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WHAT’S ON MARCH: Interference at City Park

A few decades from now, a woman waits in a VR metaverse to do homework with her ten year old daughter.

In a care home staffed by advanced AIs, an elderly woman struggles to make a connection with her android carer.

A couple are struggling to conceive, but fortunately their company has the perfect solution.

Interference is a trilogy of near future plays. Staged in an empty office block transformed with vivid projection and atmospheric soundscapes. It asks the question: will technology interfere with what we really need from each other?


Interference is staged in an empty office space within CityPark, 368 Alexandra Parade. Seating is unreserved and the venue is fully accessible.

Concession and Futureproof Passport tickets are available, click here to find out more about joining the Passport scheme if you are aged 14 – 26.

Running Time:

150 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Captioned

  • Audio Described

  • Autism Friendly

  • Relaxed Performance

Recommended Age Guide:

14+

Language:

English

Written by Morna Pearson, Hannah Khalil and Vlad Butucea. Directed by Cora Bissett.

NEWS: Local casting announced for RSC’s Romeo and Juliet

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Royal Glasgow have confirmed local casting for Romeo and Juliet which is to run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow next month as part of a UK tour.

As previously announced, two groups of four young people from Glasgow and the surrounding area will join the professional cast to share the role of the Chorus from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 March 2019

Joining Bally Gill (Romeo) and Karen Fishwick (Juliet) will be:

Mairi McLeod, 14, Cumbernauld

Millie Walker, 16, Largs

Annie O’Dell, 15, Jordanhill

Josh Ennis, 13, Largs

Matthew Don, 16, Clydebank

Eve Wengel, 16, Uplawmoor

Lilah Cowen, 14, Giffnock

Zoe McInnes, 13, Paisley

Erica Whyman, the production’s director, said: “In 2016 we brought my production of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation to Glasgow, and it involved a number of local school children.  We were bowled over by the impact the production had on the young people who took part and those who came to watch. I want to build on that hugely positive experience, as we stage Romeo and Juliet, opening up a dialogue with young people in schools in ways we have never before been able to do. By inviting these young people to join us on stage I want to celebrate the diverse talent of the UK and highlight the revolutionary heart of this most timeless love story.”

The young people selected to perform in Romeo and Juliet were selected from attendees of Theatre Royal’s drama workshops. Those who enrolled on the Young Theatre Royal course were invited to complete an application form and prepare a talk under the subject “I’d love this opportunity because…”. They then attended a workshop session where they worked on some themes from the show and presented their talk to the group. Based on selection criteria provided by the RSC, focussing on providing opportunities and building confidence, the eight young performers were chosen. Prior experience was not necessary.

Alison Cowan, Creative Learning and Community Partnerships Manager at Theatre Royal, said: “It was an honour to have the opportunity to invite our Young Theatre Royal participants to audition to be part of the cast in the RSC’s Romeo and Juliet. I’m confident that this will be a very enriching experience as they take part in the telling of this classic tale alongside one of the UKs most prestigious theatre companies.”

The young people will take part in two rehearsals with members of the RSC’s Education team and the Romeo and Juliet creative team. Then, during the week of the RSC’s visit, they will join the professional acting company for a rehearsal on the stage of Theatre Royal before they face an audience for their public performances.

Bally Gill’s previous credits for the RSC include Coriolanus, Salome, Vice Versa, Always Orange and Fall of the Kingdom. His other credits include The Island Nation (Arcola Theatre), A Local Boy (The Arts Theatre), Dinner with Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre 503) and NW (BBC/Mammoth Screen).

Karen Fishwick, who comes from Glasgow, makes her RSC debut. She most recently appeared in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/Live Theatre). Her other credits include Glasgow Girls (NTS/Citizens), Hansel and Gretel (Citizens Theatre), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Badults (BBC Three), James Kirk’s Comedy Blaps, The Illuminati (The Comedy Unit) and Tides and Telegrams (for The Winter Tradition).

