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Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 30 May

£7 in advance; £9 on the door / 0131 553 1876

This time 'round Neu! Reekie! offers up hip hop/funk act Bang Dirty; TS Eliot and Costa Prize nominated poet Helen Mort; electroacoustic sounds from Wolf (aka Kim Moore, formerly of Zoey Van Goey); an animation showcase from John Davide; and more to be announced. Plus all ye good people get a free pint of Heverlee.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

£8.50 / 0845 874 3001

This edition, Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson host Fife folktronica act the Pitctish Trail; poet and short story writer Salena Godden; and the launch of a collection from the late Tom McGrath, read by 'assorted cultural bigwigs'; plus more names to be announced.

BBC SSO: Runnicles Conducts Mahler 9

Towards the end of the Cold War, the late Lewis Thomas wrote that listening to Mahler's Symphony No 9 made him think about 'death everywhere, the dying of everything, the end of humanity'. There's no doubt that Mahler had something similar in mind, even if he did his best to complete a tenth symphony before bacterial…

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Fri 25 Apr

£10–£20.50 / 01224 641122

Ben Norris: Mr Ambiguousness

Sharp wit and improvisations from the stand-up and father of triplets.

Derby Assembly Rooms

Fri 13 Jun

Darwin

£8.75 / 01332 255529

  • 20:00

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Thu 8 May

£10 / 01792 475715

  • 20:00

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Wed 30 Apr

£11 / 01224 642230

  • 19:00

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Biding Time (remix)

A multimedia piece telling the story of a female musician looking to make it big in the music industry, brought to the stage by a collaboration between Grid Iron's Ben Harrison, musician Louise Quinn and others.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 24 May

£10 (£8) / 0845 874 3001

Champion Sound

Weekly club night of dub, dubstep and drum & bass.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

Free before midnight; £3 after / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Wed 7 May

Free before midnight; £3 after / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Wed 14 May

Free before midnight; £3 after / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00
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Dorian Gray

  • Written by: Oscar Wilde

Adaptation by Linnie Reedman of Oscar Wilde's only novel, featuring Jack Fox and Daisy Bevan.

Riverside Studios, London W6

Fri 25 Apr

Studio 3

£15; £18.50 (£16) / 02082 371111

Sat 26 Apr

Studio 3

£15; £18.50 (£16) / 02082 371111

Tue 29 Apr

Studio 3

£15; £18.50 (£16) / 02082 371111

…and 9 more dates until 10 May

The Evil

  • Written by: Jan Guillou

London Toast Theatre Of Copenhagen presents an adaption of a Swedish novel by Jan Guillou, starring Danish actor Claes K. Bang of TVs Borgen and The Bridge 2.

Riverside Studios, London W6

Mon 12 May

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 02082 371111

Tue 13 May

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 02082 371111

Wed 14 May

Studio 3

£12 (£10) / 02082 371111

…and 4 more dates until 18 May

Fireside Feast: Spring Blossom Party

Put a floral wreath atop your head and dive into a three-course meal that celebrates the fruition of spring, followed up by special cocktails and a spot of Motown to get the party grooving. Presented by Fireside Collective with Sarah-Jane Cooking, Stuart Ross DJ and Pyrus Flowers.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 1 May

dinner ticket £40; dance ticket £20 / 0845 874 3001

Tickets include a welcome cocktail. Dinner ticket entry is 7.30pm and dance ticket entry is 10pm.

Gerwin Eisenhauer's Booom!

Jazz arrangements of classic videogame theme tunes (including Pac Man, Tetris, Super Mario Brothers and Zelda) from the German drummer.

The Glasgow Art Club

Thu 8 May

£8 (£6) / 0141 248 5210

  • 20:00

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

£8 (£6) / 0131 220 4298

  • 20:00

Arts Centre & Theatre Aberdeen

Fri 25 Apr

£10 (£8) / 01224 591807

  • 19:30
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Revere

Epic indie rock from Revere.

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Thu 15 May

£6.50 / 0141 221 5279

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Wed 14 May

£7.70 / 01224 642230

  • 19:30

The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

Fri 16 May

£4 / 0151 708 1581

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Rock'n'Roll Ping Pong

Free table tennis club with DJs Ding and Dong providing the music. If you're feeling brave enough it's £1 to enter the sudden death tournament (strictly amateurs), and the winner takes home the cash.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Apr

Free / 0131 558 8844

  • 19:00 – 23:00

Chick Lyall Quintet

Pianist Lyall leads this quintet through original compositions and newly arranged standards.

