and Andrew Fairlie among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

In An Alien Landscape

5 Feb 20133 stars

New production from Birds of Paradise sheds light on the rare Sudden Artistic Output Syndrome

Danny Start's new play for Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is based on one of those true-life events so rich and strange it would be a sin not to turn it into art. One of Start's acquaintances experienced the rare Sudden Artistic Output Syndrome…

Glasgow Film Festival 2013: Entre Chien et Loup

23 Jan 2013

Mysterious arts patron Randolph Kemp Potter invites you to his Gold Ballroom Party

One of the most eye-catching events on the programme for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival is a decadent party themed around the Gold Ballroom scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The event - part performance, part party - is hosted by colourful…

A Taste of Honey

22 Jan 20134 stars

Much humour and poignancy in production of Shelagh Delaney' seminal kitchen sink play

As one of the first working class British playwrights to write about the world she knew, Shelagh Delaney mined the rhythms and humour of everyday speech to create dialogue that is still fresh to the ear more than 50 years on from the debut of her…

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The Maids

21 Jan 20134 stars

Dynamic reworking of Jean Genet's most famous play from Citizens Theatre

It’s not often that you get to see both the writer and director appearing as themselves in a revival of a classic play – particularly when the playwright has been dead for over 25 years. But Stewart Laing’s reworking of The Maids for Citizens Theatre is…

The Polar Bears Go Wild!

10 Jan 20134 stars

Charming, imaginative show for younger children from Fish and Game

Who says you need a cast of thousands, pyrotechnics, 3D projections and a troupe of dancing local children to create a successful Christmas show? Fish and Game's new piece for under-sixes features just two performers, a few props and a simple set, but…

LGBT DVD round-up - Christmas 2012

19 Dec 2012

Yossi, Beauty, Hit So Hard and Co-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same reviewed

If your ideal Christmas involves spending the day on the sofa, a glass of sparkly in one hand and the remote in the other, it’s worth sourcing your entertainment from Peccadillo Pictures, the UK’s only LGBT-interest DVD distributor. Their latest batch…

Preview of 2013

18 Dec 2012

We look ahead to some of the hottest events in the next 12 months, including GTA V and Lana Del Rey

Massimo Bartolini Magical Italian artist set to take over the Fruitmarket One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions to arrive in Scotland in the new year is a show of new sculptural work by the Italian artist, Massimo Bartolini. Bartolini is…

The Snow Queen

13 Dec 20124 stars

Dundee Rep’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale features just the right balance of fun and

After last year’s reimagining of Cinderella, which transported the action of the Grimm fairy tale to a houseboat populated by retired magicians, Dundee Rep ensemble has gone back to basics with a straightforward but nonetheless captivating take on…

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Hot 100 2012: 10-2

11 Dec 2012

John Tiffany, Andy Murray and Luke Fowler among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 19-11

11 Dec 2012

David Greig, Karen Gillan and Chris Hoy among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 29-20

11 Dec 2012

Chvrches, Cora Bissett and Grant Morrison among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 39-30

11 Dec 2012

Konx-Om-Pax, Ingleby Gallery and NVA among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 69-60

11 Dec 2012

Rachel Sermanni, Limmy and Peter Capaldi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2012: 79-70

11 Dec 2012

Dominic Hill, Ewan Morrison and LuckyMe among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Sleeping Beauty

10 Dec 20124 stars

Bold, irreverent take on a classic tale with moments of dark Gothic horror

Most of Europe is under the kosh of austerity measures but you can rely on the Citz to come to the rescue of her cash-strapped audience with a bold new initiative, offering a pair of pantos for the price of one. At least, that's the feeling you're left…

Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling and Aganeza Scrooge - Glasgow's Christmas shows round-up

16 Nov 2012

The Citz, The Arches, The King's and The Tron all set to host special festive performances

Sleeping Beauty Having scored widespread approval for his first season in charge at the Citz, scooping the CATS Best Director gong for his production of Pinter’s Betrayal, Dominic Hill is turning his talents to the Gorbals theatre’s annual Christmas…

The Arthur Conan Doyle Society, Mother Goose and Cinderella - Edinburgh Christmas shows round-up

16 Nov 2012

The Traverse, King's and Lyceum present their festive shows for 2012

The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society If fairytales, sing-a-longs and grown men in ballgowns are on your festive wish list, perhaps you’d better steer clear of Scotland’s New Writing Theatre this Christmas. Following on from the success of last…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

15 Nov 20123 stars

Vanishing Point's first Shakespeare production inhabits heady, off-kilter universe

Vanishing Point artistic director Matthew Lenton has come up with a wonderfully cheeky conceit for his first ever Shakespeare production, zeroing in on Titania’s reference to a world that ‘now knows not which is which’ to relocate the Bard’s heady…