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REVIEW: Gary Lamont Dropping The Soap – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

It’s hard not to love Gary Lamont. From the moment he walks onto the stage with a giant wedge of cheese on his head – yes, no typo, singing This is my Moment in tribute to his spirit animal Martine McCutcheon, there isn’t a minute he doesn’t have the audience eating out of his hand.

Hugely likeable and hugely talented, Lamont takes the audience on a break-neck journey on life after soap (operas), musing on the somewhat rocky path many much-loved actors have trodden since stepping away from small screen fame. Roping in his showbiz pals, there are mascara ruining sequences with Claire from Steps, Claire from Stepps, Graham Norton, Juliet Cadzow (his mum in the soap River City), Martine McCutcheon and a belly-achingly funny duet of I Know Him So Well with best buddy Michelle McManus. There’s no lull for the entire running time – a feat many so-called comedians would be hard pressed to achieve, this is a show that genuinely has you leaving the theatre, feeling the world is a happier place.

As he says in the show, in Soapland you either leave in a hearse or in the back of a taxi – Lamont left in a silver limo – hopefully a portent for his future career. Lamont has a gigantic gift for comedy, a fine voice and an irresistible personality – Lamont’s brand of joy should be available on prescription. Do yourself a favour and catch this if you can.

On Tour:

Sat 24 Mar – Cumbernauld Theatre – 7.30pm www.cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk

Fri 27 Apr – Stirling MacRobert 7.30pm www.macrobertartscentre.org/

Sat 28 Apr – Paisley Arts Centre – 7.30pm www.boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Fri 04 May – Adam Smith Theatre – 7.30pm www.onfife.com

Fri 11 May – Lochgelly Centre – 7.30pm www.onfife.com

Fri 25 May – Livingston Howden Park 7.30pm www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk

Sat 26 May – Byre Theatre St Andrews – 8pm www.byretheatre.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/G_aryLamont

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatariddy

REVIEW: Back to Bacharach – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

The back catalogue of Burt Bacharach comprises some of the world’s most recognisable hits. In a career spanning six decades (that arguably reached its zenith in the mid-to-late 60s) there’s a rich vein of material to be mined here.

Bach to Bacharach – The What The World Needs Now Concert Tour, delivers not only the big hits: I Say A Little Prayer, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Walk on By, The Look of Love, Make it Easy on Yourself, 24 Hours From Tulsa, the list goes on and on, but there are a few surprises too: Keep Me In Mind covered by Elvis and Don’t Make Me Over from Dionne Warwick.

Backed by an eight-piece band, the principal vocalists Martin Neely, Chloe Du Pre and Arabella Rodrigo have a wealth of experience behind them from the West End stage to backing/session work and cruise/cabaret performance. There’s a warmth from the trio that transmits to the audience and they work hard to keep the energy levels up and the audience engaged throughout.

There’s plenty of bang for your buck here, the hits keep coming and the two-hour show is packed with familiar song after song.


The only issue the cast are fighting against is that these songs are synonymous with some of the most legendary vocalists in pop history: Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Cilla Black, to merely touch on a few, indeed Black’s trials and tribulations when working with control freak Bacharach, are vividly documented in the recent musical of her life Cilla. These are big shoes to fill and while there are some show-stopping moments, Rodrigo’s Anyone Who Had A Heart is a stunner, they never quite hit the heights of the originals. That said, this a top quality production with an on-point band and hugely talented vocalists, one could never tire of hearing these pop classics and the packed audience is testament to the enduring draw of Bacharach. Just sit back, relax and enjoy.

Back to Bacharach is currently touring the U.K. – details here: http://www.back-to-bacharach.co.uk


FEATURE: The youngest performer at this years Comedy festival

Brandon Barrett is going to be the youngest performer at this years Glasgow international comedy festival, Brandon performs regularly at comedy clubs around central Scotland.

Four years ago Brandon discovered something that would put the spotlight on him and make him stand out from the crowd.

Brandon has since then worked out how to blend the wizardry skills of Harry Potter and the looks of Sue Perkins. Developing a unique style of magic. Mixing comedy, magic, mind reading and his witty banter Brandon brings you his show Brain Access.

