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Critics’ choice: Our team of critics pick their standout events this week

Amy Lennox as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 - The Musical

Amy Lennox as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 - The Musical

FROM classical music to theatre via visual art, our critics tell you which events to watch out for

THEATRE

9 TO 5

PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH, 26 NOVEMBER UNTIL 1 DECEMBER

THE Scottish Autumn theatre season has shuddered to a halt, and most of the Christmas shows are not yet with us. In the meantime, though, there’s time to catch this jolly and colourful stage musical version of 9 To 5, Dolly Parton’s 1980 smash-hit movie about three women office workers who finally rebel against the sexist bullying of their horrible boss. The revolution is led by Jackie Clune as Violet and Amy Lennox as sexy secretary Doralee, with Bonnie Langford as lust-crazed office frump Roz; and if the feminist message sometimes take a back seat to grotesque comedy – well, with Dolly herself on video belting out the title song, who really cares?

• Tel: 0131-524 3333

JOYCE MCMILLAN

FILM

TURNING

GLASGOW FILM THEATRE, 25 NOVEMBER; EDINBURGH FILMHOUSE, 26 NOVEMBER

Rockumentaries tend to come in one of two guises: bland promos for the band/musician in question or vérité-style attempts to capture a specific moment in time in a band’s existence. Turning attempts something different. Documenting an acclaimed 2004 tour by Anthony Hegarty, Charles Atlas’s film explores the nature of gender and identity and its relationship to performance by focusing more on the 13 women who appeared with him onstage each night than on Hegarty himself. Atlas will be on hand to discuss the film in a Q&A after each screening.

• Tel: 0141-332 6535 / 0131-228 2688

ALISTAIR HARKNESS

VISUAL ART

THE QUEEN: 60 PHOTOGRAPHS FOR 60 YEARS

QUEEN’S GALLERY, EDINBURGH, UNTIL 24 FEBRUARY

The Diamond Jubilee is being marked by an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery of 60 photographs of Her Majesty. The 60 pictures are for the 60 years of her reign. That doesn’t mean there is literally one taken each year, but they are distributed fairly evenly over the decades. The Queen never used to smile for the camera, but somebody has managed to choose pictures that show her looking pretty cheery throughout the whole time. There is even a picture of her risking a shy smile from the Coronation coach. It is all a rather touching tribute to a doughty lady.

• Tel: 0131-556 5100

DUNCAN MACMILLAN

CLASSICAL

RSNO: ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

USHER HALL, EDINBURGH, 23 NOVEMBER; GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL, 24 NOVEMBER

If ANYONE can smoke out the theatricality in Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono can. Currently musical director of the Opéra National de Lyon, Ono has a passion for the theatre, which tends to feed into his symphonic appearances. As well as Strauss’s dramatic musical realisation of Nietzsche this weekend, Ono directs the RSNO in Mozart’s popular Piano Concerto in A, K488 (with soloist Saleem Abboud Ashkar) and some fairytale extracts from Prokofiev’s Cinderella.

• Tel: 0131-288 1155 (Edinburgh); 0141-353 8000 (Glasgow)

KEN WALTON

POP

CHAIN AND THE GANG

CCA, GLASGOW, 27 NOVEMBER

This is not the first, nor likely the last time this column will recommend a gig featuring righteous testifier Ian Svenonius. Svenonius is a Washington DC cult legend, who has fronted such august punk outfits as Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up and Weird War over the past 20 years. Chain and the Gang are the latest vehicle for his sociopolitically charged wit and garage, rhythm’n’blues and soul-infused music, offering “bewitching call and response tunes to make any indentured work force proud”.

• Tel: 0141-352 4900

FIONA SHEPHERD

 

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