Category Archives: What’s on NOVEMBER

NEWS: Platform announces Eastern Promise 2018 festival line-up

Now in its eighth year, Platform’s Eastern Promise festival brings a thrilling mix of live music, performance and visual art to Glasgow’s East End over two evenings on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November 2018.

This trailblazing event offers a stellar line up of gigs, performances, film screenings and installations to inspire, provoke and entertain. Platform opens up its performance and studio spaces, creating a dynamic festival atmosphere, with food and drink available all evening.


Platform is delighted to welcome keyboard and accordion maestro Hailu Mergia back to Scotland. The Ethio-jazz funk pioneer recently released Lala Belu, his first full-length album in nearly two decades. The album builds on Mergia’s remarkable career resurgence over the past few years and features Ethiopian traditionals alongside Mergia originals. His old recordings are cherished revelations for Ethiopian music fans; however, Mergia’s return to the stage has been just as inspiring and electrifying.

Turner prize nominated Monster Chetwynd presents a screening of her subversive and magical short film, Face Cream. Commissioned by GoMA in partnership with Platform as part of Glasgow 2018 with a focus on play, the film used museum venues across Glasgow and Platform, working with some of the groups that meet there. Inspired by the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, this joyous, fun and surreal short film reveals a magical Glasgow discovered through the natural power of face cream.

POST is a new theatre show presented by performance maker Xavier de Sousa exploring national identity. We live in an ever-shifting political and geographical landscape. Some believe we are heading towards a world without borders, without countries or nations whilst others vouch for protectionism and more borders. The audience is invited to join de Sousa at the table, eat Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what constitutes a nation.


Legendary West coast jazz mavericks, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids make a welcome return to Platform announcing their new album release, An Angel Fell (Strut) with intergalactic jazz funk, afro-beat grooves and hypnotic licks. The album has been celebrated by Quietus magazine as #2 album of the year and the band will also be performing music from their lauded 2016 album We Be all Africans. Expect psychedelia, cosmic jazz and the healing power of music from this theatrical spiritual jazz ensemble.

Apostille is a man who’s torn through enough sound-systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Michael Kasparis, who runs Night School Records whilst making forays into hardcore punk with groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form brings his solo electronic venture Apostille to Platform. At once minimal and courageous Apostille songs race off with unchecked abandon, skittering drum machines, thick walls of sequenced synth and decidedly elastic basslines. His recent album Choose Life is full of life and energy, and like his live show as disobedient as it is heroic in its pursuit of liberation.

Chivas/Reid/Smekot present Decline, a dynamic relationship instantly and continuously transforming, told through the bodies of three distinct performers. This collaboration is a meditation on things that draw us together and those that fall away using the distinct voices of dance and live music. Directed and performed by Monika Smekot, Penny Chivas and Jer Reid Decline offers a unique, honest and open viewpoint into human relationships, it asks us to challenge others and ourselves to delve into our inner world.

Glasgow-based artist and musician Sarah Glass presents 13 +/-, an opportunity to watch a desperate act of self-care made manifest, reflected and refracted back. The performance uses light and sound to explore coping mechanisms for social anxiety and similar maladies. Glass works predominantly in sound, light and performance art and her work reflects interest in themes such as social control, feminism, noise, and the distortion and re-appropriation of (sub)cultural media.

Jumbies is presented by Ashanti Harris in collaboration with Zephyr Liddell and Paul Shofolahan. Jumbies is an exploration of Derrida’s concept of Hauntology (haunting and ontology) in the form of an Afrofuturist masquerade. Working with dance, sculpture, sound and printed fabrics, Jumbies creates a layered fictional dimension, a space of alternate realities, apparitions and re-presentation. It is a ritual wearing of thresholds and a place of absence, repetition and continual transformation.

Food and drink is available all evening from Platform’s cafe bar with pop up food from Soul Food Sisters.


Friday 16 November, 7pm till late

●       Hailu Mergia

●       Monster Chetwynd presents Face Cream

●       Xavier de Sousa presents POST

Saturday 17 November, 5pm till late

●       Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

●       Apostille

●       Sarah Glass presents 13 +/-

●       Chivas/Reid/Smekot present Decline

●       Ashanti Harris, Zephyr Liddell & Paul Shofolahan present Jumbies


£10/£7.50 (local links) per night

£15/£10 (local links) weekend / / 0141 276 9696 (opt 1

Platform is running a return bus from Mono, Kings Court to Eastern Promise. Please pre book to ensure a space – either purchase your £5 ticket from Mono in person or email to reserve your place.

Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW

NEWS: Exciting, live action planetarium show for children comes to Glasgow

There’s an out-of-this-world adventure for children coming to Glasgow Science Centre this November.

