{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"whatson","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/music/scots-pop-pioneer-edwyn-collins-changed-by-highlands-move-1-4909638","id":"1.4909638","articleHeadline": "Scots pop pioneer Edwyn Collins ‘changed’ by Highlands move","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555563600000 ,"articleLead": "

Edwyn Collins, the groundbreaking Scottish pop and rock pioneer who has recovered from two devastating strokes, has opened up on how moving to the Highlands has transformed his life and helped him continue to make music.

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The former Orange Juice frontman said his entire “world has changed” after relocating from London to Helmsdale, on the Sutherland coast, five years ago.

Collins, who has just released his first album recorded in a clifftop studio he has had built, revealed he had been forced to simply his songwriting and conentrate on “simple and direct words.

In an interview recorded at his Helmsdale home for BBC Scotland’s new channel, Collins admitted: “Music is my life and my passion, and without music I would be lost.”

Collins is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most influential singer-songwriters after enjoying chart success in the early 1980s with the post-punk band Orange Juice, who released their first singles with the celebrated independent Glasgow label Postcard.

After the band split in 1985, Collins went on to pursue a solo career and had a worldwide hit a decade later with “A Girl Like You.”

However the Edinburgh-born musician was struck down by two brain haemorrhages in February 2005 and spent months in hospital.

But following extensive rehabilitation and therapy was able to return to recording, releasing three albums between 2007 and 2013.

The following year Collins and his wife Grace decided to sell their home in Kilburn in London and move to Helmsdale, where generations of his family have lived and the musician had been a regular visitor over the years.

Interviewed in Helmsdale for The Loop, a new weekly arts programme, Collins said: “I had a stroke. I had a titanium plate inserted in my head and six months in hospital. I couldn’t say a word. I used therapy to help me get better.

“Nowadays I’m calm, relaxed, my world has changed since moving up to Helmsdale. It’s a magic experience. I start my day at nine in the morning. I go off to the studio and climb up approximately 105 stairs. I was so fluent before my stroke. Now it’s difficult to get the message across and get the idea across. It’s about simple words and direct words and feeling vulnerable.

“I can’t do ironic nowadays, it’s beyond me. Words are important to communicate. I’ve had a stroke, but words are important to get ideas across.”

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He has been a familiar face on one of Scotland’s longest-running television programmes across five decades.

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But Jim McColl is about to bid a final farewell from the celebrated gardening show Beechgrove.

The garden guru, who was at the helm of the BBC Scotland show when it began broadcasting in 1978, has cited a nerve disorder for his decision to call it a day at the age of 84.

McColl will tell viewers he has been receiving treatment to deal with “a neuropathy thing with my hands” which has left him struggling to perform simple tasks like button up the top button on a shirt.

Colleagues today paid tribute to the “cultural icon,” who began the show, initially known as The Beechgrove Garden, by digging up a patch of land at the back of the BBC’s Aberdeen studios.

Ayrshire-born McColl was honoured at the Royal Television Scotland Awards in 2016 to mark the broadcast of 1000 episodes of the show.

Speaking during his final show tonight, which goes out at 8pm, McColl will say: “It is time I retired not because I have lost any interest in gardening or my enthusiasm for gardening but just because getting old. I’ll be 84 next birthday – so things are going wrong.

“In the sense that if I get down on my knees, I’m not sure I can get back up again. I have to have something to lean on.

Most importantly I have a neuropathy thing with my hands. I have no power in my fingers. I have no grip. It has just been gradually getting worse.”

Although fans of the programme were kept in the dark about McColl’s condition, some gardening experts had noticed that the broadcaster had been holding some tool awkwardly.

He will also say: “One of the things you want to do when you are showing off on telly, is you want to do it properly.”

Carole Baxter, McColl’s long-time co-presenter, said: “I’m going to miss Jim after working with him for all these years but this is an appropriate time to celebrate his career.

“He is a great gardener and presenter. He shares his wealth of gardening knowledge in a way which engages people at all levels of gardening expertise from none to the professionals.”

Gwyneth Hardy, producer of Beechgrove, said: “ It’s been a big decision, not taken lightly for Jim as he is genuinely passionate about communicating his knowledge of gardening.

“He said to me recently that, gardening is like breathing for him - it’s an everyday activity.

“I’ve worked with Jim for over 20 years and it has been a genuine privilege and an honour to work with a real Scottish cultural icon, who doesn’t see himself in that way, Jim thinks that there’s nothing unusual in what he does.

“This makes Jim pretty unique, he has no ego, what you see is what you get and the audience love him for it.

“That said, even cultural icons have to retire sometime and as Jim will be 84 at next birthday then it’s not unreasonable that he’s thinking of no longer being on our screens. He really has given half a lifetime of service to Beechgrove and our loyal viewers.”

McColl’s departure has emerged a week after Jackie Bird revealed she had bowed out of presenting Reporting Scotland after 30 years.

BBC Scotland director Donald MacKinnon said: “Many thousands of gardeners have been inspired and coached by Jim via The Beechgrove Garden over many years and on behalf of them all, and also for other viewers who simply love him for his knowledge and warmth.”

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PRODUCTION has officially started on the fifth season of hit historical drama Outlander, with much of the filming to take place in Scotland.

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With ‘Droughtlander’ in full swing following the conclusion of season 4 at the end of January, Outlander producers Starz have offered a tantalising sneak peek of the next instalment.

On Tuesday, the American network distributed a picture online of main protagonists and power couple Claire and Jamie Fraser, played by Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, looking lovingly into one another’s eyes.

The photograph shows the couple in full 18th century garb stood in woodland next to a wagon and fans of the show couldn’t be more excited.

READ MORE: Outlander season 5: Sam Heughan promises fans they won’t be disappointed

Although filmed in Scotland, the in-show location is likely to be near the couple’s home in colonial-era North Carolina, dubbed ‘Fraser’s Ridge’. The remote settlement received its proper debut during the last season as Claire and Jamie embarked on a new life in the new world.

Shooting for season 4 took place predominantly at Wardpark Studios near Cumbernauld, with season 5 expected to follow suit.

This week’s announcement was accompanied with an intriguing plot summary from Outlander executive producer Matthew B. Roberts, who wrote: “In Season Four, Jamie and Claire’s decision to remain in the New World changes the course of their life together. After being struck by the beauty of the North Carolina wilderness – untamed and uncultivated – they choose to call it home: Fraser’s Ridge,” he said in a statement.

READ MORE: Outlander seasons five and six: release date, filming locations and returning cast members

“However, what is a ‘dream’ for some is a ‘nightmare’ for others. Being at the center of the birth of America is often a bloody and violent and heartbreaking matter. Now, in Season Five, Jamie and Claire’s duty is not only to their loved ones, but to the community of settlers forming part of the ever-increasing Clan Fraser.”

Season 5 of Outlander will be loosely based on the fifth book by franchise author Diana Gabaldon entitled The Fiery Cross. Events during the book are nestled in the early 1770s in the lead up to the American Revolution.

Starz offered a vague explanation into how the book and the series will be linked together: “Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task – and protecting it proves even more difficult – particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina during a period of dramatic sociopolitical upheaval.

“As Claire knows all too well, friends, neighbours and countrymen are unwittingly marching towards Revolution, with members of the elite ruling classes struggling to stifle the alarming undercurrent of unrest triggered by the Regulator Movement.

“Against this backdrop, which soon heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie are forced to ask themselves just how far they are willing to go to protect their home, and praying there will be no reason to light the fiery cross, an ancient Scottish call to arms.”

Expected to span 12 episodes, season 5 is scheduled to air at the end of the year but could be held back till 2020.

A sixth season of the Golden Globe-nominated series has also been confirmed.

The show’s beloved lead duo Claire and Jamie will both be returning for the next two seasons.

In an interview with Elle, executive producer Ronald Moore also confirmed that character Brianna, played by Sophie Skelton, would be returning. A recent Instagram post showing Sophie Skelton in make up added further credence to Moore’s confirmation.

No trailers for either season have been released as of yet.

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Jessie Buckley will reprise songs from the film, which was released at the weekend, with a full band at St Luke's, in the east end of the city, on June 27.

Buckley is expected to appear as her character in the new film, which she wrote a clutch of new songs for with Nicole Taylor, the Glasgow-born writer of the movie.

It follows the events which unfold when mother-of-two Rose-Lyn Harlan is released from a jail sentence and attempts to revive her dreams of becoming a country singer in Nashville.

Wild Rose, which also stars Julie Walters as Rose-Lyn's mother, was filmed on location around Glasgow, including scenes shot at the Grand Ole Opry and Old Fruitmarket.

A spokesman for promoters Regular Music said: "Six of the powerful, rousing and emotive songs which occupy the heart of this wonderful film, were co-written by the film’s BAFTA winning writer Nicole Taylor and Buckley, who performs throughout with enormous passion, sincerity and genuine vocal prowess.

"Buckley looks set to take the music world by storm as the star and voice of the gritty, inspirational and heart-warming film.

"The writing and recording experience was completely new to Jessie, who found the experience so rewarding that she has since performed the songs live and will be playing a series of shows with full band this year."

