Category Archives: What’s on May

WHAT’S ON MAY: Light Bulb Comedy 1 Year Anniversary Countdown Show

Celebrate 1 year of Light Bulb Comedy. Join in the countdown as a selection of favourite acts perform shorter and shorter sets till it gets very silly indeed. Starting with a 10 minute set, each subsequent act will get one less minute to perform. Once they reach the 1-minute set, things may start to get interesting….

Blackfriars, Glasgow Tuesday 8th May 2018 8pm.


Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

The King of Sad Style, as featured on BBC Radio 1’s 24 Hours and BBC 4 Extra Stands Up at the Fringe.

Planet Caramel

‘Glimmers of comedy genius’ (ThreeWeeks)

Phil O’Shea

“Utter, delicious, nonsense” – Fest


Chunks co-daddy ‘…fast growing into a full scale comedy movement’ – The Skinny

Rosco Mcclelland

Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017

Donald Alexander

Best Newcomer (Scottish Comedy Awards 2017)

Richard Brown

“Utterly unique and impossibly inventive” – The Skinny

Gemma Flynn

“to call Gemma Flynn a local hero would be an understatement’ – The Skinny

Elaine Malcolmson

“Bone-dry and talented… exquisite material” – Edinburgh Evening News

Hosted by:

Martin James

Co-host of bad music podcast “Hmm, Interesting Choice…”

INTERVIEW: Rebecca Norris, actor and co-deviser of The Wedding Reception coming to Eastwood Park Theatre’s Carmichael Hall in May.

Glasgow Theatre Blog had the chance to talk to Rebecca Norris, co-creator of The Wedding Reception coming to Eastwood Park Theatre this May.

Tell us a little bit about the play.

The Wedding Reception is a unique immersive theatrical dining experience. It invites you to be a guest at a surprise wedding reception for newlyweds William and Kate. You join the family (and a few uninvited guests) through two hours of a muddled attempt at traditional wedding celebration rites where nothing seems to go as planned. They cry, laugh and dance, and hopefully you will too! (maybe not the cry bit).

And your role…

Four actors play nine roles in The Wedding Reception. I play two roles: Lynn (the mother of the bride) and Marge (the groom’s aunt). Lynn is a great role to play She’s a wonderful and warm northern lady. A bit of a mum to everyone and will talk about anything. Nothing is off limits with Lynn. Aunt Marge is much colder. A stuck up ‘wanna-be’ who’s faked most things in her life to get her where she is today.


How has the play been received so far, has it been different in different locations?

The Wedding Reception has been performed all over the UK, including Scotland and Wales – although this is our first time in Glasgow. We have even been lucky enough to do tours across Australia and a show in Singapore. Depending on the location, we change a few references in the show for audiences to relate to but on the whole we’ve found wherever we are the universal truth is that everyone loves a good wedding so everyone always has a great time.

What is life like backstage on tour?

Backstage on tour can be a bit crazy, really. We have a lot of quick costume changes throughout the show so backstage can be manic. Especially when we are out and about on tour and the size of our changing area can vary quite some bit. We’ve all been very close together in some shows.

Touring can be demanding, how do you keep your performance fresh/look after yourself when you’re having to travel as well as perform on stage at night?

Keeping this show fresh isn’t so much of a challenge, as it’s very different to traditional theatre shows. The audience members are not just watching a show, they become an integral part of it so with their input we never perform never same show twice. It certainly keeps us all on our toes. Good planning and keeping it all in good fun is key to staying healthy and fighting fatigue on the road. We spend a lot of time in each other’s company so trying find ways of making long journeys and mundane jobs fun is really important.

Can we go back a bit and talk about what inspired you to become an actor and the path you took to become one?

I didn’t get into acting until quite late – I was 30 before I’d even considered it. Although I remember having a love of theatre when I was younger, I never considered it to be an option. It was only by chance that I did a workshop in Brighton which actually changed everything. Suddenly my sole focus and drive was on acting. I went to drama school and worked full-time while attending to fund myself. Once I graduated I tried to make sure each job I got would lead to another until it became my full-time job and I’ve never looked back.

Any advice for aspiring performers?

It’s never too late! If it’s something you have a passion for then go get involved. Maybe do some courses and see where it takes you.

Finally, why should people come along to see the play? And where else can we see it?

Everyone should come to see this play! – though it’s PG, because of some sexual innuendo and partial nudity. That aside, each show is truly different as audiences react in various ways to being swept up in the raucous action. Whatever happens though, one thing’s for sure – it will be an unforgettable experience.
You are all invited to the most madcap marital celebration of them all and get to eat a 3-course meal as well.

We are playing at Carmichael Hall in Eastwood Park Theatre on Saturday 12 May at 7:30pm.

