Category Archives: What’s on NOVEMBER

NEWS: Students from UK’s only performance degree for deaf actors challenge perceptions and celebrate diversity in a dynamic new production

They are the actors breaking down barriers in Scottish theatre. The first cohort of students from the UK’s only degree course for D/deaf* performers will challenge perceptions, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion when they tour Scotland next week in an exhilarating new production that blends British Sign Language (BSL) and English.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in association with pioneering Glasgow-based theatre company Solar Bear, present Love and Information by celebrated playwright, Caryl Churchill. It stars all ten students from the groundbreaking BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme at Scotland’s national conservatoire, one of the world’s top three performing arts education institutions.

A series of short scenes about how we live in a world bombarded by information, Love and Information playfully explores different ways of making work for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Some scenes will be in British Sign Language, some will be in English and others will be a mix of both. Captioning will be used extensively.

The tour opens at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock on November 14 and will visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Giffnock, Inverness and Banchory.

The Royal Conservatoire’s three-year BA Performance in British Sign Language and English degree, which launched in 2015, was developed in association with Solar Bear with input from a range of theatre, education and D/deaf professionals. It teaches students to be both actors and makers of work, exploring innovative ways of creating performance through British Sign Language and English. Students have fully-qualified BSL interpreters in class, on stage and in rehearsal.

Claire Lamont, Head of the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Love and Information showcases the talents of our final year students and also gives an insight into the exciting creative possibilities that exist when working between British Sign Language and English. The work being produced with these students marks a defining moment in our theatre history and we look forward to the impact they will have in Scotland and beyond.

“The Royal Conservatoire’s BA Performance in British Sign Language and English is breaking new ground. As well as delivering dedicated professional performance education for students, we are providing the industry with a new generation of talented and diverse performers.”

Since 2002, Solar Bear has established itself as a force of change within the arts sector. It works with D/deaf performers, D/deaf theatre makers and young D/deaf people to create new and inclusive theatre.

Jonathan Lloyd, Creative Director of Solar Bear, said: “I’m really excited to be working with such an extraordinary talented group of actors, especially as their work will be seen more widely around Scotland for the first time.”

To date, the BA Performance students have performed in an adaptation of Davey Anderson’s Scavengers, in a series of performances that they created for the On the Verge festival at the Citizens Theatre and they were part of New Dreams, the Shakespeare400 celebration with the University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Students benefit from many professional and collaborative partnerships including the National Theatre of Scotland, Solar Bear and BBC.

The students will graduate in July 2018 and will showcase their work in Glasgow and London in March of next year. In order to further explore the opportunities that lie ahead for this group of artists and for the industry, the Now You See Me Symposium will be held in Glasgow on November 17. Co-produced by the Royal Conservatoire and Solar Bear, it will take place at Scottish Youth Theatre in the Merchant City. Tickets are free however limited places remain.

Applications are now open for the second cohort of D/deaf or hard of hearing performers for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Performance in British Sign Language and English programme, which will begin in September 2018.

*Deaf has many meanings; Deaf relates to the cultural community, deaf relates to someone who medically identifies with hearing loss. People who use Sign Language, have cochlear implants and wear hearing aids may all identify as D/deaf.

Tour dates and tickets:

  • The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Tuesday 14 November – 7.30pm

  • Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wednesday 15 November – 7.30pm

  • Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November – 7.30pm

  • Eastwood Park, Giffnock

Monday 20 November – 7.30pm

  • Eden Court, Inverness

Wednesday 22 November – 7.30pm

  • Woodend Barn, Banchory

Thursday 23 November – 7.30pm

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: The Hidden, an interactive, site specific theatrical experience designed especially for teenagers

In celebration of Paisley Arts Centre turning 30, Visible Fictions return to their Paisley roots to present a new site-specific piece at Paisley Central Library.  

Visible Fictions have been producing award winning creative experiences for young people since 1991 and it all started in Paisley Arts Centre where Visible Fictions had their first home. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, touring the world and redefining what theatre is and where it can happen.

This November Visible Fictions are very excited to present a new experience in Paisley Central Library.  The Hidden is a dramatic, participatory event involving a series of complex clues, codes and puzzles designed to take the audience on a journey of discovery.

Someone has gone missing but have they left messages behind?  Hidden in books, written on index cards, scribbled on the back of an old photograph; there is a mystery waiting to be solved.

Played out in Paisley Central Library, your task is to piece the story together using all the clues you can find, but should you share your theory or keep it to yourself?

Work as a team to rewrite the history books, just be careful which path you chose to go down . . .

