Category Archives: What’s on APRIL 2020

WHAT’S ON APRIL: The Spinners at Tron Theatre


24th – 25th April 2020, 7.45pm

Spin. Measure. Cut. The Thread of Life… In an exhilarating ride into myth and imagination renowned Scottish director Al Seed and award-winning Australian choreographer and dancer Lina Limosani are set to plunge Tron audiences into the story of the Fates of Greek mythology as part of The Tron’s spring season.

Limosani is joined by dancers Kialea Nadine-Williams and Mara Hulspas to play the three Fates who spin, measure and cut the thread of life, creating an emotionally charged dance- theatre performance which weaves together themes of mortality, freewill and sisterhood.

The Spinners brings the Fates down to earth and re-imagines them living in the heart of a sprawling city. From their humble apartment they oversee the births and deaths of all human beings. Drawing thread from their own bodies they weave mannequins, imbuing them with the breath of life. When a human life is nearing its end the corresponding mannequin is committed to the ether…

The Spinners marks a continuation of Seed and Limosani’s exploration of cross-artform collaboration and demonstrates how contemporary dance can provide a vehicle for intelligent and provocative storytelling – so offering new perspectives on dance itself, as an artform. This project is also a celebration of female-centric dance-theatre and a timely exploration of the female figure in ancient mythology.

Lina Limosani commented: “When long-term friend Al Seed suggested to me the Moirai – Greek Goddesses of Fate and Destiny – as a theme for a collaboration, I did some research and could see that this – and related stories – were saturated with magical images which could be explored through dance and physicality.”

Seed has received Total Theatre, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards for work presented at Edinburgh Fringe, and a Jerwood Foundation Award for such shows as Raw Beef, The Fooligan and Oog. Limosani has won a number of awards for her latest work Not Today’s Yesterdays, in particular, the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Dance.

NEWS: New tour dates and full cast announced for 2020 revival of The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil

Following the sold-out success of its 2019 tour, John McGrath’s legendary The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil returns for a new Scottish tour in 2020.

One of the country’s most iconic and influential plays, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil was first staged by the 7:84 Theatre Company in the 1970s, becoming a cornerstone of contemporary Scottish theatre. Successfully restaged by director Joe Douglas in 2015, the show was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2019, visiting art centres and rural communities across Scotland before the play’s English premiere at Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

The 2020 tour will open in Glasgow with a two-week engagement at the city’s famous Pavilion Theatre. It marks the first time that a National Theatre of Scotland production has visited the historic venue, one of the oldest theatre buildings in the city.

The production will then embark on the first leg of a rural tour, visiting venues in Achiltibuie, Rogart, St Andrews, Musselburgh, Peebles, and Dumfries, as well as returning to Dundee Rep Theatre, where director Joe Douglas’s revived production broke box office records in 2015. It will then tour across the Highlands and Islands, including visits to Lochawe, Uist, Tarbert, Caithness, Tain, Findhorn, Drumnadrochit, Strontian, Ballachulish, and Gartmore.

Cast members from the successful 2019 revival Stephen Bangs, Jo Freer, Christina Gordon, and Billy Mack are reunited and joined by Cameron Barnes and Charlie West for the 2020 tour. Returning cast member Calum MacDonald will also perform as part of the ensemble for the first half of the tour, from 30 April to 29 May, before Sally Swanson joins for tour dates from 01 to 20 June.

More than forty-five years on from its original tour, John McGrath’s pivotal political play has lost none of its vitality and relevance. A multi-talented ensemble cast of actor/musicians chart a rousing and rollicking course through Scotland’s history, expertly weaving, songs, poems, scenes and sketches into a piece of theatre with the feel of a freewheeling Highland ceilidh.

From the ruthless croft clearances of the 18th century to the fashionable Victorian game hunts, and the scars left by the ‘70s North Sea oil boom right up to the political upheaval of the current day, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil presents the stories and experiences of Scotland’s land, sea, and the people that work on them across the centuries.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is the most famous production of the 7:84 company, set up by John McGrath alongside his wife Elizabeth MacLennan and her brother David in 1971. Avowedly socialist in its outlook, its aim was to take popular, political theatre to the working classes and they performed in alternative venues throughout Scotland, England and Wales. The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7% of the population of Great Britain owned 84 % of the wealth.

