What’s On In Scotland: Five things to do tonight

Funnyman Tim Vine is in Aberdeen tonight. Picture: Jon Savage

Funnyman Tim Vine is in Aberdeen tonight. Picture: Jon Savage

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Our daily briefing gives you the run-down on the most exciting cultural events going on in Scotland this evening

OPERA: CARMEN

Scottish Opera presents a sizzling version of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal this evening, featuring some of the biggest names in the operatic world. Stars like the award winning Justina Gringyte and tenor Noah Stewart will appear in this age old dramatic tale of seduction and obsession, breathing new life into perhaps history’s most famous opera.

Until October 17, Theatre Royal, Hope Street, Glasgow

MUSIC: AKUA NARU

American hip hop songstress Akua Naru visits Edinburgh tonight, performing tracks from her debut record right up to her latest album The Miner’s Canary, which was released earlier this year. Historically, racially and socially aware, Naru’s powerful lyrics inspire and challenge the listener, focussing on feminism and the lack of female voices in contemporary hip hop.

La Belle Angèle, Hasties Close, Edinburgh

THEATRE: EQUUS

Made popular back in 2007 when Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe appeared in a West End production, Peter Shaffer’s play Equus was actually written in 1973. The show follows psychiatrist Martin Dysart as he attempts to treat troubled teenager Alan Strang, and tonight you can see the story unfold at St Andrews’ Byre Theatre. Something of a detective story with recurring religious, sexual and violent undertones, Equus is a haunting but rewarding watch.

Until October 14, The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews

COMEDY: TIM VINE

Popular comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Tim Vine heads north to Aberdeen for a performance of his latest stand-up show Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You. Yes, really. This is the first time Vine has toured in four years, and he’s obviously itching to get back to basics and give his audience a good giggle. A fan of comedy songs and endless puns, Vine is the kind of comedian that is happy to make you laugh without making you work for it.

Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen

EXHIBITION: THE SHOCK OF VICTORY

The Shock of Victory exhibition opened exactly one year after the Scottish Independence Referendum took place and (until November) will showcase all manner of artwork inspired by a post-referendum reality. Existing films, poems and photographs from across the world will be on display, all exploring the concept of victory, while new works inspired by the exhibition itself will be made available online during its run.

Until November 1, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

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