Category Archives: What’s on MARCH

NEWS: Egg-cellent Easter Entertainment at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre has a whole host of egg-cellent entertainment lined up this Easter, from puppet animation to pop-tastic shows plus a free teen drama workshop.

Celebrate the start of the school holidays in style with two pop-tastic shows from the Little Mix Experience, bringing the songs of the biggest girl band to Giffnock on 29 March.

Eastwood Park is proud to present part of this year’s hugely popular Puppet Animation Festival, with shows and activities popping up before and during the Easter break. Join us for The Steadfast Tin Soldier on Sunday 25 March for the tale of a one-legged soldier who fell in love with a paper dancer while The Wonderful World of Lapin show on Sunday 1 April is narrated in English with puppets speaking simple French sentences. Head along for hand puppet workshops and get the family together for films James and the Giant Peach and Wallace and Gromit on the big screen.

The Scottish Theatre Producers presents Grandad and Me on 31 March, a show that has received rave reviews and focuses on loss, longing and the treasures of memory and imagination. An accompanying 90-minute workshop is also available the same day, with limited spaces.


A free taster teen drama workshop for 12-16 year olds, hosted by tutor Corrie McKendrick from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Scottish Youth Theatre, will take central stage on the last day of the Easter break at the Carmichael Hall.

Tutor Corrie said: “I’m really excited that we are looking to engage a new group of young people with theatre in the East Renfrewshire area, as part of its Easter Week activities.

“I think it’s really important that everyone has access to a creative outlet, whatever that may be, and drama offers so much. It can be fun or about making people laugh, it can be a way of telling stories or finding answers and it can also be a career path, a way to build confidence, make new friends or fill up spare time.

“I’d encourage any teenager who is interested to come along.”

Limited to 16 spaces, the teen drama taster class will take place on Friday 13 April from 6-7.30pm and participants can then sign up for Teen Drama classes, starting on 23 April at Thorntree Hall in Thornliebank. The six-week teen drama term costs £43.20 or £21.60 concession, running Monday 23 April – Monday 11 June (excluding May bank holidays on 7 and 28 May).

Book your free drama for teens taster class and reserve your space on the drama course now by calling 0141 577 4956.

For further information and to book tickets for shows visit:

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Love or Money Two Plays for £10 at Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Love Or Money is a double bill of two one-act comedy plays for the Whyte and Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival. The plays are:

Vote For Love by Karen Barclay and Some People by Tom Brogan

They play at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March at 7.30pm. They are also at Leith Depot, Leith Walk, Edinburgh on Monday 26th March at 7.30pm.

Both plays feature Natalie Clark and Paul Kozinski.

Vote For Love written by Karen Barclay directed by Janis Marshall-Reilly
A scatty by-election candidate risks her campaign when she falls in love with her brother-in-law. Suzi Love, an internet vintage fashion seller, arrives in Hartsbury to scout out the locals for her sister, Pamela – who is standing in the local by-election. She meets her landlord, Archie Harris, who also owns the local community garden that’s threatened by a proposed high-speed railway – while taking note that this is the issue that most angers the town she’s shocked to discover that Archie is Pamela’s fiancé.  Family secrets are threatened as Suzi discovers herself in the centre of a bitter political campaign.

Some People written and directed by Tom Brogan
When single parents David and Ruth are called to see the Headmistress after their children are involved in a fight they find themselves at loggerheads. But when they’re placed on the School Board together they realise that they have more in common than they first thought.  Some People is a gentle Rom-Com that looks at the anxieties and insecurities of two single parents doing their best for their children while continuing to doubt themselves.

Some People has been optioned by The Comedy Unit to be adapted into a sitcom.

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Shift – a multi-media production exploring the world of work comes to Summerlee

Shift, the National Theatre of Scotland’s major new arts project for the people of North Lanarkshire, culminates in site-specific performances at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life between 29 March and 1 April 2018. The project, created in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, CultureNL, and North Lanarkshire Council, will be brought to life by a cast including members of the local community, who will be joined by professional actors, Daniel Cahill, Fletcher Mathers, Katie Barnett and Stephen Clyde.

