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WHAT’S ON MARCH: Chilling new production Velvet Evening Séance comes to Platform on Friday 2 March

Velvet Evening Séance is the fascinating, chilling tale of a young man on trial for the murder of his brother. It arrives in Glasgow following a successful Scottish tour and will be at Platform on Friday 2 March at 7pm.

Inspired by a true story and set in the Victorian era, Velvet Evening Séance recounts the story of young medium James McGregor who is on trial for the murder of Thomas – the defendant’s brother and partner in spiritualism. In an effort to clear his name, James uses a loophole in the Victorian court system which allows him to call on his brother to speak from beyond the grave as a witness in the murder case.

Velvet Evening Seance dress rehearsal at Aberdeen Lemon Tree.

Combining storytelling, illusion, tricks and puppetry, Velvet Evening Séance winds around a compelling narrative, all set in the gothic surroundings of a candle-lit courtroom, with ingenious set design and a stunning, original score played live on stage.

Performed by Scott Gilmour with music composed and performed by Jim Harbourne, Velvet Evening Séance is a co-production between Freshly Squeezed Productions and Ross MacKay, a renowned Scottish director and Artistic Director of visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell. It is written by multi award-winning playwright Suzie Miller.

Ross said: “In a world full of half-truths and fake news, Velvet Evening Séance feels more relevant than ever. It really puts the audience on the edge of their seats and asks them what do they really believe?  I am delighted the show has been given the opportunity to be performed to audiences across the length and breadth of Scotland. It has been fantastic to work with a world-class, inspiring team and it is a real honour to be representing Freshly Squeezed Productions with this national production.”

Launched last year, Freshly Squeezed Productions (FSP), is Aberdeen Performing Arts’ new producing arm. Through FSP, Aberdeen Performing Arts champions, supports and produces new work, new voices and new talent across art forms and works with local and national actors and artists.

Velvet Evening Séance

PLATFORM

Friday 2 March 2018, 7pm

Age 14 yrs+

Tickets £8.50/£5/£4 (Local Links)

Booking: platform-online.co.uk / 0141 276 9696

Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Smash hit Spring Awakening at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in March

The smash hit musical Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik based on the play by Frank Wedekin, will be at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from Sat 10th Mar – Fri 16th March.

Winner of 8 Tony awards, 4 Oliviers and a Grammy for best original cast album, Spring Awakening redefined the boundaries between music and theatre with its fusion of adolescent angst-fuelled anthems.

A group of emotionally unprepared teenagers try to understand their strong, new, thrilling and scary feelings. What’s right and what’s wrong? What are the rules? How far can they be pushed and what happens when you break them?

Desires, emotions and hormones smash and explode in this hard hitting punk-rock musical.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe
http://www.mtishows.co.uk

Please Note: This production contains adult themes, and may not be suitable for younger children.

Wed 14 Mar / 7.30pm – Signed in BSL by Amy Cheskin and Iain Hodgetts.

TICKET INFO HERE  

NEWS: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR DOMINIC HILL PRODUCTION OF EPIC AMERICAN DRAMA

The Citizens Theatre has released casting details for its forthcoming co-production with HOME, Manchester, of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which runs from 13 Apr – 5 May at the Citizens Theatre and at HOME, Manchester from 9 – 16 May.

Long regarded as one of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of the conflicted Tyrone family. Due to the intensely personal nature of the play O’Neill refused for it to be performed in his own lifetime, though when it was finally staged in 1956, it would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play.

George Costigan, who is best known for portraying Bob in Alan Clarke’s 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, leads a cast of five in the role of the embittered washed-up actor and negligent father, James Tyrone.

In recent years George has starred in numerous quality TV drama series including Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Vera and Scott & Bailey and has also worked with Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill on acclaimed productions including Crime and Punishment, King Lear and Oresteia: This Restless House.

