Category Archives: What’s on NOVEMBER

NEWS: New season of performance is launched at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Powerful drama, electrifying opera, a melting pot of music and fabulous festive fun … September sees the start of a sensational new season of performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The professionals in training at one of the world’s top three performing arts education institutions will deliver another packed programme of events – giving audiences the chance to support the future stars of stage, screen and behind the scenes. Tickets are now on sale for the thrilling autumn programme which truly has something for everyone, from extravagant festive productions to laidback Sunday morning coffee concerts. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which is celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2017, is one of Scotland’s busiest performing arts venues with more than 500 performances each year.

New season highlights include:

  • Festive fun: A festive show that dares to be different, swing into the adventurous, exhilarating and imaginative world of The Jungle Book this December. Stuart Paterson’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is performed by BA Acting students and directed by Hugh Hodgart, the Royal Conservatoire’s Director of Drama, Dance, Production and Film. The Jungle Book is part of a family-friendly festive programme that also includes seasonal song and dance with Christmas at the Conservatoire, Junior Conservatoire Big Band and Musical Theatre and One More Sleep ’til Christmas for children aged three to six at the Citizens Theatre.
  • Drama: Four formidable drama productions are staged this season with The Wonderful World of Dissocia and Balm in Gilead performed by BA Acting students, London Road from BA Musical Theatre students and a Scottish tour of Love and Information by playwright Caryl Churchill which is directed by Jonathan Lloyd of Solar Bear. It stars students from the Royal Conservatoire’s groundbreaking BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme – the first degree course of its kind in the UK. The first cohort will graduate in June 2018.
  • Opera: The Fiery Angel by Prokofiev will bring together Royal Conservatoire students and the professional soloists and orchestra of Scottish Opera in the Grand Hall of Glasgow’s City Halls. It’s considered Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense score, full of rhythmic power and extraordinary vocal writing.
  • Music: Bite-sized, hour-long lunchtime concerts are back with Mondays at One and Fridays at One which centre on a different department, instrument or guest artist each week.
  • Alumni performances: Musical alumni make a dazzling return to the Royal Conservatoire including BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition finalist Anush Hovhanisyan and fellow opera graduate Alexey Gusev, recently named a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist.
  • Esteemed industry professionals: the autumn line-up features a roster of exciting guests such as classical guitarist José Antonio Escobar, cellist David Geringas and conductor Christian Kluxen.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Performance is at the heart of everything we do at Scotland’s national conservatoire and our new season will, as always, showcase the exceptional talent that is being nurtured here in Glasgow. We have a richly-varied programme of events from now until December and we are looking forward to sharing the work and expertise of our students with audiences of all ages across Scotland. By being part of our audience, you are playing an important part in supporting the next generation of outstanding Scottish, UK and international artists and performers.”

Our first traditional music event takes place later this month – part of the Fridays at One lunchtime concert series – when Hamish Napier is joined by many of Scotland’s top traditional musicians for a live stage version of his album The River. It will be followed by a St Andrew’s Day celebration in November, hosted by Jamie MacDougall and recorded for BBC Radio Scotland. It will bring together Professor Phil Cunningham, Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatoire’s BMus Traditional Music programme, RCS Braw Brass and special guests. An Evening of Traditional Music and the RCS Ceilidh will take place in December.

Ease into Sunday mornings with the return of the highly regarded Hilary Rosin Coffee Concerts in October which will focus on Russian masterworks. Now in its fifth season, it will feature the voices of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition finalist Anush Hovhanisyan and fellow opera graduate Alexey Gusev, recently named a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist. Alexey will also appear in the Scottish Opera Emerging Artists recital in December, part of Fridays at One.

As a piano teacher in Glasgow’s Southside and a talented musician, Hilary Rosin inspired many people to make music an active and enriching part of their lives. The concert series celebrates her life and achievements creating an opportunity for people of all ages to gather together to savour beautiful music and coffee in a relaxed Sunday setting.

Bite-sized, hour-long lunchtime concerts are back with Mondays at One and Fridays at One which centre on a different department, instrument or guest artist each week. Jazz sessions, Blue Mondays, also resume where students are led through repertoire by visiting artists and staff.

A Celebration of Kulgin Duval in October is dedicated to the life and generosity of Kulgin Duval who passed away in 2016. A leading figure in Scotland’s literary world, who also loved music, Kulgin supported many opera students and the concert features some of those graduates and current students. Kulgin, and his partner Colin Hamilton, were responsible for collecting and preserving some of Scotland’s most important 20th century literary archives, a contribution that is being recognised at the National Library of Scotland with a special display, Creative Lives: The Duval and Hamilton partnership (until October 15) featuring material from their extraordinary collection.

We welcome back Danish conductor Christian Kluxen for Symphonic Last Works in November where he will lead the RCS Symphony Orchestra through a programme which includes the last works written by both Strauss and Bartók.