Written and directed by National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director, Simon Sharkey, the Shift  finale at Summerlee will be a large-scale, outdoor, multi-media theatrical event featuring  striking video and lighting design and original music and words from punters, poets, playwrights and pen-smiths from across North Lanarkshire. Shift will tell the stories of the many ‘shifts’ put in by the workers who built the world and created our future.

Daniel Cahill, from North Lanarkshire, previously worked with National Theatre of Scotland on The James Plays and Truant.  He appeared as Fletch in the BBC Three sitcom, Pumped, and most recently in the zombie horror film, Anna and the Apocalypse, filmed in Scotland. He is joined in the Shift cast by Fletcher Mathers who toured with National Theatre of Scotland’s The 306: Day and is known across Scotland for being the voice of ScotRail; Katie Barnett who previously worked with the company on Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and seasoned stage and TV actor Stephen Clyde who appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Tin Forest and A Christmas Carol.

The Shift project has been taking place across North Lanarkshire since December 2017, including events such as Shift Lockers, Shift Lorrys and Future Forecasts, all involving local residents, youth theatre groups and workers based in North Lanarkshire.

The final instalment of these community projects is Shift Transmission, a new online magazine programme created by students from New College Lanarkshire to capture key behind the scenes moments, interviews and rehearsals in the lead up to the final Shift performances.

The three minute Shift Transmission broadcasts will feature on and a new programme will be broadcast weekly.  The Shift Transmission crew is led by Kim Beveridge, a digital artist and video producer, based in Bellshill.  The first episodes can be viewed here.

Join the conversation: #NLShift

Shift final performances

Venue: Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Dates: 29 March to 1 April 2018

Tickets: £10 (£8/£5 under 16s and Futureproof Passport Holders)

Times: 7.45pm for 8.00pm

Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD.

Box Office: 01698 403120   Online:

THIS WEEK AT CCA: The Flames, a unique mix of film, music and performance that explores stories about life after 50

This March, theatre company Tricky Hat will return to the CCA to present The Flames; a unique mix of film, music and performance that explores stories about life after fifty, presenting a fresh look at how ageing is approached.

Made up of people over 50, Tricky Hat works with The Flames to create devised pieces, taking inspiration from everyday life to challenge pre-conceived ideas of how older people think, and what they aspire to.

Founded in 2016 as part of Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival, the company aims to engage with people who live on the margins of society; creating distinct work to bring invisible stories into light.

Directed by Fiona Miller, with Audio and Visual Design by Kim Beveridge, Music by Mick Slaven alongside Guest Artist Scott Johnston, The Flames is a real and raw, funny and heartwarming, account of life after 50.

Talking about The Flames, Artistic Director of Tricky Hat and Flames Director Fiona Miller said:
 ‘It’s great working with a group of intrepid people; listening to their stories, and giving voice to their experiences. Each Flames performance is different, so we are looking forward to presenting a new ensemble at the CCA in March.’

The Flames will take place on Sunday 25 March at 3pm and 7pm, at the CCA in Glasgow, with tickets available from the venue:

For more information about Tricky Hat and The Flames, visit:

Images: Mihaela Bodlovic

FEATURE: The youngest performer at this years Comedy festival

Brandon Barrett is going to be the youngest performer at this years Glasgow international comedy festival, Brandon performs regularly at comedy clubs around central Scotland.

Four years ago Brandon discovered something that would put the spotlight on him and make him stand out from the crowd.

Brandon has since then worked out how to blend the wizardry skills of Harry Potter and the looks of Sue Perkins. Developing a unique style of magic. Mixing comedy, magic, mind reading and his witty banter Brandon brings you his show Brain Access.

Bringing you a collection of his favourite tricks, Brandon will access your mind and make you use your brain in a ways you didn’t think was possible.

The things in this show are not just impossible they are improbable beyond belief.