Bringing you a collection of his favourite tricks, Brandon will access your mind and make you use your brain in a ways you didn’t think was possible.

The things in this show are not just impossible they are improbable beyond belief.

Show: Brain Access
Venue: Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate
Tickets: £5, http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/ shows/2106 (Glasgow international comedy festival)
Dates: 8th & 17th March 2018
Times: 8th 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm), 17th 2:30pm (doors 2pm) & 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)

NEWS: First Acts Announced for MugStock Festival

MugStock festival have announced the first of over 150 acts to perform at the annual festival of Music & Merriment in Mugdock Country Park.

In it’s fourth year, MugStock is the closest festival of music and camping to Glasgow and takes place from Friday 27th – Monday 30th July 2018.

The acts so far announced reinforce MugStock’s commitment to musical diversity and emerging talent.
The first acts to be announced are:

  • Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5
    • Founders of the Yellow Movement, Glasgow’s shiny disco ball hat wearing, unicorn crowd surfing, genre hopping entertainers have been captivating audiences across the UK and recently as far afield as Korea with their unforgettable stage show.Winners of the SAMA’s (Scottish Alternative Music Awards) Best Live Act they are guaranteed to bring a party like no other to our main arena on Friday night at MugStock.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZDMnUKPTaA&list=PLf5uRRXWtERhZ7Vi1EGaqqKl8qE185s_t&index=1
  • Tide Lines
    • Highly Eclectic Folk Rock formed by 2 ex-Skipinnish. Tide Lines emerged just over a year ago. They released their Far Side of the World single in 2016 and its lyrical theme the connection between youth and location formed the basis for their first full length album: Dreams We Never Lost which featured original Waterboy and current Saw Doctor Anthony Thistlewaite was released in June 2017.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MTuj7Uy5c8
      • Video has had nearly 15,000 views since it’s release on 1st February!
  • Girobabies
    • Girobabies give you baffling grunge soul music with a dollop of psychedelic dystopian elbow-grease and a pinch of gutter-rock Utopian lyricism. The Glasgow based band’s debut album ‘Who Took Utopia?’ was released to critical acclaim. Sorely missed from the festival scene in 2017 Girobabies are set to make a triumphant return
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgddBxYgxoY
  • Emily Middlemas
    • Emily is from Glasgow has been performing since the age of 10 and at 13 she reached the Scottish and Northern England open mic final. She won Teenstar in 2014 and the same year she made it to the judge’s house in the X-Factor. At 18 she made it to the final of X-Factor and finished 4th place, soon after that she was part of a sell out UK arena X-Factor tour.

      Since the X-Factor Emily’s career has been going fantastic. In 2017 she performed the opening song for the Scottish Grand National at Ayr Race Course to 17000 people which went out live on ITV and performed at many high profile corporate events such as Miss Scotland Final, Business for Scotland awards, Cash For Kids, William Hill Awards, Young Scot Awards, QTS Ladies Night at Ayr Race Course and many, many more!

      Last November Emily completed her debut UK tour with most dates sold out and also released her debut single “Lost and Found” which received an amazing response and reached number 48 in the singles charts.

      With two tours currently being booked for this year, festival slots confirmed, debut album being released and appearing at many more high profile events, 2018 is going to be another great year for Emily.

