Category Archives: What’s on MAY

NEWS: PUCCINI’S LA BOHÈME CLOSES SCOTTISH OPERA’S 2016/17 SEASON IN STYLE

Renowned director/designer team Renaud Doucet and André Barbe return to Scottish Opera in May with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s ravishing classic, La bohème.

Set in the flea markets of Paris, the production is inspired by the Jazz Age of Josephine Baker, and is full of  Renaud Doucet and André Barbe’s trademark colour, character and style. It opens in Glasgow before touring to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness.

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The cast in rehearsals for La bohème | Image: Sally Jubb

Scottish Opera Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts Hye–Youn Lee as the fated Mimi, and Luis Gomes, winner of 2015’s Grand Prize at Verbier Festival Academy, as Rodolfo. Joining them are David Stout as Marcello, Jeanine De Bique as Musetta, Božidar Smiljanić as Schaunard, Damien Pass as Colline and Jonathan Best as Alcindoro/Benoît.

Hye-Youn Lee (Mimi) and Luis Gomes (Rodolfo) in rehearsals for La bohème. Scottish Opera 2017. Credit Sally Jubb

Hye-Youn Lee (Mimi) and Luis Gomes (Rodolfo) in rehearsals for La bohème | Image: Sally Jubb

Director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe said: ‘The story of La bohème is one we can all relate to. It seemed important to us to explore the theme of illness since, as a society, we are all under the weather at the moment and in need of healing. The flea market setting represents a little bit of what we are up against today – we seem to live life too fast and, through antiques, people get a sense of going back to a less hectic time. This opera is not about nostalgia ­­­­­­– La bohème is not a museum piece – the story is timeless.’

Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director added: ‘La bohème is always an audience favourite, with beautiful music and heart-wrenching tragedy. Renaud and André create engaging, colourful and gorgeous productions that bring the emotions of the characters to the fore. I love their setting of the production in 1920’s Paris and all the images that conjures up – it’s romantic, yet also illuminates the contrast between the wealthy and the aspirations of those still trapped in post World War One poverty, and that gives a particular truthfulness to their vision.’

Audiences have the chance to attend La bohème Unwrapped, free one-hour tasters delving further in to the show and how it was created, as well as Pre-show Talks. Those who are visually impaired can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, which have live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music.

Scottish Opera is also staging two dementia friendly performances of La bohème: one at Theatre Royal Glasgow on 13 May, and one in collaboration with Festival Theatre Edinburgh on 3 June. These specially abridged performances have a running time of one hour 45 minutes including an interval, and are carefully designed to make the theatrical experience more accessible to people living with dementia.

La bohème is supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate and Scottish Opera’s ‘Play a Supporting Role’ appeal.

Cast List 

Mimi                                                    Hye-Youn Lee & Nadine Livingston (16 May, 8, 13 June)

Rodolfo                                             Luis Gomes & Christopher Turner (16 May, 8, 13 June)  

Marcello                                               David Stout

Musetta                                             Jeanine De Bique

Schaunard                                         Božidar Smiljanić

Colline                                               Damien Pass

Alcindoro/Benoît                                  Jonathan Best

 

Creative Team

Conductor                                         Stuart Stratford & Derek Clark (25, 27 May)  

Director                                               Renaud Doucet

Designer                                             André Barbe  

Lighting                                               Guy Simard                                                   

Performance Diary

Theatre Royal Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

Tue 9 May, 7.15pm

Fri 12 May, 7.15pm

Sat 13 May, 3pm (Dementia Friendly performance)

Sun 14 May, 4pm

Tue 16 May, 7.15pm

Thu 18 Mat, 7.15pm

Sat 20 May, 7.15pm

Free events

La bohème, Unwrapped

Thu 11 May, 6pm

La bohème, Pre-show Talk

Sat 20 Mar, 6pm

La bohème, Touch Tour

Sun 14 May, 2.45pm

La bohème, Audio-described performance

Sun 14 May, 4pm

La bohème, Children’s Unwrapped

Fri 12 May, 1pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL

Thu 25 May, 7.15pm

Sat 27 May, 7.15pm

Free events

La bohème, Unwrapped

Fri 26 May, 6pm

La bohème, Pre-show Talk

Sat 27 May, 6pm

La bohème, Touch Tour

Sat 27 May, 6pm

La bohème, Audio-described performance

Sat 27 May, 7.15pm

La bohème, Children’s Unwrapped

Fri 26 May, 1pm

Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Wed 31 May, 7.15pm

Sat 3 Jun, 3pm (Dementia Friendly performance)

