Category Archives: What’s on OCTOBER

NEXT WEEK AT EASTWOOD PARK: Dazzling Drag in Blanche and Butch

Dazzling new drag is on show  in Robert Softley Gale’s Blanche and Butch which comes to Eastwood Park Theatre. Birds of Paradise Theatre Company presents the show, which tells the witty and poignant story of three disabled drag queens, on 7 October.

Blanche & Butch are backstage in a mist of hairspray and sequins as they reminisce about life as a troupe of disabled drag queens. Butch sings touching ballads – he’s all about regrets and reflection. Blanche, all camp and pop songs, lip-syncs – well, tries to – his “unique speech pattern” means nothing ever syncs.  And who’s the other guy?​

Inspired by Noel Greig’s 2006 play “Heelz On Wheels”, Blanche & Butch tells the witty and poignant story of the lives, loves and losses of the three disabled men who used to be the sensational ‘Heelz n Wheelz’.



Written by Robert Softley Gale, who will star alongside Garry Robson and Kinny Gardner, Blanche & Butch is an outrageous new show that challenges the boundaries of PC, through high quality camp and original storytelling. Directed and designed by Kenny Miller, Blanche & Butch will include original songs by Akintayo Akinbode, with live music played by Amelia Cavallo. Talking about Blanche & Butch, Writer Robert Softley Gale said:

‘As a disabled, queer man I look to different camps to work out where I fit in to the world. Drag queens have always intrigued me. ‘Blanche & Butch is a personal and political production that surrounds three disabled drag queens. It has taken over a decade to write and looks to explore gender, identity, equality and disability through cabaret, camp songs and frocks.’

Tickets are on sale now! Buy ten and get one free:–Butch

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: New, original Scottish Comedy at Websters

Two sell out shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 are combining to bring Glasgow a night of brand new, original, Scottish comedy.

Glass Knuckles Productions presents Deep Fried by John Gerard Crossan and Kyle Hamill. Told from the grimmest fast food establishment in the country, Deep Fried follows new boy Daniel and his layabout colleagues as they face the trials and tribulations of the fast food life; grease, grime, and their a**e of a boss. Filthy laughs in an even filthier restaurant.

Weegie Hink Ae That? presents Where Ye Fae?. To make all the s***e in the world seem a bit less s***e… wan sketch at a time. From politics to Scotch pies, from fitbaw to songs about seshin, we cover it aw. Through the use of Scottish culture and humour ‘Where Ye Fae?’ will have yer wee belly chuckling from start to finish. Sketches, songs, a couple ae guys in thongs? Why not? Anything for the cause… Soo Weegie Hink Ae That?

Tickets- £11.50 Adults/ £10 concessions

Suitable for 14+

NEWS: Joyful performance for people living with dementia and their loved ones at Platform

Curious Shoes is a joyful performance specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones to share. It has been created by Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director of the arts in health charity Hearts & Minds.

Live music, movement and very few words bring this funny, entertaining and beautifully simple story to life. The audience will be invited to join the quartet of talented performers on their curious voyage of discovery.

Curious Shoes is designed for an intimate audience of 20-people. Using a range of different art forms, and a unique blend of structure and improvisations, it aims to encourage engagement and interaction between the audience and performers.

Magdalena Schamberger said “ Our approach provides time and space for people to respond in their own individual way.  It provides an opportunity for people with dementia to participate and share a creative experience with their loved ones and carers and to connect to the world around them.”

Curious Shoes is a bespoke performance designed with its audience at its heart. During development of the work between Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 a focus group was invited to come into the rehearsal space to help inform the process. The group was made up of individuals who are living with dementia and their loved ones, carers and companions.

Curious Shoes was first performed at The Studio at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in March 2017 as part of the Forget-Me-Not programme for people living with dementia.

