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WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Bodies of Water – an immersive performance experience

Bodies of Water is a playful, multi-sensory performance experience weaving together movement, choreography, water, objects and sound. We encounter water in our everyday lives – through our bodies and environment. We invite you to immerse yourselves in a unique performance experience, as we explore and celebrate this transformative element that connects all living things.

 

Bodies of Water is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and experimental performance project initiated by Glasgow-based choreographer/performer Saffy Setohy in 2018 in response to BRAW, a project by The Touring Network. Made and performed by a collective of artists including Aya Kobayashi choreographer/performer, Joanna Young choreographer/performer, Nicolette Macleod musician/sound designer and Saffy Setohy. Bodies of Water will premiere with Findhorn Bay Arts at the James Milne Institute on Saturday 21st September 2019, before touring to places and communities in Scotland.

People and environment are at the heart of the work. Explored through choreography, movement, sound, visual art and participatory practices, Bodies of Water aims to draw connections between our experiences as humans made mostly of water, our relationship to it personally, politically, environmentally, and the materiality of water (its choreographic, sculptural and sound potential). Underpinning the work, is an understanding that if we can connect to and inhabit the realities of our bodies and experiences, we will relate to and more easily consider our environment, our communities and the challenges that we face.

The artists expanded their choreographic practice to include walking and moving, drawing, writing, arranging, making, reading and sounding. Their research has ranged over diverse terrain; their felt sense and memories of water in their environment and bodies, the body as a container and vessel, water filtration, deep mapping, deep time, geological processes, plastic pollution, ‘artificial’ nature, the materiality of water in its liquid, solid and gaseous states. They have developed the work in Forres, Findhorn, Dunbar and Glasgow, sharing ideas with audiences along the way. They were part of the exhibition, TIDE:Dialogues of Change in Dunbar, presenting traces of their research in a range of media.  They also facilitated a creative walk as part of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.

Platform Easterhouse, GlasgowSaturday 12th October, 1pm & 4pm

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Image Credit: Julia Bauer

NEWS: School Pupils Set for Panto Masterclass and Show

Glasgow school pupils are being offered a free panto trip and unique panto masterclass with one of Scotland’s highly acclaimed and accomplished musical theatre companies.

Eastwood Park Theatre has waved its magic wand to offer one lucky local class the best seats in the house during a matinee performance of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, plus a tailored panto package from GAMTA.

The winning class will meet Cinders and the cast, take part in a choreography workshop, as well as a backstage tour of the Giffnock theatre, with insight into the whole panto production.

Pupils, parents, relatives, teachers, friends and schools alike should nominate their chosen class and school on East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s Facebook page before the stroke of midnight on Saturday 21 September to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “We want to give one lucky class the chance to get a real insight into theatrical productions, from choreography and costumes to set design and backstage preparations, as well as having the chance to chat to the cast.

“The class will also be our guests of honour at an all singing, all dancing panto performance from our Cinderella cast and might even get their own shout out during the show!”

The more entries a class/school has, the better their chance of winning as all mentions will be placed into a glass slipper for selection.

GAMTA principal Shaaron Graham added: “We can’t wait to sprinkle some GAMTA magic during our panto performances at Eastwood Park Theatre.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our lucky competition winners to Eastwood Park Theatre to show them the work that goes into making our pantos and the fun we have along the way. They’ll also be able to get a Selfie with Cinders and maybe even the Ugly Sisters!”

Any classes who have already booked to attend a performance of Cinderella can still enter the competition and parents can nominate different classes, so all siblings will be in with an equal chance – no Ugly Sisters stealing the show permitted!

Cinderella will run at Eastwood Park Theatre from Wed 11- Mon 30 December, with various dates and times available.

NEWS: Collabro announced new album and tour

 

COLLABRO, New album  Love Like This released 15th November 2019

Full UK tour announced for October 2020

COLLABROMichael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgave – are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. Having met for their first rehearsal in a pub at London Bridge in 2014, they auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent a month later and received a full standing ovation from both the audience and the judges after their performance.  They went on to win the competition with one of the biggest majorities ever, and their debut album ‘Stars’ entered the UK albums chart at number one, was quickly certified gold, and became the fastest selling album in 2014.

