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NEWS: Outskirts Festival Returns to Platform

It’s not long now until Outskirts Festival returns to Platform on Saturday 27 April with a fantastic line up of performance, music and visual art. Taking place in the theatre, studio spaces and public areas of the building, the programme runs from the afternoon into the evening, and is a fun way to enjoy a variety of cross art forms.

Forming the line up, there’s Eilidh Rodgers (of Sacred Paws) and Free Love performing the totally unique ‘Easterhouse Conversation’, King Midas Sound, Platform Young Company presenting ‘Shaking The Habitual’, new visual art exhibition Timefield, UK premiere of The Guitar Man by Jon Fosse & translated by Louis Muinzer, In The Corner of My Mind There Is A Small Boy Dancing (presented by Eoin McKenzie), Jessica Higgins: ‘dedications’, Lucy and Addrian Hutson presenting ‘Bi-Curious George and Other Side Kicks’,  Glasgow band Banana Oil, David Sherry, and Kate Clayton and Ian Cameron performing a reading of ‘The Land That Forgot’ by Lesley Wilson.

Food from Dennistoun Bar-B-Que and the Platform Cafe bar will be serving food and drinks during the event.

Sat 27 Apr 2019 / 3:30pm – late
TICKETS HERE: £10 / Local Links & Concession £7.50
Under 16s free
Join the conversation on social – #Outskirtsfestival

NEWS: OPERAVISION TO STREAM FULL PERFORMANCE OF SCOTTISH OPERA’S ANTHROPOCENE IN MAY

Anthropocene, the acclaimed new work commissioned by Scottish Opera from composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, will be available to watch on OperaVision from May.

Directed by Matthew Richardson, designed by Samal Blak and conducted by Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford, Anthropocene had its world premiere in January at Theatre Royal Glasgow, and tells the story of an expeditionary team of scientists who become trapped in the frozen Arctic wastelands.

The film of Anthropocene, directed for OperaVision by Jonathan Haswell and produced by Andrew Lockyer, was made at a performance at London’s Hackney Empire, on 9 February. The full performance will be available to view worldwide on the free streaming platform from 17 May to 17 November, and is the first time a Scottish Opera production has been featured on OperaVision.

Launched in 2017, OperaVision – curated by Opera Europa, the European association of opera companies and festivals – streams performances from all over the world, allowing viewers to watch productions from the greatest European opera houses from the comfort of their own home. As well as full-length performances shown with subtitles, it features extracts, interviews and behind the scenes footage.

Anthropocene’s superb ensemble cast includes former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018), Scottish soprano Jeni Bern and Stephen Gadd (Rigoletto 2018.) They are joined by Benedict Nelson (The Burning Fiery Furnace 2018), Mark Le Brocq, Paul Whelan, Anthony Gregory and Sarah Champion (Opera Highlights 2018).

Anthropocene is the fourth collaboration between MacRae and Welsh, a fruitful partnership initially born of Scottish Opera’s Five:15 Opera Made in Scotland series, which paired composers and librettists to create five 15-minute operas. The composer-librettist team went on to create Remembrance Day in 2009, Ghost Patrol in 2012, which won a South Bank Sky Arts Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award, and 2016’s The Devil Inside, based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Inverness-born MacRae’s work has been performed at the Royal Opera House and Edinburgh International Festival, and by ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Hebrides Ensemble. He is currently Composer in Association at Lammermuir Festival.

A Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow, Welsh is the author of a number of popular novels including award-winning The Cutting Room and Plague Times Trilogy.

Scottish Opera General Director Alex Reedijk said: ‘This film of Anthropocene by OperaVision is a very important first for Scottish Opera. Performing at Hackney Empire was a double win for us, as it brought Anthropocene to a London audience and, through this film shot there, allows us to introduce this exciting new work to an international audience. It’s a great opportunity to show off the incredible work of Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh, who are such an important part of Scottish Opera’s history, as well as the talented cast and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.’

Nicholas Payne, Opera Europa Director said: ‘Anthropocene grabbed me from the start and held me throughout with the twists and changes of its riveting story. Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh skilfully deploy music and words to create tension. They do not preach to us in the audience, but we are compelled to reflect on its relevance to our contemporary world. Chilling!’

