Category Archives: What’s on DECEMBER

NEWS: Winterfest is coming to East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is getting into the festive swing with ‘Winterfest’ – a packed programme of Christmas cheer for children and adults alike.

Sell-out success from last year, Elf Academy returns in December with Christmas craft, baking and wintery tales while Christmas Baby Discos will let your little ones get in the festive spirit with action songs, party games, classic tunes and festive hits on Sunday 17 December and Saturday 23 December.

Experience the story of the most inspirational film of all time, with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ brought to life as a Live Radio Play. Be transported back to the 1940s with this comic, dark and wonderful classic story, featuring live sound effects, live music and mulled wine and mince pies at Carmichael Hall in Eastwood Park on Saturday 9 December.

Chaos at Christmas panto for ages 2+ is touring various venues in East Renfrewshire, starting on 28 November at Clarkston Halls, while you can also catch some of the best festive family films with Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch, The Muppets and Nativity all lined up in the lead up to Christmas.

Join in the banter with Snow White and the Seven Muppets from 18-30 December, an all signing, all dancing trip to Pantoland. A must-see for all the family, the show is brought to Eastwood Park by Inside Out Theatre productions, following the success of last year’s smash hit A Belter of a Cinderella Story.

There are also Christmas craft classes for adults on offer, including lino-printing session to make your own cards and gift wrap, Make a Wreath and Tree Decorations as well as Winter Photography in the Park.

You can also catch some of the best festive family films with Elf, Home Alone, The Grinch, The Muppets and Nativity lined up for the big screen at Eastwood Park Theatre in the lead up to Christmas.

To see the full programme of winter events and to book tickets visit:

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Ricky McWhittington a Glasgow panto ideal for children (5yrs+) and adults alike!

Senga McWhittington’s Sweetie Shop in downtown Glasgow is over-run by a swarm of rats, led by the villainous verminous Queen Rat. Nothing can stop this plague until our hero Ricky McWhittington steps in to save the day, with the helping wand of Fairy Gallus Alice, and fearless feline Kitty.

Will good win out? Will Melody find her true love? Will Senga get a man? A festive show bursting with laughs, singalong favourites and family fun.

By Alan McHugh and presented by Glasgow Life.

Ricky McWhittington – Tue 19 – Sat 23 Dec (various times – see website for details)

Age 5yrs+

Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4.50 (Local Links)

Platform, The Bridge,

1000 Westerhouse Road

Easterhouse, G34 9JW

T: 0141 276 9696 (opt 1)

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Platform’s Festive Shows – Rudolph, for the over 3s

Rudolf aimed at everyone from age 3yrs and up and is ideal for a fun festive outing for all the family.

It’s Christmas, but it’s hard to celebrate with no cards, tree, presents or food. If only Esmerelda the chicken would agree to laying an egg…but Esmerelda just won’t be persuaded, unless she hears her favourite story – Rudolf. And so, using their imaginations, the objects in their tiny house and a strong sense of the ridiculous, our two unlikely storytellers attempt the tale of Rudolf, the reindeer that just doesn’t fit in.

Presented by Andy Manley and Platform, the show runs for 50 minutes with no interval – perfect for little ones.

Rudolf – Tue 5 – Sun 17 Dec (various times during day and evening)

Age 3yrs+

Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4.50 (Local Links)

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Jock and the Beanstalk at The Shed, Shawlands

Poor Jock lives with his Maw and both of them are skint. Then one day he meets an old man who gives him magic beans which grows into a giant beanstalk. At the top of the beanstalk lives the ugly giant. Is Jock brave enough to fight the giant and get hold of the golden goose that lays the golden eggs!!! Family panto with plenty of song, dance and audience participation.

From 15th to 17th December at The Shed, Shawlands, Langside Avenue, Glasgow

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: 12 Dayz of Kissmyass featuring Miss Lily Minogue

Drag yersels to Santa’s grotty and join the tinselicious, the baublicious Miss Lily Minogue as she minces her pies and mulls over her whines in everything from “Away in a Minger” to “Jingle Balls”!
Suitable for 18yrs+

DECEMBER 10th 2017, The Shed, Shawlands, Glasgow



Scottish Opera’s The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert continues on 3 December at 3pm in City Halls Glasgow with Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, in a collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford has curated The Sunday Series concerts which focus this Season on his love of, and expertise in, Russian music.

