Category Archives: What’s on MAY 2020

NEWS: Christina Bianco Brings New ‘Diva-filled’ Show to Glasgow

Internationally acclaimed vocalist Christina Bianco is set to perform in Glasgow with an evening of music, comedy and hilarious impressions.

New Yorker Christina became a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos gaining over 25 million views worldwide and has since appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, This Morning and Graham Norton on BBC Radio 1.

The US singing sensation and impressionist will be performing for one night only and she’s thrilled about returning to Glasgow having missed the chance to play in the city on her last UK tour.

“It’s about time I came back to Glasgow! I didn’t get the chance to play there on my last tour and I sorely missed the wonderful, supportive and rowdy crowds I’ve come to know and love! I’m so excited to return and to play this beautiful venue for the first time, with my friend and music director Ryan MacKenzie by my side. We’re putting together a special, ‘diva’ filled show just for Glasgow. I can’t wait to share it with you all!” 

Direct from her celebrated star turn as Fanny Brice in the hit production of Funny Girl in Paris, Christina’s new show pays tribute to some of the world’s greatest stars and celebrities. Audiences can expect uncanny impressions and spontaneous musical mashups – a show all the family can enjoy.

From Ariana Grande to Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, no celebrity is safe.

Fans can also take advantage of getting up and close and personal with Christina as she will be doing a ‘meet and greet’ before the show and hopes to play to a packed house for this one-off performance.

Tickets are on sale now from www.forteproductions.co.uk

Christina Bianco will appear at Cottiers Theatre,

93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PU

Sunday 31 May 2020. Show starts 8pm. Meet and Greet 7pm.

General tickets £26.50

Meet and greet tickets £36.50.

NEWS: Rarely seen musical Big Fish comes to Eastwood Park this May

Ever-innovative theatre company Runway, present the rarely seen musical Big Fish, based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film starring Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor.

Last seen at The Other Palace theatre in London starring Kelsey Grammer, the show will run at Eastwood Park Theatre from 13 – 16 May 2020.

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NEWS: New tour dates and full cast announced for 2020 revival of The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil

Following the sold-out success of its 2019 tour, John McGrath’s legendary The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil returns for a new Scottish tour in 2020.

One of the country’s most iconic and influential plays, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil was first staged by the 7:84 Theatre Company in the 1970s, becoming a cornerstone of contemporary Scottish theatre. Successfully restaged by director Joe Douglas in 2015, the show was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2019, visiting art centres and rural communities across Scotland before the play’s English premiere at Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

The 2020 tour will open in Glasgow with a two-week engagement at the city’s famous Pavilion Theatre. It marks the first time that a National Theatre of Scotland production has visited the historic venue, one of the oldest theatre buildings in the city.

The production will then embark on the first leg of a rural tour, visiting venues in Achiltibuie, Rogart, St Andrews, Musselburgh, Peebles, and Dumfries, as well as returning to Dundee Rep Theatre, where director Joe Douglas’s revived production broke box office records in 2015. It will then tour across the Highlands and Islands, including visits to Lochawe, Uist, Tarbert, Caithness, Tain, Findhorn, Drumnadrochit, Strontian, Ballachulish, and Gartmore.

Cast members from the successful 2019 revival Stephen Bangs, Jo Freer, Christina Gordon, and Billy Mack are reunited and joined by Cameron Barnes and Charlie West for the 2020 tour. Returning cast member Calum MacDonald will also perform as part of the ensemble for the first half of the tour, from 30 April to 29 May, before Sally Swanson joins for tour dates from 01 to 20 June.

More than forty-five years on from its original tour, John McGrath’s pivotal political play has lost none of its vitality and relevance. A multi-talented ensemble cast of actor/musicians chart a rousing and rollicking course through Scotland’s history, expertly weaving, songs, poems, scenes and sketches into a piece of theatre with the feel of a freewheeling Highland ceilidh.

From the ruthless croft clearances of the 18th century to the fashionable Victorian game hunts, and the scars left by the ‘70s North Sea oil boom right up to the political upheaval of the current day, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil presents the stories and experiences of Scotland’s land, sea, and the people that work on them across the centuries.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is the most famous production of the 7:84 company, set up by John McGrath alongside his wife Elizabeth MacLennan and her brother David in 1971. Avowedly socialist in its outlook, its aim was to take popular, political theatre to the working classes and they performed in alternative venues throughout Scotland, England and Wales. The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7% of the population of Great Britain owned 84 % of the wealth.