Four sell out UK tours, two US tours, headline slots at the London Palladium, Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall, the 02 Arena and a show for Her Majesty The Queen later, COLLABRO have announced the release of their fifth album ‘Love Like This’ on November 15th  2019, through BMG. They will take the new album out to their fans with a full UK tour throughout October 2020.

A hand picked selection of their favourite contemporary songs, Love Like This includes Coldplay’s Fix You as an instant grat track (“We know that everyone thinks of something different when they hear this song and we used our voices to act as the majority of instruments to put our unique spin on it”), Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know (“We sang this song on our second UK tour but it’s never been on an album and we still love it now”), Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do (“This is for all our fans who have been asking for a wedding song!”) and Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved (“When we heard Lewis sing this for the first time we were all together. We looked at each other and just knew it was a song we wanted to sing. The melody is beautiful and everyone can relate to the lyrics”).

Love Like This tracklist:

1. Shallow
2. Someone You Loved
3. My Heart Will Go On
4. Fix You
5. A Million Dreams
6. Perfect
7. Only Love Can Hurt Like This
8. I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
9. Love Me Like You Do
10. Somewhere Only We Know
11. Hero

Album pre-order HERE

Fix You Instant Grat track with album pre-order: HERE

Full ticket information HERE

COLLABRO are looking forward to taking Love Like This live to their fans at the following dates throughout October 2020:

Friday 2nd Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Saturday 3rd Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sunday 4th Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 6th Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 7th Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 9th Bournemouth IC
Saturday 10th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 11th Torquay Princess Theatre
Monday 12th Ipswich Regent
Wednesday 14th Bath Forum
Thursday 15th Sheffield City Hall
Friday 16th Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre
Saturday 17th Hull Bonus Arena
Tuesday 20th Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 21st Gateshead Sage
Friday 23rd Blackpool Opera House
Saturday 24th Harrogate Convention Centre
Sunday 25th Salford Lowry
Monday 26th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 28th Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thursday 29th London Palladium
Friday 30th Guildford G Live
Saturday 31st Carlisle Sands Centre

Full ticket details here: http://gigst.rs/collabro

http://officialcollabro.com/

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NEWS: Autumn-Winter Season Announced at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre presents a packed programme as part of its forthcoming season, featuring well-loved stars, famous faces and top-class shows.

Legendary Scottish female artist Barbara Dickson features ‘In Conversation With’ journalist Graham Spiers, talking through her fifty-year musical career. Scotland’s Queen of Comedy Janey Godley will take to the stage fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and best-loved sitcom star John Challis presents Only Fools and Boycie.  Musician Elio Pace returns to the theatre, this time with legendary lead guitarist David Brown, for The Billy Joel Songbook.

The theatre’s brand new cinema screen has a packed schedule too, with live and encore screenings of world-class theatre productions featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, James Corden, Lily James and Game of Throne’s Gwendoline Christie.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “Eastwood Park Theatre has had one of its most successful years to date so far this year and the second half is set to raise the bar even higher with over thirty shows set for the stage and screen.

“We will welcome stars to our stage, including Scottish music legend Barbara Dickson, traditional musicians Phil and Aly, singer-songwriter Elio Pace and top Sottish female comedian Janey Godley.

“Several cracking comedy shows are lined up for this season with The Wedding Planners theatre show and the improvised, magical Spontaneous Potter. We welcome Elaine Miller with comedy show Laugh Don’t Leak, which is also fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, and the hilarious sequel to Des Dillon’s smash-hit comedy, Singing I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim 2.

“NT: Live and Oscar Wilde screenings are proving extremely popular with our audience. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in London’s West End, with cameras positioned around the auditorium to give you the best possible view of the action.

