Some Things for the Weekend

Vlad’s pick of the best weekend shows

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The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh 28th to  30th January 9 pm
Mick Ferry is one of the finest comedians on the UK circuit, and in 2014 his fellow stand-ups elected him as the Comedians’ Comedian of the Year. Ferry has no gimmicks and no huge PR machinery pimping him out to the media. As a result, he has been shamefully ignored by the idiots who programme comedy shows on television. Ferry’s comedy is uncomplicated and down-to-earth, and he is a genuinely likeable bloke, which never fails to come across when he is on stage.

If your taste in comedy is for vacuous twenty-somethings with floppy haircuts and skinny jeans with nothing to say, then this is probably not the show for you. If, on the other hand, you like listening to middle-aged, world-weary, overweight Mancunians putting society under a microscope, nobody does it better than Mick Ferry. He is supported by Janey Godley, in a show compered by Raymond Means, which must be one of the best line-ups in any comedy club in the UK this weekend.

SECC, Glasgow, 28th to 31st January 8 pm
Brian Limond became the first comedian to establish a following solely through the internet. Limmy started out as a phenomenon in the early days of You Tube, and built up such an enthusiastic fan base that his debut Edinburgh Fringe run sold out virtually overnight. Within a year, he had his own TV series, Limmy’s Show. Aside from that early outing at the Fringe, Limmy’s live appearances have been few and far between. If you are a fan, take this rare opportunity to see him in person.

The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow, 28th to 30th January 8.30
Globe-trotting cockney stand-up Nick Wilty has probably played in more countries around the world than other comedian I know. He was once marooned in Fiji for several days because of a military coup. A veteran of the Falklands War, Wilty once famously broke into the Tower of London. A true one-off.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Until 31
st January 10 am to 5 pm (7 pm Thurs)
A regular feature in the capital’s arts calendar, the collection of the works of JMW Turner returns to the city once more, to bring a much-needed splash of colour to brighten the dark Edinburgh January days.

Aberdeen Arts Centre until
 6th February 7.30
As a rule, I’d rather cut my own legs off with a blunt spoon that watch any musical, either on stage or at the cinema. Cabaret is the exception to this rule. While having slightly less edge than the early-70’s movie version featuring Joel Grey and Liza Minelli, the original stage play is still powerful and hard-hitting with some iconic songs to boot. Incidentally, I made my stage debut in a student production of the show.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 28th January 7.30
Northumbrian trio The Unthanks push back the boundaries of conventional folk music to create a sub-genre all of their own. For this show as part of Celtic Connections, they are joined on the bill by Lau, who performed the 2014 Commonwealth Games hit, The Bell That Never Rang.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, until 14
th February 11 am to 6 pm
If you have a spare hour to spend in Dundee, you could do much worse than taking in this fascinating show at DCA. It’s an exhibition of pencil-drawn animation.

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 15th January to  6th February 7.30
Even as early as January, it is fair to say that this will prove to be one of Scottish theatre’s highlights of 2016. This chilling, and at times hilarious play by Conor McPherson is being hailed in many quarters as a modern classic. Set in rural Ireland, it involves a young woman from Dublin sharing ghost stories with the locals in a country pub, some of which become disturbingly true.

Vladimir is now working in Australia and New Zealand and “Some Things For The Weekend” will be back from Thursday 24th March

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