Wild Rose, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and had a Scottish launch at the Glasgow Film Festival in February, has been hailed as Scotland's answer to A Star Is Born and Billy Elliot by critics.

When the film was launched in Glasgow, Buckley told he she had fallen in love with the city during the making of the movie.

She said: “The story in the film is really a story of identity, where you are from and the four corners that you are told you are only allowed to dream in. Being a Glasgow girl is so much part of Rose-Lynn’s make-up.

“Honest to God, I love Glasgow so much now. It stole my heart. The people are so open and there is a real humanity behind Glaswegians.

“I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be authentic, but I worked my **** off so that I could get a close to the core as I possibly could.

“I based myself in Glasgow for a month before we started shooting. I was working with a dialect coach and the two of us would go out and I’d speak in a Glasgow accent all day.

“I basically just took to the streets and also went into different newsagents around Glasgow and tried to ask for a packet of fags.

“I took a lot of trips to pubs like The Ben Nevis, The Laurieston and all these other joints. They’re pure rust and real life.

“When you fall in love with the city and you fall in love with the people and fall in love with the character who symbolises all that in some way it is kind of scary letting it out.

“I want to do Glasgow proud. It means a lot to me.

“We did a cast and crew screening a few months ago (in Glasgow) and it was the most nervous I was. I don’t think I took a breath.

“When the film finished a woman turned around and gave me a hug. I literally just burst out crying.”

Buckley was taken to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time by musician Phil Cunningham, who appears in her band in the film.

The actress said: “I couldn’t believe it when I went inside for the first time. It was like a mecca for country music right in the middle of the docks.

"I felt like I had stepped into an alternate world where people are able to escape reality.

“The beauty about country music is that it is so simple, but the stories are so honest and human, and are about very simple moments that capture longing and loss. They creep into your heart and before you know it you’re crying your eyes out.”

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The American actress and activist Rose McGowan, one of the leading figures in the global #MeToo movement, is to stage her own-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.

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McGowan, one of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s first accusers, will make her first ever appearance at the event with a run of performances in August.

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She will perform in the 840-capacity main auditorium at the Assembly Hall, the home of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, on The Mound.

McGowan is due to appear in Edinburgh less than three months after the trial of Weinstein, who is accused of rape, assault and harassment by multiple women, is due to begin in New York.

Her lunchtime Fringe show will feature a mix of memoir, music, storytelling, projections and performance in a show set on Planet 9, “a new world of possibilities”.

McGowan, who published a best-selling memoir last January, three months after the first allegations against Weinstein emerged, has said recently that she felt the #MeToo movement had pressed a “cultural reset” around the world.

READ MORE: MSP calls for police to be banned from placing children in cells

Speaking about her Fringe show, McGowan, whose best known screen roles include Scream, The Doom Generation, Charmed and Grindhouse, said: “It is such a forward thinking festival and it’s a perfect match for my show, Planet 9. Essentially it’s a mixed media show that has spoken word, visual and music - it’ll be my first time performing a song live!

“I’m so looking forward to sharing space and thoughts with audiences at the Fringe.”

Publicity material for the show, which will be launched on 15 August, states: “She invites the audience on a healing journey of discovery to this new planet.

“The antidote to all that is earthbound, from here we can see Earth from a new perspective and learn how to create a liberated, fairer society for ourselves. Like moon dust, Rose hopes you will take a little piece of Planet 9 with you wherever you go.”

Another Hollywood star, Nick Offerman, who is best-known for Parks and Recreation, The Founder and Fargo, will be playing in the same venue as McGowan.

Also confirmed for this year’s Fringe are a solo show by Clive Anderson, who also be hosting the live incarnation of the TV favourite Whose Line Is It Anyway?

His solo show is part of the Assembly Festival line-up, along with Arabella Weir, star of The Fast Show and the hit Scottish sitcom Two Doors Down.

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Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow could all make a bid to become Scotland’s leading city of culture, writes Brian Ferguson.

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It seems a long time since news emerged that Dundee was in talks with the Victoria and Albert design museum in London to create the city’s own V&A attraction overlooking the River Tay. It is actually 12 years this month since Dundee University’s first announcement. The project would never have got off the ground without a huge amount of vision and drive from the taskforce behind the initial business case and brief for the museum. When the city launched an international design contest three years later it was adamant it wanted a “world-class building” on the site.

The cavalcade of headlines made around the world since the appointment of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in 2010 would suggest it has lived up to those expectations. It has also captured the imagination of the public, with more than half a million visitors – the forecast for its first full year – notched up within six months.

But could anyone in Dundee have imagined how the V&A project would have helped transform perceptions of the city? It has been hard to keep pace with the plaudits and accolades that have been heaped on Dundee in the last couple of years and, somewhat remarkably, there is no sign of them slowing down.

Lonely Planet, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic have all placed Dundee on must-visit lists.The last few days alone have see the Sunday Times name Dundee as the best place to live in Scotland and Conde Nast Traveler name it as one of Britain’s top 10 places for a city break. Glasgow and Edinburgh were notable by their absence. Cynics there may point to a “V&A” effect largely propelling Dundee to become what is now described by Conde Nast Traveler as “Scotland’s renaissance city”.

READ MORE: V&A Dundee named the world’s best public building

But most of its glowing reports have rightly acknowledged the thriving and constantly evolving cultural sector that Dundee has long boasted, with the city perhaps unfairly overlooked in favour of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and their mega-events.

What the rise of Dundee has highlighted, however, is a degree of complacency that, in different ways, has afflicted Edinburgh and Glasgow.

It was telling to read the views of Sir Ewan Brown, the man leading the project Edinburgh’s first concert hall in 100 years, over the city’s failure to ensure its cultural infrastructure has kept pace with the city’s tourism industry – or the modern-day demands of audiences and performers. While the £45 million New Town venue is likely to get the go-ahead next week, it has been opposed by the developers of the St James hotel, retail and leisure complex, and the Gleneagles resort, although their neighbouring projects are a long way from completion. Bigger challenges lie ahead in trying to replace the largely obselete Ross Bandstand – despite ambitions from promoters for it to be established as “Scotland’s Hollywood Bowl” – due to a vociferous lobby against the staging of commercial events there. Glasgow has not been shy in promoting itself as Scotland’s leading cultural desination since the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but that has rung a bit hollow since the closure of The Arches, the two fires that have struck Glasgow School of Art and the threat of demolition over the blaze-hit O2 ABC.

It was notable that Dundee was one of the alternatives suggested by festival organiser Geoff Ellis when he threatened to pull the plug on TRNSMT and the Summer Sessions over a planned “ticket tax”.

No-one in Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow would be happy to admit it publicly, but there is an inescapable sense that the crown of Scotland’s culture capital is there for the taking.

READ MORE: Insight: Glasgow – City of Culture 25 years on

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Organisers of Electric Fields blamed rising costs and "logistical issues" for the decision to move the event 60 miles away from the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle.

It will instead go ahead as a non-camping event at SWG3, the venue in the fashionable Finnieston district of Glasgow.

But the festival has capitulated to demands to offer people who had already paid up for the event in the castle grounds a full refund after a furious backlash when they were told they would get part of their ticket money back.

Electric Fields is the second major music festival which Dumfries & Galloway has lost in the space of three years following the demise of Wickerman after 15 years.

First staged in 2014, the 7000-capacity Electric Fields had attracted the likes of Young Fathers, Noel Gallagher, Frightened Rabbit, Primal Scream, Dizzee Rascal, The Charlatans, Leftfield and Young Fathers.

Organisers had already announced dates and a line-up for a sixth festival at Drumlanrig Castle, and had also sold early bird tickets. However only partial refunds were offered to ticket-holders after the announcement was made, forcing a climbdown several hours later.

However a statement issued less than three months before the festival was due to be staged at Drumlanrig Castle said it would now go ahead on multiple stages, indoors and outdoors, at SWG3. All acts previously announced will be playing at the event's new home.

However the festival was immediately bombarded with hundreds of complaints from music fans who had committed to go to the event at its traditional site. The festival had still been promoting £120 early bird weekend tickets on its social media channels at the end of last month.

Richard Spencer, who was among those to post on the event's Facebook page, said: "Letting the kids experience camping at this great wee festival was the reason we bought again this year even before the announcement of the line up. Do the right thing and offer full a full refund."

Karen Simpson said: "I'll get over the disappointment - thanks for your concern though. I'm more interested in why there is complete radio silence about getting a refund. It was roughly £350 for a family ticket and it looks like you're offering me around £50 of that back. You advertised a family friendly camping festival and are now selling three separate gigs in the middle of Glasgow, in a warehouse type venue - totally inappropriate to take small children to from where we live (and I suspect many others). The way you've handled the whole thing is a PR disaster."

Scott Campbell said: "Well done guys, taking a family friendly festival to the city. Top job. Nothing says boutique festival more than a weekend in a Holiday Inn."

Susan Miller said: "The more I think about this the more annoyed I'm getting. You ask us to take a leap of faith and book tickets for your festival without knowing the line up. We bought the tickets based on the idea of an experience including camping in a nice location, then you completely change the deal. This really isn't on."