Anthropocene is available to watch from 17 May at https://operavision.eu/en

NEWS: Legendary Scottish theatre show The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil returns for nationwide tour

One of Scottish theatre’s most iconic and influential productions returns to the stage in 2019, in a special revival from the National Theatre of Scotland. First staged by the 7:84 company in the 1970s, John McGrath’s The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil has become a cornerstone of contemporary Scottish theatre. Successfully restaged by director Joe Douglas in 2015, the show broke box office records at Dundee Rep Theatre before touring Scotland to critical and audience acclaim.

Echoing the play’s original tour in the 1970s, this 2019 revival will see it visiting art centres and community spaces in Dundee and across rural Scotland, before a 2-week run at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, where Joe Douglas is now Artistic Director.

Forty-five years on from its original tour John McGrath’s pivotal political play has lost none of its vitality and relevance, expertly weaving, songs, poems, scenes and sketches into a freewheeling Highland ceilidh. From the ruthless croft clearances of the 18th century to the fashionable Victorian game hunts, and the scars left by the ‘70s North Sea oil boom right up to the political upheaval of the current day, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil presents the stories and experiences of Scotland’s land, sea, and people across the centuries.

Cast members from the 2016 production, Stephen Bangs, Jo Freer, Christina Gordon, Calum Macdonald, Billy Mack and Aly Macrae are reunited and joined by actor musician Reuben Joseph for the new 2019 tour.

Joe Douglas, Director said:

This play has power. Or more specifically, it hands power back to audiences. It shows up the historic hypocrisy and systemic cruelty of wealthy landowners, aristocrats, oil tycoons and politicians – all in the name of profit – and shouts loudly and directly that “enough is enough”. Change is occurring in many rural parts of the country and the position of Gaelic language and culture within the wider Scottish psyche is changing too – but change takes time, which is why this play is still so relevant almost 50 years on. It will be fascinating to see how The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil sits in village halls and other more intimate venues in 2019 and to see what it stirs up. At the very least, we promise a good night out.”

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is the most famous production of the 7:84 company, set up by John McGrath alongside his wife Elizabeth MacLennan and her brother David in 1971. Avowedly socialist in its outlook, its aim was to take popular, political theatre to the working classes and they performed in alternative venues throughout Scotland, England and Wales. The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7% of the population of Great Britain owned 84 % of the wealth.

This show sees the National Theatre of Scotland collaborate with Newcastle’s Live Theatre for the first time since the immensely successful co-production Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which toured to the theatre following its debut in 2015, and went on to enjoy significant success across the world, most recently touring to London’s West End and winning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2017.

The National Theatre of Scotland is committed to minimising the carbon footprint of its productions. As part of an investigation into making this a reality, the Company is piloting new initiatives and adjustments to the way they work, in their endeavour to make this production of the Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil as carbon neutral as possible. The long term aim is to make these initiatives part of a new model of best practice going forward.

Examples include: banning the use of single use plastic, recycling old National Theatre of Scotland sets to make the new set for the show, minimising print runs for marketing, minimising the purchase of new items, using low energy technical equipment, using digital technologies to reduce use of paper and measurement of energy consumption across the tour.

The National Theatre of Scotland is also part of the Greens Arts Initiative, a community of Scottish arts organisations working to reduce their environmental impact.

Join the conversation: #Cheviot

Touring to Ardler Centre, Dundee (16 May); Eden Court, Inverness (19-20 May); Mareel, Lerwick (23 May); Stenness Community Centre, Orkney (25 May); Macphail Centre, Ullapool (28 May); Dornie Village Hall (29 May); Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye (31 May); Aros Centre, Portree, Skye (01 June); Aberdeen Arts Centre (04 June); Perth Theatre (05 June); Macrobert, Stirling (06 June); Charlestone Centre, Dundee (07 June); Live Theatre, Newcastle (12 to 22 June).

