Category Archives: What’s on OCTOBER


One of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies has announced dates for a new play about Glasgow’s incredibly controversial Paddy’s Market. Set for four shows across three days in October, Tram Direct will explore the contentious story of the market and the lives of the hawkers (traders) who worked there.

Started by Irish immigrants more than 200 years, Paddy’s pre-empted the Barras Market by over a century and was the bread and butter for many of the city’s residents. The market served as a lifeline for thousands, scarred by poverty. It was a vibrant place, eclectic, strange and beautiful – real Glasgow. It fashioned its place permanently in the hearts and minds of Glasgow’s burgeoning pop culture and music scene in the late 70s and 80s, having dressed many pop stars and BBC dramas.

Before it’s closure Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand said “It does have a personality about it which is embraced in other cities….a part of Glasgow’s soul would be erased if Paddy’s market were to go.”

Unfortunately Glasgow City Council closed the market controversially in 2009 to much abhorrence. It brought to an abrupt end this iconic Flea Market that had existed for over 200 years. Given the new attitude to “artisan and market” its sadly ironic Paddy’s was shut down, it has, for nearly a decade, been touted as the site for Glasgow’s new Covent Garden.

This show shall bring characters back to life, displaying how you literally could find anything up this lane. You’ll hear from Shady Sadie, Makeup Lady, Tina The Tarot, Pet Foods Patsy, Bashed Tins Betty and Fellow Favan to name a few.

Writer Paul Moore said “My play is poignant and political and focuses on the idea of these traders aka hawkers as the “family’ and how Mother Glasgow betrayed them in a dirty deal. They were promised loads, given nothing and abandoned.”

Paddy’s Market is written & devised by Paul Moore, directed by Isobel Barrett and a new original score comes from Michael McEneny.

Show dates and times are as follows:

Friday 19th October – 7.30pm

Saturday 20th October – 2.30pm

Saturday 20th October 7.30pm

Sunday 21st October – 2.30pm

Tickets are available now from the Tram Direct website


NEWS: Dead Good October featuring Christopher Brookmyre, Halloween Baby Discos, Murder Mysteries & more at Eastwood Park

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is paying tribute to the spookiest month in the calendar with Dead Good October, featuring some killer events.

Scottish novelist Christopher Brookmyre will headline the countdown to Halloween by hosting a discussion on his new novel The Way of All Flesh on 18 October.

Brookmyre will return to his Barrhead roots with the event at The Foundry, with medical historian and consultant anesthetist, Dr Marisa Haetzman, who collaborated with him on the historical crime book, written under the pseudonym of Ambrose Parry.


Meanwhile, super sleuths are invited to solve murder mysteries in two thrilling events, The Lost Soul of the Lingering Laird on 27 October and Carry on Sleuthing on 12 October.

Jude Smith from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re counting down to the spookiest day of the year with our Dead Good October season and we have a whole host of Halloween events.

“We’re delighted to welcome Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman to speak about their new collaboration.

“Ghost hunters can join a team of detectives for a Scottish-themed murder mystery evening The Lost Soul of the Lingering Laird on Saturday 27 October at Eastwood House. The show features a kilted ghost, phantom bagpiper and murderer on the loose and the ghoulishly good event will include a buffet and bar drink so you can feel refreshed as you plot to solve the crime.

“Meanwhile, carry on sleuthing comedy murder mystery night comes to Giffnock Library on Friday 12 October. You can join amateur sleuth Letita Luvibod to solve the murder of underwear businessman Silas Bounce. Listen to the evidence, laugh at the jokes and find the clues to track down the killer at this BYOB event.”

Eastwood Park is also hosting a trio of spook-tacular baby discos on the Halloween weekend so you can bring your little pumpkins, fairies and ghouls along to play party games, boogie to the beats and do the monster mash.

A relaxed screening of family favourite Monsters Inc comes to the big screen at Eastwood Park Theatre on 14 October, suitable for children with Additional Support Needs or anyone seeking a more relaxed environment to watch a family film.

Plus, on 31 October itself Eastwood Park Theatre is bringing a real treat with Halloween favourite film Hocus Pocus back to the big screen for one night only!

Visit and to book your killer night out!


A series of terrific tribute nights are set to take the stage at Eastwood Park Theatre this autumn.

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

The Johnny Cash Roadshow comes to town on Sunday 28 October – simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. It’s the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family and is presented by singer/songwriter Clive John. Catch Cash’s best work, accompanies by emotive screen visuals in this energetic and entertaining show.