You Are Here! is a brand-new, live action planetarium show that perfectly combines the excitement of live theatre and storytelling with an immersive 360° full dome experience.

The 30-minute show takes the audience on a virtual trip around the Universe with WOW Tours. Expecting to attend a lecture from ‘The Professor’, the tour is unexpectedly confronted with the disappearance of the stars – not to mention the disappearance of The Professor.

Equipped with only umbrellas and a mysterious A-Z guidebook of the Universe, WOW Tours embark on a magical journey. With help from the audience they uncover where The Professor has gone and discover “the most incredible, remarkable, mind-blowing thing in the universe!”

With Jupiter as the ultimate ‘behind you’ moment, a zoom through Saturn’s rings and a voyage down to the surface of Mars, You Are Here! is a show unlike any other. The unique fusion of arts and science is both educational and entertaining, and designed to make the complex concepts of space and time accessible to children.

Written by acclaimed children’s theatre playwright, Andy Cannon, You Are Here! is a collaboration between Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and Glasgow-based theatre company The Occasion. The project has been made possible by a £48,500 grant from Arts Council England and support from Airbus. The performance in Glasgow forms part of the UK tour which sees performances in Winchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leicester.

Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium said:“Having previously managed touring theatre productions and arts centres, I’m excited to champion theatre and the arts to communicate STEM subjects to as wide an audience as possible. The Occasion trialled a short pilot last year and the feedback from the audience was great. Sitting in the planetarium and hearing gasps from children as Jupiter rose up behind the actors on the huge 360° screen was a really special moment for me.”

Peter Clerke, Co-Artistic Director of The Occasion and Director of You Are Here! said:“The Occasion is very excited to be collaborating with Winchester Science Centre on this unique project. We’re not aware that this combination of live performance and full dome Planetarium film has ever been done before and will provide a fast-paced, fun and immersive experience. Wholly accessible, this is where the excitement of theatre meets the wow of full dome film! Entertaining and educational, it’s the perfect adventure for children and their families.”

You Are Here! will play at Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November, with schools performances taking place on 14th – 16th. Tickets are priced at £6 per adult and £4 for children as a standalone ticket, or £3 as an add-on to entry to the Science Mall. For performance times and to book tickets visit



A series of terrific tribute nights are set to take the stage at Eastwood Park Theatre this autumn.

Presented by accomplished musicians and featuring the best-loved tunes from renowned musical artists, the shows have wowed audiences around the world.

The Johnny Cash Roadshow comes to town on Sunday 28 October – simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. It’s the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family and is presented by singer/songwriter Clive John. Catch Cash’s best work, accompanies by emotive screen visuals in this energetic and entertaining show.

If you want to ‘live it up’, check out The Bee Gees Story – Nights on Broadway on Friday 2 November. A live concert packed full of their incredible songs from over four decades, with musical authenticity and accurate recreation of the vocal harmonies of the Bee Gees, this show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert.

Country fans are not going to want to miss The Legends of American Country show early next year. Catch songs from a whole host of country stars, from Dolly Parton to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Don Williams on Wednesday 30 January. The show features four fantastic singers who are all backed by the superb Keltic Storm band, coupled with an authentic stage that will transport you all the way to Nashville and back.

Tickets are on sale NOW from or by calling 0141 577 4956.

To see the full programme of autumn/winter events at Eastwood Park Theatre and to book tickets visit:

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse to be narrated live by Juliet Stevenson with Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Michael Morpurgo’s emotionally-charged story is to be narrated live at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall by the multi award-winning author, with specially arranged music performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The tragedy of war, the beauty of peace – and the enduring power of friendship.

Award-winning author Michael Morpurgo will read his heart-breaking War Horse live at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Sunday 18 November as part of the venue’s Sunday Classics series. He will be joined by co-narrator, the BAFTA Award nominee and much-loved English actress Juliet Stevenson. Alongside the narration will be specially composed music performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and live drawing by acclaimed artist Rae Smith. Vocal soloist Ben Murray will also join, following his own appearance in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

When young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to the horrific brutality of First World War France, the boy embarks on a perilous mission to find him again – and bring him home.

Michael Morpurgo’s captivating novel has touched the hearts of millions with its tale of deep friendship surviving amid the horrors of war. It has been transformed into both an award-winning stage show by the National Theatre, and a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the month marking the centenary of the end of the conflict, this special event returns War Horse to its original conception. The author himself reads his emotionally charged story live, with a specially arranged score by Adrian Sutton inspired by music from the National Theatre production, and songs by John Tams. Award-winning British designer Rae Smith recreates live her exquisite illustrations from Morpurgo’s book.