Show: Brain Access
Venue: Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate
Tickets: £5, shows/2106 (Glasgow international comedy festival)
Dates: 8th & 17th March 2018
Times: 8th 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm), 17th 2:30pm (doors 2pm) & 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)

NEWS: Re-invented Macbeth in cinemas in Scotland on the 13th March for one night only

Entirely shot on green screen, Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been reinvented by director Kit Monkman (The Knife That Killed Me) in an exciting new film adaptation. Starring Mark Rowley, (The Last Kingdom, Luther) the film will be distributed by CinEvents as an exclusive, one night only, Event Cinema release on Tuesday 13th March 2018 in selected multiplex & independent cinemas nationwide.

Monkman’s unique adaptation successfully bridges the gap between theatre and film to create a wholly new type of imaginative space. This radical new adaptation puts the audience’s engagement with the story centre-stage, amplifying the theatrical context of the original and creating truly innovative and thrilling cinematic vistas, whilst maintaining the language and themes of Shakespeare’s original play.

Using background matte painting and computer modelling to generate the world in which the action plays out, the green screen allows Monkman to create his vision of a multi-tiered globe in which the characters play out their various fates. Imagine a mini Death Star a la Star Wars across the levels of which the camera drifts and zooms in on various action and key characters. The fluidity of the cameras’ movement around this globe aims to give the audience a constant perspective of the action as opposed to individual, isolated scenes.

Professor Peter Holland, Chair of the International Shakespeare Association, says the adaptation is, “Brilliant and exhilarating. Kit Monkman’s Macbeth (is) the most innovative rethinking of what it means to put Shakespeare on film for decades . . . a forceful reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy.”

Accurate yet accessible, this interpretation is for all audiences; from a fresh retelling for avid Shakespeare fans, to a learning tool for any students studying Macbeth.

As an additional bonus for cinema attendees, the screening will be preceded by fifteen minutes of footage documenting ‘The Making Of Macbeth: The Film’. This exclusive pre-show content is also accompanied by an exclusive Macbeth keepsake for every attendee.

Monkman says “Macbeth is a play that’s fascinated by interiority and imagination and Shakespeare’s storytelling is far from naturalistic so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to explore a more abstract theatrical approach to the screen.”

Joe Evea from CinEvents describes the use of green screen as a “compelling juxtaposition between “real” and “digital” worlds.” Stating that, “CinEvents are delighted to have been appointed as the International Distributors for Kit Monkman’s unique and iconic film: Macbeth. The film represents an entirely new perspective on Shakespeare’s work. Filmed using the latest digital technology, the production offers a challenging and thought provoking vision that will please purists and offer an accessible, immersive experience for a new generation of fans.”

Twitter: @macbeth_thefilm #macbeththefilm

Macbeth is in cinemas on the 13th March and is distributed by Cinevents. Tickets:


The Tron Theatre Company is working with Paul Brotherston to bring to the stage Jack Thorne’s exhilarating coming-of-age drama Bunny, which tackles teenage sexuality, racism and gang culture, as part of their Spring season.

Thorne, whose work includes Skins, This Is England ’86 and the recent Channel 4 hit, Kiri, gives voice to anxious teen Katie, a fairly ordinary young woman from Luton who plays in the school orchestra and is applying for Uni.  Out with her older boyfriend (‘he’s good looking.and he’s black.not that that matters’) she becomes involved in a street altercation which soon spirals into something dark, violent and dangerous.

Katie is a fantastic creation – all street-wise swagger one minute, emotionally immature and naive the next and Bunny is a white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening.  In Brotherston’s words: ‘Bunny feels like a play for today, a breathless, knotty story that asks very hard and complicated questions about growing up and having to define your place in modern British society. Katie is an amazing character to play and has to navigate her way through a really complex web of systems – class, race and the patriarchy. After directing Krapp’s Last Tape in 2017 for the Tron, she was very much the character I wanted Changing House audiences to meet next.’

Anna Russell-Martin, currently completing her training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will take on the role of Katie in her professional debut, Paul Brotherston will design as well as direct, Dave Shea will provide lighting design and Iida Aino will provide the sound design.

Running time: approx. 60 mins (no interval).