The cast also includes: Afolabi Alli (Paris); Donna Banya (Gregory); Stevie Basaula (Sampson); Katy Brittain (Friar John/Apothecary); Raif Clarke (Peter); Beth Cordingly (Escalus); Paul Dodds (Montague); Josh Finan (Benvolio); Andrew French (Friar Laurence); Mariam Haque (Lady Capulet); Michael Hodgson (Capulet); John Macaulay (Cousin Capulet); Tom Padley (Balthasar); Sakuntala Ramanee (Lady Montague) and Nima Taleghani (Abraham).

Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, the production is designed by Tom Piper with lighting by Charles Balfour and sound by Jeremy Dunn. Music is by Sophie Cotton and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar 2019

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

0844 871 7647*

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WHAT’S ON MARCH: 16 year old student to perform his mind reading & hypnosis show in Glasgow

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Barrett from Dumfries, acts upon his dream and brings his Mind Reading & Hypnosis Show to Glasgow.

After performing at many events around Scotland, including a successful run of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Barrett announced he will be performing his hour long show at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall this March.

BRAIN ACCESS is a magic show like no other. He hopes to open your mind and take your thoughts, he might even replace them. In life we all think we make our own decisions, even when we have “a free choice” this show demonstrates you don’t.

The show has been designed around the idea of influence, and how we don’t make choices – our brains are being accessed by others. This show, where magic collides with mindreading feats, creates something that will make you wonder if it’s all just a trick or is Barrett really reading your mind and controlling your thoughts. Brand new for 2019 is a hypnosis demonstration which promises that you won’t be clucking like a chicken.

Speaking about his recent announcement Brandon said: “I am still finding this hard to believe, it feels like only yesterday, I got my first magic trick for Christmas, but I’m really looking forward to performing on the prestigious stage at the Panopticon, knowing that the likes of Stan Laurel, came before me”.

Last year Brandon Barrett became “Scotland’s Young Magician of the Year” after developing his skills by performing at many popular festivals and venues around Scotland.

Tickets are now available at the http://glasgowcomedyfestival.com/ or at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 117 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Approaching Empty at the Tron

Tamasha, Kiln and Live Theatre will present a Scottish premiere of Approaching Empty on TUE 5 MAR, 7.45PM as part of the Tron’s spring season, written by award-winning playwright Ishy Din and directed by Pooja Ghai (Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 2015-2018).

‘Forget friendship… this is business.’

In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy a business from his lifelong friend Raf. As the realities of the state of the business slowly unravel, these two best friends must confront the difficulties of going into business with those closest to them.

Set in North East England, in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, this compelling drama by playwright Ishy Din, lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of South Asian British men.

Ishy Din’s theatre work includes Snookered (Tamasha, Oldham Coliseum and Bush Theatre) and Beats North (Edinburgh Fringe). He was the 2012 Pearson Writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange and in 2013 Snookered won Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards. For television, his work includes Ackley Bridge, Taxi Tales and Doughnuts; for film, Fraud, Perfume and Our Lad; and for radio John Barnes Saved My Life.

Pooja Ghai directs Kammy Darweish (Mansha), Rina Fatania (Sameena), Karan Gill (Shazad), Nicholas Khan (Raf), Nicholas Prasad (Sully) and Maanuv Thiara (Tany).

Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs (including interval).

WHAT’S ON MARCH: New show Little Gift comes to Paisley Arts Centre

Award-winning M6 Theatre Company present Little Gift, a brand-new family show touring to Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March. 

Directed by Andy Manley (White, One Little Word), one of the world’s leading theatre makers producing work for children and young people, Little Gift tells an optimistic story of friendship and hope.

Ted is a lonely old soul, living all alone in the big city. One morning his life is changed forever when a mysterious helping hand steps in and disrupts his quiet routine. This playful show presents Ted’s tale with a heart-warming mix of puppetry, live music and song.

Artistic Director of M6, Gilly Baskeyfield, created the show with Andy Manley:

“The idea for the show came from a chat with Andy about stories of redemption and helping a sad character, much like A Christmas Carol. Giving a gift is a lovely thing for both parties. It’s a way of noticing somebody and saying ‘I remember you’. ”

Little Gift is performed by actor Guy Hargreaves, who has worked previously with M6 on the original tour of their OFFIE Award-winning show Whatever the Weather. Gilly explains:

“We knew we needed a very special actor to bring Little Gift to life and we saw a number of performers for the role. Guy’s wonderful attitude, alongside his top notch clowning, dancing and musical skills make him the perfect fit. The audiences love him.”

Founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering high quality theatre for young audiences. The company’s production of WHATEVER THE WEATHER (in association with Polka Theatre, created and directed by Gilly Baskeyfield) won an Off West End Theatre Award in 2016 for Best Production for Young People (0-7 years).

Little Gift is recommended for ages 3-7. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Paisley Arts Centre box office on 0300 300 1210 or visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on .

Images: Lewis Wileman

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Shakin’ Stevens comes to City Halls, Glasgow & Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh in March

Shakin’ Stevens recently announced an 18 date tour for March 2019 with dates in Edinburgh and Glasgow on the 16th and 17th. The platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be joined by his band to perform fan favourites, surprises and, of course, his much-loved hits including ‘Oh Julie’, ‘Hot Dog’ and ‘This Ole House’.

Talking about the new tour Stevens says:

“I’ve been going through my catalogue of songs in preparation for the tour, and re-introducing myself to the many and varied styles of music I’ve recorded during my solo career. From country rock to Cajun, classic rock to Latin, and blues to Americana I’ve had the pleasure of re-discovering the “jewels” from my repertoire that are so well-liked. Of course there’ll be hits and some songs that I haven’t performed live on stage for a decade or two….so some surprises!  I’ve also included well-known songs from other artists whose work I admire, together with album tracks and newer songs, bringing it right up to date!  I can’t wait to get back on the road and to have a great time with the audiences.”  

Tickets are on sale now, and are available from the venue box offices www.BookingsDirect.com and select authorised agents.

The UK’s biggest-selling artist of a decade, with 33 hit singles and four UK No. 1s to his name, and chart-toppers around the world, recently returned to the UK charts with the release of his acclaimed 2016 album ‘Echoes of Our Times’. Inspired by Shaky’s research into his family history and uncovered tales of wartime heroics, salvationists and strife in the copper mines of Cornwall, and with influences from blues, folk and Americana as well as his trademark rocking style, it was one of the most surprising and acclaimed albums of the year.

Sat 16 Mar          EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall                          0131 668 2019               thequeenshall.net

Sun 17 Mar        GLASGOW City Halls                                   0141 353 8000               glasgowconcerthalls.com

shakinstevens.com         Facebook: shakinstevensofficial              Twitter: officialshaky

 

WHAT’S ON FEB/MARCH: Rouse Ye Women at John Smith House & Clydebank Town Hall

Townsend Theatre Productions has announced the world premiere of its new show “Rouse, Ye Women!”

This groundbreaking folk opera tells the true story of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers and features original songs and music composed by revered folk musician John Kirkpatrick (Steeleye Span, Home Service, Richard Thompson Band).

The role of trade unionist and strike leader Mary Macarthur will be performed by Scottish folk singer Bryony Purdue. Purdue is an outstandingly versatile and charismatic performer and has sung with UK Opera companies Opera GlassWorks, Longborough Festival Opera and touring ensembles VoxCollective and Transatlantic Ensemble.

Folk singer Rowan Godel will play chainmaker Bird. Godel is a rising star in the music world and has worked extensively with some of the biggest names in folk, including Oysterband (duetting with John Jones on Street of Dreams, Spirit of Dust and more ), The Levellers and Ray Cooper.

Women chainmakers in the Black Country in the 1900s started work at the forge as children and spent their entire lives making chains. These women had no vote, were largely illiterate, worked a 54-hour week for ‘starvation wages’, and had to take their children to work.

But in the Autumn of 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers of Cradley Heath held a ten-week strike against their employers. Led by the remarkable trade union organiser and campaigner Mary Macarthur, they won a minimum wage which doubled their incomes.

More importantly, they returned to work confident in the knowledge that by sticking together in a union they could stand up to the chain masters and companies.

The strike was a prelude to the ‘Great Unrest’ of industrial action that swept Britain in 1911, and led to a landmark victory for a fair wage, changing the lives of thousands of workers, whilst proving their economic power.

