Category Archives: What’s on MARCH 2020

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Kerry Godliman’s BOSH comes to The Stand Glasgow this month

Kerry Godliman’s new show BOSH reaches The Stand, Glasgow on Wednesday, 25th March. 
Kerry Godliman is back on tour after what she thought would be a little ‘she’ time. No chance. Her bosh-like nature will never let her rest. Well, that and a needy cat, a constantly disappointing camper van, and ever-raging feelings of mum guilt and bewilderment at the phasing-out of thimbles. All will be explained!
As seen on Derek, Bad Move, Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Call The Midwife, and heard on The News Quiz, The Now Show and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Kerry has performed stand-up throughout her
comedy career, encompassing national tours and successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Following on from a successful first series, Kerry will again star in Ricky Gervais’ After Life on Netflix – and series two hits the screens on 24th April. The show’s first series was hugely popular on both sides of the pond, so the second is eagerly awaited – and Kerry will return as the protagonist’s deceased wife, Lisa.

 

Besides this, in summer 2019 Kerry joined the cast of Adult Material, a new Channel 4 drama about the porn industry – in which she plays the part of MP Stella Maitland. It will air in the spring. And in April, Sky Atlantic viewers will see Kerry reprise her role as Teens in the mystery Drama Save Me.

 

Kerry also performed a hilarious set at the 2019 Royal Variety Performance from the London Palladium, which aired in December.

NEWS: A brand new musical launches in Glasgow

“My Big Fat Crazy Musical” tells the story of Sophie, a young Glasgow girl who dreams of becoming a star. Constrained by her mother’s opposing view of pursuing an education and a real job rather than a ‘pipe-dream’, Sophie begins to resign to the fact that maybe it’s just not meant to be.
26 – 28 March at Clarkston Hall, Clarkston 
However, after another ‘one of those talks’ with her mother, her world gets thrown into musical mania as a very familiar but incredibly unexpected face appears to her one evening. In Charles Dickens-esque fashion, Sophie and her celebrity companion delve deep into the wild world of musicals, meeting the crème de la crème from past and present, each prepared with their own tale of life, love and stardom.
With her dream starting to feel like a possible reality, Sophie’s relationship with her mother begins to bear the pressure as the cracks rapidly rise to the surface.
Can musical royalty help Sophie claim the throne of theatreland? Or will the relationship with her mother fizzle out the fame flame for good?
Get your tickets here or contact us on theatresouthproductions@hotmail.com for more information.

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Star of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights Clinton Baptiste hits with “The Paranormalist Returns!

Due to popular demand, the tour of Clinton Baptiste – The Paranomalist Returns has been extended into 2020 with thirty new dates added, taking it into the spring of next year.  The added dates will take the paranormalist sensation further across the UK with a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the Celestial Curtains.

The show hits the Glee Club Glasgow on March 12

In The Paranormalist Returns tour, Clinton will give readings to audience members up and down the land, offering advice from beyond the grave.  He will predict their futures, tell them about their pasts and perform all manner of spooky stuff an’ that.

But more, he tells the story of his demise, his comeback and finally…finally on this special night, he will attempt to pass over to The Other Side … and return (before the venue throw the audience out)….with THE ANSWER!

Clinton Baptiste is the hapless, clumsily inaccurate and occasionally brutal clairvoyant medium and psychic created by the comedy actor Alex Lowe for Peter Kay’s smash hit Channel 4 sitcom Phoenix Nights back in 2001. Now, some eighteen years after the show aired, Clinton returns to conjure up his extraordinary powers for a new generation.

Alex Lowe is well known for playing ‘Barry from Watford’, his wondrous 82 year old creation from Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon and Noel Edmonds’ Channel 4 quiz Cheap Cheap Cheap.

Among various acting roles are a number of credits with Kenneth Branagh – who he met as a child actor of 14 years of age whilst in the West End play Another Country.  Later he joined Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company, touring with Richard Briers. He also appeared in Branagh’s film’s Peter’s Friends and Much Ado About Nothing
Alex played the role of Simon Marriel in the 1995 feature film Haunted, alongside Anthony Andrews, John Gielgud and Kate Beckinsale. He was part of the BBC Radio Drama Company for a year, and has appeared in scores of radio plays ever since. Currently, he plays Brian in the BBC Radio comedy Clare in The Community

Alex is also well known for his work with comedian Peter Kay appearing in That Peter Kay Thing as Sparky as well as Phoenix Nights as Clinton Baptiste.  He revived Clinton Baptiste for an appearance in Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor. In 2015 he also revived Clinton for Manchester Arena’s Phoenix Nights Live, which raised £6 million for Comic Relief.

