With themed entertainment in the cafe bar before and after and the audience encouraged to dress up in period or seasonal costumes, the venue is screening Wallace Worsley's 1923 version of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, with Lon Chaney as the tortured bellringer. The film was Universal's most successful silent film, grossing over $3 million. Accompanying it live at the Usher Hall's Norman and Beard organ on October 31 will be Donald MacKenzie, who has previously played the same role for screenings of Nosferatu and Phantom Of The Opera, among other early screen classics.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is combining with a studio and music promoter on the island of Jura and a singer/songwriter from Lancashire on a day of music and ornithology on October 11. Song Birds/Bird Songs will be a whole day of events at Craighouse Hall on Jura with art workshops by Jane Smith and storytelling for children from 10am and a screening of the BBC's Hebrides: Islands on the Edge programme featuring Jura in the early evening accompanied by a whisky tasting. It will be followed by a concert by Dan Haywood featuring music from his acclaimed album New Hawks together with a preview of tracks from his forthcoming disc, Dapple, released on November 4 on Southern Bird Records. The event is being promoted by Sound of Jura's Giles Perring, who has run a studio on the island since 2005.
Variety is not dead, it is just all dressed up as The Illusionists, which visits Scotland for four performances on a tour which starts tomorrow. The show features seven acts, including an escapologist, Andrew Basso, and mind-reader, Philip Escoffey, conjurors and magicians, Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James and Mark Kalin and an "enchantress", Jinger Leigh. Having impressed across the world since the package was launched in January 2012, with appearances (and probably disappearances) in Australia, Central and South America and the Middle East, this is the septet's first UK tour. There are shows at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on September 28 and 29 and one at Dundee's Caird Hall on Monday September 30.