Category Archives: What’s on JUNE

NEWS: National Theatre of Scotland presents a site-specific theatre event on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal

To celebrate the National Theatre of Scotland’s move into Rockvilla, a new facility for Scottish theatre-making on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal, the Company are delighted to announce Submarine Time Machine. Audiences of all ages are invited to participate in a free weekend of performance, art and myth-making,  from a leading team of professional artists and actors working alongside local community groups.

Submarine Time Machine
is an, interactive, multimedia, theatre experience telling the stories of the canal as seen by mini submarine HMS XE9, whose final journey took it from the North Glasgow Canal Corridor to Rosyth in 1952. National Theatre of Scotland is working with local community groups, schools, residents and organisations to excavate the past and rediscover the myths of the canal, the secrets held by the submarine as well as the community’s hopes for the future.

These myths, old and new, will be brought to life by a cast of a hundred on the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal, between Speirs Locks and Firhill Basin. They will recreate the fantastical stories through sound installations, dance, sculpture, football, choirs, music, virtual reality, an immersive submarine experience and the telling of the tallest tales.

The audience will be invited to marvel at the strength of the boy who pulled the plug that drained the canal, swoon at the sight of the glorious white hart that appears whenever a stout heart is broken, be aghast and exhausted as they take wing with the most incredible Glesga Doo, relive the glory day of Partick Thistle Football Club’s defining defeat of the Lisbon Lions and roar 4-1 all over again.

Submarine Time Machine
has been made possible thanks to the support of the ScottishPower Foundation. The project is one of 26 beneficiaries to receive a slice of a £1.8M donation in 2017.

National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director Simon Sharkey (Home Away, Granite, The Tin Forest) will lead the project. The National Theatre of Scotland has established an international reputation for its participatory theatre projects, with recent successes including the award-winning Granite in Aberdeen, To Begin… in Forres and Wigtown, and Jump in Fife, East Glasgow and Kingston, Jamaica. In October 2016 the Company hosted its first international participatory theatre festival and also participated in the multiple award-winning we’re here because we’re here, a UK-wide participatory arts event marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, conceived and created by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with 26 UK arts organisations.

Community groups, organisations and schools involved in the project include GAMTA, Junior Conservatoire, Possilpoint Mens Group, Possilpoint Womens Group, Lambhill Heritage Group, McKintosh Choir, Home Start NG, St Teresa’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School and St Cuthbert’s Primary School.

23 June 7pm-9pm; 24 & 25 June 11am-1pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm
Schools performances 20-23 June 2017 10.30am-12.30pm (to be booked in advance)

Free event

Additional information
Access is via all canal entry points between Speirs Locks and Firhill Basin. The Submarine is not wheelchair accessible but an alternative Submarine experience will be available. This is a promenade performance taking place on the canal towpath and involves walking – some of this is on uneven ground. This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather.

Join the conversation:  #SubmarineTimeMachine

NEWS: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students stage a ‘mini season’ at the Citizens

The professional stage beckons for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students who will perform at the Citizens Theatre this month and next.

Scotland’s national conservatoire will take a trio of drama productions to the Glasgow theatre in a ‘mini season’ which includes the annual On the Verge festival of innovative and experimental new works by Scotland’s freshest talent. On the Verge, at the Citizens Theatre for the first time, brings together performers of all ages and experience in an exciting and eclectic programme. Newcomers to the festival for 2017 include young actors from the Junior Conservatoire and students from the Royal Conservatoire’s BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme, who will all make their On the Verge debut.

The Citizens Theatre will play host to:

  • Table (May 20, 22, 23 and 24) written for the National Theatre by Tanya Ronder and directed by Guy Hollands, Associate Director (Citizens Learning) at the Citizens Theatre.
  • Pleasure and Pain (May 31, June 1, 2 and 3): written and directed by Mark Thomson, former Royal Lyceum Theatre Company Artistic Director.
  • On the Verge (June 13-16): annual festival produced by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Alex Fthenakis.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“As Scotland’s national conservatoire, we are uniquely placed to partner with the finest national and regional arts companies to provide students with extraordinary learning experiences.

“The strength and quality of these special partnerships, which are embedded into the curriculum of each programme, are a distinctive and defining element of life at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, helping us to nurture the performing artists of tomorrow.”

Hugh Hodgart, Director of Drama, Dance, Production and Film, said:

“The partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Citizens Theatre gives our students, of all ages, invaluable industry experience at one of the country’s most prominent, and progressive, theatres.

“Our unrivalled connections with creative professional partners like the Citizens Theatre put students at the heart of performance in Scotland, providing wonderful opportunities to work, learn and create alongside experts and artistic leaders, often in iconic venues.

“Our ‘mini season’ represents a new chapter in our long-standing relationship with the Citizens Theatre and we are especially delighted to be bringing such a range of contemporary material to Glasgow’s most exciting theatre.”

