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INTERVIEW: Scottish star Jayne McKenna talks The Band and coming home to Glasgow

Jayne McKenna trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has an enviable CV in theatre, TV, radio and film. She returns home to Glasgow to star in the much-anticipated The Band, when it come to The King’s in Glasgow from 26 June to 7 July 2018. I had a chance to catch up with Jayne before she arrives in town.

How does it feel coming home to Glasgow with such a hugely anticipated show?

Thrilling. I trained there so for me it’s full circle. And I’ve never played The Kings so that’s another treat.

Tell us a bit about your role in The Band.

It’s about a group of girls you meet when they’re young and then again as women, and about the changes and surprises life springs, so, while the younger me thinks her life is going to be all books and study, I turn out quite differently, but no spoilers.

What can the audience expect from the show?

Bring tissues, it gets emotional – laughing one minute and crying the next. And our musicians are stunning, not to mention the ‘boyband’ Five to Five – brilliant all-rounders a joy to work with.

Do you have any favourite moments, scenes or songs from the show that we should look out for?

The song ‘Get Ready For It’. I hadn’t heard it before and it’s become favourite. Incredibly uplifting.

The show has had an enviable amount of publicity, the main male roles being cast on the show Let It Shine, how have audiences received the production as it’s toured the country.

Tremendously. Every night on their feet. Apparently 62% of our audience have never been to the theatre before, and some have now seen it 14 times. People identify with the characters – they tell us at stage door all the time: “Thanks for being me up there”.

What’s life like on the road with a show like The Band?

Tough, especially as a mum. I’m very lucky I have my husband. FaceTiming home is a vital part of my day.

You have an impressive (and if I may say heavy weight) theatrical CV, what have been your favourite roles so far?

The show where I met my husband, of course. Playing Goneril in King Lear with Nicol Williamson is up there. We had an incredible connection as fellow Scots. I stayed in touch with him and even had the honour of singing jazz with his band.

Is there any Play/Musical you’d love to be in?

More Shakespeare would be nice: I’ve tuned into him more as I’ve got older. Not just the language, the thoughts, and being able to express things that in life only occur to us (if they do) in hindsight when the moment has passed! But more singing too: this is my first musical and I’m loving rocking it out!

Tell us a bit more about your career path from Glasgow to touring the country singing the songs of Take That to thousands of adoring fans.

I moved to London after a stint at The Lyceum with the late greats Kenny Ireland and Gerard Murphy and continued mainly in theatre. For example, Macbeth in the West End, the Peter Hall Company, National Theatre, but, TV and radio as well and even a Bollywood film in India. Now I live in Brighton with my family.

Finally, why should we come along to see the show?

Because it might change your life. The characters are real. Their journeys are your journeys and what they survive you can survive. It’s about friendship and looking forward. Plus it’s fabulously well written and produced and the music will ‘Take you back’… and the acting’s not bad either!

Catch Jayne in The Band at the King’s Theatre from 26 June to 7 July 2018

Images: Matt Crockett

NEWS: World Cup meets Jazz improv – From Russia with Jazz at Platform, Easterhouse

From Russia With Jazz is presented by Platform and Goethe-Institut as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival

As World Cup fever hits Platform, Platform in Easterhouse are excited to be hosting From Russia With Jazz, a unique evening celebrating jazz and football as part of the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

During a live screening of the Germany vs Sweden World Cup match in the auditorium, members of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra will be teaming up against some of Germany’s finest improvising musicians. The teams will improvise live jazz to the action as it takes place on screen.

Raymond MacDonald, Una MacGlone, Maria Donohue, Sam Beagles and Mike Parr-Burman from GIO will be performing opposite great jazz musicians from Germany, including renowned double bass player Alois Kott, fabulous wunderkind drummer Christian Lillinger alongside DJ IllVibe (Vincent von Schlippenbach).

The German musicians will play as Germany and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra will play as Sweden with DJ IllVibe taking on the role of referee using sound bites and mixing in the original Russian TV commentary.

Platform’s music programmer Alun Woodward says:“From Russia with Jazz will create a musical focus on the physical, technical and elegance of the match producing a distinctively different experience for the audience. We’ll hear how the musicians interpret the passages of play, coax, compete, tackle and score. I also can’t wait to hear how they communicate their displeasure at the referee.”