Mikhail Agrest, resident for many years at the Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, conducts Evez Abdulla and Svetlana Sozdateleva in the lead roles of Ruprecht and Renata. Also in the cast are soloists Dmitry Golovnin, Maria Maksakova, Agnieszka Rehlis and Alexei Tanovitski. They are joined by singers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s opera course and instrumentalists from Scotland’s national conservatoire who will have the opportunity to play side by side with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.A story of masochistic obsession, black magic, demons and exorcism, Prokofiev’s seething opera is based on a novel by Valery Bryusov. With a doomed love triangle at its heart, The Fiery Angel was composed in the 1920s but never performed in Prokofiev’s lifetime. This concert is Scottish Opera’s first performance of the daring opera.

Mikhail Agrest said: ‘A masterpiece, or rather a fireball of an opera thriller, written between 1919 and 1927, The Fiery Angel must have been inspired by the tumultuous times in Prokofiev’s own life. The colourful story features cabalistic rituals, cannibalism, sexual hysteria, an orgy in a convent and an exorcism, providing the composer with a chance to show off his mastery of the ‘orchestral theatre’, with highly evocative music keeping the listeners and performers on the edges of their seats. This is Prokofiev at his best.’

Stuart Stratford said: ‘The Fiery Angel is an amazing piece. As you’d expect from Prokofiev, the music at times is very violent and incredibly visceral. It’s a huge canvas, concentrating on the two protagonists, but with many characters, which is why we are collaborating with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about this fabulous piece alongside our musicians, and for us to perform it with such huge forces.’

Two further concerts are planned for this Season’s Sunday Series. At the Theatre Royal Glasgow in February, From Russia With Love features singers from the National Opera Studio — the UK’s leading training programme for young opera professionals which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. This semi-staged performance features a variety of Russian-themed repertoire.

The Sunday Series 2017/18 closes in May with a concert featuring two works by Rachmaninov: Aleko and Francesca da Rimini. Adapted from a poem by Pushkin, Aleko was Rachmaninov’s first opera. This will be Scottish Opera’s first ever performance of Rachmaninov and the Scottish premiere of Francesca da Rimini, a little-known opera telling a story of love and death with a plot drawn from Dante’s Inferno.

Performance Diary for The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert


Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta

29 Oct 2017, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow


Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel

3 Dec 2017, 3pm

City Halls Glasgow


National Opera Studio: From Russia with Love

25 Feb 2018, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow


Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Francesca da Rimini

6 May, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow


As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Theatre Royal Glasgow, Scottish Opera is delighted to present three performances of Lauder starring Jamie MacDougall.

An exploration into the public and private personas of the legendary Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder, this new production of the musical play has been adapted by director Kally Lloyd-Jones and tenor and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall from the original script by comedian, actor and impresario Jimmy Logan. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, is Music Director. He accompanies Jamie on the piano, and has curated the featured Harry Lauder songs.

Lauder will be performed in the Theatre Royal’s Upper Circle Foyer, during the run of Scottish Opera’s La traviata in November and December.

Sir Harry premiered his classic song ‘I Love a Lassie’ onstage at Theatre Royal in 1905 when he appeared in his first pantomime, Aladdin, and in Red Riding Hood in 1910 he performed ‘Roamin’ in the gloamin’’, making Lauder a fitting celebration of the theatre’s 150th year. Featuring these well-known songs as well as ‘Keep Right on to the End of the Road’ and other familiar favourites, the show will also include news footage of Sir Harry’s funeral and film reel from the trenches. Greatly affected by his son John’s death at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, Sir Harry raised huge sums of money for injured servicemen by establishing the Harry Lauder Million Pound Fund and was awarded a knighthood for this and his contribution to the entertainment world.

Starring as Sir Harry is Glasgow-born Jamie MacDougall, who has established himself as one of the country’s most versatile singers and performers. Since 2001 he has been the nation’s voice of classical music for BBC Radio Scotland, and he will be making his debut on the Scottish Opera stage in Spring 2018 as the Dancing Master in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Jamie has sung Lauder’s songs around the world and is thrilled to be bringing this tribute to his hero back to a Scottish audience for these intimate performances in Theatre Royal, the oldest theatre in Glasgow. Established in 1867, the theatre reopened in 1895 following two fires and was bought by Scottish Opera in 1974.

Jamie MacDougall said: ‘I was 10 when I was taken twice to see Jimmy Logan in Lauder at the King’s Theatre Glasgow. That was the start of my life-long association with these wonderful songs and Sir Harry Lauder, an entertainer who was the first truly global star. For me, bringing back Lauder is a dream come true, and with Scottish Opera co-producing the show to mark the 150th anniversary of its home, the Theatre Royal, I believe they are recognising a very important aspect of Scottish cultural history.’