However a later statement posted by the festival said: "We're sorry we got that totally wrong, and genuinely can only apologise. We have emailed all ticket holders with updated information."

The Vaccines, Kyle Falconer, Frank Turner, Friendly Fires, Nahine Shah, Malcolm Middleton and Sleaford Mods are among the acts due to appear in the relocated event.

A statement posted on the festival website read: "Due to the rising costs of producing outdoor camping festivals and ongoing logistical & transport challenges we have made the difficult decision to move site to an inner city location in Glasgow.

"SWG3 is located in the popular Finnieston area, with excellent transport links from around Glasgow and further afield. The venue capacity is also slightly larger than we normally have so we’ll be able to welcome some more of you to join us.

"We have had five amazing years producing the festival there and thank everyone at the castle for their immense support, as well as everyone involved in making those lasting memories in the fields."

Festival director Nick Roberts said: "After spending the past five years putting on a quality outdoor music festival we found the rising costs this year have led us to reimagining how Electric Fields takes place for 2019.

"Although we leave Dumfries & Galloway with a heavy heart our new venue offers a very exciting opportunity for us to flex our creative muscle and put on an outstanding show in the heart of Glasgow.

"We will have our full line-up joining us, excellent food and drinks and of course tonnes to do for little ones. We look forward to seeing faces old and new in July.”

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A Scottish airport will soon launch a new direct flight to the north of Iceland - and the remote filming locations for Game of Thrones.

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Inverness will soon have a direct flight to Akureyri with the first departure due on February 10, 2020.

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Travel film Super Break has introduced a number of four-night trips around the flight - with Northern Light spotting and Game of Thrones location bagging at the top of the agenda.

READ MORE: 11 Scottish actors who starred in Game of Thrones

A spokesman said: “These ultimate one-of-a-kind breaks offer holidaymakers from the Scottish Highlands the opportunity to see the north coast of Iceland at its wildest and genuinely go off the beaten track with exclusive four-night experiences.

“Still the only operator in the UK to fly direct to north Iceland, the new breaks are all include exclusive regional flights direct to Akureyri, a four-night hotel stay and two excursions – including the chance to hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights and visit breath-taking Game of Thrones filming locations.

“All trips include a Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Fire and Ice Tour, which offers the chance to see the region’s magical terrain, including the Goddafoss Waterfall and the boiling mud pools of Namafjall.”

Filming locations in the north include Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland which sits on the coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

It can be seen in season 7, episode 6 when the heroes go to north of the wall, described as the “Arrowhead mountain”.

It also appeared in season 6, episode 5 when the children of the forest created the first White Walker.

Grjótagjá, a small cave in the Lake Mývatn which used to be a popular bathing place, is another northerly location

Actors Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Ygritte (Rosa Leslie) were filmed here in Season 3, episode 5 but filming had to be supplemented with new takes in a studio in Northern Ireland after the natural steam disrupted the shoot.

Many of the locations used in scenes ‘north of the wall’ are around Lake Mývatn, where Goðafoss ,or the waterfall of the Gods, can also be found.

Travellers can also add whale watching, snowmobiling and a beer spa - where a private room is equipped with a beer bath and a beer tap providing unlimited beer - on their trip

The flight is operated by Titan Airways with a four-night trip starting at £699 per person.

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The mischievous fox took to Twitter to reveal his worries about the impact of possible industrial action by drivers working for the city's main transport operator.

Basil posted an image of the front page of the Edinburgh Evening News, which he appears on today after his Fringe show was announced.

But Basil also noticed the paper's story about a huge majority of the Lothian Buses workforce voting for strike action after a three-week ballot.

Basil said: "Ooh who’s that handsome fellow on the front page of the Edinburgh News.

"Let’s hope there’s no bus strike during August or my little legs will be worn out climbing up and down to the Old Town!"

In a separate message, Basil posted a promotional video for his adults-only Fringe show, Basil Brush: Unleashed.

Basil will also be staging a family show at his venue, the Underbelly Cow Barn.

" ,"byline": {"email": "brian.ferguson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Brian Ferguson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4908392.1555417292!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4908392.1555417292!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Basil Brush will be making his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in August.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Basil Brush will be making his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in August.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4908392.1555417292!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4908393.1555417293!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4908393.1555417293!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Basil Brush has expressed fears about the impact of a looming bus strike in Edinburgh.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Basil Brush has expressed fears about the impact of a looming bus strike in Edinburgh.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4908393.1555417293!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news-2-15012/children-left-frightened-after-matilda-cast-suddenly-dash-off-stage-1-4907521","id":"1.4907521","articleHeadline": "Children left ‘frightened’ after Matilda cast suddenly dash off stage","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555415313000 ,"articleLead": "

Families are demanding refunds from the Edinburgh Playhouse after the cast of Matilda The Musical suddenly dashed off stage during a performance – twice.

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The 42-year-old said the bizarre interruption on Saturday evening’s performance after just ten minutes left the packed-out theatre anxious when they were then told to remain in their seats as the curtains were closed. Ms Gould, from South Queensferry, told the Evening News: “No one had a clue what was going on. It was scary and we felt uncomfortable. When the cast runs off stage and you’re told to stay in your seats you can’t help but fear something is wrong. We were sitting there for 20 minutes until the performance continued again.”

But the auditorium was once again left in a state of disbelief moments later when the cast rushed off stage for the second time.

This led to many concerned customers going to ask questions to discover what was happening with tensions rising.

“We’d heard rumours of technical difficulties with the set but nothing like that was communicated by staff,” said Ms Gould.

“Apparently this had happened in the matinee show too. My niece was going back to Perth and had a train booked so when it stopped for the second time we decided to leave because we wouldn’t have been able to see the ending.

“We left with no guarantee of a refund which a lot of people were asking for and I think we should be all entitled to because it’s a lot of money.

“It’s such a shame because we’d heard it’s such an 
amazing show. We’ve come away very disappointed.”

Many others who attended the show over the weekend have been reacting on social media.

One parent said: “We were there on Friday night and whilst appreciate some issues are obviously unavoidable, I felt some kind of explanation should’ve been given.

“My little girl was frightened seeing the stage staff dressed in black ushering cast off the stage. It was alarming!

“These tickets were really expensive, a special treat, first time experience of theatre for my daughter. The experience certainly wasn’t as we’d expected or hoped for.”

Another, Amy Bradley, said: “The show was absolutely fantastic, real shame about the stoppages on Friday night as it stopped the flow of the show for the audience but massive respect to the cast, especially the children who carried on without faltering as it must have been very disruptive for them also! Fingers crossed no more performances are disrupted.”

An Edinburgh Playhouse spokesman said: “Regrettably we had to stop the show during performances of Matilda The Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse this weekend.

“With a live show as technical as this one these rare stoppages do occur and we have to put the safety of the cast first. The decision to pause during a show isn’t taken lightly but was deemed necessary to allow the remainder of the show to continue.

“An announcement was made by the stage manager to the audience and the front of house teams at the beginning, during and as the show was about to commence. Remaining performances will go ahead as planned.”

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Edinburgh’s first new concert hall for 100 years is needed to help ensure a proper “balance” between business interests and culture in the city in future, the project figurehead has warned.

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Sir Ewan Brown, a former chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland, said the city faced being left behind by international rivals if it failed to proceed with the £45 million New Town project.

He said the city’s cultural sector needed to ensure its status as a world-leader for cultural festivals was reflected by offering venues “of a standard expected by today’s most sought-after performers and by audiences”.

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He suggested the new infrastructure was needed to keep pace with the evolution of the city’s tourism and financial industries in modern times, including the creation of new hotels, bars and restaurants.

Developers behind an ongoing £1 billion hotel, retail, bar and restaurant project to replace the infamous St James shopping centre have been trying to block the venue. They claim its height and design are unsuitable for its site off St Andrew Square and that its approval would be a “huge and damaging error for Edinburgh.”

Sir Ewan, chair of the charitable trust Impact Scotland, which was set up to pursue the concert hall project, suggested Edinburgh would be selling itself short as a capital city if it failed to deliver the long-awaited 1,000-capacity venue.

“If approved by councillors next week, it will end a 25-year-search for a new venue for “mid-scale” concerts, a home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a world-class facility for the Edinburgh International Festival.

The “Impact Centre” has won backing from city centre business group Essential Edinburgh, and heritage experts at the Cockburn Association, Edinburgh World Heritage and government agency Historic Environment Scotland.

Some £25m worth of support has been pledged by the Scottish and UK governments, and the city council for the project, which was announced by the SCO in 2016.

Sir Ewan said: “A landmark decision will be made for audiences and performers alike next week when councillors decide whether to grant planning permission for the new concert hall in the city centre.

“Edinburgh city centre has constantly evolved over the years. Where we once had financial institutions, we now have restaurants and bars and a financial centre in new, purpose-built premises.

“The hotel sector is growing daily, and the current challenges faced by retailers will contribute to the refocusing of our city centre.

“I’ve seen Edinburgh grow into this amazing, vibrant city. However, with these rapid changes it is important to get the balance right between the interests of commercial success and the cultural heritage for which Edinburgh is renowned and which makes it a special to live in.

