Category Archives: What’s on OCTOBER

NEXT WEEK: On Any Given Night – a play tackling the stigma of homelessness

On Any Given Night focuses on one of the most vulnerable groups of people in today’s society, The Homeless, and tackles the stigma attached to that title.

Set over the course of another busy Saturday night in Glasgow city centre – A group of four very different people gather together to help each other survive another gruelling night on the streets of the city armed with only their banter, wit and hope.

It’s playing in East Kilbride at the Arts Centre, Rutherglen at the Town Hall and at Websters Theatre in Glasgow.

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Shrimp Dance presented as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2017

SHRIMP DANCE is a new performance dealing with mental health, consumer capitalism, and ecological crisis. It’s a collaboration with marine biologist Dr. Alex Ford, whose experiments have found anti-depressants entering the sea through human waste are affecting the behaviour of shrimp. High levels of prozac are causing shrimp to abandon their shadowy habitat and swim towards the light where they’re often eaten.


The performance will be followed by a discussion with an invited panel about the links between mental health, community, and the environment.

This performance is presented as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2017.

Paul Michael Henry makes live performances rooted in Butoh Dance, music and poetry. His work has travelled around the UK and in Europe, America and Japan, and he is artistic director of UNFIX Festival (

SHRIMP DANCE – Paul Michael Henry

Sunday 22 Oct at 2pm

Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW 

Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4 Box Office: 0141 276 9670 (opt 1) or

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This autumn, Sprog Rock is on the road meeting children from nurseries in Inverclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling to create their next set list.

The sprog rockers by Jassy Earl

Inspired by and made with the children from these nurseries this set list will be like no other!

The Sprog Rock gig will be celebratory, inventive, playful; an interactive experience for all to enjoy, feel part of and join in with!

Sprog Rock has toured throughout Scotland, creating music and gigs for children and adults to enjoy together.

Sprog Rock is an interactive live music experience for Early Years aged children and their parents and carers. Originally developed as part of Katy Wilson’s Starcatchers Residency at Tramway in 2010, Sprog Rock has evolved over the last 7 years to become an innovative live gig experience for our youngest children.

Starcatchers, in partnership with the Sprog Rock team have secured funding from the Youth Music Initiative Fund to deliver a new Sprog Rock project in Autumn 2017.

Image: Chloe Batchelor

This project will see the Sprog Rock band work in nursery settings in 4 partner communities – in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverclyde and Stirling – supporting the children in the settings to create new music that the band will incorporate into their sets. There will also be Sprog Rock gigs in each of the communities that the children and their parents will be encouraged to attend at the end of their workshop blocks.

Sprog Rock is presented by Starcatchers and Sprog Rock in association with Platform Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow G34 9JW

Saturday 21 Oct at 2pm Sunday 22 Oct at 10.30am Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4 (Local Links) Box Office: 0141 276 9696 (opt 1) or

Sprog Rock is designed to push the ideas of what is of interest to young children – and what they are capable of creating.

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WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Love Song to Lavender Menace at Platform

Love Song to Lavender Menace, will be at Platform, Easterhouse on Sunday 29 October 2017.

On Edinburgh’s Forth Street in 1982, two friends – Bob and Sigrid – open their new LGBT and Feminist bookshop, Lavender Menace. A trailblazing venture that began life in the cloakroom of a gay club, the shop quickly becomes the beating heart for Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community.

Image: Aly Wight

Now, on the final night of the shop’s existence, sales assistants Lewis and Glen take a look back at its origins, its importance, its celebration of queer culture, how things have changed…and straight away, the arguments begin.

Image: Aly Wight

Love Song to Lavender Menace is a love story, in which two guys wrestle with their feelings for each other, for books, and for the changing world they find themselves in. It is a beautifully funny and moving exploration of the love and passion it takes to make something happen, and the loss that is felt when you finally have to let it go.

Image: Aly Wight

Playwright James Ley says: “Writing a play about a bookshop could have been really dry, but the people behind the scenes of this iconic place have made telling this story anything but. This little-known slice of Scottish LGBT+ history has fascinated me as I’ve probed into the story and the world of early 80s Edinburgh. The energy, passion and senses of humour of shop founders Bob Orr and Sigrid Nielsen, and all the people they worked with on this groundbreaking venture, is what fed the drama. I wanted to show the ingenuity, determination, and anarchy of working in the shop. What I’ve arrived at is a bit of a love story between two young guys working in the shop, debating its history and their individual, and shared, futures, on the last night of the shop’s existence. I’d like everyone in Edinburgh and across Scotland to see this play, whether they identify as LGBT+ or not, as I think we’ve got an unique history we should all be proud of that is at times joyful, at times painful, but through it all, you can always find the humour and the love.”

Director Ros Philips says: This is the right time to be telling this story. The argument in the play around capitalism versus community is what attracted me to it, along with the exploration of the feminist roots of Edinburgh’s LGBT activism. Love Song to Lavender Menace also alerted me to Rita Mae Brown, author of Ruby Fruit Jungle, and I’m very excited to share her and all the other characters with a Lyceum audience.”

Matthew McVarish, playing David, says: “I’m very proud to be a part of this play. As a gay Scotsman, this play has taught me incredible things about my own history that I’d never heard before. I’m sure many generations will be grateful to James for cataloguing these significant events in such a beautiful and fun play.”

Love Song to Lavender Menace By James Ley Directed by Ros Philips Starring Matthew McVarish and Pierce Reid.

Platform, Glasgow – 29 October at 2:00pm

Ticket Office: 0141 276 9696 (opt 1) or




This autumn audiences in Glasgow have the chance to see the Scottish Opera’s hugely successful BambinO, a pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months. Following its premiere at Manchester International Festival in July and a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BambinO comes to Scottish Opera’s Production Studios in October and November.

Written by former Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson and directed by Improbable’s critically-acclaimed Phelim McDermott, BambinO is a celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination.

Timothy Connor as Pulcino and Charlotte Hoather as Uccellina in BambinO. Credit: James Glossop

The show reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences. Babies are free to explore during the performance, and to interact with the singers, musicians and each other.

Director, Phelim McDermott, said: ‘It is inspiring to create a new opera for what is possibly the most discerning – and important – audience there is. We all know that babies respond to music and we want to nurture and stimulate that relationship through their very first opera.’

Charlotte Hoather as Uccellina in BambinO. Credit James Glossop

Composer Lliam Paterson, continued: ‘BambinO will bring an operatic experience to a little audience with ears open to discovering new sounds. It is so exciting to create a colourful and vibrant work that can engage both babies and adults fully, while conveying the drama and passion of opera. The opportunity for me to work with as imaginative a director as Phelim McDermott is fantastic and truly inspiring. He and design team Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli will bring a beautifully crafted operatic world to a whole new audience!’

Scottish Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, Jane Davidson, said: ‘Incorporating rich, exuberant colours and images – both musically and visually – we’ve created the perfect miniature opera. Complete with percussion, cello and tiny pianos, all four performers fashion a magical soundscape that will enthral and challenge both the babies and the adults who come along with them. This is not a ‘baby’ show in a traditional sense; this is baby baroque as you’ve never seen it before!’

BambinO is commissioned and produced by Scottish Opera, Manchester International Festival and Improbable.  It is supported by Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.

Scottish Opera Production Studios, 40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD, Glasgow

21 Oct to 5 Nov (excl. Mon & Tue)

10.00am & 11.30am

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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.


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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