Inspire Me: 9 great things to do in the next week

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JINGS! Crivens! Help ma boab! Scotland’s favourite family, The Broons of 10 Glebe Street, Auchenshoogle, come to the Capital next month, the first time in 80 years Granpaw, Paw, Maw, Hen, Joe, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins and the Bairn, have been brought to life on stage.

In this new adventure by Rob Drummond, Maggie is really, finally, getting married... again.

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As the family work together to give her the wedding of her dreams, they all start thinking about their own plans for the future: Joe thinks he should move to London. Horace wants to explore outer space and Daphne and Hen try their hand at internet dating.

But with Maw determined to do anything to keep her brood together in Glebe Street, will Maggie even make it to the Kirk this time?

Inspired by the long-running Sunday Post comic strip, The Broons are Kern Falconer as Granpaw, Still Game’s Paul Riley as Paw ex-river City star Joyce Falconer as Maw, with Tyler Collins as Hen, John Kielty as Joe, Laura Szalecki as Daphne and Kim Allan as Maggie.

Horace is played by Euan Bennet, the Twins by Kevin Lennon and Duncan Brown, and the Bairn by another Still Gme favourite, Maureen Carr.

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The Broons, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £17-£30.50, 0131-529 6000


EIGHTEEN of Edinburgh’s best bars come together for a two-night celebration of the city’s vibrant cocktail scene at The Mansfield Traquair, Mansfield Place, tonight and tomorrow. Join the city’s top mixologists and enjoy their exciting collection of new signature cocktails.

Cocktails in the City, today and tomorrow, 6-11pm, £12 each night (inc one cocktail, demonstrations & cocktail booklet),


MILLION Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and West End smash hit, tours to the Festival Theatre next week, starring Jason Donovan. Better still, the Evening News has 10 pairs of tickets to give away for the 7.20pm performance on Tuesday November 1.

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On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together for the first and only time to record at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Million Dollar Quartet brings that night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, I Walk The Line and Great Balls of Fire.

In his latest role, following success in The King’s Speech and Priscilla, Jason Donovan is record producer Sam Phillips, the man who brought the four together

To enter the draw to win one of the pairs of tickets simply email your name, age and contact number to [email protected] by midnight Saturday 29 October. Winners will be chosen at random. Usual Johnston Press rules apply. Editor’s decision is final.

Million Dollar Quartet, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Monday-Saturday, 7.30pm, £22-£42, 0131-529 6000


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REMEMBER seminal psychedelic warlords Hawkwind? Chances are you already know the Hawklords then.

They tour to Bannermans, tomorrow, to promote the album, Fusion, which “explores... sex, death, art, time and identity.”

Bannermans, Cowgate, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £15, 0131-556 3254


HANDMADE Edinburgh, a showcase of contemporary craft brings more than 100 designer/makers selling textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture and more to The Hub at the top of the Royal Mile from tomorrow to Sunday.

Makers will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk to you about their work and showcase their collections.

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Discover beautiful things for you and your home. From chunky knits to silk kimonos, there is an incredible breadth of bespoke fashion and textiles on show. Or perhaps you’d rather shop for innovative designs and luxurious pieces of jewellery or even covetable pieces for your home from a handpicked group of makers .

The event offers a rare chance to see such a variety of work under one roof.

Handmade Edinburgh, The Hub, Castlehill, tomorrow-Sunday, 10am-6pm, £6, (£5 in adv),


AS Hallowe’en nears, prepare to be spooked at the Edinburgh Horror Festival, which comes to The Banshee Labyrinth, The Tron Pub, The White Horse, and Otherworld Books, from tomorrow to Sunday. From the weird to the uncanny, the bizarre to the grotesque, celebrate the supernatural and the strange. Highlights include Michael Daviot’s Nosferatu’s Shadow, the psychical prowess of Ash Pryce, comedian Ross Hepburn in Beetlejuiced, and Poe’s The Devil In the Belfry.

Visit for full details


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MARCO Pierre White, the Godfather of British cuisine, launches his latest cookbook, Essentially Marco, over lunch at his recently opened Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant in the Hilton Carlton, North Bridge on Saturday.

The event will let fans of the celebrity chef get their cooking tips straight from the man himself.

As well as receiving a signed copy of the book, attendees will enjoy a three-course lunch, all for £35.

Marco says, “Guests at MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Edinburgh will be able to experience some of these cooking techniques during my visit.”

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Book-signing lunch, Saturday, 11am-2pm, to book a place call 0131-472 3022


AWARD-WINNING Wee Stories’ latest production, The Man who followed his Legs (and kept on walking), finds local actor Scott Hoatson, best known as Blue Stone 42’s Rocket, back in uniform at the Fetival Theatre’s Studio, next week.

Written and directed by Iain Johnstone, The Man who... is a tale of death, loss and the mayhem of the trenches.

It charts the experiences of two local coal-miners during World War One. Both members of the 16th Royal Scots, formed in 1914 by Lieutenant Colonel Sir George McCrae, the pair are part of the first of the footballers’ battalions, which included players and supporters from Hearts and Hibs.

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Funny, entertaining and moving, Wee Stories use video images, puppetry, music and performance to bring to life the enormity of the first global conflict for a new generation of young people.

The Studio, Potterrow, Tuesday & Wednesday, 7pm, £7-£11, 0131-529 6000, then The Brunton, Musselburgh, Thursday, 7.30pm, £8-£13, 0131-665 2240


SEE Kenneth Branagh’s acclaimed turn as The Entertainer, in a special one-off screening at Vue Omni and Vue Ocean Terminal tonight at 7.15pm.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne’s modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.

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Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice, with John Hurt as Billy Rice in the final production for Plays at the Garrick season.

Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer, tonight, 7.15pm, £19.79,

Vue cinema’s Senior Screening also returns tomorrow with Dare to Be Wild and on November 3 when it’s Swallows and Amazons. The Senior Screening is shown at 1pm every Thursday, with complimentary coffee or tea and biscuits included in the £3.99 ticket

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