Previous audience comments:

“To look at her this morning, and to look at her this evening, it is quite clear that she has got an excited buzz that I haven’t seen for a while” Family member

“I feel like I am shining inside” audience member with dementia

Curious Shoes is the culmination of the programme developed by Magdalena Schamberger through the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Funding awarded to her in 2014. Artful Minds is an innovative training programme for artists has also been developed by Magdalena as part of the project.

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Growing old disgracefully – Damned Rebel Bitches at Platform

The one thing about getting old is that everyone who can tell you off has died.

Featuring an international cast from Scotland, England, USA and Canada, aged between 75 and 30, Damned Rebel Bitches* follows sisters Ella and Irene, both in their eighties and still fiercely inhabiting their futures. From the Clydeside Blitz in 1941 to New York in 2012, the women encounter allies, enemies, personal history and fools who think that little old ladies aren’t dangerous. As Hurricane Sandy wrecks Manhattan, Ella hunts down her feckless missing grandchild through fire and flood.

Tired of seeing elderly characters representing metaphors for time and death onstage, Damned Rebel Bitches is a very personal tribute by writer/director Sandy Thomson to the resourceful, independent and risk-taking Scottish women of the war years’ generation, who lost everything – more than once.  The show features music by all of Ella’s favourite females: from Nina Simone to Beyonce.

Poorboy – ‘an international storytelling machine established in Scotland’ was created in 2002, and in recent years has evolved into a trans-Atlantic company, working with artists in North America whilst maintaining a base in the North East of Scotland.  Famous for their site-specific, promenade performances, film-making has now become an integral part of their work, and this is apparent in the multimedia style of this latest production. Damned Rebel Bitches is a companion piece to previous work Pirates & Mermaids, which gained performer Jeremiah Reynolds a Stage Award Best Performer nomination

*Damned Rebel Bitches is named after a quote attributed to the Duke of Cumberland during the Jacobite uprising, describing women who accompanied their men folk to the battlefield, bringing their children with them to just behind the frontline so that the men would never retreat. As a result, the army was wildly successful. Some folk never learn..




Wed 4 Oct 2017*

0141 276 9696


*Part of LUMINATE 2017, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: New musical tours to Platform

A new musical from Richard Ferguson and Andy Cannon, directed by Ken Alexander

The Sunshine Ghost tells the wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon, Glen Duval, for his fiancé, ‘Astrobeth’ – Hollywood’s favourite astrologer.

Duval (Barrie Hunter) plans to have the ancient MacKinnon stronghold dismantled, shipped across the sea and then reconstructed to its former glory in Naples, Florida, USA.

Brought stone by stone from Buckie Rock, a remote rocky outcrop on a small Scottish Island, all the way to Naples, Florida, they soon discover that the castle’s previous owner has not quite ‘left’ the building…

This lavish enterprise is all at the behest of Duval’s fiancé, Elizabeth Sinclair – better known to the world as ‘Astrobeth’ (Helen Logan) and Hollywood’s favourite astrologer. She has told Duval that ‘it has been written in the stars that it is their destiny to be romantically united’ at the ancient Mackinnon stronghold.

Mysteriously, Astrobeth then informs Duval that she is unable to travel to Scotland, but is sure that her vivid celestial prophecy will somehow come to pass and, enchanted by this, the love-struck Duval hits upon the idea to ship the castle across the Atlantic to her.

Duval immediately starts planning for the castle’s deconstruction and relocation; arrangements that upset and anger many people. Jacqueline (Neshla Caplan), Duval’s daughter from his first marriage and an avid archaeologist, is furious that her father could display such disrespect for another country’s heritage.

She is deeply suspicious of her soon-to-be stepmother’s motives in instigating such an audacious property development. Despite her best efforts supported by her trusty colleague, Lachlan Douglas Hamilton (Andy Cannon), Jacqueline is ultimately powerless to prevent her father from pursuing his plan to ship his latest folly across Atlantic.

The story reaches its supernatural climax on the eve of Astrobeth and Duval’s wedding day, when true identities are revealed, family trees are unearthed and the Sunshine Ghost (John Kielty) enjoys an unforgettable finale.