“Fantastic live music from top tribute bands are lined up too, including Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

“We have drama from Rapture Theatre, bringing us razor sharp satire performance of Clybourne Park live on stage, as well as The Stornoway Way, which features original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English.

“We will be rounding off a successful year with all singing, all dancing panto, as the cast from GAMTA present magical family show, Cinderella.”

Families are catered for throughout the autumn season, with kids’ shows including Funbox’s Space Race as well as family films, The Little Mermaid and Halloween fun with a spooky storytelling event and showing of Goosebumps 2.

The theatre’s special group offer – buy ten tickets and someone can go for free- is available for many performances so get the gang together and book now:

http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

FESTIVE SEASON: PACE Announces The Snow Queen: Paisley’s Family Panto That’s Cool As Can Be

This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce its annual pantomime will be The Snow Queen. A festive treat for adults and children alike, this icy tale of a queen who is up to snow good will run from 27 November to 31 December, featuring hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a supporting chorus of young actors.

 CHRIS ALEXANDER (Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) will reprise his role as dame, Widow Swanky, having proved a hit with audiences since his debut performance in 2017’s PACE panto (Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White). He’ll appear alongside a stellar ensemble cast including: DUNCAN BROWN (Mammy Goose, Tron; Chick Whittington, macrobert), SARAH MCCARDIE (River City; Cinderella, Motherwell Theatre), SHANNON SWAN (Glasgow Girls; Outlander) and KARA SWINNEY (Sunshine on Leith, tour).

 PACE is pleased to welcome ANDY MCGREGOR as writer and director. Andy is a playwright, director and composer who has been making a name for himself creating work for family audiences, and in particular Christmas shows for venues such as the Citizens Theatre and macrobert arts centre.

 The Snow Queen will be produced and musically directed by ALAN ORR, whose comic performances were at the heart of PACE pantos for many years, while regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design.

Alan Orr said, “We’re incredibly proud that the PACE panto has become such an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and celebrate the festivities. We’ve gathered together a fantastic team to create this year’s panto, and we’re confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”

The cast will be completed by 4 teams of young actors handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy.

This year’s schedule will also feature the Company’s first relaxed performance; ideal for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. During the performance the lights in the theatre will be dimmed so that it’s not too dark, there will be a more relaxed approach to noise and movement from the audience, and we will make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out strobes lights) so that the performance is more accessible for anyone with sensory sensitivities.

PACE Theatre Company presents

THE SNOW QUEEN

Written and directed by Andy McGregor

Wed 27 November – Tue 31 December 2019 (not Sundays)

 

A family pantomime for all ages!

 

General Booking: 0300 300 1210 | https://www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com

Group Booking: 0345 130 5218

 

PRICING
Tickets from £10 – £27.50 (booking fee applies)

Group bookings – Buy 15 tickets and get one free.

Schools & Nurseries – Teachers go FREE to any Band A show *Max of 1 teacher for every 10 children

 

CAST

Chris Alexander          Widow Swanky

Duncan Brown            Percy

Sarah McCardie          Multi-role

Shannon Swan           Persephone

Kara Swinney              The Snow Queen

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Andy McGregor          Writer & Director

Alan Orr                      Producer & Musical Director

Pauline Ramsay         Stage Manager & Lyricist

Angela Orr                  Assistant Director

Fraser Lappin              Set & Costume Designer

Emma Armstrong        Lighting Design

Grant Mason               Executive Producer

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wed 27 Dec: 7pm

Thu 28 Nov: 7pm

Fri 29 Nov: 10am and 7pm

Sat 30 Nov: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 2 Dec: 6pm*

Tue 3 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 4 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Thu 5 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 6 Dec: 10am and 7pm**

Sat 7 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 9 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 10 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 11 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 12 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 13 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Sat 14 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 16 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 17 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Wed 18 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 19 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Fri 20 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 21 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 23 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 24 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Fri 27 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 28 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 30 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 31 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

*Relaxed performance

**Gala performance

IMAGE: Mihaela Bodlovic

REVIEW: Opera Highlights (Scottish Opera) – Motherwell Theatre

There’s much to delight in every season at Scottish Opera, but the annual Opera Highlights tour is always a shining star of the programme.

