10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this September
- The List
- 30 August 2019
Highlights include Scottish Ballet's The Crucible, Bloody Scotland and Take One Action!
Scottish Ballet's The Crucible
Turning a classic text into a successful dance work is one of the trickiest choreographic missions out there. In Helen Pickett's hands, Arthur Miller's landmark story comes alive once again with propaganda, lust and mass panic all part of this very toxic and intoxicating brew. A menacing score and dramatic set also combine to make this an unforgettable highlight of the year, not just in dance but Scottish culture as a whole.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Wed 25–Sat 28 Sep; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 17 & Fri 18 Oct.
Take One Action!
Film fans, cultural activists and concerned citizens all come together for this festival featuring movies and shorts on issues such as the housing crisis, gender equality, food production and human rights.
Various venues, Glasgow & Edinburgh, Wed 18–Sun 29 Sep.
It's nearly time up for Jack, Victor and the Craiglang gang, and this farewell stage show should bring an emotional curtain down on the most popular Scottish sitcom of them all.
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Fri 27 Sep–Sun 13 Oct.
Linda McCartney Retrospective
A talented photographer in her own right, Linda Eastman proved she was not just a Beatle wife, and this exhibition shows her intimate work such as family scenes around Scotland plus rock pals such as Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, until Sun 12 Jan.
Joanna Hogg's superb new film, a romantic drama, is set in the early 1980s and explores the mysterious relationship between a filmmaking student and a worker in the Foreign Office.
One of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's best-loved books is adapted by Freckle Productions as the titular hero finds himself in a dog's mouth and being set on fire. But fear not, he's sure to find his way back to his family tree.
King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 6–Sun 8 Sep.
Firmly established now as one of the country's foremost literary festivals, the Bloody Scotland folk have another top line-up in place, including Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Ian Rankin and Alex Gray, as well as wedded double acts Nicci French and Ambrose Parry.
Various venues, Stirling, Fri 20–Sun 22 Sep.
Over 50 million people have seen him strut his stuff online, and here the silent comedic artist formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face promises 'new jokes, new props, same tape'.
SEC, Glasgow, Fri 27 Sep; Dundee Rep, Sat 28 Sep.
David Greig's adaptation of the Stanislaw Lem novel (famously turned into two different movies) features three scientists orbiting a planet and asking the big questions. Plus, the excellent film actor Hugo Weaving appears on video.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Sep–Sat 5 Oct.
Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage
(Chosen by visual artist David Batchelor)
Collage was the most revolutionary and democratic development in art of the last 100 years. It changed how art could be made, what it could be made from, and what it could look like. Collage made perspective and modelling, and even drawing, unnecessary. Anyone can make a collage; all you need are a few sheets of paper and some glue. It was at the heart of some of the best art of the last century – work by Picasso and Matisse, Hannah Höch, Robert Rauschenberg and many others – and it continues to inspire artists of all kinds. Many of the sculptures in my exhibition at Ingleby are three-dimensional collages, just scraps of found materials arranged in layers and embedded in blocks of concrete. For me, the revelation of the excellent exhibition at SNGMA is in the way it finds the origins of collage not in modern art at all, but in children's games, crafts and hobbies.
David Batchelor: My Own Private Bauhaus, Ingleby, Edinburgh, until Sat 28 Sep; Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), Edinburgh, until Sun 27 Oct.