If you want to ‘live it up’, check out The Bee Gees Story – Nights on Broadway on Friday 2 November. A live concert packed full of their incredible songs from over four decades, with musical authenticity and accurate recreation of the vocal harmonies of the Bee Gees, this show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert.

Country fans are not going to want to miss The Legends of American Country show early next year. Catch songs from a whole host of country stars, from Dolly Parton to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Don Williams on Wednesday 30 January. The show features four fantastic singers who are all backed by the superb Keltic Storm band, coupled with an authentic stage that will transport you all the way to Nashville and back.

Tickets are on sale NOW from or by calling 0141 577 4956.

To see the full programme of autumn/winter events at Eastwood Park Theatre and to book tickets visit:

NEWS: Single Shoe Productions invites you to an immersive comedy – A Disappearing Act

This Autumn, following their tour of the US, Single Shoe Productions brings their latest production – A Disappearing Act to Glasgow. 

Part theatre piece, part ritual, part magic show, A Disappearing Act sees Tomas & Smith casting the audience as mourners at a deceased magician’s memorial service.

Combining magic, exuberant music & audience participation, A Disappearing Act is an intimate, inventive and sometimes awkward look at our mortality, the rituals we use to accept it and say goodbye to the ones we love.

Venue: Platform, Glasgow 
Dates: Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October 2018 
Time: 7.30pm 
Running Time: 65min, no interval

NEWS: Birds of Paradise celebrate in style with special 25th Anniversary Revue

Multi award winning theatre company to host alternative Halloween fundraising show in Glasgow on October 31st

This year, the company that created theatre hits including Wendy Hoose, Purposeless Movements and the 2018 Fringe First & Herald Angel winning My Left / Right Foot – The Musical, celebrate their 25th anniversary.

To mark a quarter of a century of championing disabled voices in theatre and nurturing future generations of disabled talent, Birds of Paradise are hosting an alternative Halloween event packed with some of the UK’s best disabled performers.

Join host Jess Thom (aka Touretteshero) [Joyous – The Guardian] for a riotous evening of comedy, poetry and music featuring Laurence Clark […stupendously funny – The Stage], Harry Josephine Giles [Edwin Morgan Poetry Award: Shortlist 2016], Sally Clay and Toni Jerrett.

The entire evening will have BSL interpretation, audio description, live captions and will be performed in a relaxed atmosphere where people should feel free to make noise and move around at any time they wish. The audience will also be in with a chance to take home special prizes from Tron Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, WEST Brewery, Nairn’s Oatcakes, Rockstar Games and more.

All proceeds will be used to support BOP in continuing their work in creating a culture where disabled artists are recognised for the excellence of their work, celebrated for the stories they bring to the stage and are a vital part of the artistic landscape.

Event information:

Wednesday 31st October, 8pm – 11pm

Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ

Tickets £20 with optional donation

BOOKING: | 0141 552 1725

Connect with BOP: online –

Twitter @BOPTheatre


WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Award-winning theatre company Silent Uproar is bringing its critically acclaimed musical cabaret about depression to Glasgow after wowing crowds and critics alike at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

As part of its first ever UK tour, Silent Uproar presents A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) at Tron Theatre from 25 to 27 October. Written by Olivier award-winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish), prepare to laugh, cry and even get a song or two stuck in your head.

Influenced by the company’s personal experiences and informed by interviews with people living with mental health problems and medical professionals, it’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for all the bits about depression.

The show is supported by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, which has not only funded performances at the University of Hull to raise awareness of mental health issues among students, but also arranged for the cast and crew to have mental health awareness training via Hull and East Yorkshire MIND. Silent Uproar is also hoping to have mental healthcare professionals at each performance. The idea is that if anybody is affected by the issues in the show, they will be able to talk to somebody afterwards.

Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director of Silent Uproar said: “We wanted to make a show that was entertaining, accessible and discussed depression without being a depressing show. From suffering with anxiety and bouts of depression, and seeing friends and loved ones suffer, I wanted something that said ‘do you know what it doesn’t matter if you feel sh*t today, it’s okay not to be okay. And most of all it’s okay to talk about it because the talking helps’.”

Silent Uproar is pioneering Pay What You Decide across this tour. Although commonly used by some venues, this is thought to be the first time a theatre company has used it across a tour. It is hoped the ‘try before you buy’ model adopted by the likes of Netflix, will attract new and more diverse audiences and more venues across the country will use it as a tool to develop audiences who might not currently think theatre is for them.

Dan Roper, Chair of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope.

“There is a growing body of research evidencing the positive role of the arts on health and wellbeing. We also know there is a strong link between poverty and mental health, yet low income can be a barrier to accessing the arts. By allowing audience members to pay what they can afford, this barrier is being removed, in effect putting them in control of their own social prescription.

