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NEWS: Platform announces Eastern Promise 2018 festival line-up

Now in its eighth year, Platform’s Eastern Promise festival brings a thrilling mix of live music, performance and visual art to Glasgow’s East End over two evenings on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November 2018.

This trailblazing event offers a stellar line up of gigs, performances, film screenings and installations to inspire, provoke and entertain. Platform opens up its performance and studio spaces, creating a dynamic festival atmosphere, with food and drink available all evening.


Platform is delighted to welcome keyboard and accordion maestro Hailu Mergia back to Scotland. The Ethio-jazz funk pioneer recently released Lala Belu, his first full-length album in nearly two decades. The album builds on Mergia’s remarkable career resurgence over the past few years and features Ethiopian traditionals alongside Mergia originals. His old recordings are cherished revelations for Ethiopian music fans; however, Mergia’s return to the stage has been just as inspiring and electrifying.

Turner prize nominated Monster Chetwynd presents a screening of her subversive and magical short film, Face Cream. Commissioned by GoMA in partnership with Platform as part of Glasgow 2018 with a focus on play, the film used museum venues across Glasgow and Platform, working with some of the groups that meet there. Inspired by the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, this joyous, fun and surreal short film reveals a magical Glasgow discovered through the natural power of face cream.

POST is a new theatre show presented by performance maker Xavier de Sousa exploring national identity. We live in an ever-shifting political and geographical landscape. Some believe we are heading towards a world without borders, without countries or nations whilst others vouch for protectionism and more borders. The audience is invited to join de Sousa at the table, eat Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what constitutes a nation.


Legendary West coast jazz mavericks, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids make a welcome return to Platform announcing their new album release, An Angel Fell (Strut) with intergalactic jazz funk, afro-beat grooves and hypnotic licks. The album has been celebrated by Quietus magazine as #2 album of the year and the band will also be performing music from their lauded 2016 album We Be all Africans. Expect psychedelia, cosmic jazz and the healing power of music from this theatrical spiritual jazz ensemble.

Apostille is a man who’s torn through enough sound-systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Michael Kasparis, who runs Night School Records whilst making forays into hardcore punk with groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form brings his solo electronic venture Apostille to Platform. At once minimal and courageous Apostille songs race off with unchecked abandon, skittering drum machines, thick walls of sequenced synth and decidedly elastic basslines. His recent album Choose Life is full of life and energy, and like his live show as disobedient as it is heroic in its pursuit of liberation.

Chivas/Reid/Smekot present Decline, a dynamic relationship instantly and continuously transforming, told through the bodies of three distinct performers. This collaboration is a meditation on things that draw us together and those that fall away using the distinct voices of dance and live music. Directed and performed by Monika Smekot, Penny Chivas and Jer Reid Decline offers a unique, honest and open viewpoint into human relationships, it asks us to challenge others and ourselves to delve into our inner world.

Glasgow-based artist and musician Sarah Glass presents 13 +/-, an opportunity to watch a desperate act of self-care made manifest, reflected and refracted back. The performance uses light and sound to explore coping mechanisms for social anxiety and similar maladies. Glass works predominantly in sound, light and performance art and her work reflects interest in themes such as social control, feminism, noise, and the distortion and re-appropriation of (sub)cultural media.

Jumbies is presented by Ashanti Harris in collaboration with Zephyr Liddell and Paul Shofolahan. Jumbies is an exploration of Derrida’s concept of Hauntology (haunting and ontology) in the form of an Afrofuturist masquerade. Working with dance, sculpture, sound and printed fabrics, Jumbies creates a layered fictional dimension, a space of alternate realities, apparitions and re-presentation. It is a ritual wearing of thresholds and a place of absence, repetition and continual transformation.

Food and drink is available all evening from Platform’s cafe bar with pop up food from Soul Food Sisters.


Friday 16 November, 7pm till late

●       Hailu Mergia

●       Monster Chetwynd presents Face Cream

●       Xavier de Sousa presents POST

Saturday 17 November, 5pm till late

●       Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

●       Apostille

●       Sarah Glass presents 13 +/-

●       Chivas/Reid/Smekot present Decline

●       Ashanti Harris, Zephyr Liddell & Paul Shofolahan present Jumbies


£10/£7.50 (local links) per night

£15/£10 (local links) weekend / / 0141 276 9696 (opt 1

Platform is running a return bus from Mono, Kings Court to Eastern Promise. Please pre book to ensure a space – either purchase your £5 ticket from Mono in person or email to reserve your place.

Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW

NEWS: Citizens Theatre announce cast for A Christmas Carol.

