8 events happening in Dundee this December and January 2018
- David Pollock
- 18 December 2017
Including A Christmas Carol, Model Aeroplanes and The Berries
After the disappointment of not even being allowed to compete for the 2023 European Capital of Culture title, Dundee will get over it. The year 2018 is still set to be the biggest the city's arts scene has witnessed in recent times, so here are a few events which will help you see off 2017 and get started in the New Year.
A Christmas Carol
Director Andrew Panton's choice to swap the lead male roles for female ones in Dundee Rep's latest seasonal special isn't so much a piece of topical gimmickry as it is a means of using the wealth of talent the theatre's company holds in the most appropriate fashion. Namely, casting Anne Louise Ross as Scrooge herself places one of the Rep's strongest and most experienced talents front and centre in Neil Duffield's adaptation.
Dundee Rep Theatre, until Sun 31 Dec.
Andrew Lacon: Fragments & Kate V Robertson: This Mess is Kept Afloat
This winter's programme at DCA gives two young artists their first solo exhibitions in the UK, with their work portioned off throughout the gallery. The Glasgow-based Kate V. Robertson – who has shown at Glasgow International 2016 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – presents This Mess is Kept Afloat, presents a tactile and interactive display which reacts with the interior of the gallery itself; while Birmingham's Andrew Lacon presents Fragments, a single marble floor which considers the 'political life' of the material and its origins.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, until Sun 25 Feb.
Local boys made good by way of a recording contract with Island Records, young Dundonian electro-pop group Model Aeroplanes play a special pre-New Year homecoming show after last month's UK tour. Support comes from fellow local St Martins and A.D.A.M.
Clarks, Dundee, Wed 28 Dec.
First Foot at the McManus
With the sad demise of the incredible New Year's Day Scot:Lands event in Edinburgh, it's nice to know that somewhere in Scotland is still making the connection between art, historic buildings and a nice day out to start the year. Throughout the afternoon, one of Dundee's most beautiful buildings will host children's activities, live music, gallery trails and a free hot drink for everyone.
McManus Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee, Wed 3 Jan.
Here Was Elsewhere >>FFWD
Shown throughout 2017 at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum in China as part of the Cooper Gallery's international Current: Contemporary Art from Scotland project, this group show returns to Scotland with some of the most high-profile artists working in the country right now. Included are Turner Prize 2017 nominee Rosalind Nashashibi (including some of her film work with fellow Turner nominee Lucy Skaer), Corin Sworn, Kate Davies, Duncan Marquiss and Anne-Marie Copestake.
Cooper Gallery at DJCAD, Dundee, Sat 19 Jan to Sat 17 Feb.
Laughter is the Best Placebo
A '30-something comedian who is constantly looking for emotional and electrical outlets,' Simon Caine is also becoming a comedy veteran, with more than 800 shows and two Edinburgh Fringes behind him. Here, he brings his stand-up to the Rep as part of Sweet Venues Lates, a series of late-evening shows from the Dundee-based promoter.
Sweet Venues Lates at Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee, Sat 27 Jan.
Revealing Characters / Face to Face
Two separate exhibitions which look at different aspects of portraiture from the past to the present day, these shows feature painted portraiture by Stewart Carmichael, contemporary selfie-making by Wolfgang Tillmans and new photographs of children and young people by Joe McKenzie, as part of Scotland's Year of Young People in 2018.
McManus Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee, from Sat 27 Jan.
Local musician and writer Gary Robertson has made a popular sideline out of writing plays based on Dundee folk and rituals, and The Berries takes its audience back to the mid-1970s with tales of berry-picking in the fields around Kirriemuir. Also known for his band The Cundeez and his play about Dundonian binmen The Scaffies, Robertson has enough of a local following that this play is selling fast.
Dundee Rep Theatre, Sat 27 Jan to Sat 3 Feb.