Opening at the Pavilion, Glasgow (30 April to 09 May); Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie (12 May); Pittentrail Hall, Rogart (14 May); The Byre, St Andrews (16 May); Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (19 May); Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (20 May); Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (22 & 23 May); Dundee Rep Theatre (26 to 29 May); Dalmally Community Hall, Lochawe (01 June); Southend Community Hall, South Uist (03 June); Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris (05 & 06 June); Latheron Village Hall, Caithness (09 June); Edderton Village Hall, Tain (10 June); Universal Hall, Findhorn (12 &13 June); Craigmore Centre, Drumnadrochit (15 June); Sunart Centre, Strontian (17 June); Ballachulish Village Hall, Glencoe (18 June); Gartmore Village Hall, Gartmore (20 June)

Information:

The Pavilion, Glasgow – Thursday 30 April – Saturday 02 May; Thursday 07 – Saturday 09 May @ 7.30pm; Saturday 02 & 09 May @ 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets – £17.50-£21.50

Access Information:

Thursday 07 May @ 7.30pm BSL interpreted & captioned performance

 

Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie – Tuesday 12 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Pittentrail Hall, Rogart Thursday 14 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

The Byre, St AndrewsSaturday 16 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18

 

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh – Tuesday 19 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18

 

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles– Wednesday 20 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18

 

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Friday 22 May @ 7.30pm and Saturday 23 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16

 

Dundee Rep – Tuesday 26-Friday 29 May @ 7.30pm; Tuesday 26 & Thursday 28 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £22-£12 (£20-£9)

Access Information:

Wednesday 27 May @ 7.30pm BSL interpreted, audio described & captioned performance

 

Dalmally Community Hall, Lochawe – 01 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

South End Community Hall, South Uist – Wednesday 03 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris – Friday 05 & Saturday 06 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Latheron Village Hall, Caithness – Tuesday 09 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Edderton Village Hall, Tain – Wednesday 10 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Universal Hall, Findhorn – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 – £14

 

Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit – Monday 15 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Sunart Centre, Strontian – 17 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets – £10 – £12

 

Ballachulish Village Hall, Glencoe – Thursday 18 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Gartmore Village Hall, Gartmore – Saturday 20 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Box Office information

 

Box Office Brunton Theatre: thebrunton.co.uk

Box Office Dundee Rep Theatre: dundeerep.co.uk

Box office Byre Theatre: byretheatre.com

Box office Pavilion Theatre: paviliontheatre.co.uk

 

Box office for all other dates: nationaltheatrescotland.com

 

Recommended Age Guide: 14+

 

All performances are autism friendly and all venues are fully accessible.

 

Full tour dates and booking info: natinaltheatrescotland.com

 

Theatre for a Fiver –£5 ticket deals and discount codes for 14 to 26 year olds for many National Theatre of Scotland production. Full info here

NEWS: Take Me Somewhere 2020: festival line up announcement

In a world that is simultaneously crushing us and crumbling around us, a breadth of voices fight back via astonishing live art, dance and performance at this year’s Take Me Somewhere festival, which takes place in venues across Glasgow in May. Whilst some artists go loud and rebel, others slow down and contemplate…

Performances include:

  • a live and loud sonic destruction of an artist’s 1,000 piece CD collection in response to the failure and bitter glamour of the creative industries;
  • a stunt ballet for the internet age, featuring naked dancers on suspended motorbikes;
  • two intimate, meditative performances featuring dogs;
  • a deconstructed dance production inspired by the Video Vixens – provocative female models who appeared in 90s hip-hop videos;
  • an immersive pop concert spectacular examining stardom, self care and redemption;
  • the return of the beloved Buzzcut festival, which takes over the final weekend with pay-what-you-can performances and parties.

TMS Artistic Director LJ Findlay-Walsh said: “There has been a particular political urgency to this last year, a vortex of disorientation and empty promises. This year’s festival acts in response, where artists find themselves laying bare their discontent, smashing things up, excavating their identities and exploring paths of resistance. Where some artists become louder and embrace the messiness of our situation with chaos and an unbridled sense of joy and playfulness, some retreat inwards to find stillness and truth, exploring kinship and comfort. Ultimately, ‘kinship’ feels like the central theme this year and perhaps every year as audiences come together in solidarity with artists to explore and to make sense of this world around us.’’

