What's On Scotland 14-20 Mar: HippFest, GSFF + more

Two of Scotland's best film festivals return this week – plus new exhibitions in Glasgow, live music from Amplifi in Edinburgh, and a whole lot more

Zap by Anahit Behrooz + Ellie Robertson | 14 Mar 2024
  • Still from Peggy

A breath of fresh air in a busy, noisy month: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival returns, with a stellar programme of non-talkies. There's a Scottish focus with 1916 classic Peggy, about a New York socialite who moves to Scotland, and delicate documentary The Rugged Island: A Shetland Lyric, as well as screenings of classics such as The Wind (1928), and Mantrap (1926). The century-old Bo'ness cinema provides a live music accompaniment for the festival's screenings.

Hippodrome Silent Film Festival runs 20-24 Mar. For the programme head to hippodromecinema.co.uk


WIPped into Shape: Eleanor Morton and Jin Hao Li

We chat to Eleanor Morton and Jin Hao Li ahead of their WIP gigs at this year's Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

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Hippodrome Cinema, 10 Hope St, Bo'ness, EH51 0AA, 20 - 24 Mar, 2024

HippFest, Scotland's first and only festival of silent film with live music, returns to Hippodrome Cinema in Bo'ness between 20-24 March, featuring exceptional screenings, commissions, workshops, excursions and more.

This year's programme features vintage Hollywood stars such as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Clara Bow, and Joan Crawford, alongside live appearances from musicians and silent film aficionados, including Neil Brand, Jenny Hammerton, Maud Nelissen, and John Sweeney.

Rae-Yen Song: life-bestowing cadaverous soooooooooooooooooooot

CCA, Glasgow, until 18 May

A multi-artist exhibition / live research project exploring worldbuilding and imagination.

Blue Beard

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Glasgow, 12-30 Mar

Emma Rice of groundbreaking theatre company Wise Children takes on the horror folktale about a man who hoards his dead wives in the attic.

Instant Whip: The Papers and Textiles of Fraser Taylor 1977-1987 Revisited

The Reid Gallery, Glasgow, 15 Mar - 20 Apr

A retrospective of drawings, samples and garments from the artist's time at Glasgow School of Art.

The Mirror Dance: Yu Su

Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 16 Mar, 11pm

Kaifeng-born DJ and producer Yu Su brings her dreamy, left-field compositions and musical narratives to Sneaky Pete's, as part of dance party The Mirror Dance.

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Rachel Parris: Poise

Rachel Parris (The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo) is back in Scotland with her biggest tour yet, presenting a dazzling new show of her signature blend of stand-up and songs.

The BAFTA-nominated comedian is best known for both her viral satirical segments on The Mash Report and is a regular on much-loved radio shows I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and The Now Show.

Catch her in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee this spring!

Glasgow Short Film Festival

Various venues, Glasgow, 20-24 Mar

GSFF 2024 brings us strands such as the ghostlyFølkløric,and Towards Liberation, which includes a programme of anti-imperialism shorts and a performance by Palestinian musician Kareem Samara.

Typecast! - Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelly

Typewronger Books, Edinburgh, 15 Mar, 7pm

Typewronger continue their play reading group with the Frankenstein adaptation that premiered at the National Theatre in 2011. Roles assigned on the night!


Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 20 Mar, 8pm

The gig series showcasing up-and-coming sounds in Scottish music is back, with appearances from Conscious Route, Jurnalist and P CASO.


Win Biscuit Factory Beverage Festival tickets and a host of festival goodies. Enter at the link, closes 31 Mar at midnight.

– Win Perth Museum Unicorn exhibition tickets ... and a limited edition bottle of Dewar's whisky. Enter at the link, closes 31 Mar at midnight.