Scottish arts news bulletin March 2010

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  • 31 March 2010
Scottish arts news bulletin March 2010

Kate Nash has been added to the T in the Park bill. Photo: Eve Barlow.


Photographer Rankin is to pay homage to the Scottish Highlands in upcoming book Rankin: A Photographic Essay of The Macallan Estate (£40) to be published in May this year. Rankin was commissioned in 2008 by the folks at Macallan to create a limited edition series of photographs for the first year of their series, The Macallan Masters of Photography.


Funny lady Ruby Wax is set to appear in Glasgow with musician Judith Owen as part of new show Ruby Wax: Losing It. Check her out at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Wed 19 May.


Following this year’s Film Festival, Glasgow Film Theatre continue their NT Live series, showcasing live plays filmed at the National Theatre in London and broadcast live by satellite to 230 cinema screens in the UK and worldwide. The Habit of Art, a new play by Alan Bennett, which imagines a meeting between Benjamin Britten and W. H. Auden, will screen on 22 Apr. While down the road at the CCA, three new film strands have been introduced: Distant Voices, Beta Movement and Reflections on Black. Look out for a screening of Scottish classic, I Know Where I’m Going, as well as Aurélien Froment’s Théâtre de poche (Pocket Theatre).


Groove Armada, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Shed Seven, Kate Nash, We Are Scientists, The Black Keys, DJ Yoda and Adam Beyer are joining the bill for TiTP. Elsewhere, the first acts for this year’s Wickerman Festival, (Fri 21–Sat 22 Jul), have been announced with Ocean Colour Scene, Futureheads, Sons and Daughters and Codeine Velvet Club all making an appearance. Lastly, 11 years after the band’s Bowlie Weekender launched the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, Belle & Sebastian are to curate the ATP event in December, at Butlin’s, Minehead. ‘Bowlie 2’ will round off a year of ATP tenth anniversary celebrations.


National Library of Scotland have launched their latest roster of free events. The programme, which begins on Thu 15 Apr, launches with Dramatic Developments: Scottish Theatre From the Seventies to the Nineties, a lecture exploring the roots and nature of theatre in Scotland and its lasting trends. See for more.

Visual art

And finally, check out Air Iomlaid [On Exchange], which runs at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh from 10 Apr–9 May and shows the culmination of an 18-month long project, funded through the Scottish Arts Council, linking children from Tollcross Primary School in Edinburgh with children from Bun-sgoil Shleite on the Isle of Skye. The exhibition will show the children’s sketchbooks and drawings, as well as large-scale artworks in which the landscapes of Skye and Edinburgh are interpreted from the perspective of both residents and visitors.

The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman festival is quite probably the world’s only family-friendly music event inspired by a cult horror film about human sacrifice. Located in the prime Wicker Man territory of Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway, the festival’s unique selling point is its annual climactic burning of a bespoke wicker man (sans a…

Ruby Wax: Losing It

The brash comedian is accompanied by musician Judith Owen as she tells of her stay in the Priory.

Dramatic Developments: Scottish Theatre From the 70s to the 90s

Prof Randall Stevenson talks about the late 20th century revival in Scottish theatre.

The Habit of Art

Play by Alan Bennett, which imagines a meeting between WH Auden and Benjamin Britten.

T in the Park

From relatively humble beginnings, T in the Park has become the acknowledged behemoth of the Scottish festival scene and one of the UK's largest events. In 2015 the festival moved from its longstanding Balado location to the new grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. Bands appearing in 2016 include The Stone Roses…

All Tomorrow's Parties 2010: Weekend 1: Iggy And The Stooges, Spirtualized, She & Him, Daniel Johnston

Simpson's creator Matt Groening curates, with performances from Iggy And The Stooges, Coco Rosie, Built To Spill, Joanna Newsom, James Chance And Les Contortions, Thee Oh Sees, Juana Molina, Spirtualized, She & Him, Liars, Trash Kit, Lightening Dust, Konono No 1, Boredoms' 9 Drummer Boadrum, The Raincoats, Toumani…

Ruby Wax: Losing It?

Razor sharp comedy from the comic, joined by musician Judith Owen.

The Habit Of Art

  • Written by: Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett's new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. Benjamin…

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