Some Things for the Weekend

Catch the climax to Comedy Festival

Vlad againEaster may be early this year, but nonetheless there is a definite feeling of spring in the air at the moment, and a sense of new life beginning. Particularly in the arts.

One of the major stories in Scotland this week involves a project breathing new life back into a once vibrant part of Glasgow.

The announcement that most of the funding has been secured to build Scotland’s first Creation Centre is not only good news for the arts in Scotland, but very good news for the neighbourhoods around the Briggait area. 

This once-magnificent market hall near the Merchant City has been empty for over a decade, since the closure of its previous tenants Babbity Bowster’s. 

This part of the city has had more than its fair share of problems, most notably the dreadful incident in November 2013 when a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha Bar.

If the proposed centre for dance, street theatre and circus performance is to go ahead, it will provide a welcome addition to the cultural fabric of this historic part of Glasgow.

Viz edinburgh art in workplaceElsewhere, Easter weekend is the climax to this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival, and also sees an ambitious and imaginative piece of conceptual art transforming another once-derelict building.



St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross  Until Sunday 27th March

St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, just outside Helensburgh is one of the most stunning examples of 20th century modernist architecture in Scotland.  Built in the 1960’s, Andy McMillan and Isi Dmetzstein’s masterpiece stands in secluded woodlands with panoramic views of the Clyde below.  However, this former college for catholic priests has fallen into serious disrepair since it closed in the 1980’s.  It has had new life breathed into it, albeit temporarily.  Hinterland is a light and music exhibition set in the seminary and its surrounding grounds, and which is the opening event at this year’s Festival Of Architecture in Scotland.  Only running until Easter Sunday, it offers the public a unique opportunity to see this unique piece of architecture in its stunning location.

Final weekend highlights of the 2016 Glasgow Comedy Festival

The Grey Revolution

The State Bar, Holland Street.   Thursday 24th March 8.30

For the last few years, Glasgow-based stand-ups Rod Hunter and Les Sinclair have presented shows that celebrate the positive aspects to ageing.  If you are over fifty, you will laugh with recognition.  If you are younger, you’ll be inspired by the gallus attitude these guys take to getting their bus passes.

Shappi Khorsadi Live!

Citizens’ Theatre, Friday 25th March  8pm

In the current global political climate, there are few comedians more relevant than British-Iranian Shappi Khorsandi, the daughter of a satirist who escaped the Iranian revolution to flee to London in the late 1970’s.  Her material is astute, subliminally political and enduringly human.

Bruce Fummey: A history of Scotland

Yes Bar, Saturday 26th March  7.15

Having spent six weeks on tour in Australia and New Zealand with this man, I have never once tired of listening to Bruce Fume’s comedy.  Intelligent, educated, informed, politically astute and yet endearingly earthy, Fummey is one of the best-kept secrets on the comedy scene.

Martin Mor: Funny Stuff for happy people

The Stand Comedy Club  4pm

Easter is all about spending time with the family, and this is an ideal chance to do so and take in a great comedy show.  Northern Irish stand-up Martin Mor is an ex-street-performer who mainly works on the adult comedy circuit.  However, his kids’ shows are a delight, and will entertain both parents and children alike.



I am Thomas – a brutal comedy with songs

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh  Wednesday 23rd March to Sunday 9th April 7.30

A surprisingly uplifting account of the the demise of the last heretic to be hanged in Scotland.  Set in the eighteenth century, this production by ground-breaking theatre company Told By An Idiot will strip away all the contradictions of religious fundamentalism in a surprisingly light style.

Vladimir McTavish will be performing his solo show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped a Nation” at Yes Bar, Glasgow on Sunday 27th March at 7.15, as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

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