Category Archives: What’s on SEPTEMBER

WHAT’S ON THIS AUTUMN: INDIA @ UK 2017 – Festival of Dance and Theatre in Scotland

Continuing the season of celebration of India and UK’s historic alliance in the India-UK Year of Culture this year, the High Commission of India in UK, along with key partners in the UK and Indian festival producer Teamwork Arts, bring two of India’s most celebrated dance companies to Scotland.

The troupes, Daksha Sheth Dance Company and Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, are set to tour to Scotland this autumn as part of India @ UK 2017, an elaborate showcase of classic and contemporary Indian culture in a Festival of Dance and Theatre, which is traveling across multiple venues in the UK with a rich and diverse programming calendar.

Sari, a show conceived to rekindle the lost playfulness and individuality of the graceful and inimitable “sari”, expresses the weavers’ imagination, the wearer’s sensuality and her regional identity. The sari is truly the jewel of the Indian handloom industry, an industry which with its incredible range of colour, texture and design has, for millennia, been one the most visually striking elements of Indian culture.

Through the expertise of renowned dancer and choreographer Daksha Sheth, Sari is a celebration of this unique drape, in constant play with the body, both in stillness and in movement.

Bringing together acrobatics, dance and poetry in her trademark style, Daksha’s knowledge of Kathak, Mayurbhanj Chhau, the martial art of Kalaripayattu and the aerial technique of Mallakhamb fuse with Indian contemporary dance to create a stunning and memorable performance.

27 Sept – Festival Theatre Edinburgh / 0131 529 6000

29/30 Sept – Tramway, Glasgow / 0845 330 3501

The celebrated Indian dance-maker Aditi Mangaldas brings her high-octane creation Inter_rupted, infusing the ancient art form Kathak with 21st-century sound, rhythm and light to the UK this autumn.

Eight dancers including Mangaldas are joined by a group of musicians on stage for a startlingly rich and intricate piece that emerges from the depths of the body, exploring its fragility, disintegration and renewal.

Considered a maverick in her country, the choreographer has consistently broken ground with her visionary merging of classic and contemporary Indian dance styles.

Unafraid to confront social and present-day concerns, her eloquent and dynamic work is characterised by percussive footwork, narrative gestures and dizzying spins. On Inter_rupted, she collaborates with Fabiana Piccioli, much admired for her striking lighting designs and winner of the Knight of Illumination Award. The mesmeric music is composed by Sajid Akbar and performed live on stage.

20 / 21 Oct – Tramway, Glasgow / 0845 330 3501



WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: TRAM Direct presents Follow Through by John Hughes at Webster’s

TRAM Direct present Follow Through by John Hughes at Webster’s Theatre on 30 September 2017.

It is ten years since the boys were together ‘touching cloth’ in the Glasgow Shipyards. Now John Paul George and Shug meet again for the funeral of a shipyard worker. For Jean, the Barmaid, this is her first encounter with the bampots as she calls them. Sausage rolls and booze are on order as part of the purvey. How have the lads progressed? Have their dreams and ambitions been realised? What hasn’t changed is their fast fire humour, comedy moments and great one liners. If you laughed at ‘Touching Cloth’ then this follow up will not disappoint.

Tickets £13.50 Adults/£11.50 Concessions (ticket price inc. ticket admin fee which will display at the checkout) (fee applicable to all tickets, including tickets bought on the day)

Recommended suitable for 16+ due to language and content

There will be one interval



Celebrate the best music from the last few decades, with top tribute nights coming to Eastwood Park Theatre.

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

elio pace at piano

A weekend of The Billy Joel Songbook starts on 29 September, featuring Elio Pace and his magnificent six piece band. Following on from his highly- acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band, Elio will be leading the band through massive hits including Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are and My Life.

A fantastic night from Big O and The Travelling Wilburys on 15 September is not to be missed. With the music of 80s super group The Travelling Wilburys that featured five individual icons: Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, the talented singers are led by Paul Hopkins, who plays the Big O – Roy Orbison. 

The silver anniversary tour of the much-loved Buddy Holly & The Cricketers rocks up on 26 September. Featuring a cast of highly accomplished artists, the show stars singer-songwriter and actor Gordon Taggart as Buddy, belting out hits including That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue and Heartbeat.