Take Me Somewhere is Glasgow’s festival of contemporary performance. No longer the new kid on the block, Take Me Somewhere 2020 unfurls across the city from our main theatre stages to our libraries – a fearless, international festival comprised of the most innovative and vital performance artists from here and across the globe; a festival that reflects who and where we are today. Originally created to build on the legacy of The Arches following its closure in 2015, the festival has since become an essential go-to hub on the international live art and contemporary performance circuit.

FESTIVAL LISTINGS:

JULIE CLEVES & ROBBIE SYNGE

TO EARTH

CCA, GLASGOW

Thu 14 May (4.00-5.30pm)

Sat 16 May (4.30-6.00pm)

Sun 17 May (2.00-3.30pm)

 

To Earth is about physical acts of cooperation and a close companionship. With simple ambitions, Robbie and Julie devise novel solutions to share otherwise inaccessible time and space together. Their actions are quiet and personal, bold and adventurous. Performing their history through movement, talking, film and DIY, this is a space to move and be still, reflect and exchange. In a world of difference, where lies the potential of doing and achieving more together? Where are we blending in and standing out?

FK ALEXANDER with ANDY BROWN:

THE PROBLEM WITH MUSIC
World Premiere

VENUE TBA, GLASGOW

Thu 14 May 2020

6-10pm

 

A new durational work from FK Alexander in collaboration with musician Andy Brown (Divorce/Stable/Ubre Blanca/Remember Remember) in which a 25+ year 1,000 piece CD collection is destroyed, soundtracked by distorted remixing of sonics, exploring the failure and bitter glamour of the creative industries.

 

 

LUCY & MOLLY SUGGATE:

MOLLY & LUCY: THE COMPANION SERIES:

Is it Too Hard to Be (A) Human?

[Performance Lecture]

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Fri 15 May 2020

5.30pm (1hr)

 

Molly & Lucy are creating a performance-lecture that seeks to find connections between the sprawling mass of information, theory, instinct & obscurity.

 

LUCY & MOLLY SUGGATE:

MOLLY & LUCY: THE COMPANION SERIES:

The Moody Blues (Greyhound & Dancer)

[Live installation]

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Sat 16 May 2020

3pm-5pm (Durational, come & go)

 

A soft, padded space, a giant dog bed, a space for reclining, listening and embodying stillness. This installation will be a meditation on companion species, kinships, parenthoods; on tired hopeless bodies, on exhaustion… extinction. The public are invited to join, witness Molly & Lucy in their daily practice of being and reclining together. Molly is an ex racing greyhound aged 6; originally from Ireland, Lucy is a dance artist aged 42; originally from Yorkshire. Both bodies have endured extreme physical pressure, sometimes out of choice, nature, addiction and or survival.

 

 

ABSOLUTELY, AWESOME, AFFIRMATIVE

Created by NIC GREEN

World Premiere

TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW

Fri 15 & Sat 16 May 2020

7:30pm

 

Absolutely, Awesome, Affirmative is a radical new project from Nic Green, exploring how we believe – in fact, in nature, in truth, and in ourselves – and how that belief can be targeted, twisted, and shaped into whatever we want it to be. Part TED talk, part shopping channel special, part showbiz hypnotism, the stage becomes a post-truth world of opulent theatricality, visual flair, and driving soundscapes.

 

 

DANA MICHEL (Canada):

CUTLASS SPRING      

TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Fri 15 May 2020

9.30pm

 

Inching towards uncensorship, engaging the infinite potential of everyday objects, CUTLASS SPRING is, at once, a manifesto and a heated reflection, an ethnography of sexual understanding and an archaeology of desire.

DANA MICHEL (Canada):

MERCURIAL GEORGE
TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Sat 16 May 2020

5.30pm (75 mins)

 

In the wake of the acclaimed Yellow Towel, Mercurial George traces and transforms the banal, provoking a certain malaise. Sifting through the heaps of dusty clues leftover in the wake of initializing a cultural excavation, Dana Michel offers a destabilizing solo. The body vacillates as it struggles for balance and a toehold. Stretching out time with minimalist and deconstructed movement, Michel becomes the archeologist of her own persona.

