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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

26 Feb 20154 stars

Brecht's revolutionary play gets with the beat

Mark Thomson’s direction of Bertolt Brecht’s celebrated The Caucasian Chalk Circle takes the potent script and ramps it up, thanks to the Lyceum’s ability to gather a large cast and capture the dynamic storytelling that drives the clear political message.

Chrononauts – Mark Millar and Sean Murphy

26 Feb 20154 stars

Time travelling action adventure from writer Mark Millar and artist Sean Murphy

Scottish writer Mark Millar is famed for his edgy action comics. Sharp, satirical and often packed with the old ultra-violence. Through his creator-owned Millarworld imprint, he's launched a plethora of new characters and realities. His work ethic is…

Five things you might not know about . . . Count Arthur Strong

26 Feb 2015

Ex-music hall legend hits the road with Somebody Up There Licks Me

1 The man behind the pencil moustache, tweed jackets and prehistoric worldviews is one Steve Delaney. No relation, we think, to fellow comics such as the one-line gagmeister Gary or the American Catastrophe-starring Twitter sensation, Rob. This Delaney…

GFF interview: Richard Johnson, Radiator

26 Feb 2015

Screen and stage legend Richard Johnson discusses his new film, Radiator, directed by Tom Browne

Acting since he was 16-years old and having enjoyed a storied career interrupted just once by wartime national service, Richard Johnson has seen it all and then some. A founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Johnson's movie credits included…

Eden

26 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Mia Hansen-Løve's heady take on the French house scene

Mia Hansen-Løve has created an insightful and involving cinematic experience with her fourth feature, which centres on the rise and fall of a French house DJ from the 1990s to the 2000s. It’s a heady trip into the electronic dance music scene that…

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Force Majeure

26 Feb 20155 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Ruben Östlund's masterful dramedy foregrounds weakness

A family skiing holiday turns rivetingly sour in Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's impeccably executed, discomforting dramedy, which holds humanity under an unflattering, unflinching microscope. It benefits from a simple but terrifically fruitful…

Wilko Johnson announces 2015 tour dates

26 Feb 2015

Veteran guitarist/singer beats cancer and hits the road with his band

It’s one of the more awesome comebacks in rock'n'roll history. Much-loved guitarist and singer Wilko Johnson – owner of the most intimidating glare in pub-rock, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013, and who gave an emotional…

Optimo's Foodbank Fundraiser aims to help Glasgow's hungry

26 Feb 2015

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes to raise money for city foodbanks at Art School event

Glasgow's Art School is being taken over for a fundraising event supporting Glasgow foodbanks on Fri 13 Mar. The line-up includes Optimo (organisers, along with Autonomous Glasgow), Nightwave, Harri & Domenic, MWX and many more, as well as visual art…

Amazon Prime announce air date for Outlander

26 Feb 2015

Amazon Prime Instant Video have announced that the smash-hit US show Outlander will be available to UK fans from Thursday 26 March. Despite being filmed and set in Scotland, the TV series has so far only been enjoyed by fans outside the UK. In the…

BRIT Awards 2015 complete list of winners

26 Feb 2015

Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood among the winners at UK pop's annual backslapping party

The winners have been announced, the awards collected, Kanye came, Madonna fell, and Ant and Dec have skulked back into the jungle to work on their jokes. Ed Sheeran cleaned up with the two biggest prizes of the night while Paloma Faith took home…

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TV highlights – March 2015

26 Feb 2015

Including Banished, Moone Boy, Powers, The Following, Community and The Royals

Three part adaptation of Julian Barne's superlative novel based on real events. Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali take the title roles, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to clear an innocent man accused of the 'Great Wyrley Outrages'.