We’re also visiting:

Birmingham REP (10-11 May)

Greshams in Ipswich (18 May)

Bedford Swan Hotel (also 18 May)

Hadley Park House in Telford (19 May)

AFC Portchester Club House (22 June)

Nottingham Theatre Royal (6 July)

– and Edinburgh Fringe 2-27 August.

NEWS: Interactive Shows at Eastwood Park This Spring

Glasgow audiences are in for a treat this May as they become part of the performance, with two interactive shows coming to Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock.

Guests are cordially invited to the wedding of the year, with theatrical dining comedy experience The Wedding Reception on Saturday 12 May, while the audience will take a trip down musical memory lane with Turntable on Saturday 19 May.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “Audiences are sure to love these shows, because they will become part of the performance.

“The Wedding Reception is a two-hour theatrical dining experience, featuring a three course meal, comedy and highly improvised entertainment, while Turntable invites the audience to share memories, stories and music.

“It’s great to be able to offer something different to Eastwood Park Theatre.”

The Wedding Reception sees newlyweds Will and Kate expecting an intimate celebration – but Kate’s mum has other ideas, including a big surprise party that the audience is part of.  The Wedding Reception is brought by Interactive Theatre International, the people behind the globetrotting hit, Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience (Faulty towers was a sell-out show at Eastwood Park last year).

Meanwhile, Glasgow Southside musician and composer Michael John (MJ) McCarthy brings a different beat to the Carmichael Hall on Saturday 19 May with a trip down memory lane for music fans.

Turntable intends to reclaim music as a communal experience whilst also celebrating each participant’s individual relationship with the key songs and albums in their lives. The show started when MJ McCarthy and his Great Aunt Kathleen – 55 years his senior – connected over a stack of vinyl. Since then, the Turntable team have toured her record case around Scotland, inviting listeners of all ages to investigate its contents whilst reflecting on the importance of music in their lives.

The show was commissioned by the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival in 2015 and now seeks to combat loneliness and isolation experienced by the young and old across Scotland and the UK.

Tickets for The Wedding Reception cost £45, including a three course meal and tickets for Turntable are £10, available from:

WHAT’S ON MAY: Glasgow Music Theatre present The Drowsy Chaperone

“Mix-ups! Mayhem! A Gay Wedding!”

In a run-down midtown apartment, an agoraphobic theatre buff takes solace in his record collection. To chase his blues away, he settles down to listen to the fun, frenzied (and entirely fictitious) 1928 Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone. As the musical farce comes to life in his living room, our world-weary narrator guides us through the deliciously gossamer-thin plot involving a nervous bridegroom, a pair of gangsters, and a very thirsty chaperone. The Brian Cox Studio at Scottish Youth Theatre plays host to this show-within-a-show, as Glasgow Music Theatre transports you back to the Roaring Twenties in this perfect pastiche of Hollywood’s golden age.

Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 May 2018, Scottish Youth Theatre
Tickets on Sale from GMT Box Office

WHAT’S ON APRIL: Company of Wolves presents Unbecoming – part theatre show, part live gig, this new piece focuses on women and individual, group and societal expectation, obligation and desire

Scottish Theatre makers Company of Wolves premiere this new cross disciplinary solo work from Anna Porubcansky presented through song, movement and text. Part theatre show, part music gig, Unbecoming is an invitation to a private world, a unique and delicate space where pretence slips away.

The second of the company’s 2018 productions, Unbecoming invites audiences into the twisting corridors of a woman’s mind. Private, gritty, surreal, this piece uses traditional song, ethereal vocal soundscapes, myth, and dynamic movement to peel back the layers of expectation, obligation, and desire to look at what is left underneath.

Anna Porubcansky said of Unbecoming: “This project started when I became a mother. It was in its most simple form an attempt for me to understand how love and rage, two very consuming emotions, could simultaneously course through my body.

“I read Sylvia Plath, Anais Nin, Pauline Reage. I listened to lullabies and laments, heavy metal and riot grrl punk. I sought the sensuous, the angry, the compassionate.

“I am a woman, and now I am a mother. That is my lens. We are living in a time where the everyday reality of what women have had to put up with for centuries is starting to be talked about. We need to talk about it more. We need to slip into the dark corners of the feminine psyche and feel what it’s like to live there. No more hiding, no more pretty smiles, no more grin and bear it.

Unbecoming is a scream from the ether.”

