THE HIT LIST
Art David Michie Retrospective Until November 10 Glasgow Art Club
To celebrate what would have been David Michie’s 90th birthday, Glasgow Art Club are exhibiting 50 of his paintings and lithographs in what is the city’s first solo exhibition of his work. Emerging from Edinburgh College of Art during the post-war years, Michie’s rich palette was in contrast to the drab austerity of the era and was influenced by his French Riveria boyhood and the work of his mother, the artist Anne Redpath.
Music Verdi’s Rigoletto
Until Oct 27, Theatre Royal, Glasgow; touring
Scottish Opera’s new season begins with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, a revival of the 2011 production by award-winning director Matthew Richardson and designer Jon Morrell.
Following its opening run at Theatre Royal Glasgow, the production tours to Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre (Nov 1 to Nov 3), Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre (Nov 9 to Nov 11) and Eden Court, Inverness (Nov 20 to Nov 24).
Verdi’s 1851 masterpiece features some of the bestloved music in opera, including La Donna È Mobile, in which the licentious Duke of Mantua sings of his casual disregard for women.
Set in a dark underworld where women are routinely treated with cruelty, the tragic story follows court jester Rigoletto’s (internationally-acclaimed baritone Aris Argiris) and his suffocating love for his daughter, Gilda (Lina Johnson).
Rumon Gamba conducts the cast, which also features award-winning British tenor Adam Smith and former Scottish Opera emerging artists Sioned Gwen Davies, Stephen Gadd and Dingle Yandell. They are joined by Scottish Opera emerging artists Alexey Gusev, Lucy Anderson and Bethan Langford.
“Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most vivid and exciting operas,” says Richardson. “It moves at a fast pace and this production aims to bring out the helter-skelter of its emotional highs and lows. I’m looking forward to spending time with it again and with our great cast.”
Scottish Opera director Alex Reedijk adds: “Rigoletto is a fascinating, high theatrical, musically thrilling and, ultimately, deeply moving opera which, in the hands of Matthew Richardson, Rumon Gamba and our marvellous cast, will be a superb night at the theatre.”
Henry Bell launches his new book John Maclean: Hero Of Red Clydeside on October 23 at 7pm in Waterstones Sauchiehall Street branch, Glasgow.
An outspoken opponent of the First World War, the Pollokshaws-born potter’s son was arrested for sedition a century ago this year. Sentenced to five years’ penal servitude, he was released after the November 1918 armistice.
Described as “the most dangerous man in Britain” by the head of British military intelligence, Maclean was feared by the establishment and celebrated by workers and the likes of Lenin and Trotsky.
In discussion with broadcaster Dr Vanessa Collingridge, Bell will discuss the events that shaped the life and beliefs of the Clydeside radical and how Maclean became an early figurehead for Scottish independence.
Theatre DollyWould October 25 to October 27 Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Following its sell-out 2017 Edinburgh Fringe run, 2018 London run and UK tour, DollyWould finally comes to Glasgow. This funny, messy show is about how much Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole, aka the awardwinning Sh!t Theatre, love Dolly Parton.
The show sees the duo head to Knoxville, Tennessee for Dollywood, which is built on Dolly Parton’s former childhood home.
While there they try to visit the Knoxville Body Farm, a forensic medical facility which researches human decomposition. One is all fake plastic immortality, the other the inescapable reality of death.
Mothersole and Biscuit say: “We have always made shows from a place of anger and this year especially with everything that is going on in the world - we wanted to make a show from a place of love. And we both love Dolly Parton.”
They add: “There’s a famous story where Dolly entered herself in a Dolly Parton drag competition, and lost. The drag queens were more Dolly than she was.”
“Yet she is completely her authentic self,” they add. “She embodies an overblown version of the male fantasy. She’s important to us as an artist, and a role model.”
Film Discovery Film Festival
Dundee Contemporary Arts, October 20 to November 4
Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences, returns to Dundee Contemporary Arts from October 20 to November 4.
Now in its 15th year, the festival aims to offer the best films from around the world for those aged 0-19 (and beyond), with a selection of short films for younger children and infants and films for teens programmed by the DCA’s Discovery Young Ambassadors, a group of film-loving 15 to 19-year-olds who are involved with all aspects of the festival.
Discovery will open this Saturday with the UK premiere of Belle And Sebastian: Friends For Life (pictured, right), a French family adventure following young Sebastian as he tries to rescue his Pyrenean mountain dog Belle and her puppies from a mysterious, dastardly villain. The film will be followed by a gala reception for all attendees, inspired by Belle and Sebastian’s adventures.
Other highlights include the UK premiere of Spider Thieves, a gritty Chilean drama based on a true story about a group of impoverished teenage girls who climb skyscrapers and closing film I Am William, a feelgood movie from Denmark about a boy sent to live with his highly unconventional uncle.
Scottish Ballet: Spring! Inverness, Mar 28-30; Glasgow, Apr 4-6; Aberdeen, Apr 11-13; Edinburgh, May 2-4
Disney on Ice, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Apr 11-14
Giorgio Moroder, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Apr 4
The cast of Rigoletto, including Aris Argiris as Rigoletto, left, and Lina Johnson as Gilda
Fringe First winners Sh!t Theatre in DollyWould
Michie’s Garden With Peacock is on show