Opening at the Pavilion, Glasgow (30 April to 09 May); Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie (12 May); Pittentrail Hall, Rogart (14 May); The Byre, St Andrews (16 May); Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (19 May); Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (20 May); Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (22 & 23 May); Dundee Rep Theatre (26 to 29 May); Dalmally Community Hall, Lochawe (01 June); Southend Community Hall, South Uist (03 June); Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris (05 & 06 June); Latheron Village Hall, Caithness (09 June); Edderton Village Hall, Tain (10 June); Universal Hall, Findhorn (12 &13 June); Craigmore Centre, Drumnadrochit (15 June); Sunart Centre, Strontian (17 June); Ballachulish Village Hall, Glencoe (18 June); Gartmore Village Hall, Gartmore (20 June)


The Pavilion, Glasgow – Thursday 30 April – Saturday 02 May; Thursday 07 – Saturday 09 May @ 7.30pm; Saturday 02 & 09 May @ 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets – £17.50-£21.50

Access Information:

Thursday 07 May @ 7.30pm BSL interpreted & captioned performance


Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie – Tuesday 12 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Pittentrail Hall, Rogart Thursday 14 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


The Byre, St AndrewsSaturday 16 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18


Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh – Tuesday 19 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18


Eastgate Theatre, Peebles– Wednesday 20 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18


Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Friday 22 May @ 7.30pm and Saturday 23 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16


Dundee Rep – Tuesday 26-Friday 29 May @ 7.30pm; Tuesday 26 & Thursday 28 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £22-£12 (£20-£9)

Access Information:

Wednesday 27 May @ 7.30pm BSL interpreted, audio described & captioned performance


Dalmally Community Hall, Lochawe – 01 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


South End Community Hall, South Uist – Wednesday 03 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris – Friday 05 & Saturday 06 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Latheron Village Hall, Caithness – Tuesday 09 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Edderton Village Hall, Tain – Wednesday 10 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Universal Hall, Findhorn – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 – £14


Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit – Monday 15 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Sunart Centre, Strontian – 17 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets – £10 – £12


Ballachulish Village Hall, Glencoe – Thursday 18 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Gartmore Village Hall, Gartmore – Saturday 20 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12


Box Office information


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Recommended Age Guide: 14+


All performances are autism friendly and all venues are fully accessible.


Full tour dates and booking info:


Theatre for a Fiver –£5 ticket deals and discount codes for 14 to 26 year olds for many National Theatre of Scotland production. Full info here

WHAT’S ON APRIL: Scottish premiere of Fringe First award-winning of Thank You For Doing Nothing at the Tron

Following their acclaimed production of A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), which won Best Musical at Edinburgh Fringe, Silent Uproar are back touring their new comedy musical about climate change and the companies that profit from it.

Set 70 years in the future so-called “global warming” has apparently affected most of Britannia’s drinking water – if you want to believe the opinions of 99% of experts and their so-called “science”. But fear not; our hero, and propaganda expert for the Big Water Corporations, Molly Pazgan is here to tell you that everything is fine.

Thank You For Doing Nothing is a provocative sci-fi musical that sings, dances and lies about how we should all keep believing the people telling us climate change isn’t real and that they haven’t been misleading the public. The same people that brought you previous hits such as: “cigarettes don’t cause lung cancer”, “don’t worry about the ozone”, and “is asbestos really that bad?”

Silent Uproar aim to make theatre for the Netflix generation, commissioning provocative and playful writers and ‘telling stories to make the world less sh*t’.  Inspired by films, comic books, and video games, their ambition is to get audiences as excited to go to the local theatre as they would be to go to the cinema or stand-up, and this satirical musical is a hilarious night out like no other.

The show is being produced with the support of Arts Council England, Hull City Council & The Marlowe Theatre (ROAR). Pay what you decide performance April 16.


