Category Archives: What’s on SEPTEMBER 2019

NEWS: Much-Loved Sitcom Star John Challis Set for Scottish Stage

Eastwood Park Theatre is set for some serious sitcom nostalgia this September, welcoming Only Fools and Horses star John Challis as he brings his one man-theatre show to Scotland for the first time.

Glasgow fans of ‘Boycie’ can catch the award-winning actor and writer at Eastwood Park Theatre on 29 September 2019 – and he has even promised to stop for some selfies after the show.

John, who has also appeared in ITV comedy Benidorm, and headlined the Only Fools spin-off comedy The Green Green Grass, will be visiting more than 30 theatres as part of the autumn tour.

‘Only Fools and Boycie’ draws on anecdotes and behind-the scenes secrets from his colourful career which spans more than 50 years in theatre, television and film.

John said: “In the show, I talk about my Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, my memorable encounter with The Beatles, and recall tales from my time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. And afterwards, I stop to sign autographs and pose for selfies.

“I’ve been so lucky to be part of something like Only Fools and Horses, and I never forget that it’s the people who turned their tellies on, who put us where we are.

“It’s great to get the chance to go out on the road and meet the people who have been following us for so long. Even after all this time there is still such a huge love for the show, and it’s rarely off our TV screens.

“I have also been lucky enough to appear in Benidorm, which has turned into another cult show, and one of my fondest TV memories was appearing alongside Tom Baker in what has become one of the famous Doctor Who stories.

“So there are no shortage of tales to tell from my career – but I also like to open up part of the second half of the show to the audience, so they can ask me questions.”

The show also includes a chance to meet and greet John at the end of the performance, for autographs and pictures.

John also has his two autobiographies – Being Boycie, and Boycie & Beyond, on sale, alongside several other books which he has written.

NEWS: Scottish debut for Eclipse Theatre’s Black Men Walking at Tron

Eclipse Theatre has announced the return of Black Men Walking; the company’s critically acclaimed production inspired by a real-life walking men’s group in Sheffield.

The production will open at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London on August 27, before making its Scottish premiere at Tron Theatre in Glasgow on September 5 as part of a new UK-wide tour.

Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland as part of the Open Project Funding Programme, the tour will also visit three more Scottish towns and cities; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Perth Theatre and Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, for the first time as part of the four-month run.

The first work staged as part of the Eclipse’s ground-breaking ‘Revolution Mix’ movement, which is delivering the largest ever national programme of Black British stories produced and performed in UK theatres, ‘Black Men Walking’ premiered at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in January 2018 before embarking on a sell-out run across thirteen venues in England and Wales.

Nominated for UK Theatre’s ‘Best New Play’ and Writer’s Guild ‘Best Play’ 2019, the original production was conceived by Eclipse in collaboration with Leeds-based rapper, singer, producer and performer Testament and directed by Dawn Walton. Described as ‘linguistically dazzling…important, political and poignant’ by The Stage and ‘a truly original and innovative piece of theatre ‘ by The Guardian, the piece won rave reviews for its exploration of complex themes including race and identity, expressed through dramatic story telling which mixes prose, poetry and original music.

Black Men Walking tells the compelling story of three middle-aged Black men, Thomas, Matthew and Richard, who meet every month as part of a walking group to explore the dramatic landscape of the Peak District in Yorkshire. On this particular trip, the rest of group cancels and it soon feels like maybe they should have done too. The men find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years of Black history, embarking on a dangerous journey that invokes an element of the supernatural, an encounter with the spirits of their ancestors and an exploration of what it means to be both Black and British today.

The Sheffield-based walking group which inspired the production was founded in 2004 by a group of men of African and African-Caribbean heritage who started walking for health, wellbeing and camaraderie.

The new tour will see Tonderai Munyevu [Narrator in Bizet’s Carmen at the Grange Festival; ‘Sizwe Banzi Is Dead’, an Eclipse Theatre Company / Young Vic co-production;] and Dorcas Sebuyange [Hayleigh in ‘The Elasticated Sound System’ for 20 Storeys High] reprise their roles as Richard and Ayeesha. Joining them are new cast members Ben Onwukwe (Stuart ‘Recall’ MacKenzie in ITV’s ‘London’s Burning’; Denis Zann in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Crooked Dances’) as Thomas and Patrick Regis (Best Newcomer Award at the Screen Nations Awards; Ben Morrigan in BBC1’s ‘Hard Sun’; William Pickett in Sony Crackle’s ‘Snatch’) as Matthew.

