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NEWS: Winterfest is coming to East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is getting into the festive swing with ‘Winterfest’ – a packed programme of Christmas cheer for children and adults alike.

Sell-out success from last year, Elf Academy returns in December with Christmas craft, baking and wintery tales while Christmas Baby Discos will let your little ones get in the festive spirit with action songs, party games, classic tunes and festive hits on Sunday 17 December and Saturday 23 December.

Experience the story of the most inspirational film of all time, with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ brought to life as a Live Radio Play. Be transported back to the 1940s with this comic, dark and wonderful classic story, featuring live sound effects, live music and mulled wine and mince pies at Carmichael Hall in Eastwood Park on Saturday 9 December.

Chaos at Christmas panto for ages 2+ is touring various venues in East Renfrewshire, starting on 28 November at Clarkston Halls, while you can also catch some of the best festive family films with Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch, The Muppets and Nativity all lined up in the lead up to Christmas.

Join in the banter with Snow White and the Seven Muppets from 18-30 December, an all signing, all dancing trip to Pantoland. A must-see for all the family, the show is brought to Eastwood Park by Inside Out Theatre productions, following the success of last year’s smash hit A Belter of a Cinderella Story.

There are also Christmas craft classes for adults on offer, including lino-printing session to make your own cards and gift wrap, Make a Wreath and Tree Decorations as well as Winter Photography in the Park.

You can also catch some of the best festive family films with Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch, The Muppets and Nativity lined up for the big screen at Eastwood Park Theatre in the lead up to Christmas.

To see the full programme of winter events and to book tickets visit:

NEWS: Theatregoers encouraged to make their mark at the Edinburgh Playhouse

For more than eight decades the Edinburgh Playhouse has provided the backdrop for some of the most iconic shows and names in musical theatre and live entertainment. Now theatregoers are being given the opportunity to make their mark on the UK’s largest theatre by sponsoring a seat.

Members of the public can sponsor their favourite seat in the Stalls and Circle level areas of the A-listed auditorium for 10 years for £150. ATG Theatre Card holders can become seat sponsors for £110.

Each selected seat will carry a plaque bearing a name or inscription of the sponsor’s choosing. A unique way to mark a special moment, occasion or to be given as a gift, seats can be dedicated to family and friends or sponsored to mark that first trip to the theatre, or they can carry a quote from a favourite musical or even celebrate the life of a loved one.

As well as a plaque fitted to the back of their chosen seat, sponsors will also receive a year’s ATG Theatre Card membership, worth £40, entitling holders to priority booking and discounts, amongst many other benefits. A mention on the ATG website and an invitation to a special reception to view individual plaques and receive a guided, behind the scenes tour of the theatre are all included.

In addition to this everyone who sponsors a seat at the Playhouse before midday on Friday 15th December 2017 will automatically be entered into a grand prize draw. One person will win a pair of tickets to every show in 2018.

Jennifer Wallace, Sales and Development Manager at the Edinburgh Playhouse, which is an Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) venue, said: “The Playhouse has been showcasing the best in live entertainment to audiences for more than 80 years. It’s been the stage for iconic West End musicals and sell-out gigs. With a wealth of entertainment history the theatre holds significant meaning for many performers and audiences alike. It’s only fitting that theatregoers have the chance to make their own mark on the Playhouse and sponsor a seat. “We really want to encourage people to celebrate their own special moments and occasions with this unique sponsorship opportunity – a chance to put their name on the best seat in the house.”

For more information or to sponsor a seat at the Edinburgh Playhouse, please visit:

NEWS: Students from UK’s only performance degree for deaf actors challenge perceptions and celebrate diversity in a dynamic new production

They are the actors breaking down barriers in Scottish theatre. The first cohort of students from the UK’s only degree course for D/deaf* performers will challenge perceptions, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion when they tour Scotland next week in an exhilarating new production that blends British Sign Language (BSL) and English.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in association with pioneering Glasgow-based theatre company Solar Bear, present Love and Information by celebrated playwright, Caryl Churchill. It stars all ten students from the groundbreaking BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme at Scotland’s national conservatoire, one of the world’s top three performing arts education institutions.

A series of short scenes about how we live in a world bombarded by information, Love and Information playfully explores different ways of making work for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Some scenes will be in British Sign Language, some will be in English and others will be a mix of both. Captioning will be used extensively.

The tour opens at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock on November 14 and will visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Giffnock, Inverness and Banchory.

