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NEWS: National Theatre of Scotland launches PLAY DATES – a new eight week online interactive programme for children and families

PLAY DATES  –  a new eight week online interactive programme for children and families

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland in association with Starcatchers and Imaginate

From 26 May 2020, Tuesday to Friday at 2pm, online.

National Theatre of Scotland in association with leading children’s arts organisations Starcatchers and Imaginate is connecting with families at home during the COVID crisis. A new digital Play Dates programme of online arts workshops and activities has been created specially for this ongoing period, whilst schools are off, offering children and young people, parents and carers online educational inspiration and theatrical home entertainment.

Launching on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 2pm, Play Dates is an eight week digital programme of fun, interactive, participative and entertaining activities for children and their families created by some of Scotland’s leading creative practitioners and freelance artists.

From Tuesday to Friday over the next eight weeks, a new Play Dates workshop will be released every day on the National Theatre of Scotland website and social media channels for online audiences to access and take part in. All the activities are free. The Play Dates programme, which will continue to be developed, across the next few months, will include activities for all ages.

The Play Dates programme includes:

Weekly Activities

CONNECT, CREATE AND PLAY

Tuesday 26 May, 2, 9, 16 June 2020 at 2pm

Workshops by theatre artist Fraser MacLeod looking at creating tongue twisters, playing games online with friends and family and how to make your own stop motion film.

For ages 8 plus

STORIFY- how to create stories

Wednesday 27 May, 3, 10, 17, 24 June, 1, 8, 15 July 2020 at 2pm

An interactive video series about how to create and tell your own stories at home using imagination and everyday surroundings presented by theatre-makers Sarah Rose Graber and Ruxy Cantir.

For ages 5 plus.

GROW YOUR OWN GESAMTKUNSTWERK (GYOG!) – how to make a show in your house

Thursday 28 May, 4, 11, 18, 25 June, 2, 9, 16 July 2020 at 2pm

A video series about how to make a show in your house focusing on different areas of the arts created and presented by arts enthusiast Veronika Velvette, facilitated by Claire Eliza Willoughby and Rob Jones.

For ages 7 plus.

UNICORN DANCE PARTY

Friday 29 May, 5, 12, 19, 26 June, 3, 10, 17 July 2020 at 2pm

Also created by practitioners, Sarah Rose Graber and Ruxy Cantir, Unicorn Dance Party is an inclusive new video series about finding the joy within us. Everyone has an inner unicorn, but sometimes it takes a bit of dancing to bring it out.

For all ages.

EVERYTHING’S A MOVING PICTURE – how to set the scene with video

A week of workshops – 30 June, 1 July and 2 July 2020 at 11am

Workshops with leading Scottish theatre audio visual designer Lewis den Hertog using video to tell stories with “stock” and archive footage, making your own footage at home and being creative with text and subtitles to make shows more interesting for people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

For ages 10 plus

This series celebrates and offers fee-based employment to a number of talented freelance artists, technicians and practitioners who work regularly behind the scenes on the creation of world-class Scottish theatre.

All the Play Dates videos will be hosted together on the National Theatre of Scotland website so families can catch up with all the activities. In addition, a selection of curated online resources, including artistic demonstration videos, relating to previous National Theatre of Scotland projects will be hosted online.

Further summer Play Dates activities will be announced over the coming weeks.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland says

“Scotland has a brilliant community of theatre-makers and creative practitioners who are unable to make theatre on our stages during these challenging times.

We have commissioned this Play Dates series, alongside leading children’s theatre organisations, Starcatchers and Imaginate, to enable a group of facilitators to share their unique talents and skills with children and families at home. We hope to offer creative inspiration and high quality entertainment to children as well as fun for all the family to take part in whilst the schools are closed”

Rhona Matheson, Chief Executive of Starcatchers says

We’re delighted to be working with National Theatre of Scotland to help develop a Digital Play Dates programme that includes some fantastic arts experiences designed especially for families with babies and younger children.

We’ve seen so many examples over the past few weeks of young children and their families’ wonderful capacity for creativity. We hope Play Dates will help bring more inspiration, magic and joy – particularly on those tough days – remembering that it’s the process that matters. All of the experiences will allow children to explore the world around them, develop curiosity and imagination and, most importantly, provide opportunities for connection.”

Paul Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive, Imaginate

Imaginate is really proud of this association with the National Theatre of Scotland and Starcatchers on Play Dates. As well as offering new artistic experiences for children and families to inspire their imagination and exercise their emotions, Play Dates will also create new, paid work for artists in Scotland. Imaginate’s Ideas Fund Projects has already reached thousands of children so we’re excited to reach even more children with Play Dates.”