“This will be the first purpose-built music and performance venue in Edinburgh for over 100 years, which will surprise many given Edinburgh’s leading place in the world for cultural festivals. However, it’s not a position which can be taken for granted.

“Admired and coveted by many other cities, it is a status we need to work hard to maintain. Not just through the range of innovative and entertaining performances staged, but by offering venues of a standard expected by today’s most sought-after performers and by audiences.

“Over the last 100 years, many new performing arts venues and concert halls have been built around the globe, harnessing advancements in technology and in the acoustic excellence they can achieve. We’re incredibly lucky to have the Usher Hall, but we’re selling ourselves short as a capital city not to also offer a complementary venue of half its size.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Brian Ferguson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4907991.1555403002!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907991.1555403002!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "New designs for IMPACT Scotland new concert hall in St Andrew Square. Picture: Contributed.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "New designs for IMPACT Scotland new concert hall in St Andrew Square. Picture: Contributed.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4907991.1555403002!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle-2-15039/culture/edinburgh-festivals/recycled-pop-up-venue-to-be-created-for-edinburgh-festival-fringe-2019-1-4908015","id":"1.4908015","articleHeadline": "Recycled pop-up venue to be created for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555399235000 ,"articleLead": "

A pop-up venue made entirely of recycled materials is to be created for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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The first ever venture of its type, the 30-capacity venue will be part of a programme staged by the Pleasance, one of the event’s biggest promoters and producers of shows.

The “Greenhouse” will be operated in the grounds of Dynamic Earth, the visitor attraction near the Scottish Parliament building.

The “immersive” venue is being specially designed, developed and programmed for the Pleasance by a St Andrews-based theatre company, Boxedin, in response to the amount of waste generated at the Fringe each year.

It will feature a line-up of nine shows each day addressing some of the biggest issues facing the planet, as well as an education programme of talks and workshops “centred around our relationship with the environment”.

All sets, props and the structure of the venue will be built in the grounds of Dynamic Earth from found and recycled materials. The pop-up venue has banned the use of posters and flyers to publicise its shows, with digital marketing campaigners being relied on to attract audiences.

All the materials used to create it expected to be recycled or donated to artists after the Fringe comes to a close.

Highlights of the Greenhouse line-up include From the Wind Show, which will tackling Scotland’s relationship with renewable energy, and Daphne or Hellfire, and an “eco-feminist drama” exploring trees, family and female liberation.

Shallows promises to tackle the rise of eco-terrorism, Symbiosis will feature five storytellers opening a treasure chest of tales that the audience will choose from and The Voices We Hear will be set in the aftermath of an environmental apocalypse.

Boxedin artistic director Oli Savage said: “I’ve been coming to the Fringe for many years and absolutely love it.

“But it was only when the company put on a couple of shows last year that I really noticed how much waste was generated by it. I’m sure there was paper recycling around the Royal Mile, but as a participant I just didn’t notice it.

“A lot of way we interact with our audience is through digital and social media. It is a bit strange how the world of theatre does marketing through posters and flyers. That doesn’t just apply to the Fringe.

“We thought it would be really cool to demonstrate that you could make really great theatre in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, and also possibly has a positive impact on the environment.

“We went away and decided to create The Greenhouse for this year’s Fringe, but would hope to take it to other festivals and events.”

Anthony Alderson, artistic director at the Pleasance, said: “We are delighted to be presenting The Greenhouse as part of our Fringe programme. It represents a microcosm of the festival and sets a challenge and an example for us all to strive towards – an environmentally neutral venue with minimal impact.

“The Pleasance takes reducing its environmental footprint extremely seriously and, along with our bar and catering partners at the Edinburgh University Students Association, constantly making changes to our operation to reduce our environmental impact.”

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The makers of Game of Thrones, Sex and the City and The Sopranos are to come to Scotland to film Hollywood star Brian Cox in his home city – playing a Rupert Murdoch-style media tycoon.

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Brian Cox has revealed he will be filming an episode of the next series of HBO drama Succession.

The 72-year-old plays the head of a dysfunctional family behind a global media empire in his native Dundee, where his character was also born.

Cox, who started his career at Dundee Rep when he was 14, will take a break from filming the HBO show in the city to return to the theatre for a talk discussing his many stage and screen roles, including playing Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter,

Cox has compared his Succession character Logan Roy to King Lear, one of his best-known stage roles.

He only discovered that his character was born in Dundee towards the end of filming on the first series, which was launched to critical acclaim last year.

He told The Scotsman: “The irony is we started Succession and I originally wanted to play him as Scots. I thought it would be interesting to play Logan Roy as Scots.

“And the writer went, ‘He needs to be American.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, fine.’ And the director, Adam McKay, who did Vice, said: ‘I think the Scots idea is a good idea.’ We left it and the compromise was that I was born in Quebec, Canada.

“Now, this was on the pilot. So we were filming the last bit of it, episode 9, in Eastnor (in the Cotswolds) for this sequence where we came back to England for my daughter’s wedding.

“The guy who proposed the toast for my birthday in the first episode said to me: ’You know they’ve changed your birthplace?’

“I said: “What do you mean, they’ve changed my birthplace?’ He said, “Yeah, you’re not born in Quebec anymore. I said, ‘Where am I born?’ He looked at his phone and went, ‘Oh, here we are: Dundee, Scotland.’ I went: ‘What?’

“And I went up to the writer and said: ‘What do you mean Dundee, Scotland? I’ve been playing this as a sort of American, mid-Atlantic thing’. And he said, ‘Oh, we just decided that would be a good place for you to be born.’

“So now they’ve got an episode based in Dundee. I’m actually coming back to Dundee to film an episode of Succession. I haven’t even read the script yet.”

Discussing the show previously, Cox, whose best-known screen roles include The Bourne Identity, X2, Adaption and Deadwood, said: “Logan’s need for control is reminiscent of classical stories like King Lear and so many other parallels in classical literature. He’s at a point where he wants to let go, but he can’t. Now, there are reasons of his own vanity that he can’t. But there are reasons that the children aren’t ready to run the show.

“To me, there’s nothing personal about Logan’s ruthlessness, it’s just how he pursues his end. The children don’t get it. They see it all about themselves. He’s kind of beyond that. He’s looking at his empire and thinks it’s in danger of getting f***** up, and he really needs to sort it out.”

Speaking ahead of his forthcoming homecoming, Cox told The Scotsman: “I hope I reflect Dundee. They call it the City of Discovery, but really it’s the city of survival. It’s not the City of Discovery. I’ve such a strong affection for it.

“I mean, I’ve hated the city too – because I’ve hated the city fathers, what they did to it in the 1960s. It was disgraceful.

“The double irony is I’m actually going to Dundee as Brian Cox, not as Logan Roy, to do an evening of, basically, my story, starting at Dundee Rep.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ALISTAIR HARKNESS AND BRIAN FERGUSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4907266.1555274286!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907266.1555274286!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Brian Cox stars in Succession.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Brian Cox stars in Succession.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4907266.1555274286!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/watch-soul-band-reveals-funky-rom-com-video-filmed-on-the-streets-of-leith-1-4907781","id":"1.4907781","articleHeadline": "Watch: Soul band reveals 'funky rom-com' video filmed on the streets of Leith","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555351789057 ,"articleLead": "A Scottish soul band has released a 'funky rom-com' video shot on the streets of Leith.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907780.1555340585!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Edinburgh-based sextet James Brown Is Annie have released two albums to date."} ,"articleBody": "

James Brown Is Annie has billed its video as a "funky rom-com" and "a love letter to the Shore", the fashionable waterfront quarter near the docks.

A host of bars and restaurants in the area, including The Ship, Smoke and Mirrors, The Malt and Hops and Pizza Express can all be spotted in the promotional film for the song "All The Love."

The video for the track, which is drawn from the Edinburgh-based band's second album, JBiA II, was partly inspired by the Oscar-winning romantic musical La La Land.

The song was released last year on the band's second album, which was produced by Average White Band star Hamish Stuart.

A previous video for another track on the album, Five Up High, featured guest appearances from BBC weather presenter Judith Ralston and broadcaster and panto star Grant Stott, and was filmed in various locations around Leith, Seafield, Newhaven and Granton.

Barry Gordon, rhythm guitarist in the band, said: "We were already thinking of getting a new music video produced when we were approached by burgeoning film director, Ruidi Collins, in early February.

"He had a clear vision and story laid out for almost all the songs on our new album, and was so enthusiastic about it, we decided to give him free reign to produce his own idea to turn All The Love into a funky rom-com set in-and-around the Shore in Leith.

"Our first official video for Five Up High was set during the summer with lots of bright colour, so we liked the contrasting idea of a winter setting with low-lighting.

"In the video, our electric piano player Eddie Miller is seen arriving late for a date with his partner (played by Caroline Gilmour of Edinburgh band The Eves), who storms out of the Smoke & Mirrors pub on Constitution Street in a huff.