The comedic and production style of the show draws from sources as diverse as Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Pixar’s Inside Out, Juno, and musicals like Cabaret and Chicago. The show won the Fringe First Award and Best Musical Award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

To coincide with the show’s run at Tron Theatre, Tron Creative will be hosting several workshops addressing mental in the performing arts. These workshops are open to both members of Tron Theatre’s MAKER professional membership scheme, as well as non-members. Participants are invited to explore Self-Care in Conscious Theatre Practice with yoga instructor Lou Prendergast, as well as workshops focusing on Psychological Wellbeing in the Performing Arts with Dr Jane Oakland, an accredited BAPAM practitioner (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) and professional opera singer.


WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: New performance about men and power discusses the rapidly changing landscape of Brexit Britain.

First performed to a shell-shocked audience the day Trump was elected back in 2016 – innovative performance artists and theatre makers Two Destination Language look at changing roles for men, the ‘safe spaces’ they build themselves, and how much they love wires. Tracing the history of Britain’s industrial decline since the 1975 vote to remain in the EU, Manpower admits the possibility: men haven’t worked for decades. 

(c) Alex Brenner

Manpower is on tour this autumn across Scotland and England. After a successful run of Fallen Fruit at Summerhall this Edinburgh Festival Fringe – a play about Bulgaria in the 1980s and 1990s and the parallels to today in the EU after the wall fell in Berlin 89, Two Destination Language are back on stage with a piece they created between the Brexit Vote and the shift to the right in US politics. 

(c) Alex Brenner 

The devised work is another very personal two-hander exploring how creators and performers Kat and Alister see, feel and think about gender, work and power. A lot has changed over the last century for men – traditional roles and expectations of masculinity are in flux. With these roles changing, continued privilege afforded to ‘the white male,’ and a political climate in which uses the marketing techniques of capitalism to shape fears and drive votes to allay them, Manpower has a lot to talk about. 

(c) Alex Brenner 

The show itself revolves around a wooden building, DIY live, built on stage…. As Alister builds Kat begins to tell the story of her perception of the British working class. As the show unfolds, against period-defining music tied to moments, movements and happenings all will be familiar with, the politics becomes more troubling and futile vacuity of political language is laid out. This is a performance by two people, about the situation we ALL find ourselves in today, and how the words that created it have become part of the problem. 

(c) Alex Brenner 

Two Destination Language have adopted a way of working that suits the current climate for theatre makers, bringing in practitioners from specialisms across the theatre spectrum to help get ideas onto the stage. For this show they are delighted to be working with dramaturg Ben Francombe who has previously worked with 1927Search Party and Paper Birds 

Led by artists Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie, Two Destination Language’s work explores questions of identity, belonging and culture. 


26th – 27th September – 8pm, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh  

29th September – 7.30pm, Tullynessle & Forbes Hall 

11th October – 8pm, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick  

24th October – 8pm, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 

25th October – 7pm, Platform, Glasgow 

Images: Alex Brenner

NEWS: Angela Hewitt joins the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra at Usher Hall for Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Following the opening concert from the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the second concert in the Sunday Classics 2018-19 season sees the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra bring an evening of wonderfully varied music to the Usher Hall.

Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado and his Orchestra open with musical heroes not often referenced in the Usher Hall: the three wide-eyed sailors on shore leave in Bernstein’s foot-tapping musical On the Town. His feel-good Three Dance Episodes blend jazz, big band and classical to electrifying effect – and feature Bernstein’s hit tune ‘New York, New York’.

The remarkable Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt joins Orchestra and conductor for one of the most heroic piano concertos of them all. Beethoven’s noble Emperor Concerto was the composer’s last for the piano, and is cast on a grand scale, but its brilliant, breathtaking virtuosity melds effortlessly with tenderness and exquisite beauty.

The piece is an ideal match for Hewitt’s fresh, elegant, powerful playing. Born into a musical family, Hewitt started her piano education at the age of three and has gone on to win awards and fans across the world. In 2018 she was awarded Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honour for an artist in Canada, an achievement that sits comfortably next to her 2006 OBE from Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Today I saw 16 swans. Lord God, what beauty!’ That’s how Sibelius himself described the inspiration for his visionary Fifth Symphony, a majestic hymn of praise to the natural wonders of his Finnish homeland. Teeming with life, surging with optimism, it propels the listener along to the unmatched orchestral grandeur of its ecstatic finale.

Sibelius’s Fifth forms the towering climax to a heroic programme from the superb Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, one of Austria’s most pioneering ensembles, who are making an eagerly awaited return under Chief Conductor Yutaka Sado following adored recent concerts at the Usher Hall.

