Entries by Maggie Mackay

On Thin Ice

Mountain enthusiasts have a chance to step into a world that few inhabit when The Alpinist – one of the most keenly anticipated climbing films since the 2018 Oscar-winning Free Solo – screens at the Eastgate next week.

A gripping new documentary by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen, whose previous films include The Dawn Wall and Valley Uprising, The Alpinist tells the story of Marc-André Leclerc, a young Canadian climber with a love of climbing remote, vertical walls of ice alone and without the safety net of a rope.

Carmen becomes The Car Man

Think you know Bizet’s Carmen? Then think again. Rep-imagined by acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne, The Car Man transports the classic opera from the familiar 19th century Spanish cigarette factory to a garage-diner in 1960s America, where the dreams and passions of a community are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

RANT Reel into Peebles

A decade on from their first performance, and with three acclaimed albums under their belt, RANT are now established as one of Scotland’s finest fiddle bands – as audiences will discover when the all-female quartet perform at the Eastgate Theatre on 8 October.

When Jamie met Phil

When Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham played to a packed Eastgate Theatre on 22 September, one member of the audience was particularly impressed by the performance.  Thirteen year old accordionist Jamie Webster enjoyed the concert as a guest of the theatre after he had been invited backstage to chat and share a tune with Phil.

Comedy Crime Caper Comes to Peebles

The curious Case of the Prime Minister, the Floozie and the Lummock Rock Lighthouse may be unfamiliar to most, but that will all change when legendary duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson head to Peebles as part of a fond farewell tour on 30 September.

The Eastgate Theatre’s recently launched autumn programme – its first season launch for almost two years – will have trad music fans in particular licking their lips in anticipation, with a host of talent from near and far playing live between now and November.

Scotland’s Deer Dilemma Debated on Screen

The thorny issue of how to manage Scotland’s vast population of red deer will take centre stage on the opening night of this year’s Peebles Outdoor Film Festival (13-15 Aug), with a screening of multi-award-winning film The Cull: Scotland’s Deer Dilemma.