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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio

Following the success of last year’s production Cinderella, The Pavilion have decided to take the team on another Panto adventure.

The production team have said: “It has been one of our favourites over the years and we think that we are the only theatre in the country to produce The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio. As always, we base our Pantomime on the original story but have that Glasgow twist in true Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is Good Clean Family Entertainment.”

It is sure to be a Sing-A-Long, Join In Adventure with an all star cast, a brand new script, stunning scenery, sensational costumes and magical special effects that they have become known for.

There are Generous Discounts and Concessions available at all performances.

28 Nov 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

More info here: https://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/shows/the-magical-adventures-of-pinocchio/

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

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Ali the Magic Elf at the Tron

This Christmas, Tron Theatre Company is presenting a brand-new Tron festive classic, Ali the Magic Elf.

Ideal for little ones aged 3-6 years and their adults, the show is conceived and directed by Tron Theatre’s Artistic Director Andy Arnold (who has recently returned from directing The Selfish Giant for Beijing Children’s Theatre Company) for the studio space. Designer Jenny Booth is set to transform our Changing House into a cosy North Pole workshop where Ali the Magic Elf (played by Ramesh Meyyappan) is busy working away in Santa’s workshop.

It’s Christmas eve but everything is going wrong and the elves are panicking- none of the children’s letters have been answered! What is an elf to do! Suddenly with the jingle of bells and the swoosh of a sleigh- magic is in the air! But Ali and his friends (played by Simon Donaldson & Pride & Prejudice* *sort of’s Christina Gordon) may need a bit of help! 

Featuring costume design by Vicki Brown and with a live score played by actor/musicians Simon and Christina, Ali the Magic Elf uses the wonderful physicality and comic timing of three professional actors to great effect and is an unforgettable visual experience for little ones who might still be too young for the Tron’s main house panto.

Ali the Magic Elf is 50 minutes of charming storytelling which incorporates Meyyappan’s playful magic tricks, engaging basic BSL audience interaction and live music throughout in a perfect Christmas treat for little ones.

ALI THE MAGIC ELF

FRI 29 NOVEMBER – TUE 31 DECEMBER 2019  

INTERVIEW: John Barrowman talks about his festive show coming to Glasgow this December

It’s the most FABULOUS time of the year – and entertainer extraordinaire John Barrowman will be celebrating the festive season with fans as he returns to the UK with a dazzling new Christmas tour.

The eight-date JOHN BARROWMAN – A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS  tour in November and December follows the success of his sell-out summer shows, celebrating his 30 years on stage and screen, and will coincide with the release of his new album of the same name.

Barrowman is a singer, actor, dancer, presenter, judge and author. Last year, UK audiences delighted in supporting him as he made the final three in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2018. And he’s recently been announced as the new judge for ITV’s Dancing On Ice, having competed on the show’s first series in 2006.

Speaking about the tour and new album, John said: “I am so looking forward to starting everyone’s Christmas off with a festive bang.

“It’s been great to get back into the studio recording new Christmas tracks. I love this time of the year, but this is the first time I’ve put together a full album of Christmas and festive music for the most FABULOUS time of the year.

We caught up with John for a festive chat as he prepares for a truly FABULOUS Christmas…

What is Christmas all about to you?

“It’s about family, friends, celebrating the birth of a child, and basically coming together and enjoying people’s company. Everybody talks about presents, but my favourite time is Christmas morning after all the presents have been opened, having brunch, relaxing, playing games, all that stuff.

“Of course, I have to fit music into Christmas, and that starts on Christmas Eve. We have all the Christmas songs on, line up bottles of Champagne – from the most expensive to the cheapest… And by the time we get to the cheap ones, they all taste exactly the same anyway.”

Home is obviously Palm Springs, but you’re still very much attached to your Scottish roots. Where do you spend Christmas?

“Prior to last year, Christmas has always been spent at my cousin’s in Dunblaine, as when I’ve been working in panto, you only really get Christmas day off, so not much chance to travel too far. So last year was the first time in many years where I’ve actually been at home with family, in the States, for Christmas, and that’s where we’ll be this year too.”

Do we assume your house looks fabulous at Christmas?

“Absolutely. My house gets decorated to the hilt; pilots could mistake our house for a runway! That said, by the time I’ve actually finished the tour and other work I’ve got on, there’s only going to be about five days to do all the decorating and shopping.

“We have two trees. One is decorated in a Scottish-American-Welsh-British traditional style, recognising all the places I’ve lived in. The other is more glitzy and sparkly, with a dash of Star Wars – we have a Star Wars tree topper.

“All the trees outside have huge baubles on and we really go all out.”

Who will you spend Christmas with and what’s the plan?