Expect a night of surprising musical moves, grooves and the occasional red card!

NEWS: Festival 2018 in Glasgow promises a summer of fun and a carnival of cultural activity

Having lunch with a stranger, watching seminal electro giants Orbital, trying an instrument made out of bike parts, walking under the Clyde through an immersive art installation, or taking part in a mass karaoke night in George Square are just some of the events on offer as part of Festival 2018.

The Festival 2018 programme includes hundreds of unmissable events at festival sites and communities across the city, involving around 3700 artists and performers with the vast majority of events free for all ages. The breadth, depth and accessibility of the programme ensures that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Festival 2018 is part of the first ever European Championships, a brand new multi-sport event being staged over 11 days this August, and has established a ground-breaking cultural partnership with Glasgow’s co-host, Berlin with joint events occurring in both cities.

Glasgow’s city centre will be buzzing with activity and George Square will be the beating heart of it all. Alongside the entertainment there will be delicious Scottish food & drink to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to catch up on the day’s sporting action on the big screens.

Through its Berlin partnership, Festival 2018 is truly European in outlook and has something for everyone. The programme focuses on the creativity of Scotland’s cultural sector and features international names alongside up-and-coming artists and community performers including:

  • Wednesday 1 August – The Big Opening Party will kick off the first ever European Championships to thousands of people in George Square, featuring some of Scotland’s finest musicians including Scottish duo The Ayoub Sisters, SAY Award-winners Sacred Paws and Mercury Music Prize-nominated C Duncan. More artists are still to be announced.

 

  • Thursday 2 August – The first day of the sporting action will open with the best and brightest young musicians in Scotland, with performances in George Square all day featuring young talent aged 14 to 19 who have come through the Hit the Road and Behind the Noise programmes.

 

  • Thursday 2 August – George Square will also host an exceptional collaboration between internationally renowned visual artist Douglas Gordon and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with one of the cornerstones of the programme being a re-working for orchestration of a Mogwai composition entitled Music For A Forgotten Future (The Singing Mountain) which is to be performed live for the first time in George Square.

 

  • Saturday 4 August – Around 800 community and professional performers will take part in a vibrant carnival procession through Glasgow’s City Centre and Merchant City, finishing in Glasgow Green.  Participants will come from across Glasgow and Scotland, representing the venues of the sporting action– East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross and Stirling – as well as Glasgow schools and Karneval Der Kulturen in Berlin

 

  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August – inclusive circus company Extraordinary Bodies, fill the Big Top on Glasgow Green with their new show “What Am I Worth.” A circus show with original live music and groundbreaking physical moments, with diverse skills and ways of communicating stories to audiences.

 

  • Tuesday 7 August – Glasgow Meets Berlin – a gala celebration – will see the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland collaborate for the first time ever with Europe’s largest arts institution, the Universität der Künste, to perform a live-linked concert between Glasgow and Berlin.

 

  • Friday 10 August – Orbital, Britain’s giants of electronic music, will deliver a rare performance in George Square featuring new material.

 

  • Saturday 11 August –  Mogwai’s Barry Burns will curate an evening in George Square of the best in modern music, featuring Berlin-based musicians with links to Glasgow in George Square, including Barry’s SUMS group playing their first ever gig in the UK.

 

  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August – Catalonian radical make-over artists Osadia return to fashion sculptural and dramatic creations with members of the public. Are you brave enough to sit in the barber’s chair?
  • Sunday 12 August – Celtic Connections will close the European Championships and Festival 2018 in George Square with an evening of the best Scottish and world music.

 

  • A highlight of the culinary offering of Festival 2018 will be ‘Civic Canteen’ on John Street in Glasgow, a series of events and workshops with the shared goal of using delicious food as a vehicle to promote cultural exchange. With the help of Scotland’s National Chef Gary MacLean, who will be exploring seasonal food, this foodie hub encourages visitors to learn a little more about the food they’re eating and who they’re eating it with.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Through this inclusive and innovative programme, Festival 2018, is an excellent platform to showcase Scotland’s talent and strengthen connections – both at home and internationally. There will be something for everyone and people can have a great day or evening out during the Championships.  The Festival 2018 Carnival Procession that is taking place on the first Saturday will be a very special moment when community groups from across Scotland come together to weave through the streets of Glasgow, rubbing shoulders with home-grown and international performers. With this combined offer of elite sport and a vibrant cultural programme The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will help further promote Scotland as the perfect stage for major events, enhancing its reputation for inclusiveness, cultural brilliance and creative thinking.”