  • Katee Kross
    • Katee Kross is an 19 year old singer/songwriter from Bishopbriggs. Katee is already making a name for herself in the music scene and has already supported people like Dougie MacLean Barbara Dickson Karine Polwart James Grant John Doyle Findlay Napier and Tony McManus.
      In October 2016 she was invited by American Country/Blues Legend Seasick Steve to sing his song Purple Shadow Live on stage at Wembley Arena in front of 12,500 people.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7KMfquLRrI
  • Supa & Da Kryptonites
  • Mt. Doubt
    • Dark pop from Edinburgh with 2 critically acclaimed albums and 4 EPs under their belt
  • Harry & The Hendersons
  • Captain Hotknives
  • Half Formed Things
    • Half Formed Things cast cinematic grandiosity against Edinburgh’s gothic cityscape with their own unique variety of rich, densely-layered pop.  2017 saw the band featured on BBC Radio Scotland, releasing a well-received new single and playing shows across the country, including two sell-out hometown performances.  With a new four-piece line-up, a set of new material and a debut album in production, 2018 is set to be an even bigger year for Half Formed Things.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaIvV84xr3w
  • Awkward Family Portraits
    • Glasgow based Folk and Americana band. Drawing influence from music old and new, they aim to get your hips shaking and toes tapping with their own material and arrangements.
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojiro2rauak
  • Steg G & The Freestyle Master
  • Flew The Arrow
  • Gage
MugStock is a boutique festival taking place in one of Scotland’s most beautiful natural attractions, situated handily close to Glasgow (less than 10 miles from the city centre).
MugStock has been praised for it’s outstanding atmosphere, catering for a wide range of ages, and for presenting varied and high quality line-up. We have been praised for having the cleanest toilets at a festival. Other features include:
  • Over 150 acts across at least 7 stages (mixture of outdoors and covered)
  • Finest Scottish Beer priced no higher than your local pub, and Prosecco on tap
  • A choice of 3 camp sites including one for families and one by the dance tent
  • Free Showers for campers (New for 2018)
  • Dedicated secure families area in a historic walled garden
  • 2 castles on site and acres of ancient woodlands to explore between bands
  • Theatre, comedy, spoken word, roaming performers, fire shows, site art and extraordinary occurrences.
  • Selection of tasty and reasonably priced street food.
  • Cheap tickets with no booking fees
Mugstock website: http://mugstock.org

A YouTube playlist featuring the acts announced so far can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZDMnUKPTaA&list=PLf5uRRXWtERhZ7Vi1EGaqqKl8qE185s_t

Images: Martin J. Windebank

WHAT’S ON JUNE: Rock and Roll Revolution: The Bluejays

Friday 29 June, 7.30pm

The Bluejays (Winners of the National Vintage Award forBest Band) present an electrifying and authentic tribute to the era when music changed the world forever.

Between 1955 and 1959, artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran and Little Richard not only transformed the musical landscape but also the way we continue to look at the world today.

Much more than just a concert show, The Bluejays take you on a historical journey via breathtaking renditions of the biggest hits of the era (Rock Around The Clock, That’s All Right, That’ll Be The Day, Tutti Frutti, Summertime Blues, Johnny B. Goode, Wake Up Little Susie, La Bamba, A Teenager In Love and many more) and reveal how the Rock ‘n’ Roll movement brought about a dream of equality and freedom that we still chase to this day.

“The Bluejays had the room jiving their fluorescent socks off!” – Howard Goodall, Composer


  • Standard £20
  • Concession £18

Take a group of 10 people and one person can go free.

WHAT’S ON MAY: A Brave Face at Eastwood Park Theatre

 Wednesday 30 May, 7.30pm

“Dear mum, things are a bit tough right now. But don’t worry – I’m ok. I’ll tell you about it when I get back.”

Afghanistan: 2009.

Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training’s complete, combat is a buzz. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.


  • Standard £12
  • Concession £10
  • Serving and ex-military personnel £10

Recommended Age: 12 yrs+

Take a group of 10 people and one person can go free.

NEWS: Theatre Royal announces The Bodyguard as this year’s Christmas show

Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, have announced that the international smash hit musical, THE BODYGUARD will open its UK tour at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this Christmas.

The show will run from Monday 3 December until Saturday 29 December giving audiences plenty of time to catch the sensational production as it hits all the right notes during the festive season.

The Bodyguard’s month-long run at Theatre Royal follows the success of previous festive seasons including  2015’s Jersey Boys 2016’s The Commitments and last year’s Mamma Mia!

James Haworth, Theatre Director at Theatre Royal, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that the Christmas show at Theatre Royal this year will be The Bodyguard.  It’s an emotionally charged thriller that our audience will just love.

“Shows like The Bodyguard have become a staple in our festive programme and a visit to Theatre Royal at Christmas is becoming a tradition for many.