MMus Opera Scenes: Shakespeare and Opera in November is an entertaining and varied mix of short opera scenes with simple staging and piano accompaniment. A unique educational – and performing – experience awaits opera students in December when they perform alongside Scottish Opera’s professional soloists and orchestra in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel. It’s considered Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense score, full of rhythmic power and extraordinary vocal writing.

Big Guitar Weekend in November is filled with glorious guitars with prize-winning Chilean musician José Antonio Escobar playing as part of Fridays at One, the inaugural Scottish Schools Guitar Ensemble Competition, showcase events and Finnish-Scottish Connections, a double bill with Royal Conservatoire graduate and lecturer Ian Watt and Finland’s Otto Tolonen.

Exchange Talks are a fascinating weekly series of public seminars in which respected members of staff, academia and the professions share their research insights on art, society and issues that matter. The first talk takes place in October with Professor David Watkin’s professorial address. In November, the Now You See Me Symposium, co-produced by the Royal Conservatoire and Solar Bear, will explore the opportunities that lie ahead for the artists of the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English, the first programme of its kind in the UK for deaf performers and performance makers.

The season comes to a close in a festive fashion in December with the adventurous, exhilarating and imaginative world of The Jungle Book. Stuart Paterson’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is performed by BA Acting students and directed by Hugh Hodgart, the Royal Conservatoire’s Director of Drama, Dance, Production and Film. Festive productions also include RCS Choir and Orchestra at Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral, Christmas with Chorale with Conservatoire Brass II and One More Sleep ’til Christmas, for three-to-six year olds at the Citizens Theatre. The ever-popular Christmas at the Conservatoire sparkles once again with seasonal swing and contemporary classics from MA Musical Theatre students.

View the full what’s on guide and book tickets at rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice or call 0141 332 5057. Tickets26 offers tickets for just £5 for ages 26 and under. Deaf Theatre Club members can purchase a ticket at a discounted price of £5 on accessible performances. Members will be welcomed to the building by staff who have been trained in British Sign Language.

NEWS: WORLD CLASS TRIBUTE ACTS TOP THE BILL AT EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE

Celebrate the best music from the last few decades, with top tribute nights coming to Eastwood Park Theatre.

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

elio pace at piano

A weekend of The Billy Joel Songbook starts on 29 September, featuring Elio Pace and his magnificent six piece band. Following on from his highly- acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band, Elio will be leading the band through massive hits including Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are and My Life.

A fantastic night from Big O and The Travelling Wilburys on 15 September is not to be missed. With the music of 80s super group The Travelling Wilburys that featured five individual icons: Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, the talented singers are led by Paul Hopkins, who plays the Big O – Roy Orbison. 

The silver anniversary tour of the much-loved Buddy Holly & The Cricketers rocks up on 26 September. Featuring a cast of highly accomplished artists, the show stars singer-songwriter and actor Gordon Taggart as Buddy, belting out hits including That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue and Heartbeat.

George Michael fans are in for a treat with Beyond Faith, a brilliant spectacle and journey through hits of the musical legend on 17 November. Celebrating 30 years of the landmark album ‘Faith’, fans can experience the multi-award winning album live, along with some of his other smash hits. George Michael is played by twice ‘National Tribute Award Winner’ and runner up ‘Best British Male’, Paul Grant-Reason.

The Police Sting Show was a sell out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and features the band who has toured with Scottish acts KT Tunstall, Fish and the Hotel California show. You will hear Roxanne, Fields of Gold, Every Breath You Take, Message in a Bottle and Englishman in New York, amongst others, on 25 November.

Tickets are on sale NOW from http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice or by calling 0141 577 4956.

To see the full programme of autumn/winter events at Eastwood Park Theatre and to book tickets visit: http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Butterfly and Out of the Bad Two one-act plays on the Caterpillar Factory closure

caterpillar factory occupation

Butterfly and Out of the Bad Two one-act plays Thursday 02 November, 7.30pm at Eastwood Park Theatre

In January 1987 the management of the Caterpillar factory in Uddingston announced the factory was to close. Butterfly and Out of the Bad focus on the effect the closure had on those who worked in the factory and lived in the local community.  Two one-act plays, performed together; Butterfly is Act 1, Out of the Bad is Act 2

It’s March 1987 and Jamie Cassidy is facing redundancy.  And if this isn’t bad enough he makes a life shattering discovery which has driven him to despair.  In an attempt to get away from everything, Jamie climbs the factory’s water tower.  However, he soon discovers he’s not alone…or the only one with problems.  Butterfly is a black comedy dealing with complicated lives, loves and buried secrets.

In Out of the Bad Mary has the hangover from hell.  The last thing she needs is her daughter Danni to come round uninvited with bad news.  But Mary soon becomes determined that Danni should know her heritage.  As she reminisces she soon realises the factory closure may not have been the disaster it was in 1987…and life must go on.