 Lorn Macdonald is familiar to Citizens Theatre regulars for his “spectacularly brilliant” (Scotsman) performance as Renton in Gareth Nicholls’ Trainspotting, and for the role of Orestes in Dominic Hill’s critically acclaimed production of Zinnie Harris’s The Oresteia: This Restless House. In Long Day’s Journey Into Night Lorn plays Edmund Tyrone – a character modelled on Eugene O’Neill himself.

Playing opposite George is Bríd Ní Neachtain in the role of troubled wife and mother Mary Cavan Tyrone. A longstanding member of the renowned Abbey Theatre company, Bríd has a host of film and TV credits to her name, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night marks her debut on the Citizens stage.

They will be joined by Sam Phillips as the couple’s elder son, James Tyrone Jr. Sam’s screen credits include appearing alongside Martin Sheen in Far From the Madding Crowd and the BBC One TV drama, The Syndicate, with stage appearances including the National Theatre’s renowned production of The History Boys.

The cast is completed by Dani Heron as Cathleen. Dani recently graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a first class degree in acting.

Backstage, Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill heads a creative team including regular collaborators Designer Tom Piper (Hay Fever, Endgame, The Libertine, Hamlet and King Lear) and Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod (Oresteia: This Restless House, King Lear, Hamlet). Award-winning Composer Claire Mckenzie and Sound Designer Matt Padden will also join the team.

Rehearsing and opening at the Citizens Theatre, the production will play at co-producers HOME, Manchester from 9 – 26 May, following their previous successful collaboration on Endgame in 2015.

NEWS: CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY AND INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE

Eastwood Park Theatre has lined up three special shows of music, comedy and dance, to celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March) and Mother’s Day (11 March).

Catch big band music with Back to Bacharach on 8 March, comedy with Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap on 9 March and dance production Virago on 10 March.

Jude Smith from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “There is something on offer for everyone during our three day celebration, from light-hearted comedy with Gary Lamont to the thought-provoking and inspiring Virago.

“A small donation from ticket sales from the big band show Back to Bacharach will also be donated to a very important charity, Breast Cancer Now, which helps hundreds of women across the UK.”

A live ten piece band, three of the finest west end singers and Burt Bacharach’s famous hits – Back to Bacharach on 8 March is sure to be a huge hit. Eastwood Park presents the only Glasgow date of the show, featuring the work of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century. This show is jam packed with big songs including I Say a Little Prayer for You, Walk on By and What’s New Pussycat.

Comedy fans are in for a treat when former River City star and Glasgow southsider Gary Lamont comes back to his roots with his show Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap on Friday 9 March. Look out for guest stars Claire from Steps, Martine McCutcheon and Graham Norton who will be featured along the way…

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a dance-digital solo production on Saturday 10 March. Virago is a vibrant, compelling and brave show, exploring light versus dark and the real versus fairytale versions of female existence. Virago, which means ‘female warrior’ in Latin, is both a protest and a celebration – come and be part of the revolution.

Book tickets now, visit: http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

NEWS: Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton confirmed for Fat Friends The Musical at Glasgow King’s

Natasha Hamilton, of Atomic Kitten fame, will be starring in the new musical Fat Friends when it tours to Glasgow this April (Mon 30 – Sat 5 May).

Natasha will be joining an all-star cast including Scotland’s very own Elaine C Smith, West End favourite and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, Jodie Prenger, star of Emmerdale and Wicked Natalie Anderson and Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy.

NEWS: Casting confirmed for Evita at King’s Theatre

After 10 years in the UK and two West End seasons, Evita is captivating audiences across the world as it continues on an International and UK tour in 2018. Having already visited Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates, the story of an ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power at a time of extraordinary political unrest will run at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday 15 May – Saturday 19 May 2018.

Returning to the role of Eva Perón is Madalena Alberto, a role she received critical-acclaim for at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2014. Considered as one of the West End’s prominent leading ladies, Madalena is renowned for some of the most coveted roles in musical theatre, including Fantine in Les Miserábles (25th Anniversary Tour, The Barbican, 02 Arena), Grizabella in Cats (London Palladium) and the title role in Piaf (Leicester Curve). Her most recent credits include The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre), Polly in Pollyanna (Tristan Bates Theatre) and a guest lead in BBC’s Holby City. Alongside her acting career, Madalena is a songwriter and performs solo concerts regularly.