‘Rouse, Ye Women!’ is a folk-song opera that tells the story of Mary Macarthur and the chainmakers, and shares the story of the lives of the workers and campaigners through rousing, heartfelt traditional song and music.

Director Louise Townsend said: “The focus of the production is not just the massive achievement of the women chainmakers in their fight for better wages, but also how Mary Macarthur and the National Federation of Women Workers, of which she was a founding member, sought to challenge the prevailing view that women made poor trade unionists, were a threat to male employment and wages, and were generally unorganisable.

“Mary Macarthur herself wanted trade unions to educate women workers to be better citizens, empower them to demand more from life and gain fair treatment as workers; to ensure that women can be an effective force within the trade union movement to strengthen the position of the entire industrial working class.

“Through this production we will aim to draw parallels with the inequalities in the lives of women just over a hundred years ago with modern issues of family life, low pay, the minimum wage, the gender pay gap and equality of opportunity.”

Writer, actor and musician Neil Gore said: “The story is truly inspirational because it centres on the energy and drive of Mary Macarthur, and her skills as an organiser and tactician. She came to be admired by her trade union and socialist comrades as well as those in positions of power – employers, business leaders and those in government. But, most importantly, she gained the trust of those women workers that she so skilfully organised and represented. She lived a thrilling, breathless life sustained with unfaltering courage and determination to achieve; she was cool and persuasive in argument and possessed immense good-humour and common-sense. Through this production we aim to celebrate her enormous achievements and her all-too-often overlooked legacy.”

John Kirkpatrick said: “The songs and music for “Rouse Ye Women!” are inspired in large part by traditional industrial folk song, music hall, and protest songs, as well as from projects created within the folk revival period of the 1960s and 70s, themselves based on direct links with traditional music of the past, with a modern, contemporary twist. Industrial folk song originally emerged in Britain in the 18th century from the Industrial Revolution. These workers tended to take the forms of music with which they were familiar, ballads and agricultural work songs, and adapt them to their new experiences and circumstances. They tended to be descriptive of work, often political in nature, and were sung between work shifts or in leisure, expressing workers’ interests and aspirations, and passed on among themselves by oral means.

“Other influences would come from popular and musical hall songs as well as formal hymns that had been adopted by the workers. The various types of song include chants of labour and protest including narratives of disasters, laments for conditions and political strike ballads. Amongst these are also songs about heroic and mythical figures of industrial work.

“There was a great tradition for women to sing at work in the big factories and the back-yard forges, especially music hall songs; their strong melodies and clear narratives having a wide appeal: “They can’t stop us singing! It’s a way of getting rid of the boredom”, as one worker once put it.

“Through the description and poetry or wit and wisdom of songs from this time, one can gain a feel for the hardships and pleasures; the day-to-day struggle for existence, as well as the ways of breaking the monotony of work with descriptions of local events and incidents, or through after-work collective relaxation.

“Through new rousing songs and moving ballads we aim to tell the story of the Women Chainmakers’ Strike by reflecting, imitating and embellishing the styles of music that were most significant to those who struggled to make the strike a success.”

             FEB 25 – 7.00PM – CLYDEBANK TOWN HALL

  • MAR 27 – 7.30PM – ST JOHN SMITH HOUSE GLASGOW

  • MAR 28 – 7.30PM – BIRNAM ARTS

  • MAR 29 – 7.30PM – NORTH EDINBURGH ARTS

NEWS: Sarah Darling returns to Glasgow this March

Following the release of her new single ‘Call Me’, country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling announces a string of tour dates taking place in March 2019. In support of her upcoming 5th studio album ‘Wonderland’ (released March 1st 2019) Sarah will play concerts in Glasgow, London, Norwich, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Leeds. Tickets available now via Sarah’s official website: www.sarahdarling.com.

Speaking about performing in her home-away-from-home, Sarah said, “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK to share my new music. Doubly excited since many of the tracks on ‘Wonderland’ are “made in the UK” with UK co-writers and producers! Britain has a special place in my heart, and the audiences have always been so warm and welcoming.”

