The best entertainment on offer this week
Time And The Conways
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, until Saturday; Dundee Rep, 13-30 March.
ITS a strange old play, sometimes slow, sometimes creaky in its strange flash-forward structure. But if you want an antidote to Downton Abbey’s pretty vision of well-to-do life in Britain between First and Second World Wars, you can do no better than experience JB Priestley’s masterly account of a bourgeois family in a slow, dark spiral of decline. Jemima Levick’s bleak, beautiful and haunting production has final performances in Edinburgh this weekend, then moves on to Dundee.
• Tel: 0131-248 4848 (Edinburgh); 01382 223530 (Dundee)
All Night Horror Madness
Cameo, Edinburgh, Saturday; Grosvenor, Glasgow, 16 March
Cult film connoisseur Matt Palmer’s self-explanatory All Night Horror Madness event returns with a selection of five more horror classics screened back-to-back to test the endurance of sleep-deprived gorehounds in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Peter Jackson’s splatterfest Braindead, the paranoid stylings of John Carpenter’s They Live, and Giallo maestro Lucio Fulchi’s The Beyond shore up the lesser known likes of The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and slasher flick Hospital Massacre. With three of the films screening from vintage 35mm prints, and a selection of vintage horror trailers preceding each, this is probably as close to an authentic grindhouse experience as it’s still possible to get.
• Tel: 0871 902 5747 (Edinburgh); 0845 166 6028 (Glasgow)
Edith Tudor-Hart: In The Shadow Of Tyranny
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Until 26 May
Photographer Edith Tudor Hart was born Edith Suschitzky in Vienna. She began her career recording the street life and political upheavals of the time. Coming to this country as a refugee, she turned her camera and her radical eye to the social inequalities of 1930s Britain. The exhibition at the SNPG includes some remarkable photographs, but is also a striking record of British society from a distinctly left-wing perspective.
• Tel: 0131-624 6200
Master and Pupil: Celebrating Oldham and Britten
Canongate Kirk, Saturday
Away from the professional circuit, there’s an intriguing programme on Saturday night by the Scottish Chamber Choir that celebrates the interconnections between Benjamin Britten, Arthur Oldham and Edinburgh. The pivotal connection is Oldham, a friend a pupil of Britten and later founding director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Ten years after Oldham’s death, and 100 years after Britten’s birth, this concert combines choral works by both master and pupil. Well worth a visit.
Backstage At The Green Hotel, Kinross, Tomorrow Until 24 March
The lesser known of two music festivals which happen annually in Kinross – but this one lasts for two weeks, has a roof over its head and eschews chart acts for artists of a certain age performing intimate gigs in a bijou venue. Highlights of this year’s programme include Acoustic Strawbs (9th), Maria Midnight At The Oasis Muldaur (15th), Bad Company guitarist Dave “Bucke” Colwell (16th), Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash (20th) and two shows from ex-Mott the Hoople man Ian Hunter with his acoustic trio (22nd/23rd). Tickets for individual gigs don’t come cheap but are snapped up by those who cherish the atmosphere of this room.
• Tel: 01577 863 467