THE BIRDS of Paradise theatre company is to hold a special 25th anniversary revue.

It is to hold an alternative Halloween funding raising show on 31 October.

The company, which champions disabled talent in theatre, has staged shows including Wendy Hoose, Purposeless Movements and the Herald Angel winning My Left / Right Foot - The Musical.

The event will be hosted by Jess Thom and will feature an evening of comedy, poetry and music.

The company say: "The entire evening will have BSL interpretation, audio description, live captions and will be performed in a relaxed atmosphere where people should feel free to make noise and move around at any time they wish."

All proceeds will be used to support BOP in "continuing their work in creating a culture where disabled artists are recognised for the excellence of their work, celebrated for the stories they bring to the stage and are a vital part of the artistic landscape."

It will take place at Deaf Connections in Glasgow, from 8pm.

Tickets are £20 with an optional donation.

THE early works of the late John Bellany is the the subject of an exhibition at Cockenzie House and Gardens.

This exhibition explores the formative period of the painter's life up until the age of 22, when he left Scotland to study at the Royal College of Art in London.

The show is titled Birthplace and Beginnings.

The organisers said: "This exhibition, by the community, in the community, for the community and beyond, pays tribute to John Bellany, whose exceptional creative force produced throughout his lifetime a body of uniquely iconic paintings, drawings and prints that are to be found in the permanent collections of many of the National Galleries and private collections throughout the world."

The exhibition runs until December 1, and runs from 10am to 4pm daily.

Cockenzie House, is an grade A listed property and admission to the House and Gardens is free.

A PAINTING by Edgar Degas, In the Tuileries Gardens, is to be put on show at the Burgh Hall in Dunoon this month.

The art work, from 1880, is on loan only to the Burgh Hall from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

Since its rebirth as a cultural centre in Dunoon, the hall has held exhibitions by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol, the annual Dunoon Film Festival and a jazz festival.

John McAslan, the executive chairman of John McAslan + Partners and the driving force behind its revamp, said: "Degas in Dunoon is a particularly special exhibition for the Burgh Hall.

"It reflects the tireless commitment to programme important work that welcomes devotees and new audiences alike, within the community and beyond.

"In partnership with the Burrell Collection, the opportunity to show the work of Impressionist master, Edgar Degas, confirms the Burgh Hall’s growing reputation as a significant cultural destination in Scotland."

Dr Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Glasgow Life, said: "This exclusive loan of Degas’ exceptional work ‘In the Tuileries Gardens’ to the Dunoon Burgh Hall, reflects our commitment to share Sir William Burrell’s legacy, giving audiences a richer understanding of the works he acquired and creating opportunities for collaboration with local, national and international communities."

The painting is on show from 12 to 23 October.