‘Call Me’, signposts the latest stop on a journey that Sarah has been undertaking towards the most promising and anticipated album of her career. Sarah describes ‘Wonderland’ as a transformative time in her life, one that has allowed her to experiment in new sonic territories. “The whole concept of my ‘Wonderland’ album was to explore a brand new world artistically.  Because of my connection to the U.K., I thought ‘what better place to bring my Nashville roots to be creative’. I think it’s good as an artist to stretch the boundaries, because you are always growing and that’s how you find new magic and move forward to wonderful, new places.”

A host of exceptional artists came on board to collaborate with Sarah on ‘Wonderland’, including writers from both the US and UK.  Working with these songwriters has been a dream for Sarah, who took the challenge of writing with guests in her stride, “I’ve been in England for most of the year co-writing and working with producers. On this project, it’s really about new friends and new ideas. I literally would walk into a co-writing session, and had never met the person before. It’s so incredibly exciting to be finishing up the album, and to say I’ve recorded this in a different country. It’s a true reflection of me, and the current ride I’m on. Not to mention, I have new friends and memories for life. Music is about the connection. I’m so proud to share this trans-Atlantic collaboration. It’s the greatest adventure of my life to date!”

 Sarah will be performing songs from ‘Wonderland’ for UK fans at the following locations on her 8-date tour.

Sarah Darling March 2019 UK tour:

Tue 12 Mar –     Glasgow –         Oran Mor

Wed 13 Mar –   London –           Bush Hall

Thu 14 Mar –     Norwich –         Arts Centre

Sat 16 Mar –      Manchester –    Deaf Institute

Sun 17 Mar –     Liverpool –        Leaf

Mon 18 Mar –    Bristol –            Fleece

Wed 20 Mar –   Brighton –          Komedia

Thu 21 Mar –     Leeds –             Brudenell Social Club

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Heart of Darkness at the Tron

imitating the dog to premiere bold new retelling of Joseph Conrad’s iconic novel Heart of Darkness.

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative performance theatre companies, are set to bring their unique theatrical vision to the Tron Theatre when they premiere a bold retelling of Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential and timely novel – Heart of Darkness from 7th – 9th March 2019.

Following on from their popular and critically acclaimed adaptation in 2014 of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog will stage an exploration of Conrad’s classic novel filled with visually rich, multi-layered work that fuses live performance and digital technology.

Written more than 100 years ago, amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, Heart of Darkness, which explores the journey of Conrad’s narrator Charles Marlow travelling up the Congo river into the Congo Free State in the heart of Africa, is a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now retold as a journey of a black woman through war-torn Europe, the play explores a forsaken landscape lost to the destructive lust for power and emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

Negotiating race, gender and the themes of exploitation, violence and nationalism, imitating the dog’s Heart of Darkness is a searing parable for our times, created at a moment when versions of Britain’s colonial past seem to be being held up as a golden era and when our relationship to Europe is being severely tested.

The production’s ensemble will feature Laura Atherton (A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog); Msimisi Dlamini (Soul Sister, West End and UK Tour, Spanish Tragedy (Arcola Theatre); Butterfly Lion (Curve Theatre Leicester); Morven Macbeth (A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog; Bring The Happy, Invisible Flock and Opening Skinner’s Box, improbable), Matt Pendergast (The Train, imitating the dog) and Keicha Greenidge (In the Club, Bafta winning Three Girls and From Darkness, all BBC).

Heart of Darkness is retold and directed by imitating the dog founder members Pete Brooks and Andrew Quick (A Farewell to Arms and Kellerman, imitating the dog and The Carrier Frequency, Impact Theatre Co-operative). The production’s projection and video are designed by fellow original founder member Simon Wainwright (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court).

Running Time: approx. 110 minutes (including interval).

NEWS: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces new season of captivating performance

From internationally renowned soloists to passionate, political operas, a journey through Shakespeare’s classics and one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, the New Year bursts into life with an exciting season of performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Scotland’s national conservatoire raises the curtain on more than 100 events between January and March with bold, creative programming which showcases the artistry of its students, staff and a glittering array of visiting artists.