“If this production goes down as well as Jersey Boys, The Commitments and Mamma Mia!, our audience will be in for a very merry 2018.”

THE BODYGUARD is Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The original stage adaptation, directed by Thea Sharrock with book by Oscar winning (Birdman) Alex Dinelaris, had its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in 2012 and was nominated for four Olivier Awards.

A sell-out 18 month UK and Ireland tour followed, before the show returned to the West End at the Dominion Theatre. THE BODYGUARD has also played in the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Australia and China and can currently be seen in Stuttgart, Madrid and on tour throughout France and the United States.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.








The Tron Theatre Company is working with Paul Brotherston to bring to the stage Jack Thorne’s exhilarating coming-of-age drama Bunny, which tackles teenage sexuality, racism and gang culture, as part of their Spring season.

Thorne, whose work includes Skins, This Is England ’86 and the recent Channel 4 hit, Kiri, gives voice to anxious teen Katie, a fairly ordinary young woman from Luton who plays in the school orchestra and is applying for Uni.  Out with her older boyfriend (‘he’s good looking.and he’s black.not that that matters’) she becomes involved in a street altercation which soon spirals into something dark, violent and dangerous.

Katie is a fantastic creation – all street-wise swagger one minute, emotionally immature and naive the next and Bunny is a white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening.  In Brotherston’s words: ‘Bunny feels like a play for today, a breathless, knotty story that asks very hard and complicated questions about growing up and having to define your place in modern British society. Katie is an amazing character to play and has to navigate her way through a really complex web of systems – class, race and the patriarchy. After directing Krapp’s Last Tape in 2017 for the Tron, she was very much the character I wanted Changing House audiences to meet next.’

Anna Russell-Martin, currently completing her training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will take on the role of Katie in her professional debut, Paul Brotherston will design as well as direct, Dave Shea will provide lighting design and Iida Aino will provide the sound design.

Running time: approx. 60 mins (no interval).

Venue:   Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Dates:  28 March7 April 2018
Tickets:         £11 (£8.50)
Box Office: 0141 552 4267 or http://www.tron.co.uk

WHAT’S ON MARCH: The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen is brought to the stage by Nigel Lovell, creator, curator and compere of the hit Edinburgh fringe show – “Worst Show on the Fringe” as featured on BBC2’s “Edinburgh Nights with Sue Perkins” and is described as “one of the most original and innovative show concepts at the fringe” -BBC Radio.

This exciting new concept show features award-winning comedians and improvisers who are challenged by one another to invent outrageously exaggerated swashbuckling stories based on the The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. All they have is their wits, some silly hats and the suggestions of an audience full of giggling children (and their grown-ups) to ensure that all ends happily ever after.

The show promises swords and duels, elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true (and made up on the spot). The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen will delight adults and children alike with its wonderful joie de vivre and other pretentious words.

The Tall Ship
The Tall Ship at Riverside

150 Pointhouse Place
G3 8RS

Saturday 10 March – Sunday 11 March



Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, one man show, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again. If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, ‘Suggs: What a King Cnut’ is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway. Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ how has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute.  How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. But for all the near death experiences he takes great solace in the words of the Greek philosopher, Blondie:

‘The tide is high, but I’m holding on…’

Suggs’ latest one man tour caps a busy period for the Madness frontman, with their notorious annual shindig, the ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ having recently took place at Butlins Minehead, and a definitive greatest hits album – ‘Full House: The Very Best Of Madness’ out now.

Suggs – What A King Cnut – A Life in the Realm of Madness… 2018 Tour Dates in Scotland:

Feb-28 Dunfermline Alhambra
Mar-01 Glasgow Pavilion

Then on tour to:

Mar-02 Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Mar-03 Hull City Hall
Mar-04 York Grand Opera House
Mar-06 Preston Charter Theatre
Mar-07 Northampton Royal and Derngate
Mar-08 Southampton O2 Guildhall
Mar-11 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Mar-13 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Mar-14 Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre
Mar-15 Cheltenham Town Hall
Mar-16 Bath Forum
Mar-18 Nottingham Theatre Royal
Mar-19 Ipswich Corn Exchange
Mar-20 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mar-22 London Palladium

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