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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Sleeping Beauty at Eastwood Park

Runway Theatre Company present Sleeping Beauty

Monday 02 – Saturday 07 December
7.30pm each evening
Sat matinees, 11am & 3pm

Don’t get caught napping this Christmas when Runway’s dreamy panto Sleeping Beauty comes to town.

When Princess Beauty pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she’s cursed to fall asleep for 100 years, unless she’s kissed by her one true love. Enter a dashing Prince, along with Nurse Teeny Tiddlewinks and Yo-Yo the Jester, who embark on a brave adventure to save the Princess from her terrible fate. But with the wicked Fairy Carabosse determined to ruin their plans, will our trusty trio be triumphant or is the Princess doomed to a century of snoozing?

Prices

  • £14 – £17

www.runwaytheatre.co.uk

Tickets also available from 07801 048527

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Winterfest at Eastwood Park

Winterfest 2019 is approaching fast, and Eastwood Park Theatre have a great range of activities and events to get you into the festive mood.

From arts and crafts, exhibitions, Winter film screenings, and our extra special Cinderella Panto, there is plenty to get involved in.

Panto

This year the Panto will be extra special. They will be bringing the truly magical story of Cinderella to life and are excited to welcome Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts (GAMTA) to the stage.

GAMTA is home to many stars in the making and has a long history of producing successful pantomimes, so audiences are in for a treat. Don’t miss this magical adventure that promises to be a show-stopping, all singing, all dancing panto!

Cinderella is running from Wed 11 Dec – Mon 30 Dec 2019. To book your tickets, visit Eastwood Park Theatre Box Office Website or call 0141 577 4956.

Art Activities

In line with the Christmas Panto, there are some exciting art activities to take part in.

Cinderella Crafts (6 – 10 years)

Extend the fun of your weekend – come along and make your own Cinderella themed craft before you enjoy the magic of the Pantomime in Eastwood Park Theatre. All materials are included in the cost of this session.

Sat 14 Dec | 12.30 – 1.30pm, | Eastwood Park Theatre Art Room | £7

Get your tickets here!

Cinderella Family Crafts (3 – 5 years)

Extend the fun of your weekend – go along and make your own Cinderella themed craft before you enjoy the pantomime. All materials are included in the cost of this session. Adults join in the class with kids – we provide all the materials and tidy up all the mess too.

Suitable for 3 – 5 years with accompanying adult. Adults do not need to purchase a ticket but all children attending are required to have one

Sun 15 Dec | 11.30 – 12.30pm | Carmichael Hall | £7

Get your tickets here!

Elf Academy

Back by popular demand, ERCL’s Elf Academy returns! Kids will enjoy a series of creative and fun acivities in this jam-packed session! Make a Christmas craft, play some games, join in with a wintery tale and enjoy a festive film before graduating from the Elf Academy with your very own Elf ears!

Festive outfits are encouraged but please make sure you don’t mind if they get messy. Those attending may also bring a nut-free snack and drink with them to keep them fuelled for all the activities!

Be sure to book quick – spaces on our Elf Academy sessions go faster than Santa’s sleigh! Tickets £20.

Various dates available from Sat 14 Dec – Mon 23 Dec. Get your tickets here!

Exhibition

The gallery space will be displaying entries for the Cinderella colouring competition. Local schools attending the Cinderella Pantomime at Eastwood Park Theatre have been given special colouring sheets to complete before going along to the show. The entries will be displayed, including the three winners and runners-up from P1-2, P3-5 and P6-7.

Wed 11 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020

THIS WEEK: Made in Dagenham at Eastwood Park

Theatre fans from in and around Glasgow are preparing to bring Essex to Eastwood in new musical Made in Dagenham.

More than 40 performers from the Minerva Club will bring the powerful story to life on stage at Eastwood Park Theatre from 11 November, 2019.

Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists’ strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. The strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

Brian Toward and Eleanor MacKay

The musical follows the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady – played by Gemma Arterton in the 2014 West End production – as she encourages the women of the factory to walk out after they are reclassified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase.

Brian Toward, 33, of Woodlands, plays the male lead, Eddie O’Grady, and said he was delighted to be cast. “This is my first show with the Minerva Club, and my first role in any production for 15 years since school,” he said.

“When I first decided to audition for the show I would have been genuinely happy just to be a part of it. To land the lead male role was beyond any expectation, and I have loved every second of rehearsals so far. Now I can’t wait to get on stage.”

Minerva Club President, Colette Dunsmore, said: “Made in Dagenham is a very emotive show, and as a club we are looking forward to bringing the Incredible true story of the Dagenham woman to a local audience. We have been loving rehearsals so far and can’t wait to showcase our hard work on the Eastwood stage.”

Made in Dagenham will be on at Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, from Tuesday 12 November to Saturday 16 November. Tickets cost £15-£19 and are available from any cast member, by emailing tickets@theminervaclub.com or online from www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk

The Minerva Club will be supporting the charity SiMBA with its 2019 production of Made in Dagenham. SiMBA is a Scottish charity supporting families affected by the loss of a baby by donating memory boxes, refurbishing family rooms, and providing bereavement support.

SiMBA CEO, Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, said: “Our charity supports families at the most difficult time in their lives, often hearing about SiMBA for the first time when they receive a Memory Box after losing their baby.

“It’s fantastic that theatre groups like this are supporting us and helping us to raise awareness so that more families who need it can benefit from what we do. We would like to thank everyone in the show for dedicating their interest and time to SiMBA and really helping to make a difference.”

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Giffnock Theatre Players present The Matchmaker

Giffnock Theatre Players upcoming production The Matchmaker is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre in just a few weeks.

The Matchmaker is a farce that sees a rich widower, Vandergelder, wanting to re-marry for convenience. His niece wants to marry for true love, but Vandergelder won’t allow it. Vandergelder’s assistant is looking for excitement rather than romance. Along comes The Matchmaker, Dolly, to sort it all out… but whilst pretending to help Vandergelder find a bride, she plans to marry him herself!

In 1964, songs were added to this classic comedy and it was re-named “Hello Dolly!” – “The Matchmaker” has the same plot, characters and laughs as it’s musical counterpart, but now you can see the original Dolly working her magic!

“Loud, slap dash and uproarious … extraordinarily original and funny.” – The New York Times

“One of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written.” – The Wall Street Journal

The Matchmaker runs at Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG in Glasgow’s Southside from 16th to 19th October 2019 at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 19th.

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 their website at www.giffnocktheatreplayers.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/giffnockplayers, or on Twitter at twitter.com/giffnockplayers .

INTERVIEW: Emily Ashton, Belle in The Wedding Planners, a new musical comedy by Gillian Duffy & Alyson Orr at Eastwood Park Theatre this October

Mairi has her dream job running the ‘I Do’ wedding agency, planning that special day for brides to be all over the country. But it’s not all plain sailing – she has to deal with Bridezillas, Wild Hen Nights and making sure there’s always plenty of Prosecco on tap!

Mairi is also fed up being single; she can’t wait to find her Mr Right -she’s on every dating site there is, but she still can’t find her Prince Charming. And to make matters worse, her colleagues Rose and Belle (played by Emily) are both in relationships.

As Mairi continues to search for romance, she stumbles upon a secret that threatens to plunge the agency into chaos and ruin everything for an unsuspecting bride to be.

The Wedding Planners is the hilarious girls’ night out you won’t want to miss!

Tell us a little bit about the play.

It’s an original musical-comedy that takes place in the office of the ‘I Do’ wedding planner’s agency. It focuses mostly on the lives of and relationships between the three wedding planners that work there – Rose, Belle and Mairi – with plenty of surprises, fun and laughs along the way!

And your role…?