Listings Information

Ardler Centre, Dundee – 16 May @ 7pm
Tickets: £12 (£10, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com

Eden Court, Inverness – 19 May @ 4pm, 20 May @ 7pm
Accessible Performances: 19 May – AD, CAP, Touch Tour; 20 May – BSL
Tickets: £17 (16 & £10 student, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / eden-court.co.uk

Mareel, Lerwick – 23 May @ 7pm
Tickets: £12 (£10, (£5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / shetlandarts.org

Stenness Community Centre, Orkney –
25 May @ 4pm
Tickets: £12 (£10, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: orkneyfolkfestival.com

Macphail Centre, Ullapool – 28 May @ 7pm
Accessible Performance: 28 MayAD, CAP, Touch Tour
Tickets: £12 (£10, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com

Dornie Village Hall – 29 May @ 7pm
Tickets: £12 (£10, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office:nationaltheatrescotland.com

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye – 31 May @ 7pm
Tickets: £15 (£13, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: seall.co.uk

Aros Centre, Portree, Skye – 01 June @ 7pm
Tickets:  £15 (£13, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / aros.co.uk

Aberdeen Arts Centre – 04 June @ 7pm
Accessible Performance: 04 JuneBSL
Tickets: £16-£18 (£5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / aberdeenperformingarts.com

Perth Theatre –
05 June @ 7pm
Tickets: £12-£18 (£5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / horsecross.co.uk

Macrobert, Stirling – 06 June @ 7pm
Accessible Performance: 06 JuneBSL, AD, Touch Tour
Tickets: £17.50 (£15.50/£6, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / macrobertartscentre.org

Charleston Centre, Dundee – 07 June @ 7pm
Accessible Performance: 07 June –  BSL, AD, Touch Tour
Tickets: £12 (£10, £5 for Futureproof Passport holders)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com

Live Theatre, Newcastle – 12-15 & 18-22 June @ 7.30pm; 16 June @ 4pm*;
15, 20 & 22 June @ 2pm
Accessible Performance: 14 June – BSL
Tickets: Off peak £22 (£15), peak £26 (£18)
Box Office: nationaltheatrescotland.com / live.org.uk

*Post show discussion

All National Theatre of Scotland performances are Autism Friendly.  The National Theatre of Scotland is working in partnership with the National Autistic Society, in 2019, to increase access to theatre for neuro-diverse audiences.

Image: Tomm Ga Ken Wan

NEWS: GLASGOW DATE AS KERRY ELLIS JOINS QUEEN MACHINE FOR ORCHESTRATED TOUR

KERRY ELLIS JOINS ROCK TRIBUTE ROYALTY QUEEN MACHINE FOR NEW ORCHESTRATED UK TOUR

Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall, Thursday April 16 2020

The music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before as West End performer Kerry Ellis joins Scandinavian tribute stars Queen Machine for a fully orchestrated UK tour.

The all-new tour Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis will see Queen’s greatest hits performed by leading European tribute band Queen Machine accompanied by the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra and conducted by Matthew Freeman, creating an unforgettable night of rock anthems.

The 2020 tour comes to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Thursday, April 16 2020.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, April 19 from www.cuffeandtaylor.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Making their UK touring debut, Queen Machine are the go-to tribute band for the Official International Queen Fan Club and are one of the most popular bands in their native Denmark and neighbouring Scandinavian countries where they repeatedly sell out shows.

Joining them will be musical theatre performer Kerry Ellis, who originated the role of Meat, in Queen musical We Will Rock You. Since then, she’s forged a long-standing musical relationship and friendship with Queen guitarist Brian May, who describes the stage star as having “Britain’s most beautiful voice”. He produced her debut album Anthems, and they jointly released the follow up Golden Days in 2017, as well as extensively touring the UK and Europe together.

Conducting the tour will be Matthew Freeman, a platinum and gold disc award-winning conductor and arranger. He originally reworked the music of Queen for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and conducted their Symphonic Queen concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 and 2014. The Symphonic Queen album was released in 2016.

Bjarke Baisner fronts Queen Machine, sounding and looking like a young Freddie Mercury, joined by Peter Møller Jeppesen on guitar, Henrik Østergaard on keys, Jens Lunde on bass and Paolo Romano Torquati on drums.

The Official International Queen Fan Club hails Queen Machine as: “Quite simply one of THE best Queen tribute bands we have ever had at any of our events – don’t miss them.”

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “For fans of the incredible music of Queen this promises to be a must-see show. Brian May describes Kerry Ellis’s voice as ‘perfect’, and she’s long been associated with her versions of Queen tracks.

