PERTH Theatre’s 2019 season opens with Miss Julie directed by Shilpa T-Hyland.

Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of August Strindberg’s play sets the action in mid-1920s Scotland.

Ms T-Hyland said: "Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Miss Julie immediately appealed to me; resetting this story of lust and social transgression to mid-1920s Scotland gives it a resonance with today that I find intriguing.

"I’m hugely enjoying directing this fast-paced drama which contains all the love, cruelty and dangerous decision making which befits a hot midsummer night when the master’s away and anything could happen. I’m also delighted to be doing so as The Cross Trust Young Director Award recipient, with a fantastic production and creative team."

Hiftu Quasem makes her Perth Theatre debut as Julie.

She is joined by Helen Mackay (Christine), last seen in Perth Theatre in Cinderella in 2013 and Lorn MacDonald (John) who appeared in Perth Theatre’s production of Macbeth in 2013 while a student at RCS.

It is shown in Perth from 14 to 23 February, then tours to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and The Studio, Edinburgh.,

A NEW comedy club in Glasgow is have comedian Sean Lock as the special guest for its launch.

The Glee will open on 1 February, in its renovated city centre venue.

The bill will also include Scottish comedians Jay Lafferty and Gary Little, alongside stand-up Geoff Norcott.

Lock made his stage debut over twenty years ago and makes frequent TV appearances, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Mark Tughan, founder of The Glee, said: "Opening our first Scottish venue is such an exciting new chapter for our team and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by adding the sensational Sean Lock to our launch weekend bill. Sean’s sets are renowned for their sheer brilliance and we anticipate that his appearance will be a huge hit with our guests.

"With only three weeks to go till we raise the curtain, we are confident that The Glee Glasgow will be a great addition to the city’s thriving comedy scene.”

Following the opening weekend, The Glee will have performances from Paul McCaffrey, Jarlath Regan, Adam Rowe, Tom Wrigglesworth, Allyson June Smith, Rob Deering and Nathan Caton.

The Glee Club is at 11 Renfrew Street in Glasgow.

THE private art collection of Dr Nicholas Phillipson is to be sold at the Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers on 10 October in Edinburgh.

Dr Nicholas Phillipson (1937-2018), was a leading historian on the topic of the Scottish Enlightenment and its wider European context.

Charlotte Riordan, contemporary art specialist at Lyon & Turnbull said: “It is a real privilege to be selling this collection.

"He was a generous patron of the arts, and an early supporter of the careers of many now well recognised talents, including Callum Innes, a fine example of whose work is represented in the sale.”

Paintings in the sale include ‘Untitled’ by Callum Innes valued at £10,000 to £15,000.

There are two paintings by Francis Davison, and one, ‘Brown and Yellow’, is valued at £3,000-5,000.

A relative of Dr Phillipson said: "Nick had been collecting paintings since he was a student and many of the artists became his personal friends, including Callum Innes and Hock Aun Teh.

"When we visited him in Edinburgh he took great delight in showing us his collection and sharing many stories behind the paintings. Very kindly he gave members of the family the opportunity to keep any of their favourite paintings. We decided the remainder of the collection should be sold, so that many more people can enjoy the paintings that gave him such joy throughout his life.”

Dr Phillipson was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and read history at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his PhD.

He joined the University of Edinburgh in 1967, remaining there as lecturer, senior lecturer and reader in history until retiring in 2004, when he was appointed honorary research fellow.

He published books on different aspects of the Scottish enlightenment and the Age of Improvement, while his first major biography, of David Hume, was published in 1989 and reissued in 2011.