Sun 4 Jun, 4pm

Tue 6 Jun, 7.15pm

Thu 8 Jun, 7.15pm

Sat 10 Jun, 7.15pm

Free events

La bohème, Unwrapped

Thu 1 Jun, 6pm

La bohème, Pre-show Talk

Sat 10 Jun, 6pm

La bohème, Touch Tour

Sat 10 Jun, 6pm

La bohème, Audio-described performance

Sun 10 Jun, 7.15pm

La bohème, Children’s Unwrapped

Thu 1 Jun, 1pm

Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA

Tue 13 Jun, 7.15pm

Thu 15 Jun, 7.15pm

Sat 17 Jun, 7.15pm

Free events

La bohème, Unwrapped

Wed 14 Jun, 6pm

La bohème, Pre-show Talk

Sat 17 Jun, 6pm

La bohème, Touch Tour

Sat 17 Jun, 6pm

La bohème, Audio-described performance

Sat 17 Jun, 7.15pm

La bohème, Children’s Unwrapped

Wed 14 Jun, 1pm

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NEWS: SCOTTISH PREMIERE OF LE VILLI CLOSES THE SUNDAY SERIES: OPERA IN CONCERT

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 The last performance in this Season’s The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert – Puccini’s Le Villi – takes place on May 21 at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

Le Villi is based on the same legend as the ballet Giselle and was written in 1883. The opera-ballet was Puccini’s first stage work, and this performance at Theatre Royal Glasgow marks its Scottish premiere.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts soloists Karen Slack as Anna, Stephen Gadd as Guglielmo and Peter Auty as Roberto. The latter two singers were both last seen at October’s Sunday Series performance of L’amico Fritz, and they are joined by a chorus and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

This concert also includes Preludio Sinfonico, Crisantemi and Capriccio Sinfonico. It is performed during the run of the Company’s staged production of Puccini’s classic La bohème, also conducted by Stuart Stratford, which has performances in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness.

Stuart Stratford said: ‘We are delighted to conclude this year’s The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert with Puccini’s first stage work which offers a wonderful contrast to La bohème. It is a great opportunity to hear Puccini’s seldom-performed first opera and to experience, in the first half of the concert, three of his exquisite early orchestral pieces.’

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Cast and Creative Team

Conductor                 Stuart Stratford

Guglielmo                  Stephen Gadd

Anna                           Karen Slack

Roberto                      Peter Auty 

Performance Diary for The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert

Puccini’s Le Villi

21 May 2017, 3pm

WHAT’S ON MAY: Dancing at Lughnasa

New Victory Players Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

EAST KILBRIDE ARTS CENTRE

Wednesday 10 May – Saturday 13 May 2017 / 7.30pm
£12.00

New Victory Players return to The East Kilbride Arts Centre with this beautiful evocative play by one of Theatres best loved dramatists Brian Friel.

Dancing at Lughnasa is a tender poignant and humorous study of the Mundy family. Narrated by Michael he recalls his childhood home in County Donegal during the summer of 1936.

Premiered at Dublin Abbey Theatre in 1990, this multi award winning play was acclaimed subsequently in London and on Broadway . This was followed by a screen adaptation in 1998 starring Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon.

WHAT’S ON MAY: Ray Cooney’s It Runs in the Family at EK Arts Centre

Lanarkshire Little Theatre
It Runs in the Family

By Ray Cooney

EAST KILBRIDE ARTS CENTRE

Thursday 25 May – Saturday 27 May 2017 / 8.00pm
£10.00 / £8.00

Just as Dr David Mortimer is about to deliver the most important lecture of his life, ex-girlfriend Jane Tate turns up with a shocking revelation.

As he tries to hold together his career and his marriage he turns for help to his faithful friend and fellow doctor. Chaos ensues!

