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REVIEW: The Wizard of Oz – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Despite it being the first day in December, pantomime season is well and truly in its groove. Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock have hit the ground running with the well-oiled machine that is The Wizard of Oz.

Largely a re-telling of the L. Frank Baum tale, it does take a few diversions off of the yellow brick road, (there’s a magic microphone involved) but it is very much a traditional family panto with wide appeal. The double-entendres are at a minimum and there’s enough slapstick for the little ones, TikTok dances and familiar chart hits for the teens and political jokes for the grown-ups.

It all starts with a bang, when we are treated to a rip-roaring version of Proud Mary in the first five minutes: the fine-voiced cast have their first of many chances to shine. With the interest levels up, the audience is carried along on a wave of energy.

To their absolute credit, there isn’t a weak link anywhere in the compact cast and there’s a palpable chemistry between Dorothy’s three chums: Jamie Lemetti (Scarecrow), Alan Mirren (Tin Man) and Liam Webster (Lion) who have an ease and fine timing with each other that ensures each joke lands its punchline. Stand out among the cast is the engaging Garry King who manages to deliver an eye-watering number of roles with a glint in his eye and a spring in his step, getting the audience firmly onside from the get-go. The dancers are well-drilled, and the choreography is sufficiently diverse to keep the interest up. For those wondering, yes, there are Munchkins, many, many, Munchkins, played by members of local dance and drama organisations. The Wicked Witch is sufficiently over-the-top camp and Stephen McLaughlin who plays her, has a powerful but soulful voice which he utilises to great effect here as does Kate Richards as the Good Witch (and Aunt Em).

If it’s bang for your buck you are looking for then you need look no further than Eastwood Park. At almost two and a half hours long, the show is packed with content, delivered by an enormously talented cast, everyone giving their all no matter what their role.

Eastwood Park is an exemplary theatre: great programming; a theatre with excellent sight lines; accessible; friendly, helpful staff and family affordable tickets – what more could you want?

Runs until 30 December 2022 – Tickets here

NEWS: Learning disabled theatre group in first live public performance

In February 2020, Glasgow based theatre company The Occasion established The Southside Group (TSG), an exciting initiative designed to provide adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to get involved in theatre. A month later, the country was plunged into lockdown and over the last two and a half years, TSG have created several online works. Finally, this December, they will perform live to a public audience for the first time with their production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.

Established by The Occasion’s Co-Artistic Directors, Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard,

The Southside Group is a company of 14 individuals aged 20 to 60 with learning disabilities who meet weekly in Glasgow’s Southside. Some are experienced performers, some are beginners, but all contribute enormously to the work of the group, challenging perceptions and showing audiences what they can do.

“We formed The Southside Group to give learning disabled adults the opportunity to get involved in theatre to build social skills, self-esteem and confidence through working together. The group aims to represent people in terms of ability rather than disability, and help participants find their voice.”

“At the start of the pandemic all work shifted on-line and we ran one-hour, weekly sessions over Zoom. For the group, the on-line sessions provided an opportunity to strengthen friendships and to remain connected to each other while, at the same time, developing new skills and creating a number of online productions.”

One participant’s mother said:

“My daughter has limited speech, poor mobility and a very short attention span. We are just amazed at how she has progressed since being part of this group. She started needing her sister to do everything, but her fellow group members have rallied round and helped. Her confidence has grown so much. She is always taken very seriously and treated with respect. We are forever grateful to the time and effort the organisers put into this. Over the last two years we don’t know what we would have done without it.”

After working together for so long online, The Southside Group are looking forward to their first live, public performance. A story of the struggle between good and evil, of magic and love, and of change, TSG will bring Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen vibrantly to life on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December at Queen’s Park Govanhill Parish Church in Glasgow.

The group’s unique interpretation of Andersen’s epic story follows Gerda on her journey to save her friend, Kai, from the ice-cold embrace of The Snow Queen. Featuring ice-skating, robbers, a woman who understands a little of magic, a street-wise raven, a talking reindeer and some strange advice, The Snow Queen is a charming winter delight for the whole family.

When asked how he was feeling about performing The Snow Queen, group member Jordan said:

“I’m very excited to do a new drama show with The Southside Group, this will be my first one. On the night I think I’ll be excited but maybe a bit nervous. If we all put the work in and make it as good as we can everyone will enjoy it.”  