“Bringing together the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra with the powerhouse performances of Kerry and Queen Machine, to perform those iconic hits – We Will Rock You, Killer Queen, Somebody To Love, Barcelona and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody – promises to create a truly sensational celebration of one of the most iconic bands in musical history.”

Since forming in 2018, the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra have recorded for Sir Cliff Richard’s Rise Up album and performed live with the Trevor Horn Band on Trevor Horn Reimagines The 80s at the Southbank Centre.

Tickets to see Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis go on sale at from Thursday April 18 from www.cuffeandtaylor.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Images: Jon Rhodes

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA’S FOX-TOT! HAS WORLD PREMIERE AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE THIS AUGUST

Fox-tot!, a new opera for children aged 12 to 24 months, has its world premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

This Scottish Opera co-commission with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, is composed by former Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Lliam Paterson. Last year, his acclaimed ‘opera for babies’, BambinO, had sell-out performances at the Fringe, in Paris and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Fox-tot!  will be performed at Edinburgh Academy from 2 to16 August. It then goes to Royal & Derngate, Northampton, from 27 August to 1 September, and tours around Scotland in Spring 2020.

Directed by Roxana Haines (Edgar 2018) and designed by Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017), the 45-minute show for toddlers is an engaging mix of music and puppetry, performed by mezzo-soprano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Katie Grosset (The Opera Factory 2018), and countertenor Daniel Keating-Roberts (The 8th Door 2017). They are joined by cellist Laura Sergeant and percussionist Michael D Clark, who both performed in BambinO.

Sung in English, Lliam’s new work takes inspiration from French baroque dances and contemporary opera. It tells the story of a little fox sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures, including a cat, a butterfly and a frog. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

Scottish Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, Jane Davidson, said: ‘Fox-tot! is Scottish Opera’s most recent foray into creating opera for children.

‘Building on their BambinO experiences, our babies are now toddlers; discovering a delicately coloured sound world rooted in French baroque, complete with a trio of creatures ready to flit, paddle and scamper through the forest with them.

‘Through the music and narrative, Fox-tot! aims to stimulate the little ones’ physical and intellectual curiosity in their surroundings as well as instilling the beginnings of empathy, a critical skill which is arguably the most defining of all human qualities.’

Director Roxana Haines said ‘You are invited to join Fox on a journey of transformation, play, and discovery. In this magical world, who Fox will be is up to Fox, and Mother Vixen’s unconditional love is there no matter what. ‘

Composer Lliam Paterson, continued: ‘A little fox sets out on a magical journey, guided by Mother Vixen. Fox-tot! follows our furry hero on an operatic quest, tailor-made for miniature audiences and their carers! ‘

Fox-tot! is supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels & New Commissions Circle. This project is also part of a Royal & Derngate-led consortium inspiring and supporting the creation of new musicals and operas.

Creative Team

 

Composer                   Lliam Paterson

Director                       Roxana Haines

Designers                    Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli

Puppet designers        Mervyn Millar for Significant Object

 

Cast

 

Mezzo-soprano           Katie Grosset

Countertenor               Daniel Keating-Roberts

Cello                            Laura Sergeant

Percussion                  Michael D Clark

 

Performance Diary

 

Edinburgh Academy

Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2 to 16 Aug (excl. Mondays)

10am & 11.30am

Tickets on sale now from https://tickets.edfringe.com

 

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

27 Aug, 2pm

28 Aug to 1 Sep, 11am & 2pm

 

Spring 2020

Touring Scotland (more information coming soon)

NEWS: Scottish dates for ‘HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES’ starring Vicki Michelle and Julie Coombe

HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES the comedy sketch show starring VICKI MICHELLE with JOSEPHINE PARTRIDGE and JULIE COOMBE will be touring to Scotland on these dates:

April 20th/21st Kilmarnock Palace Theatre

May 4th Arbroath Webster Theatre

May 5th Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre

May 19th Edinburgh Festival Theatre

May 31st Dundee Caird Hall

June 2nd Glasgow Theatre Royal

Hormonal Housewives is a witty, topical, rude and extremely funny three hander starring Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo, Emmerdale) with Josephine Partridge (Top Girls) and Scottish co-writer Julie Coombe, this no-holds-barred show blasts its way through a catalogue of women’s bits: weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, housework, homework, electrolysis, men, sex, working out, staying in, going out, celebrity gossip, a lot of chocolate…and you get the idea. 

