Traverse unveils Festival plays

A SERIES of new plays, including three one-actor dramas, are part of this year's Festival programme at the Traverse Theatre.

Its Breakfast Plays will also pair young Scottish playwrights with leading writers Ella Hickson, Kieran Hurley and Sabrina Mahfouz.

Ulster American by David Ireland will be a world premiere, a "devastating" tale of the gross abuse of power in the cultural world.

On the Exhale is a one woman show by Martin Zimmerman that is inspired by the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Coriolanus Vanishes is a one-person play once performed by David Leddy and now performed by Irene Allan, and The Greatest Play in the History of the World will star Julie Hesmondhalgh, known for her parts in Coronation Street and Broadchurch, in another one-actor play.

Skye residency opens to talent

THE Young Films Foundation, sister organisation to Young Films, has announced its first Skye residency programme.

One of the people visiting the professional development programme is the actor Joe Thomas, star of The Inbetweeners.

The Young Films Foundation residency programme is for six specially selected aspiring Scottish film-makers – writers, directors and producers – who are being offered a week of workshops and masterclasses in their chosen field.

Eardley for sale

A PAINTING by one of Scotland's great post-war artists, Joan Eardley, is to be sold at auction for up to £30,000.

Lyon & Turnbull are to sell a painting titled ‘Glasgow Tenement with Graffiti’ in Edinburgh on the 7 June.

The painting represents the urban element of her work, often featuring children she met and knew around her studio on Cochrane Street.