 

 

LUCY McCORMICK (UK):

Life: LIVE!
VENUE TBA, GLASGOW

Sat 16 May 2020

Doors 9.30pm

Show 10.00pm

 

Life: LIVE! is a subversive, immersive, pop concert spectacular imagined by nu-pop sensation Lucy McCormick, and her electrotrash Girl Squad. Featuring shonky-spectacular, stadium-chic live visuals created with artist Morven Mulgrew, and an album of original music, Life: LIVE! straddles stardom, self care and redemption in a hilarious, crumbling, musical extravaganza.

 

 

MARK BLEAKLEY:

HOW WE HANDLE THINGS
CCA, GLASGOW directions

Wed 20 May 2020

5-7pm (50 minute cycle repeated)

 

A performance installation incorporating dance, sculpture and conversations. How we handle Things. asks us how relationships between people and objects are manifest, endure and disappear. Audiences are welcome to enter the work at any point and may be invited to take part in the casting process.

 

 

 

CHERISH MENZO (Netherlands):

JEZEBEL
CCA, GLASGOW

Wed 20 May 2020

7pm (60 mins)

JEZEBEL is a dance production inspired by the Video Vixens: provocative female models who appeared in hip-hop videos on MTV in the late ’90s. The Vixens danced in revealing costumes to male-dominated music. But the influence they exercised could be great: often, the Vixens determined the aesthetic of these videos and so the popularity of the artist. They were hyper-sensual and lived by the Ride or Die stereotype, but at the same time were strong and independent.

 

 

SARAH HOPFINGER:

PAIN AND I
PLATFORM, GLASGOW

Fri 22 May 2020

19:00 – 19:50

Pain and I is a bold and playful choreographic meditation on living with chronic pain. Through experimental movement and text, Pain and I acknowledges the hardships and celebrates the richness and complexities of chronic pain experience.

 

 

NICOLA GUNN (Australia):

WORKING WITH CHILDREN
PLATFORM, GLASGOW

Fri 22 May 2020

20:15 (1 hour)

Five children are asked to learn choreography live in front of an audience in an attempt to teach a radical kind of joyful vulnerability.

 

 

SOOJIN CHANG:

WILD BREATHING  

TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Sat 23 May 2020

4pm & 5pm (45mins)

Soojin Chang (b.1991) presents an encounter and invitation into a world inhabited only by womxn and dog, combining audience interaction and sculptural elements over two 45-minute durations. Here, Chang presents the seed of a multispecies surrogacy dream, formed and un-formed as a sort of repetitive food-reward experiment – enacted by a continuously altered set of performers, composed of the artist, a female dog, and members of the audience. A small waxen grotto serves as an isolated capsule in which the interactions are carried out, though the ephemeral boundaries will be simultaneously transplanted on the exhibition walls in the form of a live feed.

 

 

KEIJAUN THOMAS (USA):

MY LAST AMERICAN DOLLAR:
ROUND 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit;

ROUND 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat;

ROUND 3. Whatchu Gonna Do: Marvelous like Marva

TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW

Sat 23 May 2020

7.30pm

In this immersive solo work, Keijaun Thomas investigates and embodies resistance, asking: “How do we resist temptation, how do we slow down, how do we play, how do we survive?” Thomas traverses a multimedia installation, combining structural fragments of environments associated with labour, ritual, and hospitality such as locker rooms, strip clubs, waiting rooms, church pews, and field days. Investigating forms through which black and brown people hold space for each other, Thomas asks, how to carry the multiplicities of being young, gifted and black, powerfully engaging with the entangled histories of labour, subjugation and resistance.

 

 

CLARICIA PARINUSSA:

SENDIRI
TRAMWAY, GLASGOW

Sat 23 May 2020

9.30pm

Premiere performance of sendiri, a Tramway Supports commission for artist Claricia Parinussa with musician / vocalist Alloysious Massaquoi (Young Fathers) and visual designer Sequoia Barnes. Drawn from physical inquiries under research project the sky was pink; with sound and writings on existence, resonance, labour, and healing. On the conversations we can only have through our bodies.

 

 

TAKE ME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL

TRAMWAY, HIDDEN GARDENS

Sun 24 May 2020

2-4pm / Free

 

Part-social and part-salon, Take Me To Sunday School is a relaxed opportunity to think and talk critically about performance.

