From Erol Alkan to Sokobauno Puppet Theatre: Dundee's April highlights
- David Pollock
- 3 April 2018
A look at some upcoming attractions in music, theatre, kids' theatre and visual art, in and around Dundee
This month in Dundee, music and theatre are the main draws, and because it's Easter we've picked out a few of the children's shows appearing over the holidays.
Zoe Strachan and Louise Welch
In association with Shonky, the exhibition currently underway at DCA, Scottish writers Strachan and Welch present 'An Occasional Clunk', an evening of readings and conversation exploring 'the unreliable and stimulating possibilities of Shonky writing and literature.'
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Thu 5 Apr.
Originally staged in 1998, playwright Stephen Greenhorn's (Sunshine on Leith) Passing Places is that most unlikely of genres, a Scottish road movie; except created for the stage, of course. It tells of Alex and Brian, two smalltown boys from Motherwell who go on a trip to the Highlands in a Lada with just a surfboard for company. Here, the Dundee Rep company take on their own version of this definitive comedy, before touring it to Glasgow's Citizens.
Dundee Rep Theatre, from Tue 17 Apr.
The Principle of Uncertainty
Science and theatre meet in this play which appears here as part of the Rep's Sweet Venues Lates series. Written by Dr Andrea Brunello, a PhD in Quantum Physics, it combines a lecture on the subject from the lead character, Dr Laura Bailey, with a deeper dramatic edge as her own secrets come into play. It's previous appearances, including at the Edinburgh Festival, have been well received.
Dundee Rep Theatre, Sat 14 Apr.
The venue is the star here, with Sokobauno Puppet Theatre company presenting their show in the Little Fawn, their 1960s Cheltenham Fawn caravan. The show this time is Feature Comforts, in which their puppet cast slowly discover their five senses. Part of the Dundee Rep Children's Festival 2018.
Dundee Rep Theatre, Sat 7 Apr.
Four Go Wild in Wellies
Taking place in Tay Square, this show from inclusive dance company Indepen-Dance is aimed at 3 to 5 year olds, and is a fun adventure tale of rain, wellies, bobble hats and tents. Part of the Dundee Rep Children's Festival 2018.
Dundee Rep Theatre, Fri 13 Apr.
Vision Mechanics, the East Lothian based experts in puppetry and installation theatre, collaborate here with the Haya Cultural Centre of Amman to present an innovative Scottish/Jordanian production. Set in a Bedouin tent, it uses dance, shadow and puppetry to tell of a lonely boy who finds a friend thanks to a friendly star. Part of the Dundee Rep Children's Festival 2018.
Dundee Rep Theatre, Sat 14 Apr.
Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5
Nothing to do with a game of Cluedo, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 have a long-established reputation as one of Scotland's most fun live bands, a blend of Happy Mondays and Primal Scream with added costumes and riotous stage presence.
Clarks, Sun 15 Apr.
One of the definitive DJs of the 2000s, thanks to his creation of London's Trash club, Erol Alkan has since branched out into remixing, production, label-running and international DJ success across genres, although primarily in the electro genre. He returns to Dundee for what will inevitably be a fiery set.
Reading Rooms, Fri 13 Apr.
Boots for Dancing
A post-punk bank from Edinburgh's celebrated scene of the late 1970s and early '80s, Boots for Dancing were only around for three years originally, which means they've almost doubled their lifespan since reforming in 2015. Contemporaries of Josef K, Fire Engines and The Scars, their first album Undisco Kidds also arrived in the same year.
Reading Rooms, Fri 20 Apr.
One of Scotland's best kept secrets, Edinburgh's Broken Records bear a anthemic, folk-based sound which reminds many of early Arcade Fire, although they bear their own distinctive personality. After two albums on the iconic indie 4AD, they now self-release, with their fourth album What We Might Know having just arrived.
Reading Rooms, Sat 21 Apr.
One of the most famous bassists in the country, Jah Wobble – his name's John Wardle, but he got his nickname when a drunk Sid Vicious kept slurring his words when talking to him – played with John Lydon's Public Image Limited and in projects with U2's The Edge, members of Can and Lonelady, as well as his own group Invaders of the Heart. He's also written his autobiography and was a book reviewer for the Independent.
Beat Generator Live, Fri 27 Apr.
Sketch of Dundee
Artist Carl Lavia, aka Sketch, is attempting to illustrate and display images of all 69 cities in the UK as part of an epic road trip. Dundee is his fourth stop, and this made-from-memory aerial panorama of the city viewed from across the Tay will be on display at the McManus for the next six months.
McManus Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee, until Sun 5 Aug.
Ingela Ihrman: We Thrive
The Malmo-based artist brings her first solo show to the UK, in which her mixed practice of performance, installation and writing combines with her recent fieldwork on the Isle of Eigg. Expect the show to reflect an output which has so far featured – we're quoting here – 'a giant hogweed, intestines, a giant otter giving birth before a human gaze and a toad doing gymnastics.'
Cooper Gallery at DJCAD, Dundee, Fri 9 Mar until Fri 13 Apr.
Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness
Curated by the 'Alien Sex Club' artist John Walter, this new exhibition from the Hayward Gallery's Touring strand looks at art which is deliberately clumsy, lo-fi and created against the slick aesthetics of much contemporary art. Artists and architects featured include Arakawa and Gins, Cosima von Bonin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Benedict Drew, Justin Favela, Duggie Fields and Walter himself.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Sat 10 Mar until Sun 27 May.