The Hit List

The big events in Scot­land over the next seven days ... and why you’d be crazy to miss them

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Contents | Photograph Of The Week - by Na­dine McBay nadinem­cbay@hot­

• Fes­ti­val Sound­fes­ti­val Oct 24 to Nov 4 Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire

Sound­fes­ti­val, a fes­ti­val show­cas­ing the best in new clas­si­cal mu­sic in Scot­land and beyond, re­turns to venues in the north-east this week.

Run­ning from Oc­to­ber 24 to Novem­ber 4, the fes­ti­val fea­tures 40 con­certs in 19 venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture new mu­sic from prom­i­nent com­posers such as Os­car Strasnoy, Sally Beamish, Diana Bur­rell and John de Si­mone, as well as per­for­mances from some of the most cut­ting-edge con­tem­po­rary en­sem­bles from around the world in­clud­ing Icebreaker, En­sem­ble Klang, 2e2m and Red Note.

Sound­fes­ti­val will also fea­ture con­certs mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the 1918 Ar­mistice and the first pub­lic per­for­mances by two re­cently-formed Aberdeen new mu­sic en­sem­bles. Re­lated ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, fam­ily-friendly events and late night ses­sions will also com­ple­ment the cen­tral live per­for­mances.

The main strands this year are a show­case of the vi­ola, the sec­ond in the fes­ti­val’s “en­dan­gered in­stru­ments” se­ries (fol­low­ing the bas­soon last year), and work by fe­male com­posers such as vi­o­list Sally Beamish who per­forms in the pre­miere of her new work for six vi­o­las.

• Fam­ily Quest For Oz

Un­til Oct 28, Drum­mohr House Grounds

In­spired by the works of Wiz­ard Of Oz cre­ator Frank Baum, Quest For Oz is an “aug­mented re­al­ity ad­ven­ture game” which sees the grounds of Drum­mohr House, an 18th-cen­tury man­sion near Mus­sel­burgh, trans­formed into an il­lu­mi­nated Land of Oz.

It’s suit­able for fam­i­lies, chil­dren and in­quis­i­tive game fans of all ages; ad­ven­tur­ers are set the chal­lenge of find­ing bricks the Tin Man, the Scare­crow and the Lion have hid­den fol­low­ing the de­struc­tion of the yel­low brick road dur­ing a bat­tle be­tween the Witches of the East and the West.

Theatre-mak­ers Vi­sion Me­chan­ics, who cre­ated Quest For Oz, are now based in the man­sion’s for­mer sta­bles after be­ing re­quired to leave their Leith work­shop to make way for the de­vel­op­ers, a fate now com­mon to many artists and creative busi­nesses in the area.

Now they will base many of their pro­duc­tions in the Drum­mohr House grounds, which dur­ing Quest For Oz will be il­lu­mi­nated with in­stal­la­tions such as a 10-me­tre pro­jec­tion of a mon­key made up of the painted faces of thou­sands of pupils from East Loth­ian schools.

Us­ing a mix­ture of live per­for­mance, pup­petry, light shows and in­ter­ac­tive tech, vis­i­tors will be able to meet char­ac­ters such as Glinda the Good in her Bub­ble Gar­den and seller of lo­tions and po­tions Doc Won­der.

Ad­ven­tur­ers can also test their skills in the Mind Maze or get lost in the Car­ni­val of Dreams with the help of Vi­sion Me­chan­ics’ own app de­vel­oped with pup­peteer and de­signer Colin Purves.

The app’s roots came from an im­age of­ten as­so­ci­ated with the Wiz­ard of Oz.

“My idea was that the magic was all around you, but you had to ac­cess it through go­ing be­hind the cur­tain,” says Sy­mon Mac­in­tyre, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Vi­sion Me­chan­ics. “Here the app is the cur­tain that al­lows you to see into this other world.” He adds: “I don’t want kids to be in front of screens be­ing in­ac­tive,” says Mac­in­tyre. “But there’s no way that I can de­feat that screen. In­stead, my idea was to take that screen and use it so you can run around the out­doors.”

• Film Open­ing of Ev­ery­man Cin­ema Oct 26, Princes Square, Glas­gow

Bou­tique cin­ema op­er­a­tor Ev­ery­man Cin­e­mas are to open their first pic­ture house in Scot­land this week in Princes Square, the el­e­gant and airy shop­ping cen­tre off Glas­gow’s Buchanan Street named Scot­land’s Favourite Build­ing by the Royal In­sti­tute for Ar­chi­tects in Scot­land in 2016.