Venue:   Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates:  Thu 16 Apr – Sat 18 Apr, 7.45pm
Tickets:         £13 – £17 (Pay what you decide, 16 Apr)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or

WHAT’S ON APRIL: Amsterdam at The Tron

The acclaimed Actors Touring Company will present the UK premiere of Amsterdam as part of The Tron’s Spring season of work. Featuring a fresh cast, this will be the first tour under Artistic Director Matthew Xia, recently named in The Stage’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Theatre. Amsterdam is written by award-winning playwright Maya Arud Yasur.

A violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant. One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives. It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present…

Original cast member Michal Horowicz is joined by emerging star Anyebe Godwin, who recently appeared in the acclaimed Orange Tree production Little Baby Jesus. Demonstrating ATC’s commitment to supporting the early career development of new acting talent, the ensemble also includes Uri Levy, a recent graduate of Guildhall, and Anya Jaya who, coming direct from her final year at Guildhall, makes her professional debut.

Examining the experience of the outsider in a highly structured society and revealing how uncomfortable truths are often buried just below the surface, Amsterdam explores the individual’s relationship with their personal past and with the wider histories that define them.

Matthew Xia, Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company:

“I’m thrilled to be launching my first tour with ATC, travelling the length and breadth of the UK with a play that speaks to the outsider in all of us.

Amsterdam is a bold and powerful example of an international voice, the sort we are at risk of losing when we pull the drawbridge up.”


2-4 April Tron Theatre, Glasgow


Scottish Opera’s hit show Fox-tot!, a new opera for children aged 12 to 24 months, returns this Spring for a tour around Scotland, following a five star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

Fox-tot! will be performed at: Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock; Perth Theatre, Perth; Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen; Bonar Hall, Dundee and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from Friday 20 March to Saturday 4 April.

Composed by Lliam Paterson, in 2018, his acclaimed ‘opera for babies’, BambinO, had sell-out performances at the Fringe, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Paris and The Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. Scottish Opera Staff Director Roxana Haines (Opera Highlights 2019) directs Fox-tot!, a Scottish Opera co-commission with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Designed by Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017), the 45-minute show for toddlers is an engaging mix of music and puppetry, performed by mezzo-soprano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Bethan Langford (The Magic Flute 2019), and countertenor Daniel Keating-Roberts (Orfeo & Euridice 2019). They are joined by cellist Laura Sergeant and percussionists Michael D Clark and Darren Gallacher.

Sung in English, Fox-tot! tells the story of a little fox sent on an adventure to explore the world and step into the footsteps of other creatures, including a cat, a butterfly and a frog. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

The show stimulates the curiosity of Scottish Opera’s littlest audience members with an interactive set they are encouraged to explore and play in. It inspires joy in listening to music, and instils the beginnings of empathy as Fox learns to see through the eyes of others.

Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education, Jane Davidson, said: ‘Once again, Fox-Tot! is up on its paws visiting venues across Scotland; this is a real treat for small eyes and ears as toddlers are welcomed into the magical, autumnal world of Fox and his friends. As much fun for the adults as for the little ones, this is one of those rare occasions when everyone can enjoy a shared musical experience that works equally well as a miniature one-act opera as it does a leafy playground full of tactile toys and intriguing sounds.’

Fox-tot! director Roxana Haines said: ‘Come and join Little Fox on a journey of transformation, play, and discovery. You’re free to roam in this magical world, as Fox tries out being a cat, a frog and a butterfly. No matter who Fox becomes, Mother Vixen’s unconditional love is always there.’

Fox-tot! is supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels, New Commissions Circle, Forteviot Charitable Trust, Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust and Thomson Charitable Trust. This project is also part of a Royal & Derngate-led consortium inspiring and supporting the creation of new musicals and operas.

