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Some Things for the Weekend

Love or hate them, now wind turbines are art

Vlad headTo me, wind turbines are things of beauty, enhancing, rather than detracting from, the landscape of Scotland, like giant works of public art.  From a distance, they look like those little whirligigs from childhood seaside holidays.  Up close, one cannot help but be intimidated by their awe-inspiring brute power.  And, let’s face it, anything that can make Donald Trump hot under the collar cannot be a bad thing.

Starting next week at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, The Land Art Generator Initiative will showcase three projects, all of which combine art with sustainable power generation. They have been shortlisted for funding, and the winner will be developed in the Port Dundas area of the city.

They include Wind Forest, described as a “futuristic forest” of wind turbines which resemble trees, which generate power through a swaying motion.  Another project claims it will create a section of rainbow over the city’s skyline, while the Dundas Dandelion is an arrangement of carbon fibre wind stalks, again generating power through a swaying motion.  The Land Art Generator Initiative will be on show from 9 June.   

PICK OF THE WEEK

Theatre

OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME

Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow  Until Friday 4th June  Times vary

One of the most powerful pieces of theatre writing to come out of Ireland in the 1980s, this thought-provoking drama set against the twin backdrops of the First World War and the Easter Rising is as resonant now as it was three decades ago.  First produced in Dublin in 1985 at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, Frank McGuinness’s script is as complex as it is emotionally-charged.  Directed by Jeremy Herrin, this joint production involves the combined input of The Citizens’, Liverpool Theatre and The Abbey in Dublin.

THON MAN MOLLIERE

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh   Until Saturday 11th June    Times vary

The final play of the Lyceum’s fiftieth anniversary season, former Makar Liz Lochhead’s comedy, written in the Scots vernacular, fantasises about the French satirist Molliere undergoing a mid-life crisis.  Its powerful ensemble cast includes Siobhan Redmond and features Jimmy Chisholm in the title role.

DREICH ENCOUNTER

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen   Thursday 3rd to Saturday 11th June Times vary

Another Scots-themed twist on a favourite classic, Dreich Encounter  is a an affectionate comic pastiche of the 1940s Celia Johnson-Leslie Howard romance.  It is creation of local North-East company Flying Pig Productions.

THARK

Pitlochry Festival Theatre   2nd June to 13th October  Dates and times vary

The Pitlochry Festival Theatre repertory season kicked-off last week, and runs through until the end of October. This Ben Travers farce, originally produced at The Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End in the 1920’s, and is a classic of its genre.

Comedy

MARK NELSON, TONY BURGESS, JAY LAFFERTY

The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh   Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th June 9pm

Mark Nelson won Best Headliner for the second year running at this year’s Scottish Comedy Awards, an accolade he thoroughly merited.  Nelson’s writing always lands on the right side of bad taste, and he has dryly affable delivery which is bothy engaging and challenging.  He’s joined on this bill in Edinburgh by Mancunian Tony Burgess hugely likeable Jay Lafferty.

PAUL CURRIE, SUSIE McCABE, DAISY EARL

The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow   Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th June  8.30

Paul Currie’s comedic stylings embrace physical theatre, street performance, clowning and mime.  If that makes his sound pretentious, then think again.  He is quite simply one of the finest nona-verbal comedians in the world.  He’s joined in  Glasgow by Scottish Comedian of the Year Daisy Earl, and the no-nonsense wit of Susie McCabe.

Exhibitions

INSPIRING SPACES

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

This Friday is the final chance to visit this exhibition set in the modern surrounding of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, which showcases the winners of an Instagram-led competition in which the public were asked to contribute photos of spaces that inspired them.  It forms part of the city’s Festival of Architecture.



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