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has enjoyed a long relationship with the Citizens Theatre, one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres, which presents a mix of original Scottish drama and contemporary versions of classic plays. The theatre was officially constituted as the Citizens’ Company in 1943 by the playwright James Bridie. For the first few seasons before finding their current home in the city’s Gorbals, they performed in the Royal Conservatoire’s former premises on Buchanan Street, in the Athenaeum Theatre, and links between the two institutions have remained strong ever since. James Bridie was the primary force behind the foundation of the Royal Conservatoire’s College of Dramatic Art in 1950 under the directorship of Colin Chandler, which has grown into the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film as it is today.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director at the Citizens Theatre, said:

“I am delighted that the links between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Citizens are growing stronger and stronger. As so many of the people who perform on our stages were trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it seems appropriate that the relationship between the theatre and actor starts as early as possible and I’m looking forward to seeing the students’ work in our building in the coming weeks.”

The first show at the Citizens Theatre in the Royal Conservatoire’s ‘mini season’ is Table (May 20, 22, 23 and 24) a piece written for the National Theatre by Tanya Ronder and directed by Guy Hollands, Associate Director (Citizens Learning) at the Citizens Theatre.

Six generations, twenty-three characters and one special piece of furniture, Ronder’s thrilling play is an epic tale of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. Constructed as an intriguing puzzle, it follows the shifting fortunes of the Best family on their travels around the world. This tour de force of assured storytelling encompasses one hundred years of a family and the table that is passed down the generations.

Pleasure and Pain (May 31, June 1, 2 and 3) is written and directed by former Royal Lyceum Theatre Company Artistic Director Mark Thomson and was originally produced at the Citizens Theatre 14 years ago. It returns to the venue with Thomson as director once again. It’s an evening with French writer Guy de Maupassant, charting his tragic journey from aspiring writer into the darkness of drug addiction and madness. Mark Thomson’s adaptation of Maupassant’s stories conjures up a florid and vivid world that reflects Maupassant’s own life and imagination.

On the Verge (June 13-16) has been part of the RCS performance calendar for nine years, during which time many of the performers and writers have gone on to tour their work nationally and internationally.

Described as ‘a small festival of big ideas and big ambition’, it’s an invitation for audiences to share in the original and exploratory processes of emerging artists from the Royal Conservatoire’s MA Classical and Contemporary Text, BA Acting and BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programmes, as well as young artists from the Junior Conservatoire Acting. The BA Performance in British Sign Language and English is the only performance undergraduate programme for deaf students in the UK, developed in association with Solar Bear Theatre Company. It teaches students to be both actors and makers of work, exploring the most innovative ways of creating performance through British Sign Language and English.

Junior Conservatoire Acting final year students, who are performing in On the Verge for the first time, have created a piece, The Choosing, a ‘tense, dystopian thriller’, directed by Andy McGregor. It opens on June 16 as part of On the Verge then has stand-alone matinee and evening performances at the Citizens on June 17.

Alex Fthenakis, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate and producer of On the Verge, said:

“It’s exciting to partner with the Citizens Theatre for the first time for On the Verge which will showcase 21 dynamic and diverse new works, making it the largest incarnation of the festival to date.

“I’m also delighted to welcome students from the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English and the Junior Conservatoire Acting who will make their On the Verge debut.”

Ticket information:

Table and Pleasure and Pain tickets are available through the Citizens Theatre box office:

T: 0141 429 0022 /

On the Verge tickets are available from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland box office:

T: 0141 332 5057 /

Image: On the Verge team at the Citizens Theatre with Alex Fthenakis, far right.

Pic: Julie Howden/RCS.

WHAT’S ON JUNE: Sticks & Stones Rehearsed Reading

Which is more powerful, the need for revenge or the need for redemption?

Two forces collide in this new work inspired by the rise and fall of a right wing group in Britain.

‘Sticks & Stones’ is dramatist Lorenzo Novani’s current work in progress.  This is a rehearsed reading of an early draft.

The writer invites you to be part of the journey of this work.

This performance is not a full production.

Not Suitable for under 14s

This is a seated event.  Tickets sold as General Admission (you will not be allocated a specific seat in the auditorium)

There will be no interval.

15 Jun 2017 – 19:30 WEBSTER’S THEATRE

WHAT’S ON JUNE: Theatre created just for infants at Platform

Every new relationship is a journey – it can be tender, competitive, challenging, joyful. But where does that begin?

Join Platform at the ringside of their mini arena for MamaBabaMe to witness this exciting new dance, theatre and live music experience made especially for infants and their grown ups.

Through playful movement, dance and sound, MamaBabaMe explores these profound new relationships and how this eternal bond evolves and grows.

Everyone will recognise something of their own relationships, as parent or child – this is a show for young children and anyone who’s ever been one!

Starcatchers launch fundraising scheme to widen theatre access

Platform is one of the first three venues in Scotland to be part of a new scheme from Starcatchers Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation who has launched a new fundraising initiative, Forward for Families, to provide theatre seats for very young children and their families in need across Scotland.

Forward for Families asks those that love the theatre to pay forward a ticket for the MamaBabaMe production. Donations start at £5, which is a step towards a full ticket, £10 to buy a big or little seat, £20 to admit an adult and child or £40 to include four seats.

If you would like to read more about the scheme please click here.