"Downbeat, Eddie walks the Shore helping arguing couples rekindle their affection for one another while the other members of the band - playing Cupid to an extent - help him set up a surprise romantic dinner for his partner.

"I suppose you could say All The Love is a love-letter to the Shore. All the restaurants and pubs featured in the video were supportive of what we were trying to do - they couldn’t have been nicer.

"The video was shot towards the end of February - we were extremely lucky to film on nights when the weather was dry and calm.

"That said, some of us were wiped out with illness: Caroline, who was laid up in bed with flu, managed to come down and film her parts in the dead of night, whereas our drummer, Scott Jamieson, had the norovirus and could barely stand up for any length of time. We did manage to squeeze a cameo of him into the final edit, though."

" ,"byline": {"email": "brian.ferguson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Brian Ferguson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4907780.1555340585!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907780.1555340585!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Edinburgh-based sextet James Brown Is Annie have released two albums to date.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Edinburgh-based sextet James Brown Is Annie have released two albums to date.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4907780.1555340585!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/basil-brush-to-stage-adults-only-edinburgh-festival-fringe-show-1-4907605","id":"1.4907605","articleHeadline": "Basil Brush to stage 'adults-only' Edinburgh Festival Fringe show","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555342499692 ,"articleLead": "Basil Brush, the mischievous fox who has entertained millions of television viewers over more than a half a century, is to stage an adults-only show at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907604.1555327504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Basil Brush has been a fixture on Britain's television screens since 1963."} ,"articleBody": "

He is expected to be joined by some of the biggest names on the Fringe with a stage incarnation of his famous Basil Brush Show.

Billed as "Britain's most lovable fox" and a "national treasure," he will also be taking on one of the biggest Fringe venues this August.

He will stage a family fun show at 1pm every day at Underbelly's Cow Barn in George Square, before a no-hold-barred night-time show, "Basil Brush: Unleashed," at 6.45pm.

Publicity material for his adults-only show states: "Expect Basil Brush’s trademark anarchy as he takes on the world with everything from Love Island to Westminster getting a comic brushing.

"With nightly guests, this is going to be one hell of a debut."

Basil said: "I'm looking forward to entertaining young kids In the middle of the day and grown up kids in the evening. What better place on earth to do this than the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It'll be boom booming marvellous."

Basil's TV career has seen him appear alongside The Goodies, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, Bruce Forsyth, French & Saunders and Eamonn Holmes, and on shows like the Chase, Fantasy Football League, Blue Peter and The Weakest Link.

" ,"byline": {"email": "brian.ferguson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Brian Ferguson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4907604.1555327504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907604.1555327504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Basil Brush has been a fixture on Britain's television screens since 1963.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Basil Brush has been a fixture on Britain's television screens since 1963.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4907604.1555327504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/tv-radio/trust-me-season-2-what-it-s-about-new-cast-and-why-jodie-whittaker-has-left-1-4907672","id":"1.4907672","articleHeadline": "Trust Me season 2: What it's about, new cast and why Jodie Whittaker has left","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555331669220 ,"articleLead": "The second season of BBC One drama thriller, Trust Me, will be set in Glasgow, with a brand new cast and premise.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907668.1555336270!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The first episode of season 2 of Trust Me will air on BBC One on 16th April."} ,"articleBody": "

Trust Me was one of the standout Scottish dramas of 2017, following the story of a nurse who stole the identity of a doctor to make a new life in Edinburgh with her daughter.

It starred Jodie Whittaker, and is back on BBC One for a second series this week (16 April)... except Whittaker won't be on board.

A new cast and a new premise means Trust Me season 2 will be a little bit different from the first, but it's still set to be just as thrilling as before.

And it’s still set in Scotland, of course - but this time the action has moved to Glasgow.

Here's everything you need to know about the show...

What is series 2 of Trust Me about?

With the departure of its star Jodie Whittaker, it would be hard for Trust Me to return to the premise of the first season, so the programme's writers have come up with a brand new one.

Series 2 is set in the neurological unit of a Glasgow hospital, with Corporal Jamie McCain - a survivor of a shock enemy attack - recovering from a spinal injury which has left him temporarily paralysed.

The hardships of battle are close behind. His recovery is slow, and fellow patients in the ward begin unexpectedly dying around him.

He starts to obsessively search for the truth, but his investigation drags him and the staff into some extremely difficult situations.

As his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, is the threat real or imagined, and is Jamie someone we can trust?

"I just thought it was a really interesting idea to have someone who was previously really strong and fit and sort of physically defined themselves to become completely kind of broken and unable to do anything," writer Dan Sefton told Radio Times.

“And then the idea of them trying to, you know, investigate — getting a zest for life back, or a reason to live back, just because they have to do something to stop somebody else being killed.”

Who stars in it?

Replacing Jodie Whittaker as the star of the show is Alfred Enoch.

Best known for his role as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films, Enoch has also appeared in How to Get Away with Murder and Troy: Fall of a City, as well as numerous stage performances for the National Theatre.

“It’s great to be on board," Enoch told the BBC. "It’s a cracking cast and Dan [Sefton, writer] has done a great job crafting something that’s really invested in the characters. It has a psychological concern that is dark and thrilling."

The new series also stars East Kilbride actor John Hannah (The Victim) as Archie Watson, a doctor whose awkward persona hides something more sinister.

Dumfries and Galloway’s own Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe) plays fiercely committed physiotherapist Debbie, who is seemingly unimpeachable but there is a vulnerability to Debbie which makes her perfectly susceptible to being manipulated by a close colleague.

Outlander's Richard Rankin is neurologist Dr Alex Kiernan who's a fun and dedicated professional on the surface but hides his steely ambition. We sense an implicit undercurrent of threat beneath his professional exterior.

Also in the cast line-up are Katie Clarkson Hill (The Innocents), Jamie Michie (who can also been seen in BBC Three's post-prison comedy Back to Life), Chloe Harris (Wanderlust), Amiera Darwish (Shetland), and Saskia Ashdown (Clique).

Who wrote it?

Trust Me has again been written by Dan Sefton, who said he was "over the moon to be working with such fantastic actors on the new series of Trust Me."

"It’s great to write a series that stars established talent like John and Ashley, while also bringing young actors like Alfred and Katie to leading roles for the BBC."

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Executive for BBC Scotland said: "It’s very exciting to start filming Trust Me again in Scotland and to be welcoming the drama back to BBC One with such a fantastic new cast.

"The second series is an even more thrilling story and Dan Sefton’s scripts are page turners; I can’t wait for viewers to see what is in store."

Why did Jodie Whittaker leave?

Jodie Whittaker's star turn in the first series of Trust Me was met with praise, and helped the show towards its consolidated series average of six million viewers in August 2017.

So why is she not returning?

Simply put: Jodie is the star of Doctor Who.

Since Whittaker has become the thirteenth iteration of the legendary Time Lord, her ability to pursue other projects has become limited, and the Yorkshire actress is currently filming the show's twelfth series.

Trust Me will begin on Tuesday 16 April on BBC One Scotland at 9pm.

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It is the beginning of the end for Game of Thrones and its global army of followers – and the question of who will rule Westeros is finally about to be answered.

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The epic drama of politics, war, sex and magic arrived on the nation’s screens in the early hours of the morning, with the first episode of the eighth and final series due for another airing on Sky Atlantic at 9pm tonight.

The six-episode finale will bring to a conclusion the saga of who will rule from the Iron Thrones – almost two years after the previous season ended.

Lena Headey will reprise her role as the scheming Cersei Lannister, while Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, also returns alongside Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

Snow has promised fans that the final instalment of Game of Thrones will be “bigger than any other season – by a long way”.

He said: “We went big, on spectacle and scale and ambition. We went bigger than any other season by a long way. What you get to see is all of your characters’ stories hopefully being served correctly and right and you get to see the culmination of nine years under the blanket of one amazing spectacle.”

Harington said he had been experiencing “every emotion” after finishing filming and now getting ready to finally say goodbye.

He added: “It’s everything from pride to joy to fear. I mean, the whole thing was a rollercoaster – and the ending is just as much of a rollercoaster.

Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth, said: “It feels bigger than all of us. The star of Game Of Thrones is Game Of Thrones and it’s an extraordinary thing to be a part of. It will probably be on my gravestone, but I’m not complaining about that.”

“It’s kind of a bittersweet thing. It’s tough to say goodbye but there’s also a sense of accomplishment – that you’d made it without breaking a leg, or getting sacked or killed.”

Based on George R R Martin’s series of fantasy novels, A Song Of Ice And Fire, the series was adapted for television by David Benioff and D B Weiss.

Based in Belfast, it has been filmed around Northern Ireland and in Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain and the United States.

Meanwhile, new research has revealed more people are trying to learn the Game of Thrones language High Valyrian than the number who understand Gaelic.

In the UK more than 100,000 people have signed up to a course on Duolingo. The course promises to allow the user to learn enough High Valyrian to have a full conversation.

David Peterson, the creator of the Game of Thrones language, wrote and voiced the course, which has more than 2,000 words, for the website and app Duolingo.

He told CBS: “There was a little of the language in the books created by George R R Martin. It was just ‘valar morghulis’ which means ‘all men must die’, and ‘valar dohaeris’, meaning ‘all men must serve’.