Venue:   Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates:  28 March7 April 2018
Tickets:         £11 (£8.50)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or

WHAT’S ON MARCH: The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen is brought to the stage by Nigel Lovell, creator, curator and compere of the hit Edinburgh fringe show – “Worst Show on the Fringe” as featured on BBC2’s “Edinburgh Nights with Sue Perkins” and is described as “one of the most original and innovative show concepts at the fringe” -BBC Radio.

This exciting new concept show features award-winning comedians and improvisers who are challenged by one another to invent outrageously exaggerated swashbuckling stories based on the The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. All they have is their wits, some silly hats and the suggestions of an audience full of giggling children (and their grown-ups) to ensure that all ends happily ever after.

The show promises swords and duels, elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true (and made up on the spot). The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen will delight adults and children alike with its wonderful joie de vivre and other pretentious words.

The Tall Ship
The Tall Ship at Riverside

150 Pointhouse Place
G3 8RS

Saturday 10 March – Sunday 11 March



Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, one man show, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again. If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, ‘Suggs: What a King Cnut’ is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway. Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ how has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute.  How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. But for all the near death experiences he takes great solace in the words of the Greek philosopher, Blondie:

‘The tide is high, but I’m holding on…’

Suggs’ latest one man tour caps a busy period for the Madness frontman, with their notorious annual shindig, the ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ having recently took place at Butlins Minehead, and a definitive greatest hits album – ‘Full House: The Very Best Of Madness’ out now.

Suggs – What A King Cnut – A Life in the Realm of Madness… 2018 Tour Dates in Scotland:

Feb-28 Dunfermline Alhambra
Mar-01 Glasgow Pavilion

Then on tour to:

Mar-02 Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Mar-03 Hull City Hall
Mar-04 York Grand Opera House
Mar-06 Preston Charter Theatre
Mar-07 Northampton Royal and Derngate
Mar-08 Southampton O2 Guildhall
Mar-11 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Mar-13 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Mar-14 Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre
Mar-15 Cheltenham Town Hall
Mar-16 Bath Forum
Mar-18 Nottingham Theatre Royal
Mar-19 Ipswich Corn Exchange
Mar-20 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mar-22 London Palladium

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Chilling new production Velvet Evening Séance comes to Platform on Friday 2 March

Velvet Evening Séance is the fascinating, chilling tale of a young man on trial for the murder of his brother. It arrives in Glasgow following a successful Scottish tour and will be at Platform on Friday 2 March at 7pm.

Inspired by a true story and set in the Victorian era, Velvet Evening Séance recounts the story of young medium James McGregor who is on trial for the murder of Thomas – the defendant’s brother and partner in spiritualism. In an effort to clear his name, James uses a loophole in the Victorian court system which allows him to call on his brother to speak from beyond the grave as a witness in the murder case.

Velvet Evening Seance dress rehearsal at Aberdeen Lemon Tree.

Combining storytelling, illusion, tricks and puppetry, Velvet Evening Séance winds around a compelling narrative, all set in the gothic surroundings of a candle-lit courtroom, with ingenious set design and a stunning, original score played live on stage.

Performed by Scott Gilmour with music composed and performed by Jim Harbourne, Velvet Evening Séance is a co-production between Freshly Squeezed Productions and Ross MacKay, a renowned Scottish director and Artistic Director of visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell. It is written by multi award-winning playwright Suzie Miller.

Ross said: “In a world full of half-truths and fake news, Velvet Evening Séance feels more relevant than ever. It really puts the audience on the edge of their seats and asks them what do they really believe?  I am delighted the show has been given the opportunity to be performed to audiences across the length and breadth of Scotland. It has been fantastic to work with a world-class, inspiring team and it is a real honour to be representing Freshly Squeezed Productions with this national production.”

Launched last year, Freshly Squeezed Productions (FSP), is Aberdeen Performing Arts’ new producing arm. Through FSP, Aberdeen Performing Arts champions, supports and produces new work, new voices and new talent across art forms and works with local and national actors and artists.

Velvet Evening Séance


Friday 2 March 2018, 7pm

Age 14 yrs+

Tickets £8.50/£5/£4 (Local Links)

Booking: / 0141 276 9696

Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW

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