l Best known for her detective novels, Agatha Christie also wrote more than a dozen plays.
One of these, Go Back For Murder, comes to the King's Theatre in Edinburgh from February 11-16 as the latest touring production by the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. The play uses the whodunit format to follow a woman determined to clear the name of her mother, who died in prison accused of murder. Adapted by Christie from her novel Five Little Pigs, it is notable for the fact that the writer's famous detective, Hercule Poirot, was edited out of the story for the stage version. The cast features several faces well-known from television, including Liza Goddard, Sophie Ward, Robert Duncan, Gary Mavers, Lysette Anthony and Ben Nealon.
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l Film, music and architecture combine in two special performances featuring adventurous Glasgow-based musicians Auricle Ensemble. The group will play Aaron Copland's score live alongside a rare screening of documentary The City, made for New York's 1939 World Fair, with actor Crawford Logan narrating filmmaker Lewis Mumford's script. Completing the programme is the European premiere of the original string quartet version of Copland's Quiet City and a new commission, Sprawl, by Steve Forman. The concert will be interspersed with contributions from Scottish architects and planners to put Mumford's film and ideas into a wider context. The event takes place at Summerhall Arts Centre in Edinburgh on January 28, before moving through to the Old Fruitmarket on February 17 as part of the Glasgow Film Festival.
l The hunt is on for the image that will carry this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as the annual Schools Poster Competition, supported by Virgin Money, is launched. The competition is open to all five to 16-year-old pupils at schools in Scotland, and entry packs (and learning resources) can be downloaded at www.edfringe.com/poster. Cash prizes can be won by individual entrants and their schools, and the closing date is March 15. Kath M Maitland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "For the last 32 years, the Fringe Society has invited schools across Scotland to submit posters encapsulating what the Fringe means to them. The response has been terrific and 2012 was no exception, with over 3000 entries and the number of schools taking part almost doubling from 2011. The 2013 competition is now open, and we are hoping for a huge response from schools from every corner of Scotland."