The Royal Conservatoire’s three-year BA Performance in British Sign Language and English degree, which launched in 2015, was developed in association with Solar Bear with input from a range of theatre, education and D/deaf professionals. It teaches students to be both actors and makers of work, exploring innovative ways of creating performance through British Sign Language and English. Students have fully-qualified BSL interpreters in class, on stage and in rehearsal.

Claire Lamont, Head of the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Love and Information showcases the talents of our final year students and also gives an insight into the exciting creative possibilities that exist when working between British Sign Language and English. The work being produced with these students marks a defining moment in our theatre history and we look forward to the impact they will have in Scotland and beyond.

“The Royal Conservatoire’s BA Performance in British Sign Language and English is breaking new ground. As well as delivering dedicated professional performance education for students, we are providing the industry with a new generation of talented and diverse performers.”

Since 2002, Solar Bear has established itself as a force of change within the arts sector. It works with D/deaf performers, D/deaf theatre makers and young D/deaf people to create new and inclusive theatre.

Jonathan Lloyd, Creative Director of Solar Bear, said: “I’m really excited to be working with such an extraordinary talented group of actors, especially as their work will be seen more widely around Scotland for the first time.”

To date, the BA Performance students have performed in an adaptation of Davey Anderson’s Scavengers, in a series of performances that they created for the On the Verge festival at the Citizens Theatre and they were part of New Dreams, the Shakespeare400 celebration with the University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Students benefit from many professional and collaborative partnerships including the National Theatre of Scotland, Solar Bear and BBC.

The students will graduate in July 2018 and will showcase their work in Glasgow and London in March of next year. In order to further explore the opportunities that lie ahead for this group of artists and for the industry, the Now You See Me Symposium will be held in Glasgow on November 17. Co-produced by the Royal Conservatoire and Solar Bear, it will take place at Scottish Youth Theatre in the Merchant City. Tickets are free however limited places remain.

Applications are now open for the second cohort of D/deaf or hard of hearing performers for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme, which will begin in September 2018.

*Deaf has many meanings; Deaf relates to the cultural community, deaf relates to someone who medically identifies with hearing loss. People who use Sign Language, have cochlear implants and wear hearing aids may all identify as D/deaf.

Tour dates and tickets:

  • The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Tuesday 14 November – 7.30pm

  • Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wednesday 15 November – 7.30pm

  • Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November – 7.30pm

  • Eastwood Park, Giffnock

Monday 20 November – 7.30pm

  • Eden Court, Inverness

Wednesday 22 November – 7.30pm

  • Woodend Barn, Banchory

Thursday 23 November – 7.30pm


The King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal have launched an initiative that will reward local heroes of Glasgow and beyond.

The city centre venues, which are operated by Ambassador Theatre Group, will offer 2 for 1 tickets on selected shows and performances running in January 2018 to those working for Scottish Fire and Rescue, Scottish Ambulance, Police Scotland, RNLI, RAF and the Armed Forces. The offer will also be available to Teachers and those working in the NHS.

The move came when the two theatres, who work closely with Tickets for Troops to provide tickets for Armed Forces, wanted to extend their offer to more of Scotland’s heroes.

James Haworth, Theatre Director, at the King’s and Theatre said: “I’m extremely proud that our venues are offering this as a way of thanks to those who have dedicated their lives to helping others.

“Whether you be a nurse; a firefighter; a lifeguard; police officer; armed forces member; teacher or doctor, I hope you will take advantage of this and enjoy a fabulous trip to our theatres on your very well earned night or afternoon off.”

To claim the offer, all heroes have to do is quote LOCALHERO when booking at the box office, over the phone or online then show a valid work ID badge or payslip when collecting tickets.


The main box office is based at Theatre Royal and handles sales for both venues. The box office at Theatre Royal is open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm while the King’s box office opens 90 minutes before a performance for collections and on-the-night sales.


Phone: 0844 871 7648


Sleeping Beauty

Sat 2 Dec 2017 – Sun 7 Jan 2018

Selected January performances, please see box office for full details.


Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook

Tue 9 Jan 2018, 7.30pm


Vampire Rock: The Ghost Train

Thu 11 Jan 2018, 7.30pm


Queen of the Night

Fri 12 Jan 2018, 7.30pm


Tango Moderno

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jan 2018

Local Hero available on Wed and Thu performances


The Sound of Music (tbc)

Tue 23 –Sat 27 Jan 2018

Local Hero available on Wed and Thu performances



Phone:  0844 871 7647

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker (tbc)

Thu 4 – Sat 13 Jan 2018


Hedda Gabler

Mon 15 – Sat 20 Jan 2018

Local Hero available on Tue, Wed and Thu performances


Strangers on a Train

Mon 22 – Sat 27 Jan 2018

Local Hero available on Tue, Wed and Thu performances


Greek, the modern re-telling of the Oedipus myth by Mark-Anthony Turnage, is coming to Glasgow on February 2 and 3 2017 following a critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh International Festival in August.

