Scotsman’s critics choice: Five must-see things to see this week

David Lean's Madeline, showing at Britain on Film
David Lean's Madeline, showing at Britain on Film
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THE Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see films, theatre and concerts for the next week.


Summer festival season may now be over but there’s always space year-round for a multi-indoor venue gig crawl. The Tenement Trail, organised by the folks behind Tenement TV, will colonise King Tut’s, Nice’n’Sleazy, Broadcast, ABC, the Art School and Flat 0/1 from 2pm today and the line-up is a who’s who of up-and-coming talent. White and Neon Waltz head the bill of bands most likely to but there are gems all over the place including Womps, Laura St Jude, Holy Esque, The Van T’s and Declan Welsh.

Various venues, Glasgow, today, FIONA SHEPHERD


One of Britain’s finest organists, David Briggs, joins the SCO tonight for a concert celebrating 25 years of the Peter Collins organ in Greyfriars Kirk. As well as the famous Poulenc concerto, Briggs will give a rare performance of Kenneth Leighton’s Organ Concerto, scored for similar forces as the Poulenc, and every bit as dramatic.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 3 October, KEN WALTON


Confluence at the Tatha Gallery presents the work of Marian Leven, pictured below, and Will Maclean. They are husband and wife, but they work quite separately and quite differently. In this show, however, they have come together to suggest how perhaps, for all their difference, they complement each other.

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, until 31 October, Duncan Macmillan


Following the launch of the Britain on Film online screen archive earlier this summer, the project enters its next phase with a nationwide series of special pop-up screenings of Scottish-related films from the BFI vaults. Proceedings get underway in Glasgow, with highlights including a screening David Lean’s Madeline, pictured above, at Pollok House and Bill Forsyth’s That Sinking Feeling in Govan Baths. There will also be special events in Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee (which will all host the interactive Made in My Toun archive), while Edinburgh will play host to screenings of vintage LGBT-themed films made in the city.

Various Venues, nationwide, 9-23 October, Alistair Harkness


With the UK’s first dedicated course for hearing-impaired drama students about to open at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it’s been a busy autumn for Solar Bear, Scotland’s theatre company for both deaf and hearing audiences. And there’s even more to celebrate in their current tour of Nina Raine’s absorbing two-act 2010 family drama about what happens when grown-up deaf son Billy begins to rebel against his talkative middle-class hearing family. Gerry Ramage directs an excellent cast of six, and there’s a fine set by Jessica Brettle, with surtitles. ■

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, tonight, and on tour to Aberdeen, Greenock, Dundee and Inverness, until 22 October, Joyce McMillan