Price

  • Standard £15
  • Concession £13

NEWS: EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE BRINGS THE BEST OF THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THIS AUTUMN

If you missed out on this year’s Edinburgh Festival or you just want to get in on the action all over again, don’t despair! Eastwood Park Theatre is bringing a flavour of the festival to Glasgow’s south side with some of its top rated shows. Here are the Top Three that you’ve got to see:

man in police riot helmet

  1. Stand By (14 September)

Stand By is a police drama with a twist – you’ll wear an earphone throughout and feel like you’re not just in the audience, you are actually part of the force.  Follow four police officers sitting in a riot van and experience the tension and turmoil of life on the frontline in this play, written by a former Police Officer and produced by Utter.

  1. The Sky is Safe (16 September)

An outstanding cast and creative team from Dogstar Theatre combine to evoke a cry from the heart from the streets of Istanbul and the tragedy of Syria in this drama. The Sky is Safe is a love story and war story written by Matthew Zajac after visiting Istanbul and interviewing Syrian women rebuilding their lives.

  1. Butterfly and Out of the Bad (2 November)

Two one-act plays. In 1987, the management of the Catepillar factory in Uddingston announced that the factory was to close. Butterfly and Out of the Bad focus on the effect the closure had on those who worked in the factory and lived in the local community.

Tickets are available now: http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

NEWS: Christmas Favourite Elf comes to Glasgow

elf musical logo
The modern day Christmas classic, that is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf, will be at the King’s Theatre Glasgow from 21-25 November 2017. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.
Elf is the most expensive production ever mounted by Glasgow-based Pantheon Club since its inception 90 years ago, coming in at an eye-watering £150,000.

The cast in rehearsal

Elf The Musical features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.Come and find your INNER ELF…Tuesday21 Nov – 7.30
Wednesday – 22 Nov – 2.30
Wednesday – 22 Nov – 7.30
Thursday23 Nov – 7.30
Friday24 Nov – 5.30
Friday24 Nov – 8.30
SATURDAY25 Nov11am (ADDED SHOW)
Saturday25 Nov – 2.30
Saturday25 Nov – 7.30

Tickets for the week range from £9 to £30 (plus King’s Theatre booking/admin and restoration fees) depending on the performance date and time and position in the theatre (Stalls, Grand Circle, Upper Circle or Gallery) and concessions (senior citizens, children, students, unemployed, disabled).

– Online Booking http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/elf-the-musical-presented-by-the-pantheon-club/kings-theatre/

– Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7648 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

– Telephone Groups Bookings: 0333 009 5389 Calls charged at local rate.

– Telephone Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971

– In Person Booking at The Theatre Royal Box Office (282 Hope Street, Glasgow) is open 10am – 6pm, Mon – Sat, and operates advance sales for both Theatre Royal and King’s Theatre venues.

©MTI Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Pantheon Club Glasgow is a Not-For-Profit Theatre Co and Registered Scottish Charity, promoting the arts by producing and performing high quality Musicals, comedies and dramas, and therefore, this is classified, by definition, as an amateur production.

NEWS: Trainspotting is back

orange lettering it's back for trainspotting at citizens theatre glasgow

Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting began its life as a piece of drama at the Citizens Theatre over 20 years ago and returned in 2016 with a critically-acclaimed sold-out run. Hot on the heels of Trainspotting 2, Danny Boyle’s sequel to his phenomenally successful film version, and by popular public demand, the Citizens Theatre is bringing its production of the notorious story back to the stage from 18 October to 11 November 2017.  The production will also tour to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, presented by Selladoor Scotland.

Trainspotting was first presented in a stage adaptation by Harry Gibson in the theatre’s Stalls Studio in 1994, just a year after the book’s publication. The shocking and explicit production was hugely successful and was quickly remounted in the theatre’s larger Circle Studio. The adaptation has since been staged across the globe.

Trainspotting is set in Thatcher-era Leith, in a world where work and opportunities are scarce. The trappings of a successful lifestyle are held out of reach of Renton, Begbie, Sickboy and Spud, who instead look for fulfilment through the point of a needle.

Gareth Nicholls returns to the Citizens Theatre to direct.  Nicholls’ recent credits include God of Carnage (Tron Theatre) and The Burial at Thebes, Coriolanus and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). His production of Gary McNair’s A Gambler’s Guide to Dying won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, and has toured the UK and Adelaide Festival, and has just completed an Off-Broadway run. Nicholls held the post of Citizens Theatre Main Stage Director in Residence (2014-16), directing Into That Darkness, Vanya and Blackbird all of which received 4- and 5-star reviews.

Of his return to the Citizens Theatre, Gareth commented, “Irvine Welsh’s urgent and uncompromising story clearly still packs a punch – we saw audiences from all backgrounds connecting strongly to its heady mix of humour, heartache and heroin. Its unflinching look at Scottish identity, masculinity and choice seems to be as pertinent now as it was 24 years ago and I’m thrilled to be once more bringing this raw, energetic and iconic modern classic back to the stage.

Tickets for Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre are available from Tuesday 16 May from the Citizens Theatre’s website citz.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

Tickets for the King’s Theatre Edinburgh will go on general sale on Tuesday 2 May with Friends Tickets available from Monday 24 April. Tickets available from edtheatres.com or 0131 529 6000.