THE posses of women who are currently enjoying the New York musical version of publishing phenomenon 50 Shades of Grey at the Assembly Hall during the Fringe should be informed that a more stimulating take on contemporary sexuality is revived in Scotland before the end of the month.
Johnny McKnight's Wendy Hoose, staged by his own Random Accomplice company and Birds of Paradise, whose own director/performer Robert Softley Gale co-directs with McKnight, sets off on a Scottish tour on August 27 with an opening production at the Beacon in Greenock.
The explicit and hilarious tale of modern dating and less-than-straight forward sex stars James Young and Amy Conachan as Jake and Laura and travels on to Perth Concert Hall (Aug 29 & 30), Platform in Glasgow (Sep 2), Howden Park Centre in Livingston (Sep 3) and Falkirk Town Hall (Sep 4) before heading to the Southbank Centre in London and Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.
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Strong bill at Trad on the Tyne
BLAZIN' Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Glasgow-Irish singers-musicians the Friel Sisters, Scots singer-fiddler Mairi Campbell, Haddington Pipe Band and the Sealed Knot historic re-enactment group are among the attractions at the Trad on the Tyne festival in Haddington, East Lothian, from Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31.
There are also-come and-try and open mic sessions, a craft tent and children's events.
Drummer chats to BBC Radio 3
DUNDEE-born drummer Ken Hyder, who was the pioneer of fusions between Scottish folk music and jazz in the early 1970s, is the subject of an interview on Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 on Monday18].
Hyder will be looking back at his work, which saw his band Talisker become one of the first acts signed to the Virgin Records subsidiary, Caroline, and playing a live track with the current line-up of the band, which features Edinburgh-born singer Maggie Nicols and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra saxophonist Raymond MacDonald.