To purchase tickets for The Snow Queen and for more information on The Occasion and The Southside Group, visit https://theoccasiontheatre.com/.

Image: Stewart Ennis

WHAT’S ON: SLEEPING BEAUTY AT PLATFORM, EASTERHOUSE

“I can guarantee this will be unlike any Sleeping Beauty you have seen before!” Lewis Hetherington

Platform return this Christmas (Tue 6 – Fri 23 Dec) with a brand-new production of Sleeping Beauty.

Family friendly and full of all the puns and all the fun, Sleeping Beauty takes place in ‘Mattress World’, where Big Jimmy is the King of Low Prices!  Jimmy likes to dress as Elvis to entertain the customers, but really, he’s doing it all for his daughter Beauty – just don’t call her that! She goes by B and likes nothing better than exploring the wild woods with her dog Rocket…

They seem to have everything sorted…until it emerges that an evil curse has been put on B – and life as the family know it is threatened. Will B, Big Jimmy or Rocket save the day in time for Christmas?

From playwright Lewis Hetherington and the creative team behind Mother Goose Fae Easterhoose­, expect jokes, songs and raucous storytelling as we get everyone in the festive spirit and ready for Christmas.

Writer Lewis Hetherington said: “I can guarantee this will be unlike any Sleeping Beauty you have seen before. I don’t want to give anything away… but my first thought was Beauty is this great dynamic young character, but often she spends the whole show asleep, and then some random prince turns up.

“I didn’t want that, so I found a whole new way to tell the story – you’ll have to come see it to find out what happens”. We have a brilliant cast, the set is great, and the whole show is full of jokes and surprises, and a really gripping new version of a well-loved story. It’ll make you feel full of festive joy and bring a bit of warmth and magic into this crazy old world. (Read the full interview with Lewis here).

Yolanda Mitchell (Holding/Holding On – National Theatre of Scotland & soon to be seen in Mayflies) takes on the role of Beauty, Irene Allan (Wilf & Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) joins us as Big Jimmy, Itxaso Moreno (The Time Machine) is Beauty’s dog Rocket and no Christmas show is complete without a villain as we welcome Jo Freer (The Steamie) as The Evil Queen. Directed by Matt Addicott.

With free parking, the Platform café bar and swimming pool and library all with The Bridge, there’s lots to see and do when visiting.

Tue 6 – Fri 23 Dec 2022 | Day & evening performances | all ages from 5yrs & up

Tickets from £5: www.platform-online.co.uk

NEWS: CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD TO STAR AS MISS HANNIGAN IN ANNIE IN GLASGOW

The King’s Theatre has announced that Craig Revel Horwood will play Miss Hannigan in Annie at The King’s next year.

The Strictly judge is no stranger to the stage and has previously played the famous orphanage headmistress in the West and on tour. He’s also played Munkustrap in Cats, Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Harry in Crazy for You at the Prince Edward Theatre as well as choregraphing and directing tours of Sister Act and Strictly Ballroom. He also choreographed the film Paddington 2.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, Annie is the classic story of a brave young who’s forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search…

With its award-winning book and score, this stunning production includes the unforgettable songs It’s the Hard Knock LifeEasy StreetI Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

THE KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW

MONDAY 29 MAY SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2023

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA PRESENTS THE VERDI COLLECTION IN GLASGOW

As part of the Opera in Concert series, Scottish Opera presents The Verdi Collection, a selection of the Italian composer’s greatest hits at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen on 19 November and Eden Court, Inverness on 26 November, with the concert then touring to City Halls, Glasgow and Usher Hall, Edinburgh in February 2023.

A cast of internationally acclaimed singers bring numerous roles to life, capturing the breadth and drama of Verdi’s incredible array of popular operas that earned him the title of the “king” of all Italian opera composers. In Aberdeen and Inverness, Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts The Orchestra of Scottish Opera along with the cast including Hye-Youn Lee (Don Giovanni 2022), Christopher Turner (La traviata 2017), Roland Wood (Don Giovanni 2022) and Jihoon Kim. In 2023, the concert travels to Glasgow and Edinburgh with Eri Nakamura, Peter Auty (Eugene Onegin 2018), Lester Lynch (Silvano 2019) and Brindley Sherratt (Inês de Castro 2015).

