Category Archives: What’s on OCTOBER

NEWS: Shrek stomps into Glasgow King’s

SHREK THE MUSICAL® will be stomping into Glasgow this autumn as producers of the hit musical are delighted to announce additional Scotland dates due to popular demand. Following the critically acclaimed opening of the new UK and Ireland tour in Edinburgh, the larger-than-life production will be arriving at the King’s in Glasgow from Tuesday 25 September until Saturday 6 October.

Leading the cast as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’ will be Steffan Harri, having previously starred in the original UK tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL® and actor and recording artist Amelia Lily as Princess Fiona, who will perform her only Scottish date at King’s Theatre Glasgow. They will be joined by Marcus Ayton as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Samuel Holmes as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.

The company of fairy-tale characters will include Adam Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Michael Carolan, Joseph Dockree, Will Hawksworth, Sarah-Louise Jones, Reece Kerridge, Thomas Lee Kidd, Amy Oxley, Jemma Revell, Lucinda Shaw, Sam Stones, Adam Taylor, Jennifer Tierney, Sophie Wallis, Francesca Williams, Laura Wilson and Kevin Yates.

Caro Newling (Co-Producer, Neal Street Productions) said: “When we saw the wonderful reception we had in Edinburgh over the Christmas season, we knew we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give Scottish audiences another chance to see Shrek and all his fairytale friends. Since Shrek the Musical’s West End debut in 2011 we have opened our doors to nearly 2 million audience members nationwide and now it’s great to be back on the road with a brand new version of this uplifting show.”

Nick Salmon (Co-Producer, Playful Productions) said: “I am thrilled that the show has reunited many of the talented team members who have been involved in the production since day one. Nigel has gone from being Lord Farquaad, in the West End to directing our touring production and Steffan, who was previously one of our hilarious Three Pigs, has stepped triumphantly into Shrek’s ogre-sized shoes. We also welcome our new cast members, including Amelia Lily as Princess Fiona who will have her only Scottish performances in Glasgow.’

Nigel Harman returns as director, having made his directorial debut on the first ever tour. Since then Nigel has gone on to direct Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses (Trafalgar Studios) and, most recently, Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish The Musical (The Other Palace). Best known for his stage and television work, Nigel originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the West End, winning the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Steffan Harri starred in the first ever UK tour of Shrek the Musical, covering the role of Lord Farquaad. West End theatre credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre) and Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre). Steffan also played Lyn in Welsh language soap opera Rownd a Rownd.

Amelia Lily first rose to fame on The X Factor, finishing third on the eighth series in 2011. Her debut single You Bring Me Joy reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Theatre credits include playing the Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Whatsername in the West End premiere of Green Day’s hit punk rock musical American Idiot (Arts Theatre & UK Tour) and Shout! (Winter Gardens Blackpool). Most recently Amelia was runner up in the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

Marcus Ayton’s recent credits include Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live, Ray Charles in A Tribute to the Brothers Live and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour).

Samuel Holmes recently appeared as George in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer. Other stage credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath; Noel Coward Theatre), Water Babies (Curve Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Novello Theatre).

Join our unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings over 100 much-loved fairytale characters, plus a 14-foot dragon, to life in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

Shrek the Musical

King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Tue 25 Sep-Sat 6 Oct
Evenings: Tues-Sat 7pm
Matinees:  Sat 29 & Sun 30 September; Wed 3, Thu 4 & Sat 6 October
0844 871 7648* calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram: @ShrekUKTour


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



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


Facebook and Instagram: @variousdanceartists



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:


Following the success of projects including Out of the Dark, a theatre-based Mental Health venture for people over 50, and Unusual Places to Dance, an 18 month project with CACE (Older People, Active Lives) and Cumbernauld Theatre, Tricky Hat Productions are pleased to present a bold and vibrant multi-media performance by The Flames.

Produced by Tricky Hat and founded in 2016 as part of Luminate Festival, The Flames are a Glasgow based Theatre Company exclusively for creative people over 50 who devise work which challenges pre-conceived ideas of how older people think, and what they aspire to. Combining performance with original music and striking audio and visual design, The Flames take inspiration from everyday life, making the extraordinary out of the ordinary.

Having undertaken a series of workshops with Artistic Director for Tricky Hat Productions Fiona Miller, Musician and Composer Mick Slaven, and Digital Artist Kim Beveridge to name a few, they are now preparing for their multi-media performance at the CCA in Glasgow on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

Combining live music, film projections, and devised theatre, The Flames will explore and challenge life after fifty; presenting a fresh look at how we approach ageing. Join us for an astonishing, engaging evening in which The Flames present the culmination of five weeks of explorative, bold, and intimate work.

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