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REVIEW: Eaten – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Lionel McLion has been roaming the plains of the Serengeti and is having a rest after having eaten his dinner, but all is not as usual. Lionel gets a bit of a fright when Mamoru, the human he’s just eaten, starts talking back.

The highly acclaimed, children’s theatre piece Eaten, starts not only a conversation between the eater and the eaten, but a wider discussion about our relationship to food (including Lionel’s impossible dream of becoming a vegetarian), where it comes from, and what happens after we’ve chomped it down.

For the kiddie audience there are many moments that engage: there are poos, farts and vomit involved and some audience participation where the tiny folk get to be a giraffe, a monkey, a cow or a frog – what’s not to love for the 6+ target audience.

It slips into the surreal often and is hysterically funny in parts: there’s a Q and A session when the tiny audience are confronted by Dr. Poo (from Pooniversity) imploring them to ask a question to their faeces – it’s hard to keep a straight face at their reactions and an off-the-wall dance section to Engelbert Humperdinck’s Last Waltz. 

The ideas are sound, but the script at times smacks of someone who doesn’t know how to pitch to small children – when the question is asked of a puppet cow Are you real or just a concept? you know that this isn’t someone who spends time with a lot of  6-year-olds.

Mamoru Iriguchi plays both predator and prey simultaneously, both he and co-performer Suzi Cunningham are engaging. It must be said though that Iriguchi needs to hone his child interaction and wrangling skills to make this a truly successful endeavour. That said, Eaten raises not only some important questions but many smiles too.

A worthy watch.

 

 

NEWS: School Pupils Set for Panto Masterclass and Show

Glasgow school pupils are being offered a free panto trip and unique panto masterclass with one of Scotland’s highly acclaimed and accomplished musical theatre companies.

Eastwood Park Theatre has waved its magic wand to offer one lucky local class the best seats in the house during a matinee performance of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, plus a tailored panto package from GAMTA.

The winning class will meet Cinders and the cast, take part in a choreography workshop, as well as a backstage tour of the Giffnock theatre, with insight into the whole panto production.

Pupils, parents, relatives, teachers, friends and schools alike should nominate their chosen class and school on East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s Facebook page before the stroke of midnight on Saturday 21 September to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “We want to give one lucky class the chance to get a real insight into theatrical productions, from choreography and costumes to set design and backstage preparations, as well as having the chance to chat to the cast.

“The class will also be our guests of honour at an all singing, all dancing panto performance from our Cinderella cast and might even get their own shout out during the show!”

The more entries a class/school has, the better their chance of winning as all mentions will be placed into a glass slipper for selection.

GAMTA principal Shaaron Graham added: “We can’t wait to sprinkle some GAMTA magic during our panto performances at Eastwood Park Theatre.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our lucky competition winners to Eastwood Park Theatre to show them the work that goes into making our pantos and the fun we have along the way. They’ll also be able to get a Selfie with Cinders and maybe even the Ugly Sisters!”

Any classes who have already booked to attend a performance of Cinderella can still enter the competition and parents can nominate different classes, so all siblings will be in with an equal chance – no Ugly Sisters stealing the show permitted!

Cinderella will run at Eastwood Park Theatre from Wed 11- Mon 30 December, with various dates and times available.

NEWS: Autumn-Winter Season Announced at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre presents a packed programme as part of its forthcoming season, featuring well-loved stars, famous faces and top-class shows.

Legendary Scottish female artist Barbara Dickson features ‘In Conversation With’ journalist Graham Spiers, talking through her fifty-year musical career. Scotland’s Queen of Comedy Janey Godley will take to the stage fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and best-loved sitcom star John Challis presents Only Fools and Boycie.  Musician Elio Pace returns to the theatre, this time with legendary lead guitarist David Brown, for The Billy Joel Songbook.

The theatre’s brand new cinema screen has a packed schedule too, with live and encore screenings of world-class theatre productions featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, James Corden, Lily James and Game of Throne’s Gwendoline Christie.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “Eastwood Park Theatre has had one of its most successful years to date so far this year and the second half is set to raise the bar even higher with over thirty shows set for the stage and screen.

“We will welcome stars to our stage, including Scottish music legend Barbara Dickson, traditional musicians Phil and Aly, singer-songwriter Elio Pace and top Sottish female comedian Janey Godley.

“Several cracking comedy shows are lined up for this season with The Wedding Planners theatre show and the improvised, magical Spontaneous Potter. We welcome Elaine Miller with comedy show Laugh Don’t Leak, which is also fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, and the hilarious sequel to Des Dillon’s smash-hit comedy, Singing I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim 2.

“NT: Live and Oscar Wilde screenings are proving extremely popular with our audience. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in London’s West End, with cameras positioned around the auditorium to give you the best possible view of the action.