Capturing the romance, passion and tragedy of Verdi’s works, the concert features a playlist from operas including La traviataUn ballo in mascheraLa forza del destinoDon CarloOtello and Macbeth. In an evening of dramatic storytelling this is a chance to hear some the composer’s more iconic music, recognisable from numerous TV adverts and films.

Known for his beautiful melodies and powerful plots, complicated relationships sit at the heart of his operas, as the concert’s singers become families, lovers, friends and enemies who often find themselves at dramatic odds, with understandable motives on all sides.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford said: ‘The Verdi Collection comprises some of the highlights of the composer’s middle and late period from La traviata, one of the most popular operas, to Don Carlo and Otello.

‘The orchestra increasingly becomes more of an independent dramatic voice in his later works, with the sinister bassoon counterpoint in Otello and the golden aura of the cornets in Don Carlo striking examples of colour and character.

‘We hope there is something in The Verdi Collection for everyone and that the great Italian master still surprises us today as he undoubtedly did when these works were first performed.’

Verdi’s prolific output was marked by many styles, themes, and stories in a career that spanned over 50 years. At the heart of all his operas are instantly recognisable characters (noble heroes and dastardly villains alike), nuanced relationships between lovers and families, and melodies that transcend time.

Cast for Glasgow performances:

Soprano                 Eri Nakamura

Tenor                     Peter Auty

Baritone                 Lester Lynch

Bass                      Brindley Sherratt

City Halls, Glasgow
10 February 2023, 7.30pm

NEWS: GIOVANNA FLETCHER, CLIVE MANTLE AND GEORGE RAINSFORD TO STAR IN WISH YOU WERE DEAD

Producer Josh Andrews has announced the lead cast for the UK tour of Peter James’ Wish You Were Dead: George Rainsford, will star as James’ famous detective DSI Roy Grace, alongside Giovanna Fletcher who will star as Cleo Morey and Clive Mantle, who will star as Curtis. Leon Stewart will return to the role of DS Glenn Branson.

The show visits Glasgow 28 March – 1 April 2023 at the Theatre Royal

The world stage premiere of Wish You Were Dead follows five successful stage plays and the critically acclaimed smash-hit primetime ITV series ‘Grace’, which are all based on the best-selling novels by the UK’s number one crime author Peter James. This will be the sixth stage adaptation of James’ novels -making it the most successful crime thriller stage franchise since Agatha Christie.

Adapted exclusively for the stage, Wish You Were Dead kicks off a major nationwide UK tour in February 2023 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. The production will then travel to a selection of top theatres across the country until late July. Tickets are on sale now from PeterJames.com.

Giovanna Fletcher is a hugely successful author, podcast host and Queen of The Castle after winning I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2020, Giovanna’s theatrical credits include 2:22 A Ghost Story and Ivanov in the West End and she also appears in the feature film The Boat That Rocked.

Clive Mantle’s extensive range of credits across theatre, film and television, include an Olivier Award nominated performance in Of Mice and Men. He is perhaps best known for his TV work in shows such as Casualty, Holby City, Game of Thrones and The Vicar of Dibley and is also an award-winning children’s author.

George Rainsford has for the last nine years, been playing series regular Ethan Hardy in Casualty on BBC One, for which he won the Inside Soap Award Best Drama Star 2017. Other Television credits include Holby City and Call the Midwife and his numerous theatre credits include productions at the National Theatre, RSC and the Old Vic.

George Rainsford said: “I can’t wait to be part of a theatre ensemble again and delve into Peter James’ thrilling criminal underworld. Getting to play Roy Grace, his most renowned detective creation, will be a huge honour. I am excited to meet audiences from all over the UK, and share with them some enthralling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment!”

Clive Mantle said: “I’m looking forward to terrifying… I mean entertaining… audiences up and down the length and breadth of Britain with ‘Wish You Were Dead’. Full of suspense and drama, there will be  many funny moments too during the course of a captivating evening. There’s a clue there for starters. Roll up, roll up, all you amateur sleuths. Can’t wait to see you all.”

Giovanna Fletcher said: “I’m really looking forward to appearing on stage as Cleo in this brand new play, and excited to work with George and Clive – two wonderful actors I’ve heard great things about. As a novelist, I know how important the characters I create are to me, so I’m thrilled Peter James has entrusted me with this wonderful role, in what is another brilliant and gripping story from one of the greatest masters of crime thrillers!”