The Glasgow Art Club

Thu 15 May

£7 (£5) / 0141 248 5210

  • 20:00

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

£7 (£5) / 0131 220 4298

  • 20:00

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Under the musical direction of Brian Grant, the National Brass Band-winning ensemble plays popular classics.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 1 Nov

£19.50–£21.50 / 01256 844244

  • 19:30

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 25 Oct

£19.50–£21 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

Dorking Halls

Sat 10 May

£19–£21 (£16–£18) / 01306 881717

  • 19:30

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Jamie MacDougall: Inspirations

Tenor Jamie MacDougall (Caledon) performs a range of songs from classical to swing from his debut album Inspirations, accompanied by Michael Barnett.

Arts Centre & Theatre Aberdeen

Fri 23 May

£14 / 01224 641122

  • 19:30

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Sat 31 May

£12–£14 / 01475 723723

Cumbernauld Theatre

Sat 3 May

£6–£12 / 01236 732887

  • 19:45

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Messenger Sound System

The mighty Messenger Sound System blasts out the best in righteous reggae, dub and roots with MC Ras Echo.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Sat 17 May

£6 before midnight; £7 after / 0131 558 7604

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Big'n'Bashy

Four deck mix of dubstep, reggae, grime, dancehall and jungle playing out over the Messenger Sound System.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Sat 3 May

£9 in advance; £10 on the door / 0131 558 8844

Welcoming the Base Defence League featuring Big Narstie, Footsie and Logan Sama.

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Sat 31 May

£4 before midnight; £6 after / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Comedy All Stars

Actor, writer, comedian, juggler and radio presenter on BBC Radio Lancashire, Steve Royle shares his brand of humour. Also featuring Andy White, Jellybean Martinez and Damion Larkin.

The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness

Fri 7 Nov

£12.50 / 01229 820000

  • 20:00

Confusion is Sex

Twisted and freaky mix of burlesque, glam techno, electro, indie punk and rock'n'roll where 'the weird is normal'.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

£5 before midnight; £6 after / 0131 558 8844

Alien themed.

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Pontardawe Arts Centre

Tue 29 Apr

Phone for prices / 01792 863722

  • 17:00 – 19:00
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Dear Scotland

The National Theatre of Scotland gets its referendum on with this evening of 20 short, sharp monologues inspired by the gallery's portraits and written by writers such as AL Kennedy, David Greig, Jackie Kay, Janice Galloway, John Byrne and Louise Welsh.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0131 473 2000

Sat 26 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0131 473 2000

Mon 28 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0131 473 2000

…and 4 more dates until 3 May

Encore: Songs From The Shows

A cabaret group that combines comedy sketches and dramatic excerpts which take their audience on a magical, musical journey through many of the West End's biggest hits.

The Customs House, South Shields

Tue 13 May

£14 (Children £13; £13; £13) / 0191 454 1234

  • 19:30

Wed 14 May

£14 (Children £13; £13; £13) / 0191 454 1234

  • 19:30

Thu 15 May

£14 (Children £13; £13; £13) / 0191 454 1234

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 17 May

Gyles Brandreth: Looking For Happiness

  • 3 stars

They say all political careers end in tears. In Gyles Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip turns stand-up. This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he's known (one-to-one) and the wicked ways of Westminster (no expenses spared). Without hesitation…

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 3 May

£32 / 0844 873 3433

Sat 10 May

£32 / 0844 873 3433

Hullabaloo

A weekly Thursday night, with Trendy Wendy and Steve Austin (Mumbo Jumbo) playing funky mashups, beats, breaks and hip hop, and Tall Paul (The GoGo and Itchy Feet) playing 60s, 70s, ska, reggae, soul, and more.

The Bongo Club, Edinburgh

Thu 1 May

£3 (£2) / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Thu 8 May

£3 (£2) / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00

Thu 15 May

£3 (£2) / 0131 558 8844

  • 23:00 – 03:00
…and 10 more dates until 24 Jul

Invisible Empire

Ensemble physical theatre that blends movement, sound, text and song to explore what lies behind extreme acts of resistance. Inspired by real events such as the Gunpowder Plot and the Oklahoma City Bombing. Company of Wolves presents. Booking is essential.

Platform, Glasgow

Thu 1 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9696

  • 19:00

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Apr

£11 (£9) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:30

Sun 27 Apr

£11 (£9) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:30
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