“Fantastic live music from top tribute bands are lined up too, including Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

“We have drama from Rapture Theatre, bringing us razor sharp satire performance of Clybourne Park live on stage, as well as The Stornoway Way, which features original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English.

“We will be rounding off a successful year with all singing, all dancing panto, as the cast from GAMTA present magical family show, Cinderella.”

Families are catered for throughout the autumn season, with kids’ shows including Funbox’s Space Race as well as family films, The Little Mermaid and Halloween fun with a spooky storytelling event and showing of Goosebumps 2.

The theatre’s special group offer – buy ten tickets and someone can go for free- is available for many performances so get the gang together and book now:

http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Award-winning Mamoru Iriguchi, is back out on tour with Eaten, a show for 6yrs+ about food, eating and being eaten!

The award-winning performance artist, Mamoru Iriguchi, is back out on tour this autumn with Eaten, a show for children aged 6yrs+ about food, eating and being eaten!
What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel McLion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Eaten invites children to the fascinating world of food chains and digestion. 

Donning a lion costume, Mamoru simultaneously plays the roles of the eater (Lionel the lion who dreams of being a vegetarian) and the eaten (Mamoru the human who loves meat) resulting in a dialogue about food between the predator and his prey, locked in one body. 
 
With a surrealist and humorous storyline, Iriguchi, together with director Ivor MacAskill and co-performer Suzi Cunningham, invite children and grown-ups to the fascinating world around food: eating, being eaten, digesting, defecating and everything in-between and beyond, in nature and on our dining tables. Eaten encourages young audiences and adult audiences to carefully examine what they eat and re-think their relationship with food and nature. 
Paisley Arts Centre
Sun 15 Sep | 2pm | £4
BSL interpreted performance
 
Eastwood Park Theatre (Giffnock)
Wed 18 Sep | 1.30pm | £2
0141 577 4956 | eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk
 
Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock)
Thu 19 Sep | 1.30pm | £5
01475 723 723 | beaconartscentre.co.uk

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: 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: Panto Announcement – Eastwood Park Theatre and GAMTA

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced its official pantomime for 2019 is set to be Cinderella.

The cast from GAMTA will deliver the show stopping, all-singing, all dancing panto performances from 11-30 December 2019.

It is the first time that GAMTA will produce a pantomime at the Giffnock venue.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said:

“We can’t wait to bring the truly magical story of Cinderella to life during our festive season this year and we’re excited to welcome the cast from GAMTA to our stage.

“GAMTA is home to many stars in the making and has a long history of producing successful pantomimes that are enjoyed by all the family, so we know that our audiences are in for a treat.”

Graduates have an impressive history of work in the industry, appearing on screen and in theatres across the world.

Principal Shaaron Graham said: “We’ll be bringing the Cinderella story, songs and characters to life at Eastwood Park Theatre this year while sprinkling some special GAMTA panto magic on top.

“It’s set to be a great show so book early so you don’t miss out!”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £15 standard, £12 concession/child and Family Ticket for two adults and two children is £45. Buy tickets at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk or call Eastwood Park Theatre box office on 0141 577 4956.

REVIEW: The Music Man – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Runway Theatre Company again prove their worthy position at the top of the tree of amateur companies in Glasgow, reviving Meredith Willson’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning, little-seen, musical theatre classic, The Music Man, with aplomb. A timely choice too, with the announcement that in 2020, Hugh Jackman will lead the first Broadway revival in nearly two decades.

It’s 1912 and the people of sleepy River City, Iowa really don’t know what’s in store for them when smooth talking swindler Harold Hill rolls into town. However, Hill’s plans to con the innocent townsfolk are foiled when his heart finally starts to rule his head.

Old-fashioned in the nicest possible way, this is a light-hearted, undemanding tale with a bunch of quirky characters and two of musical theatre’s most enduring tunes: the oom-pah-pah-ing 76 Trombones and the much-loved classic ballad, Till There Was You.

Its old-fashionedness is both its strength and its weakness. The public’s appetite for nostalgia is sated with the homely, feel-good storyline, the period costumes and score. However, the hokey dialogue has aged badly and the heightened characterisations required by the script, render it too caricatured at times. That said, any criticisms of this production are entirely at the hands of the source material not the actors or musicians.

This is a show with a rousing chorus, the ensemble fill the auditorium with the biggest, most glorious sound you will have the pleasure to hear, and the quartet comprising Tom Russell, Ross Nicol, Cameron Leask and Bob McDevitt are just heavenly sounding. Brendan Lynch (Harold Hill), once again proves to be an adept leading man and a true triple threat, and Catherine Mackenzie (Marian Paroo) is a beautifully toned soprano. The costumes are of an excellent quality. The set and lighting are functional and easy on the eye and the transitions, especially in a theatre with no fly tower, are smooth and pacy. The child actors, of which there are many, are drilled to perfection as are the dancers – it’s unusual in an amateur production to have such universal quality.

