Scotsman critics' choice: Five must-see shows on this week

THE Scotsman's arts critics round up their must-see films, theatre and concerts for the next week

Glasgow Youth Film Festival will hold the Scottish premiere of Studio Ghiblis final movie, the Oscar nominated When Marnie Was There
Glasgow Youth Film Festival will hold the Scottish premiere of Studio Ghiblis final movie, the Oscar nominated When Marnie Was There

POP: Suede

The Britpop trailblazers keep up the momentum of their reunion with the release of new album, Night Thoughts, a suite of sheer drama with lavish string arrangements, tremulous ballads and a couple of indie rock stompers, all lashed together with an accompanying film which the band will interact with during the first half of this concert as they play the album from start to finish. The shirt-ripping second half is given over to a ferociously delivered set of greatest hits with frontman Brett Anderson back on fiery form. Fiona Shepherd

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 8 February, 0141-353 8000

CLASSICAL: RSNO: Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony

The RSNO are all at sea this week, as Peter Oundjian negotiates the oceanic spray of Debussy’s La Mer alongside the majestic seascape that is Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. The soloists in the latter are Katherine Broderick and Benedict Nelson, in a performance that also includes the RSNO Chorus. Ken Walton

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 19 February, 0131-228 1155; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 20 February, 0141-353 8000


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FILM: Glasgow Youth Film Festival

One of the offshoots of the Glasgow Film Festival, this year’s Glasgow Youth Film Festival – still the only one of its kind in the UK to be entirely programmed by 15-18-year-olds – kicks off in brilliantly creepy fashion with a screening of acclaimed pilgrim horror movie The Witch, starring Scotland’s own Kate Dickie. The rest of the programme is a fascinating mix of teen-themed films, ranging from the Scottish premiere of Studio Ghibli’s final movie, the Oscar nominated When Marnie Was There, below, to a closing gala performance of Tim Burton’s classic Edward Scissorhands (cosplay optional). Alistair Harkness

Various venues, Glasgow, 12-15, February,

ART: William Crosbie: Works on Paper

William Crosbie worked in many modes, but was consistently brilliant in painting the nude. Now at the Scottish Gallery his nudes, both painted and drawn, star alongside figure drawings by Rebecca Westguard and photographs by David Eustace, but in this company Crosbie’s delight in his subject seems to belong to another, more innocent age. Duncan Macmillan

Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, until 27 February, 0131-558 1200


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THEATRE: The Tailor of Inverness

It was first seen in Edinburgh more than seven years ago; but there’s no resisting the power of Matthew Zajac’s beautiful and thought-provoking touring solo show about the life of his father, a former Polish – or was it Ukrainian? – soldier whose life was shaped and shadowed by the greatest conflicts of the 20th century. Internationally celebrated over the last half-decade, the show is directed by Ben Harrison, and features live music by Jonny Hardie and Gavin Marwick, as well as a deeply moving performance from Zajac as both himself, and his father. Joyce McMillan

Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, tonight; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 9-11, February; Eden Court, Inverness, 12-13 February; and on tour until 19 March,