Writing and Film

Outwith Festival bags world premiere of Thunderstruck the play

Acclaimed Fife bagpiper and actor David Colvin will deliver the world premiere of his one-man show Thunderstruck in the studio at Carnegie Hall as part of Outwith Festival‘s theatre programme. Colvin, who was the original piper for the National Theatre of Scotland’s worldwide smash hit Black Watch, cut his teeth as a youngster playing with Lochgelly High School Pipe Band and Thunderstruck charts the band’s journey to the World Pipe Band Championships at

Philip Pullman discussion event in Dunfermline

Philip Pullman discussion event, Saturday 9 September, 2-3pm, Waterstones, Dunfermline – free event Waterstones, Dunfermline is hosting a Philip Pullman book group in early September as part of an exciting new arts festival.  The discussion will focus on Northern Lights, the first volume in ‘His Dark Materials’ series, which was made into a film called The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The official book store for the Festival is

Funny and from Falkirk: Alan Bissett at The Canmore, Dunfermline

Don’t mention the F-word … yes, he’s from Falkirk but the writer and performer, Alan Bissett, is very funny and is coming to The Canmore, Dunfermline on Saturday 9 September.  If you need a reason to come to his event,  check out the video (below) where he tells us why he’s a writer – it’s cut with a wry tour of the writer’s residence – his very unremarkable flat.  Currently

Outwith Festival: Tycoon and the Bard book launch

On Friday 8 September John Cairney launches his latest book The Tycoon and the Bard at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.  The well known Scots actor will read passages from the book and discuss with Carnegie International Fellow Angus Hogg how the world’s richest man Andrew Carnegie was inspired by Scotland’s greatest poet Robert Burns. The event, which starts at 6pm, will conclude with a glass of wine, a meet

Outwith Festival – new arts event for Dunfermline!

Four days, eleven venues and over fifty talented performers including acclaimed artists, writers, comedians and musicians: Avocado Sweet, along with Dunfermline Delivers, Fire Station Creative and Caroline Copeland, are very proud to be one of the founding partners of an exciting new cultural event coming to Dunfermline in September.  Outwith Festival will include a major new art work, a book launch, readings by authors and playwrights, cutting edge comedy and improvised theatre.

Jocky Wilson Said heads to Edinburgh!

Following sold out runs in Glasgow and Aberdeen, Jocky Wilson Said, by Dunfermline writers Jane Livingstone and Jonathan Cairney, is coming to Edinburgh in a new Gilded Balloon production to tell the story of a Fife sporting legend . Set in 1979, not in the gloom of a Scottish pub but under the blistering sun of the Nevada desert, the one man show features a tour-de-force performance by award winning Outlander star

Watch live theatre performed in Dunfermline’s Royal Palace Ruins and Abbey

Could there be a more authentic and atmospheric setting for an adaptation of Macbeth than Dunfermline’s Abbey Nave and ruined Royal Palace? Heard No More, a highly imaginative, 21st century response to the Shakespeare play, has been created by Fife College Performing Arts and Sound Production students and is one of the first events of its kind to take place in Scotland. The audience absorbs the performance via headphones as they

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Odeon Dunfermline

This Thursday 18 May there is a chance to see Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf when it is screened live from London at the Odeon in Dunfermline. The latest, acclaimed National Theatre production of Edward Albee’s tale of marital warfare stars Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots and is described in the Financial Times as ‘intoxicatingly good’ . The show starts at 7.00pm and you can book

Outlaw King: Chris Pine to play Robert the Bruce?

The legitimate reason for having a brooding photo of Chris Pine in a magazine devoted to Dunfermline and west Fife is that the Star Trek star seems likely to take on the role of Robert the Bruce – buried in Dunfermline and with his name emblazoned around the top of the Abbey – in Scottish director David Mackenzie’s latest film. Outlaw King will also feature Ben Foster who starred alongside

This Country – not local but brilliant

Nothing to do with Dunfermline or Fife but absolutely brilliant so worth sharing – brother and sister writing team Charlie and Daisy May Cooper’s genius account of life in rural England explodes the myth of the village idyll and is just the funniest thing on television.