“Mum and dad are just down the road, so they’ll be with us, and my aunt and uncle and Scott and mine’s best friends – just the eight of us.

“Everyone shares the jobs, although one day I’ve got a chef booked so no one will have to cook at all. But we’re a diverse family, so we really try to include lots of different elements.

“Mum will make shortbread, obviously – being Scottish, my aunt is from Belgium and she does the hors d’ouvres. Then it’s a traditional turkey dinner with everybody pitching in to help.

“One rule though, whoever cooks does not clean up – so I make sure I get really stuck into the cooking, and make a mess…”

Are you a gift giver, or receiver?

“I like to give more than receive, for sure. But I do absolutely love to receive gifts which are made personally, crafty gifts. There’s so much more heart to those things.”

What’s the best present you’ve ever had?

“I remember one year as a kid, all I wanted was a silver flute. I’d come down, opened all my presents from Santa and I didn’t get it. Mum and dad asked me to get something out of the drawer in the other room where they kept the silverware, and there among it all was this very particular flute.

“I like to make gift giving an event like that – it really adds to the occasion.”

The tour is coming to Glasgow, obviously, how could you not include your home city, especially at Christmas?

“It really will be the homecoming show, and home is so important at that time of year. The audiences really know what to expect, are always totally fabulous and get right behind me.

“I always go a little bit further there than anywhere else, as I know I can get away with it. It’ll be like an early Hogmanay.

And lastly, what can fans expect from John Barrowman – A Fabulous Christmas Tour? The summer tour was truly fabulous, and your mum, dad and Scott almost managed to steal the show on those dates… Will we be seeing them again?

“It’s going to be totally Christmassy… I’ve written a letter to Santa to see if ‘Mr and Mrs Claus’ are able to come along. Scott will be there again, on the merchandise stall, and on stage at some point. I hope to integrate mum and dad into it – which will be quite exciting, I hope.

“Like the summer shows, there will be music, stories and photos, but this time sharing all my favourite moments from Christmas through the years.”

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

John Barrowman ‘A Fabulous Christmas’ is out 6th Dec on Decca Records

See JOHN BARROWMAN – A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS at:

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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Cinderfella at the Tron

It’s almost panto time at the Tron Theatre and they have announced that the 2019 pantomime CINDERFELLA (27th Nov 2019 – 5th Jan 2020) is set to defy convention once again by featuring an all-women cast of Tron panto legends, just one year after progressive panto Mammy Goose portrayed a heartwarming tale of same-sex love between two heroes. Penned once again by the inimitable Johnny McKnight, this year’s pantomime Christmas show will be directed and designed by Kenny Miller.

Imagine having to do everything in your house… Well, that’s the life Cinderella (Sally Reid) leads. It’s a pure nightmare – and her family? Well, they make the Kardashians look positively normal. She’s got two idiotic step-brothers – Harry and Larry (Hannah Jarrett-Scott and Daisy Ann Fletcher) – who are incapable of doing anything for themselves; a Stepmother (Lauren Ellis-Steele) so wicked she makes Ann Widdecombe look warm and cuddly; AND she has to work morning, noon and night in the family dressmaking business. Her only pal is a gallus wee sheep named Muttons (Jo Freer).

But there’s hope when she hears that winner of Entrepreneur of the Year, Princess Charmaine is having a party for all the commoners in the pantosphere. Will Cinderella get to the ball and save her family business? Who will Princess Charmaine pick as her husband? And who on earth would leave a pair of glass trainers at the bottom of the royal palace stairs?

With stunningly festive lighting from Grant Anderson, and the usual toe-tapping tunes by Ross Brown, CINDERFELLA is set to be yet another unmissable all-singing, all-dancing, irreverent, gallus, festive extravaganza.

Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates: Wed 27 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020, times vary
Tickets: £9 – £23 (prices vary)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or http://www.tron.co.uk

FESTIVE SEASON: PACE Announces The Snow Queen: Paisley’s Family Panto That’s Cool As Can Be

This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce its annual pantomime will be The Snow Queen. A festive treat for adults and children alike, this icy tale of a queen who is up to snow good will run from 27 November to 31 December, featuring hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a supporting chorus of young actors.

 CHRIS ALEXANDER (Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) will reprise his role as dame, Widow Swanky, having proved a hit with audiences since his debut performance in 2017’s PACE panto (Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White). He’ll appear alongside a stellar ensemble cast including: DUNCAN BROWN (Mammy Goose, Tron; Chick Whittington, macrobert), SARAH MCCARDIE (River City; Cinderella, Motherwell Theatre), SHANNON SWAN (Glasgow Girls; Outlander) and KARA SWINNEY (Sunshine on Leith, tour).

