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Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Thursday 1 November

Your pick of the city’s nights out

• FILM: Skyfall (12A). With James Bond (Daniel Craig) reportedly killed in action, section chief M (Dame Judi Dench) writes an obituary as a political storm rages around her. A database of MI6 assets has fallen into the wrong hands, compromising undercover agents around the world. This dereliction of duty puts M and the department’s chief of staff, Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear), in the firing line and they are summoned to Westminster before a committee including the new chairman of the Intelligence And Security Committee, Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), and ambitious rival Clair Dowar (Helen McCrory). While M fends off attacks on her reputation, news filters through that Bond has survived and M engages her bruised agent to track down menacing cyber terrorist Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). Working alongside Q (Ben Whishaw) and field agent Eve (Naomie Harris), Bond traverses the globe in search of Silva, crossing paths with the mysterious Severine (Berenice Marlohe).

General release, various cinemas, times and prices

• COMEDY: Ross Noble - Mindblender. The wild-haired Geordie comedian performs his slightly surreal shtick.

The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 8pm, £25, 0844-871 3014

• MUSIC: The Twang. Three years after the release of the critically acclaimed Jewellery Quarter, The Twang release their third studio album 10:20 and to celebrate, head out on tour. The indie-rock quintet who took the NME-reading world by storm in 2007 return to their roots with a lo-fi and more organic sound than their previous albums, taking mild reggae and mod influences to create a mature and contem-porary sound. Though much of the Madchester-attitude is still present, the lads present less of a Stone Roses sound this time, much to the album’s credit. The tracks flow effortlessly, with Beer Wine And Sunshine, and Woah Man, highlights.

Liquid Room, Victoria Street, 7pm, £12.50, 0131-225 2564

• THEATRE: The Artist Man and the Mother Woman. A new play by Morna Pearson.

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 7.30pm, £15.50/£17.50 cons), 0131-228 1404

• THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet. Icarus Theatre Collective present Shakespeare’s classic tale.

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 7.30pm, £12.50 (£10.50), 0131-665 2240

 
 
 

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