A PLAY about the Scottish boxer Benny Lynch is to tour Scotland in May and June next year.

Stephen Purdon, known for his role in River City, plays the boxing champion, and the show also stars Holly Jack and Simon Weir, while David Hayman plays the boxer's coach and mentor Sammy Wilson.

David Hayman Jr directs the play, which has been written by David Carswell.

It will be staged at the Ayr Gaiety theatre on 18 May and will go on to be performed at the Kilmarnock Palace, Dunoon Queens Hall, the Beacon in Greenock, Dundee Rep, Eden Court in Inverness, the Alhambra in Dunfermline, Motherwell Theatre, Campbelltown Victoria Hall, Helensburgh, Ovan, Eastwood, the Brunton in Musselburgh and the Tivoli in Aberdeen.

The producers said: "It is a poignant and entertaining look at his life, from his childhood in the Gorbals’ slums, to his boxing success and global stardom, and ultimately to his demise and untimely death in 1946 at the age of only 33.

"It doesn’t matter if you’re not a boxing fan. This show is about the extraordinary life of a Scottish icon. It is the ultimate rags to riches to rags story."


A NEW show at the Govan Project Space in Glasgow features work by Lars Karl Becker and Simon Buckley.

Balk opens on 7 December and runs until 16 December.

From Berlin and Govanhill, the two artists have worked together since they studied together in 2014 at Staedelschule, Frankfurt and then Glasgow School of Art.

The new show "explores the boundaries between sculpture, writing and obliteration."

The GPS said: "The works on show turn to a shared practice that renders these means uncomfortably visible.

"In a typically uncompromising approach you as visitors are invited to feel the ghostly presence of an abandoned visual language; the spooky echoes of a conceptual framework encompassing the history of art in the west and our notion of culture itself."

Buckley's work has appeared in several venues including Glasgow International.


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has announced that tickets for its 2019 showcase are now on sale.

The event will have the theme of Kaleidoscope.

Next year’s show will celebrate “glorious symmetries” through performances with the British Army, as well as the Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipers Trail, the Tattoo Dance Company and Hjaltibonhoga (Shetland Fiddlers) as well as other acts yet to be announced.

The Tattoo will again be based on Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade, for its 69th show.

More than 1,200 international performers will be expected to take part in the event, which will run during the Festival period between 2 -24 August next year.

Brigadier David Allfrey, chief executive, said the show would be about "light": "Each Tattoo is planned up to two years in advance in order for us to build the creative concept and secure the most exciting international performers that draw in our audiences year on year.

"In 1816, the Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster was looking at objects through mirrors and he noticed how colours appeared in beautiful patterns.

"This was the inspiration for his kaleidoscope, a wonderful device that delivered symmetrical yet ever-changing images."