We’re invited to a beautiful country garden where our protagonists are setting the scene for a party. We’re not exactly sure who our host is, but while the action unfolds we are introduced to each character, a little of their back stories and their relationship to one other. The inevitable cases of mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers, heartache and romantic resolution ensue.

Scottish Opera 2019 Autumn Highlights – © Julie Broadfoot – http://www.juliebee.co.uk

Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music has again chosen an eclectic and engaging set of arias, from the comic to the heart-breaking on which to weave the lively narrative. Among pieces by Mozart, Handel, Lehár and Tchaikovsky there are works by Ambroise Thomas, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Mildred Jessup, Alfred Cellier and the great Kurt Weill. There is also a world premier from Scottish Opera’s Composer in residence Samuel Bordoli. As fitting for a tour that’s aim is to bring new audiences to opera, there are a large number of pieces in English, either pieces original written in the language or in translation, increasing the accessibility for opera newbies.

Scottish Opera 2019 Autumn Highlights – © Julie Broadfoot – http://www.juliebee.co.uk

As important as the selection of music is, much depends on the quality of the singers. This year the calibre is universally excellent. The quartet: Soprano Charlie Drummond, Mezzo Martha Jones, Tenor Alex Bevan and Baritone Mark Nathan, as well as having fine voices, are easy to warm to, each can act and draw the audience in, keeping them engaged throughout. Of note is Roxana Haines direction, which is tight and breathes even more life into the already sprightly programme.

Scottish Opera 2019 Autumn Highlights – © Julie Broadfoot – http://www.juliebee.co.uk

If you are an established opera lover or someone curious to find out more, Opera Highlights is the perfect event. The extensive tour continues throughout Scotland (see below for dates and venues).

As ever, a five-star production from Scottish Opera.

The Albert Halls

Stirling

Sat 14 Sep

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Stonehaven Town Hall

Stonehaven

Tue 17 Sep

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Duthac Centre

Tain

Thu 19 Sep

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The Macphail Centre

Ullapool

Sat 21 Sep

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An Lanntair

Stornoway

Tue 24 Sep

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Aros Centre

Portree

Thu 26 Sep

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The Corran Halls

Oban

Sat 28 Sep

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Volunteer Hall, Galashiels

Galashiels

Tue 1 Oct

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Perth Theatre

Perth

Thu 3 Oct

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Carnegie Hall

Dunfermline

Sat 5 Oct

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Thurso High School

Thurso

Tue 8 Oct

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Orkney Theatre

Kirkwall

Thu 10 Oct

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Haddo House

Ellon

Sat 12 Oct

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Ryan Centre

Stranraer

Tue 15 Oct

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Beacon Arts Centre

Greenock

Thu 17 Oct

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The Brunton

Musselburgh

Sat 19 Oct

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REVIEW: Bianca Del Rio It’s Jester Joke – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

Hands-down the most successful drag queen in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race, self-proclaimed ‘clown in a gown’ and winner of season 6, Bianca Del Rio is back in town with her gaudy, bawdy brand of biting comedy.

 

Despite touring to several large-scale venues in previous years, indeed this isn’t the first time Del Rio has sold out this enormous venue, this tour will be the biggest solo headlined drag tour ever in the UK.

Supported by the equally X-rated Wendy Ho (above), this is not a show for the faint-hearted, but I doubt that there’s anyone in the audience who isn’t familiar with the drag firebrand’s old-school insult comedy and reputation for saying the things the rest of us only dare to think to ourselves. I’m racking my brains to think of any group left un-insulted, from lesbians to Brexit, disability to straight people, from Naked Attraction to Catholic priests, everyone is treated with the same derision.

Clad head to toe in an eye-popping electric pink sequinned jump suit, curly orange wig and turban, Del Rio rattles through an hour of brutally honest observations that have the audience howling, leaving us in no doubt why she was named the most influential Drag Queen by the New York Times.

