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NEWS: Ayr Gaiety’s just-announced pantomime cast get ready for the climb of their life

The Gaiety Theatre in association with Ken Alexander and Fraser Boyle have announced the cast and creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk their new pantomime for 2019.

Reach dizzy heights in the village of Auchinfleg as Sir Hector, Laird of Auchinfleg (David McGowan: Trust Me) and his villagers who try to escape the tyranny of the evil Giant and his wicked sidekick Sluggie Thunderpants. (Karen Bartke: Scot Squad) With the help of Fairy Bluebell (Kirsty Malone: Sunshine on Leith) can Jack (Gavin Jon Wright: River City) rescue his mother Dame Aggie Trott (Chris Forbes: Scot Squad) and their family dairy from certain disaster?

The Gaiety’s creative team is headed up by writer-director Ken Alexander who is joined by co-writer Fraser Boyle, Assistant Director & Choreographer Chris J. Stuart-Wilson, Musical Director Stuart William Fleming, Lighting Designer and Set & Costume Design by Mark Walters and Glitter Pantomimes.

With cow-ntless costume changes, incredible live moosic, glittering scenery and family-friendly fun they promise plenty to keep you amoosed this Christmas at The Gaiety.

[Further casting to be announced]

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK:  Tuesday 26th November 2019– Sunday 5th January 2020 [VARIOUS TIMES]

BSL, AUDIO DESCRIBED & RELAXED PERFORMANCES AVAILABLE

TICKETS: Premium: £22/£21 Standard: £19.50/£18.50  Economy: £17.50/£16.50   Balcony/Restricted View: £14   Family Ticket: £72

CAST

Karen Bartke  – Sluggie Thunderpants

Karen first found her feet as a member of Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre before studying at the University of Glasgow.

On screen she is best known as Officer Karen in the BAFTA winning mockumentary Scot Squad (Comedy Unit).  She was also recently seen in Coronation Street in several episodes as one of the doctors caring for a sepsis stricken Jack Webster.

Stage roles include originating the character of Suzy/Sajida in My Name Is… (Tamasha Theatre, UK Tour) for which she was nominated for an Off West End Award and an Asian Culture, Theatre & Arts Award in the Best Actress categories.

Additional stage credits include Tracks of the Winter Bear (Traverse Theatre); The Man Who Had All The Luck (Sell A Door/Mull Theatre UK tour); There’s Something About Mary Queen of Scots (Ree Productions); No Time Has Passed in Hippoland (Sonic Boom); Pygmalion(GTP); Twelfth Night (Goodnightout Theatre) Karen also performs as a member of Q Fusion Improv, as part of the sketch comedy shows Man vs. Woman and Alchemy and in her spare time Karen is quite literally a singer in a band with classic rock’n’roll party band The Sentinels.

Fairy Bluebell – Kirsty Malone

Kirsty trained on the Musical Theatre Course at The Dance School of Scotland until she was 18 when she moved to London to study Classical Music at the University of London.  After graduating and living in London she went on to study the Masters in Musical Theatre at the RSAMD (now RCS).  Kirsty’s credits include Melania (A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Oran Mor) Six Black Candles (The Glasgow Pavilion), A Matter of Life and Death musical workshop (Citizen’s Theatre) White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Miracle on 34th Street (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Dundee Rep) Sunshine on Leith (No.1 UK Tour) and Quadropheina (No.1 UK Tour). Last summer she filmed for the BBC series Clique, which is currently available on BBC3. Kirsty has also appeared in a number of Pantomimes across Scotland, including at Perth Theatre, The Brunton, The Village Theatre East Kilbride and Lanark Memorial Hall.  She also regularly gigs with her swing group The St. Andrews Sisters, performing at the European Championships, for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and also at the Ayr Gaiety as part of the Francie and Josie Tribute Show – she is very much looking forward to being back in the theatre – oh yes she is.

Chris Forbes- Dame Aggie Trott

Chris Forbes is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer. As a comic, Forbes has performed all over the world, including America, Australia, Canada, Norway and Dubai. TV credits include Jonathan Creek, Scot Squad, Still Game, Mountain Goats and Only an Excuse. A regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland shows ‘Off the Ball’ and ‘Breaking the News’, Chris has also been commissioned to write and star in his own sitcom creation, ‘The Farm’ for the BBC iPlayer. As a core contributor to BBC Scotland’s online comedy platform, ‘Short Stuff’, Forbes has racked up nearly 20 million views for his comedy sketches.