Glasgow City Council’s Depute Leader, Cllr David McDonald said: “George Square has been the venue for some incredible art and entertainment over many decades – and Festival 2018 will again welcome huge crowds as the Merchant City Festival gets underway nearby. As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is incredibly proud of its vibrant and world-class musical landscape and it’s fantastic to see that the Festival 2018 music programme brings together so many of its talented artists. The fun won’t just stop at George Square and Merchant City. Go Live! at the Green at Glasgow Green will be packed with activities and entertainment as well as being home to a Big Top showcasing the best in contemporary circus. Glasgow is the place to be this August.”

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Sport and the performing arts are both powerful ways in which we can all share great moments and celebrate together, so we’re absolutely delighted that our students and staff are part of this wonderful European occasion that’s centred in Glasgow. Again, like the best of sport, this special cultural festival is a great example of collaboration, teamwork and inspiration and we look forward to playing our part in making this a winning experience for individuals and communities across Glasgow, Scotland and far beyond.”

Gabriele Freytag, Senate of Interior and Sports in Berlin, said: Glasgow Meets Berlin – a gala celebration will provide a perfect opportunity to build a cultural bridge between Berlin and Glasgow, the two Host Cities of the inaugural European Championships. Embedded in the new multi-sports event the project perfectly showcases Berlin’s sporting and musical diversity.”

NEWS: Guitar legend Duane Eddy to appear at the King’s in Glasgow

Guitar legend Duane Eddy is to perform at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow as part of a rare UK tour.

Duane, who celebrated his 80th birthday in April, will appear on stage on Sunday 28 October.

Duane is one of the original guitar heroes, who put a deep and resounding twang into Rock ‘n’ Roll – the signature sound of a string of late ‘50s and early ‘60s instrumental masterpieces. Infused with elements of country, blues, jazz and gospel, his many hits include: Rebel Rouser, Peter Gunn, Shazam, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Cannonball and The Lonely One.

Duane Eddy performing Rebel Rouser at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otaIZoW0dtg

Duane has become the most successful instrumentalist in rock history, charting 15 Top 40 singles from 1958 through 1963 and selling more than 100 million records worldwide. He has won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental, Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist from The Americana Music Association and was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

A true pioneer and living legend, Duane looks forward to returning to the UK for his three celebratory shows in October.

LISTINGS

Duane Eddy

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Sun 28 Oct 2018

www.atgtickets.com

0844 871 7648

NEWS: ROCK AROUND EASTWOOD PARK THIS SUMMER

Music fans in East Renfrewshire will be rocking around the clock this summer with huge hits, good vibrations and award-winning performances at Eastwood Park.

The venue is celebrating its Sapphire anniversary year with a whole host of great music lined up to celebrate 45 years of bringing big performances to the local area.

Queen’s Brian May hailed The Bluejays ‘a wonderful band’ and they’ll be showcasing their talents on Friday June 29, for a historical journey through the biggest hits of the late 1950s, an era that changed the music world forever. Featuring artists including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, The Bluejays tell the story of the Rock ‘n’ Roll movement, bringing a dream of equality and freedom.

If you can’t get enough of Elvis, catch a full night of his greatest songs on Sunday July 8 as highly acclaimed singer and musician Elio Pace performs a very special, intimate and unique concert to honour his musical idol, Elvis Presley.

Elio Pace

Get some Good Vibrations and Fun Fun Fun with The Beach Boyz Story on Friday August 3, with a show guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Scottish traditional music legends Aly and Phil bring their musical magic to Eastwood Park on August 30 too.

Plus, award winning performer Richard Shelton will deliver his “simply phenomenal” Frank Sinatra tribute on Sunday September 2. Catch New York, New York, My Way and many more and the early bird 10% discount special, if you book before July 22.

