Anna Millar

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Edinburgh's Royal High School to be transformed into arts hotel

18 Feb 2010

Developer also behind Odeon cinema project

Following months of speculation it has been revealed that the former Royal High School on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill will be transformed into an arts hotel. The £35m redevelopment, awarded by the city council to Duddingston House Properties, will see the…

Edinburgh Fringe set for administrative reform

21 Jan 2010

FROM a homosexual Jesus to Jane Austen’s Guide to Pornography, the Fringe has never been short of controversy when it comes to its acts. There was disappointment then, last year, when the headlines still focussed on the Fringe’s administration over the…

Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival

20 Jan 2010

American beauties

IT’S been a busy old year for Stand Comedy chief Tommy Sheppard. As director he enjoyed his busiest and most successful Fringe to date, and this year he’s programmed a Glasgow International Comedy Festival that is bigger and better than ever before.

Vote for your Film of the Year

8 Jan 2010

The Richard Attenborough Film Awards

The List are pleased to announce that for the second year running The List has joined the prestigious Richard Attenborough Film Awards (RAFAs) to create a readers poll for the best Film of the Year. The RAFAs are now in their fourth year and were…

Blipfoto, Channel 4, NTS and Scottish Screen launch photography competition

7 Jan 2010

With the New Year’s resolutions now in full swing, daily photo blogging community Blipfoto has teamed up with Channel 4, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Screen to create a unique international photography competition. With followers and…

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Curtain up

7 Jan 2010

The National Theatre of Scotland has launched its programme for 2010, with highlights including a new piece of work by the team behind worldwide hit Black Watch. In line with the company’s ethos of working with a variety of art forms, in February and…

Anguish With Posie

6 Jan 2010

Fans of spoken word night DiScomBoBuLate will be no stranger to Ian Macpherson’s ability to wax lyrical. A creative powerhouse for writers, actors, comics and directors, the night helped provide the inspiration for Macpherson’s upcoming play, Anguish…

Richard Wright wins Turner Prize 2009

17 Dec 2009

Glasgow-based artist Richard Wright has won the Turner Prize just months before making a major new work for the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh. Forty nine-year old Wright, a former Glasgow and Edinburgh School of Art student, received his prize from Poet…

Scottish Matthew Bourne showcase given go-ahead

19 Nov 2009

A new piece of work by dance legend Matthew Bourne will be staged as a result of National Lottery Funding. The King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal have been awarded £265,905 by the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) as part of a £2.5million National Lottery…

Rain Man

19 Nov 20093 stars

It’s a pleasant surprise to see how successfully Dan Gordon’s theatre adaptation of the screen classic starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman translates to the stage. The tale of city slicker Charlie Babbitt’s relationship with his long-lost…

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Dancing in the street

19 Nov 2009

Not for nothing is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay thought to be one of the best in the world; four days of festivities jam-packed around one of the biggest street parties in the world. Now, after a lacklustre start, it seems the names are coming thick and fast.

Christmas and Hogmanay 2009 in Edinburgh

4 Nov 2009

It’s been all go for the last few weeks, as those in the know ponder how to bring you the best of times this Christmas and Hogmanay. In the capital, Edinburgh City Council is reportedly already looking to shindigs in 2010 and beyond, with early…

Alan Cumming, Calvin Harris and Glasvegas among nominees at Scottish Style Awards 2009

30 Oct 2009

Glasgow certainly knows how to do things with class, and this year’s Scottish Style Awards look set to raise the bar even higher. The starry event takes place on Hallowe’en and their stylish cauldron is likely to be spilling over with high profile…

Natalie Merchant, The Chieftains and Ry Cooder set for Celtic Connection 2010

30 Oct 2009

Celtic Connections launched with a suitable level of expectation this fortnight – and it doesn’t look set to disappoint. Comprising 1500 artists, 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, workshops, free events and late-night sessions, the programme of events will…

Entries sought for Tron Open.Stage playwriting contest

30 Oct 2009

A new playwriting competition has been launched allowing Scots, or those living in Scotland, the chance to have their theatre show produced at the Tron Theatre. As part of a new initiative applicants can apply online by providing a synopsis of their…

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Campaigning For Falkirk's Park Gallery

5 Oct 2009

Helping the building fight for its survival

The Park Gallery is something of an art institution. Located in a stable block at Falkirk’s Callendar Park, the gallery is best known for its edgy, contemporary, thought-provoking work by local, national and international artists. So last month’s…

New National Gallery Restaurant Opens Its Doors

5 Oct 2009

Good news for Scottish food and culture buffs

Art lovers have exciting news to nibble on, following the National Gallery of Scotland’s announcement of its collaboration with Victor and Carina Contini, the team behind popular George Street eaterie Centotre. The new look Scottish Café and Restaurant…

Guide to Edinburgh's Old Town

24 Sep 2009

Not for nothing is the Old Town famed for its tartan tat. From Jimmy hats to bagpipes and ‘I Heart Scotland’ badges to ‘I Love Ewe’ cards, it’s all too easy to write off Auld Reekie’s historical hub as simply a place to partake in the city’s…

Trongate 103

17 Sep 2009

Behind the scenes of a gallery with a bright new future

Billy Connolly once surmised that the great thing about Glasgow was that ‘if there’s a nuclear attack it’ll look exactly the same afterwards’. The Big Yin has a point. But while its character remains, some of Glasgow’s cultural hubs have certainly…

Lights go out as Glasgow's Lighthouse closes

10 Sep 2009

Flagship architecture and design centre closes

The Lighthouse remains open for visitors, following the sad news that the institution is now in administration. Sources close to the Lighthouse were keen for the public to keep showing their full support for the building until a decision has been made…

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A local's guide to Glasgow

10 Sep 2009

‘I've always loved Glasgow. I was that person who stayed and studied in the city they were brought up in and I never regretted it. The thing with Glasgow is there is just so much on your doorstep, whatever your 'thing' is. Better still, the Glasgow…

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2009 launches

10 Sep 2009

Singer Karine Polwart is just one of the many names putting her name – and voice – behind this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Now in its third year, the festival explores mental health in its broadest sense with almost 200 events…

Words with AL Kennedy

25 Aug 20094 stars

Meanders delightfully

AL Kennedy proves herself a consummate storyteller in this sharp meditation on the power of words. A largely autobiographical look at her love affair with language, Kennedy meanders delightfully from paranoia about her recent Costa award win through her…

Almost Like a Virgin

19 Aug 20093 stars

Strikes an impressive pose

The problem with pretending to be someone else is that there’s always a chance the audience will want more of them and less of you. This ode to the Queen of Pop is a case in point. Madge impersonator Evelyne Brink strikes an impressive pose as she belts…

Jarman Awards shortlist announced

14 Aug 2009

Visual art takes the spotlight this month, as the shortlist for the Jarman Awards is announced. This year’s short-listed artists are Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Simon Martin, Lindsay Seers and Stephen Sutcliffe.