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Cilla Black statue unveiled at Liverpool’s Cavern Club

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool.

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Music review: The Blue Aeroplanes

“This is not a nostalgia exercise,” glowered Gerard Langley. As far as we could tell he was glowering behind the sunglasses he wore throughout, a lone Blues Brother powered by mordant English wit and the propulsive affection of late ‘80s/early ‘90s indie fans for whom The Blue Aeroplanes’ personal impact was in inverse proportion to their lack of fame.

Martyn Brabbins

Music review: BBC SSO: The Last Supper

Harrison Birtwistle’s “dramatic tableaux” The Last Supper is a curious and engaging concoction of anomalies. The subject itself, a reunion of its original guests some two millennia on, with review of the Christian project on the agenda under chairman Christ, smacks of Hollywood fantasy sequel.

Llyr Williams

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Alexander Janiczek / Llyr Williams

I love self-sufficiency in an orchestra – where the body corporate dispenses with conductor and self-governs in a dynamically intimate way that is chamber music writ large. It’s what the SCO does extremely well, even when working semi-automatically with soloist/directors.

Carly Connor  PIC: Robert Perry

Music review: King Tut’s New Year Revolution

New year, new faces. The budding A&R man or confirmed starmaker could do worse than dip into the King Tut’s New Year Revolution, their annual January run of local band bills, offering four upcoming acts, a DJ and an aftershow gig in the bar each night as a shrewd way of showcasing new talent and getting the venue full of music-loving locals at a quiet time of year (at least until Celtic Connections kicks off).

(L-R) Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Amber McMahon, and Arielle Gray in Picnic at Hanging Rock

Theatre Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock

It’s only 85 minutes long, its visual style is deliberately austere, and its cast consists only of five young women dressed in contemporary school uniforms of the most traditional kind. Yet the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne’s stage version of Picnic At Hanging Rock – co-produced by Black Swan Theatre of Perth – begins the Lyceum’s spring season with an explosion of theatrical power as fierce as it is contemplative, and so original that no-one who sees it is likely to forget it.

There’s never any sense, here, that the whole story of Joan Lindsay’s great 1967 novel will be “acted out”. Instead, in Tom Wright’s adaptation and Matthew Lutton’s production, we see five schoolgirls who exist both now, and in 1900, and at any time between, standing on a deep blue stage – almost bare, but strangely angled – retelling this great Australian myth, the story of three girls and a schoolmistress who disappear completely during a picnic at the ancient aboriginal site of Hanging Rock, on Valentine’s Day 1900.

Natalie Portman Picture: Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (7689200aj)

Interview: Natalie Portman on making her new film, Jackie

Natalie Portman gives the performance of her life in biopic Jackie, which focuses on the immediate aftermath of the assassination of JFK. Jackie emerges as a powerful champion for her late husband’s legacy, while struck down by her own grief. Janet Christie hears more


Haunting Scottish documentary wins acclaim in Serbia

A haunting and evocative photo documentary examining the legacy left by the Highland Clearances is attracting international attention.

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Director Danny Boyle during a location shoot for the new film. Picture John Devlin

Boyle: New Trainspotting ‘about aging and masculinity’

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle has revealed that the long-awaited sequel is going to tackle “manhood and disappointed masculinity.”

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Laura Marling is a must-see at Celtic Connections. Picture: Contributed

Celtic Connections: What to see and when

Plotting a course through an ocean of Celtic Connections talent

The cast of Wonderland the Musical. Picture: Contributed

Preview: Wonderland the Musical

When Frank Wildhorn’s plan to make an album of Wonderland foundered, he turned it into a hit show instead. Kelly Apter talks to the composer about the UK tour, which starts in Edinburgh this week, while former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters explains the appeal of playing the Queen of Hearts

The world premiere of T2 is being held in Edinburgh next weekend.

Trainspotting sequel to tackle 'disappointed masculinity' of iconic characters

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle has revealed that its long-awaited sequel is going to be about “manhood and disappointed masculinity."

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Rab Noakes played his first professional show 50 yearss ago. Picture: Carol Ann Peacock

Interview: Rab Noakes prepares to celebrate 50 years in music at Celtic Connections

He walked away from success with Stealers Wheel, missed out on a solo hit due to ‘silly’ planning, had throat cancer – but Rab Noakes is smiling as Celtic Connections hails his 50 years as a professional singer, writes Fiona Shepherd

Irvine Welsh PIC: PA / Ian West

From the archives: Tom Adair reviews Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

This review originally appeared in Scotland on Sunday on 5 September 1993

The main entrance to the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Architects head to Glasgow to celebrate city’s buildings

Architectural historians from around the world will attend a birthday party for Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow this summer in recognition of his lasting international legacy.

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Scottish author Jenny Colgan. Picture: Graham Jepson.

Scots author Jenny Colgan quits Twitter after Nadiya Hussain backlash

Scottish ‘chick-lit’ author Jenny Colgan has deleted her Twitter account after a review she wrote of Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s debut novel received a fierce backlash.

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The new music centre will be opened at the University of St Andrews. Picture: Jane Barlow

Plans for new £8m music centre in St Andrews to be unveiled

Plans for a state-of-the-art music centre in the heart of St Andrews are to be unveiled later this month by the university.

Tourism industry chiefs want to see radical improvements to rail, sea and road infrastructure. Picture: Craig Borland

New vision to spark Scottish tourism boom is unveiled

Radical improvements to roads, railways, ferry networks and air services are needed to help the Scottish tourism industry meet a multi-billion pound target within the next three years, industry leaders have said.

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Pupils from Dyke Primary School in Moray feature in Tatler magazine. Picture: Contributed

Society mag Tatler puts Moray primary in ‘top school’ list

TOP society magazine The Tatler has picked a Highland primary school as one of the best in the UK.

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