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Interview: Jessica Barden

The Yorkshire actor plays a dysfunctional teen in her new dark comedy. She tells Janet Christie why it’s her best role yet

Scottish folk-rock band Frightened Rabbit.

Music review: Frightened Rabbit and the RSNO

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s collaboration with a Scottish pop act has become a highlight of The Spree, Paisley’s annual multi-arts festival. Even in this year’s enhanced line-up as part of the bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, it was hard to contemplate a more stunning festival sound than the opening swell of the RSNO in Paisley Abbey.

La Traviata  opulence and debauchery of belle �poque Paris. Photograph: Jane Hobson.

Theatre review: La Traviata

David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s classic weepie has travelled far and wide to great acclaim since its unveiling by Scottish Opera back in 2008 – and it’s not hard to see why.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra in action - here with conductor Robin Ticciati Photo: Marco Borggreve

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Full marks to the SCO who showed their true mettle in a concert without a conductor or the scheduled soloist – both Robin Ticciati and pianist Igor Levit cancelled because of ill health – so Benjamin Marquise ­Gilmore stepped up to the plate to lead from the violin in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.1.

BBC Scotland's coverage of the Tattoo will be beamed into 54 Canadian cinemas later this month.

Edinburgh Tattoo to stage cinema screenings for the first time

Organisers of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have unveiled plans to take the event into cinemas for the first time - with a pilot to be rolled out in Canada.

The Maids at Dundee Rep Theatre

Theatre review: The Maids

They say that power corrupts; but in his iconic 1947 drama The Maids, Jean Genet’s suggestion is that complete lack of power also has the same effect, and that it’s not so much power itself, as its unequal distribution through society, that finally drives men and women mad.

Dundee's creative industries strategy has been published ahead of a bid to become a European Capital of Culture.

Dundee warned over talent drain of young creatives

Dundee’s ambitions of becoming a leading hub for culture and the creative industries are being held back by a talent drain, a lack of major employe rs and a shortage of space for artists and start-up companies to work from.
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Producer Kathleen Kennedy has called for a "zero-tolerance" approach. Picture: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Women In Film)

Film producer calls for commission to stamp out sexual harassment

Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy has called for a commission and a “zero-tolerance” attitude to transform the film industry in order to protect people against sexual harassment.

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Dundee Rep.

Joyce McMillan: Drama at Dundee Rep raises wider issues

There had been rumblings of discontent for a while; unhappiness inside the company, signs of administrative unease in areas like the press office, and – in the end – a devastatingly critical Scotsman column by writer and Dundee University academic Kirsty Gunn. Yet still, it came as something of a shock, two weeks ago, when Dundee Rep’s Chief Executive Nick Parr stepped down after just two years in the job, to be replaced – at least on a temporary basis – by the two artistic directors of the Rep’s resident companies, Andrew Panton of the Dundee Rep Ensemble, and Fleur Darkin of Scottish Dance Theatre.

The Cauldron, Grangemouth, by George Robertson. Picture Photo: George Robertson/PA Wire

Urban views of Scotland win VisitBritain landscape photography awards

An industrial landscape at Grangemouth, a steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the three bridges crossing the Forth were among the Scottish entries in this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.

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Thomas has welcomed new friends and said goodbye to others in the show's overhaul. Picture: Mattel, Inc. via AP

Leader comment: Will Thomas the Tank Engine be steaming?

IF the intention is to make the stories of Thomas the Tank Engine more realistic then a plan to update the Rev WH Awdry’s tales may fall short of the mark.

Margaret Cho Picture: Albert Sanchez

Interview: Margaret Cho

You can always trust your family to tell you how it is. In the case of Korean/American comedian, actor, author and songwriter Margaret Cho, her grandmother didn’t hold back: “You look bloated as if you’ve been found dead in a lake after several days of searching,” she told her. Hence the title of her new stand-up show, Fresh Off the Bloat, which comes to Edinburgh next month.

Mitsuko Uchida

Music review: SCO/Mitsuko Uchida

How conductor Robin Ticciati pulls it off is – well, nothing short of miraculous. This was the opening concert of his final season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and it was brimming over with the meticulous attention to detail that has characterised his eight years with the orchestra – phrases turned with fastidious care, textures exquisitely balanced. With all that consideration applied to wringing every last drop of meaning from the music, you might imagine it would sound calculated, overworked – but not a bit of it. Somehow he ensures it’s as fresh and spontaneous as if he were discovering the pieces for the first time.

Peter Hannah, Aly Macrae and Deka Walmsley, part of a fine cast in Cockpit

Theatre review: Cockpit

THE sign hanging in the foyer is roughly written in black paint on a tattered white sheet. “Under the control of the allied government,” it says; and in a moment, we are back in Germany in 1945, during the time of starvation and upheaval when the victorious allied powers first came together to provide a transitional government for defeated Germany, divided into four zones.

Annie Grace, Maryam Hamidi and George Drennan act with a will

Theatre review: Hysteria | One Mississippi

THERE’S a question that lies behind both of these shows, presented as part of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. It’s the big one, for those interested in mental health and well-being: the question of where normal distress and depression caused by the world we live in, and its pressures and cruelties, shades into serious mental illness, with all the needs and dangers that implies.

Harvey Weinsteins depredations were an open film industry secret, and the subject of an onstage joke at the Oscars.

Bret Stephens: The enabler culture helped Harvey Weinstein

The film producer was surrounded by those who facilitated his predations or looked the other way says Bret Stephens

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Beck PIC: Peter Hapak

Album reviews: Beck | Squeeze | Findlay Napier | Dolly Parton

There are fewer moments of genius than usual on Beck’s new album, while Dolly Parton sings for the kids

PP Arnold  PIC: Sandra Vijandi / Handel & Hendrix Museum

Interview: PP Arnold on finally releasing her “lost” 1960s recordings with Eric Clapton and Barry Gibb

Even if you haven’t heard of PP Arnold, you have almost certainly heard her mighty soul voice on a host of classic recordings over the years, from Nick Drake’s Poor Boy to Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer to The KLF’s 3am Eternal and What Time Is Love? Her diverse career has taken her from Tina Turner’s Ikettes to touring backing vocalist with the likes of Eric Clapton and Roger Waters and West End musicals such as Starlight Express. But it was the solo recordings she made in the late 60s for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records and her collaborations with labelmates The Small Faces which sealed her cult appeal on the mod scene and sustains her to this day. As we speak, Arnold is about to pack her bags to perform at a northern soul weekender.

Will Sutcliffe

The best young adult fiction this autumn

Sixteen-year-old Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship tasked with colonising Earth II in Lauren James’s Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Walker Books, £7.99). Hurtling through space towards an uncertain future, completely alone, Romy is struggling to keep herself together. With a time-lapse of several years, meaningful communication with Earth is impossible, so when she starts to receive reports from a relief ship rapidly converging on hers, Romy allows herself to hope. As the second ship approaches, however, it becomes clear not everything is as it seems. This is a tense psychological thriller that will suck you into the claustrophobic interior of Romy’s ship and leave you gasping for air.

Kevin, by Rob Biddulph

The best children’s books this autumn

Beautiful illustrations of nocturnal creatures, imaginary friends and frustrated vampires bring these children’s stories to life, write Emma Dunn and Sarah Mallon

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