Writer Peter James said: “I am beyond thrilled with the wonderful star cast that we have assembled for the world stage premiere of Wish You Were Dead. I love the fact that so many people create their own image of my characters but for me, George, Giovanna and Clive are all inspired interpretations of how I see Roy Grace, Cleo and Curtis and I am equally thrilled that Leon is returning to play Branson again. It is going to be very exciting to work with this great group of actors and I can’t wait for them to give audiences around the country, a thrilling, fun and hugely entertaining night at the theatre.”

The stage play of Wish You Were Dead follows DSI Roy Grace and Cleo Morey as they take a much-needed holiday together. They are hoping for a few days away from their dark worlds of murder and the mortuary. But their dream escape turns out to be the holiday from hell, as the past comes back to haunt them.

NEWS: ART WORK FROM SCOTTISH OPERA’S COMMUNITY PROJECT GOES ON DISPLAY IN THEATRE ROYAL

From 27 October to 5 November in the Upper and Dress Circle Foyers of Theatre Royal Glasgow, Scottish Opera is staging an exhibition of original work created by a group of women from the Scottish Borders for the project Sweet Sounds in Wild Places.

The project helped build creative skills as well as increasing self-confidence and self-expression through engagement with the arts and formed part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of Sir Walter Scott.

The visuals, recordings and 3D clay models were made as creative responses to Scott’s 1819 novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which tells the tragic love story of Lucy Ashton and Edgar, Master of Ravenswood. When she is isolated by domineering relatives and pressured in to marrying the heir of a neighbouring noble house, Lucy’s mental health breaks down, leading to fatal consequences on the wedding night. Gaetano Donizetti’s 1835 opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, was inspired by Scott’s work.

Last autumn, the participants took part in a series of free workshops (with support from  The Abbotsford Trust and Live Borders!) using music, creative writing, film and photography in Hawick and Galashiels, led by Scottish Opera artists including a composer and a performance poet/writer, as well as two visual artists, before both groups came together over one weekend at Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

Exploring the characters of Lucy/Lucia, Sweet Sounds in Wild Places will be displayed in four acts, a format that mirrors a common structure for many operas and plays, that sketches the arc of the story, each with a distinctive theme and focusing on a different subset of art, media, music and creative writing.

The exhibition explores the issues of loneliness and lack of empowerment, as well as the impact, for good and bad, that landscape and environment can have on mental health. The project aimed to provide a safe space for people to rebuild their confidence and emotional resilience, reflect on their own experiences during lockdown, demonstrate how opera can be used as a tool to raise awareness of issues around women’s wellbeing, and find innovative ways to address health inequalities amongst the Scottish population.

The Sweet Sounds in Wild Places project was established following a report in September 2020 from the international aid organisation CARE, which revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic caused a women’s mental health crisis, with reasons including reduced income, home schooling, care of elderly relatives, and social isolation. In situations mirroring Lucy/Lucia’s, some women cited aggressive, controlling, and violent behaviour from partners and family, with nowhere to escape during lockdowns.

Jane Davidson, Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education said: ‘The pandemic was life changing for most of us, and many people sought to re-evaluate their priorities and values during this time. This was a project that sought to provide opportunities for women in the Scottish Borders to develop their creative capacities in music, visual arts and poetry, whilst exploring themes that could be connected to their experiences during lockdown including feelings of loneliness, isolation, lack of empowerment which are similarly faced by the central character Lucy /Lucia, the heroine of Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor which, in turn, inspired Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor. Drawing parallels between the challenges faced by this fictional woman and some real life situations, gave the community artists the chance to reflect upon their own experiences through the lens of creative expression, helping to build emotional resilience.’

Viola Madau, one of the workshop leaders said:’ The participant’s creative journey with us started with a shaky black line on a white piece of paper, and culminated with powerful and meaningful artwork they were proud of. Witnessing their creativity blossoming was the most incredible thing. Growing up we are told, directly or indirectly, that the arts are either something to be remunerative or to abandon for more practical skills. The brilliant women we worked with went through tough times in their lives and these experiences and feelings naturally emerged in their art pieces. This was wonderful to see, proving that art can be an incredible part of one’s healing process.’