Ticket prices for the tribute nights vary but if you gather a group you may be able to get a bargain – Eastwood Park Theatre’s buy ten tickets and one person can go free applies for many performances.

Book your tickets now: eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.

INTERVIEW: Jonny Quinn on Snow Patrol’s Return

After seven years out in the pop wilderness, Snow Patrol are set to make triumphant return with their brand-new album, Wildness. Drummer Jonny Quinn talks chaos, the joy of live performance, and reveals just why it’s taken then so darn long.

In life, there are several milestones that swirl up an array of complex and conflicting emotions. Your first day at school, your wedding day, or the birth of your first child, and, if you’re a musician, the release of every single record throughout your career. “It’s a combination of trepidation, excitement and relief,” says Snow Patrol’s drummer Jonny Quinn, of the impending release of Wildness, the band’s seventh studio album.

Adding: “People as what you hope for the record, but the truth is that you just down know. It’s mostly just a relief to be back at it and playing gigs after five-and-a-half years. And so far, everyone seems to be really happy that we’re back.”

You might wonder why artists of such esteem would be feeling any doubts given their triumphant track record. This is the band whose major label debut, Final Straw, was certified five-time platinum in the UK and eventually sold over three million copies worldwide. Whose anthemic hits, Chasing Cars and Run, were the antidote to a generation’s glorious melancholy. Who have successfully held their own for over two decades in industry which has slowly been coming apart at the seams around them.

Inherently humble, it’s not surprising that the Northern Irish rockers haven’t ridden back into the music scene on a gold chariot fuelled by hype and braggadocio, however much of their introspection seems to be down to the sheer amount of time that has passed since Fallen Empires (their last album). Seven years in the music industry is a long time, particularly when those years have been some of the most turbulent for labels and artists alike. However, if there was ever a time the world needed a Snow Patrol album to galvanise and uplift our spirits, it’s now, and fortunately, Wildness is fits the bill perfectly.

Emotionally complex, intelligent and bruisingly honest, the album skimps on none of Lighbody’s soaring melodies. The lead single Don’t Give Up is a straightforward call-to-arms for the lost and weary, Life on Earth is an existential triumph, and the entire record vibrates with an earnest, open rawness. “‘Wildness’ being that the world feels wilder. There feels like there is more chaos than there used to be,” explains Quinn. “A lot of the songs are also about Gary’s own depression and frustration about not being able to write songs and that fear that hits everybody at some point, in a creative sense.”

For lead singer Lightbody, the last few years have been particularly brutal as his ongoing battle with alcohol abuse and depression manifested itself in crippling writers block. Quinn reveals that the band actually were in the studio around two years ago with most of the musical aspects of the album in place, but Lightbody simply couldn’t verbalise his experience. “Maybe he was trying to write songs without having a reason to, and he’s not that kind of writer. So, there was a big gap. But it had to be right; the songs couldn’t be forced,” concludes Quinn.

Certainly, Wildness wouldn’t be the record it is had Lighbody not dug so deep, for that kind of vulnerable grace and candour cannot be faked. In his own words, the 41-year-old frontman says it is the first record he has written where he didn’t just ‘ask a bunch of questions’, adding: “I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I’m afraid.”

Now fully recovered, Lighbody and co. are eager to release the record and crack on with what is arguably the most rewarding part of the process, touring. “That’s what we’ve been doing for 20 years and we’ve all missed that part of it. We like the studio but getting to go out and play all over the world is the most thrilling part,” says Quinn.

“We also put a lot into the live aspect of it, and I want people to walk out of shows feeling like it changed their life a little bit, and they forgot about everything that was bad that day… playing live and having that experience is really special.”

But before the band leave us to traverse the world, there is one burning question that needs to be asked: Are Snow Patrol back for good this time? “Yes,” replies Quinn emphatically. “We won’t have another seven-year break this time.”

SNOW PATROL RETURN WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM WILDNESS ON MAY 25TH VIA POLYDOR RECORDS

INTERVIEW: Legendary choreographer Janis Claxton brings innovative dance to Merchant City Festival

Janis Claxton is a British/Australian Choreographer, Movement Director, Teacher and Producer based in Edinburgh where she is Artistic Director of the award winning contemporary dance company Janis Claxton Dance. The company tours in the UK and internationally, and has a reputation for bringing high quality works to new and diverse audiences.

