Category Archives: What’s on NOVEMBER 2019

NEWS: Autumn-Winter Season Announced at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre presents a packed programme as part of its forthcoming season, featuring well-loved stars, famous faces and top-class shows.

Legendary Scottish female artist Barbara Dickson features ‘In Conversation With’ journalist Graham Spiers, talking through her fifty-year musical career. Scotland’s Queen of Comedy Janey Godley will take to the stage fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and best-loved sitcom star John Challis presents Only Fools and Boycie.  Musician Elio Pace returns to the theatre, this time with legendary lead guitarist David Brown, for The Billy Joel Songbook.

The theatre’s brand new cinema screen has a packed schedule too, with live and encore screenings of world-class theatre productions featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, James Corden, Lily James and Game of Throne’s Gwendoline Christie.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “Eastwood Park Theatre has had one of its most successful years to date so far this year and the second half is set to raise the bar even higher with over thirty shows set for the stage and screen.

“We will welcome stars to our stage, including Scottish music legend Barbara Dickson, traditional musicians Phil and Aly, singer-songwriter Elio Pace and top Sottish female comedian Janey Godley.

“Several cracking comedy shows are lined up for this season with The Wedding Planners theatre show and the improvised, magical Spontaneous Potter. We welcome Elaine Miller with comedy show Laugh Don’t Leak, which is also fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, and the hilarious sequel to Des Dillon’s smash-hit comedy, Singing I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim 2.

“NT: Live and Oscar Wilde screenings are proving extremely popular with our audience. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in London’s West End, with cameras positioned around the auditorium to give you the best possible view of the action.

“Fantastic live music from top tribute bands are lined up too, including Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

“We have drama from Rapture Theatre, bringing us razor sharp satire performance of Clybourne Park live on stage, as well as The Stornoway Way, which features original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English.

“We will be rounding off a successful year with all singing, all dancing panto, as the cast from GAMTA present magical family show, Cinderella.”

Families are catered for throughout the autumn season, with kids’ shows including Funbox’s Space Race as well as family films, The Little Mermaid and Halloween fun with a spooky storytelling event and showing of Goosebumps 2.

The theatre’s special group offer – buy ten tickets and someone can go for free- is available for many performances so get the gang together and book now:

http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

FESTIVE SEASON: PACE Announces The Snow Queen: Paisley’s Family Panto That’s Cool As Can Be

This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce its annual pantomime will be The Snow Queen. A festive treat for adults and children alike, this icy tale of a queen who is up to snow good will run from 27 November to 31 December, featuring hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a supporting chorus of young actors.

 CHRIS ALEXANDER (Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) will reprise his role as dame, Widow Swanky, having proved a hit with audiences since his debut performance in 2017’s PACE panto (Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White). He’ll appear alongside a stellar ensemble cast including: DUNCAN BROWN (Mammy Goose, Tron; Chick Whittington, macrobert), SARAH MCCARDIE (River City; Cinderella, Motherwell Theatre), SHANNON SWAN (Glasgow Girls; Outlander) and KARA SWINNEY (Sunshine on Leith, tour).

 PACE is pleased to welcome ANDY MCGREGOR as writer and director. Andy is a playwright, director and composer who has been making a name for himself creating work for family audiences, and in particular Christmas shows for venues such as the Citizens Theatre and macrobert arts centre.

 The Snow Queen will be produced and musically directed by ALAN ORR, whose comic performances were at the heart of PACE pantos for many years, while regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design.

Alan Orr said, “We’re incredibly proud that the PACE panto has become such an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and celebrate the festivities. We’ve gathered together a fantastic team to create this year’s panto, and we’re confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”

The cast will be completed by 4 teams of young actors handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy.

This year’s schedule will also feature the Company’s first relaxed performance; ideal for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. During the performance the lights in the theatre will be dimmed so that it’s not too dark, there will be a more relaxed approach to noise and movement from the audience, and we will make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out strobes lights) so that the performance is more accessible for anyone with sensory sensitivities.

PACE Theatre Company presents

THE SNOW QUEEN

Written and directed by Andy McGregor

Wed 27 November – Tue 31 December 2019 (not Sundays)

 

A family pantomime for all ages!

 

General Booking: 0300 300 1210 | https://www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com

Group Booking: 0345 130 5218

 

PRICING
Tickets from £10 – £27.50 (booking fee applies)

Group bookings – Buy 15 tickets and get one free.

