Scotsman critics’ choice: Four must-see shows on this week

Bridget Riley, Vespertino, 1988, oil on linen

Bridget Riley, Vespertino, 1988, oil on linen

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THE Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see films, theatre and concerts for the next week

THEATRE: Mary Poppins

They walk on ceilings, they dance their hearts out, they sing some of the world’s best-loved songs, and they express strong views on the values of the banking industry, and the need for a decent work-life balance. In other words, the characters in Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary stage version of Mary Poppins have more to say about life in 21st century Britain than you might imagine; and with superb direction by Richard Eyre, choreography by Matthew Bourne, and the lovely Zizi Strallen in the leading role, this is a touring show to relish, and one that should look its brilliant best, in Edinburgh’s beautiful Festival Theatre. Joyce McMillan

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 27 April-21 May, 0131 529 6000

POP: Outskirts 2016

Today’s one-day festival at cherished Easterhouse arts centre Platform returns with a wider artistic scope than ever, thanks to a collaboration with Glasgow International involving work from Mandy McIntosh, Mega Hammer and Bitter Rose. In addition to a number of theatrical performances and sound installations, there will be music from SAY Award winner Kathryn Joseph in collaboration with Twilight Sad frontman James Graham, pianist Matthew Bourne’s vintage synth odyssey Moogmemory and jazz duo Herschel 36 playing their score for silent doc Wunder der Schöpfung. Fiona Shepherd

Platform, Glasgow, 0141 276 9696, today, www.platform-online.co.uk

ART: Bridget Riley Paintings, 1963-2015

Bridget Riley is surely the greatest living British painter: the ‘op artist’ has never abandoned her rigorous enquiries and her devotion to disciplined yet radical experiment. This ‘focused display’ rather than exhibition looks at the dialogue between monochrome and colour. Moira Jeffrey

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, www.nationalgalleries.org

JAZZ: Preston Glasgow Lowe

With an impressive, eponymously titled debut album released this week, the formidable young London-based jazz trio of Preston Glasgow Lowe plays the only Scottish gig of a UK tour at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar. The band features the stratospheric guitar work of David Preston, who has played with everyone from Curtis Stigers to Ballet Rambert, ceaselessly inventive drummer Laurie Lowe (Gilad Atzmon, Jim Mullen, Andy Sheppard) and six-string electric bass work from Inverness-born Kevin Glasgow (Tim Garland, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, etc). Jim Gilchrist

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, 28 April, 0131 220 4298

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