#playdates #playathome

nationaltheatrescotland.com/playdates

PLAY DATES PROGRAMME

Connect, Create and Play – Tuesdays at 2pm (4 weeks)

A series of videos by theatre artist Fraser MacLeod with games and exercises to do at home and suggestions on how to connect with friends online and have fun together, through platforms such as Skype, Zoom WhatsApp and Facetime. The series will look at how to get your voice working, creating your own unique tongue twister, playing games online with friends and family and how to create stories and share them by making your own stop motion movie.

How to Create a Stop Motion Movie (26 May); How to Create Your Own Tongue Twister (2 June); Play Online with Family & Friends. With Jack & Max edition (9 June); Play Online with Family & Friends. With Jack, Max, Grandma and Clare (16 June).  For ages 8 plus

Storify  – how to create stories – Wednesdays at 2pm (8 weeks)

Theatre makers Sarah Rose Graber and Ruxy Cantir lead a series of interactive videos about how to create and tell stories at home. Imaginations will be unleashed and stories created from everyday surroundings. From using different story structures and bringing characters to life to discovering new and exciting ways to engage with the objects at home, each new episode will result in at least one original tale to share with friends and family. For ages 5 plus

Grow Your Own Gesamtkunstwerk (GYOG!)how to make a show in your house – Thursdays at 2pm (8 weeks)

A video series about how to make a show at home. Each episode focuses on a different area of the arts, building up each week, so that by the end of the series, you have all the ingredients to make a piece of theatre to be performed in your own home. Created and presented by Glasgow based arts enthusiast Veronika Velvette. Facilitated by Claire Eliza Willoughby and Rob Jones, GYOG! is also supported by Snap – Elastic. For ages 7 plus

Unicorn Dance Party  – Fridays at 2pm (8 weeks)

An inclusive new video series from Sarah Rose Graber and Ruxy Cantir about finding the joy within us. Everyone has an inner unicorn, but sometimes it takes a bit of dancing to bring it out! Join Melody and Luna as they celebrate what makes us unique by groovin’ around our homes. Each episode will highlight different, fun ways to move our bodies and uncover inspiration from the spaces and materials around us. So pop on some sweet tunes because there’s a party around every corner and a bit of unicorn magic inside all of us!  For children, young people and families of all ages.

Everything’s A Moving Picture – how to set the scene with video (3 daily sessions)

A series of three video workshops created by leading Scottish theatre audio visual designer Lewis den Hertog which look at how to approach using video to help tell stories. The videos will explore ways you can do this with “stock” and archive footage (footage that already exists), interesting ways for young people to make footage at home and how you can be creative with text and subtitles to make shows more interesting for people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. For ages 10 plus

Where to watch PLAY DATES

nationaltheatrescotand.com/playdates

www.facebook.com/NationalTheatreScotland

www.youtube.com/NTSOnline

Image: John Moore

NEWS: Underbelly shares an exclusive video of Julia Donaldson reading The Smeds and The Smoos to mark the book’s paperback release on 4 June

“The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories.”

At 6.30pm on Friday, 22 May, Underbelly will share an exclusive video of one of the UK’s most-beloved children’s authors, Julia Donaldson, reading her 2019 bestseller, The Smeds and The Smoos, alongside her husband Malcolm. This special bedtime story will be published on Underbelly’s Facebook page for 24 hours only.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe regular, Donaldson presented her The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog at the Udderbelly in 2018 and it was one of the Festival’s main family highlights. Unable to share her latest work with theatre audiences this August, Julia and her husband Malcolm recorded an 8-minute long video in which, as Grandma Smoo and Grandpa Smed, they read the captivating story of the Smoos and the Smeds, set in outer space. Featuring illustrations from the book and finishing with a song for all family to sing along to, the video is a perfect bedtime story for the little ones!

This exclusive video is a reading of the book which is published in paperback on 4 June. For more information, visit www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/

 

NEWS: ONLINE VERSION OF SCOTTISH OPERA’S PRIMARY SCHOOLS TOUR SHOW FEVER! AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME

From 11 May, schools and families can access online teaching resources for Scottish Opera’s popular primary schools production, Fever!

Created especially for children in primaries 5, 6 and 7, the show, which was first performed by Scottish Opera in 2011, features music by Alan Penman and lyrics by Allan Dunn. A staple of many Scottish schools’ calendars, this is the very first time an online version of the tour has been made available, bringing the funny and fast-moving story to living rooms up and down the country, culminating in a nationwide virtual performance at the end of June.