Fresh from the recent West End production in July 2017, leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti will continue in the role of Che, a character who reflects the voice of the Argentine people. Linked to Eva by destiny; he brings balance to the story of Eva’s rise to fame. Gian’s most recently played the title role of Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan, in Stuttgart. Prior to this he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet across Italy.

Leading London and Broadway performer Jeremy Secomb joins the cast of Evita as Juan Perón. Jeremy most recently starred in the theatre production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Barrow Street Theatre) in the title role on Broadway, previous to which he played Javert in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) and Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

The cast is completed by: Oscar Balmaseda (Magaldi); Cristina Hoey (Mistress); Kellie Gnauck (Ensemble); Bethan Jacks (Ensemble); Samuel John Humphreys (Ensemble); Benjamin McMillan (Ensemble); Verity Burgess (Ensemble); Riva Grant (Ensemble); Callum Fitzgerald (Ensemble); Joe McCourt (Ensemble); Emmanuel Alba (Ensemble); Yuval Zoref (Ensemble); Oliver Slade (Ensemble); Jessica Ellen (Ensemble); Kirsty Whelan (Ensemble); Anthony Ray (Ensemble); and Mike Ward (Ensemble).

Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita follows Eva’s journey, which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

 

WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: Tron welcomes the mysterious true story of Martin Guerre with The Return

The Return, inspired by an old and still mysterious story embarks on a national tour in February and March 2018.

The true story of Martin Guerre is an intriguing one. One day in 1549, in the small village of Artigat in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, a young peasant man named Martin disappeared, leaving behind a wife, young son, and relatively well-off family. Things had not been going well for Martin in the days before his disappearance. He had a troubled relationship with his family, with his own father accusing him of stealing and selling family grain, but no one expected him to suddenly vanish.

Seven years later, Martin’s wife Bertrande is still in Artigat tending to her livestock and mothering her young, fatherless son. One day, out of the blue, a strangely familiar man walks into her life, full of mystery. Bertrande decides to present the man to the community as her long-lost spouse – returned. But is it really Martin?

Inspired by the true story of Martin Guerre, Ellie Stewart’s new play The Return is a gripping play about the mystery of identity and the survival instinct, and asks whether we can ever truly know even those we love the best.

Commissioned and premiered by Eden Court, The Return, is produced by the same creative team behind Eden Court’s Not About Heroes in 2015. Philip Howard, former artistic director of Dundee Rep & the Traverse Theatre, once again directs, joined by designer Kenneth MacLeod, who has worked with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dundee Rep and Vox Motus amongst many others.

Playwright Ellie Stewart is a rising star of Scottish playwriting. Speaking of why she wrote the play, Ellie said:

I’ve been intrigued by the story of Martin Guerre since I first heard it about twenty-five years ago… It’s been told in different ways over the years, and I’ve always been interested in the pivotal role of his wife Bertrande. The story resurfaced for me recently when I returned to the Pyrenees and was bombarded with sensory memories.  My starting point for the writing was to explore the story from Bertrande’s point of view.

As I was writing I was thinking about people who are seeking refuge in our times, and about the challenges of relationships and parenting. And of course, it’s a love story.  Some things are timeless. Perhaps human instincts, emotions and behaviours haven’t changed that much over the years.”

The cast brings together Emilie Patry (Bertrande), Thoren Ferguson (Arnaud) and cellist Greg Sinclair on stage.

Emilie Patry (Bertrande) trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Studio 34 in Paris and is co-founder of Jagged Fence Theatre Company. Theatre credits include The Gamblers (Greyscale, UK Tour) and A Beginning, Middle and an End (Traverse/Tron/Hull Truck).

Thoren Ferguson (Arnaud) is a Scottish actor, musician and composer who has worked in TV, radio and theatre with credits including Logan High (BBC) and Armchair Detectives (BBC).