Having attracted critical acclaim and international attention in 2016 with the premiere of POP-UP DUETS (fragments of love) her company is performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA), Singapore International Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Merchant City Festival, in Liverpool, Sweden and Glasgow School of Art and across Scotland.

POP-UP Duets is a series of 5-minute, contemporary dance duets designed to emerge from public situations to be enjoyed by invited as well as accidental audiences who find themselves passing by.

We sat down with Janis over a cup of tea to find out a little more about her life, what she has learnt along the way and where she sees the current state of Scottish dance.

What is your first memory of dance?

My first memory of dance is the earliest memory I have, lying and wiggling around on the warm Australian earth with the vast blue sky above. I also remember running wild and climbing trees and dancing at the beach. Most of my early dance memories are nature related. I begged my mother to let me join my older sister’s ballet class and on my 3rd birthday I was finally allowed. Apparently I immediately started to try to lead the class!

Can you think of a turning point in your career? Either your first professional gig or a next big step?

Oh there has been a few! My first solo performance at age 18 in Brisbane, Erick Hawkins singling me out in class and asking me to his office and to join his company and working with amazing dancers in China at Beijing Dance LDTX all stand out.

More recently, POP-UP Duets itself and being invited to legendary Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival!

What has been your proudest moment?

The entire response to POP-UP Duets and the huge buzz around it. Opening dance to so many new audiences. Sharing all that love. The 76k+ views on BBC Loop has me pretty chuffed! People genuinely love the work and get a lot of pleasure from it, and that makes me very proud.

Have you ever been terrified/what has been your daftest moment?

Often terrified! Daftest moment – probably going the wrong way on stage in an ensemble work! It was my greatest fear and it happened. I was never great at remembering all the moves! I didn’t perform in companies a lot (lucky for them!)

What are the main challenges of international touring?

Money, money and money. Exposure, having connections, being ‘known’. I have never found the actual touring so challenging – it is the getting the gigs that is the challenge. Having said that I spent 3 months in China several times with 3 or 4 dancers and cultural differences between dancers can present a challenge – usually in wonderful ways.

What are the key issues in dance today? And how do you think we can overcome them?

Well there are many. Here are some that I am affected by and that I think I can speak about and hopefully influence;

1. Gender inequality in the lack of access to high profile large-scale commissions for women. Favouritism towards male dancers across the entire spectrum from early training to institutions to the stage to choreographic opportunities. It is endemic. No other industry is so female dominated with so few top jobs being held by women. This is not a ‘moment’ or a ‘blip’, this is a serious systematic problem that courses through the entire industry from ballet to contemporary to hip hop to musical theatre.

2.Training issues – todays dancers have such pressure to be dancers who can do all styles and work with so many diverse choreographers, they no longer have a style or a system or a methodology of movement. Many dancers are all over the place and lack a coherent understanding of basic principles of movement. Dancers are expected to create a lot of a material (this is a good thing – they should, they are good at it and they can own the movement and not be puppets) however without good training they no longer have so many choices and fall into the same habits, creating the same material.

In the dance world there has been such a rebellion against what I call old school principles and such a drive to individualism that I rarely find a group who can work together in the good old fashioned way of sharing the same principles and dancing TOGETHER. My training is from the early leaders – specifically Erick Hawkins but they all shared an ethos of a company that understood the same principles.  Sharing the same principles of movement does not mean all the dancers have to look the same. It gives dancers choice. I have a lot more to say about training. I see it as in a pretty dire place.

What is your elevator pitch for POP-UP Duets?

5 minute love duets for public spaces. The work can be situated anywhere. Even in this elevator! Gorgeous dancers, glorious music and exquisite choreography for you up close and personal or viewed from afar. You will love it!  Who doesn’t relate to love?