It follows a young boy who becomes ill with a mysterious disease, and his doctors desperately try to find a cure. Meanwhile, members of the press rush to the hospital, clamouring for a big story. With the possibility of a worldwide epidemic, all they care about is the scoop. As the doctors try to calm the situation, a possible cure is discovered and injected into the boy, and that’s when the story really takes off.

Until 15 June, audio teaching tracks and videos, lyrics and activity materials, covering topics including creative writing, science experiments and tips on how to make props and costumes from home, will be posted on the Scottish Opera website. These feature seasoned Primary Schools Tour cast members Lucy Hutcheson and Alan McKenzie, who built on existing teaching materials by making new recordings from home during lockdown. Illustrations are by Iain Piercy. The resources can be used by teachers as part of their weekly activities with classes, or by parents for their children at home, not as part of the school curriculum.

Fever! takes pupils on an exciting journey, learning the benefits that biomedical science offers humanity, looking at the basic mechanics of the human body, infections and viruses, and exploring the impact of press and media on today’s society, including fake news. It designed to help teachers deliver core elements of the Curriculum of Excellence such as social studies, history, technologies, literacy and citizenship.

Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education, Jane Davidson said: ‘For people of all ages who think opera plot lines can’t be relevant to the present day, there isn’t a more powerful example of the benefits using music and the other expressive arts to support cross curricular education, than Scottish Opera’s Primary Schools opera; Fever!

‘In the context of the current pandemic, and updated and adapted for online participation, the subject matter is perfectly balanced between a fantastical and accessible musical story that youngsters (whether at home or still at school) can enjoy interacting with, underpinned by an age appropriate message explaining the principles of microbiology and virology.

‘Added to which, is the opportunity to help our children and young people explore the increasingly worrying phenomenon known as ‘fake news’. Equipping them with the skills to recognise and challenge fake news is widely acknowledged as a key coping mechanism for life in the 21st century, and it’s all wrapped up in one funny and fact filled opera experience.’

To access Fever! resources from May 11, visit www.scottishopera.org.uk/fever

NEWS: CATHERINE WHEELS ANNOUNCE MAKE SPACE FUND – ARTISTIC IDEAS FOR THE NEW NORMAL

Catherine Wheels, Scotland’s most celebrated children’s theatre company, is reaching out to artists and all practitioners interested in work for young audiences to help the company explore what children’s theatre could look like in ‘the new normal’.

Their new Make Space fund invites applicants from across Scotland and across disciplines who are interested in making work for young people, to investigate new ways of creating and presenting children’s theatre. The fund will provide applicants with resources to research and develop their ideas, along with the support of Catherine Wheels’ team.

Through Make Space, Catherine Wheels wants to question the traditional idea of children’s theatre and uncover new ways of working. The company wants applicants to address issues including carbon-neutral touring, creating work for online audiences, and presenting work in flexible spaces. A large emphasis will also be placed on engaging local communities, and Catherine Wheels hopes that one of the projects will support an idea based in their home region of East Lothian.

Make Space will provide funds of up to £2,000 per project for five applicants. The fund can be used to pay for the applicant’s own time, working with others, materials and associated costs of delivering their idea. Deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 29 May and successful projects will be announced on Friday 5 June.

The announcement of the Make Space fund comes as Catherine Wheels Theatre Company celebrates its 20th birthday in 2020.

Gill Robertson, Artistic Director of Catherine Wheels comments;

“We recognise that this is a time for great uncertainty for artists and for our sector generally. Rather than shy away from that, we want to embrace it and use it as a provocation to really dig deep into what children’s theatre could be. This fund turns everything on its head and asks some really big questions. I am excited to see what new ways of working we can discover and support.”

For more information on Make Space and how to apply, visit www.catherinewheels.co.uk.

Full application as PDF:  https://catherinewheels.box.com/s/c73b6kacgj1y1fyurniroex6igpkqad4

NEWS: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform City of Angels this month

Just about to open in the West End, RCS present City of Angels at the Royal Conservatoire from Sat 14th – Fri 20th March.

Set in the 1940s, against a backdrop of old Hollywood glamour and true-crime tales, a writer struggles to separate his real-life drama from what’s in the pages of his screenplay. A vibrant cast of characters are propelled by a brilliant jazz score through all the twists and turns of fame, fortune and film noire.

