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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, March 15 to Thursday, March 21

By Kyle Walker

Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland for arts-lovers to feast on. This week (Friday, March 15 to Thursday, March 21) features punk legends, guitar heroes and twisted tales...

1 A THEATRE adaptation of one of mountaineering’s most harrowing survival tales continues its run at Eden Court this week.

Touching the Void – adapted for the stage by Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre – is based on Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir about his life-and-death struggle during a trek across the Andes in 1985.

The production continues at the Inverness theatre until Saturday night. For times and prices, go to www.eden-court.co.uk

Touching The Void by David Greig, directed by Tom Morris. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. CREDIT Geraint Lewis.
Touching The Void by David Greig, directed by Tom Morris. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. CREDIT Geraint Lewis.

2 PUNK pioneers Stiff Little Fingers make their return once more to the Ironworks on Tuesday – 40 years on from the release of their classic debut album.

The Northern Irish punk rockers return to the Inverness venue for the fourth March in a row as Inflammable Materials – the seminal album that included songs such as Suspect Device and Alternative Ulster – enters its fifth decade.

The band will be supported by Eddie and the Hot Rods, performing their final run of dates. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets cost £21 – go to www.ironworksvenue.com

3 A PERFECTLY pitched night of entertainment is on offer at dates in Inverness and Elgin this weekend, courtesy of the Opera Boys.

The vocal quartet come to Elgin Town Hall on Friday and Eden Court on Sunday, bringing a show that has been honed over the last five years and more than 1000 concerts.

For more information about the veterans of London’s Royal Academy of Music, gig times and prices, go to www.operaboys.com

4 MUSICIAN Mairi Campbell’s latest one-woman show Auld Lang Syne is back on the road, with dates lined up in Sutherland and Caithness.

The folk artist (above) brings the show – which examines the meanings of one of the world’s most performed songs – to Melvich Village Hall on Friday and Lyth Arts Centre on Saturday.

For more information about the show, go to www.mairicampbell.scot


5 A TRIPLE threat of Twisted Tales are set to hit the Highlands this weekend thanks to Owdyado Theatre.

The Cornish company’s Twilight Zone-inspired bill of dark comedies returns north for dates at Drumnadrochit’s Craigmonie Centre on Friday and Boat of Garten Community Hall on Saturday.

For full details about the show, or to find out times and prices, go to www.owdyado.co.uk

6 MULTI-award-winning guitarists Eduardo Martin and Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas are looking to build a Bridge with their music on their north excursion.

The duo, on their first tour of Scotland promoting collaborative album The Bridge, make the trip north to Lyth Arts Centre on Wednesday night, before a later show at The Stables in Cromarty on Friday.

For more information about the musicians’ fingerpicking artistry, times and prices, go to www.ahmeddickinson.com

7 BLUES-rockin’ rebels The Howling Lords are set to bring a regal night of rock to the Tooth and Claw this Thursday.

The Stornoway stompers bring the noise to the Inverness venue on Thursday night, with a plethora of local support from Perfectstorm, Stevie Macleod and Lucille.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £7. For more info search The Howling Lords on Facebook.

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