Based on the play by Steven Berkoff, this co-production with Opera Ventures, directed by Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins is revived by Daisy Evans, and designed by Johannes Schütz.

Conducted by Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford (2 Feb) and Finnegan Downie Dear (3 Feb), Emerging Artist Alex Otterburn (La traviata 2017), winner of an International Opera Award bursary, reprises the role of Eddy and is joined by a wealth of British talent: Susan Bullock, Allison Cook and Henry Waddington.Turnage’s anarchic, provocative opera exposes the seedy world of Eddy and his family. Stuck in a rut, Eddy longs for more, so when he is told of a prophecy that he will kill his father and bed his mother he is appalled, leaving home to seek a different life. But can he escape the plague that is coming, or is he, in fact, the source?

Joe Hill-Gibbins said: ‘I love Greek. It’s punky and irreverent, but beautiful and lyrical too. And it has an amazing contemporary resonance. Its air of discontent – of a black cloud hanging over society – really chimes with us today.’

Alex Otterburn said: ‘The role of Eddy is a dream come true. He goes through a lot at a young age, and it’s very traumatic, so you have a huge range of emotions to work with when playing him. Plus I get to wear a bright red tracksuit and trainers for most of the show! I can’t wait to play him again. Performing Greek at the opening weekend of Edinburgh International Festival felt surreal; a couple of months before I was still in college! I feel incredibly fortunate to have made my UK debut singing Eddy.’

Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at an audio-described performance of Greek on February 3, which has live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music, as well as a free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show.

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

Fri 2 Feb, 7.15pm

Sat 3 Feb, 7.15pm

Events for those with visual impairment

Greek, Touch Tour

Sat 3 Feb, 6pm

Greek, Audio-described performance

Sat 3 Feb, 7.15pm

Images – Jane Hobson


The Last Ship – the acclaimed musical by the internationally renowned musician Sting – is to play in Glasgow next summer.

The production, which will star British singer-songwriter Jimmy Nail, has a TONY-nominated original score and lyrics composed by Sting. It will run at Theatre Royal from Monday 18 until Saturday 23 June.

Tickets are on sale to ATG Theatre Card holders now and go on general sale this Friday (3 November).

The Last Ship is inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences. It tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the town’s Swan Hunter shipyard.

When Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which Wallsend has always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces.

The show is directed by Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, with set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions.

One of the country’s most exciting and acclaimed theatre directors, Edinburgh-born Lorne Campbell had his first professional job as an assistant director at Northern Stage, before returning as artistic director in 2013. A graduate of Channel 4’s Young Theatre Director scheme, he has previously worked with the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse, Bath Theatre Royal, Traverse Theatre and Greyscale theatre company, which he co-founded. Productions for Northern Stage include Get Carter, Dr Frankenstein and A Song For Ella Grey

This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. With original music and lyrics by Sting, The Last Ship also features a few of his best-loved songs Island of Souls, All This Time and When We Dance.

This is the proud story of when the last ship sails.


The Last Ship

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Monday 18-Saturday 23 June 2018

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat mat, 2.30pm

0844 871 7647 *calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge


It’s almost panto time at the Tron Theatre and this year’s offering, Alice in Weegieland (1 Dec ’177 Jan ’18), once again by Johnny McKnight, promises to take audiences ‘doon the stank’ to the weird and fantastical Weegieland populated by magical talking creatures and a power-hungry queen with a penchant for jam tarts (the cake, not the football team).

This year’s run also welcomes the first recipients of the 2016 Pay It Forward initiative which was set up to enable children who experience disadvantage to visit the theatre.  Generous audience members at last year’s performances of The Snaw Queen donated over £10,000 which has enabled The Tron to offer free tickets, refreshments and treats to groups including the Scottish Refugee Council, West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society, NSPCC and Daisy Chain. Pay It Forward has become a popular way of helping theatres increase access to their work and it feels like a particularly worthwhile initiative for the Tron to undertake during the festive season. As Kenny Fulton, from CrossReach – Daisy Chain Early Years Project said:

“We are so grateful here at CrossReach’s Daisy Chain to have been involved in the Tron’s Pay It Forward. We all have those formative memories from childhood of trips to the beach, special holidays and of course the Panto! For many there simply isn’t the chance to experience these performances and bringing children and families together to have this wonderful shared memory means so much. A massive thank you to the generosity of so many for making this possible!”

