Scottish Opera is packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing The Pop Up Opera Roadshow to two of East Renfrewshire’s most popular parks this June.

Three short operas for all the family will be brought to life by a storyteller, singers, musicians and a series of colourful illustrations, performed in a specially-adapted, fully accessible trailer.

Hosted by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, the performances take place on Friday 7 June at Cowan Park in Barrhead and Saturday 8 June at Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said:

“Scottish Opera’s pop up shows offer a fantastic, unique opportunity for the whole family to experience the magic of opera in a unique way, in the heart of our best local parks this summer.

“The three shows offer something for everyone, from those experiencing opera for the first time to seasoned fans and there is even an opera show specially written and performed for a younger audience.”


A Little Bit of Iolanthe kicks off the pop-up opera show at 4pm on Friday 7 June at Cowan Park, a light-hearted satire which is full of fun, followed by A Little Bit of Magic Flute at 6pm, a beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime, with a profound story of the search for love, wisdom and truth.

A schools’ performance of Puffy MacPuffer and the Crabbit Canals comes to Cowan Park on 7 June and stops by Rouken Glen Park at 12pm on Saturday 8 June. Suitable for 5-8 year olds, Puffy MacPuffer and the Crabbit Canals is a tale of five waterways that link Scotland from the North Sea to the Atlantic. Each one is different: Caledonian – the longest; Crinan – the most beautiful; hard-working Monklands; Union – the fastest; wise old Forth & Clyde. Each one thinks they’re the best. Can an ordinary little puffer boat make them think again?

A Little Bit of Iolanthe follows at Rouken Glen Park at 2pm and A Little Bit of Magic Flute finishes the sessions at 4pm.

Prices are just £6 standard, with 30 minute approximate running times for all performances. Book online at: or call 0141 577 4956.