David McGowan – Sir Hector, Laird of Auchinfleg

David studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York. He has worked extensively in Scottish theatre and television for 25 years. In that time, David has worked with companies both home and abroad including Cumbernauld, Hopscotch, Royal Lyceum, Raindog, TAG, P.A.C.E, MacRoberts, Rab C Nesbitt productions, The Steamie productions, Lee Strasberg Creative Centre (New York), Teatro do Vestido (Lisbon) and five productions for the Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint.TV credits include: Trust Me (BBC) Taggart, The Baldy Man, High Road, Rab C Nesbitt, Children of the Coal and Iron, Pulp Video, Act of Union, Athletico Partick, Acting Shakespeare, In your Face, Case Histories, Waterloo Road. Film credits include: Tickets for the Zoo (Film 4) Being Human (Warner Bros) The Legend of Barney Thomson (Sigma Films). Radio work includes Granpas Green, O’Hara’s Barra, The Basement Tapes, Last Ten. (BBC Radio).

Gavin Jon Wright – Jack Trott

This is Gavin’s first show at The Gaiety and he is awfy chuffed to be part of the production. His travels in Panto-sphere have taken him around the country, from Dumfries, to Arbroath, Pitlochry, Perth, Cumbernauld, Stirling and Glasgow so he is excited to be working somewhere he’s not been before. He’s also worked for a number of theatre companies across Scotland and internationally. Including Tron Theatre, Citizens, Cumbernauld, Random Accomplice, Red Bridge Arts, MacRobert, Perth Theatre, Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse, Grid Iron and a few shows for Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint seasons. On occasion he has also appeared on the telly, on things such as River City, Still Game, Taggart, In Plain Sight, Shetland and Dear Green Place.

FEATURE: Ayr Gaiety’s Young Company explore the age divide and stereotypes with their brand-new drama Young Blood

The Gaiety’s Young Theatre Company (comprising of 22 young people aged 16-25 years from across Ayrshire) are collaborating with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Young Company and groups of elderly people in Glasgow and Ayrshire to create this original performance piece.

Based on experiments in the U.S.A in 2014 where scientists found a way to take the blood of young mice and inject it into old mice to make them faster, stronger, and healthier, resulting in the young mice being worn out and used up. The Young Company question the ideas that this could work for humans and the perceived implications for young people, using this as the basis of their original play, and part live experiment that will be showcased on The Gaiety stage on the 2nd April.

Tackling and questioning the societal views of age, they are aiming to create conversations that will challenge us to become a more tolerant society. Since January 2019 our participants have been researching, writing and debating the views around ageing, and how these views cause unnecessary divides between generations.

With laughter, music, and ‘Young Blood’, expect your ideas of age to be challenged in this unique play written and performed by 35 of Scotland’s young people.

Listing Information

Young Blood

2nd April, 7:30pm

Main Theatre

£4.00 – £8.00

Phone: 01292 288235

Online: www.thegaiety.co.uk

Box Office: The Gaiety, Carrick Street, Ayr

REVIEW: Opera Highlights (Scottish Opera) – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Four singers, one piano, seventeen venues, Scottish Opera’s much-anticipated Opera Highlights returns (yippee!) and as always, it never fails to delight.

Director Daisy Evans has framed this year’s production as an electronically created playlist of opera gems. An “on-stage opera newbie” goes on an “emotional musical voyage” discovering, via Spotify and Google via Alexa, just how music has the power to move. Evans is a director to watch, and her staging undoubtedly adds greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. It’s funny, clever, accessible, inclusive, all the things that good theatre of any genre should be. It also looks great. A neon door and window and a few wooden crates serve as the only stage dressing, but coupled with the brightly coloured suited, booted and co-ordinating nail-varnished cast, it works brilliantly.

Freed from the constraints of remaining in a single character, the singers’ personalities are given the chance to shine in a variety of roles, and the warmth just radiates from the quartet. The acoustics in this small auditorium are as close to ideal as it is possible to get in a theatre and the voices give goose bumps. Soprano Sofia Troncoso, Mezzo Sarah Champion, Tenor Richard Pinkstone, Baritone Dawid Kimberg are exceptional as is pianist Jonathon Swinard.

The programme, designed by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, delivers something for everyone. The range of composers, styles and moods, genuinely runs the gamut of human emotion.

Scottish Opera’s annual ‘Highlights’ tour, and indeed the whole of the company’s programming, is a model for how a national company should operate. A hands-down, five star, exemplary evening of entertainment.

Currently on tour to: Ayr, Drumnadrochit, Wick, Forres, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Lanark, Helensburgh, Dundee, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Perth, Dumfries, Musselburgh and St. Andrews.

More information at Scottish Opera