Del Rio is a welcome change from a world in which everyone is desperate to be offended – refreshingly controversial.

 

REVIEW: Grease The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

The first new production in 25 years, and with the promise of a return to the gritty, raw, original 1971 production, the odds would seem stacked in favour of this Leicester Curve production of Grease, one of the world’s most beloved musicals. However, spectacularly bad casting, lacklustre energy levels and poor vocals, render what should be a corker of a show, into a two and a half hour yawn-fest.

It’s 1959, Rydell High, and a dozen angst ridden teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of high school life: break ups, make ups, peer pressure and pregnancy scares, with a raft of familiar tunes wrapped around the action (if not in the order that fans of the movie are used too).

Principal among the faults of this production is the casting: Dan Partridge’s Danny Zuko is a non-descript leading man, he lacks any presence, his accent is appalling (something that seems endemic in the cast), and his singing voice even worse, and unforgivably there is absolutely no chemistry with the woefully underused Martha Kirby as Sandy, who manages to elevate proceedings in the few occasions she’s on stage. It is absolutely baffling why she would ever fall in love with this loser in the first place. Louis Gaunt is a charismatic Kenickie who makes his mark (the young actor seems as if he would be a much better fit as Danny). Of note too is Natalie Woods, who has a lovely voice and a nice presence as the body-conscious Jan, less successful are Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky as Rizzo, who looks thoroughly bored throughout and Darren Bennett, who provides an uncomfortable watch as the boob-grabbing old letch Vince Fontaine, the performance smacks of 1970s Benny Hill/Freddy Starr, not memories you’d want to evoke in 2019.

Are we are so far removed and so distanced from the times in which this is set, that it fails to resonate? Is that the main issue? There’s a moment in the cheesy dialogue when after a break up and a make up between Danny and Sandy where her asks her: ‘don’t you want my ring?’ you can almost hear the female audience cry: ‘no thanks I’d rather have a career’. The entire show plays out like a badly disjointed series of unrelated scenes and the lack of drive doesn’t help. On a positive note, Colin Richmond’s gymnasium design is effective, if simplistic and Guy Hoare’s lighting design tonally compliments it – it should be said though, that it’s particularly heavy on the dry ice.

The entire production from start to end lacks impact, there isn’t an ounce of sparkle and the lack of energy and commitment of the cast is astonishing. One could argue that it’s impossible to make Grease boring, but boy does this production succeed in achieving just that.

Runs until 31 August 2019 | Image: Manuel Harlan

NEWS: REVIVAL OF ANTHONY BESCH’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF PUCCINI’S TOSCA OPENS SCOTTISH OPERA’S 2019/20 SEASON

Scottish Opera’s 2019/20 Season begins in October with Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, a revival of the much-loved 1980 production by director Anthony Besch and designer Peter Rice.

Last performed by the Company in 2012, Tosca opens at Theatre Royal Glasgow on October 16, and tours to Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh. Conducted by Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford, Besch’s production is set in 1940s Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini’s tyrannical rule. It tells the story of a passionate and ill-fated love, played out against a backdrop of political corruption and intrigue. Besch’s production of Tosca has been a huge hit with Scottish Opera audiences, and has toured to London, Liverpool and Newcastle. It has also been taken up by companies in Boston, Lisbon, Murcia, New Zealand and Oviedo.

Revival Director Jonathan Cocker directs an internationally renowned cast including Natalya Romaniw (Eugene Onegin 2018) and Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (who is appearing in Scottish Opera’s Lammermuir Festival double bill this September) as tragic opera diva Floria Tosca. Tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones (Il trovatore 2015) is Cavaradossi and baritone Roland Wood (Pelléas and Mélisande 2017) is Scarpia, the corrupt Chief of Police. They are joined by Scottish Opera favourites Dingle Yandell (The Magic Flute 2019), Aled Hall (Rigoletto 2018), Paul Carey Jones (The Trial 2017) and Lancelot Nomura (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018).