Comments Peter Huntley, Eclipse Interim Executive Producer: “We’re thrilled to bring back Black Men Walking for its second UK tour, and to include four superb venues in Scotland for the first time. The reaction to the inaugural run last year from audiences and critics alike was incredible and further proof of what Eclipse has known for a long time; that that there is an audience crying out see and hear more Black British stories. This is a fantastic opportunity to share this powerful, lyrical production with new audiences from communities who, up until now, may not have seen themselves and their experiences represented on stage in this way before. We’d urge people to book tickets fast as many venues sold out in advance on the last tour.”

The Black Men Walking 2019 tour kicks off at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, before heading to Tron Theatre, Glasgow for its Scottish premiere, then on to York Theatre Royal; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Perth Theatre; Theatre Royal Plymouth; Exeter Northcott Theatre; Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield; Nottingham Playhouse; Oldham Coliseum Theatre; Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham; Watford Palace Theatre; Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock; Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

NEWS: EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE HOSTS A ‘GOLD’ GIG FOR 80s MUSIC FANS

Eastwood Park Theatre will host a nostalgic night for fans of 80s music in Glasgow next month, featuring two of the UK’s most iconic bands from the era.

From Gold to Rio, celebrates the music of Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran and comes to the Giffnock theatre next month, on Saturday 7th September and is the show’s only Scottish date.

With over 20 top 10 hits, the show will feature 2 hours of non-stop, classics including Gold, Rio, True, Save A Prayer and Girls on Film performed by a full live band.

Anna Meldrum from Eastwood Park Theatre said: “From Gold to Rio will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the New Romantic era, which ruled the charts for over a decade.

“For the very first time the music from two of the UK’s most iconic bands will be celebrated in one power packed show and we can’t wait to host it for Glasgow fans.

“So if you’re a Duranie, a Spandy, a Wild Boy or a Soul Boy, then this is something you don’t want to miss.”

The live band has more than 30 years’ professional experience, featuring Lee James who is widely recognised as the most authentic performer to Tony Hadley, playing across the UK and Europe for over 10 years. Lee has performed with Tony on various occasions, including BBC’s The One Show and is endorsed by Gary Kemp and Tony himself.

Lee James said: “I’ve been fronting my own tribute to Spandau Ballet for almost 14 years. Over the years, I’ve asked the audience who they liked best, Spandau or Duran? On many occasions it’s been pretty much 50/50 but the biggest response was always when I asked if they secretly liked both bands.

“A few years ago, I met my business partner Andy Fox and I was looking for a drummer for my Spandau songs and mentioned the idea to form a Spandau and Duran Duran tribute. We got our heads together and after a lot of hard work, we started From Gold to Rio.”

Tickets are priced at £22 standard/ £20 concession and if you bring a group of ten people, one person can go free – available at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0141 577 4956

NEWS: OPERA HIGHLIGHTS TOURS TO 17 VENUES ACROSS SCOTLAND THIS AUTUMN

On September 12, Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off with four singers and a pianist journeying to 17 venues the length and breadth of Scotland, from Kirkwall in the north to Stranraer in the south.

Travelling the highways and byways by land, sea and air, the Autumn tour begins in Motherwell before heading to Stirling, Stonehaven, Tain, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Oban, Galashiels, Perth, Dunfermline, Thurso, Kirkwall, Ellon, Stranraer, Greenock and Musselburgh.

The setting for director Roxana Haines’ production of Opera Highlights is a beautiful garden party, and features a playlist of operatic classics and must-hear rarities, curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. Highlights include Delibes’ ‘Flower Duet’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Blue larkspur in a garden’ and many more from the likes of Mozart, Lehár and Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli.

Pianist/Music Director Ian Shaw is joined by Scottish Opera Emerging Artist soprano Charlie Drummond; mezzo-soprano Martha Jones; tenor Alex Bevan and baritone Mark Nathan, who is also a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this Season.

The same show returns in Spring 2020, with a different cast: soprano Zoe Drummond; mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat; tenor Andrew Irwin and baritone Arthur Bruce, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist who is a former member of Scottish Opera Young Company. It will tour another 17 venues around Scotland from February 4: Bathgate, Birnam, Markinch, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Arrochar, Bunessan, Arisaig, Beauly, Cumnock, Castle Douglas, Callander, Lerwick, Peebles, Fochabers, Alford and Rutherglen. In total, this Season’s Opera Highlights is visiting 34 venues.

