The Hot Ticket: Things to do and see in 2018
Looking for things to do and see in 2018? Here are some ideas to get you started...
Back once again at the gorgeous Leith Theatre building, which it rescued from derelict obscurity for last year’s ten-day festival, the Hidden Door returns for a pop-up event filled with music, theatre, art and film, which this year extends to the equally run-down State Cinema across the road.
Leith Theatre and State Cinema, Edinburgh, hiddendoorblog.org
In this 25th anniversary year of the Celtic Connections festival, a huge diaspora of music with often distant roots in Scottish and Irish Celtic culture is explored. There are dozens of shows by artists including Richard Dawson, James Yorkston, Beth Orton, Siobhan Wilson and anniversary tributes to Blazin’ Fiddles and the Isle of Eigg’s independence.
Various venues, Glasgow, celticconnections.com
The Royal Lyceum, Stellar Quines and Scottish Dance Theatre come together for a high-quality co-production, which tells the story of French novelist Marguerite Duras’ youthful affair growing up in Vietnam in the early 20th century.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, lyceum.org.uk
Rona Munro, writer of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The James Plays and soon to return to scriptwriting duties on Doctor Who after three decades, wrote this tale of four Belfast women surviving life during the Troubles in 1991. See how far we’ve come from those days.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, citz.co.uk
TURNER IN JANUARY
Customarily brought out every January, when the light is apparently best for them to be seen, the late collector Henry Vaughan’s collection of Turner watercolours is a fixture of the winter arts programme in Edinburgh, as requested by Vaughan when he left the works to the National Galleries.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, nationalgalleries.org