 PACE is pleased to welcome ANDY MCGREGOR as writer and director. Andy is a playwright, director and composer who has been making a name for himself creating work for family audiences, and in particular Christmas shows for venues such as the Citizens Theatre and macrobert arts centre.

 The Snow Queen will be produced and musically directed by ALAN ORR, whose comic performances were at the heart of PACE pantos for many years, while regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design.

Alan Orr said, “We’re incredibly proud that the PACE panto has become such an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and celebrate the festivities. We’ve gathered together a fantastic team to create this year’s panto, and we’re confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”

The cast will be completed by 4 teams of young actors handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy.

This year’s schedule will also feature the Company’s first relaxed performance; ideal for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. During the performance the lights in the theatre will be dimmed so that it’s not too dark, there will be a more relaxed approach to noise and movement from the audience, and we will make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out strobes lights) so that the performance is more accessible for anyone with sensory sensitivities.

PACE Theatre Company presents

THE SNOW QUEEN

Written and directed by Andy McGregor

Wed 27 November – Tue 31 December 2019 (not Sundays)

 

A family pantomime for all ages!

 

General Booking: 0300 300 1210 | https://www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com

Group Booking: 0345 130 5218

 

PRICING
Tickets from £10 – £27.50 (booking fee applies)

Group bookings – Buy 15 tickets and get one free.

Schools & Nurseries – Teachers go FREE to any Band A show *Max of 1 teacher for every 10 children

 

CAST

Chris Alexander          Widow Swanky

Duncan Brown            Percy

Sarah McCardie          Multi-role

Shannon Swan           Persephone

Kara Swinney              The Snow Queen

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Andy McGregor          Writer & Director

Alan Orr                      Producer & Musical Director

Pauline Ramsay         Stage Manager & Lyricist

Angela Orr                  Assistant Director

Fraser Lappin              Set & Costume Designer

Emma Armstrong        Lighting Design

Grant Mason               Executive Producer

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wed 27 Dec: 7pm

Thu 28 Nov: 7pm

Fri 29 Nov: 10am and 7pm

Sat 30 Nov: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 2 Dec: 6pm*

Tue 3 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 4 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Thu 5 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 6 Dec: 10am and 7pm**

Sat 7 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 9 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 10 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 11 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 12 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 13 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Sat 14 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 16 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 17 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Wed 18 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 19 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Fri 20 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 21 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 23 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 24 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Fri 27 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 28 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 30 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 31 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

*Relaxed performance

**Gala performance

IMAGE: Mihaela Bodlovic

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2019 – Elf: The Christmas Spectacular at the SSE Hydro

Elf, the Broadway musical based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, is supersized into a huge Christmas spectacular this December.  It’s the heart-warming story of how human Buddy, raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole, travels to New York to find his real father, falls in love and brings Christmas happiness to everyone.

Starring award-winning Coronation Street actress and singer Kym Marsh as Buddy the Elf’s girlfriend, Jovie, and Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans In EastEnders, Extras) as Buddy’s dad Walter Hobbs.  Buddy the Elf will be played by the hilarious comedy actor Tam Ryan, ensuring lots of laughs.  The cast also features Father Christmas, and a dozen Cirque stars, in a cast of 100.

This unique production has three stages, so you are always close to the action, with a giant 30 foot-tall Christmas tree that the audience get to decorate, a flying sleigh, and high octane stunts.  In case you miss anything, there are enormous TV screens relaying the action that also show amazing CGI scenery.

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins – make sure you get your family tickets now!

Age guidance: 3 and up

 

WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 2019 – The Snowman returns

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty years ago.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Wed 13 Nov – Sun 17 Nov 2019
282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK
1 hour 45 minutes
Wed and Fri at 19:00
Thu at 10:30 and 14:00
Sat at 13:30 and 17:00
Sun at 11:00 and 15:00

REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty – Cumbernauld Theatre

Masters of the art of traditional storytelling with a modern twist, Cumbernauld Theatre don’t disappoint in their staging of Sleeping Beauty.

This is not an all guns blazing, special effect driven, pop hit laden extravaganza, instead it is a beautifully told, traditional tale – a real pearl in a sea of crass commercialism.

Largely following the fairy tale as we know it; the wicked witch fails to secure an invite to Princess Aurora’s christening, she damns the princess to a life of isolation as the curse of sleep will come to the young lass if she ever receives a scratch. Despite the best efforts of her doting parents, the adventurous young tike inevitable falls foul of the curse and it takes true love and a pure heart to set her free.

This gentle production is the perfect introduction to “real” theatre for tinies, and shows that you don’t need pyrotechnics or pop hits to keep them enraptured. A heart-warming, sweet and wonderfully told tale.

Runs until 24 December 2015