Among the artistic highlights awaiting Royal Conservatoire audiences is a laugh-out-loud opera double bill featuring Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, two standout productions which exude robust humour at almost every turn while shining a light on greed, debauchery and timely issues like the empowerment of women.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the brightest stars in the classical music scene, having played to an audience of millions at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The former BBC Young Musician of the Year opens the BBC Radio 3 and RCS Cello Festival. Meanwhile, innovation is at the heart of Into the New which sees Contemporary Performance Practice students challenge perceptions, personal and creative boundaries during this striking festival of devised work.

Consistently ranked in the world’s top ten institutions for performing arts education (QS Rankings 2016-2018), the Royal Conservatoire is also a busy arts venue, hosting more than 600 public performances each year.

Highlights of the new season include:

  • Opera double bills: Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias are two of the most side-splitting operas in the repertoire.

Gianni Schicchi is the last opera Puccini completed, a dark comedy focusing on a family’s attempts to get hold of a dead relative’s money after it transpires his wealth has been left to a monastery. The family turns to Gianni Schicchi for help but things do not go as planned in Puccini’s opera, which includes one of the most famous arias of all time in O mio babbino caro.

Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias tells of the wife who changes sex in order to obtain power among men. Bored of her life as a housewife, Thérèse transforms into a man and embarks on the life and career she craves. Her husband, meanwhile, finds a way to bear children without women and manufactures 40,049 babies in one day. Though comic in nature, the opera explores serious themes like the empowerment of women and the need to repopulate a country after it has been ravaged by war.

Dido and Aeneas and Trouble in Tahiti follow in March, telling stories of regal love and a well-off, suburban couple who become inexplicably alienated from each other well before the age of social media.

  • Malcolm Martineau: A Life in Song: The longstanding partnership between Scotland’s national conservatoire and BBC Radio 3 enables RCS to bring world-renowned artists like Malcolm Martineau to the city. The celebrated pianist is joined by leading performers including tenor Nicky Spence, soprano Sally Matthews and internationally renowned baritone Thomas Oliemans in this series, supported by the Hilary Rosin Coffee Concerts.
  • Cello Festival: The Royal Conservatoire welcomes chart-topping cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason to open the BBC Radio 3 and RCS Cello Festival. Sheku, who provided the soundtrack to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in front of millions of people all over the world, is playing a key role in reaching new audiences for classical music. In demand with leading orchestras and concert halls worldwide, he is joined by Brazilian Antônio Meneses, award-winning Russian performer Anastasia Kobekina, one of Britain’s finest young string ensembles, the Maxwell Quartet, and principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Philip Higham.
  • Into the New: March sees the return of one of the most important contemporary performance festivals in Scotland. Into the New explores radical practice and identity through intimacy, memory and immersion. The 2019 festival showcases nine individual performances, all produced by students at Scotland’s national conservatoire.
  • Piano Festival: Celebrating ten years in 2019, the RCS Piano Festival engages world class artists, commissioning new works for multiple piano ensembles while creating exciting interdisciplinary collaborations showcasing the extraordinary talents of the RCS keyboard department.
  • Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s story of illusion, mischief and transformation, celebrating the creative and often destructive power of love. BA Acting students take centre stage in this production, directed by Ali de Souza.
  • Musical Theatre: Sunday in the Park with George: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s soaring masterpiece merges past and present into poignant truths about love, passion and the creation of art. The production is set in the days running up to the completion of a painting. Painter George is struggling to find his artistic voice and maintain a relationship. A century later, his descendant (also George) is burnt out and in search of an artistic path – finding the answer not in the present, but the past.
  • Talks: Arts in Justice lecturer Jess Thorpe explores the potential of devised theatre as a radical act of community and a vehicle for dialogue and connection in the context of incarceration.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “With a new year comes an exciting new season of performance at Scotland’s national conservatoire.

“I look forward to welcoming you to support our emerging professionals as they take to the stage, honing their artistic practice as they prepare to become the next generation of leaders in the performing and production arts.”

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is committed to making its performances accessible to as many people as possible with shows that are relaxed, captioned, British Sign Language interpreted and audio described. For D/deaf and hard of hearing patrons, the Deaf Theatre Club offers tickets for any accessible performance for £5. Concession prices are available and the Tickets26 initiative gives those under 26 access to any performance for just £5 (conditions apply).

Tickets are on sale now. Visit rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice for details.

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