Performance Diary


Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Fri 20 Mar, 10am & 11.30am

Sat 21 Mar, 10am


Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre

Tue 24 Mar, 11.30am

Wed 25 Mar, 10am & 11.30am


Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen

Fri 27 Mar, 10.30am & 12pm

Sat 28 Mar, 10.30am & 12pm


Bonar Hall, Dundee

Tue 31 Mar, 10am & 11.30am

Wed 1 Apr, 10am & 11.30am


Eden Court, Inverness

Fri 3 Apr, 10am & 11.30am

Sat 4 Apr, 10am & 11.30am


WHAT’S ON APRIL: Green Door Theatre bring Sweet Charity to Webster’s

Green Door Theatre, the Glasgow-based performing arts company are thrilled to return to Websters Theatre in 2020 with Fosse’s rarely-performed 60s classic Sweet Charity.

Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer in a Times Square dancehall, and while her friends dream of getting out of that life for good, all Charity really wants is love. She’s headstrong, quirky, flirtatious, genuine, witty, and has disastrous taste in men. When her boyfriend Charlie (whose name is on her tattoo) shoves her into a pond and runs, Charity finds herself on a series of misadventures on the road to loving herself, even if it takes a movie star, a cult leader, a claustrophobe, and her friends to get her there.

Sweet Charity premiered on Broadway in 1966 with Bob Fosse at the helm, and it feels like you’re watching a 60s Manhattan fairytale. The combination of music and choreography is iconic, featuring standout numbers like ‘Hey, Big Spender’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’, and ‘Rich Man’s Frug’. With any luck, you might just leave the theatre with a spring in your step and a tiny glint of optimism in your eye – and what could be more needed these days than a classic slice of musical theatre escapism?


April 30th 7.30pm

May 1st 7.30pm

May 2nd 2.30pm

May 2nd 7.30pm

Websters Theatre, 416 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9HZ

Tickets £16.50 (includes £1.50 booking fee)

Box Office: 0141 357 4000





WHAT’S ON APRIL: An Evening with Blondie’s Debbie Harry & Chris Stein In Conversation – Coming in April

In the mid 70s the band Blondie emerged onto the New York music scene and quickly became era defining and internationally iconic.

Now, frontwoman Debbie Harry and the band’s co-founder, guitarist and songwriter, Chris Stein will be in conversation with multidisciplinary artist and director (and long time Blondie collaborator) Rob Roth, discussing five decades of Blondie, their lives as artists and creative partners.

Centred around Chris and Debbie’s recent, acclaimed books, every night is unique as the conversation ranges over their career including the groundbreaking music, adventures in 1970s New York, work and play with artists from The Ramones to H.R. Giger, David Cronenberg, plus touring, acting, photography and beyond.

Debbie Harry‘s best selling autobiography, ‘Face It’ was released at the end of last year to a deluge of praise, crowned “the ultimate rock n roll memoir,” by The Sunday Times. While photographer Chris Stein draws on his two highly acclaimed photo works – ‘Negative’ and ‘Point of View’.  The latter was described as “stunning” by Rolling Stone and “fascinating” by the New York Times.

“Each presentation has its own surprises with new stories,” says Rob Roth, “plus special guests and previously unseen visuals.”

The conversations are illuminated with seminal images of the band and New York City from Debbie’s autobiography and Chris Stein’s two books, as well as film clips, fan art, book readings and audience Q&As.

These spark unexpected memories, even for Debbie and Chris.  And guests from their past often join to explore their own history with two of the most fascinating and unique artists of the last half century.

“I’ve always loved the way Chris tells stories,” says Debbie, “I think you will too.”

Tour Dates

April 2020

Weds 22 April – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


WHAT’S ON APRIL: Trigger Happy TV Star Live at Eastwood Park Theatre

Writer, broadcaster and comedian Dom Joly, best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV, is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre for his only Scottish date as part of his UK theatre tour.

Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots at the Giffnock theatre on Friday 3 April at 7.30pm.

From North Korea to Chernobyl, Dom has visited some of the most unusual places on the planet – including the Australian bush in the 10th series of hit TV show I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here.  He famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and, armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to serve up a tantalising mix of comedy and a sense of danger.

The best-selling author will also meet Glasgow fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club during his first theatre tour since 2011.