The Hidden is a dramatic, interactive experience for small groups of adults and teenagers.  The participants will work as a team to make sense of clues and come up with their own theory to solve the mystery.

Douglas Irvine, Artistic Director comments “Creating this dramatic experience has been both thrilling and challenging, there are many complexities, twists and turns and we can’t wait to see the decisions our audiences take.  Presenting this new piece in Paisley means a lot to our company and we are thrilled to be premiering this unusual performance in the town. “

View the trailer here –

To book tickets  – or call 0300 300 1210

What –                The Hidden, an interactive, site specific theatrical experience designed especially for teenagers. 

Where –              Paisley Central Library, 68 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BB.

When –                Public Performances – 28 & 30 Nov @ 7pm (suitable for teenagers and adults).

Schools Performances – 27 Nov – 1 Dec (suitable for S5 & S6).

INTERVIEW: Paul Grant-Reason on playing his idol George Michael

The winner of 2017 ‘Best Male Tribute Act’ is set to appear as George Michael after 18 years of performing as Robbie Williams – and his show comes to Glasgow in November.

Award-winning performer Paul Grant-Reason will play his personal icon George Michael in the UK tour of ‘Beyond Faith’, celebrating 30 years of FAITH, which launched George’s incredible solo career. Glasgow Theatre Blog had the chance to talk to Paul about the show.

The show is coming to Glasgow’s Eastwood Park Theatre on 17th November 2017 and will take you back to ‘Wham Days’ and ‘Beyond FAITH’ to all the incredible number ones from George’s later catalogue. A real must for all George fans, bringing the passion and energy of George in the 80s and beyond, that made him such a loved, global megastar.

Tickets are priced at £22.50 and if you bring a group of ten people, one person can go free. Available now:

Why do you think George’s music still has such an enduring appeal?

He was just born with an incredible gift for melody. Even the early Wham songs that were viewed as throw away, fun pop at the time are seen as classics. He continued to write and produce songs that both touch people and make them want to dance – a rare talent .

How long has it taken for you to perfect your portrayal of George.

My career started professionally in the same year that Faith was released. I was massively influenced by George then, and we covered many of his songs at the time. Although I’ve been involved with paying tribute to other artistes over the years, George has always been my biggest influence as a singer. I guess I’ve spent all of my professional life studying him and finally putting a show on to celebrate his legacy has been a life’s dream. Hard work, but a real joy to keep this music out there for fans like me.

Tell us what we can expect from the show?

We have an incredible band and singers, visuals from his long career and all his biggest hits. I myself aim to capture the late 80s George, but the show takes a loving and fun look at his whole, incredible legacy.

Do you find audiences differ as you travel around the country? 

Depends on the venue, but out job is to bring people what they want. We are lucky that if people are coming to see us, they want what we want: to celebrate this great icon and his music. That travels as a feeling wherever you go.

How do you keep the show fresh when you’re touring?

We keep a similar formula but swap the odd song around. We all love to play and perform and this music is a real gift. It’s so good to perform that we are always on 110% and we feed off the crowds reacting to the songs they love.

What’s your personal favourite song to perform?

It varies from night to night. Praying For Time would have to be up there as a powerful song that’s great to sing and a timeless message .

What song gets the biggest reaction every night?

With so many classics it’s hard to say. You struggle to beat the buzz of a Wham song though.

What’s next for 2017 and beyond?

We’re are enjoying seeing the amount of love there was for George and his music. He knew how much his fans loved him in his life and he is very missed by myself and millions of others. We will play this music with the passion and attention to detail that has taken so much work and deliver a fitting and fun tribute to our hero, George Michael.

At Eastwood Park Theatre on 17th November 2017 ticket details above.

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: New choral ensemble Acquire presents In the Beginning: A Musical Journey Through Time

Acquire is a new creative choral ensemble, based in Glasgow. This November they’ll be taking to the stage in The Merchant’s House of Glasgow to perform their inaugural concert, ‘In the Beginning: A Musical Journey Through Time’.

The concert repertoire has been designed to take audiences through history’s most iconic eras, as told by some of musical theatre’s finest songs. The music is varied, challenging, and an absolute joy to perform — and should feature something for everyone.

‘In the Beginning’ will be performed from the 23-25 November in The Merchant’s House.

Tickets for all three nights are available via, but are selling fast — particularly for the Friday and Saturday performances! (Seating is not allocated.)

To find out more, you can visit Acquire’s website at, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@AcquireGlasgow).

Header design by Frances Plant.