Platform, Glasgow

Friday 20 October 2017 at 7:00pm

0141 276 9696

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WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: New dance commission Grin at Tramway

A spectacle of sound and visuals, Grin masquerades and undermines hierarchies of power. Grin inverts the continued colonial narratives of black bodies and Caribbean dance styles being solely exotic and hyper-sexualised. Grin is a celebratory performance, welcome to the carnival.

Mele Broomes originally trained as an artistic gymnast at Southampton Gymnastics and Hampshire County. She then redirecting her skills in physical and dance at Southern Arts Theatre and The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

In 2011, she founded V/DA, and since, has presented 8 collaborative explorations between movement, concept and scenography. With her most recent work VOID in collaboration with David Bernard and Bex Anson.

Mele is one of the lead artists of Project X which launched June 2017. Project X is an educational and professional development programme, which platforms and champions dance forms within the African Diaspora, supporting Artist of Colour in Scotland.

Mele has created work in association with Yorkshire Dance, Dancebase, OFFTA, Buzz Cut, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Festival Grec, DanceLive, Tramway, The Arches amongst others.

Grin is a Tramway commission and has been developed and supported with Creative Scotland, The Work Room, Dance Base, Project X, Dance House Glasgow, and ‘AMPS’ (Jerwood Charitable Foundation / Nick Anderson).

Grin presented by Various Dance Artists in association with Project X, a Tramway commission

Tramway (Glasgow) | 13th-14th October 2017, 7pm | Preview 13th October 2017 at 7pm

Developed and choreographed by: Mele Broomes

Performed by: Mele Broomes, Divine Tasinda, and Lebe Sinanduku

Sound Design by Patricia Panther, Costume design by Zephyr Liddell & Lighting Design by Alberto Santos Bellido


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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 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.


Eastern Promise returns to Platform, Glasgow, for its seventh outing this October and, for the first time, performance and visual art will be joining the mix of vibrant and diverse live music on offer.

The eclectic multi art festival will bring the finest musicians, artists and performers together over 2 nights – Fri 6  & Sat 7 October – to the arts venue at the heart of The Bridge, Easterhouse.  Taking place across the theatre and studio spaces as well as the public areas of the building, and with the café bar serving food and drinks all evening, the festival is relaxed and laid back for taking in the eclectic and varied line up on offer.

Pictish Trail by Beth Chalmers

Friday 6 Oct will see the extraordinary vocals and eloquent music of Pictish Trail grace the stage. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sun-warped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitar shriek-outs collide with sampled gurgles and fractured lyrics figure-skate over sine-waves of glacial synth.

Make A Hoo

Sita Pieraccini and Feral Arts bring Make a Hoo to the Friday line up – a play set in the tropical hills and the Sri Lankan plains which witnesses a young woman’s journey as she strives to reconnect with her identify and the world she lives in.

Globally influenced ambient music duo Visible Cloaks, from Portland, will perform new album Reassemblage and will be accompanied live by digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy who extends the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual reality.

Saturday 7 Oct welcomes multi award winning, post rock, Scottish songwriter and composer RM Hubbert who will be performing a new guitar accompaniment to film short By the Law – a pared back Soviet western produced by legendary film director Lev Kuleshov. The acclaimed Company of Wolves joins the Saturday mix with the debut performance of Achilles. A heart stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie, in a fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is a story of a man’s exorcism – a burning out of his vulnerability, range and humanity.


Fronted by the mercurial Davy Henderson, Sexual Objects is also part of Saturday’s line up and set to delight with latest record Marshmallow in all its dirty twisted, glam glory. Summer 2017 saw the Triassic Tusk  label release a limited edition of Marshmallow and a 4 track 10-inch remix EP ‘Sometimes’ which includes a lovingly amplified orange squash re-imagining of the title song from the Boards of Canada mind flask.