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April 2018

Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, G67 2BN

7.30pm | £8 | Box office: 01236 732887

Saturday 28 April 2018

Platform (as part of Outskirts Festival), 1000 Westerhouse Rd, Glasgow G34 9JW

3.30pm – 11pm | £10 (£7.50) concession (Full Day Festival times and ticket) | Box office: 0141 276 9696

Thursday 31 May – Saturday 2 June 2018

Hidden Door Festival, Leith, Edinburgh (Old State Cinema)

7pm on 31 May | 7:15pm on 1 June | 9pm on 2 June | £16 / £13 concession for Evening Festival Ticket from 6pm-midnight or £24 (£20) conc for Whole Night Ticket from 6pm-3am | Box office:

Friday 15 June 2018

The Barn, Burn O Bennie, Banchory, AB31 5QA

7.30pm | £8 (£5) concession in advance |  Box office: 01330 825431

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1EQ

7.30pm | £8 (£5) conc  |  Box office: 01475 723723

NEWS: American Idiot back in 2019 and savings on early bird tickets

Following two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive rock musical American Idiot returns to Glasgow to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning original album.

The show will be at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Tue 28 May – Sat 1 June 2019

There are some rockin’ savings to be made 
ATG Theatre Card 
Half price Tue 28 May 2019, book first 3 months, thereafter £10 off*
Premium and band A. Click here to join

Groups 6+ Get a free drink with every ticket sold**
Valid Tue – Thu & Fri early, bands A – C

Groups 10+ £5 off
Groups 20+ £6 off
Groups 40+ £7 off
One free ticket with every 10 sold, valid Tue – Thu & Fri early, bands A – C

Early group booker offer
Save an additional £2 per ticket if book and pay by 1st May***

School & youth groups 10+
£15 per ticket plus free teacher ticket with every 10 sold
Valid Tue – Thu & Fri early, bands B – D

American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. This thrilling musical has had Green Day fans in rapture and introduced a generation of theatregoers to their powerful and moving musical style.


Mayfesto is the Tron Theatre’s mini-festival of edgy and provocative new work – now firmly fixed in the annual calendar.  This year, the festival will present new drama exploring the brutal complexities of family life – situations where not everything is black and white.

Tron Theatre Company’s offering, the absurdist Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick (3-12 May at 7.45pm), will be presented in association with National Theatre of Scotland. The reclusive Ma and Pa, played by Karen Dunbar and Gerry Mulgrew respectively, spend their time exchanging extraordinary and fantastical stories in their high-rise flat as they tend to their ‘little mouths’. Dark and full of foreboding, Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths had a rehearsed reading as part of last year’s Mayfesto and will transfer to the Traverse Theatre after its world premiere at the Tron. Martin’s previous work includes Squash (Winner, best new play CATS 2015), The Day the Pope Emptied Croy (Traverse/Play Pie Pint), Flo (Play Pie Pint/Lemon Tree), Potterrow (Best Short Play 2015) and News Just In (Random Accomplice).

As part of the same National Theatre of Scotland new writing initiative, conceived to create more opportunities to put new work on the stage, the Traverse Theatre will present Frances Poet’s taut, psychological thriller Gut (16-19 May), exploring who we can trust with our children. Opening at the Traverse before it transfers to the Tron, Gut will be directed by award-winning Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris and was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

Two events from the Take Me Somewhere festival are included in this year’s Mayfesto programme – David Hoyle’s biographical Diamond (25 & 26 May), an avant-garde, angry and hilarious journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to present day, with musical interludes from London drag four-piece The Lipsinkers; and work-in-progress performances of Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of (25 & 26 May) about her rollercoaster journey from small-town Fife to rock-star life with a hot new indie band.

Tron Artistic Director, Andy Arnold was invited to sit on the judging panel for the inaugural Mental Health Fringe Award presented at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.  The winning play, Mental (9-12 May), which is the moving and personal story about Kane Power’s relationship with his mother and her mental health will have a short Changing House run.

The Festival will close with another Song Party (30 May) from house band, the Tron Community Choir, with rousing renditions of classic tracks from Cher, The Stone Roses and Camera Obscura and a healthy dose of CHOIR-EE-OKE thrown in.

Artistic Director Andy Arnold says of the festival: ‘Mayfesto has always been about programming seasons of work that explore provocative ideas using equally provocative styles of theatre.  This year is no different – our partnerships with National Theatre of Scotland, Fire Exit and the Take Me Somewhere Festival, as well as our own ongoing commitment to supporting new writing at an early stage, allows us to share with audiences some of the very best in engaged and engaging work from the finest creative talent working in the sector.’