“So basically I used those as a template, fleshed out the rest of the verbal system, the rest of the noun system, and then built on from there so you can basically have a full language you can translate.”

Bookmakers William Hill have named Bran Stark as the surprise 4/5 odds-on favourite in the betting for who will rule the seven kingdoms by the end of the final episode.

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An extended gag about Britain’s Brexit woes on the new BBC Scotland channel has ended up on the front page of the New York Times.

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Edinburgh comic Jay Lafferty was appearing on the BBC Scotland panel show when she set off on a rant about Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to get her deal through the House of Commons and the deadlock over Britain’s departure from the EU.

The comic’s 38-second gag was used in full to help promote the show, hosted by Des Clarke, on BBC Scotland’s social medial channels.

A clip was subsequently sent to New York Times writer Roger Cohen by a friend, with the journalist using it to illustrate where Britain has arrived at after almost three years after voting to leave the EU.

Under the headline “Brexit heads for that big black hole,” the paper run her gag in full.

Speaking on Breaking the News, she said: “So the way I understand it is that Parliament have said no to Theresa’s deal. And they’ve said no to no deal, but some of them said yes to no deal but no to Theresa’s deal, but not as many that said no to no deal and no to Theresa’s deal, but they don’t actually have a deal of their own, which is a big deal because without a deal then no deal is more likely to be the deal that’s dealt, and the people who want the deal can’t be dealing with that.”

The piece by Cohen also stated: “You can hoodwink people — but not if you give them three years to reflect on how they were hoodwinked before doing the deed the hoodwinking was about.

“The British cannot actually go through with something that will lower their incomes, make them poorer, lose them jobs, drain investment, expose their market to trade deals over which they would have no say, and — just an afterthought — lead to the breakup of Britain.”

Lafferty, who wrote the gag for a recording of Breaking the News at the end of last month, said she had been messaged by friends in New York to take her she was on the front paper of the paper.

She said: “I was bit blown away when I first heard about it. It’s been a bit of a shock to the system.

“I was teaching kids all week at The Stand comedy club in Edinburgh and was up really in the morning. I went to make a cup of tea and saw a message on Twitter asking if I knew I was on the front page of the New York Times. I looked at it and didn’t know what they meant at first. It took me a while to release that they had used the whole quote. I couldn’t believe it.

“I’ve had other comedians get in touch with me to tell them they’ve been sent the clip by people all over the world.

“We probably talk about Trump and Brexit every week on the show. All that stuff about Theresa May going backwards and forwards with her deal was going on all week.

“You write so many little bits for each show and you don’t get a chance to say all of them - you pick and choose what to say in the moment.

“But this was actually the first thing that I said on the show. I knew that if I could nail saying it properly, and not mess it up, it would be quite relatable to people, especially in a Scottish accent.”

Lafferty made more than 100 appearances during last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and will be again with a new show this year at the Gilded Balloon.

She added: “As a comedian, you never really know what is going to spark the interest of people. You just your best to be funny. If people laugh in the room they will also generally laugh online. It got a great response at the time that I said it.

“You can tell from my reaction afterwards that I’m just relieved to have got it out.”

• You can view the full clip showing Jay Lafferty’s Brexit rant here.

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The man in charge of major pop and rock gigs in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens believes they can help it become “Scotland’s answer to the Hollywood Bowl.”

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DF Concerts chief executive Geoff Ellis wants the Summer Sessions to become an established fixture at the heart of the world’s biggest arts festival in August.

Despite calls for full access to the park to remain sacrosanct, he also drew a comparison between the gigs and events in New York’s Central Park, saying: “In this day and age, cities need to utilise their assets.”

Ellis, who has lined up Florence & The Machine, Primal Scream, Lewis Capaldi, Chvrches and Madness in August for what he described as “one of the best concert venues in the world.”

Ellis ruled out moving the Summer Sessions, which will see nine shows staged across 12 days, outwith August as it would be less appealing to artists who wanted to play during the Festival and audiences who wanted to take in other shows.

However he revealed that a less obtrusive “screening” system would be deployed on Princes Street after large black-out boards were kept in place last August on days when there were no shows - until a backlash forced councillors to intervene.

DF Concerts returned to the gardens for the first time in more than a decade in 2018, when Sir Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man and Kasabian appeared.

Ellis said: “We definitely want to do it as an annual event. The council will obviously want to see how each year goes. But we had a very positive de-brief last year. It was very well received.

“It’s one of the best concert venues in the world. I don’t say that lightly. It’s Scotland’s Hollywood Bowl - but with a castle to look up at. I send every artist pictures of the venue. It is a big selling point. It’s a stunning, iconic location, right in the heart of the city. You can get off bus, train or tram and walk straight in.

“Being part of the world’s biggest arts festival is really important. We bring something to the overall festival period and benefit from it as well. But our costs are quite significant. The bandstand isn’t big enough for bands to play on. We have to build a stage on top.

“It would be much harder to get artists to play outwith the festival period. It’s a real selling point to artists. They want to be part of it and to be around the buzz, which is phenomenal in August.”

Ellis, who is also behind Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, said council safety experts had requested last year’s barriers.

He said: “There was perhaps an assumption that we put them up so people couldn’t stand and watch the gigs for free, but that just wasn’t the case. They’re there to protect the public. If you didn’t have any screening people would stand and gather where people are waiting for buses. It would mean pedestrians would have to step onto the road. That would be dangerous. By killing the sightlines when the concerts are on you keep everybody safe. The council, from a public safety point of view, needed us to do it.

“What we’re doing this year is working with the council on a design which enables them to go up and down fairly easily.

“It will still be a form of screening, but the detail of them is still being worked out and the council will have the final sign-off on them. They will only be up during the performance times. They will look different. I can’t say any more until we’ve finalised things.”

Ellis insisted concert-goers had as much right to “enjoy” a park as people who wanted to sunbathe or walk their dog, adding that it was a “myth” that gigs had led to the entire closure of the gardens.

He said: “If you live next to a park you like to think of it as your own back garden. But it’s just as much for someone who lives on the top floor of a high-rise flat on the edge of the city. It is much theirs as anyone else. Parks are also there for visitors.

“Parks need to be multi-functional places where people come together and enjoy the space. Everyone who comes to one of our concerts is doing that - some of them will be council tax payers in Edinburgh, some of them will be visitors bringing money into the city.

“In this day and age, cities need to utilise their assets. “Edinburgh does that very well on Hogmanay when it closes down those streets to have a massive party. No doubt there will be motorists who think it is terrible, but it is a great thing for Edinburgh.

“There will always be people who think that parks should only be for people to sunbathe in, but if you look at somewhere like Central Park in New York it has loads of events. If they want to be enjoy the park for a concert and someone else wants to enjoy it to walk their dog in they have both got validity to be there.

“It is also a bit of myth to say that nobody can use the park when there is a concert on. It’s only the immediate environment that becomes a ticketed space at a time when there is minimal use of the park.”

Ellis said he was still aggrieved at some of the flak last year’s event took from some critics and commentators.

He added: “I’ve nothing against the book festival. I understand why they put screening around Charlotte Square, but no comment is made about it. Why the double standards?

“I suspect it is because they are a book festival and we are rock and roll. I don’t see why you would comment negatively about a music event and not be consistent. Their screening isn’t for public safety. Ours is.”

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Some urgent 
belt-tightening is required in the Smith household and I don’t know if I can afford both BT Sport and Sky any more. Which way would you go?

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The main reason for having BT Sport is the channel’s coverage of Scottish football. It’s not the Champions League which frequently underwhelms. Promises much but doesn’t deliver, last week’s Manchester United-Barcelona match being a case in point. Poor game, lousy broadcast. Steve McManaman’s turn as co-commentator almost made me want to cancel my BT contract there and then. He’s one of the ex-pros deemed absolutely essential to televised football now, so much so that we’re left to wonder how we ever survived on Arthur Monford’s mix of gentlemanliness and enthusiasm and Archie Macpherson’s mix of learnedness and “Woof!” Sensing early that Man U-Barca wasn’t going to be the football fiesta as advertised, McManaman decided the best way to keep us watching was to slag off the Catalans. We were invited to believe that a glorious era was coming to an end and this would be significant. Man U were talked up but what did they do? Fail to produce a single shot on target, that’s what. The evening’s nadir was McManaman, pictured, condemning Lionel Messi for his “poor first touch” in the lead-up to the goal. I didn’t think it was poor; indeed I’m convinced Messi deliberately went wide to create room for the cross. But I’m not the ex-pro; what do I know?

No, getting rid of BT would mean depriving myself of the channel’s live Scottish action which is tremendous. I mean, sometimes the games aren’t tremendous but the coverage is unfailingly smart, sparky, knowledgeable, caring and fun. The caring bit might seem like the least important quality but it’s actually the most important. BT has a real feeling for Scottish football and why it matters so much to the few thousand who’ll turn up on a perishing Friday night at McDiarmid Park.