This is farce at its best as the situation spins hilariously out of control in typical Ray Cooney fashion.

WHAT’S ON MAY: Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

The Town House, Hamilton – Friday 12 May 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £21.00 / £19.00 conc

25 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World!

For quarter of a century, this breath-taking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.

It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.

The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming – That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying:  “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”

WHAT’S ON MAY: Children’s Show Night Light at Platform

As the black bird sings everyone gets ready for bed. Mister Night starts his rounds watching over everyone. All are quiet, except for one little girl. With help from a little moon dust, she joins Mister Night to explore the dark and beautiful light that emerges…until the blackbird sings again to start a new day.

Teater Refleksion and Andy Manley (creator of White) are internationally regarded for their poignant and poetic shows for the very young. Cozy-up in our beautifully designed tent and come on a journey to a magical universe.

Night Light is commissioned by Imaginate, co-produced with Red Bridge Arts and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, as well as The Danish Arts Foundation and the Municipality of Aarhus.

Night Light (10.30am + 1pm)

26 May 2017

3-6 yrs
£8.50 / £5 / £4

WHAT’S ON MAY: Benny Lynch play at EK Arts Centre

The Lynching written and Directed by Paul Moore Original Music by Oliver Lodge

1935. The Florence Street Flyweight, Benny Lynch conquers the world…and its imagination.

100,000 people welcome home their Champion to Glasgow’s Central Station.

From Gorbals slum to grandiose glamour.

Fought and won. A knockout.

A world first, when pugilism meets performance… explore the mind set of this Gorbals boy in this poignant, pulls no punches drama.

The journey of a true sporting legend, as he battles his demons… in and out of the ring.

Available to book online or by calling East Kilbride Arts Centre on 01355 261000.

Date: 17-18 May 2017

Time: 8:00pm

Cost: £12.00 / £10.00 concession

Venue: East Kilbride Arts Centre

WHAT’S ON MAY: Tron launch 2017’s Mayfesto

Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto season has now become very firmly fixed in the cultural calendar, and the programme for this year’s mini-festival is full of edgy and provocative new work.  Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s struggle to write Words and Music, when he lamented ‘music always wins’, artistic director Andy Arnold has pulled together a season of theatrical works underscored and influenced by music and sound.

Tron Creative is a strand of work that supports and nurtures emergent artists through a series of initiatives and the first Mayfesto show, Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound  (9-13 May)  by Blood of the Young was developed as part of this strand. A journey through the amazing life of one of the great, unsung composers of the twentieth century, credited with shaping the entire development of electronic sound, writers Paul Brotherston and Isobel McArthur bring you Daphne Oram’s incredible story.

In a co-production with Ramesh Meyyappan Productions, Andy himself will direct Ramesh in a new comedic and highly physical piece of theatre, Off Kilter (10-13 May, Press Night: Thu 11 May, 8pm) as part of an international collaboration that sees the show premiere in Singapore. Off Kilter explores mental wellbeing, identity, feeling a little bit different from everyone else, and not quite being yourself and will incorporate illusions and masterful visual storytelling.

In another co-production, there’s the world premiere of Tromolo Production’s jet-black comedy Music is Torture (18-20 May 7.45pm) in the programme. Inspired by the research of musicologist and human rights campaigner Dr. Morag J. Grant into the use of music as a means of torture in political conflict, the production will feature live music and new material from A Band Called Quinn.

Horse McDonald’s Careful (Fri 26 & Sat 27 May, 7.45pm) was a huge Fringe hit:  the ‘candid, fearless’ story of how music saw her through some of the most difficult times in her life will be here for two nights only, as part of an extensive tour of the production.

The University of Glasgow’s David Archibald and Carl Lavery will present Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues (Tue 16 & Wed 17 May, 7.30pm) in the Vic Bar, where pressing political and aesthetic concerns will be channelled through the spirits of Marc Bolan and Suzi Quatro.

In keeping with Mayfesto’s ethos of offering opportunities to hear brand new work presented, the theatre has programmed a week of rehearsed readings. Award-winning Martin McCormick showcases his full length drama Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths; Martin O’Connor presents excerpts from a piece he’s working on inspired by his time as Writer in Residence with The Children’s Hospice Association, A Little Life;  Alan McKendrick’s theatrical-fiction band find themselves crammed into a taxi when their tour bus breaks down in ‘Wilsonian knee play’ Cadaver Police In The Electrocution Afterlife and Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From curates work from four Glaswegian writers about the city that has shaped them.