Recently has been gigging as Clinton Baptiste on the London circuit and also performing as Barry with his double act partner Angelos Epithemiou (BBC1’s Shooting Stars). His work with Angelos was recently nominated for Best Comedy at the British Podcast Awards.  Clinton Baptiste’s Paranormal Podcast also continues to sit high in the podcast charts.

Recent TV appearances include Brassic and In the Long Run both for Sky One, Don’t Tell The Driver for BBC2 and for film, The Devil Outside released earlier this year.

As a writer, Alex has written for Alistair McGowan, Ronni Ancona, Paul O’Grady, Iain Lee and Lewis Macleod. In 2016 he wrote the Radio 4 comedy series Barry’s Lunch Club featuring his creation, Barry.

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA’S EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE SELL-OUT SHOW FOX-TOT! RETURNS FOR SPRING TOUR

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

IMAGES: JAMES GLOSSOP

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Terceira Pessoa will present the UK premiere of Common Sense at The Tron

Ground-breaking Portuguese company Terceira Pessoa will present the UK premiere of Common Sense as part of The Tron’s Spring season of work from THU 26 – SAT 28 MAR, 8PM. This dynamic, multidisciplinary production (performed in English) has already been performed in Germany and Belgium.

Common Sense – a vague recollection of a show is a poetic and visual work, where the audience embarks upon a journey with a writer as a new work is created in front of their eyes. Playing with ideas of the memorable and theatrical, it asks questions of theatre being commonplace and transmissible, and through its humour and boldness, playfully interrogates the theatrical experience itself.

This is far from a sombre, reflective piece. Expect actions, hesitations and mistakes which are then corrected. We go back to previous pages in the middle of a sentence; we scroll up and down; the mouse of the computer becomes alive… And all of this brings the question: is this real or fiction?

Co-creator Ana Gil says:  “We like to think about the play as an accident, something that happens that is unexpected. We like to think about the show as something that happens in the middle of something in our life… something that catches you, that holds you in a thought, and all you bring back home with you is just the metastases of the show you just watched”.

Contrary to the fixed nature of poetry, the text of the show effectively evaporates over time…. What is left is the memory of what we have seen- a vague recollection of a show.

WHAT’S ON MARCH: IN THE WORKS PRESENTS WITHIN SIGHT AT THE TRON

Tron Theatre have announced that spoken word theatre company In The Works will present Within Sight as part of our Spring season of work. Commissioned and supported by Unlimited through their Emerging Artist Award, Unlimited celebrates the work of disabled artists.

This solo spoken word show explores the relationships between body, senses and sport through following the story of our protagonist who narrowly misses out on making the GB Paralympics team. Growing up with albinism she has had to deal with all the abuse, well-intentioned or otherwise, our ableist culture throws at her, but for as long as she can remember, her sport has given her independence and strength. We see her running, as she begins untangling the ways in which she has internalised the extreme expectations society puts on disabled people.

Based on her own experiences of living with albinism and the condition’s subsequent visual impairment, creator and performer Ellen Renton says:

“The protagonist spends the show trying to establish where she belongs now that she doesn’t fit in the bracket that society had expected her to. I was also keen to write a rounded disabled character, who is flawed in her rage and bitterness but is also warm, hard-working, and likeable. I feel that having a complex protagonist again acts as a defiance of the binary representation of disabled people.”

Renton has worked with filmmaker Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi, as well as Jack Hinks, and David Devereux of Tin Can Audio to create visuals, music, and audio to accompany her poetry, using multimedia to illustrate what the world might look like to someone living with visual impairment.

Soft spoken but hard hitting, Within Sight addresses ableism within our society and asks you to consider how individual actions have the power to stop it from happening.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Venue:   Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates:  Thu 19 – Sat 21 Mar, 8pm
Tickets:         £11 (£8.50)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or http://www.tron.co.uk

For full tour listings please visit: https://www.intheworkstheatre.com/withinsight

WHAT’S ON GLASGOW: Sam Serrano the 20-year-old rising star of comedy comes to Glasgow

Sam Serrano is one of the most exciting new acts on the comedy circuit. After coming second in Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian Of The Year, being a finalist in Leciester Square New Comedian Of The Year 2019, and a runner-up in Comedy Bloomers LGBT Comedian Of The Year 2019, Serrano is expected to be the next big thing is stand up comedy.

BOYish is Serrano’s debut show all about learning to love yourself despite your differences. It has already had successful runs in Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, and Leicester with many more dates being added. In the show, Serrano talks about having learning difficulties, having mental health issues, being bisexual, and being young through their well written and well-delivered routines that captivate audiences. Also, Serrano has shown themself to be a master of crowd work with fantastic off the cuff lines, improvisations, and being able to riff on whatever the room throughs at them.

