10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this September

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  • 30 August 2019
10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this September

Solaris / credit: Pia Johnson

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.

Still Game

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.

The Souvenir

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.
Out now.

Stick Man

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.

Bloody Scotland

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.

Tape Face

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.

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Bloody Scotland

An innovative festival drawing on Scotland's love of the literary macabre and celebrating crime writing by bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers. As well as interviews and panels there is a torchlight procession, criminal cabaret, a crime writer's…

Various venues: Stirling

Fri 17 Sep

Times & prices vary

Take One Action Film Festival

A film festival with a political slant, founded on the belief that 'cinematic experiences can inspire lasting change' and offering a series of talks and programmes showing how films can be used to empower communities on an international stage.

Still Game: Live

The stage version of Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill's TV sitcom of ageing disgracefully, starring Ford Kiernan as Jack Jarvis and Greg Hemphill as Victor McDade.

The Tape Face

New Zealand prop comic and mime returns with new jokes and new props but the same tape.

Scottish Ballet: The Crucible

  • 5 stars

The Scottish Ballet adapt Arthur Miller's thinly-veiled critique of McCarthyism, under the guise of the Salem Witch Trials, to life on stage, with a score by Peter Salem.

Linda McCartney Retrospective

Exhibition of photographs taken by Linda McCartney during the 1960s, curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage

  • 4 stars

First survey exhibition of collage, featuring 250 works which span 16th-century anatomical flap prints to computer-based images.


Psychological thriller exploring the deepest fears of a crew on board a space station orbiting a strange planet.

Stick Man

Freckle Productions stage Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s tale about Stick Man's journey back to the family tree.

David Batchelor: My Own Private Bauhaus

  • 4 stars

Sculptures, paintings and drawings inspired by the Bauhaus but infused with Batchelor's own artistic sensibility, including a fascination with colour.

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