Dom said he’s looking forward to the Eastwood Park Theatre show, adding: “I’ve got this collection of weird holiday snaps. And I know there’s that cliché that ‘nobody wants to see anybody else’s holiday snaps’. Well, my holiday snaps are really good. And I’ve got some really good stories with them.

“The theme is travel. The three things I’ll be showing will be my own holiday snaps, holiday snaps from TV shows and holiday snaps from my books.

“So, for instance, when we did Trigger Happy TV, we went to Switzerland and found out our runner couldn’t ski and then I got arrested for impersonating a yeti.

“There’s a snap of me at Chernobyl, thinking: ‘Should I eat the vegetables here or not?’ So when I put all of them together, I’ve got a seriously great holiday show.”

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps is part of Eastwood Park Theatre’s packed programme of events, which runs from January – June 2020. The Giffnock theatre has over thirty shows featuring live music, top class theatre productions, comedy, dance and kids’ entertainment.

View the full programme and book online today: or call the box office on 0141 577 4956. Tickets for Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps are on sale now, priced £15:


Scottish Opera Young Company brings Stephen Sondheim’s zany and rambunctious musical comedy  The Frogs to Glasgow for two performances this Spring at the Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium, on the 8 and 9 of April. This is the first time the company has taken on a piece from the world of music theatre.
Glasgow’s much-loved writer, director and pantomime dame Johnny McKnight (Last One Out, 2013) directs Sondheim’s rarely performed screwball musical, with Jonathon Swinard, Young Company’s Artistic Director, conducting the young performers, who are aged 17 to 23. The Young Company, which staged Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice in 2019 to great acclaim, is joined by professional musical theatre performers Darren Brownlie and Neil Thomas. Scottish Opera Scenic Artist Neil Haynes provides the set design with costumes by Aileen Sherry.
Adapted by Burt Shevelove from the one act comedy by Aristophanes, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, the composer of Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, The Frogs tells the tale of the Greek God of music and wine, Dionysus. He has had enough, and the political landscape is torturous, with fake news giving him fatigue. The people have stopped believing in beauty and truth, but he is convinced he can change things, embarking on a treacherous journey to the Underworld to bring back George Bernard Shaw from the dead and save civilisation through the power of art. Will he overcome his fear of syncopated singing frogs to reach his final destination? Will William Shakespeare out-poet Shaw? And will Dionysus ever pull off that faux-fur outfit given to him by his step-brother Herakles?
Director Johnny McKnight said: ‘The Frogs is a real treasure amidst the catalogue of the genius that is Stephen Sondheim. The music is deceptively complex and couched within a script that borrows from Comedia dell’arte, traditional music hall and farce. It seeks to entertain through the surreal and mischievous whilst also hiding underneath the narrative something very prescient for our time – when our leaders are failing us and hiding the truth who will speak to and for us? It’s a brilliantly funny book with hilarious lyrics, and I think it will offer not only a great night’s entertainment but a fantastic challenge for our Scottish Opera Young Company to sink their teeth into.’
Scottish Opera Young Company Artistic Director Jonathon Swinard, said: ‘Sondheim’s music for The Frogs is amphibiously ambitious and toad-tappingly catchy – Scottish Opera Young Company’s staging of this sophisticated score is smarter than even the most excessive sibilance can express!’
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 
8 & 9 Apr, 7pm 
Tickets £12/£5 (Under 26s) 
0141 353 8000




 After exhilarating audiences across the globe with record breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s production of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s supernatural sensation Ghost Stories will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow next year as part of a UK tour.

More spine-tingling and terrifying than ever, the Olivier Award-nominated show opens on Tuesday 7 April for 7 performances until Saturday 11 April.

There’s something dark lurking in the theatre. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest Ghost  fears and most disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror, a supernatural edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other. 

Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending. 

Ghost Stories

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 7 – Sat 11 Apr 2020

Tue – Thu, 8pm

Fri: 6pm & 8.30pm

Sat: 3pm & 8pm

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


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