Susan Ballard, one of the project participants said: ‘Sweet Sounds in Wild Places was incredibly enriching for me. I’d been feeling hopeless and directionless since the pandemic, but thanks to an inspiring team from Scottish Opera, I found new, creative and fun ways to explore and express difficult experiences in a supportive group. I think about what I learnt a lot and continue to feel grateful for the skills and perspectives the tutors helped me to develop. A truly transformative project. ‘

In addition to the exhibition, on Thursday 3 November a Q&A event called Insight into Sweet Sounds in Wild Places is taking place in partnership with the Binks Hub (University of Edinburgh.) The four artists who led the project will chat to a group of students, researchers and other interested individuals to explain more about it, with each artist giving a short presentation about their particular art form approach with some explanations about how some of the exhibits were created.

NEWS: Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre is bringing new perspectives into the light this Autumn

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling’s cultural hub, presents an Autumn season which brings new perspectives into the light.

Season highlights come from the award-winning Pollyanna, who will bring a series of performances to Macrobert in October. Our History In Words and Music stars internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker who will present excerpts of her award-winning show Sing Sistah Sing! – a joyful, soulful celebration of the African American female voice. This one-off chance to catch Andrea signing and sharing stories with a link to Scottish, Black and LGBT history will be followed by a Q&A and an optional opportunity for audience members to share their stories and explore the idea of telling their own original stories through music and spoken word.

Shades – A Queer Black Cabaret

This inspiring afternoon will be followed by Shades: A Queer Black Cabaret, a sensational evening of drag, opera, pole dance and poetry celebrating queer and Black experiences from award-winning performers. Following a thrilling night of cabaret, audiences can return to Macrobert to join celebrated drag artist Rhys’s Pieces for free workshop Lipsyncing 101 With Rhys Hollis (Rhys’s Pieces). Prepare to be fabulous, fierce and fascinating, and learn how to tell stories through lip sync and movement.

In this Autumn’s theatre programme, 549: Scots Of The Spanish Civil War by Wonder Fools brings the true stories of four working class miners who went to fight as part of the International Brigade to life. A play with songs and storytelling, the show is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts, and will feature a post-show Q&A with the cast, creatives, writer, and presenter Daniel Gray & Mike Arnott (Scotland Secretary, International Brigade Memorial Trust). Undertow Overflow is a new collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Amy Duncan and award-winning director and writer Ben Harrison which uses poetic imagery, stories, and beautiful music to explore the strangeness of human love and loss.

A chance wrong number gives three cleaning ladies the great idea ‘Why not run a sex chat line?’ in Dirty Dusting, which returns to Macrobert Arts Centre this year and is set to have audiences rolling in the aisles. Stirling University Drama Society will be presenting Passing Places, written by the creator of River City, Stephen Greenhorn, on the 25th Anniversary of its first performance. For younger audiences, Kissing Linford Christie is a new solo show by Vickie Beesley about one girl’s journey to Olympic success, and Rocket Post is a joyful mix of songs, storytelling and exciting visuals for everyone aged six and over.

Rocket Post – Image Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Musicals at Macrobert this season include The Addams Family by Rubber Chicken Theatre, and Sleeping Warrior are also set to make their return to Stirling’s cultural hub with Crocodile Rock, a one-man musical about finding yourself, understanding others and being true to those you love.

Crocodile Rock – Image: Tim Morozzo

In other top-tier entertainment, Christine Bovill will be threading her remarkable journey in the world of French Song with the life and works of Edith Piaf in PIAF, an evening of unforgettable stories and some of the finest songs of 20th century France. Mum’s The Word is an uplifting, honest heart-warming show that will have you both roaring with laughter and reaching for the tissues. The dance highlight this season is Worn by White and Givan, an exquisite and emotive dance production exploring how the body is affected by time and space.

Elephant conservationist and filmmaker, Saba Douglas-Hamilton will be sharing her experiences in In The Footsteps Of Elephants – an inspiring and heart-warming look at how ‘Save the Elephants’ helped raise millions of dollars to protect elephant populations across Africa.

James IV: Queen of the Fight will be touring to Macrobert in November. Employing the same wit and theatricality of the first three James Plays, acclaimed playwright Rona Munro will take theatre-goers back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand-new production.

The Royal Opera House will be beaming into Stirling via Macrobert’s cinema screen. From heart-rendering opera Madama Butterfly, to the stunning The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration, and with MayerlingAida and La bohème hitting screens in between, it’s a season full of spectacular delights in the event cinema programme.

You Choose ticket pricing will to enable audiences to choose the price that’s right for them for some live performances.

