8 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this November
- The List
- 12 November 2018
Including Book Week Scotland, The Twilight Sad and Chrysalis
Setting aside their usual menu of double and triple-bills, Rambert bring us a full-length narrative dance piece, Life is a Dream. Choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, this is a two-act reimagining of a 17th-century play in which an imprisoned prince is allowed his freedom for just one day, only to react with violence. With set design from the Quay Brothers and a score by the late Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, this is set to be a highlight of the dance year.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Thu 22–Sat 24 Nov.
Book Week Scotland
This seventh annual Book Week Scotland celebrates books and reading, taking 'rebels' as its theme this year. Among those appearing across the country are Akala, Joanne Harris and Sam Conniff Allende while happenings include Banned Books and a Beer, and the Feminist Disco.
Various venues, nationwide, Mon 19–Sun 25 Nov.
It's the season to be jolly, and what better way for capital residents and visitors to celebrate the festivities than with a trip into town for Edinburgh's Christmas and the likes of a balloon ride, a carousel and the chair-o-planes, while shows include Black Beauty, The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, and Wendy and Peter Pan.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 16 Nov–Sat 5 Jan.
Taking on a heap of issues within contemporary society, this young people-oriented festival explores the gap between rich and poor, the tyranny of 24-hour information-overload and the ongoing struggles for non-binary individuals.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 15–Sat 17 Nov.
The Twilight Sad
Featuring the optimistic title of It Won't Be Like This All the Time, the Twilight Sad's fifth studio album drops our way in mid-January with a warm-up Edinburgh date coming up and single 'Videograms' out now.
Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Thu 29 Nov.
Into Film Festival
With an innovative 'F-rating' for movies in their Year of the Woman strand, the Into Film Festival also gives young people up to the age of 19 the chance to engage in all aspects of the filmmaking process.
Various venues, nationwide, Wed 7–Fri 23 Nov.
The 'badly-behaved and messy' work of this rising star of the London art scene comes to Edinburgh in ceramic form, a material that Hart says 'can be an exciting way to talk about chaos'.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 3 Feb.
The Proclaimers (chosen by comedian Ray Bradshaw)
The Proclaimers are coming to the Playhouse in Edinburgh and I genuinely think it will be amazing. I saw them once in a tent at T in the Park (a music one not a three-man one) and they were incredible. You forget how many bangers they've had: some iconic, some political and some in Shrek. In all my years of doing stand-up at music festivals, it's the gig that stands out the most (that's not strictly true, as 800 moshers at Download Festival hating me because I told them 'When You Say Nothing at All' by Ronan Keating was one of the best songs ever written still haunts me, but that's another story for another time). I reckon being in a sold-out venue in Edinburgh with 3000 people singing 'Sunshine on Leith' will give even the hardiest of people goosebumps. I'm insanely jealous of everyone that's going.
Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam, Mac Arts, Galashiels, Fri 2 Nov; Rose Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Nov; Falkirk Town Hall, Sun 18 Nov; The Proclaimers, Edinburgh Playhouse, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Nov; O2 Academy, Glasgow, Fri 16 & Sat 17; then touring.