For these ‘Hormonal Housewives’ no subject is taboo and no thought too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights by this vivacious cast.

Co-writer and performer Julie Coombe says “I come from a big, working class Glasgow family dominated by strong, wonderful women.  They’re also loud, crazy and fun!  I grew up in Kilwinning in Ayrshire, close to Kilmarnock and Glasgow and was raised by my mum and granny.  We weren’t well off materially but the house was always full of laughter.  If struggle and hardship bring people together I believe it’s laughter that makes it bearable and gets you through – laughter definitely got my gang through.  There is a saying “if you didnae laugh you’d greet”!  It’s true and really, who wouldn’t want to laugh till the tears roll down your face in the company of good pals.  I’ve always been drawn to comedy Scotland’s tremendous comedy heritage is hugely inspiring.  I’m really looking forward to performing ‘Hormonal Housewives’ in Scotland – I hope audiences will find it as funny as I do!”

Vicki Michelle is known globally for her role as waitress Yvette in the award winning and long running British comedy TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo; she has been a regular cast member of Emmerdale and Doctors and has starred alongside Ray Winstone and Idris Elba in All In The Game, Hugh Bonneville in Silent Hours and Keith Lemon and Robbie Williams in The Keith and Paddy Picture Show. Vicki’s many TV credits include I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Masterchef, The Wright Stuff; she made her West End debut with Dudley Moore in Play It Again Sam, and her theatrical credits range from playing Marilyn Monroe in Hello Norma Jean to Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. 
Film credits include The Greek Tycoon with Anthony Quinn, and the award-winning Grimaldi: The Funnest Man In The World with The Chuckle Brothers and David Essex.  Vicki hosts her own weekly radio show Vix Mix on Phoenix 98FM in Essex and has presented numerous awards ceremonies.  She served as Executive Producer on the Ray Cooney film Run For Your Wife and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her extensive services to charity.  She is patron of two young people’s theatre schools in London and Kent and the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

In her final term at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 Josephine Partridge met her future husband, moved to Wales, raised a family and ran drama classes for young children.  In 2017 she decided to return to the stage and landed the leading role of Marlene in Caryl Churchill’s classic 1982 play Top Girls which had a successful run at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre.  Recently she performed a piece she’d written for the London-based theatre company Bee In My Beanie.  “I’m so excited about joining the cast of Hormonal Housewives,” says Josephine.  “It’s my first theatrical tour and I’m really looking forward to working with Vicki and Julie and going to different theatres around the country.  My character is well into keeping fit and tries to get the other two involved! I have a physical fitness background and I’m training to be a personal trainer – Vicki’s and Julie’s characters are definitely not on the same page as my character when it comes to going to the gym!”

David Janson has directed numerous pantomimes, plays and children’s theatre productions.  He started his career as an actor at the age of 9 appearing in the West End production of Oliver!, the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, and in the RSC season at Stratford.  He spent three years in one of TV’s first soap operas, The Newcomers, and gained acclaim in Get Some In, Don’t Rock the Boat and Grundy. He played Herr Flick in the last series of ‘Allo ‘Allo.

David’s directing credits include Ray Cooney’s Tom Dick & Harry, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and The Other Side of Chris Barrie.  He was a member of the creative team for Bloodbath – The Musical featuring Antony Costa, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009.  David’s extensive pantomime credits include Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Peter Pan and he has worked with many household names including Gareth Gates, Bobby Davro, Matthew Kelly, Sue Hodge, Toyah Willcox, Lorraine Chase, John Altman, Kerry Ellis.

David is also an established voiceover artist and director and was UK voice director for the Disney Corporation on My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Pooh Halloween and The Heffalump Movie. 

 

NEWS: New spring/summer season of performance unveiled at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Powered by passion and performance, the professionals-in-training at Scotland’s national conservatoire unleash an eclectic and electrifying new season – and it’s three months of not-to-be-missed music, drama, dance, opera and musical theatre.

