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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