Listings information:

Sunday 28 Oct 2018, 7.30pm

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh


Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra

Yutaka Sado  Conductor

Angela Hewitt  Piano


Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Tickets available at


£35 | £29 | £24 | £18 | £13.50

Full time students are entitled to tickets for £10 which can be booked in advance

Under 16s are entitled to free tickets when booked with a paying adult

Concessions available

**Please note a £1.50 transaction fee applies on the overall booking when purchasing online or over the phone (non-refundable)**


Scottish Opera’s 2018/19 Opera in Concert series opens with the Scottish premiere of Edgar by Giacomo Puccini on Sunday 28 October, at Theatre Royal Glasgow.

A gem from the world of verismo opera, Puccini’s rarely-performed second opera was commissioned following the success of Le villi, which was performed as part of Scottish Opera’s 2016/17 Opera in Concert programme.

Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò leads a cast that features soloists Peter Auty (Eugene Onegin 2018), Justina Gringyte (Carmen 2015), Claire Rutter (L’enfant prodigue 2016), David Stout (La bohème 2017) and Richard Wiegold (Madama Butterfly 2007). They are joined by a chorus, which includes members of Scottish Opera Young Company, and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. This semi-staged performance is directed by Roxana Haines.

Edgar tells the story of an impulsive young knight who runs off with the seductive gypsy Tigrana. Edgar eventually tires of their indulgent life and fakes his own death, but Tigrana soon takes her revenge. Despite the dark themes of murder and vengeance, Puccini’s score is one of remarkable lyricism, lush harmonies and rich orchestral colouring, clearly heralding the later genius of both Madama Butterfly and Tosca.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford said: ‘I’m thrilled that we’re performing Edgar, Puccini’s second opera, following on from the success of Le villi last year. It has all the elements you’d expect from a Puccini opera – amazing melodies and beautiful harmonies. It’s not a tug of war, it’s a tug of love; the sacred love of Fidelia and the profane love of Tigrana. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share a forgotten masterpiece. Puccini famously didn’t want it to be staged in his lifetime. We’re doing it in concert, with semi-staging, which is a lovely way to experience the piece.’

The Opera in Concert series continues in April 2019 with the long-overdue Scottish premiere of Mascagni’s Silvano, a passionate seafaring story whose hard-hitting drama is reminiscent of the composer’s celebrated Cavalleria rusticana. Conducted by Stuart Stratford, Silvano tells the tale of a love triangle that ends in death and despair, and includes the Barcarolle famously featured in Scorsese’s Raging Bull. It is performed in City Halls, Glasgow and at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh with soloists including acclaimed soprano Emma Bell as Matilde, Alexey Dolgov (Iolanta 2018) as Silvano, Lester Lynch as Renzo and Leah-Marian Jones (Rusalka 2016) as Rosa.

Scottish Opera is also performing at the award-winning Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian for the first time this September, with a new semi-staged performance of Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace.  Soloists, chorus and instrumentalists will perform Britten’s colourful and exotic Church Parable in Haddington’s mediaeval St Mary’s Parish Church, telling the tale of Nebuchadnezzar and the three Israelites.


Edgar Cast and Creative Team


Conductor                                                                    Gianluca Marcianò

Director                                                                        Roxana Haines

Edgar                                                                           Peter Auty

Tigrana                                                                        Justina Gringyte

Fidelia                                                                         Claire Rutter

Frank                                                                           David Stout

Gualtiero                                                                      Richard Wiegold


Performance Diary

Puccini’s Edgar

28 Oct, 3pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Get a Life at Webster’s Theatre

John Shedden and Finlay McLean (plus skeleton) perform a series of weird and wonderful sketches, so wacky and off-the-wall, they will boggle your mind. You’ll meet a variety of hilarious characters from the land of the living (and the dead). Judge the Judge, be starstruck by the Astronomer, eavesdrop on the Prime Minister and the President; witness two extraordinary interviews as Hamlet and Shylock return – to rewrite their stories. And even throw your undies at Wolf (the Heartthrob) Humperhoven.

Now the company proudly presents the world premiere of this dynamic and highly original show by playwright and novelist David Henry Wilson whose plays have been produced at theatres all over Britain, such as The Theatre Royal, Stratford East; Hampstead; Sheffield Crucible and Leicester Haymarket. In 2018, the company will also tour a humorous double-bill of Victorian entertainment by Donald Campbell – Nancy Sleekit and Howard’s Revenge.

18 – 20 October 2018 at Webster’s Theatre, Glasgow.

For further information on both shows, please visit

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