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Theatre review: Glory on Earth/War in America

I fear your fear more than I fear my own, says Rona Morrison’s glowing, brilliant young Mary Queen of Scots to John Knox, in one of their exhausting confrontations; and it’s a phrase that echoes ominously down the ages, in a week when we have been reminded again how much beautiful, powerful young dancing women have to fear from religious zealots, whose terror of them and their freedom overrides all pity or compassion.

Theatre
Imelda Mays voice can be anything she wants: seductive, smooth, confident

Music review: Imelda May

According to Imelda May’s husky introduction to the song here, she wrote Black Tears after she had been crying, when she caught her reflection in the mirror and saw her mascara running.

Music
Tenor Peter Auty played the wretched Roberto convincingly

Music review: Scottish Opera: Le Villi

Scottish Opera’s Opera in Concert series is an invaluable contribution to opera performance in Scotland. While economics has put constraints on the company’s full production tally, this initiative provides opportunities for music director Stuart Stratford to present lesser known works in concert that link into the main season, with a decent cast and the Scottish Opera Orchestra centre stage.

Music
Jimmy Chisholm as Max, a deposed royal, and Daniel Cahill as his son Pauli

Theatre review: Small World

The small world of the title is a run-down flat off Glasgow’s Dumbarton Road, in Sean Hardie’s latest comedy for A Play, A Pie, And A Pint. In it, reside King Max of Octavia – deposed as a baby, but still full of kingly mannerisms and pretensions – and his long-suffering son Crown Prince Pauli, a suave Glasgow youth who tries to give the impression of enjoying a successful online career as an international financier, while in fact working as kitchen porter in a Partick kebab joint.

Music
The Dunedin Consort, directed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy, was both technically astounding and profoundly moving

Music review: Dunedin Consort

Monteverdi’s Madrigals are provocative and intensely 
visceral explorations of what it is to be human through music.

Music
Inbetweeners and Fresh Meat star Joe Thomas. Picture by Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Joe Thomas

News
Rod Stewart

Music review: Celebrate ‘67 Live

THE Hollywood script-worthy achievements of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup winning team, the so-called Lisbon Lions, demand to be admired by football fans of any persuasion even half a century on. Which was fortunate if you were a non-partisan attendee at this concert marking exactly 50 years since the immortal 11 beat Inter Milan 2-1 to become the first British club to lift the trophy. Not that there were many non-partisan attendees at The Hydro on Thursday night – as the surviving Lions and a procession of other assorted hoops legends and entertainer fans were rolled out in celebration of arguably Scotland’s greatest ever sporting achievement, with proceeds going to the Celtic FC Foundation.

Music
The biggest Bhoy of them all capped off the evening, as Rod Stewart flew in his full band at his own expense for a headline set

Music review: Celebrate ‘67 Live

THE Hollywood script-worthy achievements of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup winning team, the so-called Lisbon Lions, demand to be admired by football fans of any persuasion even half a century on. Which was fortunate if you were a non-partisan attendee at this concert marking exactly 50 years since the immortal 11 beat Inter Milan 2-1 to become the first British club to lift the trophy. Not that there were many non-partisan attendees at The Hydro on Thursday night – as the surviving Lions and a procession of other assorted hoops legends and entertainer fans were rolled out in celebration of arguably Scotland’s greatest ever sporting achievement, with proceeds going to the Celtic FC Foundation.

Music
Billy Connolly. Picture: PA Wire

Billy Connolly honoured with second giant mural in Glasgow

The legendary Scots comic is being honoured in a very special way by his home city.

Art
Scots crime author Christopher Brookmyre. Picture: Supplied

Christopher Brookmyre fans given chance to appear in book

CRIME fiction author Christopher Brookmyre is giving one fan the unique opportunity to have a character named after them in his next work - donating the prize to leading Edinburgh sight loss charity Royal Blind.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Daniel Lowe

Book review: All That’s Left To Tell, by Daniel Lowe

Two-thirds of the way through this debut novel, we are told “Marc had stood for what seemed a long time, watching his father take a pinch of tobacco from a pouch, and then tamp it into his pipe with his forefinger”. I think “tamp” is one of those words given away for free on Creative Writing courses. Nobody who actually smokes a pipe thinks “tamp”; it is an arch and pseudo-literary word wishing to convey atmosphere and character and some sort of heightened diction. When I judged the Man Booker Prize, the use of the word “tamp” – it occurred in several novels we read – was a clear indicator of a book that was striving and not succeeding. My insight has not been overturned by this work.

Books
Limmy PIC: John Devlin

Book review: That’s Your Lot, by Limmy

Short stories are the ideal format for suspense and intrigue. Readers are offered a brief glimpse into the world of a character and then the door is slammed shut. Brian Limond, known to his many fans as Limmy, may be a relative newcomer to the genre but he is no stranger to sketching weird worlds which you’ll either find hilarious or completely baffling, according to taste. The creator, director and star of the hit BBC Scotland sketch series, Limmy’s Show is back with his second collection of short stories, That’s Your Lot. Those familiar with his sketches will immediately recognise Limond’s unique blend of black humour, fantasy and social awkwardness.

Books
Brad Pitt and Ben Kingsley in War Machine

War Machine | The Other Side of Hope | Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge | The Red Turtle | Spark

War Machine, Netflix’s assault on mainstream cinema, is a disappointingly muddled satire, while the fun disembarked from the Pirates of the Caribbean series long before this voyage

Film
Jim and William Reid formed The Jesus and Mary Chain in East Kilbride in 1983. Their first album in 19 years, Damage and Joy, was released in March. Picture: Steve Gullick

2017 SAY Award longlist unveiled ahead of public vote

They formed in an East Kilbride bedroom more than three decades ago, enjoyed a critically acclaimed career that took them around the world, before splitting in acrimonious circumstances on stage in Miami in 1998.

Music
The Hydro is among the venues where security is being stepped up.

Scottish concert venues increase security after Manchester attack

Security is being stepped up at concert venues in Scotland in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

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Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross will leave Kelvingrove to go on loan in September. Picture: Robert Ormerod

Salvador Dali painting to leave Glasgow on loan

It is perhaps the most famous painting in Scotland. But fans of Salvador Dali’s iconic work, Christ of St John of the Cross, are advised to make the most of it before the artwork is loaned to two museums south of the border.

Art
Ulrika Kjeldsen with her Clydesdale horse on rockers

Art review: Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show 2017

The first of Scotland’s art school shows gets under way in fine form in Dundee, with several hundred students in a range of disciplines from Animation to Textile Design showcasing their work across a labyrinthine complex of buildings. In the Fine Art disciplines it’s a varied year, boasting everything from a sculpture made from slices of bread to an installation made from plastic spoons.

Art

Sir Sean Connery pays tribute to Sir Roger Moore

Sir Sean Connery has paid tribute to fellow James Bond star Sir Roger Moore, following his death aged 89.

UK 10
Author Alexander Dion

Book review: The Potter’s Tale: A Colonsay Life, by Dion Alexander

Dion Alexander’s account of living on Colonsay is rich, human and moving, finds Roger Cox

Books
F Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s, when he and his wife Zelda were both feted

Book review: I’d Die For You and Other Lost Stories, by F Scott Fitzgerald

Even after his star had waned, F Scott Fitzgerald was still a very fine writer, as this collection of ‘lost’ short stories demonstrates

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