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

Merchant City Festival, Glasgow – Thursday 9 & Friday 10 August 2018

Image: James Lin

NEWS: MR POPPER’S PENGUINS IS COMING TO GLASGOW THIS CHRISTMAS

MR POPPER’S PENGUINS COMES TO GLASGOW’S SEC THIS CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday 18 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019
Lomond Auditorium, SEC, Glasgow

 SEC Glasgow has announced the arrival of family musical – Mr Popper’s Penguins, which will open at the Lomond Auditorium for a Christmas season from the 18 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, predictable people. But when a package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! This hit musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) features a remarkable family of penguin puppets and original songs like “Chills 4 U” and “Poles Apart” in a fun and fast-paced 55 minutes.

With original music & lyrics, and lots of laughs this production is brought to you by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment whose productions include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and What the Ladybird Heard.

The cast includes Richard Holt (Mr. Popper), Monica Nash (Mrs. Popper), Susanna Jennings (Greta/Admiral Drake), Christopher Finn (Captain Cook/Mr. Greenbaum) and Oliver Byng (Understudy/ASM).

Directed by Emma Earle, designed by Zoe Squire with puppetry design by Nick Barnes, co-founder of Blind Summit, Mr Popper’s Penguins features lyrics by Richy Hughes and music by Luke Bateman (Stiles and Drewe Prize winners, 2015). Lighting design is by Ric Mountjoy and sound design is by Jason Barnes.

Tickets on sale now priced  £14.25 (including admin fee) available from www.sec.co.uk or 0844 395 4000

NEWS: Go wild for Matt Terry in Madagascar, coming to Glasgow

Matt Terry, winner of 2016’s X-Factor is confirmed to play Alex the Lion in the brand-new stage adaptation of Madagascar – The Musical which arrives at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 August 2018.

Since winning X-Factor, Matt has been recording music around the world including Miami, LA and Scandinavia. After a top three hit with Ed Sheeran penned winner’s single When Christmas Comes Around, he released his debut album Trouble in November 2017. His first single from the album, Sucker For You has had nearly 60 million streams on Spotify. After Sucker For You, Matt went back to his Spanish childhood by featuring on Enrique Iglesias’s smash single, Subeme La Radio alongside Sean Paul.

Matt said: ‘I am so excited to be making my acting debut in the brand-new production, Madagascar – The Musical. It’s a childhood memory for all of us! I can’t wait to be playing the lead role of Alex and bringing him to life. Expect incredible costume, set and cast. And the music is immense! It will be an awesome night for everyone to enjoy. See you all there.’

Matt will be joined by cast including Antoine Murray-Straughan, Timmika Ramsay, Jamie Lee-Morgan, Shane McDaid, Laura Johnson, Jessica Niles, Victoria Boden, Matthew Pennington and Darren John.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical  follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the Lion is the king of the urban jungle and the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the hippo, have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public, with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

This wacky adventure for the whole family is brought to life by Selladoor Family, the producers behind James and the Giant Peach, Seussical and The Owl and the Pussycat and Hartshorn-Hook, producers of the Olivier Award winning Rotterdam, Murder Ballad, Urinetown and American Idiot. Madagascar – The Musical is directed by award-winning Kirk Jameson with choreography from Fabian Aloise. Designed by Tom Rogers, with Lighting design by Howard Hudson, Sound Design by Chris Whybrow, Musical Supervision from Mark Crossland and Puppet Direction from Emma Brunton.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip, hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, you’ll have no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

LISTINGS

Madagascar

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 6-Sat 12 Aug 2018

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm

Wed, Thu & Sat matinees, 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 871 7648* calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

 

 

NEWS: Brian Ferguson cast as Cyrano de Bergerac and Pam Hogg joins as Costume Designer for Cyrano de Bergerac

Three of Scotland’s major theatre companies, the National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, and The Lyceum, are set to bring Cyrano de Bergerac back to Scotland’s stages, with a new co-production of Edwin Morgan’s celebrated Glaswegian-Scots translation of the classic Rostand play. The production, directed by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill, will play in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness from 1 September to 10 November 2018.