Schools & Nurseries – Teachers go FREE to any Band A show *Max of 1 teacher for every 10 children

 

CAST

Chris Alexander          Widow Swanky

Duncan Brown            Percy

Sarah McCardie          Multi-role

Shannon Swan           Persephone

Kara Swinney              The Snow Queen

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Andy McGregor          Writer & Director

Alan Orr                      Producer & Musical Director

Pauline Ramsay         Stage Manager & Lyricist

Angela Orr                  Assistant Director

Fraser Lappin              Set & Costume Designer

Emma Armstrong        Lighting Design

Grant Mason               Executive Producer

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wed 27 Dec: 7pm

Thu 28 Nov: 7pm

Fri 29 Nov: 10am and 7pm

Sat 30 Nov: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 2 Dec: 6pm*

Tue 3 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 4 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Thu 5 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 6 Dec: 10am and 7pm**

Sat 7 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 9 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 10 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 11 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 12 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 13 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Sat 14 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 16 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 17 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Wed 18 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 19 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Fri 20 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 21 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 23 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 24 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Fri 27 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 28 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 30 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 31 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

*Relaxed performance

**Gala performance

IMAGE: Mihaela Bodlovic

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF ASBESTOSIS GIVEN SPOTLIGHT IN NEW SHOW TOURING TO SCOTTISH COMMUNITIES

The Citizens Theatre and Stellar Quines have announced the tour of Fibres, a new play by Frances Poet. Touring to venues and community halls throughout Scotland, the production will be presented in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute.

Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet, Fibres uses wit and humour to explore the legacy of asbestos in the Clyde shipyards, giving weight to the stories of women and families affected by this crisis. During the twentieth century, Glasgow and the West of Scotland was the centre of asbestos production and consumption and today has the highest global incidence of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Fibres binds together four interconnected stories in a funny and touching tribute to families and individuals affected by this issue.

On what inspired her to write Fibres, Frances Poet commented, “Five years ago, I met a woman at my daughter’s music class who told me that she had lost her parents six months apart. Her father had been a ship’s draftsman and had served a three-day apprenticeship on the ships. His exposure to the asbestos in those three days was enough to end not just his life prematurely but also that of his wife who washed his overalls. I knew about asbestos, as something dangerous from the past. I didn’t know that deaths from asbestos related diseases were still growing each year, that the West Coast of Scotland had, at that moment, the highest incidence in Europe or that some of the people dying were wives and weans who were exposed through their loved ones’ clothing. It broke my heart enough to write a play about it. But because it’s a Glasgow story, I found my characters making me laugh, even in the face of tragedy. Their resilience was irresistible. And suddenly the play I was writing wasn’t a tragedy but a love story with as many laughs as tears. I’m so glad Stellar Quines and the Citizens Theatre are taking the play to audiences across Scotland. I suspect our story will be met with many more stories shared after the show. I want to hear them all.”

A co-production with award-winning Scottish theatre company Stellar Quines, Fibres will be directed by Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Jemima Levick.

Stellar Quines is an award-winning organisation whose vision is to be Scotland’s leading touring theatre company, inspiring excellence in women and girls. Of the co-production, Jemima Levick commented, “I’m so excited to be bringing this brilliant, powerful play to audiences across the west coast of Scotland. Fibres is an incredibly moving and very funny piece that is deeply relevant to individuals and communities affected by the deadly legacy of asbestos. It’s a story that is often only told from the perspective of the men who suffered, ignoring the wider impact on women and children who have also been profoundly affected. Fibres elevates the women’s voice and brings the impact of this tragedy on families sharply into focus. At Stellar Quines, we are dedicated to creating work that nurtures, empowers and celebrates women and girls, through their stories, as artists and audiences, so we are particularly delighted that Fibres is part of the Citizens Women season in partnership with the Citizens Theatre.”

The Citizens Women season is a season committed to putting women actors, directors and stories centre stage. The season is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary and wide-ranging talent of women theatre-makers.

Of taking Fibres on tour, Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre commented, “It’s a great pleasure to be able to take Fibres, our co-production with Stellar Quines, to a range of performance spaces across Scotland. Whilst our home in the Gorbals undergoes a much-needed redevelopment, taking our work out into communities across Scotland is incredibly important to us. In Fibres, Frances Poet tells a critical and relevant story with compassion and humour. This is a brilliant opportunity to take this play to audiences who have been touched by the asbestos tragedy either directly or indirectly. It is also a funny and moving story that will be delivered by a fantastic, well-known cast.”

The cast includes much loved actor Jonathan Watson who has most recently starred in the BBC Scotland hit Two Doors Down. Born in Glasgow, Watson’s first job after training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama was as a member of TAG Theatre Company, the outreach arm of the Citizens Theatre which was formed in 1967. Watson has since taken on iconic roles in Naked Video, City Lights, Rab C Nesbitt (BBC) and Only An Excuse (Comedy Unit). He is joined by Maureen Carr known to young audiences for her role in CBBC’s Molly and Mack and to the nation as ‘ugly sister’ Edith in Still Game and baddie Theresa O’Hara in River City. Carr is also co-founder of female comedy troupe, Witsherface.