I play feisty and fun Belle! She’s a bit of a party animal and a Tinderella but at the end of the day she always gets the work done too! Work hard, play hard (maybe harder!) – I think that’s what Belle’s motto would be.

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

The three girls tend to go into ‘wedding planner’ mode, which means a lot of wedding jargon! My character in particular likes to talk about online dating too, which is a different world altogether.

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 come from a very musical family, therefore growing up I was constantly surrounded by musicians and performers! I was fortunate enough at a very young age to experience a day at work with my Dad – which just so happened at the time to be the Lyceum Theatre in London! Watching the show (Jesus Christ Superstar – now one of my favourite musicals!) along with seeing all of the ‘magic’ backstage got me totally hooked. I grew up performing with an amazing local youth theatre (Kayos), and then later some of the great amateur theatre companies local to Inverclyde. I always knew that I wanted to be an actress, however, wanting me to have something stable to fall back on, my parents encouraged me to go to university before going to drama school. I studied Theatre Studies at Glasgow University for four years, and three months after graduating I found myself at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, training to be a professional actress! I graduated from ALRA in 2014 and have been out in the big bad world ever since.

Any advice for aspiring performers?

Everyone will tell you that it is one of the hardest professions to get into and to make a living from – and they would be right! However if you were born to be a performer, you will have it in you to combat every knock back, rejection or obstacle that comes your way. Stay true to yourself and work on believing in yourself too – self confidence is so important in this industry. Always do what makes you happy – even if that sometimes means leaving the profession for a while, or going down a slightly different path from what you imagined. Learn from and appreciate everyone that you work with, and never see anything as a ‘failure’ – only another opportunity to learn and grow from.

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

The Wedding Planners is guaranteed to be a great night out for everyone! It’s full of laughs and the music is brilliant too. We have amazingly catchy, original songs penned by the very talented Alyson who plays Rose, so it will be a great chance to hear some new music as well as having a right giggle. It’s also a great excuse to pop some prosecco (as if we need a reason for that!). The show is playing in various lovely venues including Glasgow’s Oran Mor, The Beacon in Greenock, Paisley Arts Centre, Motherwell Theatre, Eastwood Park and East Kilbride Arts Centre. We’re even going to Irvine (Harbour Arts Centre) and Livingston (Holden Park Centre) too!

Tickets for The Wedding Planner at Eastwood Park Theatre on Wednesday 30 October are available now, priced at £15 standard: eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.

NEWS: Accio tickets! Dead Good October Returns to Eastwood Park for Fourth Year

Dead Good October, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s celebration of the spooky season, is returning for its fourth year.

Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock has a series of spine-tingling shows and sessions lined up, with a spooktacular Halloween Party for all the family on Sunday 27 October, Goosebumps 2 on the big screen on Halloween and the smash-hit Spontaneous Potter, an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play.

 

Crime fiction readers are in for a treat, with two authors lined up to share their inspiration. Award-winning journalist and best-selling crime author Anna Smith will be discussing her hugely popular Rosie Gilmour series with crime blogger Sarah Bairden on 9 October at Giffnock Library. Novelist Theresa Talbot will be at Barrhead Foundry on 14 October to talk about her books The Lost Children, Keep Her Silent and latest novel The Quiet Ones.

Anna Smith

Mearns Library is bringing tricks and treats, with two Crime Cafes on the 2 and 30 October, as book lovers are invited to put crime capers under the microscope while the Spooky Stories and Songs event on 28 October will feature crime-related games and virtual reality fun, alongside Halloween tales and traditional songs.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said:  “Dead Good October celebrates our spookiest season and is getting more popular every year.

“We have a series of thrilling events in the lead up to Halloween, featuring crime cafes and author visits, spooky stories and family films and fun.

“The season culminates in a magical bang as we welcome live comedy theatre show, Spontaneous Potter, to Eastwood Park Theatre.”

So grab your wands, don your house robes and apparate yourselves to the box office (or book online): https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/deadgoodoctober2019.       

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

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.

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