10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this March

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  • 27 February 2019
10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this March

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Including Glasgow Comedy Festival, Aye Write! and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Glasgow Comedy Festival
The West reverberates to the sound of raucous laughter for a couple of weeks, as comedians both national and international head to Glasgow Comedy Festival. Among the ludicrously large number of highlights are big names such as Reginald D Hunter, Michelle McManus, Rich Hall, Jasper Carrot, Julian Clary and Elaine C Smith, while the next generation of superstars is represented by the likes of Larry Dean, Lou Sanders, Gráinne Maguire, Christopher Macarthur-Boyd, Lolly Adefope, Alfie Brown and Catherine Bohart.
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 14–Sun 31 Mar.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Over 20 years on from the first performance of Bourne's reworking of the classic ballet, audiences are still flocking to see the drama, excitement and sadness of Swan Lake.
King's Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 5–Sat 9 Mar.

Aye Write!
A fine collection of writers and thinkers is gathered up for Glasgow's official book festival with the diverse likes of Louis de Bernières, Frank Turner, Tracey Thorn, Gina Miller, Alexander McCall Smith and Lionel Shriver all in town.
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 14–Sun 31 Mar.

Glasgow Short Film Festival
The 12th edition of the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland arrives with another cracking line-up of works in a very diverse array of style and content.
GFT, Glasgow, Wed 13–Sun 17 Mar.

A successful run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe is followed by a national tour for a tough drama which shows how one woman coped in the aftermath of a sexual assault.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 14–Sat 16 Mar; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 11–Sat 13 Apr.

First Steps: Beauty and the Beast
Birmingham Royal Ballet strip back their version of the classic fairytale to one hour, just the right length of time to keep the little ones enthralled by Belle's adventures with the Beast.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Fri 15 Mar.

Ray & Liz
Artist Richard Billingham keeps things close to home with his debut feature film which bleakly explores the lives of his mum and dad trying to make ends meet and keep themselves sane in 80s Britain.
Selected release from Fri 8 Mar.

The German Revolution
A total of 75 Expressionist works from the early 20th century fill the Hunterian, featuring the likes of Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann and George Grosz.
Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Fri 1 Mar–Sun 25 Aug.

Samanta Schweblin
On the back of a recent Booker International shortlisting, Argentine writer Schweblin reissues Mouthful of Birds, her dazzling and dream-like short story collection from 2010.
Oneworld, out now.

Freya Ridings (chosen by author PM Freestone)
My writing process starts with music, seeking the perfect soundtrack to delve into a story's emotional core. It was while I was drafting my YA fantasy novel Shadowscent, that I discovered singer-songwriter Freya Ridings. You may not have heard of her. That'll soon change. Ridings' vocals are by turns powerful and ethereal, inviting Florence Welch comparisons. There's also an epic Florence-esque glory to some of her piano-led arrangements, while others bring a quieter melancholy. Her debut single 'Lost Without You' peaked at number nine in the UK singles charts last October and, with two live albums now under her belt, she's preparing to release an eponymous studio album. If the live recordings are anything to go by, she puts on an incredible show. And it's likely to be one of the last times you'll get to see her for just £15.
PM Freestone: Shadowscent – The Darkest Bloom is published by Scholastic; Freya Ridings, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Mon 4 Mar.

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow's comedy festival birls back into your life, getting ever more impressive with each outing. For 2019, you're looking at a top line-up which includes such luminaries as Reginald D Hunter, Janey Godley, Larry Dean, Jerry Sadowitz, Catherine Bohart, Jasper Carrott, Garrett Millerick, Foil, Arms & Hog, Julian…

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 10 Mar

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Fri 11 Mar

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Sat 12 Mar

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…and 15 more dates until 27 Mar

Glasgow Short Film Festival

Glasgow Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the full programme for its 14th edition, running from 22 to 28 March 2021. Following the success of GSFF20 Online and due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival will take place entirely online at the festival hub, accessible to anyone in…

Venue TBC: Glasgow

Wed 23 Mar

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Thu 24 Mar

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Fri 25 Mar

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…and 2 more dates until 27 Mar

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's unmissable take on the most famous ballet in the classical canon. Prepare to laugh your socks off then cry your heart out.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

A festival celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing.

Freya Ridings

Singer/songwriter/pianist in concert.


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Age Recommendation: 16+ Running Time: 60 mins  

The German Revolution: Expressionist Prints

Prints from important German artists working between 1918 and 1919, including Schiele, Klinger, Kokoschka, Munch, Dix, Schmidt-Rottluff, Nolde, Beckmann and Käthe Kollwitz.