Tickets are on sale now at https://macrobertartscentre.org/

NEWS: Cast Announced for Eastwood Park Theatre’s Wizard of Oz

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced its pantomime cast for The Wizard of Oz, which takes to the stage for almost sixty shows from 25 November – 30 December.

The line-up features Scottish talent who have trained and performed across the UK, as Spillers Pantomimes returns to the Giffnock theatre for a second year.

25-year-old Alex Rea, from Lanark, secured the role of Dorothy after wowing panto producers during her audition. Alex trained at the University of Chichester and the International College of Musical Theatre and already has a string of theatre, film and music credits to her name.

Alex said: “I’m thrilled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform back on home soil as part of the Spillers cast – there really is no place like home! I’m excited for my journey along the yellow brick road at Eastwood Park Theatre and can’t wait for audiences to see what we have in store this panto season.”

Alex will be joined on her journey to the Emerald City by Alan Mirren, who plays the Tin Man, Liam Webster who seeks courage as the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, played by Jamie Lemetti. The trio are reuniting for the second year in a row, having performed the roles at Motherwell Theatre last year.

Scottish actor Garry King returns to take on the role of The Wizard of Oz in this year’s panto production and will co-direct Eastwood Park Theatre’s panto for the second year running. Garry, who trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, has been a permanent fixture on the UK pantomime scene for a number of years. Garry’s dog Sandra, a three-year-old highland maltie, will join the team as Dorothy’s faithful dog, Toto.

Stephen McLaughlin, from Cambuslang, will take on the villainous role of the Wicked Witch. Stephen, who graduated from the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre in 2019, has played a number of roles in a variety of productions and is also known by his drag stage name, Bonnie Banks. The Good Witch will be played by Kate Richards.

The panto’s head dancer will be Emma Willis Richards. Emma has performed in pantomimes since she was nine years old and has pursued a professional career on stage, graduating from Performers College in 2019.

The cast will be supported on stage by talented junior performers who will take on the role of the Munchkins. The rising stars come from a range of dance and theatre schools including Eastwood Park Theatre Juniors, Go Kids Scotland, Karen Burns School of Dance, Fab Stars School of Dance and East Kilbride Stagecoach.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure added: “We’re excited to announce the cast for The Wizard of Oz and can’t wait for them to grace our stage at Eastwood Park Theatre. Thousands came to sell-out shows last year and this year, we’re planning an even bigger panto production, with a magical journey along the yellow brick road to Oz. Panto season is fast approaching so book your tickets now.”

British Sign Language and relaxed performances will be available.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are on sale now priced from £12 with Family tickets available from £50

Buy tickets at https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/events/the-wizard-of-oz/ or call Eastwood Park Theatre box office on 0141 577 4956.

NEWS: Tramway announces autumn season

Tramway returns this Autumn with a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic programme from renowned international artists, experimental performers closer to home from the theatre and dance worlds, and a spectacular exhibition programme. Performances promise something for everyone, from dance and experimental theatre fans, to art lovers, families, and the local community, on their streets.

There’s an ambitious international strand across programming. The venue is hugely excited to bring renowned French artist and set designer Phillipe Quesne to Glasgow with Farm Fatale (7 October); a magical post-human parable featuring five scarecrows, and offering a deeply topical ecological message in poetic form.

Meanwhile, Australian artists Club Ate present a colossal artwork, IN MUVA WE TRUST, which will be projected onto Tramway’s façade from The Hidden Gardens on Friday 28 October, presented as part of an evening experience which also includes a live DJ set, and Cade and MacAskill’s highly acclaimed The Making of Pinocchio, which will be performed on both 28 and 29 October. The Glasgow-based duo can expect a warm homecoming for this true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio.

The season is packed with exhilarating performance moments, including UTOPIAN (T&Cs apply) by Symoné (Saturday 24 September). Described as a surrealistic circus, and a queer-positive experience ‘inspired by raves and power play’, it also promises – according to one delighted reviewer, ‘a buzzing club atmosphere, amazing visuals and exceptional circus skills.’

The international strand is picked up again in Tramway’s main gallery, with a solo exhibition by Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz. She utilizes raw materials and rural systems of production to create complex spatial installations that draw connections between cellular, social, agricultural, and celestial interactions. Polish dancer and choreographer Pawel Sakowicz will present a new work responding to the forms and rhythms of the exhibition, in the gallery at its preview on the evening of 7 October (and again on Saturday 22 October, and Saturday 5 November).

