Category Archives: What’s on September

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Award-winning contemporary circus No Show by Ellie Dubois at Platform

What do you expect when you go to the circus? The greatest show on earth?

The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem superhuman effortlessly perform death-defying acts?

No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements and bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limit. See behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus performance to show the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.

A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

PLATFORM, Easterhouse

Thu 27 Sep,1.30pm & 7pm
£8.50 / £5 / £4 (Local Links)

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. 

LISTINGS 

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

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Scottish Ensemble explore the effect that music has on body, mind and soul in Pause

What happens when we stop and listen? Scottish Ensemble brings thought-provoking evening of live music, debate and discussion to venues across Scotland

Pause blends live musical performance with provocations, conversation and debate. As well as expert speakers and SE musicians sharing their perspectives on what music does to us and why, carefully-devised sets of music will create an absorbing listening experience for mind and body – from the riveting, repetitive patterns of Philip Glass, to the mystical intensity of Biber, to the Pulitzer-Prize-winning soundscapes of Caroline Shaw.

Guest speakers will include neuroscientist Dr. Guido Orgs (in all cities), and SE is also thrilled to welcome broadcaster, writer and cleric Dr. Richard Holloway (to the event in Edinburgh only on 14 September). SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton and violinist Daniel Pioro will also share their thoughts from a musician’s perspective, with Pioro having devised the sets of music to be performed on the evening.

Former cleric Dr. Richard Holloway caused controversy in 2000 when he resigned from his positions of Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Edinburgh. Claiming to be an “anti-religionist”, he has since written extensively on issues relating to religion in the modern world from an atheistic perspective, and passionately supported progressive causes such as LGBT rights. Currently lecturing at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr. Guido Orgs has a PhD in Neuroscience and, as a trained dancer, has specifically researched the effects of music and dance on humans and animals, examining why we are so drawn to both.

Events in Dundee and Glasgow take place in non-concert venues. In Dundee, SE will be performing at West Ward Works, a former DC Thomson annuals warehouse, which is being transformed by one-off cultural events (most recently the Dundee Design Festival). In Glasgow, SE have chosen the apt surroundings of Glasgow Science Centre, with the audience free to wander the exhibits during the interval and after the concert.

The concert tour will also be enhanced by a series of ‘pausing with music’ workshops, run in collaboration with cancer charity Maggie’s. Devised for cancer sufferers and those around them, the workshops explore the role of music in enhancing mindfulness practice. First performed at the Dundee Maggie’s Centre (in the Ninewells Hospital campus)in 2016, these rewarding, emotional workshops received such positive feedback from participants that SE has continued its partnership, this year delivering events in Dundee, Fife and Airdrie.

In Dundee, the group will also deliver numerous events bringing music to the community through its SE Residency programme, established in 2012. This year’s events include a session with Sense Scotland, a life-drawing class with a live music soundtrack, and a performance in the Children’s Ward at Ninewells Hospital.

 

Listings information

Tue 11 September

7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx)

West Ward Works, Dundee

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2Jfplpl

01382 434 940

Or in person at Dundee City Box Office

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Wed 12 September

8pm – 10pm (approx)

Glasgow Science Centre

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2Jd3fzC

0141 420 5000

Or in person at Glasgow Science Centre

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Thu 13 September

7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx)

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2lp2YPT

01224 641 122

Or in person at The Lemon Tree, His Majesty’s Theatre

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Fri 14 September

7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx)

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2xMlhr7

0131 668 2019

Or in person at The Queen’s Hall

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER: Barrowland Ballet Tour Three Tigers

Barrowland Ballet is pleased to announce the forthcoming tour of Tiger, Tiger Tale and Playful Tiger in September and October this year.

The productions of Tiger and Playful Tiger will be taking place at Johnstone Town Hall on 30th September (Tiger), 7pm and 1st October- Playful Tiger, at 11am. Tickets can be booked by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online (Tiger only) at http://www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

Thrilling and dynamic dance, music and theatre combine to create a moving, intimate performance of a dysfunctional family whose worlds are turned upside down when a tiger invades. A family suffocated by the relentlessness of their everyday routine have forgotten what it is that they love about each another.  It’s chaotic, it’s dangerous but brilliantly funny as the tiger reunites them as a loving family once again.

Up close to the action the audience embark on a sensory adventure as it is transformed from a sterile space into a shifting world of colour, scent and explosive movement. With the impressive set unleashing the chaos of the tiger in thrilling and unexpected ways.

Tiger (adults and young people 14+) When a tiger invades, a troubled family’s world is launched into chaos. This insightful story of family relationships is emotionally charged but brilliantly comic. The thrilling dancing, evocative live music and impressive set unleashes the tiger in exciting and unexpected ways.

The new tiger to join the fold, Playful Tiger, is an adaptation of Tiger Tale, created specifically for children and young people who are profoundly autistic and mainly non-verbal.

Playful Tiger (7+) tells the story of the tiger’s visit to the rigid family home through the eyes of the child, with a focus on sensory engagement.  Playfulness within the work creates opportunities for the audience to interact and improvise with the performers, making each performance unique. The capacity for the show is 6 to 8 young people with their families and carers.

In collaboration with Ellie Griffiths and with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation,

Barrowland Ballet explored how improvisation and sensory approaches can provide an artistic collaboration with this audience. They developed methods of devising work informed by the children’s own impulses and responses as well as the artists’ observations.

This funding is also supporting the team to research and develop the most effective approaches to training and supporting venues to welcome and engage children and young people who are profoundly autistic and mainly non-verbal and their families.

Underpinned by an extensive research and audience development programme, including sensory auditing carried out at our venues by Ellie Griffiths and a young person on the autistic spectrum, the funding will also contribute to the creation of Venue and Audience Support packs and Visual Story resources to support venues and their audiences in preparation for the performances.