TV review: Arthur & George, ITV1

26 Feb 20153 stars

Julian Barnes’ acclaimed novel makes for a jolly decent telly adaptation

While recent reports suggest that Neil Morrissey yearns for a Men Behaving Badly reunion, this perhaps says more about the current shape of his own career than that of his buddy, Martin Clunes. While the latter appears to have settled into appearing in…

Comic news and new releases – March 2015

26 Feb 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off and Judge Dredd among March's hottest comics releases

As if we weren’t all bloody excited enough about George Miller’s forthcoming, Tom Hardy-starring sequel to his demented petrolhead dystopiana trilogy, the comic tie-ins have just been announced. Published by DC’s long-standing mature readers imprint…

Entries open for aspiring writer programmes at the London Book Fair

25 Feb 2015

The LBF announces a call for entries for Agent One-to-One and The Write Stuff

The London Book Fair (LBF) is looking for entrants to apply for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, both of which offer unique opportunities for aspiring writers. In the Agent One-to-One, authors are given the chance to…

EastEnders star Ben Hardy announced for X-Men: Apocalypse

25 Feb 2015

Bryan Singer’s X-Men sequel gets a new addition to the cast, while Fox’s superhero universe expands

After a week of shocking revelations and argy bargy on Albert Square as part of EastEnders’ 30th anniversary celebrations, Ben Hardy (aka Peter Beale), a key player in the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline, should be well prepared for future film work.

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Boychoir

25 Feb 20153 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Likeable music school drama featuring Dustin Hoffman

Boychoir, from French-Canadian director François Girard, is a charming, thoughtful music school drama that dials down the expected sentimentality and plays like a PG version of Whiplash. Newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious 11-year-old…

Focus

25 Feb 20152 stars

Vacuous, less-than-thrilling con artist flick starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

It's been 22 years since Will Smith starred in Six Degrees of Separation, a wonderfully subtle adaptation of John Guare's play about a young con artist who takes in a well-to-do Manhattan couple. Watching Smith's new film Focus, his first lead since the…

Lionsgate invests in Telltale Games

25 Feb 2015

The TV production company announces new investment in the makers of The Walking Dead game

Film and TV production company Lionsgate has announced a 'significant investment' in Telltale Games, producers of episodic adventure series including the immensely popular The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer will also join…

Best events for kids at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

25 Feb 2015

2015's programme has plenty in store for little ones

Dino Day It’s a dinosaur takeover at Summerhall, with a range of workshops and family activities. From robotic dinosaurs to dressing up, discovering fossils to hunting dino eggs, the prehistory fun never stops. Summerhall, Sat 4 Apr, times and prices…

Dylan Moran prepares for an Off the Hook tour

25 Feb 2015

The Edinburgh-based Irish comic gets down and dirty with technology

When it comes to the modern world, Dylan Moran is less curmudgeonly as Bernard Black, his most lauded fictional creation, but he remains on the sceptical side. ‘Technology is a thing we just have to deal with, but part of the problem it’s created is…

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Jason Rhoades: Four Roads exhibition coming to the BALTIC

25 Feb 2015

Chief Curator Laurence Sillars reflects on the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work

Dead prematurely at the age of 41 through heart failure, Californian artist Jason Rhoades combined elements of performance and conventional art in his work. Already recognised and much appreciated by the critical establishment throughout his life, the…

Death From Above 1979, ABC, Glasgow, Mon 23 Feb 2015

24 Feb 20153 stars

There's little electricity in the air tonight for the reunited Canadian duo

There's a moment right before the gig starts when a crew member comes onstage for a routine check of the bass. In what feels like a fraction of an instant, that familiar, rabid tone that has become just as iconic as the be-trunked emblem…

Game of Thrones blooper reel released

24 Feb 2015

Ahead of the show's fifth season, see the cast swear, stumble and fumble lines

Winter is no longer coming, it’s basically been and gone, which means that we can definitely start getting excited about Game of Thrones season five this spring. Come 12 April, it’s back to dramatic family feuds, distressing death scenes and, of course…

Lloyd Langford takes some good Old Fashioned comedy on tour

24 Feb 2015

The laconic comic's current show sees him ponder everything from Snapchat to soup

When Lloyd Langford takes to the stage, don’t expect an exhibition of comedic machismo. Instead, this Welsh funnyman (who has been variously dubbed as ‘mild-mannered’, ‘a loveable misanthrope’ and ‘wise fool’) displays all the attributes of someone who…

Mulan the Musical: China’s only female percussion group presents new show

24 Feb 2015

From the Red Poppy Percussion Ensemble comes this new telling of the legend

Last seen by Scottish audiences during the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony, the Red Poppy Percussion Ensemble is known for many things – but most notably for being the only female drumming group in China. Founded in 1999, the group regularly…