George Michael fans are in for a treat with Beyond Faith, a brilliant spectacle and journey through hits of the musical legend on 17 November. Celebrating 30 years of the landmark album ‘Faith’, fans can experience the multi-award winning album live, along with some of his other smash hits. George Michael is played by twice ‘National Tribute Award Winner’ and runner up ‘Best British Male’, Paul Grant-Reason.

The Police Sting Show was a sell out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and features the band who has toured with Scottish acts KT Tunstall, Fish and the Hotel California show. You will hear Roxanne, Fields of Gold, Every Breath You Take, Message in a Bottle and Englishman in New York, amongst others, on 25 November.

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:

WHAT’S ON THIS AUTUMN: Cult Russian political novel brought to the stage

The Citizens Theatre brings an important piece of Russian political literature to the stage for the first time this autumn, marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.  An extraordinary satire on the end of the Stalinist regime, Faithful Ruslan: The Story of A Guard Dog plays at the Citizens Theatre from 20 September – 7 October.

Georgi Vladimov’s novel is an allegory on the shockwaves that were felt across the USSR when a seemingly indestructible political regime came to an end with the death of Stalin. The story is seen through the eyes of newly-released prison camp guard dogs who struggle to find their roles in this new world. This highly-physical stage adaptation is set in a modern-day prison, and sees a cast of thirteen actors take on the multiple conflicting roles of guards, prisoners and dogs.

Written in the 1960s, the novel was banned in the USSR for nearly three decades, and found a cult following among English-speaking audiences thanks to Michael Glenny’s translation. The Citizens Theatre will hold a pre-show discussion event with Michael Glenny’s son, the journalist Misha Glenny, and broadcaster Kirsty Lang on Sat 30 Sep at 12.30pm.

Polish director Helena Kaut-Howson, whose adventurous, passionate and imaginative productions have led to her being named one of the most influential directors in the UK, has adapted this bitingly ironic text for the stage. She has spent over 40 years directing theatre in the UK and Europe for leading theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.  This will be Kaut-Howson’s first production for the Citizens Theatre.

Of the play, director Helena Kaut-Howson said,Ruslan is a proud and loyal dog bred and trained to serve according to particular rules. He finds it impossible to adapt when the terms of service become obsolete. This is a tragic fate shared by many who were betrayed by the changing winds of history. The beauty of the story is that it’s told from the perspective of the dog, with compassion and humour.

She added, “Today it speaks not only as an indictment of the atrocities of the gulag but also as a warning. The tragic fate of a prison guard dog, stripped of his purpose, struggling and unable to find his place once the camp is shut, reminds us of the devastating effects that sudden change can have on society.”

Marcello Magni , co-founder of Complicite theatre company, and one of ‘contemporary theatre’s greatest clowns’ (The Guardian), joins the creative team as Movement Director. Completing the team will be Designer Paweł Dobrzyckias and Boleslaw Rawski as Composer.

Performed by an ensemble of thirteen actors, the cast includes five past and present Citizens Theatre actor interns: Martin Donaghy (Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Rum and Vodka, Feverdream: Southside); Camrie Palmer (Blackbird, Rapunzel, Lanark: A Life in Three Acts), Ewan Somers (Travels With My Aunt, Rapunzel, Lot and His God, Lanark: A Life in Three Acts) and new interns for 2017 Sinèad Starkey and Nicolas Ralph.

The cast also includes Hunter Bishop, Paul Brendan, Mark Jax, Isabelle Joss, Max Keeble, Vinta Morgan, Tilda O’Grady, and Paweł Zdun

Wed 20 Sep – Sat 7 Oct, Citizens Theatre

Tickets for Citizens Theatre are available from or by calling 0141 429 0022 and are priced between £12.50 and £23 with a range of concessions available.  Bargain hunters can join the queue for 50p tickets for Faithful Ruslan: Story of a Guard Dog when they go on sale at 10am on Saturday 16 September.