Sam’s Glasgow show will take place on the 21st March at 2 pm at Dram! As part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival.

Tickets are £5

Ticket link: https://www.ents24.com/glasgow-events/dram/sam-serrano/5864287

NEWS: Eastwood Park Theatre Launch First Scottish Film Festival

Eastwood Park Theatre is hosting a Scottish film festival from 7-14 March to mark 25 years since the release of the iconic film ‘Braveheart’.

The Giffnock theatre is bringing the best ten Scottish classics back to the big screen during the week-long mini festival, including Braveheart itself, a Trainspotting movie marathon and Disney’s only Scottish princess in the film Brave.

A Big Country film and gig night will take place on 11 March with Scottish comedy film Restless Natives, featuring a soundtrack by Big Country, followed by exciting tribute band Restless Natives, who will take on some of the film’s soundtrack as well as a host of other Big Country classics live at Eastwood Park Theatre.

Alana Friell from Eastwood Park Theatre said: “Our Scottish film festival features a week-long programme packed with Scotland’s best and most widely recognised films, featuring some of our best home-grown talent.

“We’re bringing Braveheart back to the big screen for its 25th anniversary, our Trainspotting movie marathon is bound to draw in the crowds and we have also have The Wicker Man, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and much more coming to the big screen.

“With morning, evening and matinee performances, there’s something available for everyone.”

Eastwood Park Theatre’s Scottish film festival runs from 7-14 March 2020. Tickets are priced from £4 per film. Full film schedule is included below and full details can be found at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

7 March: Trainspotting and Trainspotting 2 (Standard £5, both films for £7.50)

9 March: Whiskey Galore £4

9 March: Local Hero £4

10 March: Sunshine on Leith £4

11 March: Restless Natives plus Big Country Tribute (Film £5, Restless Natives Band £10, Film screening and Band combo ticket £12.50).

12 March: Braveheart £4

13 March: The Wicker Man £4

14 March: Disney’s Brave

14 March:The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie £4

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Strictly Star Graziano Di Prima Havana Nights Tour Coming To Glasgow

Strictly Come Dancing professional Graziano Di Prima is preparing to dazzle and delight audiences with stunning new dance show Havana Nights which tours the UK in 2020 – including a date in Glasgow.

The 25-year-old will be joined by fellow Strictly professional and fiancée Giada Lini on this first solo UK tour which opens in Chelmsford on 3 March 2020.

Havana Nights promises an exciting mix of Latin dances with individual performances from Graziano and Giada, as well as entertaining group numbers with their supporting dancers.

After opening in Chelmsford, Havana Nights will tour the UK visiting Stevenage, Milton Keynes, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Hayes, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, Kettering, Leamington Spa, Cambridge, Exmouth, Redruth, Cheltenham, Swindon, Yeovil, High Wycombe, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Whitley Bay, Fleetwood, Warrington, Guildford, Reading, Shrewsbury, Southport, and Lichfield.

The show will be fantastic and fast paced and is guaranteed to be fresh and innovative with amazing routines to dazzle and wow its audience.

And along with the spectacular sizzling performances on stage, there will also be opportunities for a special pre-show meet and greet with Graziano and Giada.

Graziano Di Prima was born in Sicily and started dancing at the age of six when his mother enrolled him in classes. He is an Italian Latin Champion, as well as representing Belgium at the World Championships, and made the top 24 at the under 21s Latin World Championships.

He went on to spend three years performing with the world-famous Burn the Floor dance company, where he met his future wife 28-year-old Venetian Giada, romantically proposing to her live on stage between performances.

Graziano joined the Strictly team in 2018, partnering DJ Vick Hope through a series of sparkling and high-energy routines. He recently made Strictly history when he performed the first same sex couple dance with fellow professional Johannes Radebe.

Giada is ranked in the top 25 in the world in the Latin-American style. She won the Italian Showdance Championship nine times and represented Italy at the World Showdance Championships, where she was a finalist and won the Show Dance World Cup in 2014. She was also a finalist in Freestyle Latin representing Italy at the World Champions in China in 2013 and 2014.

She worked as a professional Latin American dancer on a high-profile Italian TV show called Amici di Maria De Filippi for three years, and toured Australia, the UK and Japan with Burn the Floor. Giada joined Strictly as a pro dancer in 2018.

Graziano commented: “I’m so excited to be able to bring Havana Nights to the many dance fans we know there are across the UK. Giada and I have worked closely together on the choreography and content for the show and we’re really proud of it. Now I can’t wait to visit so many venues around the country, meeting fans and performing all my favourite routines for them live on stage.”