Roxana Haines, who is directing Scottish Opera’s Fox-tot! at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, said: ‘This year’s Opera Highlights cast cordially invite you to a party on your doorstep, set throughout luscious gardens and magical flora and fauna of Opera. The stage has been set, decorations unpacked and the guests have all arrived but, the only problem is, no one quite knows who or why we’re celebrating…

‘As the evening progresses, the connections between our characters unravel through music from the likes of Handel, Donizetti and Mozart, and lighter pieces from Gilbert & Sullivan and Vaughan Williams as well as a new work by Samuel Bordoli. Prepare for charm, magic and love in all its operatic forms.’

Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘I am delighted that Scottish Opera will be touring what promises to be another sensational Opera Highlights to 34 venues across Scotland in the Autumn and Spring. This longstanding and much acclaimed commitment by the Company to presenting work across Scotland is part of what makes us Scottish Opera, and is welcomed by our far-flung audiences as a lovely operatic tonic! Opera Highlights also serves to introduce young singers to our audiences, and greatly assists their development as artists alongside presenting the joys of opera and singing to our widely spread audience.’
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Opera Highlights Autumn Tour Cast and Creative Team

Soprano Charlie Drummond*
Mezzo-soprano Martha Jones
Tenor Alex Bevan
Baritone Mark Nathan*

Pianist/Music Director Ian Shaw
Director Roxana Haines
Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli*

*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Performance Diary

Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell
Thu 12 Sep, 7.30pm

Albert Halls, Stirling
Sat 14 Sep, 7.30pm

Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven
Tue 17 Sep, 7.30pm

Duthac Centre, Tain
Thu 19 Sep, 7.30pm

Macphail Centre, Ullapool
Sat 21 Sep, 7.30pm

An Lanntair, Stornoway
Tues 24 Sep, 7.30pm

Aros Centre, Portree
Thu 26 Sep, 7.30pm

Corran Halls, Oban
Sat 28 Sep, 7.30pm

Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
Tues 1 Oct, 7.30pm

Perth Theatre, Perth
Thu 3 Oct, 7.30pm

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Sat 5 Oct, 7.30pm

Thurso High School, Thurso
Tue 8 Oct, 7.30pm

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Thu 10 Oct, 7.30pm

Haddo House, Ellon
Sat 12 Oct, 7.30pm

Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Tues 15, 7.30pm

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Thu 17 Oct, 7.30pm

The Brunton, Musselburgh
Sat 19 Oct, 7.30pm

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Bare at Websters Theatre

“once upon a time I first held your hand, and love was not a crime”

Nominated for the 2005 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre, with music by Damon Intrabartolo and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, bare is a contemporary, sung through “pop opera” with a raucous score and themes that are as relevant today as they were when first performed almost two decades ago.

A group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school face issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seeks answers from their church, their friends, and ultimately from within themselves.

Following the previous successes of Spring Awakening, Green Day’s American Idiot, and Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA, Glasgow Live Productions are delighted to bring bare to the West End of Glasgow.

Performances:

Thu 19 Sept: 19:30

Fri 20 Sept: 19:30

Sat 21 Sept: 14:30

Sat 21 Sept: 19:30

Tickets are £16.50 adults/£14.50 concessions including a £1.50 booking fee which is applicable on all tickets including those bought on the day, over the phone or online.

14+ recommended

 

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Rusk! Baby Disco

RUSK! The baby disco is back by popular demand!

Bring your little ones down for some Saturday afternoon fun and join them in cutting some shapes on the dancefloor.

Our resident RUSK! DJ will be on hand to ensure the fun never stops and you can always take advantage of our chill out room if the pace gets too much.

Make sure you don’t miss out and book early!

RUSK! is suitable for everyone but may best be enjoyed by ages 6 months to 6 years.

Duration 2 hours

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 14 Sep 2019

Time: 2:00pm

Cost: £5.00 (adults go free)

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 – Rapture Theatre presents Clybourne Park

“How many white men does it take to change a light bulb?” 

Rapture Theatre Presents: CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris 

Rapture Theatre, after its critically acclaimed productions of The Red Lion and A Streetcar Named Desire, makes a welcome return.

It’s 1959 and President Eisenhower is in the White House. Bev and Russ are moving after the tragic death of their son, and they have inadvertently sold their house to the neighbourhood’s first black family.