The banter is always good. Chris Sutton is the alpha-pundit although the others aren’t shy. Too much football chatter is anodyne with everyone agreeing with each other but being controversial for controverial’s sake is just as tedious and the BT boys don’t do this.

Daryl Currie is an excellent host. Initially, and purely based on his-mammy-turns-him-out-awfie-nice demeanour, I thought Sutton would spit him out like a half-time pie. But Currie has been able to develop a role beyond that of fluffer/comedy-feed and is a first-rate live broadcaster with the speed of thought you need when you’re trying to cram all the goals and hectic moments into the post-match round-up before the next ad break.

BT has also rehabilitated Ally McCoist on the goggle-box which you may not regard as a service to Scottish football, but I do. McCoist used to be great on TV and then he became the Rangers manager which narrowed his appeal and by the end seemed to have aged him by a hundred years. When he first turned up on BT it looked like he’d barged his way on to the panel but, older, wiser and self-deprecating, he quickly made an insightful contribution. At last year’s World Cup for ITV Coisty was partnered with Jon Champion, a pairing which became the surprise hit team of the tournament. I reckon it was those Friday nights alfresco in Perth – BT makes its guys clamber on to old-skool scaffolding gantries – which got him to Moscow.

I mentioned ad breaks there; when BT goes to them there’s always a question or a gag which is flashed on to the screen – just part of the attention to detail of the coverage. It’s typical of a channel which hasn’t just trundled its trucks up to our colosseums and presented a blandly generic one-size-fits-all version of football, because that’s not our fitba – no way, man. So that must be it settled, then: keep BT and ditch Sky? Well, if it was a straight choice then yes. But before very long Sky will be the only choice. From 2020/21, it takes over from BT as the main station for live matches. The score will be Sky 48 games, BT 0 with the latter disappearing from our screens and our lives, at least domestically.

I have to say that, based on how Sky presents Scottish football at the moment, I’m dreading this. Hayley McQueen doesn’t look like she’s enjoying the anchorwoman role, as if she’s dreading Albion Rovers popping into the conversation, and the Krises, Boyd and Commons, plus James McFadden, lack the snap, crackle and pop of their BT counterparts. Part of the problem is they’re always in a studio – an arid space which makes the chat stilted, killing any attempts at humour. I’m assuming there are attempts and they just get lost because there’s a general problem with humour on Sky – there isn’t any, not anywhere. As far as I’m aware, no one has ever cracked a joke on the channel, not even in its comedies.

With 48 matches to cover, Sky is going to have to seriously up its game. Last time I looked, there aren’t 48 Old Firm clashes in a season. Sky loves Celtic vs Rangers and, you feel, would cheerfully broadcast a two-team league. But it’s going to have to venture to other grounds now where it could do with ditching the studio and going native, pitchside. Ditching the shirts and ties – Sky’s very old-fashioned that way – for chunky knits and scarves, which will be needed in the snell winds of Perth and other quaint footballing outposts.

I guess, though, it won’t want literally to steal BT’s clothes. It will want to trumpet itself as the original and the best, for of course Sky used to be the go-to channel for live Scottish football, persuading an armchair audience to buy in the macaroon bars for Sunday evening kick-offs at 6.05pm. But we’re more discerning now, more demanding. Before it was a novelty and a boon that the cameras were switched on for one of our games and stayed the whole 90 minutes. These days we want more than that.

We probably don’t want coconuts. Obviously it wasn’t smart or clever that one was thrown at Tynecastle last week and it might have been racist. But BT, which has never missed a trick these past few seasons, didn’t miss the coconut. Maybe Sky would have done, so there’s its challenge.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "AIDAN SMITH"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4906994.1555168169!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4906994.1555168169!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "'The BT coverage is unfailingly smart, sparky, knowledgeable, caring and fun.' Pic: SNS/Bill Murray","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "'The BT coverage is unfailingly smart, sparky, knowledgeable, caring and fun.' Pic: SNS/Bill Murray","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4906994.1555168169!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/uk-news/interview-irish-actress-jessie-buckley-on-embracing-weegie-mentality-to-convince-as-glasgow-country-singer-in-wild-rose-1-4881388","id":"1.4881388","articleHeadline": "Interview: Irish actress Jessie Buckley on embracing ‘Weegie mentality’ to convince as Glasgow country singer in Wild Rose","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555098736000 ,"articleLead": "

Irish stage and screen star Jessie Buckley says she is terrified of what Glaswegians will make of her latest role as a country singer from the city trying to make it to Nashville - despite spending a month there brushing up on her accent before cameras started rolling.

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The War and Peace actress said she “worked my **** off” to try to give a convincing performance as a Glaswegian cleaner struggling to pursue her dreams of stardom after getting out of jail in acclaimed new movie Wild Rose.

The 29-year-old made several incognito visits to Glasgow’s famous Grand Ole Opry club - which features in several key scenes - and went drinking with the cast and crew to pubs like The Laurieston Bar and The Ben Nevis to try to get into “the Weegie mentality.”

Buckley, who stars opposite Julie Walters in the new film. said she even tied to dupe shopkeepers around the city by buying cigarettes in her adopted accent.

Wild Rose sees Buckley play a young country music fan struggling to balance her ambition of becoming a singing star with the reality of bringing up two young children - only to get an unlikely lucky break after taking a cleaning job brings her closer to realising her Nashville dreams.

The film, which has already been hailed as Scotland's answer to A Star Is Born and Billy Elliot by critics, was written by Glasgow-born screenwriter Nicole Taylor and inspired by her discovery of country as a teenager growing up in the city.

Speaking ahead of the Scottish premiere of Wild Rose at the Glasgow Film Festival, Buckley said she was “******* myself” about the response to the film as she had fallen in love with the city during the making of the film, which will be released on 12 April.

Buckley, whose recent TV appearances include Taboo and The Last Post, was handed-picked for the lead role as Rose-Lynn Harlan by director Tom Harper, after they had worked together.

She said: “We met in the pub in Ireland and he told me he wanted me to read a script he’d been sent and that he didn’t want to do the film unless I did it.

“Nicole had just written this written this raw Glasgow-to-the-core girl, who was like everyone I have met in my life, yet no-one I have met in my life.

“I’m ****** myself about it being screened in Glasgow. It was crucial to me that I got as much into the Weegie mentality as I possibly could.

“The story in the film is really a story of identity, where you are from and the four corners that you are told you are only allowed to dream in. Being a Glasgow girl is so much part of Rose-Lynn’s make-up.

“Honest to God, I love Glasgow so much now. It stole my heart. The people are so open and there is a real humanity behind Glaswegians.

“I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be authentic, but I worked my **** off so that I could get a close to the core as I possibly could.

“I based myself in Glasgow for a month before we started shooting. I was working with a dialect coach and the two of us would go out and I’d speak in a Glasgow accent all day.

“I basically just took to the streets and also went into different newsagents around Glasgow and tried to ask for a packet of fags.

“I took a lot of trips to The Ben Nevis, The Laurieston and all these other joints. They’re pure rust and real life.

“When you fall in love with the city and you fall in love with the people and fall in love with the character who symbolises all that in some way it is kind of scary letting it out.

“I want to do Glasgow proud. It means a lot to me.

“We did a cast and crew screening a few months ago (in Glasgow) and it was the most nervous I was. I don’t think I took a breath.

“When the film finished a woman turned around and gave me a hug. I literally just burst out crying.”

Killarney-born Buckley’s performance has already drawn comparisons from Hollywood critics to Lady Gaga’s character in the new version of A Star Is Born after Wild Rose had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

Buckley added: “The themes in the film are relevant all over the world. It’s about struggling to want something for yourself. I hope it leaves people feeling that they can break down those four walls and go after something that they want.

“Rose-Lynn is a bit like an electrical bolt. You need her to light up your life but you’re also afraid she might explode.

“You will her on to have the life that she wants, but are also worried for the life that she wants. She is courageous, strong-willed, tenacious and has real fight in her.”

Leading Scottish actors Jamie Sives and James Harkness are also in the cast of Wild Rose, along with Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo, who plays a new-found friend who offers to help Rose-Lynn realise her dreams.

Scottish audiences are likely to spot a number of leading musicians in the lead character’s band, including accordionist Phil Cunningham, who before filming began took Buckley on an undercover visit to the Grand Ole Opry, which has been running for more than 40 years on Glasgow's Govan Road.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I went inside for the first time. It was like a mecca for country music right in the middle of the docks. I felt like I had stepped into an alternate world where people are able to escape reality.

“The beauty about country music is that it is so simple, but the stories are so honest and human, and are about very simple moments that capture longing and loss. They creep into your heart and before you know it you’re crying your eyes out.”

Wild Rose is the first feature film to be written by Taylor, a long-time country music fan from Glasgow, who first had the idea for the main character more than a decade ago.

She said: \"County has been an absolute obsession of mine since I was about 12 or 12.

\"I should have been cutting about going to East 17 or Take That concerts, but I was just wowed by the songwriting. I would skip school to go up and see Garth Brooks in Aberdeen concert and started following Lyle Lovett down to Manchester.

\"I loved country back when it was the love that dare not speak its name. It used to be really uncool before Taylor Swift came along and it suddenly became really popular, but I was hanging in there through all those geek years.