Alice in Weegieland will be designed by king of glitz and Christmas glamour, Kenny Miller with original music by Ross Brown. Panto favourites Darren Brownlie and Julie Wilson Nimmo are back and will be joined by Scott Fletcher, Jo Freer, Lauren Steele and Daisy Ann Fletcher for an all-singing, all-dancing, irreverent patter-filled festive extravaganza.

Venue:          Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates:          1 DECEMBER ’177 JANUARY ’18, times vary
Tickets:         £11-£20
Box Office:     0141 552 4267 or


NEWS: Miss Saigon is looking for local children to appear as Tam when the show hits Edinburgh next year

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON is looking for boys or girls to play the role of ‘Tam’ when the show runs at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Wednesday 17 January – Saturday 17 February 2018.

‘Tam’ is small, cute, confident and South East Asian looking. He is not younger than four and not older than 6.  Children must live within a commutable distance of Edinburgh.

For further information and to apply, please email Joanne Hawes on including a small head and shoulders photograph.

This new production of MISS SAIGON opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph wrote, “This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theatre and speaks directly to the times we live in”. The show swept the board at the 2015 awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including: Best West End Show and Best Revival of a Musical.

NEWS: Scottish actor, West End star and singer-songwriter John McLarnon releases debut EP

Glaswegian singer-songwriter and actor John McLarnon releases his much anticipated debut EP Thirty Two Winters on the 20th of November 2017.

Combining soaring melodies and raw vocals Thirty Two Winters acts as an exciting follow up to John’s debut single Snow Angels which reached number four on the iTunes chart upon release.

Influenced by fellow Celtic songwriters Glen Hansard, Damien Rice & Foy Vance, Thirty Two Winters weaves thoughtful powerful lyrics with sweeping folk inspired instrumentation to produce an honest and exciting debut.

As an actor John has most recently appeared as Killick in Season Three of Amazon’s epic drama Outlander and in West-End play Apologia alongside Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing. He also played guitarist Outspan Foster in Roddy Doyle’s hit show The Commitments in London’s West-End and earlier this year was part of the 40th Anniversary production of Abigail’s Party with Sherlock and Mr Selfridge star Amanda Abbington.

John will soon be playing the villain in the Glasgow SEC Pantomime this Christmas alongside Greg McHugh’s Gary Tank Commander.

He will be officially launching his EP with a gig at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow on the 23rd November followed by an intimate acoustic set at Above The Arts Cabaret Club in London’s West End on the 24th.  Tickets available now.—thirty-two-winters-ep-launch

Thirty Two Winters  will be out on the 20th of Nov and available from all major music platforms and streaming services.


Say goodbye to swiping right – a new comedy night hopes to put the fun back into the Glasgow dating scene.

f**k tinder is an innovative new event by Award-nominated comedian Chris Henry, hosted at popular Woodlands Road bar, Dram.

f**k tinder has already been a sell-out across Scotland and Australia, and now returns to Glasgow to help a new batch of hapless singletons.

After becoming tired of the dating app culture, Chris decided to create a comedy night exclusively for single people, where awkward conversation is avoided by having a team of some of Glasgow’s top comedians on hand to entertain throughout the night.

This is speed dating with a difference. Groups of single men and women participate in different rounds, including a pub quiz, a chat up line challenge and discussing your worst valentines gifts. After each round, men switch tables, so singles have a chance to chat with everyone. Chris Henry will be on hand to play wingman throughout the night and introduce the evening’s entertainment.

With recent research showing men find a match on Tinder a measly 0.6% of the time, f**k tinder offers a chance for men to put the odds back in their favour.

Event creator, Chris Henry, says: “f**k tinder reverses all the statistics. You get to meet 100% of potential matches face-to-face, then you can let your personality shine through rather than hope you’re photogenic enough to get a right swipe.

“This isn’t outdated speed dating. This isn’t going to be dull, and it won’t be like anything you’ve ever experienced before. This is the only comedy experience exclusively for single people.”

f**k tinder will host its next events in Glasgow on 2 November at Dram. Tickets cost £20 and are available from bookitbee.

f**k tinder is the creation of Glaswegian comedian Chris Henry, Perth Fringe World award nominee and Scottish comedian of the year finalist. Previous show locations have included Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Melbourne and Singapore.


Wee Dram

232 Woodlands Rd
G3 6ND

Date: Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Doors open: 7:00pm, event starts 8pm


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