The Citizens Theatre today introduced the cast of A Christmas Carol – including lots of Citz familiar faces. Leading the ensemble as the miserly Scrooge is Benny Young (Hay Fever), while Peter Collins (Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel) and John O’Mahony (Hansel & Gretel, A Christmas Carol 2014) return for another festive season. Andy Clark has a long list of credits at the Citizens (Lampedusa, The Libertine, Othello, Hamlet, Peter Pan). They will be joined by Elisa de Grey, Reuben Joseph and Jess Murphy, who make their Citizens debut. The cast is completed by Jamie Marie Leary, and current Actor Interns Malcolm Cumming and Anna Russell-Martin.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill leads the creative team with his trademark theatrical style. The 2014 team return with Rachael Canning designing set, costumes and puppets, Lizzie Powell designing lighting and the inimitable Nikola Kodjabashia providing music and sound. 

NEWS: Dementia Friendly performance of Still Alice at Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal, Glasgow is to hold a Dementia Friendly performance of Still Alice next month as part of the venue’s ongoing commitment to providing an accessible theatre environment.

Still Alice, which is based on the novel of the same name by Lisa Genova, runs at the city centre venue from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 November with the Dementia Friendly performance taking place on Thursday 15 November at 2.30pm.

Still Alice tells the story of Alice Howland, stubborn, clever and driven – a professional at the top of her game. But, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50, she is compelled to confront her new reality and draw on her resilience to remain independent for as long as possible.

Starring Sharon Small with a ‘spellbinding’ performance as Alice, this tender and touching play is a unique insight into the experience of a woman fighting to maintain her identity as her world changes.

Industry publication The Stage described Still Alice as, ‘a moving production that manages to find the positivity at the centre of an otherwise devastating illness.’

The Dementia Friendly performance is carefully tailored for people living with dementia as well as their families and carers so everyone can enjoy this wonderful production in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.

The house lights will be partially left up throughout the performance and quiet break-out rooms will be available before, during and after the performance. Specially informed theatre staff will also be on hand during the show to answer any questions people may have. There will also be an Alzheimer Scotland information stand available during each screening.

A bucket collection will be taken throughout the week in support of Alzheimer Scotland.

Familiarisation visits are available should anyone wish to undertake one of these prior to attending the performance.

This Dementia Friendly staging follows successful Dementia Friendly showcases of Scottish Opera productions at Theatre Royal, Relaxed Performances of pantomime at Theatre Royal’s sister venue, the King’s Theatre alongside several Captioned and BSL aided shows every year across both theatres.

James Haworth, Theatre Director at Theatre Royal, said: “Working with the producers of Still Alice and Alzheimer Scotland to bring a Dementia Friendly performance of this poignant play to Theatre Royal has been extremely rewarding.

“Alzheimer Scotland have been a tremendous support to our staff, ensuring we as a venue understand how to assist those living with the illness when they visit our theatres. I do hope our patrons will consider leaving a donation for this fantastic organisation during their visit to see Still Alice.”

Sarah Burgess, Head of Localities from Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside the Theatre Royal Glasgow to create a dementia friendly performance of Still Alice.

“Knowing that the theatre is aware of what dementia is and how staff can support people can really help those living with the illness become less isolated and more engaged with the arts. This is another crucial step towards building a Dementia Friendly Scotland, where nobody should face dementia alone.”

For any questions you may have about the performance or any specific additional requirements, please our dedicated Access Booking Line on Freephone 0800 912 6971.


Still Alice

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Nov 2018

Dementia Friendly Performance, Thu 15 Nov, 2.30pm

Saturday matinee, 2.30pm

Image: Geraint Lewis

NEWS: Exciting, live action planetarium show for children comes to Glasgow

There’s an out-of-this-world adventure for children coming to Glasgow Science Centre this November.

You Are Here! is a brand-new, live action planetarium show that perfectly combines the excitement of live theatre and storytelling with an immersive 360° full dome experience.

The 30-minute show takes the audience on a virtual trip around the Universe with WOW Tours. Expecting to attend a lecture from ‘The Professor’, the tour is unexpectedly confronted with the disappearance of the stars – not to mention the disappearance of The Professor.

Equipped with only umbrellas and a mysterious A-Z guidebook of the Universe, WOW Tours embark on a magical journey. With help from the audience they uncover where The Professor has gone and discover “the most incredible, remarkable, mind-blowing thing in the universe!”

With Jupiter as the ultimate ‘behind you’ moment, a zoom through Saturn’s rings and a voyage down to the surface of Mars, You Are Here! is a show unlike any other. The unique fusion of arts and science is both educational and entertaining, and designed to make the complex concepts of space and time accessible to children.

Written by acclaimed children’s theatre playwright, Andy Cannon, You Are Here! is a collaboration between Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and Glasgow-based theatre company The Occasion. The project has been made possible by a £48,500 grant from Arts Council England and support from Airbus. The performance in Glasgow forms part of the UK tour which sees performances in Winchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leicester.

Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium said:“Having previously managed touring theatre productions and arts centres, I’m excited to champion theatre and the arts to communicate STEM subjects to as wide an audience as possible. The Occasion trialled a short pilot last year and the feedback from the audience was great. Sitting in the planetarium and hearing gasps from children as Jupiter rose up behind the actors on the huge 360° screen was a really special moment for me.”

Peter Clerke, Co-Artistic Director of The Occasion and Director of You Are Here! said:“The Occasion is very excited to be collaborating with Winchester Science Centre on this unique project. We’re not aware that this combination of live performance and full dome Planetarium film has ever been done before and will provide a fast-paced, fun and immersive experience. Wholly accessible, this is where the excitement of theatre meets the wow of full dome film! Entertaining and educational, it’s the perfect adventure for children and their families.”

You Are Here! will play at Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November, with schools performances taking place on 14th – 16th. Tickets are priced at £6 per adult and £4 for children as a standalone ticket, or £3 as an add-on to entry to the Science Mall. For performance times and to book tickets visit


NEWS: Leah MacRae announces her first ever solo Scottish tour – Leah’s Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary

Leah MacRae today announced her first ever solo Scottish tour! Leah’s Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary is her one-woman musical theatre show with original comedy songs – a classic ballad or two – and stories from Leah’s very secret diary. This is an exciting step for the River City and Gary Tank Commander star, taking her own show on the road.

Big, Fat, Fabulous Diary which was first performed to sell out audiences in Glasgow and Ayr in 2018 includes stories like ‘Cleaning Cupboard First Winch’, ‘The Hold-In Pants Naked Truffle Shuffle’ – taken straight from the well-loved pages of Leah’s “own” diary.

Fans of Leah’s on-stage work, her TV personalities and her presence on social media know she’s not afraid of belting a ballad or playing funny, quick and very real characters –they will get to know Leah a lot better as she brings her Fabulous Diary to life across the country in 2019.

TOUR 04 MAY – 09 JUNE 2019  

04 May – Howden Park Livingston

10 May – Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy 

11 May – Barrfields Theatre Largs

16 May – Beacon Arts Centre Greenock

17 May – Eastbrook Hall Dumfries

19 May – Theatre Royal Glasgow

23 May – Palace Theatre Kilmarnock

24 May – The Tivoli Theatre Aberdeen

25 May – Universal Hall Findhorn

30 May – Queen’s Hall Edinburgh

31 May – FTS Theatre Falkirk

01 June – Webster Theatre Arbroath

02 June – Perth Theatre Perth

07 June – Whitehall Theatre Dundee

08 June – The Corran Halls Oban

09 June –  Eden Court Theatre Inverness

NEWS: Top Scottish Talent Announced for Eastwood Park Theatre’s Original Christmas Show

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced the cast line up for its original Christmas show, Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer, featuring top Scottish talent including a local Netflix star and CBeebies favourite.

The role of Jack will be taken on by Scottish actor Joshua Aitken, a recent Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts graduate, whose previous credits include National Theatre Scotland’s Submarine Time Machine.

The role of Rosie will be played by East Renfrewshire’s Kim Allan, who stars as Isabella MacDuff in the forthcoming highly anticipated Netflix film, Robert the Bruce action drama The Outlaw King, which will be available next month. She has also appeared in BBC drama The Replacement and Channel 4 and Netflix series Lovesick. Kim’s parents met on the stage while performing in amateur dramatic productions at Eastwood Park Theatre, so she is sure to feel at home when taking on her new role.

Scottish actor Ross Mann, who has a string of theatre, television and film credits to his name including TV series Outlander and forthcoming Ken Loach film Beats, I Am the Architect and Not a Word, will take on the role of Jack’s nemesis The Farmer.

River City’s Sarah McCardie, otherwise known as ‘Sharon McLaren’, will be taking on two roles – the evil Witch and Jack’s Mother. Sarah recently appeared in STV’s The Victim and is known to young children as the presenter ‘May’ of the CBeebies programme Big City Park, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Children’s Programme.

The unique Christmas show is brought by four renowned Scottish theatre talents – written and composed by Andy McGregor, directed by Julie Brown, designed by Claire Halleran and produced by Clarkston’s Callum Smith of Showroom, one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re delighted to welcome some of Scotland’s best acting talent to our original Christmas show, which has been penned by the writer of many successful festive shows for the Citizen’s Theatre and produced by Showroom, one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies. Tickets are already selling fast so STALK up while you can!”

A hilarious twist on a traditional Christmas show, Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer follows Jack McJack, who is now living a life of fame, fortune and fanciness. He owns Giffnock’s most successful supermarket and everything is going his way – until the trickster of a farmer who gave him his magic beans returns and demands his share of the profits. In the hilarious new tale he recalls the story of his heroic trip to the top of the beanstalk, before facing the farmer in an epic showdown.