\"I always just took it for granted that Glasgow had a big country scene. I got to see some amazing people when I was growing up at the Royal Concert Hall and the Old Fruitmarket. Then there was the Grand Ole Opry, which I used to go to on a Saturday night, which is such a friendly and wicked place.\"

Taylor said she was beginning to think Wild Rose would never get made when producer Faye Ward sent the script to Harper, a friend in the industry. Not only did he want to direct it, but he also knew who he wanted to star in it.

Taylor added: \"He had Jessie in mind from the first page.

\"I got sent a little video of her singing - it was an amazing moment. I was like: 'Yes. we've found Rose-Lynn.' I knew it right away. She even looked like her. When I met her a week later I knew she was the one. It was like we were on a date.

“It took a long time for me to write the script, partly because it was my first film, but also because it’s a very personal story to me.

“Now, in retrospect, I think we were waiting for the right person to play Rose-Lynn. Now I think it could only have been Jessie. Unless you have a voice of that power there would have been no point in making the film.”

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Seventeen-year-old art student Kayleigh Shields’s track was chosen after she co-wrote it as part of a music and film project NTS ran for young people in the city last year.

Shields, an aspiring singer-songwriter, appears with a host of fellow participants in the video for Remember Us, which features locations in and around Dundee.

The single and music video have emerged from Radial, one of 10 projects staged across the country by NTS under the banner of the festival Futureproof to coincide with Scotland’s first “Year of Young People.”

A group of young people aged 14-26 joined forces with Dundee designer Hayley Scanlan, Highlands-based artist Robbie Synge and Australian theatre company Back to Back to create a film using music, dance, fashion and video art to create “a portrait of a community and landscape in motion.”

Footage shot for the film project was re-edited to help create the video for the single, which is available on outlets like Spotify, Apple and iTunes.

A former printworks where Beano, Oor Wullie and The Broons annuals were once published, a multi-storey car park in the city centre, mud flats on the banks of the River Tay and Tentsmuir Forest, in north Fife, are among the locations to feature in the Remember Us video and Radial.

Shields, who is studying contemporary art practice at Dundee and Angus College, was 16 when she wrote the song with the help of Australian composer Harry Myers Covill.

She said: “I didn’t know too much about the project when I went along to the first workshop. I just happened to mention that I wrote my own songs, although I’d never performed them anywhere before.

“The song is about family, connecting with people you’ve not met before and how they can become so close in such a short period of time. All the people I met on the project feel like my family now. Everybody just inspired me to write the lyrics.

“I was so thankful when I got the chance to write and sing for the film. It was such an amazing experience, but being able to actually get my song produced at then it being released is amazing.

“I’m hoping and excited to do more music in the future and doing this was definitely a push forward for me to do so.”

NTS released the video on the same day that Dundee was named the best place to live in Scotland, ahead of the likes of Leith and Stockbridge in Edinburgh, Finnieston in Glasgow and the Isle of Mull.

Jackie Wylie, artistic director of NTS, said: “We’re very excited to be able to launch the National Theatre of Scotland’s first ever single.

“As well as being a brilliant legacy for our Dundee Futureproof project, it’s also a testament to our commitment to inspiring people to participate in the arts.

“Alongside Radial, Remember Us is a beautiful piece of art that this special group of young artists from Dundee will have in their lives forever.”

Scanlan, who was the stylist on Radial, said: “It was good to be involved in such an exciting, innovative project.”

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IT SEEMS more than timely that Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s 2016 play Rebellion should reappear in Glasgow in the week that marks the 20th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement. Written to mark the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, Rebellion is not about the peace process; but offers a reminder of the processes of war behind that conflict and how easily they could be reignited.

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Websters Theatre, Glasgow ***

Set in two time-frames – 1916-19 and the present day – Rebellion follows the story of the Glasgow-Irish Murphy family, whose forefather Tom played a major part in the 1916 Rebellion. Tom’s great-grand-daughter Mary inherits old boxes full of memorabilia of those times; but meanwhile, in modern Scotland, her Rangers-supporting husband is bullying her beyond endurance, and her son John – a computer whizz-kid – is staging his own dark web rebellion against the powers-that-be of the 21st century.

The style of the two-hour play is invincibly old-fashioned, with two acts of long dialogue scenes set in locations from Mary’s kitchen table to the post-Rising British prison camp in Wales. It’s impressive, though, to see the Sweet For Addicts company, working with people whose lives have been touched by addiction, tackle a slice of Glasgow Irish working-class history with such commitment and talent; and if the production’s soundtrack of emotive rebel songs doesn’t quite capture the complexity of the different faces of oppression Mac Giolla Bhain tries to evoke, it nonetheless reminds us of the passion for freedom that won Ireland its 21st century place as an independent European nation, and of how Britain forgets or discounts that passion at its peril.

JOYCE MCMILLAN

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IF IT’S Easter, it must be time for the annual avalanche of Spring children’s shows; and in the Quaker Studio at the Pleasance, two childlike but ageless characters called Melody and Sam are in training. They seem to be chums or flatmates; but whatever its origin, their bantering, bruising relationship is focused on the idea of becoming record breakers, and getting their names in the big book of records.

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The Pleasance, Edinburgh *** | Perth Theatre **** | Aberdeenshire Farmers Museum ***

So for absolute ages, Melody and Sam mess about in their flat first training for an attempt on the world record for eating beans with a cocktail stick, then – after Melody receives a mysterious letter from a world adventuring organisation – doing assorted forms of aquatic training which Melody insists are all about the attempt on the bean record, but which in fact have to do with her determination to get Sam to return to the island of his birth, which is being inundated by rising sea levels.

All of which is as clear as mud in the wretchedly-structured first half of the show. About half-way in, though, Melody sets off on her island-finding adventure, Mamoru Iriguchi’s giant story-book set suddenly springs to life, and the narrative acquires some real metaphorical energy, as Melody and Sam embark on an improbable but essential quest for a new, sustainable island life.

To the last, it’s not clear why Melody is such a lying, manipulative bully, and why this is OK; nor is the storytelling ever less than awkward. Ben Winger and Alice Mary Cooper make a charismatic pair as Sam and Melody, though; and with Caitlin Skinner directing, the show fights its way through to a memorable conclusion

Perth Theatre’s new show for children Prince Charming – co-produced with Little Angel Theatre in London – tackles the difficult subject of anxiety and depression among children and young people; and although Jenny Worton’s script sometimes threatens its own sense of focus by making its central character a depressed little Prince, who has to cope not only with the dragon-killing demands of royalty, and with the stereotype of being a “Prince Charming”, but also with the fact that he is only a puppet, it nonetheless guides its audience of 6-11 year-olds through a convincing list of fears, from the terror of the dark to deep questions of identity, with real humour and compassion.

The character of the troubled little Prince (brilliant puppeteer Nix Wood) is so beguiling, in Ross McKay’s subtle and generous production, that the story of his eventual liberation finally becomes impossible to resist.

The Whirlybird, presented by Eco Drama in association with Platform, Glasgow, is a show for much younger children, with even tiny toddlers reacting with squeals of delight to the gorgeous, colourful set by Claire Halleran – all leaves, twigs and berries – on which the show’s co-devisers Caroline Mathison and Beth Kovarik act out their tale of one songbird who learns to fly no problem, and one squawking bird that can’t fly at all, until it learns to imitate the little helicopter-like whirlybird seeds that fall from the sycamore tree. There’s some self-conscious acting-for-children, toe-curling for adults to watch but the smaller the children are the less they mind. Whirlybird offers a joyful 35 minute celebration of the richness of nature, of a kind that becomes more useful and relevant, with every passing day.

JOYCE MCMILLAN

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Polish-born, Glasgow-based composer Ela Orleans writes self-styled “movies for ears”, which is such a judicious description of her aural collage of cool looped vocals, lo-fi keyboards, guitar, samples and effects that she has named her new retrospective compilation thus.

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CCA, Glasgow ****

From her modest sedentary set-up at this album launch gig, Orleans conjured diverse soundworlds, complemented by her own cut-and-paste visuals, featuring Orleans in slow motion or suspended animation, or immersive archive film stock.

Her echoey vocals over a synthetic syncopated beat evoked Come Dancing (the non-celebrity version) meets haunted dancehall by the hall of mirrors at the end of the pier. A groovy go-go number was followed by a beatific lamentation and then a limber motoric rhythm.

This was a hypnotic sensory feast without overloading the synapses. There was also space for a true retrospective treat – the first song Orleans ever wrote. “It’s long,” she cautioned, though the rudimentary but engaging track did not outstay its welcome.

There was entertaining support from Apostille, aka her label boss at Night School Records, Michael Kasparis of Franz Ferdinand “come and dance with me Michael” celebrity.

Kasparis certainly knows how to cut a rug with unfettered style, coming across like Future Islands’ flailing frontman Samuel T Herring with a far more agreeable soundtrack of playful analogue electronica and an impressive malleable vocal, which he deftly switched from a croon to a scream during impish a capella portions where his absent bass player would normally fill in.

FIONA SHEPHERD

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