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KAPROW! KAPROW! Playing Around in Jupiter Artland - Hopes for Great Happenings in the Time of Covid

‘In 1964, in Edinburgh, on the last day of the Festival Drama Conference, a nude lady was wheeled across a balcony in a trolley.’ So observed poet, painter and occasional pop star Adrian Henri in his book, Environments and Happenings, published a decade later. ‘Ever since then,’ Henri concluded, ‘the Great British Public has associated happenings with naked ladies.’While this possibly says as much about Henri’s preoccupations as anything else, he wasn’t wrong. Apart, that is, from the date of the incident, which actually occurred a year earlier, during the first week of September 1963. One of the event’s co-conspirators, theatre director Charles Marowitz, dates it in his memoir, Burnt Bridges, as having taken place in 1962. Both men’s recollections suggests that the old cliché about how if you can remember the ‘60s you weren’t really there might well be more true than anything said by either chronicler of their age. Nevertheless, Henri’s highlighting of one of the popular (mis)concept…
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Paul Lucas - An Obituary

Paul Lucas – Theatre producer, writerBorn October 15, 1961; died August 11, 2020Paul Lucas, who has died peacefully at home in New Jersey aged 58 following a short battle with cancer, was a theatre producer whose work was fired with passion and energy. Whether presenting solo pieces or ensemble works, Lucas was unwavering in his integrity and his dedication to saying what needed to be said onstage. Lucas facilitated this with a charm and an inherent sense of fun that embraced anyone who became part of his orbit. If you were a friend of Paul Lucas, you were a friend for life.This openhearted ebullience never undermined the seriousness of Lucas’s work. That was the case with both the Herald Angel winning The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac and Simon Levy’s dramatic adaptation of Eliot Weinberger’s prose poem, What I Heard About Iraq, both of which Lucas brought to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2006. It was there even more in Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women, which revealed Lucas the playwright…

Lines from Scotland

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries until May 10th; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, May 16th-July 25th.The pen-pal style intimations of the title of this independently curated exhibition for Fife-based arts umbrella Fife Contemporary is a very gentle double-edged sword for the broad exploration of drawing it covers. The old-school stencil font of each label for the twenty-three cross-generation artists puts stylistic and symbolic faith in its craft, particularly in relation to the natural world. Things start simply enough, with Elizabeth Blackadder’s quick-fire capture of Edinburgh in View of North Bridge (1972) and three drawings by Carol Rhodes, Factory Roof and Countryside (2001-02), Reservoir (1999) and Wharf (1999), all so much more than studies for paintings. Blackadder returns later, with reciprocal portraits by and of her and John Houston, that capture the relaxation of marital bliss at its best. The exhibition’s brief expands by way of musician Inge Thomson and artis…

La Boheme

Scottish Opera, GlasgowFour starsUniversal Basic Income probably wasn’t on Puccini’s mind back in the 1890s when he penned his backstreet tragedy of love and death amongst the starving artist set. How to make a living in the latter-day creative industries is nevertheless one of the many of-the-moment concerns in Scottish Opera’s ingenious new production, the company’s first for six months. Using Jonathan Dove’s arrangement and a scaled down orchestra, director Roxana Haines reimagines the story for the Covid-19 created socially distanced age. Performed outdoors in what is normally the company’s car park, Haines’ new take sets the story among freelancers trying to get a break as they’re starved of work.Chances are that writer Rodolfo, painter Marcello, busker Schaunard and thinker in residence Colline can beg, steal or borrow their way through things. For Elizabeth Llewellyn’s costume designer, Mimi, alas, it looks fatal. If only she’d got herself a sugar daddy like Marcello’s glamour …

Seeing the Light - Andrew Weatherall, Denise Johnson and the Most Important Artwork in Edinburgh

The sky was ablaze with light over central Edinburghlast Saturday night. On what would have been the opening weekend of the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival, the heavensweren’tlit up by fireworks, as is the norm at this time of year. Rather, the shafts of light that pierced the air were part of a spectacular installation designed to illuminate the city’s empty theatres and venues that would ordinarily be hosting EIF events this month. Created by lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, aka Lightworks, the sky-borne spectacle was the flagship event of My Light Shines On. This is the name given to EIF’s digital programme of filmstaking place online throughout August in place of the physical events cancelled by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The films showcaseperformances of commissioned works from Scotland’s national arts companies, including Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Also online are works by Ai…