Expect sumptuous symphony and jazz orchestras and experimental electronics, bold new dance works and powerful drama productions as well as the UK staged premiere of opera Dead Man Walking, which packs an emotional punch. There’s also a chance to take a look behind the scenes, for the line-up includes the annual exhibition of artistry and craftsmanship from the backstage stars who make the magic happen – think fabulous set and costume designs, scenic paintings and props.

The spring/summer season runs from April 15 to June 28 and the full what’s on guide can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/RCSWhatsOn

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We are driven by performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland so it’s always exciting to unveil a new programme of events where we can showcase the outstanding talent across our art forms. We teach all of the performing arts at Scotland’s national conservatoire and, with more than 600 performances every year, there are plenty of opportunities for audiences to experience wonderful and wide-ranging productions while supporting the next generation of artists and performers as they prepare for the professional world.”

Spring/summer highlights include:

Music: RCS Symphony Orchestra Concert

The concert, on April 28, is a celebration of the partnership between RCS and Gleneagles, which supports the development of artistic talent in Scotland. Glasgow’s City Halls is the setting for the last symphony orchestra concert of the season which features RCS Artistic Director of Conducting Garry Walker, Leverhulme Conducting Fellow June-Sung Park and pianist Daniel Hart, winner of the RCS 2018 Concerto Competition.

Music: Plug Festival

The annual festival of experimental new music is back with a bang with ten concerts, more than 50 composers and special guest artists. It’s a diverse, sonic feast where contemporary jazz meets classical, live musicians pair with electronics on the RCS multichannel sound system and the Craig Armstrong Prize brings new works from Alex Mackay, Electra Perivolaris and Aidan Teplitzky. Visiting artists include Red Note, Brodick Quartet, Glasgow New Music Expedition (GNME) with Plug composer-in-residence Philip Venables, Singh Quartet and pioneering electronic musician, Vessel (Sebastian Gainsborough). It runs from May 3.

Opera: UK staged premiere of Dead Man Walking

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland brings the UK staged premiere of critically acclaimed opera Dead Man Walking to Glasgow. The thought-provoking production – a true story of redemption – is based on the book by Louisiana nun Sister Helen Prejean, who becomes the spiritual adviser to a convicted murderer on death row. The opera, by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally, runs from May 18.

Dance: Modern Ballet Graduation Performance

 

A thrilling mix of classical and contemporary works with newly commissioned pieces and repertoire from leading choreographers including Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director/Chief Executive, Diana Loosmore and Owen Montague with music from the Broen Ensemble. The annual showcase, from June 13, features students from all three year groups of the BA Modern Ballet degree course, which is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet.

Exhibition: Production Arts and Design Showcase

All RCS ballets, operas, musicals and plays are made possible by the tireless work and attention to detail of Production Arts and Design and Production Technology and Management students. This showcase, from June 26, includes examples of set and costume design, scenic painting and construction and propmaking with pieces originally created for RCS productions, as well as personal projects. The event is curated by the students of the BA Production Arts and Design programme and is supported technically by volunteers from the BA Production Technology and Management degree course.

Drama: Blue Stockings and San Diego

Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings, from May 17, is the story of four young women fighting for their right to university education in 1896. David Greig’s San Diego, from May 29, is an unnerving and unpredictable play inspired by his first trip to America. Both productions, performed by final year BA Acting students, will be staged in Glasgow and London’s Arcola Theatre.

Drama: On The Verge festival

A festival of big ideas and small material resources, this is a step into the unknown and an invitation to audiences to share in the exploratory processes of emerging artists from the MA Classical and Contemporary Text and BA Acting programmes. It’s at Stereo and The Old Hairdresser’s from June 11.

Musical Theatre: Pippin and Candid Cabaret @ The Tron

Pippin is a young man searching for meaning and significance in his life. The award-winning Broadway production follows Pippin as he dives into mess, magic, love and despair in this circus of self-actualization. It runs from May 21 (preview) in The National Piping Centre.

Candid Cabaret @ The Tron, from June 6, is a sparkling selection of solo cabaret performances, everything from pop and rock to jazz and blues, in the intimate setting of the Tron Theatre’s Vic Bar.