Cast List

Sir Harry Lauder          Jamie MacDougall

Director                       Kally Lloyd-Jones

Music Director             Derek Clark

Designer                     Janis Hart

Performance Diary

Wed 29 Nov, 6pm

Fri 1 Dec, 6pm

Sat 2 Dec, 3.30pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow, Upper Circle Foyer, Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Scottish Youth Theatre Announce 2017 festive production

After last years record-breaking festive show Starlight Starbright, Scottish Youth Theatre have announced their 2017 performance – Tommy and the Snowbird.

The story begins with Tommy, who is stuck at home with the chicken pox! His only companion is the snowbird he built in the garden before he got sick. If only the snowbird was real so Tommy could have a friend to play with!

But that could never happen…or could it? After all Christmas is the time when wishes can come true!

The show will be directed by Scottish Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mary McCluskey who states

“As the show is aimed at an early years audience, it’s not your sit down and sit still show. It will be interactive with the children joining in and engaging with the performers throughout”.

Tommy and the Snowbird will feature songs, theatre and plenty of festive magic, so bring your little ones to Scottish Youth Theatre this December and join Tommy and his Snowbird on their magical adventure.

Tommy and the Snowbird is performed at Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF

Directed by Mary McCluskey

Performances run on selected days and times 2 – 30 December and ticket prices start at £6

More information and booking at or call 0141 552 4267


NEWS: Stars of the show announced for Snow White and the Seven Wee Muppets

An all-star cast is lined up to deliver a panto that promises to be full of song, dance and Glasgow banter, as Snow White and the Seven Muppets comes to Eastwood Park Theatre this Christmas.

The show is written and directed by Giffnock’s own Paul Harper-Swan from Insideout Theatre Productions, who is bringing the professional panto to Eastwood Park for the fourth year in a row, following the success of last year’s smash hit A Belter of a Cinderella Story.

Taking centre stage as Evil Stepmother and 80s pop diva Spella, will be Stephen Arden, fresh from his appearance as Sir Robin in the UK tour of Spamalot. Stephen, from Motherwell, is ‘is dead excited to be donning the wig and digging in his heels as dame’ and is a dab hand with family shows , having been involved in previous showings of Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella, to name a few.

Snow White will be taken on by Stirling lass Charis Murray, who won a full scholarship place at London’s oldest and best known stage school, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. The 23-year-old, who began dancing at the age of two, is moving back up to Glasgow to take part in the show. Oh yes she is!

Greig Adam from Angus will be taking on a role you’re sure to love in Lady Marmite, one of the seven muppets. Greig has worked with Scottish Opera for the last two years and is sure to hit all the right notes at Eastwood Park.

Who needs a mirror when it’s 2017 and you can bring ‘Siri’ to life?! Siri will be played by Lisa McKecknie from Belshill, who is making her panto debut this year. She is a graduate of The University of the West of Scotland opened up her own theatre school Fever Pitch School of Performing Arts in 2012. She has been a member of the SoulNation Gospel Choir for four years, has performed in venues all over Scotland and supported Deacon Blue.

Appearing as Molly Muppet, Snow White’s bestie, will be Lee Reynolds from Airdrie. Lee has shared the stage with Elton John at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and is a prize-winning performer who has appeared in theatre shows across the UK.

Join Snow White and the Seven Muppets from 18-30 December for an all signing, all dancing trip down banter lane to Pantoland!

Tickets are priced £15 standard and £10 for Children, with family ticket available for £45 (2 Adults and 2 Children). Book now:

FESTIVE FUN: Chick Whittington written by and starring Johnnie McKnight at Macrobert

Chick Whittington Fri 24 Nov – Sun 31 Dec 2017 at MacRobert, Stirling


Stirling Stella is under attack.  It’s been fifty years since The Great Christmas Rat Race of 1967 that almost destroyed the pantosphere and now Queen Rat is back!

Step, or rather push forward, one Chick Whittington (grand-daughter to the legendary Dick).
Surely removing the streets of vermin will be as easy to her as it was her granddaddy?
Surely Alice Fitzwarren and her newly invented Time Machine can help save the day?
Will Stirling Stella ever be free of the flea-bitten Queen Rat and her minions?
Will Chick ever step out of her grandpa’s murderous shadow?
Will anyone notice that the plot bears a very strong resemblance to Back to the Future?

Grab your sweeties and your loudest voices to boo, hiss and dance a merry jig at this year’s panto extravaganza!

Accessible Performances;
Thu 7 Dec, 10:30am –  Audio Described and Signed performance
Thu 7 Dec, 2:30pm – Relaxed performance
Fri 15 Dec, 7.30pm – Captioned, Audio Described and Signed performance
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