Brian Ferguson is cast in the role of Cyrano de Bergerac, having previously worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on 2016’s Anything That Gives Off Light (The TEAM) and on the original production of Black Watch. Ferguson also starred in Dominic Hill’s 2014 production of Hamlet at the Citizens Theatre, and in A Number at The Lyceum in 2017. He will head up an ensemble cast of actors and musicians, including Jessica Hardwick as Roxane, Angus Miller as Christian, Gabriel Quigley as Ragueneau, Nalini Chetty as Le Bret, Keith Fleming as De Guiche, Maggie Bain as Valvert, and further ensemble members Isobel McArthur and Bhav Joshi.

Dominic Hill will work with a strong creative team, including legendary Scottish fashion designer and artist Pam Hogg, who joins the production as Costume Designer. She trained at the Glasgow School of Art before gaining her Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London. Since launching her first fashion collection in 1981 she has created clothes worn by Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sioux, Bjork, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. She presented her first catwalk show in 1985 and continues to create, direct, produce and style her collections each season at London Fashion Week. In 2016 she designed bespoke statuettes for the thirteen winners at the Brit Awards.

In 2017 Pam was invited to present a TED Talk in Glasgow, and that same year she received an honorary doctorate from the GSA at the Glasgow University for her contribution to fashion. Pam Hogg’s work has been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Tate in St Ives, Pompidou Centre in Paris, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Christie’s in New York, The Barbican in London, The Winter Palace in Vienna, and the Summerhall in Edinburgh. Awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scottish Fashion Council (2009), a Great Scot Award (2012), and an Award for Creative Excellence from the Scottish Fashion Council (2013). In June this year she will receive a Style Hall of Fame award, and in July has a solo exhibition opening in Liverpool as part of the Biennale.

The creative team reunites many of the artists who’ve collaborated on some of Dominic Hill’s most distinctive productions in recent years. Tom Piper has previously designed Long Day’s Journey Into Night, King Lear, Hamlet, Endgame, The Libertine, and Hay Fever (with The Lyceum). His recent work also includes the Lyceum’s acclaimed new version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros by Zinnie Harris, which played at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, as well as the iconic poppy sculptures which toured the UK to mark the centenary of the First World War. Composer Nikola Kodjabashia (Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, Crime and Punishment, and Oresteia: This Restless House co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland) and Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell (Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, Endgame, The Choir, A Christmas Carol, The Libertine, and for National Theatre of Scotland Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Adam, Glasgow Girls, Knives in Hens) also join the creative team. The team is completed by Company Chordelia founder and Artistic Director Kally-Lloyd Jones (The Belle’s Stratagem for The Lyceum and The Libertine and Doctor Faustus for the Citizens Theatre) as Movement Director and Fight Director Renny Krupinski.

The swashbuckling and flamboyant Cyrano’s low self-image prevents him from revealing his love to Roxane. He lends his poetic skills instead to the outwardly handsome Christian, who wins Roxane’s heart through his passionate ghost-written letters. Throughout his adventurous life, Cyrano continues to put quill to parchment, risking his life in the process, to express his true feelings. This production will see an epic ensemble of actors and musicians use Morgan’s lyrical Scots verse to create a fresh take on the enduringly popular period piece, in a vivid and joyous celebration of theatre itself.

The National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre reunite following the success of Oresteia: This Restless House, director Dominic Hill and Zinnie Harris’ award-winning drama which played at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. The National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, and The Lyceum have previously collaborated as a triumvirate on Mary Stuart in 2006, and Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2008.

Originally staged by Communicado Theatre and directed by Gerry Mulgrew, Morgan’s Cyrano de Bergerac  premiered in Inverness on 6 August 1992, and went on to tour  to the Edinburgh Fringe and nationally to huge acclaim. Combining the company’s swashbuckling physicality with Morgan’s vivid, toothsome Scots translation, Communicado’s Cyrano has become one of the defining Scottish pieces of its era.

Cyrano de Bergerac Listings Info

Citizens Theatre at Tramway, Glasgow
Dates: Sat 01 to Sat 22 September 2018
Tickets:  £15 – £26.50
Box Office: www.citz.co.uk

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Dates: Fri 12 Oct to Sat 03 Nov 2018
Tickets: £14 – £32
Box Officewww.lyceum.org.uk

Eden Court, Inverness
Dates: Wed 07 to Sat 10 Nov 2018
Tickets: £15 – £24
Box Office: www.eden-court.co.uk

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