Tickets are available from: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice-event/eventid/192405-City-of-Angels/

NEWS: Eastwood Park Theatre Offers Backstage Skills School

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is giving young people exclusive access and behind-the-scenes experience of working in a theatre with their new holiday workshops.

Eastwood Park Theatre has introduced technical theatre skills classes during their school holiday programme, offering the chance to develop skills and knowledge around operations, including sound, lighting, front of house, stage management and digital media.

Participants are invited to put their learning into practice at a live show or event.

The workshops are organised during selected school holidays by the team at Eastwood Park Theatre, who host over sixty shows every year, from live theatre productions and music performances to dance, comedy and theatre and film screenings.

Venue technician Laurel Hume, a Theatre studies graduate from the University of Glasgow who has worked at Eastwood Park Theatre for five years, said she wished the programme had been available when she was a pupil.

Laurel said: “Working in the theatre runs in the family – my brother is a Theatre Technician and my mum has appeared on stage in lots of shows,” she said.

“I appeared in several shows at Eastwood Park Theatre when I was a child, including musical plays and drama holiday camps.  I’ve worked as a steward here too and then started helping the technical staff. I always wanted to work in Theatre but there weren’t any behind the scenes or technical classes. It was more focused on those who wanted to be on stage and attend drama classes.

“We now offer both so this year during the Easter holidays, we offer Musical in a Week for those who want to develop their theatre and performance skills and we have Play in a Week – Tech Team, which helps young people learn the skills behind the scenes to make the magic happen.”

12-year-olds Mairead McKee and Dan Miller were two of the first pupils to take part in the course when it first launched last year. They were invited to assist with a show during the theatre’s busy pantomime season and an opera screening.

St. Ninian’s High School pupil Mairead, from Clarkston, said: “Getting a tour of backstage at the theatre and seeing how everything works has been incredible. First of all I went to see the pantomime Cinderella at Eastwood Park with my school and then got to come along and help out with the show one day too. Seeing the two sides to it has been amazing.

“I want to pursue a career in the theatre – probably in stage management.  I’m interested in acting and the technical side so this gives me all round experience.”

Mearns Castle pupil Dan said: “The summer week was really fun and we learned about how lighting cues work and setting everything up behind the scenes. I’m really interested in the technical side of theatre – my favourite subjects at school are IT and drama – so it’s been great experience.”

The technical classes run alongside East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s popular drama classes for kids and teens and the next tech team school is scheduled during the Easter Holidays, from 14-17 April.

Laurel added: “I really enjoy working with the pupils who have a keen interest in learning about the skills they need to work in the theatre. I love my job – it can be hard work but it’s really rewarding.

“It’s a big industry and you learn lots of transferable skills – the pupils might go on to work at music festivals, Stage Management, make their own videos or films or even end up on stage.

“You never know where the experience will take you.”

Play in a Week – Tech Team is part of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s holiday activity programme. The classes are aimed at those aged 11-14, running from 14-17 April (10am to 3pm) and costs £82. Participants will practice new skills, working with young performers on staging their devised piece of theatre, leading up to a final showcase of all the skills they acquire.

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure has lined up a range of creative, imaginative and fun activities to keep kids busy during the Easter and summer holidays.  To find out more and book visit: https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/holidays2020 or call 0141 577 4956.

Images: Mairead McKee and Dan Miller with Laurel Hume from Eastwood Park Theatre.

NEWS: West End star and Sunday Times bestseller Carrie Hope Fletcher reveals title of Ballet Shoes inspired children’s book endorsed by Noel Streatfeild estate

Carrie Hope Fletcher, West End star of Les Mis and the forthcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber version of Cinderella, has today announced the title of her forthcoming book inspired by the much-loved classic Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and created with the official endorsement of her estate.

INTO THE SPOTLIGHT is a timeless yet contemporary tale of three adopted children who live in a rickety-old-theatre with their eccentric Great Aunt Maude; told throughout with exquisite humour, heart and warmth.

Inspired by the much-loved classic Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and created with the official endorsement of her estate, Fletcher’s middle grade debut is a timeless yet contemporary tale of three adopted children who live in a rickety-old-theatre with their eccentric Great Aunt Maude; told throughout with exquisite humour, heart and warmth.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer and vlogger with over a million subscribers. Her first book, All I Know Now, and first novel, On the Other Side, were both released to critical and commercial acclaim and each became No.1 Sunday Times bestsellers.  On Stage, Carrie won a WhatsOnStage Award for the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End, was acclaimed as Truly Scrumptious in a six-month run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, toured the UK as Wednesday Addams in the national UK theatre tour of The Addams Family musical and was part of the original West End cast of the musical Heathers.

