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Some Things for the Weekend

Comedy capers head holiday weekend

Vlad againIn all the euphoria surrounding Hibs’ long overdue cup success, the equally-historic achievements of Edinburgh City FC have been largely overlooked. The 2016 Lowland League champions will be playing in SPFL next season and will become the first club to have played in the Scottish professional leagues and hosted shows on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Until 2015, Edinburgh City’s social club on the corner of Leith Walk and London Road was used as a venue by the Laughing Horse Free Festival.  Sadly, it will not be part of this year’s Free Festival, whose programme will be unveiled next week. 

However, highlights already announces include up-and-coming Scottish comedian Ashley Storrie, TV ventriloquist Mark Felgate and Nik Coppin’s globally-successful children’s show Huggers.

This weekend is the last bank holiday of this spring, and there is plenty of entertainment on offer in Scotland for those planning a weekend on the town.

Comedy

CAREY MARX, JOHN SCOTT, SUSIE McCABE

The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh    

Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May 9pm (8.30 on Sunday)

The Edinburgh Stand has a cracking line-up which will appeal to local punters and Bank Holiday tourists in equal measure.  Londoner Carey Marx started out in the business as a Blue Coat in Pontin’s holiday camps, where he was a magician and children’s entertainer.  Indeed, when he first started performing on the comedy circuit in the late 1990’s, his act was still magic-based and very clean-cut.  In the subsequent 20 years, he has morphed into a stand-up comedian of truly international quality.  His writing is splendidly dark, often bordering on offensiveness, yet never crossing over to be unacceptable.  This is in large part due to the effortless charm which Marx exudes on stage, a legacy of his earlier days of performing magic tricks for a younger audience.   A favourite on the Edinburgh Fringe for years, Marx is supported this weekend by the highly underrated but always entertaining John Scott in a show compered by the affably larger-than-life Susie McCabe, who is herself destined for a huge career in comedy.

JIM SMITH

Culter Village Hall, Aberdeenshire  Friday 27th May  8.30

Aberdeen’s Breakneck Comedy present another of their occasional out-of-town shows at Culter Village Hall.  Heading this bill is the surprise hit of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, Perthshire farmer Jim Smith, who has built up a huge following throughout rural Scotland.

THE REV OBADIAH STEPPENWOLFE III, GARY LITTLE, MARTIN MOR

The Stand Comedy Club Glasgow   Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May  8.30

Ayrshire-born Jim Muir was been performing under the guise of the dissolute, drug-addled American preacher since the turn of the Millennium.  We were both regular performers on BBC Scotland’s Live Floor Show in the early noughts, along with Miles Jupp and Frankie Boyle.  The Rev Steppenwolfe is a grotesquely dark character but at its best, it is compelling.  He is joined at the Glasgow Stand by local favourite Gary Little and compere Martin Mor.

Theatre

PUCKOON

Dundee Rep, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May  7.30

This is, without doubt, one of the most joyous theatre shows on offer in Scotland this weekend.  The late, great Spike Milligan’s comedy masterpiece of a novel Puccoon is surreal, profound and utterly hilarious.  Its stage adaptation by  Irish touring company Big Telly is not to be missed.

Music

JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS R&B ORCHESTRA

Perth Concert Hall, Saturday 28th May  7.30

TV’s Jools Holland, host of the eve-popular Later on BBC2, makes a rare appearance in Perth at the Concert Hall with his R&B Orchestra, as part of this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts.  The festival concludes the following night when Manchester’s world famous Halle Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the same venue.

Exhibitions

CHARTING NEW WATERS

McManus Gallery, Dundee  Until 23rd October

This exhibition of recent acquisitions to the city’s permanent collection has at its centrepiece the work of Frances Walker, who travelled to Antarctica to chronicle its land and seascape. These paintings, which she later gifted to McManus Gallery are the result of that expedition.

INSPIRING SPACES

Scottish Storytelling Centre  Until 3rd June 10 am to 6 pm

Set in the modern surrounding of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, which nestles into its ancient neighbours on the Royal Mile, this exhibition showcases the winners of an Instagram-led competition in which members of the public were asked to contribute photos of spaces that inspired them.  It forms part of the city’s Festival of Architecture

Vladimir McTavish will be performing at Broomknowes Golf Club, Bonnyrigg (show open to the public) on Friday 27th May and Monkey Barrel Comedy, Edinburgh on Saturday 28th May



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