Critics’ choice: Our correspondents’ pick of the upcoming week’s events

THE best of theatre, film, visual art, classical music and popular music.

THE AUTHORISED KATE BANE

traverse theatre, edinburgh, 16-26 october, previews 12-13 october; tron theatre, glasgow, 30 october until 3 november

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IT WAS at the Bedlam Theatre, during the Fringe of 2008, that rising star Ella Hickson first exploded onto the playwriting scene, with a magnificent series of monologues called Eight. Now, she collaborates with Fringe legends Grid Iron in a comic and chilling new play about Kate Bane, a young woman who returns home, one winter weekend, to introduce her new boyfriend to her parents. Jenny Hulse, star of Vanishing Point’s festival show Wonderland, stars as Kate. See interview, page 9

l Tel: 0131-228 1404 (Edinburgh); 0141-552 4267 (Glasgow)

JOYCE MCMILLAN

FILM

ROAD HOUSE

GLASGOW FILM THEATRE, 
14 OCTOBER

Cult film season Psychotronic Cinema returns to the GFT this Sunday with a screening of 1980s trash classic Road House kicking off its new celebratory “bad movie” strand. If you’ve not seen it, prepare to be wowed by the late, great Patrick Swayze’s largely shirtless turn as a mullet-sporting, philosophising barroom bouncer called Dalton as he faces off against innumerable badasses – among them Marshall R Teague’s Jimmy, who gets to hold Swayze in a choke-hold and deliver the immortal line: “I used to f*** guys like you in prison.” The rest of the film is similarly outrageous.

l Tel: 0141-332 6535

ALISTAIR HARKNESS

VISUAL ART

sj peploe: Scotland’s First MODERNIST

SCOTTISH GALLERY, EDINBURGH, UNTIL 3 NOVEMBER

In NOVEMBER the SNGMA is holding a major retrospective of the work of the Colourist SJ Peploe. Anticipating that event, the Scottish Gallery has put on an exhibition with the intriguing title, SJ Peploe: Scotland’s First Modernist. To justify the claim, the show includes a range of the artist’s pioneering early works as well as drawings and major works from his maturity. The exhibition also marks the publication of a new edition of the artist’s biography written by his grandson, Guy Peploe.

l Tel: 0131-558 1200

DUNCAN MACMILLAN

CLASSICAL

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: THE ROMANTIC AGE

USHER HALL, EDINBURGH, TONIGHT; CITY HALLS, GLASGOW, TOMORROW

In HIS second concert this season with the SCO, Robin Ticciati turns to Beethoven and Mendelssohn for a musical crack at the Romantic spirit. He’s joined by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Veronika Eberle, undertaking Mendelssohn’s immortal Violin Concerto in her seasonal debut with the orchestra. It’s a chance, too, to hear what the young Ticciati can do with one of Beethoven’s toughest symphonic nuts, the testing Eroica symphony. Talking of nuts, the programme opens with the overture King Lear by Berlioz. All in all, a familiar but meaty feast.

l Tel: 0131-228 1155 (Edinburgh); 0141-353 8000 (Glasgow)

KENNETH WALTON

POP

SONGS FROM THE SHIPYARDS

MITCHELL LIBRARY, GLASGOW, 14 OCTOBER

The redoubtable, harmonising Unthanks perform a live score to Richard Fenwick’s hour-long film which traces the history of UK shipyards. It’s a fair bet that they will air their haunting version of Elvis Costello’s Shipbuilding alongside a new piece, The Romantic Tees, written by their pianist Adrian McNally. This special commission was first performed at the Tyneside Cinema last year and is now touring towns with a specific connection to the shipbuilding industry.

l Tel: 0141-353 8000

FIONA SHEPHERD