Greg Sinclair is a musician and performance artist who has worked with companies including Curious Seed, Starcatchers and Dundee Rep.

TOUR DATES INCLUDE:

 

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. 21 Feb. Tickets here

Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld. 22 Feb. Tickets here

Tron Theatre, Glasgow. 23 Feb. Tickets here

 

 

WHAT’S ON MARCH: GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL BEGINS 8 MARCH

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival is gearing up for its sixteenth outing from 8 – 25 March. There will be over 500 shows at 54 venues across the city – the most ever in the festival’s history.

The opening weekend features household names like Kathryn Ryan and Iain Stirling, plus the very best of home grown humour – with Darren Connell debuting his new show and politico Ayesha Harazika playing her home town for the first time.

Theatre shows include Alan Bissett performing his award-winning Moira shows in a double bill for the first time at the Citizen’s Theatre. Comedy fans can catch a show with their lunch at Yesbar or stay up til the wee hours at the festival’s Late Show at Blackfriars in the Merchant City.

Further highlights from throughout the festival’s eighteen-day run include:

– Veneer Gallery in Finnieston hosting stand up for the first time with a line-up of acclaimed performers including Tom Parry, Rose Matafeo, Kieran Hodgson, Evelyn Mok, Ben Target and Trevor Lock.

– The first performances of Bridget Christie’s new UK tour, What Now?

– The first two recordings of The Comedians at The King’s – a new TV stand up show where all the acts are over fifty with Fred MacAulay, John Moloney and Gary Little plus 21 other comics appearing across two nights

– Shows from David Baddiel, Limmy, Tommy Tiernan, Elaine C Smith, Fern Brady, Richard Gadd, Mae Martin, Phill Jupitus, Shappi Khorsandi and many more

Tickets for all festival shows are on sale now.  Keep up to date with all the latest news by registering at glasgowcomedyfestival.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @glasgowcomedy.

WHAT’S ON MAY: Runway Theatre Co bring Betty Blue Eyes to Eastwood Park

Following the success of last year’s PRISCILLA – QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Runway Theatre Company is delighted to bring a new musical comedy BETTY BLUE EYES to Eastwood Park Theatre from 8-12 May 2018.
 
Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. It is of course 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
 
Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called A Private Function, which centred around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – ‘She’s seventy four and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, the star, Betty the pig.
See flyer below for ticket details.

NEWS: PUPILS INVITED BEHIND THE SCENES FOR DANCE MASTERCLASS AT EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE

Glasgow school pupils are being offered the unique chance for a free dance masterclass with one of the finest dance troupes in the country.

Rob Heaslip Dance Company is bringing Freagra: A Blurred Expanse contemporary dance show to Eastwood Park Theatre next month, its only Glasgow date, as part of its 45th anniversary programme.

Secondary schools, pupils and parents can apply online for their school to attend technical and dress rehearsals to understand the development, dance technique and technical requirements for a show.

Rob Heaslip is the Director and Choreographer for the Glasgow Youth Dance Company and also choreographed the opening credits for internationally acclaimed TV series Outlander.

Rob said: “We want to offer school pupils the chance to get a taste of how a contemporary dance show comes together.

“Freagra is a colourful performance of dance, suitable for all ages, with universal themes of community, conflict and harmony.

“It is performed by five exceptional dancers and accompanied by an original music score and breath-taking lighting and costume design.

“This will be an excellent experience for pupils to understand the dance technique and technical requirements involved.”

Schools can be nominated via East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s Facebook page: facebook.com/ERCultureandLeisure.

Eastwood Park Theatre will invite the school that receives the highest number of nominations to attend rehearsals, before the live performance of Freagra: A Blurred Expanse at Eastwood Park Theatre on Wednesday 28 February at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the live show cost £10 per person or £8 for concessions.

There is also availability for a three-hour workshop, open to all aged 14+, with cast members on 26 February, priced at £15 per person. For further information and to book tickets for the show or workshop visit: www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

Images: Sid Scott

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