The cast is completed by Suzanne Magowan (Baby Doll, Citizens Theatre; Hidden Doors, Village Pub Theatre; International Day of the Girl, Stellar Quines and Village Pub Theatre) and Ali Craig (Into That Darkness, Citizens Theatre; Hecuba and Victoria, Dundee Rep; Beautiful Burnout, The Making of Us and Macbeth, National Theatre of Scotland; Hamlet, Rapture Theatre Company).

The project is supported by Clydeside Action on Asbestos, a charity established in 1984 by men who had been diagnosed with an asbestos disease to provide practical advice and support to others affected by this condition. Phyllis Craig MBE, Manager of CAA said: ‘This is an incredibly important story that deserves to be told.  The men and women who have lost their lives to asbestos must be remembered.  Through a light-hearted and warm insight into one families’ experience, the impact that asbestos use has had on communities across Scotland can reach a wide audience.   Whilst people are watching the production, I would like them to remember that thousands of people across the UK continue to be diagnosed with an asbestos related condition each year, because asbestos related disease does not develop until decades after the person was exposed to asbestos.  If the audience can bear this in mind, then those who have died and continue to be diagnosed will not be forgotten.’ 

In addition to writer Frances Poet and Director Jemima Levick, the all-female creative team comprises Jen McGinley, Set and Costume Design (Interference, National Theatre of Scotland; Miss Julie, Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts); Emma Jones, Lighting Design (The Lover, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh; Peter Pan, Derby Theatre) and Patricia Panther, Sound Design (The Last Queen of Scotland, Stellar Quines production commissioned and supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep; Glasgow Girls, presented by Pachamama Productions, originally co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre & Richard Jordan Productions).

The tour runs from 17 October to 2 November 2019. Details of all venues and ticket information is available from citz.co.uk

TOUR VENUES AND DATES

Ticket information available from citz.co.uk

Barrowfield Community Centre          Thu 17 Oct, 6pm & Fri 18 Oct, 2pm (previews)

67 Yate Street, Glasgow

G31 4AQ

 

Cove Burgh Hall                                        Sat 19 Oct, 8pm

Shore Road, Cove

G84 0L

 

Paisley Arts Centre                                  Tue 22 Oct, 7.30pm

15 New Street, Paisley

PA1 1EZ

 

The Pearce Institute                                Thu 24 Oct, 7pm

840 – 860 Govan Road

G61 3UU

 

Beacon Arts Centre                                  Fri 25 Oct, 7.30pm

Custom House Quay, Greenock

PA15 1HJ

 

St Francis Community Centre              Sat 26 Oct, 7pm

405 Cumberland Street, Glasgow

G5 0SE

 

Barmulloch Community Centre          Sun 27 Oct, 7pm

46 Wallacewell Quadrant, Glasgow

G21 3PX

 

Traverse Theatre                                      Tue 29 – Wed 30 Oct, 8pm

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh

EH1 2ED

 

Barlanark Community Centre              Thu 31 Oct, 7pm

33 Burnmouth Road, Glasgow

G33 4RZ

 

Dunoon Burgh Hall                                  Fri 1 Nov, 7.30pm

195 Argyll Street, Dunoon

PA23 7DD

 

The Whiteinch Centre                             Sat 2 Nov, 7pm

1 Northinch Street, Glasgow

G14 0UG

LISTINGS

Ticket information from citz.co.uk / 0141 429 0022

Cast                                                  Maureen Carr; Ali Craig; Suzanne Magowan; Jonathan Watson

Director                                           Jemima Levick

Writer                                              Frances Poet

Set and costume Designer          Jen McGinley

Lighting Designer                          Emma Jones

Sound Design                                Patricia Panther

“We were two weans playing at wee hooses, him in his first job and me being the good wife doing his washing. Now we’re both paying the price.”

Jack is proud of his work at the Clyde shipyards. His wife, Beanie, who is nursing him through asbestosis, thinks he’s a fool. But the real test of their marriage comes when they discover that the dusty overalls Jack brought home to be washed by Beanie, poisoned her too. This isn’t what she thought Jack meant when he promised “what’s mine is yours”.

Meanwhile their daughter, Lucy, attempts to overcome her grief. Will she be held back by her parents’ experience, or will she have the courage to allow romance to blossom with Pete?

Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet, Fibres is a big-hearted and laugh out loud play about what it means to entwine our lives with another, in sickness and in health. A story told by four characters who show a very Glaswegian resilience and wit, the play asks can we ever cut the cords that bind us and who will catch us if we do?

With support from Clydeside Action on Asbestos.

 

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Snarky Puppy Announce Immigrance Tour coming to Barrowlands in November

Snarky Puppy, the three-time GRAMMY-winning genre-defying collective, have announced they will tour the UK in November 2019, in support of their album Immigrance. They will appear at Glasgow Barrowlands on 16th November.