MamaBabaMe (10.30am + 1.30pm on Saturday + 10am on Sunday)

10 Jun 2017
0 → 4 yrs
£8.50 / £5 / £4 Local Links

WHAT’S ON JUNE: National Theatre’s Jane Eyre visits the Theatre Royal in June

The National Theatre will be touring Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre from April to September 2017 with a week-long stop at Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Monday 5-Saturday 10 June.


The highly acclaimed co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic opens at The Lowry in Salford on April 8and will continue its journey around the country to Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Aberdeen and Birmingham.


This is a very significant time to be announcing the tour, as 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth and 2017 is the 170th anniversary of when Jane Eyre was first published.

This exciting new stage version of Jane Eyre was originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, and then transferred to the National Theatre, re-imagined as a single performance, playing to sold out houses at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre. The production was devised by the original company, with set designs by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting byAideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Mike Beer, movement by Dan Canham and dramaturgy by Mike Akers.Casting for the production is yet to be announced.


Speaking of the new production, director Sally Cookson, said: “Adapting a novel for the stage is a challenging prospect – especially when that novel is cited as many people’s favourite of all time. It is always daunting when you’re working on a story which everyone knows so well, because you want to surprise and maybe challenge people’s expectations, without losing any of the things which make them like the story in the first place. I chose this particular title because it’s a story that I love and have enjoyed a close relationship with ever since I was intrigued, as a child, by Orson Welles’ black and white melodrama with fabulous music by Bernard Herrmann. I didn’t actually read the novel until I was in my early twenties and I remember thinking while I read it: ‘This is a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women, not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss’. I was struck by how modern Jane seemed – her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself. She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be.”

Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production tells the story of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Treasure Island and Peter Pan; and elsewhere, Boing! (Sadler’s Wells), Cinderella (St James Theatre), an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (West End and UK tour), and Romeo and Juliet  (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Sally Cookson’s production of Peter Pan, devised by the original Company, based on the works of JM Barrie, a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic, is currently running at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre.


Jane Eyre

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Monday 5-Saturday 10 June

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Thurs & Sat mats, 2.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee) Calls cost up to 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge (bkg fee)


WHAT’S ON JUNE: Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible, comes to Glasgow

Starring Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch-hunter, Reverend Hale, this new production of an American classic is directed by Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, and takes a Brechtian look at this violent story of frail reason in the face of hysteria.

Following Rintoul’s recent hits at The Queen’s, Made in Dagenham and Much Ado About Nothing, this atmospheric staging of The Crucible promises the same level of quality and acclaim.

One of the twentieth century’s landmark plays, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible stands as both a historical record and a political parable for our times. The unrelenting witchhunt, violence and allegory of the brutal McCarthyism of American politics in the 1950’s resonates with an unnerving clarity now in a post-Brexit UK where violent mob mentality and race-driven hate crimes are on the rise.

David Hutchinson, Artistic Director of Sell a Door Theatre Company said today: “The Crucible was the first production I ever witnessed on stage; and resonates today as it did when it first met an audience as a fundamentally important piece of American theatre that calls into question our highest beliefs and morals. After our summer and autumn season of high-flying musicals, it’s a chilling, powerful play that is punching off our 2017 season of work”

The Crucible is co-produced by the award-winning Sell A Door Theatre Company.  Sell a Door are a leading producer of mid and large-scale productions including recent successful UK tours of The History Boys, Sunset Song, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, and American Idiot. The production is in association with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.


The Crucible

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Mon 12 Jun-Sat 17 Jun 2017

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Thurs & Sat mats, 2.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee) Calls cost up to 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge (bkg fee)

WHAT’S ON JUNE: Dirty Dancing’s back

Producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott are delighted to announce that due to overwhelming demand for tickets around the country, even more dates have now been added to the UK and Ireland tour of the brand new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Many performances have already sold out, and since originally going on sale in October 2015, over 150,000 tickets have been snapped up, with over £5 million taken.

The classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, returns to the UK this summer, following two blockbuster West End runs, two hit UK tours and various sensational international productions.

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking show has been reconceived in an all new production created by an innovative new creative team; directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce and with design re-imagined by top Italian set designer Roberto Comotti. The production premiered in Milan in July 2015, subsequently packing out the 15,000-seat Roman Arena in Verona, and then played a season in Rome.

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year- old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Dirty Dancing –The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million, making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over 2 million people during its triumphant 5-year run.

Since its Australian debut in 2004, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, has become a worldwide phenomenon, with productions staged in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe, consistently breaking box office records. Recent sell-out tours include France, Germany and Australia. The first ever UK tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, which launched in 2011, took an unprecedented £42,000,000 at theatres across the country. In 2013, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage returned to the West End and played at the Piccadilly Theatre in London until 23 February 2014, prior to launching a second UK and Ireland tour.

Produced by Karl Sydow, Joye Entertainment and Paul Elliott, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, and written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film, the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, with exciting extra scenes added in.

Dirty Dancing

King’s Theatre Glasgow

Mon 19-Sat 24 June 2017

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

Fri mat, 5.30pm

Sat mat, 2.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee) Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge (bkg fee)