Scotsman’s critics choice: Five must-see things to see this week

A still from Roger Waters: The Wall. Picture: Contributed

A still from Roger Waters: The Wall. Picture: Contributed

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

FILM

Roger Waters: The Wall

Barely a month seems to go by at the moment without some big tribute to the legacy of Pink Floyd, so here’s another one: a documentary that’s part concert film, part behind-the-scenes look at Roger Waters grappling with the meaning of Pink Floyd’s classic album The Wall as he mounts the largest ever worldwide tour by a solo artist. The screening will be followed by a live satellite Q&A with Waters himself. ALISTAIR HARKNESS

Glasgow Film Theatre, 29 September, 0141-332 6565

THEATRE

Brave New World

It’s a brave new autumn season at the King’s and Festival Theatres, with many treats to come, including stage versions of The Shawshank Redemption and the Daphne Du Maurier classic Rebecca. First up, though, is this new Touring Consortium version by Dawn King of Aldous Huxley’s iconic 1932 science fiction novel. Sophie Ward stars as Margaret Mond, Regional Controller for Western Europe, in a spectacular high-tech staging from the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, which highlights Huxley’s powerful insight into how developments in life sciences might change human relationships, and also features cutting-edge music by English band These New Puritans. JOYCE MCMILLAN

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 29 September until 3 October, 0131-529 6000

CLASSICAL

Scottish Opera: Così fan tutte

Scottish Opera continues its small-scale piano-accompanied tour of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, a production by Lissa Lorenzo that transfers the action to 1950s Italy. The cast features Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Ben McAteer as Guglielmo and Jennifer France as Despina. It is sung in English to a translation by Martin Fitzpatrick. KEN WALTON

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, today, 01436 678848; The Gaiety, Ayr, 29 September, 01292 288235 and Tait Hall, Kelso, 1 October, 01573 224269

POP

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

This singer/songwriter from Denver was previously known for his introspective country folk material, and may well return to that territory some day but, for now, he is having way too much fun unleashing his inner soul man with his R&B band The Night Sweats. Think classic earthy rhythm’n’blues with a bit of dreamy psych soul chucked in for dynamics. Their new self-titled album has been conferred the ultimate R&B seal of approval – it is released on classic Memphis label Stax Records. FIONA SHEPHERD

Stereo, Glasgow, 1 October, 0141-222 2254

ART

Grace Ndiritu – A Return to Normalcy: Birth of New Museum

Among the more intriguing invitations I’ve received in recent weeks was one I sadly couldn’t take up: the chance to join artist Grace Ndiritu in a ceremony that she hoped would literally breathe new life into the ailing Mackintosh building during its refurbishment after last year’s fire. The film of the event, An Afro-Futuristic Performance: Holotropic Breathing for the Masses, is just one of the intriguing prospects in the British Kenyan artist’s most significant solo show in the UK since 2007. MOIRA JEFFREY

Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, until 12 December, www.gsa.ac.uk

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