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Scottish Ballet's digital artist in residence, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom gives us not just the gift of technological advancements, but a chance to view these talented dancers including The Three Graces, and masterful choreography up-close in Scottish Ballet's Digital Season.

Dance review: Scottish Ballet: Digital Season

For years, the ballet world has concerned itself with staying alive; with finding ways to stay relevant for modern audiences. Well, Scottish Ballet has found the elixir of life. Yes, like other large ballet companies, it is proffering the work of up-and-coming choreographers on stage – but if it’s the hard to reach demographics you’re after, in terms of both age and geography, then digital is the answer.

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Chuck D of Public Enemy had plenty to say about politics and sectarianism besides providing a powerful set''Picture: James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Gods of Rap, Hydro, Glasgow

WHEN the Gods of Rap package tour was announced, there were knowing comments online about what form it would take or whether it would actually happen, in reference in particular to headliners the Wu-Tang Clan’s tendency to have components of their extensive membership come and go as they please at a moment’s notice. Such cynicism was unfounded, however; this was an arena show with all the wide-reaching appeal of a big budget revival event but also all the energy and commitment of a concert given by people who still have something to say.

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MacRae has charisma and talent to burn, plus that exceptional singing voice

Comedy review: Leah MacRae – My Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

PERFORMING her debut one-woman tour of Scotland, Leah MacRae occasionally acknowledges Senga, her “Z-list celebrity stalker” in the front row, and this contrived, one-way interaction neatly encapsulates the appeal of the River City and Gary: Tank Commander actor. On one hand, she’s an effortlessly down-to-earth Glaswegian, capably ad-libbing and engaging the audience with her life story. On the other, she’s a desperate and deluded wannabe diva, possessed of more than enough ego to be a stage icon yet denied the big opportunities, invariably due to her size.

Ultimately though, with her vulnerabilities exposed, and her exceptional singing voice unleashed, she reconciles the two aspects to emerge as a bona-fide stage star, with charisma and talent to burn, her future as a variety performer assured.

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Pete Doherty and The Puta Madres. Picture: RMV/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres, QMU, Glasgow

AS THE years pass, former Libertines fulcrum Pete Doherty looks less and less like a wayward rock ‘n’ roll spirit living out the “live fast, die young” dream. These days, after almost two decades in the public eye and a growing, widespread awareness of mental health issues which might once have been dismissed as mere “eccentricity,” what he’s always been is thrown into sharp focus – that is, a man struggling with profound addiction issues whose illness has been anything but helped by a lifetime working in the music industry.

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Toy Plastic chicken is based on a true story. Neshla Caplan as Rachel and David James Kirkwood as Ross

Theatre reviews: Toy Plastic Chicken, Oran Mor, Glasgow | The Worst Witch, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh | Sound Symphony, The Studio, Edinburgh

THE scene is one of Scotland’s largest airports, during a routine flight security check. Rachel is heading to Istanbul for a much-needed tourist break; but when her hand luggage comes alive, thanks to a battery-operated egg-laying toy chicken she bought on an impulse as a gift, security man Ross starts to overreact in ways that rapidly become very frightening indeed.

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