Playing at Eastwood Park Theatre from 11-30 December, there will be a dedicated British Sign Language Interpreted (21st December, 7.30pm) and ‘relaxed’ (15th December, 1pm) performances for audience members with Additional Support Needs.

Tickets are priced at just £11 standard, £8 for concessions and a family of four can catch the show for £35. The show also qualifies for the group discount – buy ten tickets and one person can go free.

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NEWS: New musical of hit movie Little Miss Sunshine at King’s Theatre, Glasgow next summer

Little Miss Sunshine, the quirky off-Broadway hit musical is coming to Glasgow for the first time next year.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, the stage adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine will run at the King’s Theatre from Tuesday 2 until Saturday 6 July 2019 as part of a UK tour.

Tickets are on sale to ATG Theatre Card holders now and general sale will begin on Friday 26 October at 10am.

The story tells of the Hoover family who have more than a few troubles. Young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest and when an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? This inventive and uplifting musical celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.


Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos). This new production will be directed by the Arcola’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.

Casting to be announced.

Little Miss Sunshine

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 2 – Sat 6 July 2019

Tues – Sat, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat, 2.30pm



Theatre Royal, Glasgow is to host The Bodyguard-themed karaoke during the hit musical’s four-week run at the venue this Christmas.

Following the success of Mamma Mia! karaoke at Theatre Royal last Christmas, the sing alongs will take place after the 7.30pm performance on Fridays and Saturdays at the venue’s upper circle bar.

Entry is included with the ticket price so if you’ve already booked your seats for a night karaoke is taking place, you’re sorted.

If you’ve yet to book and want to sing all the Whitney hits including Queen of the Night, Run To You, How Will I Know, I Will Always Love You and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, be sure to book for one of the following performances:

Friday 7 December 7.30pm

Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm

Friday 14 December, 7.30pm

Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm

Friday 21 December, 7.30pm

Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm

Friday 28 December, 7.30pm

Saturday 29 December 7.30pm

Grab somebody who loves you and sing the night away!

The Bodyguard, starring Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron, opens on Monday 3 December and runs until Saturday 29 December, the first dates of an extensive UK tour.

Based on the hit 80s film of the same name, the classic story tells of former Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. They both expect to be in charge, but they don’t expect to fall in love.

Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron following her triumphant run in the show in both the West End and the subsequent sell out UK tour which ran at King’s Theatre in March 2015 to a sold out crowd.

She first rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor and her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. She most recently appeared as Svetlana in Chess at the London Coliseum and will soon appear as Roxie in Chicago at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre. Last year she reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Her other theatre credits include Deloris Van Cartier in the national tour of the musical Sister Act.

Alexandra Burke will perform the role of Rachel Marron at evening performances only with the exception of evening performances on Thursday 20, Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 December. 


David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, the producers of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy, CALENDAR GIRLS The Musical, are thrilled to bring the award-wining production to Glasgow for a two-week run next year.

Starring Scottish comedy queen Karen Dunbar, CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL, which is based on the true story and Tim Firth play of the same name, will run at the King’s Theatre from Tuesday 11 – Saturday 22 June 2019.

Karen Dunbar is best known for BBC1 Scotland’s sketch shows, The Karen Dunbar Show and Chewin’ the Fat. She has also worked extensively in theatre including with the National Theatre of Scotland and last year devised her own play, #71, for A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor last year. Karen has also starred in the King’s Theatre pantomime.

Further casting is to be announced.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years.  With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner.  Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will continue to receive monies from this production.

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Calendar Girls The Musical

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 11 – Sat 22 Jun 2019

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




Additional screenings of Sing-a-long-a’s The Greatest Showman have been added in Glasgow due to popular demand.

It was announced that a sing along screening of the hit film would show at the King’s Theatre on Tuesday 8 January and tickets were snapped up within days of going on sale.

Two extra screenings have been confirmed for the King’s Theatre’s sister venue, Theatre Royal on Sunday 27 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

It is anticipated that tickets will go just as quickly so be sure to get to the box office at Theatre Royal on Hope Street as fast as you can. Tickets can also be booked over the phone and online.

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can sing-a-long as loud as you want.

The live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves that will truly make you “come alive”. As they show you how to use our interactive prop bags, you also get to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles. Then you can sit back and relax and sing and along to the lyrics on screen.

It couldn’t be easier or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential.

Even if you’ve not experienced a Sing-a-long-a before – now is the time.

Dress up in your best top hat and tails, add a beard if you fancy, and sing and dance your heart out in a night that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and music in your heart!

Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Sunday 27 January, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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

Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show.


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