Category Archives: What’s on May

NEWS: Award-Winning Children’s Theatre Company Brings BSL Interpreted Performance to Glasgow

The National Theatre of Scotland and the award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company are bringing their new immersive show to Glasgow this month.  

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters comes to Clarkston Hall on 23 May, with a British Sign Language interpreted performance.

Blending music, magic and imagination, the interactive show explores grieving through the eyes of a child with warm-heart songs and humour.   Eddie has been having wild, chaotic dreams since her gran passed away. The Slumber Sisters are an all-singing trio whose job it is to monitor our dreams and night wanderings. Eddie catches the Slumber Sisters’ attention and they decide to intervene.

The show is recommended for all dreamers aged eight and over.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Eddie and the Slumber Sisters to Clarkston.

“Glasgow audiences are getting the chance to preview the show before it reaches the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and Edinburgh International Children’s Festival at the end of the month.”

The show has been created and directed by Catherine Wheels’ Artistic Director Gill Robertson and is touring across Scotland, stopping by Clarkston Halls at 6pm performance on Wednesday 23 May.

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for children and £25 for a family of four.

Contact the box office on 0141 577 4956 or visit www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk.

WHAT’S ON MAY: Rare chance to see Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in Glasgow

An American Opera in two acts.

Music by Kurt Weill
Book by Elmer Rice, based on his play of the same name
Lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice
Used by arrangement with European American Music Corporation

Alexandra Spencer-Jones Director
Robert Houssart Conductor
Adrian Linford Designer

Weill said of Rice’s play, “It (is) a simple story of everyday life in a big city, a story of love and passion and greed and death. I saw great musical possibilities in its theatrical device – life in a tenement house between one evening and the next afternoon.” Street Scene is an ‘American opera’, providing a synthesis of European opera and American musical theatre. In the 1980s Scottish Opera premiered Street Scene in the UK, look forward to seeing it again on a Glasgow stage in May.

Audio Described Performance: 25th May

Sat 19th May – Fri 25th May 2018

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

WHAT’S ON MAY: Singin’ I’m no a Billy I’m a Tim back in Motherwell

On the day of an Old Firm clash, a Rangers and Celtic fan end up sharing a courtroom cell. Their only hope of escape is betting on the match to pay their fines. While taking turns to watch the game on a TV through their cell door, the pair bicker their way through every entrenched cliché of “Scotland’s shame” from religion to politics and national identity.
But aided by their kindly turnkey Harry – whose worries for his sick grandson help put their petty quarrels into perspective – they’re forced to reach a grudging understanding.

Des Dillon’s brilliant satire of bigotry in Scotland and its connection with the nation’s two biggest football teams first scored critical acclaim at the Fringe in 2005, and has since been a near-constant fixture in theatres in Scotland.

Fri, 11th May 2018, 19:30

Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB

 

WHAT’S ON AYR: VIKKI HOLLAND-BOWYER DOVETAILS INTO THE CHARACTER OF KAREN CARPENTER FOR HIT STAGE SHOW CARPENTERS GOLD

Created and produced by West End director and performer Vikki Holland-Bowyer, brand-new stage show Carpenters Gold is coming to Ayr Gaiety.

International and West End vocalist Vikki promises a fast-moving production that accurately portrays not only The Carpenters’ musical brilliance, but also Richard and Karen Carpenter’s infectious magnetism.

“As well as paying meticulous attention to Karen’s mannerisms,” says Vikki, “we’re also keen to faithfully recreate the pair’s brother/sister relationship and their playful interaction with both the band and the audience, which was a trade mark of their live shows.”

Richard Carpenter, played by musical arranger and vocalist Greg Stevenson, features on the piano alongside a band that is joined on the drums by Karen, just as the Carpenters would have performed live in concert.

“Carpenters Gold is the only production that fully recreates a live Carpenters concert,” says Vikki, “even down to the authentically kitsch Seventies stage costumes.

“One enthusiastic review commented that ‘you could almost see the static from the Draylon’,” she chuckles.

 

In short, says Vikki, Carpenters Gold revives both the exceptional look and sound of The Carpenters’ extensive world performances and TV appearances, including Live at The London Palladium, Talk of the Town and their Japan 1974 tour.

All of the Carpenters’ greatest hits feature, including: Goodbye to Love, Close to You, Solitaire, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Superstar, Please Mr Postman, For All We Know, Only Yesterday and many more.

“When we were young we’d listen to the radio, waiting for our favourite songs – now we can enjoy them live, performed just how they would have been by the Carpenters during their heyday,” promises Vikki.

CARPENTERS GOLD is on Thursday 31st May 2018  7.30pm at the Gaiety Theatre, AYR

Carrick Street, Ayr, KA7 1NU

01292 288235  thegaiety.co.uk

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.

Featuring:

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

Nev

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: www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.

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

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.

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