If you missed out on this year’s Edinburgh Festival or you just want to get in on the action all over again, don’t despair! Eastwood Park Theatre is bringing a flavour of the festival to Glasgow’s south side with some of its top rated shows. Here are the Top Three that you’ve got to see:

man in police riot helmet

  1. Stand By (14 September)

Stand By is a police drama with a twist – you’ll wear an earphone throughout and feel like you’re not just in the audience, you are actually part of the force.  Follow four police officers sitting in a riot van and experience the tension and turmoil of life on the frontline in this play, written by a former Police Officer and produced by Utter.

  1. The Sky is Safe (16 September)

An outstanding cast and creative team from Dogstar Theatre combine to evoke a cry from the heart from the streets of Istanbul and the tragedy of Syria in this drama. The Sky is Safe is a love story and war story written by Matthew Zajac after visiting Istanbul and interviewing Syrian women rebuilding their lives.

  1. Butterfly and Out of the Bad (2 November)

Two one-act plays. In 1987, the management of the Catepillar factory in Uddingston announced that the factory was to close. Butterfly and Out of the Bad focus on the effect the closure had on those who worked in the factory and lived in the local community.

Tickets are available now:

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: The Gruffalo is back, live in Lanark

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 September
The Gruffalo – Lanark Memorial Hall

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo…is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grownups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

Running time 55 minutes (no interval)

Time: 11.00am and 1.30pm (both dates)
Tickets: £12.00 all tickets, £9.00 groups 10+

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Invite to a Murder at Rutherglen

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September 2017

Rutherglen Repertory Theatre and Rutherglen Town Hall proudly present
Invite to a Murder

Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7.00 / £6.00 (concession)

Joyce Harbinger is less than pleased when her husband Leonard insists on arranging a party to celebrate her birthday.

As the guests arrive and the evening progresses it becomes apparent her husband doesn’t top anyone’s popularity list……….. but does anyone dislike him enough to contemplate murder?

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Hansel, Gretel and You….Who? at East Kilbride Arts Centre

Booster Cushion Theatre
Hansel, Gretel and You… Who?
Saturday 2 September 2017 / 2.00pm at East Kilbride Arts Centre
£6.00 / Family Ticket (x4) £20.00

Hansel and Gretal have been turned into oven gloves and don’t know what to do! They decide to go on a journey around the world looking for food and some friends. They bump into some woodland animals who just want to play sports all the time, luckily they know the best way out of the forest is with an audience wide relay race. But while taking part, the siblings get trapped by the Witch. Luckily, the Gingerbread Man has a great idea to save them, he’ll just need some help…

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Bye Bye Baby – Frankie Valli Tribute in Rutherglen

Bye Bye Baby
Oh What a Night at Rutherglen Town Hall on Friday 1 September 2017

Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £17.50 / £16.50

A celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Presented by Europe’s Number 1 tribute Bye Bye Baby

Bye Bye Baby is more than your average tribute band. They deliver a full theatre show covering the journey of the Four Seasons from the very beginning up until the Disco era and the rock and roll hall of fame. In fact a musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time.

With slick choreography and the recognisable falsetto this really sets the scene for a great night.

The show demonstrates the diversity and harmonic sounds as once performed by the great band themselves.

Each number has been carefully choreographed, giving their show a fresh look to the Four Seasons usual copycat version from the Jersey Boys. Since launching back in 2013 they have performed in over 400 venues.

They perform 31 numbers in close 4 part harmony, complimented by a live 4 piece band

This sensational production features many of the bands worldwide hits, including:

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Be Bop A Lula at Lanark Memorial Hall

Be Bop A Lula

The West End smash hit comes to town starring five giants of rock’n’roll – Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. . .

In 1960 American rockers Eddie and Gene flew in from the States and were joined by British heartthrob Billy Fury for the UK’s very first multi-artist rock’n’roll tour. Reviewers were appalled by the on stage antics. Audiences screamed their approval. British youth culture was born.

Relive these seminal concerts in the company of incredible singers and a band tighter than a pair of your tightest drainpipe trousers.

And there’s more – Orbison and Holly’s live tours were equally responsible for introducing rock’n’roll to the UK. The five are seen combined on stage for the first time ever.

Friday 1 September

Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £20.00/£19.00 concession

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