Stuart Stratford said: ‘Puccini’s Tosca really needs no introduction. It is one of the composer’s finest masterpieces and greatest achievements in terms of musical drama and orchestration. We are delighted that for the first time audiences in the UK have the chance to hear Natalya Romaniw in the title role, performing alongside Gwyn Hughes Jones and Roland Wood. Natalya was last on the Scottish Opera stage in our 2018 production of Eugene Onegin and has risen to prominence following her recent successes at English National Opera and Opera Holland Park, so we are thrilled to welcome her back.’

There are also three Dementia Friendly Performances of Tosca in Glasgow, Aberdeen (for the first time) and Edinburgh. With a running time of approximately one hour 45 minutes, these specially abridged performances are carefully designed to make the theatrical experience more accessible to people living with dementia. Sound and lighting levels are adjusted for the comfort of the audience, and the cast is joined on stage by a narrator. Audiences will also be able to go in and out of the auditorium during the performance and see the show in the foyer areas on TV screens.

Those who wish to discover more about how the production was created can attend Tosca Unwrapped, one-hour tasters delving further into the show, as well as Pre-show Talks. Audience members with a visual impairment can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have a live commentary describing the action on stage without compromising the music.

Tosca is supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate.

Cast List

 

Tosca                                                                     Natalya Romaniw & Sinéad Campbell-Wallace 

Cavaradossi                                                            Gwyn Hughes Jones  

Scarpia                                                                      Roland Wood

Angelotti                                                                    Dingle Yandell  

Spoletta                                                                     Aled Hall

Sacristan                                                                   Paul Carey Jones

Sciarrone                                                                    Lancelot Nomura

 

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Wed 16 Oct, 7.15pm

Fri 18 Oct, 7.15pm

Sun 20 Oct, 3pm

Tue 22 Oct, 7.15pm

Thu 24 Oct, 3pm (Dementia Friendly Performance)

Sat 26 Oct, 7.15pm

 

Tosca Unwrapped

Mon 21 Oct, 6pm

Tosca Pre-show Talk

Sat 26 Oct, 6pm

Tosca Touch Tour

Sat 26 Oct, 6pm

Tosca Audio-described performance

Sat 26 Oct, 7.15pm

 

His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL

Thu 31 Oct, 7.15pm

Fri 1 Nov, 3pm (Dementia Friendly Performance)

Sat 2 Nov, 7.15pm

 

Tosca Pre-show Talk

Sat 2 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Touch Tour

Sat 2 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Audio-described performance

Sat 2 Nov, 7.15pm

 

Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA

Tue 5 Nov, 7.15pm

Thu 7 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 9 Nov, 7.15pm

 

Tosca Unwrapped

Fri 8 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Pre-show Talk

Sat 9 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Touch Tour

Sat 9 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Audio-described performance

Sat 9 Nov, 7.15pm

 

Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Thu 14 Nov, 7.15pm

Sun 17 Nov, 3pm

Tue 19 Nov, 3pm (Dementia Friendly Performance)

Thu 21 Nov, 7.15pm

Sat 23 Nov, 7.15pm

 

Tosca Unwrapped

Mon 18 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Pre-show Talk

Sat 23 Nov, 6pm

Tosca Touch Tour

Sun 17 Nov, 1.45pm

Tosca Audio-described performance

Sun 17 Nov, 3pm

IMAGE: operaomnia.co.uk

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF ASBESTOSIS GIVEN SPOTLIGHT IN NEW SHOW TOURING TO SCOTTISH COMMUNITIES

The Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines have announced the tour of Fibres, a new play by Frances Poet. Touring to venues and community halls throughout Scotland, the production will be presented in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute.

Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet, Fibres uses wit and humour to explore the legacy of asbestos in the Clyde shipyards, giving weight to the stories of women and families affected by this crisis. During the twentieth century, Glasgow and the West of Scotland was the centre of asbestos production and consumption and today has the highest global incidence of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Fibres binds together four interconnected stories in a funny and touching tribute to families and individuals affected by this issue.