The festival closes with a rousing gig, Mayfesto Song Party, from The Tron’s very own Community Choir, who following the demise of the Arches have been meeting here at the Tron and have built up a repertoire that include club classics from Chaka Khan and Soul II Soul, alongside Lou Reed, Camera Obscura and Eurythmics numbers, with a bit of Elvis thrown in for good measure.

Artistic Director Andy Arnold says of the festival:

“This year, Mayfesto, our festival that strives to present engaged and engaging work, is all about the music.  It makes me very proud to co-produce so many premieres of work from theatre-makers and performers who are really making a name for themselves with innovative, powerful and dynamic dramatic offerings. That we’re able to do this under the banner of our Tron Creative programme, and Mayfesto as a whole, is testament to our commitment as a venue to nurturing and supporting the very best creative talent that Scotland has to offer.”

LISTINGS

DATES:                9 – 13 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound

TIMES:                7.45pm

TICKETS:             £8-£16

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                10-13 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Off Kilter

TIMES:                8pm

TICKETS:             £6-£10

VENUE:               Changing House, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                16 & 17 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues

TIMES:                7.30pm

TICKETS:             £5

VENUE:               Victorian Bar, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                18-20 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Music is Torture

TIMES:                7.45pm (+ post show discussion 19 May)

TICKETS:             £8-£16

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                23 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths + Defying Gravity and Going Sideways

TIMES:                7.30pm

TICKETS:             £5

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                24 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   A Little Life

TIMES:                7pm

TICKETS:             £5

VENUE:               Main Auditorium,, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                24 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Cadaver Police In The Electrocution Afterlife

TIMES:                8.30pm

TICKETS:             £5

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                25 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Come To Where I’m From

TIMES:                7.30pm

TICKETS:             £5

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

 

DATES:                26 & 27 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Horse in Careful

TIMES:                7.45pm

TICKETS:             £16 (£12)

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

DATES:                31 May 2017

PRODUCTION:   Mayfesto Song Party

TIMES:                8pm

TICKETS:             £5

VENUE:               Main Auditorium, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

BOX OFFICE:      0141 552 4267

WEB:                   http://www.tron.co.uk

WHAT’S ON MAY: Casting announced for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

You are cordially invited to a ‘Come Dine With Me’ from Hell!

A marathon night of drink, debauchery and duplicity develops after Martha and her husband George invite unsuspecting young couple, Nick and Honey, round for a nightcap. Drink flows, spiked with vicious humour, acerbic wit and tempestuous verbal sparring. However, as night turns to morning, searing secrets are exposed. Putting the ‘fun’ into dysfunctional, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? wryly exposes the dark attraction in relationships and the bitterest ties that bind us all.

Leading the cast, as the iconic Martha, will be Scottish actress Sara Stewart. Sara will be familiar to viewers from appearances in The Night Manager, Rebus, Batman Begins and Doctor Foster. Starring alongside Sara are Rose Reynolds, Robin Kingsland and Paul Albertson. Directed by Michael Emans.

Following acclaimed productions of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and Michael Frayn’s Tony award-winning Democracy, Rapture returns to the Theatre Royal, with Edward Albee’s thrilling play. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the multi-Oscar winning film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, this is a rare opportunity to experience an iconic American masterpiece.

Theatre Royal Glasgow 30 May – 3 June 2017

Access info

Captioned performance: Thu 7:30pm
BSL/AD and Touch Tours: Sat 2:30pm
Pre Show Event – Talk about the Author / Production: Wed 7:30pm
Post Show Discussion with Cast and/or Director: Fri 7:30pm

WHAT’S ON MAY: Runway Theatre Present Priscilla in its 50th Anniversary Season

Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship, and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

 

At Eastwood Park Theatre from 9 -13 May 2017

CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES

Prices £14 – £18 (details below)

http://www.runwaytheatre.co.uk

Runway theatre Priscilla eastwood park


 

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