Comedy, cinema, music and theater at Brunton over the next few days

COMEDY, film, music and classical theater at lunchtime can be enjoyed at the Brunton in Musselburgh.

Midlothian comedian Eric Davidson brings his style of humor to Brunton today (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.). A regular at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his poetry and musical parody captivated audiences with his “clever satirical pun”.

The Classic Noon Theater is back, offering company, soup and a sandwich, as well as a short play. Rapture’s new production, The Dock Brief, tells the story of parakeet lover Herbert Fowle, who murdered his wife for laughing too much. The production, written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey), stars Scottish theater legend and award-winning artist John Bett as Morgenhall. It’s live on stage this Saturday (noon, noon; 1 p.m. show).

On Tuesday, a lunchtime classical concert will be performed by Toronto musician Tim Beattie, who has won awards at international guitar competitions in many countries. Today a star pupil at the Royal Scottish Conservatory, he offers a program of romantic music for guitar ((lunch, noon; 1 p.m. show).

The midweek movie next Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) is Respect (12A). Jennifer Hudson stars as Soul Queen Aretha Franklin in this epic biopic from director Liesl Tommy.

Audiences, meanwhile, can relive the magic of the 1960s with nine chart-topping acts at “Sixties Gold: the Ultimate Line Up” on November 16 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

It stars The Tremeloes, Mamas and Papas UK, Herman’s Hermits, The Marmalade, PJ Proby, Dave Berry, Vanity Fare and Gerry’s Pacemakers.

The Tremeloes have sold over 100 million records worldwide, with their massive number one hits Silence Is Golden, Suddenly You Love Me, Even The Bad Times Are Good and (Call Me) Number One.

Herman’s Hermits formed in Manchester in 1964, recorded 23 hit singles, 10 hit albums, appeared in three major films, and sold over 75 million records.

Marmalade were the champions of the Scottish Beat in 1968; PJ Proby was first invited to the UK by The Beatles; Dave Berry had the hit The Crying Game; Mamas and Papas UK will perform songs including California Dreamin ‘; and Gerry’s Pacemakers will perform hits including You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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