NEWS: Scottish actor, West End star and singer-songwriter John McLarnon releases debut EP

Glaswegian singer-songwriter and actor John McLarnon releases his much anticipated debut EP Thirty Two Winters on the 20th of November 2017.

Combining soaring melodies and raw vocals Thirty Two Winters acts as an exciting follow up to John’s debut single Snow Angels which reached number four on the iTunes chart upon release.

Influenced by fellow Celtic songwriters Glen Hansard, Damien Rice & Foy Vance, Thirty Two Winters weaves thoughtful powerful lyrics with sweeping folk inspired instrumentation to produce an honest and exciting debut.

As an actor John has most recently appeared as Killick in Season Three of Amazon’s epic drama Outlander and in West-End play Apologia alongside Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing. He also played guitarist Outspan Foster in Roddy Doyle’s hit show The Commitments in London’s West-End and earlier this year was part of the 40th Anniversary production of Abigail’s Party with Sherlock and Mr Selfridge star Amanda Abbington.

John will soon be playing the villain in the Glasgow SEC Pantomime this Christmas alongside Greg McHugh’s Gary Tank Commander.

He will be officially launching his EP with a gig at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow on the 23rd November followed by an intimate acoustic set at Above The Arts Cabaret Club in London’s West End on the 24th.  Tickets available now.—thirty-two-winters-ep-launch

Thirty Two Winters  will be out on the 20th of Nov and available from all major music platforms and streaming services.


Say goodbye to swiping right – a new comedy night hopes to put the fun back into the Glasgow dating scene.

f**k tinder is an innovative new event by Award-nominated comedian Chris Henry, hosted at popular Woodlands Road bar, Dram.

f**k tinder has already been a sell-out across Scotland and Australia, and now returns to Glasgow to help a new batch of hapless singletons.

After becoming tired of the dating app culture, Chris decided to create a comedy night exclusively for single people, where awkward conversation is avoided by having a team of some of Glasgow’s top comedians on hand to entertain throughout the night.

This is speed dating with a difference. Groups of single men and women participate in different rounds, including a pub quiz, a chat up line challenge and discussing your worst valentines gifts. After each round, men switch tables, so singles have a chance to chat with everyone. Chris Henry will be on hand to play wingman throughout the night and introduce the evening’s entertainment.

With recent research showing men find a match on Tinder a measly 0.6% of the time, f**k tinder offers a chance for men to put the odds back in their favour.

Event creator, Chris Henry, says: “f**k tinder reverses all the statistics. You get to meet 100% of potential matches face-to-face, then you can let your personality shine through rather than hope you’re photogenic enough to get a right swipe.

“This isn’t outdated speed dating. This isn’t going to be dull, and it won’t be like anything you’ve ever experienced before. This is the only comedy experience exclusively for single people.”

f**k tinder will host its next events in Glasgow on 2 November at Dram. Tickets cost £20 and are available from bookitbee.

f**k tinder is the creation of Glaswegian comedian Chris Henry, Perth Fringe World award nominee and Scottish comedian of the year finalist. Previous show locations have included Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Melbourne and Singapore.


Wee Dram

232 Woodlands Rd
G3 6ND

Date: Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Doors open: 7:00pm, event starts 8pm


WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: A Beginner’s Guide to Populism at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Village Life Under Threat – A community appeals.
The residents of Little Middleton are up in arms about proposals that will spell the end of their village.Following the announcement of plans to create Middleton Garden City, they have launched the Save Little Middleton campaign, and
hope that it will preserve their historic community and keep it out of the hands of property developers and speculators.

Leading the campaign is Parliamentary candidate Antonia Morgan – an odd choice, perhaps, given her previous endorsement of the proposals when she was part of Middleton County Council, but this is modern and the old rules don’t apply.

Campaign leaders wish to raise national awareness of what they see as the threat to villages and towns across our country, and to show what can be achieved when politicians follow A Beginner’s Guide To Populism.  NoLogoProductions are here to help them.

Join the campaign to save Little Middleton.
The leaders of the Save Little Middleton campaign cordially invite you to public meetings to raise funds for their campaign.

Meetings will be held at the Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh on Monday 13th, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow on Wednesday 15th and The Cockpit, London on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.

Book your place here for Edinburgh, here for Glasgow and here for London.

At the meetings, we will provide you with a piece of theatrical entertainment to inform you of the reasons why they launched our campaign, as well as what they have achieved in our struggle to date, and what the future holds for communities like theirs.

We hope that this will demonstrate what can be achieved when politicians get down off their high horses and speak up for concerned citizens like the people of Little Middleton.

