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l The ever-inspiring Lung Ha's Theatre Company of Edinburgh, which works with people with learning disabilities, is presenting a double bill of short works by Moliere as its next production.

The Flying Doctor and The Seductive Countess have been adapted for the company by award-winning young playwright Morna Pearson, author of The Artist And The Mother Woman, seen recently at the Traverse. Presented under the title Un Petit Moliere, the shows will be directed by Maria Oller with music by M J McCarthy and Kim Moore of Zoey Van Goey, and will run at the Tom Fleming Centre, Stewart Melville College, Edinburgh, from April 9 to 12.

www.lunghas.co.uk

l Emma Herman-Smith, whose previous large-scale sculptures have included transforming an abandoned woodstack into an outsized clutch of coloured pencils and realising the carbon footprint of every human as giant's footprints in the landscape, has a new show opening at An Tobar in Tobermory at the start of March. Herman-Smith has spent a year on the isle of Mull as artists in residence in a scheme set up by the Forestry Commission and Creative Scotland. The exhibition, For All It Has Become, contains bronze casts, ceramics and charcoal drawings, but is themed on wood and woodland. The show opens on March 2 and runs to April 27 and some of the pieces are destined to find a permanent home on the island.

www.emmaherman-smith.com

l Robert Howard, frontman of The Blow Monkeys, the 1980s group who reformed five years ago, has quit the excesses of the rock'n'roll life on doctor's orders, and says that is reflected in the group's new disc, Feels Like A New Morning. The group's third set of new material since 2008, it is released by Cherry Red on May 6. The band has been named as one of the acts to be seen at the Rewind festival at Scone Palace at the end of July.

www.theblowmonkeys.com

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