Spring has arrived and with it, a whole host of events. .
We've pulled out a few of our favourites to get you out and about across Scotland this April.
The cult 1998 film by Peter Mullan makes its way to the stage for a brand-new musical production. Its story revolves around a group of siblings who are caught in a storm (both literal and metaphorical) the night before their mother’s funeral. The cast features Robert Florence of Burnistoun fame.
- King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 12-16 April
- Eden Court, Inverness, 26-30 April
Photo credit Peter Dibdin
Edinburgh Science Festival
Exploring everything from personal wellbeing to planetary health, this year’s capital Science Festival looks at the many challenges facing our globe today and into the future. Among the intriguing-sounding events across the month are Consciousness: Machine Of The Mind, Elemental and Journey To The Deep.
- Various venues, Edinburgh, 9-24 April
The veteran pop man has had a hugely successful solo career after doing pretty excellent business with iconic 20th-century bands such as The Jam and Style Council. The Modfather will make you an offer you can’t refuse: come along and witness a classic songwriter in action
- Caird Hall, Dundee, 12 April;
- Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13 April
Scottish Ballet’s The Scandal At Mayerling
With choreography from Sir Kenneth MacMillan and featuring a score from pieces by Franz Liszt, Scottish Ballet return to this iconic work first created in 1978 but never before performed in the UK outside of London. This reimagined production is about the all-true story of a 19th-century dysfunctional royal family.
- Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 13-16 April
Photo credit Mihaela Bodlovic
2008 was the last time Steve Coogan took his enduring character across the country on tour. The time is certainly now ripe for more Alan as he delivers a self-help advice shop (with songs) in a show described by Coogan as a ‘TED Talk meets West Side Story’.
- Playhouse, Edinburgh, Tuesday 26 April
Reginald D Hunter
Never a man to shirk a controversial topic, the American-born, British-based stand-up throws a few grenades into the big issues of the day and stands back to admire his handiwork. Bombe Shuffleur is the title of his new show, and (as the well-worn warning has it), please proceed with caution if you’re easily offended.
- Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen, 27 April
- Ironworks, Inverness, 28 April
- Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, 29 April
- Perth Concert Hall, 30 April
Photo credit KashYusaf
Van Gogh Alive
A world-conquering immersive exhibition about the Dutch master comes to Scotland. Featuring a main room of constantly changing projected images and words, with accompanying classical music to fit, a smaller room devoted to Sunflowers, and a chance to recreate your own Vincent painting, this is a show that should appeal to art fans of all ages.
- Festival Square, Edinburgh, until 17 July
Photo credit Richard Blake
Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
Another genius in his field is the Scottish dancer and choreographer whose career has been a story of collaboration with similarly influential figures such as Leigh Bowery, The Fall, Peter Greenaway, Sarah Lucas and Charles Atlas (the video artist rather than the bodybuilder). This gigantic (in all senses) exhibition looks at Clark’s diverse and inspirational array of work.
- V&A Dundee, until 22 September
Photo credit Michael McGurk
We've got a range of tickets available that offer great value for money when travelling to these events. So just relax, and let us do the driving.