What’s on in the Scottish Borders this week


January 7

National Theatre Live presents Jane Eyre, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7pm. Encore performance. An acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë’s masterpiece. Tickets £14, £10 for schoolchildren. Contact 01721 725777, or see www.eastgatearts.com

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live presents The Winter’s Tale, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7pm (encore performance). Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Phone the box office on 01387 381196, or see http://www.buccleuchcentre.com/

January 12

National Theatre Live presents Jane Eyre, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7pm. See above. Encore performance. Tickets £14 (£12 concs). Contact details as before.


January 8

Rolling Hills Folk Club, Smith Memorial Hall, Darnick, 8pm. Singers and musicians welcome. Bring your own bottle.

January 9

The Sweetest Hours, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. A celebration of Robert Burns, the poet who has formed such an integral part of Scotland’s culture, arranged for harp and tenor by local harpist Esther Swift and Ayrshire tenor David Douglas. Tickets £12 (£10, £6 for schoolchildren). Contact details as before.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra presents A Viennese New Year, Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 7.30pm. Featuring the music of Johann Strauss and friends, and a performance from RSNO favourite, soprano Ailish Tynan. Tickets £15 (under 18s £5. Contact details as before.

January 11

Hokum Hotshots, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7.30pm. Live music Mondays. Admission free. Contact 01450 360688 for more information.


January 7

The Good Dinosaur, Maltings, Berwick, 4.30pm. In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Tickets £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75. Contact the box office on 01289 330999, or see www.maltingsberwick.co.uk (PG)

Mia Madre, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother. Tickets £6 (£4.50 concs). Contact the box office on 01450 360688 or drop in to the Visit Scotland desk. (15)

The Lady in the Van, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Maggie Smith is Miss Shepherd, the cantankerous, ungrateful, bigoted, smelly old woman who was allowed to live in a derelict van in Alan Bennett’s driveway in increasingly posh Gloucester Crescent, NW1, for 15 years. Tickets and contact details as before.

January 8

Brooklyn, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm, 7pm. An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. But when her past catches up with her she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

January 8-14

Star Wars, The Force Awakens, Maltings, Berwick, various times. Star Wars returns to the big screen, with all your favourite characters from the legendary films, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

January 9

Spectre, Tower Mill, Hawick, 3pm. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

Bridge of Spies, Tower Mill, Hawick, 7pm. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the Soviet spy captured American U2 spy plane pilot. (12A)

The Theory of Everything, Yetholm Film Night, Wauchope Village Hall, 7pm. A look at the relationship between famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Tickets £5. Call 01573 420231.

January 10

Paper Planes, Tower Mill, Hawick, 2.30pm. An imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Tickets and contact details as before. (U)

January 12

Bridge of Spies, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. See above. Tickets and contact details as before.

Berwick Film Society presents Difret, Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The word difret means courage and daring and when a Hirut schoolgirl is kidnapped by a gang for marriage (a traditional practice known as Telefa), she will need plentiful amounts of both. Arriving from Addis Ababa, a tenacious lawyer takes up her case, but their partnership faces fierce opposition. Tickets and contact details as before. (12A)

January 14

The Lobster, Tower Mill, Hawick, 6pm. In a dystopian future, single people are rounded up and taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a mate within 45 days, or else be transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods. Tickets and contact details as before. (15)


Till Jan 16

Winter exhibition, the Moy Mackay Gallery, Northgate, Peebles. Open Mon-Sat, 10am to 5pm and Sun, 12noon to 4pm. See www.moymackaygallery.com for details of featured artists.

Till January 30

Home, Coldstream Gallery. A selection of paintings, homewares and furniture expressing many notions of home. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm over winter (closed over the Christmas holidays, from December 24 to January 1). Call 01890 882882, or email info@coldstreamgallery.co.uk for more information.

Till January 31

After the Fall, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick. Hand knitted pieces inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Scottish Borders. Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Call 01450 377615 for more info, or email textiletowerhouse@scotborders.gov.uk

Dark Ruberslaw by Geof Hickey, Eastgate Theatre. Exhibition capturing the many moods of Ruberslaw – the 1,391ft-high peak that dominates the Teviot Valley landscape. Contact details as before.


January 14

Climate Justice with Tessa Tennant, Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm. Part of a series of talks and discussions exploring some of the challenges of climate change, and some of the ways in which we can work towards climate justice. Tickets £8, £6 for Tweedgreen members. Telephone to book a series discount. Contact details as before.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Central Borders Group presents its ‘Members’ Night’ with short contributions on wildlife-related subjects, Langlee Community Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels, 7:30pm. Non-members welcome (small donation).


January 9

Eildon Ramblers, Minto Hills to Fatlips Castle. Meet Minto Church 10am. For more info and to register on the walk contact leader on 07941 395837.

January 10

Scottish Borders Hill walking Club, Smailholm walk. Meet 9.30am, council car park, Newtown St Boswells. Call group secretary Evelyn Horsburgh on 01750 96214 for more info.