This is an extraordinary event for children, adults and families alike, celebrating the power of friendship in the darkest of times.

With a history dating back to 1871, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, who was appointed RSNO Music Director earlier this year, the orchestra are renowned both at home and worldwide. There’s no better group of musicians to take Scottish audiences on Michael Morpurgo’s emotional journey to the Western Front, almost exactly 100 years since the First World War came to an End.

Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, Vice-Convenor, Culture & Communities Committee said: “As we prepare to mark the centenary of the Armistice, this performance will provide a fitting and particularly touching reminder. We’re delighted to welcome Michael Morpurgo to read his enthralling tale live at the Usher Hall for this unique event which, along with a specially arranged score performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and live drawing from talented illustrator Rae Smith, is set to bring War Horse to life spectacularly.”

War Horse: The Story in Concert – Centenary Concert

with Michael Morpurgo, Juliet Stevenson and Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Sunday Classics at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

4:00pm, Sunday 18 November


WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists brought to life on stage

Townsend Theatre Productions has announced the return of its critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Robert Tressell’s 1914 novel, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

For the first time ever this new version of the play will be presented as a single performer show, featuring writer and actor Neil Gore, and will comprise an Edwardian Magic Lantern Show, political conjuring tricks and live music and song as the audience joins the performer through the events surrounding the renovation of a large townhouse, meeting the many familiar and infamous characters from the book.

Between 2011 and 2015 the company toured a two-man version of the show in a variety of venues across the country, receiving four and five star reviews from The Times, Liverpool Echo, Whatsonstage, and a recommendation from veteran film director Ken Loach.

Due the warm reception the play received across the country, Gore and director Louise Townsend have revised the production, transforming it into a one-man show complete with speeches, audience participation and songs from the classic book, featuring the Great Money Trick as its centrepiece.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a unique document. A novel of humour and sharply observed characterisation, it is also a passionate defence of socialist ideas and one of the first truly imaginative portrayals of life written from a working-class perspective.

The book charts a year in the lives of a group of painters and decorators in the town of Mugsborough at the turn of the last century. Haunted by fears of unemployment, the men struggle to keep their jobs at any cost but, in the course of events, some of them begin to realise that their condition of miserable poverty is neither ‘natural’ or ‘just’.

These workers, the ‘philanthropists’ of the title, who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poor wages to generate profit for their ‘masters’ are joined by an artist, Owen, whose spirited attacks on the dishonesty of capitalism, along with his socialist vision, highlight their workplace exploitation and the inequality in society as a whole.

Writer and adapter of the book, Neil Gore said: “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was published originally in 1914, but the themes explored in the book are still relevant today. When Tressell wrote the book, Britain was on the brink of war, and the majority of the population were living in a very tight economy with low wages and appalling working and living conditions.

“Questions were being raised about the reliability of those thought to be ‘masters’; and the capitalist system was under scrutiny by those who considered it responsible for massive and growing inequalities in society. These themes will resonate with many working and living in our current regime of austerity, where wages and working conditions are squeezed and where many struggle for the basic necessities of life in the midst of spiralling rises in the cost of living and housing. Meanwhile the richest in society just seem to be getting richer. Recent Government policy would seem to be driving us backwards into the vast inequalities that existed in Tressell’s time.

“What’s so special about the book, and what to expect from the play, is how it relates so closely to everyone’s experience of work: the workplace hierarchy; petty and amusing incidents of workplace rivalry; workers’ good-natured humour and banter; hostility to political change and the acceptance of greed as inevitable and a natural way of life.

“All these aspects of life will be portrayed through theatrical tricks, songs, Magic Lantern projection and skilled performance of lively, relevant characterisation and rich storytelling offering a good night out for all.”

November 15th Glasgow TUC
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WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Mad Props stage Little Women with airline pricing strategy!

Mad Props Theatre are bringing Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s timeless, captivating story of personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love, to the Argyle Street Arches in Glasgow from 28 November to 1 December.

Loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life, Little Women follows the trials and tribulations of the March sisters: Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as they journey from childhood to womanhood under the watchful eye of their beloved mother, Marmee.

Supported by a US Embassy Grant from the British Association of American Studies, Mad Props Theatre are celebrating 150 years of Louisa May Alcott’s groundbreaking tale of American girlhood and, as Alcott was a fervent supporter of women’s suffrage, will also be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of universal suffrage and the contribution that female storytellers have made in the on-going fight for gender equality.

With airline style pricing, tickets are cheaper the sooner you buy, and right now you can purchase for just £10.50!

School & Group discounts are also available upon request.

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