Al­ready with 22 venues in Eng­land, Ev­ery­man have signed a 30 year lease on the unit, which will house three in­ti­mate au­di­to­ri­ums, seat­ing 95, 74 and 36 cin­ema-go­ers re­spec­tively.

Ev­ery­man Glas­gow opens its doors on Oc­to­ber 26 for guests who have a choice to see ei­ther Ryan Gosling star as Neil Arm­strong in First Man or Dakota John­son, Jeff Bridges and Jon Hamm star in Bad Times At The El Royale, “a run­down ho­tel with a dark past”.

Also fea­tur­ing will be Dex­ter Fletcher’s long-awaited Queen cel­e­bra­tion Bo­hemian Rhap­sody star­ring Rami Malek as Fred­die Mer­cury (pic­tured, be­low right).

“We gen­uinely can’t wait to open for busi­ness in Princes Square,” says Ev­ery­man chief ex­ec­u­tive Crispin Lilly. “We think there’s a great com­mu­nity in Glas­gow and an au­di­ence that will re­ally en­joy spend­ing the evening with us.We aim to make ev­ery guest’s visit spe­cial no mat­ter what they choose to watch, and make them fall in love with a night at the cin­ema.”

• Theatre Man­power, Oc­to­ber 24 Bea­con Arts Cen­tre, Greenock

First per­formed to a stunned au­di­ence the day Trump was elected back in Novem­ber 2016, Man­power will this month be pre­sented by Borders-based per­for­mance duo and theatre mak­ers Two Des­ti­na­tion Lan­guage. It’s their take on the chang­ing roles for men dur­ing four decades of Bri­tain’s in­dus­trial de­cline since the 1970s.

The piece is cen­tred on a large wooden struc­ture that is built live on stage by Alis­ter Lownie, while Bul­gar­ian artist Kathe­rina Radeva be­gins to tell the story of her per­cep­tion of the Bri­tish work­ing class and how tra­di­tional roles and ex­pec­ta­tions of men are in flux.

Orig­i­nally in­tended as a play­ful work about men and mas­culin­ity, it was re­worked by the pair fol­low­ing the vote to leave the EU in June 2016.

“That play­ful piece was be­gin­ning to feel quite drowned out by a sea of bul­ly­ing male voices on the po­lit­i­cal land­scape both here and in Amer­ica,” says Lownie. “They were lay­ing claim to the idea of ‘tak­ing back con­trol’, which is quite a tra­di­tion­ally male, hi­er­ar­chi­cal view of how a so­ci­ety might be built.”

The ma­jor­ity of Man­power’s words are spo­ken by Radeva, whose on-stage char­ac­ter has split au­di­ences.

“She is a bit of a Thatcherite fig­ure,” Lownie says. “A fault­line can ap­pear in the au­di­ence be­tween peo­ple think­ing the piece is satiris­ing those views, or sup­port­ing them. That’s what we’re try­ing to do, cre­ate a lit­tle bit of space to talk about those dif­fer­ences.”

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful run at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe ear­lier this year with Fallen Fruit, a play about Bul­garia in the 1980s and 1990s, Man­power tours to Greenock on Oc­to­ber 24 be­fore be­ing per­formed at Glas­gow’s Plat­form on Oct 25 and East­gate Theatre in Pee­bles on Novem­ber 28.

Lownie adds: “It’s not about what side you’re on, it’s about be­gin­ning to find ways of talk­ing to one an­other across those di­vides, about spark­ing con­ver­sa­tions which might not have hap­pened oth­er­wise.”

• Event

Run­ning ev­ery evening from Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27 through to Novem­ber 11 is GlasGLOW, a new sound and light ex­pe­ri­ence tak­ing place in Glas­gow’s Botanic Gar­dens over the Hal­loween and Bon­fire Night pe­riod and beyond. In­spired by Dis­ney and Steven Spiel­berg’s ad­ven­ture movies of the 1980s, GlasGLOW prom­ises a realm where drag­ons live and magic awaits. Its fi­nale “has to be seen to be be­lieved”, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers – the iti­son deals site, which is based in the city.

“What we have in store is com­pletely epic and we can’t wait to share this spec­tac­u­lar world of fan­tasy, mag­i­cal en­coun­ters and stun­ning sound and light,” says Oli Nor­man of iti­son,who lives close by the city’s gar­dens.

Vi­o­list Sally Beamish is one of the 50 fe­male com­posers whose work is set to fea­ture at Sound­fes­ti­val in Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire

Above left: Red Note En­sem­ble per­form at Sound­fes­ti­val in Aberdeen. Above: take a look be­hind the cur­tain in ad­ven­ture game Quest For Oz

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