Ahead of this, Tramway is delighted to present a new exhibition of work by the Glasgow artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019) who lived and worked in Glasgow’s southside for over sixty years, painting intimate, domestic scenes of his wife Pat, their four children and an extended family of friends and neighbours.

Gilbert’s vibrant and formally diverse paintings are characterised by bold, inventive colour palettes and flat areas of vivid pattern which sit next to one another in exuberant combinations. Along with his paintings, the exhibition includes black and white studies, as well as textiles, objects, and ephemera from the artist’s studio. His exhibition previews on Friday 2 September.

Pagrav Dance Company will kick off the performance season and continue the Tramway Beyond Walls strand on Saturday 3 September, with a free people-pleasing show devised by Urja Desai Thakore and Hetain Patel: Deva, performed outside the southside’s Langside Hall, playfully challenges myths and expectations of the South Asian body through Indian dance.

Expect more outdoors fun from procession performance STRUT Kids by MHz (Wednesday 5 October) while back indoors Tramway favourites Barrowland Ballet will entertain across the generations with a programme of live and filmed dance performances created within the local community (5 and 6 November).

More shows to look out for include the Artist Voice showcase (Saturday 19 November) from Project X Dance, champions of platforming Artists of Colour; and White and Givan’s exquisite dance performance Worn (Friday 11 November), which explores how the body is affected by the experiences, marks and scars that make us.

Jenny Crowe, Tramway Senior Manager, said: “We’re excited to present an ambitious Autumn and Winter programme featuring the very best international and homegrown artists across dance, performance and visual art. Our Tramway Beyond Walls programme continues with Deva, and the dazzling STRUT Kids, taking performance direct to local audiences, whilst our exhibition programme includes Iza Tarasewicz’s mesmerising large-scale installations and Norman Gilbert’s paintings providing an intimate snapshot of Glaswegian family life.”

September – November 2022 at Tramway and across Glasgow. Visit tramway.org for booking information.

 

(PART OF TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS)

Najma Hussein Abukar – Conversations about Art and Exile

Outdoor sites across the Southside of Glasgow

29 August – 25 September 2022

FREE

An outdoor photographic exhibition investigating the experiences of Scotland-based artists in ‘exile,’  recounting their lived experiences and aspirations.

 

 

(PART OF TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS)

Pagrav Dance Company – DEVA

Outside Langside Halls, Shawlands

Saturday 3 September

Performances at 12 noon and 2pm

FREE
ALL ages

 

Symoné presented by Scissor Kick – UTOPIAN (ts & cs apply)

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 24 September

7.30pm

£8/6

Ages 16+

(PART OF TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS)

MHz – STRUT KIDS
Outdoor performances across Southside streets
Wednesday 5 Oct, times and routes to be announced
FREE
Outdoor dance procession STRUT returns to Glasgow this autumn, and this time it’s the kids’ turn to
strut their stuff and show us their moves, as theatre makers MHz work with local schools.

 

Philippe Quesne – Farm Fatale

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 7 October, 7pm

£12/9

Ages 12+

 

Pawel Sakowicz (live performance)

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 7 October, Saturday 22 and Saturday 5 November, various times

FREE

 

Cade and MacAskill – The Making of Pinocchio

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm

£10/7*

Ages 16+

A true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio – and a theatrical and cinematic spectacular.

 

Club Ate – IN MUVA WE TRUST

Tramway (The Hidden Gardens), 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 28 October, from 9.30pm

£3/2*

Ages 12+

*Discounted double bill tickets are available for The Making of Pinocchio and IN MUVA WE TRUST (28 October only) £11/8

 

Barrowland Ballet presents

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 5 November, 7pm

Sunday 6 November, 3pm

£3
ALL ages

 

White and Givan – Worn

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 11 November, 7.30pm

£8/6

Ages 12+

 

Project X Dance – Artist Voice 2022

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 19 November, 7pm

£5/3

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

Norman Gilbert

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 3 September 2022 to Sunday 5 February 2023

Preview 2 September

A major retrospective of the Glasgow South Side artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019).

 

Iza Tarasewicz

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 8 October 2022 to Sunday 29 January 2023

Preview 7 October (including live performance by Pawel Sakowicz)

The first solo show in Britain for the renowned Polish artist traces her own agricultural origins

 

 

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