On what inspired her to write Fibres, Frances Poet commented, “Five years ago, I met a woman at my daughter’s music class who told me that she had lost her parents six months apart. Her father had been a ship’s draftsman and had served a three-day apprenticeship on the ships. His exposure to the asbestos in those three days was enough to end not just his life prematurely but also that of his wife who washed his overalls. I knew about asbestos, as something dangerous from the past. I didn’t know that deaths from asbestos related diseases were still growing each year, that the West Coast of Scotland had, at that moment, the highest incidence in Europe or that some of the people dying were wives and weans who were exposed through their loved ones’ clothing. It broke my heart enough to write a play about it. But because it’s a Glasgow story, I found my characters making me laugh, even in the face of tragedy. Their resilience was irresistible. And suddenly the play I was writing wasn’t a tragedy but a love story with as many laughs as tears. I’m so glad Stellar Quines and the Citizens Theatre are taking the play to audiences across Scotland. I suspect our story will be met with many more stories shared after the show. I want to hear them all.”

A co-production with award-winning Scottish theatre company Stellar Quines, Fibres will be directed by Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Jemima Levick.

Stellar Quines is an award-winning organisation whose vision is to be Scotland’s leading touring theatre company, inspiring excellence in women and girls. Of the co-production, Jemima Levick commented, “I’m so excited to be bringing this brilliant, powerful play to audiences across the west coast of Scotland. Fibres is an incredibly moving and very funny piece that is deeply relevant to individuals and communities affected by the deadly legacy of asbestos. It’s a story that is often only told from the perspective of the men who suffered, ignoring the wider impact on women and children who have also been profoundly affected. Fibres elevates the women’s voice and brings the impact of this tragedy on families sharply into focus. At Stellar Quines, we are dedicated to creating work that nurtures, empowers and celebrates women and girls, through their stories, as artists and audiences, so we are particularly delighted that Fibres is part of the Citizens Women season in partnership with the Citizens Theatre.”

The Citizens Women season is a season committed to putting women actors, directors and stories centre stage. The season is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary and wide-ranging talent of women theatre-makers.

Of taking Fibres on tour, Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre commented, “It’s a great pleasure to be able to take Fibres, our co-production with Stellar Quines, to a range of performance spaces across Scotland. Whilst our home in the Gorbals undergoes a much-needed redevelopment, taking our work out into communities across Scotland is incredibly important to us. In Fibres, Frances Poet tells a critical and relevant story with compassion and humour. This is a brilliant opportunity to take this play to audiences who have been touched by the asbestos tragedy either directly or indirectly. It is also a funny and moving story that will be delivered by a fantastic, well-known cast.”

The cast includes much loved actor Jonathan Watson who has most recently starred in the BBC Scotland hit Two Doors Down. Born in Glasgow, Watson’s first job after training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama was as a member of TAG Theatre Company, the outreach arm of the Citizens Theatre which was formed in 1967. Watson has since taken on iconic roles in Naked Video, City Lights, Rab C Nesbitt (BBC) and Only An Excuse (Comedy Unit). He is joined by Maureen Carr known to young audiences for her role in CBBC’s Molly and Mack and to the nation as ‘ugly sister’ Edith in Still Game and baddie Theresa O’Hara in River City. Carr is also co-founder of female comedy troupe, Witsherface.

The cast is completed by Suzanne Magowan (Baby Doll, Citizens Theatre; Hidden Doors, Village Pub Theatre; International Day of the Girl, Stellar Quines and Village Pub Theatre) and Ali Craig (Into That Darkness, Citizens Theatre; Hecuba and Victoria, Dundee Rep; Beautiful Burnout, The Making of Us and Macbeth, National Theatre of Scotland; Hamlet, Rapture Theatre Company).