Carrie Hope Fletcher said: ‘Writing my first children’s novel is exciting enough but to be writing a Ballet Shoes inspired novel with the endorsement of Noel Streatfeild’s estate? It’s more than I ever could have imagined. When I was growing up, books were pure magic. A sense of escapism when the world got a bit too loud and scary. It feels very special to now be able to provide that escapism for other children.’

The Noel Streatfeild Estate said: ‘By a leap of imagination, Carrie uses Ballet Shoes as the backdrop in this tale of the theatre and inspiration.’   Carmen McCullough, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Children’s said: ‘I could not be more thrilled to have acquired this very special book from Carrie in conjunction with the Noel Streatfeild estate. Carrie is a powerhouse of talent – I have long been a fan of her writing and her innate ability to balance contemporary settings with a classic nostalgic feel and a touch of magic. Writing for children is such a natural next step for Carrie and we are incredibly excited to welcome her to the Puffin family.’

To accompany this release and in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Noel Streatfeild’s birth, Puffin will also reissue the original Ballet Shoes in a beautiful new package.

NEWS: SING-A-LONG PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED FOR BAT OUR OF HELL THE MUSICAL

The producers of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical have announced that a special sing-a-long performance will take place during the show’s run in Glasgow later this year.

The hit production, which features Jim Steinman and Meatloaf’s greatest hits, will run at the city’s King’s Theatre from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 November as part of a UK tour.

The sing-along performance will take place on Thursday 19 November at 7.30pm. Audience members are also encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the show as they sing along with the cast.

The sing along performance was announced as full casting was confirmed for the show.

Sharon Sexton will play Sloane and Rob Fowler will play Falco (both recently starred in the Mamma Mia! international Tour and the original West End cast of Bat Out Of Hell).

They will be joined by: Glenn Adamson (American Idiot) as Strat and Martha Kirby (Grease, Rags the Musical) as Raven. They are joined by Jordan Frazier (Nina Simone) as Zahara, Jonathan Bishop (Hamilton) as Jagwire, Killian Thomas Lefevre (Stranger Things Secret Cinema) as Tink, Alex Lodge (The Book of Mormon) as Ledoux and Kellie Gnauck (Evita West End and UK & International tour) as Valkyrie. Also in the cast are Emily Beth Harrington as Kwaidan, Amy Matthews as Vilmos, Rebecca Lafferty as Scherrzo, Samuel Pope as Hoffmann, Andy Prosser as Markevitch, Jack Heasman as Denym, James Chisholm as O’Dessasuite, Andrew Carthy as Hollander, Rob Maguire as Astroganger and Billie Hardy as Goddesilla.

At certain performances the role of Strat will be played by Samuel Pope.

In Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, the electrifying rock songs of Mr Steinman propel an epic story of rebellious youth and passion as Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco.

The legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.

Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide. 16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and London’s Dominion Theatre from 2017 to 2019. The musical also ran successfully in Canada, Germany and at New York’s City Centre last summer. Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards and was nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical.

 The UK Tour of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography adapted by Xena Gusthart, with musical supervision and additional arrangements by Michael Reed, set and costume design by Jon Bausor, original costume designs by Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell and casting by Anne Vosser.

LISTINGS

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 10 – Sat 28 Nov 2020

Tue – Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat: 2.30pm

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

 

NEWS: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT WEST END & BROADWAY MUSICAL SCHOOL OF ROCK COMES TO GLASGOW

School of Rock – The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit, award-winning West End show, is coming to Scotland next year as part of a UK tour.

The production, which is based on the hilarious hit movie of the same name starring Jack Black will load in to the King’s Theatre from Monday 8 until Saturday 13 March 2021 and then the Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 23 until Saturday 27 March 2021

Tickets are on sale to ATG Theatre Card Holder on Friday 6 March and go on general sale on Monday 9 March.

The story follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy!

While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers facemelting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses.

The production opened at the New London Theatre (now the Gillian Lynne Theatre) in November 2016 to 5-star reviews and widespread critical acclaim. It went on to win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The Broadway production recently concluded its run at the Winter Garden Theatre with a US national touring production continuing. An Australian production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne last October.

School of Rock – The Musical features new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act) and a book by Julian Fellowes. It is directed by Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium 2019) with choreography by JoAnn M.Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick-Potter, music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.