Fifty years later, in 2009, with the first Black President just having taken office, a young white couple buy the same house in what is now a predominantly black neighbourhood.

In both instances, racial tensions escalate, the stakes are raised and the play asks the question: have our attitudes to race really changed?

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize,Tony and Olivier Award for Best Play and hailed as “shockingly entertaining” and “appallingly funny”, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race.

The cast features Robin Kingsland (Rapture’s The Browning Version and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), popular Scottish performer Jackie Morrison, leading Royal Shakespeare Company actress Frances McNamee, Adelaide Obeng (Not Bound Within  for The Albany ), Benjamin Stratton (The 39 Steps), Jack Lord (War Horse for National Theatre), Steven Scott Fitzgerald (The Browning Version) and Vinta Morgan (The Merchant of Venice for Almedia Theatre).

THE VILLAGE THEATRE East Kilbride 07 Sep
THEATRE ROYAL DUMFRIES  Dumfries 10 Sep
BEACON ARTS CENTRE  Greenock 12 Sep
LANARK MEMORIAL HALL  Lanark 13 Sep
 FTH
 Falkirk 17 Sep
 MOTHERWELL THEATRE
 Motherwell  18 Sep
 THE BRUNTON
Musselburgh 20 Sep
 HOWDEN ARTS CENTRE
 Livingston 24 Sep
EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE Giffnock 25 Sep
 ADAM SMITH THEATRE Kirkcaldy 27 Sep
MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE Stirling 28 Sep
EDEN COURT Inverness 01 Oct
TRAVERSE  Edinburgh 03 – 05 Oct
CORRAN HALLS Oban 07 Oct
BYRE THEATRE  St Andrews 10 – 11 Oct
PALACE THEATRE Kilmarnock 12 Oct

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Paddy’s Market: A New Music for an Old Market

Paddy’s Market: A New Music for an Old Market

A TRAM Direct & Arts Enigma Production present Paddy’s Market: A New Music for an Old Market
Written by Paul Moore
Directed by Isobel Barrett
Original Music by Michael McEneny

“Hawfaperrashoos?
Haw hen, you hen! In yer nice tweed coat! Haw hen, you hen! Come see what I’ve got!”

The iconic “Paddy’s Market” flea market is brought back to life, in true “Parliamo Glesga” style. Controversially shut down by City Council in 2009…The end of an era! Join “Big Malkie and Gallus Alice” and take a trip down memory and bargain lane.

Cobbles full of characters and patter, deals and wheels in motion, when real Glasgow was about their bread, their butter and their livelihood.

“A show that does Glasgow proud”

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 12 Sep 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £15.00 / £13.00 conc

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Theft at Rutherglen Town Hall

Rutherglen Repertory Theatre and Rutherglen Town Hall proudly present – Theft

Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find that your house has been burgled.

In this witty thriller, the culprit is still in the house and, for a while, he convinces the returning couples that he is a policeman.

Unmasked as the thief, Spriggs reveals that he knows a number of uncomfortable truths that disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and one formerly strong friendship.

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 6-7 Sep 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £8.00 / £7.00 concession

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – The Duchess [of Malfi]

The Duchess [of Malfi]

A Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production

THIS PRODUCTION TAKES PLACE AT TRAMWAY (25 ALBERT DRIVE, G41 2PE)

In a new version by Zinnie Harris after John Webster

‘You should know: I sing at parties, I wear colourful dresses, I am headstrong, I won’t wear my hair up because you say I should, or do this because you prefer it, in fact I might do the other just to be contrary, but I am utterly and always myself.’

Webster’s dark tale of bloody treachery is the most thrilling and chilling of the Jacobean revenge tragedies – an exploration of male rage and female resistance as two brothers try and control their sister, block her marriage and repress her agency with fatal results.

Reflecting contemporary debates about female empowerment and the abuse of male power, this bold new interpretation is written and directed by Zinnie Harris. Zinnie has garnered huge critical success for her previous adaptations of The Oresteia: This Restless House, (Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland) and her more recent versions of Ibsen’s The Master Builder (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Festival and DOT Theatre, Istanbul), which sold out at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Part of our Citizens Women season.

The Duchess [of Malfi] will be presented at Tramway whilst the Citizens Theatre building undergoes an exciting redevelopment. For details on how to get to Tramway click here.

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