The project is supported by Clydeside Action on Asbestos, a charity established in 1984 by men who had been diagnosed with an asbestos disease to provide practical advice and support to others affected by this condition. Phyllis Craig MBE, Manager of CAA said: ‘This is an incredibly important story that deserves to be told.  The men and women who have lost their lives to asbestos must be remembered.  Through a light-hearted and warm insight into one families’ experience, the impact that asbestos use has had on communities across Scotland can reach a wide audience.   Whilst people are watching the production, I would like them to remember that thousands of people across the UK continue to be diagnosed with an asbestos related condition each year, because asbestos related disease does not develop until decades after the person was exposed to asbestos.  If the audience can bear this in mind, then those who have died and continue to be diagnosed will not be forgotten.’ 

In addition to writer Frances Poet and Director Jemima Levick, the all-female creative team comprises Jen McGinley, Set and Costume Design (Interference, National Theatre of Scotland; Miss Julie, Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts); Emma Jones, Lighting Design (The Lover, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh; Peter Pan, Derby Theatre) and Patricia Panther, Sound Design (The Last Queen of Scotland, Stellar Quines production commissioned and supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep; Glasgow Girls, presented by Pachamama Productions, originally co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre & Richard Jordan Productions).

The tour runs from 17 October to 2 November 2019. Details of all venues and ticket information is available from citz.co.uk

TOUR VENUES AND DATES

Ticket information available from citz.co.uk

Barrowfield Community Centre          Thu 17 Oct, 6pm & Fri 18 Oct, 2pm (previews)

67 Yate Street, Glasgow

G31 4AQ

 

Cove Burgh Hall                                        Sat 19 Oct, 8pm

Shore Road, Cove

G84 0L

 

Paisley Arts Centre                                  Tue 22 Oct, 7.30pm

15 New Street, Paisley

PA1 1EZ

 

The Pearce Institute                                Thu 24 Oct, 7pm

840 – 860 Govan Road

G61 3UU

 

Beacon Arts Centre                                  Fri 25 Oct, 7.30pm

Custom House Quay, Greenock

PA15 1HJ

 

St Francis Community Centre              Sat 26 Oct, 7pm

405 Cumberland Street, Glasgow

G5 0SE

 

Barmulloch Community Centre          Sun 27 Oct, 7pm

46 Wallacewell Quadrant, Glasgow

G21 3PX

 

Traverse Theatre                                      Tue 29 – Wed 30 Oct, 8pm

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh

EH1 2ED

 

Barlanark Community Centre              Thu 31 Oct, 7pm

33 Burnmouth Road, Glasgow

G33 4RZ

 

Dunoon Burgh Hall                                  Fri 1 Nov, 7.30pm

195 Argyll Street, Dunoon

PA23 7DD

 

The Whiteinch Centre                             Sat 2 Nov, 7pm

1 Northinch Street, Glasgow

G14 0UG

LISTINGS

Ticket information from citz.co.uk / 0141 429 0022

Cast                                                  Maureen Carr; Ali Craig; Suzanne Magowan; Jonathan Watson

Director                                           Jemima Levick

Writer                                              Frances Poet

Set and costume Designer          Jen McGinley

Lighting Designer                          Emma Jones

Sound Design                                Patricia Panther

“We were two weans playing at wee hooses, him in his first job and me being the good wife doing his washing. Now we’re both paying the price.”

Jack is proud of his work at the Clyde shipyards. His wife, Beanie, who is nursing him through asbestosis, thinks he’s a fool. But the real test of their marriage comes when they discover that the dusty overalls Jack brought home to be washed by Beanie, poisoned her too. This isn’t what she thought Jack meant when he promised “what’s mine is yours”.

Meanwhile their daughter, Lucy, attempts to overcome her grief. Will she be held back by her parents’ experience, or will she have the courage to allow romance to blossom with Pete?

Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet, Fibres is a big-hearted and laugh out loud play about what it means to entwine our lives with another, in sickness and in health. A story told by four characters who show a very Glaswegian resilience and wit, the play asks can we ever cut the cords that bind us and who will catch us if we do?

With support from Clydeside Action on Asbestos.

 

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