 The band is so excited about bringing 11 new songs to the UK on our upcoming tour. Of course we’ll be mixing them in with material from previous albums (including some very old songs we haven’t played in years), but it will be really special sharing the new ones with the audience who first welcomed us to Europe in 2012.”  says bandleader Michael League.

The video for new single ‘Bad Kids To The Back’ was inspired by films like Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, Ralph Bakshi’s American Pop and Disney’s 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and utilizes rotoscoped visuals to turn an in-studio performance into one of the wildest animated videos you will see this year. Animator/co-director Michaël Alcaras drew frame-by-frame over live footage of the band recording the song in studio (shot by the video’s other co-director, Stella K), and turned it into an eye-popping four minutes and forty-five seconds. The Snarky horn section suddenly have animal heads; band members shoot lasers from their eyes and tall buildings dance along to the song’s hypnotic grooves.

Like their last album, 2016’s GRAMMY-winning Culcha Vulcha, Immigrance is a studio project, and it features most of the same musicians. And though it shares that project’s ace musicianship and dynamic, kinetic spirit, it is also rawer and moodier than its predecessor. Several of the compositions put a new-found emphasis on delivering simpler, streamlined impact, and bassist, composer and bandleader Michael League, as producer on the album, left in the tiny flubs and unvarnished textures that accompany great organic performances.

Throughout its countless gigs and dozen previous albums, Snarky Puppy’s not-so-secret weapon has been diversity. After all, what better way to make all-embracing music than to utilise musicians from every corner of the U.S. in addition to Argentina, Japan, Canada, the U.K. and elsewhere? So with Immigrance, Snarky Puppy is essentially practicing what it’s preached all along. “The band itself is a representation of what we’re trying to express musically,” League explains. “That people from different places can bring their various strengths and experiences, and how that can be beautiful and cohesive.”

A touring dynamo who have played to thousands of fans at shows on six continents, Snarky Puppy recently hosted the GroundUP Music Festival on Miami Beach, FL on February 8-10th, with a line-up that included Snarky Puppy on all three nights (performing songs from Immigrance live for the first time), David Crosby, Andrew Bird, Tank and the Bangas, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Bona and more.

 

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2019 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical comes to the Armadillo

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic story HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS as it comes to life on stage, for the first time in the UK.

Visiting the SEC Armadillo this November. 

Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming and hilarious musical. 

Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ create the whimsical world of Whoville, while Max the Dog narrates the story of the scheming Grinch whose heart is “two sizes too small,” as he decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly joyful bunch bursting with holiday cheer.

Join in the Christmas spirit with the show critics have called “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults” 

LISTINGS

  • 13 17 Nov 2019
  • SEC Armadillo
  • On Sale On Sale Now
  • Ticket InfoAvailable from the SEC Box Office:
    0844 395 4000**Calls will cost 7 ppm plus your network charge

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2019 – Frankenstein at Theatre Royal this November

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness.

Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to obliterate Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Mon 25 Nov 2019 – Sat 30 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2019 – The Snowman returns

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty years ago.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Wed 13 Nov – Sun 17 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
1 hour 45 minutes
Wed and Fri at 19:00
Thu at 10:30 and 14:00
Sat at 13:30 and 17:00
Sun at 11:00 and 15:00

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019 – The Mousetrap

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Starring Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance).

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
2 hours 20 minutes
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Thurs and Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
Audio Described – Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 12+

NEWS: SIX: The queens return to Glasgow

THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

TUESDAY 5 – SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2019

From Tudor wives to pop princesses, the queens are going on tour!

Following acclaimed success at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, West End smash hit musical SIX will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this winter from Tuesday 5 November until Sunday 10 November as part of a UK tour.

The story tells of the six wives of Henry VIII who take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. The songs from the show have proved to be a chart storming sensation with weekly streams totalling more than 1.5million. These Queens may have green sleeves, but their lipstick is rebellious red. Think you know the rhyme, think again… Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

The cast, yet to be announced, are backed by the show’s all female band, The Ladies in Waiting.

SIX is the phenomenon everyone’s losing their head over. The show’s 2018 debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hastened its West End transfer which opened in January 2019. The production is currently enjoying an open-ended run at the Arts Theatre playing to sold out houses. And now the Queens are going on tour.

SIX writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss said:

“We are SOOOO excited and thrilled and grateful that we get to share the story of these badass Queens – and the UNREAL talents of these women – with so many more people all over the UK! We’ll see you there!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!”

SIX is written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, with Direction by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage.

 

LISTINGS

SIX

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Tue 5 – Sun 10 Nov 2019

Tue-Thu: 8pm

Fri: 6pm, 8.30pm

Sat: 2.30pm, 8pm

Sun: 2pm