Natasha Gilmore says “I’m excited at the prospect of making work for this specific audience, dance as an art form seems a perfect fit. We started to research Playful Tiger at Isobel Mair school, it was brilliantly chaotic with moments of beautiful improvised duets occurring between the performers and the pupils, the dance artists expertly using their skills to engage and respond to the children’s lead. This production is aimed at children who do not currently have access to theatre because even a relaxed performance might not cater to their complex needs. I’m thrilled that these children and their families will have access to contemporary theatre and that they will have a visibility in our arts centres across Scotland.”

Ellie Griffiths says “Working with Barrowland Ballet and using dance to communicate with a mainly non-verbal audience has so far been a rich creative exploration. For me it has been really exciting to see sensory performance work for diverse audiences pushed to new levels of artistic quality. I have enjoyed the curiosity and rigour of approach that the whole team on this project has displayed. I personally can’t wait for young people with profound autism and their families to experience what I have no doubt will be a wild and beautiful theatrical adventure!”

NEWS: OPERA HIGHLIGHTED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT EASTWOOD PARK

Scottish Opera is debuting its brand new season at Eastwood Park Theatre next month – and young people can experience the show for just £5.

Opera Highlights opens on Thursday 20 September, featuring an operatic playlist from much-loved and some lesser-known composers, and tickets are on offer to encourage young people to experience the opera.

Four professional singers and a pianist will be hitting the high notes as they present the autumn season, including Mozart and Donizetti, linked together with new compositions by Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli.

Tickets for Opera Highlights are priced at £14 but young people aged under 26 can get their hands on tickets for just £5 each.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “We are delighted to host Opera Highlights from Scottish Opera this year and to offer £5 tickets to encourage young people to come along. Whether it’s your first taste of a classical collaboration or you have enjoyed the opera many times before, this show is sure to hit all the right notes.

“Opera Highlights is recommended for those aged 8+ so is a great opportunity to get generations of the family together to enjoy a live performance of classical music.”

The show is directed by Daisy Evans and curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark and will tour the rest of the country after Eastwood Park’s premier.

Full tour dates and locations: https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/opera-highlights-autumn-2018/

The Eastwood Park Theatre show is eligible for its group discount – bring a group of 10 people and one person can go free. Buy your tickets now: eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.

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

This September, 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 Wick in the north to Dumfries in the south, as well as the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

The Autumn tour begins on 20 September in Giffnock before heading to Ayr, Drumnadrochit, Wick, Forres, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Lanark, Helensburgh, Dundee, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Perth, Dumfries, Musselburgh and St Andrews.

Director Daisy Evans’ Opera Highlights features an operatic playlist from much-loved and lesser-known composers, curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. It includes favourites from Mozart and Donizetti linked by new compositions by Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli, who was recently nominated in the ‘One to Watch’ category at the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

Music Director/Pianist Jonathon Swinard is joined by Scottish Opera Emerging Artist soprano Sofia Troncoso, who will sing the role of Papagena in the Company’s production of The Magic Flute next year; mezzo soprano Sarah Champion; tenor Richard Pinkstone and baritone Dawid Kimberg.

Director Daisy Evans said: ‘This evening of opera highlights conjures drama as the singers take us on a wild journey through betrayal, pain, misplaced love and home truths, revealing the intense world of opera piece by piece.’

Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘Touring Scotland has been at the heart of what we do for over 30 years and Opera Highlights is the perfect show to take to smaller and more remote communities around the country as it truly has something for everyone. This combination of wonderful music from across the world of opera, terrific voices and a creative staging by Daisy Evans will ensure that our audiences will have an enjoyable night out!’

Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Thu 20 Sep, 7.30pm

 

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

Sat 22 Sep, 7.30pm

 

Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit

Tue 25 Sep, 7.30pm

 

Wick High School, Wick

Thu 27 Sep, 7.30pm

 

Forres Town Hall, Forres

Sun 30 Sep, 7.30pm

 

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Tue 2 Oct, 7.30pm

 

An Lanntair, Stornoway

Thu 4 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Aros Centre, Portree

Sat 6 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Memorial Hall, Lanark

Tue 9 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Victoria Hall, Helensburgh

Thu 11 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

Sat 13 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Inverurie Town Hall, Inverurie

Tue 16 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk

Thu 18 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre, Perth

Sat 20 Oct, 7.45pm

 

Theatre Royal Dumfries, Dumfries

Tue 23 Oct, 7.30pm

 

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Thu 25 Oct, 7.30pm

 

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sat 27 Oct, 3pm

NEWS: Amelia Lily confirmed as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical at Glasgow King’s

Actor and recording artist Amelia Lily takes on the iconic role of Princess Fiona in the smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL® as the new critically acclaimed production continues on a major UK and Ireland tour through to January 2019, arriving at Glasgow King’s Theatre from Tuesday 25 September – Saturday 6 October 2018.

Amelia Lily joins the star cast with Steffan Harri as the beloved swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek, Marcus Ayton as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Samuel Holmes as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’. Amelia Lily shares the role of Princess Fiona with Call the Midwife’s Laura Main and is scheduled to perform in Stoke, Blackpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Bristol, Llandudno, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin.

The company of fairy-tale characters includes 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.

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 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.

Following the unprecedented success of the first ever UK and Ireland Tour, a brand new production of the hit Broadway and West End musical opened in Edinburgh for Christmas 2017 to a fantastic critical and public response and is now touring to major cities throughout 2018 including Stoke, Blackpool, Woking, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno, Nottingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.

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.

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.

Tuesday 25 September – Saturday 6 October
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow
0844 871 7648

Image: Tristram Kenton

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
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow
0844 871 7648* calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

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