The Edinburgh and Glasgow meetings will be held at 8.00pm. The London meetings will be held at 8.30pm on the first night and 7.00pm on the second night, as we know that capital cities aren’t places where respectable people like to be seen late at night. The campaign leaders themselves would not be seen in such dens of inequity, but insist that that’s where all the corrupt self serving elite are, so that’s where we have to go if we want their voices to be heard for once.

Light refreshments, alcoholic beverages, crisps and mini cheddars* will be served at all events. There will also be material about the campaign and its leaders available for a small charge.

We look forward to meeting you.

Please invite your neighbours and friends, as long as you don’t think they look a bit suspect or as if they can’t really be trusted.

*Other savoury snacks may be provided as an alternative.


The leaders of the Save Little Middleton campaign believe that theatre is produced by bourgeoisie luvvies who have never done an honest days work in their lives and no doubt claim unemployment benefit when they are not hoovering up grants and donations that could be far better spent elsewhere.

Nevertheless, they have asked us to help them in developing the content for these meetings, based on recommendations from people who work in jobs that don’t involve anything other than sitting on their backsides in theatres and drinking.

If you want to read these recommendations, please click here

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Scottish Chamber Orchestra November Highlights

After a successful Season Opening Concert, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) are set to explore a wide range of repertoire in their concerts this November.

November Programming Highlights:

Described as one of the world’s most original soloists, Maxim Rysanov, under the baton of Estonian conductor Olari Elts, will make his SCO debut performing the Scottish premiere of Pēteris Vasks’ Viola Concerto on Wednesday 1 (Younger Hall, St Andrews), Thursday 2 (Queens Hall, Edinburgh) and Friday 3 November (Glasgow City Halls). This programme also features works from some of 20th Century’s most interesting composers, including Copland’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece, Appalachian Spring, Rautavaara Cantus Articus and Respighi Gli Uccelli.

Joining the SCO in the second week of November is Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine. As one of today’s most recognised conductors, Krivine will recreate one of classical music’s greatest masterpieces – Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. This work is paired with a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 by ground-breaking American pianist Robert Levin.

New SCO Commission by Glasgow-born Composer Tom Harrold

This month also sees the world premiere of a new SCO commission from award-winning composer, Tom Harrold.
Tom first burst onto the scene with his bold, distinctive sound in 2007 when he was announced winner of the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer’s Competition at the age of 16. Harrold now has three BBC commissions under his belt, including a high profile performance at the 2016 Last Night of the BBC Proms, firmly establishing himself as the ‘one to watch’. Tom comments:

“I am truly thrilled and excited to have been commissioned to write a new work for the SCO’s 2017/18 season. As a Glaswegian composer, the Orchestra has been a big part of the fabric of my musical upbringing in the city – hearing such fantastic performances at a young age by the Orchestra has stuck with me, and really moulded me into the composer I am today. I am really looking forward to making music with the Orchestra and Joseph Swensen in November.”

Also on the programme is an earlier commission by MacMillan – Í: A Meditation on Iona. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Joseph Swensen returns to perform this atmospheric piece alongside the world premiere of Tom Harrold’s new work.


The SCO is committed to nurturing young talent and developing its partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) through a series of side-by-side concerts. Sunday 19 November sees the first of this series taking place at The Queens Hall, Edinburgh. The RCS students will join the SCO’s Wind soloists for two rarely heard treats, Richard Strauss’ Serenade in E-flat and Sonatina No 1 in F.


As part of the SCO’s Explore Day series, Professor Jan Smaczny (Queen’s University Belfast) will delve into Antonín Dvořák’s compositions from his time in the United States, particularly the ‘New World’ Symphony and his deeply personal and emotional Biblical Songs. The event will take place on Saturday 11 November at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


St Andrews & Edinburgh Pre-Concert Connect Insights, 6.30pm: Songs of the Arctic with Claire Hewitt and Alison Mitchell.

Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm             St Andrews Younger Hall
Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm                 Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Friday 3 November, 7.30pm                       Glasgow City Halls



Wednesday 8 November, 7.30pm             Edinburgh Usher Hall

Perth Pre-Concert Insights, 6.45pm: SCO Double Bass Adrian Bornet in conservation with Robert Levin.
Thursday 9 November, 7.30pm                 Perth Concert Hall

Friday 10 November, 7.30pm                     Glasgow City Halls


Side by side with Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Sunday19 November, 3pm                        Edinburgh Queen’s Hall



Pre-Concert Insights, 6.30pm: Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation.

Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm          Ayr Town Hall
Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm               Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Friday 24 November 7.30pm                      Glasgow City Halls


with the SCO CHORUS

Pre-Concert Insights, 6.30pm: Dr John Kitchen (City of Edinburgh Organist) discusses Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Thursday 30 November, 7.30pm               Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Friday 1 December, 7.30pm                      Glasgow City Halls


As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Theatre Royal Glasgow, Scottish Opera is delighted to present three performances of Lauder starring Jamie MacDougall.

An exploration into the public and private personas of the legendary Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder, this new production of the musical play has been adapted by director Kally Lloyd-Jones and tenor and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall from the original script by comedian, actor and impresario Jimmy Logan. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, is Music Director. He accompanies Jamie on the piano, and has curated the featured Harry Lauder songs.

Lauder will be performed in the Theatre Royal’s Upper Circle Foyer, during the run of Scottish Opera’s La traviata in November and December.

Sir Harry premiered his classic song ‘I Love a Lassie’ onstage at Theatre Royal in 1905 when he appeared in his first pantomime, Aladdin, and in Red Riding Hood in 1910 he performed ‘Roamin’ in the gloamin’’, making Lauder a fitting celebration of the theatre’s 150th year. Featuring these well-known songs as well as ‘Keep Right on to the End of the Road’ and other familiar favourites, the show will also include news footage of Sir Harry’s funeral and film reel from the trenches. Greatly affected by his son John’s death at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, Sir Harry raised huge sums of money for injured servicemen by establishing the Harry Lauder Million Pound Fund and was awarded a knighthood for this and his contribution to the entertainment world.

Starring as Sir Harry is Glasgow-born Jamie MacDougall, who has established himself as one of the country’s most versatile singers and performers. Since 2001 he has been the nation’s voice of classical music for BBC Radio Scotland, and he will be making his debut on the Scottish Opera stage in Spring 2018 as the Dancing Master in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Jamie has sung Lauder’s songs around the world and is thrilled to be bringing this tribute to his hero back to a Scottish audience for these intimate performances in Theatre Royal, the oldest theatre in Glasgow. Established in 1867, the theatre reopened in 1895 following two fires and was bought by Scottish Opera in 1974.

Jamie MacDougall said: ‘I was 10 when I was taken twice to see Jimmy Logan in Lauder at the King’s Theatre Glasgow. That was the start of my life-long association with these wonderful songs and Sir Harry Lauder, an entertainer who was the first truly global star. For me, bringing back Lauder is a dream come true, and with Scottish Opera co-producing the show to mark the 150th anniversary of its home, the Theatre Royal, I believe they are recognising a very important aspect of Scottish cultural history.’

Cast List

Sir Harry Lauder          Jamie MacDougall

Director                       Kally Lloyd-Jones

Music Director             Derek Clark

Designer                     Janis Hart

Performance Diary

Wed 29 Nov, 6pm

Fri 1 Dec, 6pm

Sat 2 Dec, 3.30pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow, Upper Circle Foyer, Glasgow, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: Scoundrels take to the stage

Talented residents from across Glasgow are preparing to put Riviera style firmly centre stage in new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

More than 20 performers from the Minerva Club are preparing to bring the cheeky musical of big money and roguish swindles to life at Eastwood Park Theatre.

Based on the 1988 film, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the show centres on debonair Lawrence and his champagne lifestyle – maintained by the fortunes of several ladies he has charmed into handing over their fortunes. But when younger Freddy arrives on the Riviera impinging on Lawrence’s success, the two are forced to battle it out for the ultimate score – the coffers of American heiress Christine Colgate. Yet Christine herself may not be all that she seems.

Minerva Club President, Colette Dunsmore, said: “While many people will remember the film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a new show and we’re delighted to be bringing it to the stage in the Glasgow area for the first time since the touring production in 2015. It’s a show that’s full of fun and fantastic physical comedy, with a tongue-in-cheek script and award-winning musical score. I would encourage anyone to come along and enjoy this laugh-out-loud production.”
Musical Director Lynne Fyfe said: “This is my very first show with the Minerva Club and it’s great fun. There’s a fantastic mix of musical styles and a fabulous cast of principals and ensemble.”

Musical Director Lynne Fyfe said: “This is my very first show with the Minerva Club and it’s great fun. There’s a fantastic mix of musical styles and a fabulous cast of principals and ensemble.”

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be on at Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, from Tuesday 7 November to Saturday 11 November. Tickets cost £14-£16 and are available from any cast member, by emailing or online at

The Minerva Club will be supporting the charity Over the Wall with its 2017 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Over the Wall provides free, residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges and their families, to enable them to reach beyond their perceived limitations and rediscover a whole new world of possibilities.


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