Website:         www.havananightstour.co.uk

Twitter:           @_HavanaNights

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Royal Concert Hall

25 March 2020

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NEWS: WHYTE & MACKAY GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2020 PROGRAMME

• WMGICF turns eighteen in style with over 500 shows at 60 venues and over 140,000 tickets on sale

• Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short usher in the festival with a curtain-raising performance at the SSE Hydro

• Jimmy Carr, Stewart Lee, Arabella Weir, Frankie Boyle, Jerry Sadowitz, Trevor Noah plus many more set to appear.

 

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) reveals its full programme, as this hugely popular event in the city’s cultural calendar returns 12 – 29 March 2020. 60 venues across Glasgow are taking part – the most ever in the festival’s history.

 

The eighteen-day comedy extravaganza features international stars Trevor Noah, Steve Martin and Martin Short at the SSE Hydro and performances from household names including Jimmy Carr, John Shuttleworth, Dane Baptiste, Arabella Weir, Stewart Lee and Fascinating Aida.

 

It’s a bumper year for home grown talent with Janey Godley, Susie McCabe, Jim Smith and Jerry Sadowitz all gracing the stage of the King’s Theatre. Other top Scottish acts appearing across the festival include Rob Florence and Iain Connell in ‘Uncles’ at the Tramway, Craig Hill, Phil Differ, Fern Brady and Alan Bissett at Oran Mor, Frankie Boyle at the Stand, Elaine C Smith at Oran Mor, Phil Kay at Blackfriars, Darren Connell at The Stand, and Des Clarke at the Garage.

 

Comedy fans on the look out for critically acclaimed stand up can catch rising stars at a series of specially programmed venue takeovers. At the Old Hairdressers, Berk’s Nest present a line up including Desiree Burch, Jordan Brookes, Mawaan Rizwan, Sophie Duker; and Gilded Balloon are bringing Jayde Adams, Micky Overman and more. ARG are popping up in Blue Arrow and the Hug & Pint with a line up that features Evelyn Mok, Mat Ewins, Adam Hess and Annie McGrath. Local cult favourites CHUNKS descend on the State Bar promising Richard Brown, Planet Caramel, David Callaghan, and a gender-swapped live read of the screenplay to the 1995 Paul Verhoeven film Showgirls.

 

As well as stand up shows in some of the city’s biggest venues and intimate gigs in pubs, the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival features plays, sketches, improv, film and comedy for kids. This year’s theatre line up includes a brand new play from Chris McQueer at the Tron, Jason Manford in whodunnit Curtains at the King’s, and A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor. Families can head to the Tall Ship, the Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, and The Stand to catch laughs for little ones.

 

Other shows offering something a little bit unusual include a dog-friendly comedy club at Drygate, Hoppy Days beer tasting with comedy, Ray Bradshaw signing his show in BSL live as he performs, a drag parody of First Wives Club, and a special free show of dementia-friendly comedy at the Fred Paton Day Care Centre.

 

Events take place every day throughout the festival and tickets for all shows are on sale now, with some performances already selling out.

 

Sarah Watson, Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival Director, said: “We’re so excited to launch GICF 2020 with our biggest and most international programme to date. To have a comedy icon like Steve Martin performing at the event with Martin Short is just amazing, but to also feature Trevor Noah in the same year – well it’s just a dream come true.  They’ll set the tone for the festival’s eighteenth year as we welcome performers from all over the world, while also shining a spotlight on all the incredible Scottish talent that can be found in Glasgow in March.”

 

Ruairi Perry, Head of Blended Whisky Brands at Whyte & Mackay, said: “For the 3rd year running it is an absolute pleasure to partner with the Glasgow International Comedy Festival! We’ve had a very busy year as a brand, having celebrated our 175th year by launching our new look smoother bottle and also a ‘lighter spirit drink’ at 21.5% ABV – ideal for those looking for a brilliant tasting spirit but with lower alcohol.

 

There’s nothing light about the programme for this year’s festival – it’s packed again with top class acts from Scotland and around the world. It is amazing to see record number of venues involved across the city in 2020 with a fantastic blend of new talent and household favourites on offer. As a whisky born and bred in Glasgow, we are very proud that festival goers will be enjoying a dram or 2 of Whyte & Mackay whilst enjoying a great laugh & night out. Slàinte!”

 

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival is always a keenly anticipated highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and this year the programme is guaranteed to be hugely popular. Glasgow has produced some of the finest comedians who have ever taken to the stage and has welcomed some legendary performers and this year the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival ensures that legacy continues.”

 

Keep up to date with all the latest news by registering at glasgowcomedyfestival.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @glasgowcomedy.

 

 

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