YOU wouldn’t believe the random items and emails that arrive on the desk of an entertainment editor. In Spotlight on... I’ll highlight the ones that might otherwise slip under the radar, have some cult value or simply just be worth mentioning again. This week ...
SHE was born Judie Myers but is better known today as singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke, and when you say that name one song instantly springs to mind, her 1979 hit Stay With Me ‘Till Dawn.
It stayed in the UK charts for 16 weeks and remains a firm radio favourite - in June 2002 it came 39th in a BBC Radio Two poll to determine the Top 50 British songs of the past 50 years.
On Monday, Tzuke tours to the Queen’s Hall to launch her latest album, One Tree Less. Alongside the new songs from that album she’ll also be showcasing three decades of the mesmerising musical creativity that has seen her hailed as one of Britain’s most successful songwriters.
Tzuke, whose mother, actress Jean Silverside, appeared in TV series such as The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin and The Goodies, will be supported at the Queen’s Hall by her 24-year-old daughter Ballie Tzuke. Keeping it in the family.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Monday, 7pm, £22.50, 0131-668 2019
GOOD MOURNING MRS BROWN
FIVE years ago, few Edinburgh theatre-goers had heard of Brendan O’Carroll’s most famous creation, Mrs Agnes Brown (pictured, below).
Then, in 2008, he brought his potty-mouthed, ageing heroine to the Capital - he’s never looked back.
O’Carroll has returned every year since, sometimes more than once, each time he brought a different play, all starring the indestructible Mrs Brown.
Next week, Mrs Brown and her boys return to the Edinburgh Playhouse with Good Mourning Mrs Brown, hot on the heels of the success of two BBC series.
Indeed, so successful have the Irish mammy’s TV adventures proved, that she sold out the Playhouse run months ago - that’s an amazing 18,000 seats. There are, however, sure to be returns available on the door. Demand is expected to be high so get there early. It’s going to be a great St Patrick’s Day.
Good Mourning Mrs Brown, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), RETURNS ONLY, 0844-871 3014
TO mark International Women’s Day, Strange Theatre present Goddess at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this week.
“The Earth is trembling with the promise of a new wave...” - Set between ancient and modern Scotland, Goddess explores female power and identity and follows three women at different stages in life. The devised play is part of a surrounding arts festival for International Women’s Day, which includes a market, art exhibition and a series of workshops.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, today-Saturday, 7pm (Saturday matinee 3pm), £9, 0131-556 9579 Ages 14+
TOMMY SMITH YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
THERE’S a chance to catch Scotland’s jazz stars of the future tomorrow when the TSYJO come to town. Join the cream of Scotland’s young musicians at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar as they pay tribute to the true legends of jazz.
Established in 2002 by leading international saxophonist Tommy Smith, the TSYJO will showcase tracks from their new CD, Emergence, as well as original musical arrangements from the great names in jazz such as Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter and Count Basie.
Cabaret Bar, The Pleasance, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £8, 0131-650 4673