Davy said: “Radicalised by comments in the proud rock world such as ‘to be honest I gave up on the Nectarine No.9… too many instrumentals’, the Sexual Objects, aka the Nectarines, started our own record label Eyelids in the Rain (2015) for the purpose of manufacturing one copy of  second LP Marshmallow to sell on e-bay. This followed with the sale of the ‘Cream Split Up!’ 10-inch (in a reverse German disco-bag), which included velveteen guitarists shaken visceral bounce fire lead wig-outs such as ‘Ron Asheton’, ‘Robert Quine’ and also ‘the bass up sub sob throb’ of ‘Fenella Fudge’.”

Fresh from Edinburgh Festival, Pauline and the Matches will create an interactive performance space and installation over both nights.  The group comprises of established, multi-media performance and sound artists and the project is based on Heinrich Hoffmann’s cautionary tales, the allegory of which has exploded within contemporary culture.

Glasgow based artist, Colin James Tennant’s, Paint it Red exhibition will also be showing throughout Eastern Promise. The contemporary portrait of Easterhouse is the culmination of a year-long photography project that has developed through conversations, interactions and experiences with local people gained while working in Easterhouse. The work explores the local landscape; the social history, its personalities and the human spirit that contribute to this notoriously misunderstood community.

Ticket Information

Fri 6 Oct, 6.30pm until late

Sat 7 Oct, 5pm until late

£10 / £7.50 (Local Links) — per night

£15 /£10 (Local Links) — weekend

Tickets from Platform Box Office, Ticket Scotland and Mono.

A return bus will leave Mono, King Street, Glasgow each evening (£5). Please email to reserve a space.


The Story of the Little Gentleman’ is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre on 4 October at 1pm, courtesy of children’s theatre company, Catherine Wheels.

Based on the book by Babro Lindgren, the play has won rave reviews and was nominated for the Best Show for Children and Young People on the Barclays Theatre Awards and Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Starring Tony Strachan and Ashley Smith, the story centres around The Little Gentleman – all he wants is a friend.

A friend he can sit in the sun with and listen to the birds,

A friend to walk with and share his cookies.

But nobody seems to like the Little Gentleman and nobody wants to be his friend.
The Little Gentleman thinks he will live a sad and lonely life forever . . . Until one day he is woken up by a curious dog who just wants to play.

An energetic two-hander with an original score by Danny Krass and design by Karen Tennent, this is a playful celebration of friendship and acceptance.

Book tickets now: Standard £7, Concession £5

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Eastwood Park Theatre presents Pulitzer prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire

Eastwood Park Theatre is bringing an iconic masterpiece to the stage this autumn, with timeless American classic A Streetcar Named Desire on 2 October.

Audiences are invited to experience the excitement of live theatre with the vibrant production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-prize-winning play, which was immortalised in the Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.

Scottish theatre company, Rapture, is showcasing the production at East Renfrewshire’s top arts destination in a must-see show for theatre fans, first time visitors and literature lovers alike.

Anthony McReavy, of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams’ most famous work and features some of literature’s most iconic characters. It has gripped audiences around the world and Eastwood Park Theatre is delighted to bring the show to the local area. We are offering very competitively priced tickets, including a special price for students, to allow them to soak up a true taste of renowned live theatre.”

The plot sees a dazzling trip to the whirlwind world of New Orleans where fading southern belle Blanche DuBois seeks solace with her sister, Stella, after her world starts to crumble. But her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. As temperatures soar and passions rise, Blanche and Stanley battle for Stella’s soul.

The show, under Michael Emans’ direction, features a cast of ten top class performers.

Fresh from her role at the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Gina Isaac leads the cast as she takes on the role of Blanche while Joseph Black plays Stanley. Critically acclaimed Scottish actress and theatre maker Julia Taudevin takes on the pivotal role of Stella. Multi-award winning Scottish actor Billy Mack will appear as Steve.

Tickets are priced at just £15 standard, concession £12 and student special price of £9 and are available now. To see the full programme of autumn/winter events at Eastwood Park Theatre and to book tickets visit:

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