Image of the London production: Tristram Kenton

NEWS: TRON’S MAYFESTO 2020 LAUNCHES – BREAD & CIRCUSES

Mayfesto is the Tron’s mini-festival of edgy and provocative new work – and which takes inspiration for its theme this year, BREAD and CIRCUSES from the Juvenal quote about people being pacified with food and entertainment, voluntarily trading democratic freedoms for stable yet controlling governments.

 Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir and Ryan Hay are the Resident Artists for the festival, with Kolbrún directing the Scottish premiere of Debbie Tucker Green’s devastating thriller of a play, hang (29 Apr – 9 May, Press Night: Thu 30 Apr, 8pm), in the studio space. Ryan Hay’s work-in-progress piece candy (20 May) is a sugar-coated outcry that examines how we cope with life; an experimental new play about class, love and paying the bills. 

Artistic Director Andy is working on two Mayfesto projects – high man pen meander (14-16 May) a thrilling promenade piece around and about the Tron Theatre celebrating the work of the great Glasgow poet Edwin Morgan as part of #edwinmorgan100 and Daggers in the Air (1 & 2 May) a text-driven scratch performance with Tron Young Company where they’ll perform, in-the-round, excerpts from some of the 20th century’s most absurd and existential scripts.

Visiting work comes in the form of winner of the 2019 Mental Health Fringe Award, All of Me (21 – 23 May) from Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton, an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark directed by Alex Swift; Scottee: Class (27-28 May), part of the Take Me Somewhere programme, a damaged, brutal, savagely funny reflection on what it means growing up working-class; and the festival closes with Egg (29 & 30 May), Paper Doll Militia’s highly visual exploration of female fertility, sexuality and choice which weaves together personal testimony, original music and stunning aerial artistry.

As Ryan Hay sums up ‘Mayfesto is a place where boundaries are transgressed, where all are welcome, and where the established order is tested. Indulge. Question. Rebel. Come to the circus.’

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Wed 29 Apr – Sat 9 May

Tron Theatre Company presents

hang

Changing House

8pm (matinees Sat 2 & 9 May, 2.45pm)

BSL Fri 8 May

Tickets: £11 (£8.50)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

His life. In her hands. debbie tucker green’s shattering play about one woman’s unspeakable decision.  Part of Mayfesto 2020.

 

Fri 1 & Sat 2 May

Tron Young Company presents

DAGGERS IN THE AIR (Scratch Performance)

Main Auditorium

7.45pm (matinee Sat 2 May, 2.30pm)

Tickets: £5 (£3)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

Tron Young Company have been working with Andy Arnold to stage scratch performances of an in-the-round series of classic and not-so-classic comedy theatre pieces with extraordinary dialogue. 

 

Thu 14 – Sat 16 May

Tron Theatre Company presents

high man pen meander

Promenade

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Tickets: £10

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

A wander down dark corridors, up stairwells and into tight spaces…in pursuit of the works of the great Edwin Morgan…a thrilling promenade show around and about the Tron Theatre.

 

Wed 20 May

Tron CREATIVE presents

candy (Work-in-Progress)

Changing House

8pm

Tickets: £5 (£3 MAKER)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

A work-in-progress sharing of a new play from the 2020 Mayfesto Artists, Ryan Hay and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir about class, love, and paying the bills.

 

Thu 21 – Sat 23 May

Caroline Horton & Co and China Plate presents

ALL OF ME (the possibility of future splendor)

Main Auditorium

7.45pm

Tickets: £17 (£13)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

Written and performed by Caroline Horton – an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark. Directed by Alex Swift (★★★★ Mess).

 

Wed 27 & Thu 28 May

Take Me Somewhere presents

SCOTTEE: CLASS

Main Auditorium

7.45pm

Tickets: £15 (£11)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

Edinburgh Fringe hit 2019. Scottee uncovers what it is to be embarrassed about where you’re from. This is a show for the middle classes.

 

Fri 29 & Sat 30 May

Paper Doll Militia presents

EGG

Main Auditorium

7.45pm

Tickets: £17 (£13)

Tron Theatre

0141 552 4267

http://www.tron.co.uk

 

A powerful new aerial theatre production with live music, telling the true story of a woman who gave her eggs to her friend to have a child.

Collage image credits L-R clockwise: All of Me, credit Holly Revell; hang, credit Mihaela Bodlovic; Scottee: Class; candy, credit iStock; Daggers in the Air, credit John Johnston; high man pen meander, credit iStock; Egg, credit Richard Dyson Photography.

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