Writing and Film

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.

Outlander star is Jocky Wilson in new play

It’s not often (enough!) that a Fife accent is heard on stage or that a great Fife character is brought to life dramatically. So the producers of Jocky Wilson Said, a new play that pays affectionate and thoughtful tribute to the Scottish sporting legend and Kirkcaldy native, are hoping people will make the trip from the Kingdom to see the play when it opens in Glasgow on Monday. Wilson rose from

Matthew Bourne adapts The Red Shoes: ballet made famous by Dunfermline star

Legendary ballet choreographer Matthew Bourne has adapted Powell and Pressburger Academy award-winning movie, The Red Shoes.  The film, which starred Dunfermline’s own Moira Shearer, is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. It not only inspired generations of dancers but is the film Michael Scorcese says ‘plays in his heart’ and was the motivation for him to become a film

Saddle up for Black Beauty at Adam Smith

It’s quite hard to imagine what Black Beauty might be like on stage but The Guardian gave this production by Red Bridge a glowing 5 stars and called it a ‘rollicking adaptation’ so it looks well worth checking out. Created by Andy Manley, Andy Cannon and Shona Reppe, the show blends storytelling, music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged six and over and their adults. Black Beauty is at

Fantastic Beasts Screening, Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Fans of J.K. Rowling and all things wizardry are urged to get along to a special screen adaptation of the Harry Potter author’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them novel presented by Fife Cultural Trust at The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline this month. Rowling’s fantasy adventure stars Eddie Redmayne as eccentric wizard Newt Scamander and has been carefully adapted for the big screen – with special showings at the

Plan Z: Dunfermline filmmaker’s zombie movie released

Dunfermline filmmaker David Izatt‘s new film, Plan Z, is an apocalyptic zombie thriller about a man whose plan for withstanding a zombie outbreak is brutally tested in reality. The film was written and directed by BAFTA winner Stuart Brennan with Izatt providing the cinematography as well as co producing with Brennan, Eugene Horan and Mark Paul Wake. Glenrothes based Colin McQuillen was assistant director. Plan Z had its Scottish premiere

The Man Who Followed His Legs: new play telling the story of the Hearts Battalion comes to Fife

The Man who followed his Legs (and kept on walking) follows the story of two young Scottish coalminers’ experience of World War I: the death, loss and mayhem of the trenches forces Johnny to follow his legs (and keep on walking) to rediscover a reason for living. Wee Stories bring their distinctive brand of storytelling featuring video, puppetry, music and performance, to this production, based on the involvement of the legendary Hearts

A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Oran Mor, Glasgow

A Play, A Pie and A Pint sounds like a good way to spend a lunch hour. Oran Mor, the arts and entertainment venue at the end of Byres Road, Glasgow is where you’ll find this alliterative combination. Next week’s play is by Avocado Sweet’s own Jane Livingstone; Miss Veitch’s Roses is on every lunchtime at 1pm from Monday 19 September to Saturday 24 September inclusive and then moves to The Lemon

The Deep Blue Sea live from the National Theatre at Odeon Dunfermline

Coming soon to the Odeon Dunfermline is a chance to see The Deep Blue Sea live from the National Theatre.  Helen McCrory stars in Terence Rattigan’s  masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to