A warm and comforting and very welcome blast from the past that will leave audience members of all ages thoroughly entertained.

Runs until Saturday 18 May 2019

 

WHAT’S ON JANUARY: Dial M For Murder at Eastwood Park.

Giffnock Theatre Players upcoming production Dial M For Murder is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre later this month. It’s an intense, sophisticated, gripping thriller made famous by the movie of the same name, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.

M for Money… Marriage… Murder. This suspenseful classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception.

Former tennis pro Tony Wendice has carefully plotted the murder of his wealthy, elegant, younger but unfaithful wife Sheila, so that he will inherit her money. His ingenious plan involves blackmailing an old university friend to strangle her, while he has the perfect alibi. It’s the perfect murder – or so he thinks. His plan goes wrong, but as events unfold he quickly improvises, coming up with a new scheme to outsmart the police and still get rid of his wife. But has he met his match in the shrewd, sharp detective assigned to the case? Or will he get away with it all?

Dial M For Murder runs at Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG in Glasgow’s Southside from 23rd to 26th January 2019 at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 26th January.

Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions available) and may be purchased by phoning 07518 201 756 or 0141 577 4956, or by emailing tickets-gtp@hotmail.co.uk or online at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice (online booking fee applies). Also available at the theatre’s box office.

For further information and for all the latest news from Giffnock Theatre Players, please visit our website at www.giffnocktheatreplayers.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/giffnockplayers, or on Twitter at twitter.com/giffnockplayers .

INTERVIEW: Kirsty Eila McIntyre on new show The Arrival

Kirsty Eila McIntyre most recently performed with Tortoise in a Nutshell/Jim Harbourne in their award nominated production of The Myth of the Singular Moment, and in Italy with Charioteer Theatre in their productioon of A Bench on The Road. Her film/TV/Video credits include: It’s Complicated, Benchmark 6 (Short Version), Sacred Birth, Carol of The Bells. Theatre credits include: Glory On Earth and Beauty and the Beast (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), InElsWhEre (Martyn Dempsey/TamFest), Scribble (Andy Edwards/Amy McKenzie), The Bruce in Ireland, Miss Julie, and Something Resembling Love (Black Dingo), I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards (Tightlaced Theatre), Words, Words, Words (Traverse Theatre), The Elephant Man and Frankenstein (Canny Creatures).

Kirsty talks to Glasgow Theatre Blog about her latest role in The Arrival.

Tell us a little bit about the play.

The Arrival is based on the graphic novel by Shaun Tan and tells the story of a man who has to leave his family to seek work in a new land.  It’s about his experiences of adapting to a new place, and how everything can seem strange and intimidating at first.

And your role…?

I have several roles including the daughter, musician, and I’m one of the puppeteers of Diggy.

The play uses different types of languages can you tell us more about that?  

The play mainly tells the story using visual language, but there are some sections that use both English and BSL. We’ve been very conscious not to give one language precedence over the other or that one is translating for the other, they both are totally equal.

Can we go back a bit and talk about what inspired you to become an actor and the path you took to become one?

I’ve loved the theatre and storytelling since I was a child and was always creating wee puppet shows and performances. I have really vivid memories of being taken to promenade shows in gardens when I was young, and to the theatre, and it always seemed really magical, and a lot of fun. I then did some Summer Schools with SYT before doing an HNC in Acting at Telford. Then I worked as a professional actor for a couple of years before going to East 15 Acting School for 3 years.

Any advice for aspiring performers?

Take any opportunity to learn. Watch lots of theatre, film, TV, listen to audio dramas, anything that’s accessible to you, find out what you like and why. Have hobbies and take an interest in the world around you. I was lucky enough to have viola lessons at school, and then piano, then I bought a flute a few years ago and have used these instruments in several shows, as well as being taught new ones (I play the melodica in The Arrival). I’m always keen to learn a new skill, you never know what can give you inspiration and come in useful.

Finally, why should people come along to see the play? and where else can we see it?

The play is visually very beautiful with lots of interesting props and characters. Its themes are universal as we’ve all experienced being new somewhere, whether it’s a new country, city, school or workplace. We’ll be touring around Scotland, starting in Glasgow then heading to Dundee, Inverness, Carlops and Livingston.

Kirsty is performing in Solar Bear Theatre Company’s The Arrival, coming to Eastwood Park Theatre this Friday 28 September at 7.30pm. Book tickets: https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9661/The-Arrival

 

 

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