DATES:             3-12 May 2018

PRODUCTION:  Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

TIMES: 7.45pm (+ 2.30pm Sat 12 May)

TICKETS:          £9-£17

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             3 & 4 May 2018

PRODUCTION:  Pyromania: Rehearsed Readings

TIMES: 8pm

TICKETS:          £5

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             5 May 2018

PRODUCTION:  Moving Monologues Rehearsed Reading

TIMES:             8pm (+ post show discussion)

TICKETS:          £5

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             9-12 May 2018


TIMES:             8pm (+ post show discussion 11 May)

TICKETS:          £11 (£8.50)

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             16-19 May 2018


TIMES:             7.45pm (+ post show 18 May)

TICKETS:          £9-£17

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             18 & 19 May 2018

PRODUCTION:  Brink (Rehearsed reading)

TIMES:             8pm

TICKETS:          £5

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             25 & 26 May 2018


TIMES:             7.45pm

TICKETS:          £15 (£10)

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             25 & 26 May 2018

PRODUCTION:  What Girls Are Made Of

TIMES:             8pm

TICKETS:          £8.50

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267



DATES:             30 May 2018

PRODUCTION:  Tron Community Choir: Song Party

TIMES:             8pm

TICKETS:          £5

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

BOX OFFICE:     0141 552 4267


NEWS: Acclaimed Scottish close-up magician Billy Reid to appear at Southside Fringe

Billy Reid is an award-winning member of The Magic Circle and one of the UK’s most devilishly brilliant close-up magicians. An expert sleight of hand artist, he’s amazed and astounded audiences at countless shows and events across the country with his modern wizardry.

Now a member of the world famous Magic Circle his stunning brand of entertainment – delivered with charm, personality and a rapier sharp wit – makes any event a truly memorable one.

Ultimately, Billy offers an unforgettable magic experience – a spellbinding assault on your senses where cards appear and disappear; coins transpose to impossible locations, objects levitate and minds are read… You’ve never seen anything like it.

Now, in association with The Bungo and Southside Fringe Glasgow, Billy invites you to Watch Closely and join him for an intimate evening of close-up magic that will leave your jaw on the floor and you questioning reality…

Watch Closely was a complete sell-out at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival in 2014 and 2017.

Watch Closely will be at The Bungo for three nights (22nd-24th May) as part of The Southside Fringe (



In May 1988 at the age of 31, Fred MacAulay looked at how his life was going and decided to do something radical. Working as a Financial Accountant and Company Secretary unbelievably just wasn’t fulfilling enough!

So, he entered a ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at Glasgow’s Mayfest and with scarcely 5 minutes of his own material walked on stage as a stand-up comedian for the very first time.

Within a short couple of years, the young father of three (even younger) children, was MC’ing The Comedy Store in London and decided that he should hang up his Accountancy boots/gloves/pencils/calculators once and for all and since 1st Feb 1993 he’s been a full time comedian, sometime radio host, tv show panellist/host and writer.

A regular at Edinburgh Fringe and with many tours under his belt, people around the UK and abroad will be familiar with Fred’s humour. A mixture of satire and observational comedy has kept Fred at the forefront of the UK Comedy scene for the last three decades.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fred’s initiation into the world of stand-up comedy he’s put together a small tour of some of his favourite venues around Scotland for his third successive summer tour. “I used to do my tours in the Autumn around England, but I’ll be honest……you soon tire of dark autumn evenings on the road to places that even the locals have never heard of!”

This tour takes in Orkney and Shetland. The Borders and the Highlands. Cities and towns. And villages. “I’ll go anywhere that’ll have me……It’s like having a summer holiday with a wee bit of work thrown in. And yes, the golf clubs will be in the back of the car.” (Some, who have seen Fred play golf, might say that’s the best place for them!!)

Acknowledged as one of the country’s finest stand-ups, this tour will be a welcome chance for fans to catch up with Fred’s views on what’s going on in the world (What IS going on in the world???) and equally another chance for Fred’s (still growing) fanbase to expand with new fans.

St Andrews, Byre Theatre Sat 5th May
Largs, Barrfields Theatre Fri 11th May
Rutherglen, Rutherglen Town Hall Fri 25th May
Langholm, Buccleuch Centre Sun 27th May
Port Ellen (Isle of Islay), Ramsay Hall Tues 29th May
Ayr, Gaiety Theatre Wed 30th May
Findhorn, Universal Hall Sat 2nd June
Inverness, Eden Court Sun 3rd June
Peebles, Eastgate Theatre Fri 8th June
Perth, Perth Theatre Sat 9th June
Shetland, Mareel Fri 15th June
Paisley, Paisley Arts Centre Sat 16th June
Arbroath, Webster Memorial Theatre Sun 17th June
Stirling, Tolbooth Sat 23rd June
Kilmarnock, The Park Hotel Sun 24th June
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, The Maltings Sat 7th July
Orkney, Orkney Theatre Fri 13th July
Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall Sat 14th July
Cumnock, Town Hall Sat 22nd Sept
Pitlochry, Festival Theatre Sun 23rd Sept
Strathaven, Town Mill Arts and Heritage Centre Fri 28th Sept

Age restriction: 16+

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