Previously . . . Scotland’s History Festival AROUND TOWN Comedian Susan Morrison and pal Ian Harrower launch the first instalment of their past-praising fest. Highlights include traditional war of words The Flyting (it’s like a rap battle with poetry) and tours through the Blair Street Vaults. See page 46. Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 17–Sun 27 Nov. It’s Funtime AROUND TOWN The legendary pub quiz-cum-game show returns for a festive edition that’ll test your mental, physical and emotional limits – all in good fun, of course. Those with a phobia of oversized robots and having fun should stay away. See feature, page 26, or just check out our front cover. Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Dec.
Thurston Moore MUSIC The revered Sonic Youth frontman performs a special seated solo show at The Arches, following the release of his solo album Demolished Thoughts. Nicola Meighan looks back at the counter- culturalist’s career – and speculates on the future for Sonic Youth. See feature, page 85. Arches, Glasgow, Mon 28 Nov. Phoenix Dance Theatre: Declarations DANCE The acclaimed contemporary dance collective perform four pieces at the Traverse, including Philip Taylor’s ‘Haunted Passages’ and Warren Adams’ ‘The Audacious One’, inspired by one of Barack Obama’s speeches. See preview, page 114. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Nov.
Christmas Markets AROUND TOWN / SHOPPING Mittens, mistletoe and mulled wine – it’s Christmas market time. See page 43 in the magazine and page 10 in the Christmas Wish List for our recommendations on the best places for original gift-buying. Various venues around Scotland. The Deep Blue Sea FILM Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale form the three sides of a 1950s love triangle in this adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play. Of Time and City’s Terence Davies directs. See review, page 72. General release from Fri 25 Nov.
St Andrew’s Day: Visit For Free AROUND TOWN Enjoy some of Scotland’s finest landmarks for free or discounted prices during the pre-St Andrew’s Day weekend. Places taking part include Glasgow Science Centre. See preview, page 31. Various venues around Scotland, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov.
Not For Profit SUGGESTED BY JO CLIFFORD PLAYWRIGHT, THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
We’re still living with the after-effects of the financial crisis, and in this ‘age of austerity’ it’s important that we learn to resist temptations. Active Inquiry can help: their new interactive piece of forum theatre, Not For Profit, is touring community venues in Leith; it also makes an appearance at the Occupy Edinburgh camp, St Andrew’s Square on Sat 19 Nov. The production takes a form of theatre where the audience is encouraged to change the story, debate the result, and become empowered in their lives. And, appropriately for a play about the financial crisis, it’s free to attend. Not For Profit, various venues, Edinburgh, until Wed 23 Nov – see activeinquiry.co.uk for more details. The Tree of Knowledge, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 8–Sat 24 Dec.
17 Nov–15 Dec 2011 THE LIST 5