 

 

PETER McMASTER:

A SEA OF TROUBLES  

TRAMWAY [T4], GLASGOW

Tue 26 & Wed 27 May 2020

7.30pm

Somewhere between clairvoyance and theatre criticism, A Sea of Troubles tensely exorcises the relationship between dominant theatrical tradition, masculinity, the burdens of language and the potential of the performing body. Slow and silent, paranoid and muddled, a solo performer traces the ghosts of the performance space pulling us into a world that slips out of now-ness into strangely beautiful somewhere else-ness.

 

 

SCOTTEE (UK):

CLASS
TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW

Wed 27 & Thu 28 May 2020

7.45pm

 

In his final solo show, Scottee uncovers what it is to be embarrassed about where you’re from and how you can pretend to be posher than you are, and explores why we all get a thrill playing god with green tokens from Waitrose. Class isn’t a show for those processing issues around domestic violence, food addiction and the effects of growing up in poverty. This is a show for the middle classes.

 

 

BUZZCUT

TRAMWAY, GLASGOW and surrounding area

Fri 29 – Sat 30 May 2020

All day

 

After 3 years, //BUZZCUT// is coming back atcha this May with a 2 day festival of experimental performance and live art, taking over Tramway and Glasgow’s Southside for the final weekend of Take Me Somewhere. //BUZZCUT// is a performance festival for the strangers of the world. Programmed by open application and being pay what you can to attend, the festival gives artists at all levels of experience an opportunity to show raw and untested performance works in a chilled and welcoming environment.

FLORENTINA HOLZINGER (Austria/Belgium):

TANZ
TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW

Sat 30 May 2020

7.30pm

 

TANZ is the third part of the trilogy: Recovery, Apollon, TANZ. The trilogy deals with notions of practice through training of different physical disciplines on stage. TANZ takes early 19th century romantic ballet as a starting point. It uses the frame of a ballet class guided by Beatrice Schoenherr, the first ballerina who danced the Sacre de Printemps naked (John Neumeier, 1972). In an operatic set up, brutal parodies of established images found in ballet, comedy and pornography are made in order to be watched from afar and up close.

 

RHIANNON ARMSTRONG

POEMS MADE FROM WORDS FOUND IN THE BIN

Libraries across Paisley & Glasgow

Dates & Times TBA

 

Rhiannon will be in residence across Paisley and Glasgow’s libraries, inviting members of the public to work with her to write poetry around shreds of paper found in the bins of the city. The resulting Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin are animated and added to a growing collection, which will be on show at various locations in Paisley and Glasgow throughout the festival.

 

Bonjour Queer Party
BONJOUR BAR, Glasgow
Sat 30 May
10pm-late

Details TBA

WHAT’S ON APRIL: Green Door Theatre bring Sweet Charity to Webster’s

Green Door Theatre, the Glasgow-based performing arts company are thrilled to return to Websters Theatre in 2020 with Fosse’s rarely-performed 60s classic Sweet Charity.

Charity Hope Valentine is a taxi dancer in a Times Square dancehall, and while her friends dream of getting out of that life for good, all Charity really wants is love. She’s headstrong, quirky, flirtatious, genuine, witty, and has disastrous taste in men. When her boyfriend Charlie (whose name is on her tattoo) shoves her into a pond and runs, Charity finds herself on a series of misadventures on the road to loving herself, even if it takes a movie star, a cult leader, a claustrophobe, and her friends to get her there.

Sweet Charity premiered on Broadway in 1966 with Bob Fosse at the helm, and it feels like you’re watching a 60s Manhattan fairytale. The combination of music and choreography is iconic, featuring standout numbers like ‘Hey, Big Spender’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’, and ‘Rich Man’s Frug’. With any luck, you might just leave the theatre with a spring in your step and a tiny glint of optimism in your eye – and what could be more needed these days than a classic slice of musical theatre escapism?

Performances:

April 30th 7.30pm

May 1st 7.30pm

May 2nd 2.30pm

May 2nd 7.30pm

Websters Theatre, 416 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9HZ

Tickets £16.50 (includes £1.50 booking fee)

Box Office: 0141 357 4000

Website: https://webstersglasgow.com/whats-on/event/sweet-charity/

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