Exchange Talks: a series of free public events in which members of staff, academia and the professions share their research insights on art, society and issues that matter. Jess Thorpe has been working with men and women in Scottish prisons for ten years. Her talk on April 22 explores the potential of devised theatre as a radical act of community and as a vehicle for dialogue and connection in the context of incarceration.

Music: Traditional Music Vocal Showcase and Masters Performance

Traditional Music students present an evening of acoustic song at Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church on May 3 which focuses on Scots and Gaelic repertoire. On May 10 at RCS, Masters students from the Traditional Music department perform their end-of-year recitals as part of this impressive showcase.

Music: Jazz Orchestra: Sketches of Spain

Sketches of Spain draws freely on J. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and the result is a vivid reimagining in stunning orchestral colour. The concert, on May 2, features guest soloist, trumpeter Gerard Presencer, and is directed by Professor Tommy Smith OBE.

The Royal Conservatoire is committed to making performances accessible to as many people as possible. There is a programme of performances which are captioned, British Sign Language interpreted and audio described. For D/deaf and hard of hearing patrons, the Deaf Theatre Club offers tickets for any accessible performances for £5. Concession prices are available and the Tickets26 initiative gives those under 26 access to any performance for just £5 (conditions apply). View the What’s On guide and book tickets at www.rcs.ac.uk/boxoffice.

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA ANNOUNCES 2019/20 SEASON

Stuart Stratford, Scottish Opera Music Director and Alex Reedijk, General Director. Scottish Opera 2019

Scottish Opera has unveiled its 2019/20 Season which includes a European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival, three further new productions, one revival, six titles in the Opera in Concert series, and the world premiere of a new ‘opera for toddlers’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A truly international line-up of singers appears throughout the Season. Making their debuts with the Company are Trevor Eliot Bowes, Orla Boylan, Wallis Giunta, Eric Greene, Byron Jackson and Sydney Mancasola.

There are welcome return visits from Evez Abdulla, Mark Le Brocq, Richard Burkhard, Emma Carrington, Sioned Gwen Davies, Aidan Edwards, Jennifer France, Morten Grove Frandsen, Ric Furman, Justina Gringyte, Katie Grosset, Aled Hall, Hanna Hipp, Charlotte Hoather, Paul Carey Jones, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Ellie Laugharne, Jessica Leary, Hye-Youn Lee, Nicholas Lester, Jamie MacDougall, Ben McAteer, William Morgan, Lancelot Nomura, Clare Presland, Sarah Pring, Daniel Keating-Roberts, Duncan Rock, Natalya Romaniw, David Shipley, Michel de Souza, Julia Sporsén, David Stout, Richard Suart, Elgan Llŷr Thomas, Freddie Tong, Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Roland Wood and Dingle Yandell.

Alex Reedijk, General Director, said: ‘This Season, Scottish Opera brings a diverse range of titles, including 12 operas, to audiences in over 50 venues all over Scotland and beyond. From 20th century masterpieces by Benjamin Britten and John Adams to much-loved works by Gilbert & Sullivan and Puccini, and an intriguing Opera in Concert series curated by Music Director Stuart Stratford, there is a wonderful array of operatic fare.

‘Directing our full-scale productions are five great talents: Jonathan Cocker, who is reviving Anthony’s Besch’s iconic Tosca which opens the Season; John Fulljames; Dominic Hill; Tom Morris and Stuart Maunder. Creative partnerships are crucial to what we do, so it’s thrilling to be working alongside festivals, companies and opera houses locally, nationally and internationally. The Company is greatly looking forward to returning to the Lammermuir Festival, and to taking Missy Mazzoli’s sensational Breaking the Waves to the Edinburgh International Festival.

‘The ever-inventive Outreach and Education Department builds on the success of our work for young children with the world premiere of Fox-tot!, by the brilliant, young Scottish composer Lliam Paterson, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Scottish Opera Young Company returns to the stage with Sondheim; we present three Dementia Friendly performances as well as Spinning Songs and Memory Spinners workshops; and we tour Pop-up Opera, The Opera Factory and our Primary Schools Tour.’

Stuart Stratford, Scottish Opera Music Director, added: ‘We are committed to exploring some lesser known repertoire in our Opera in Concert performances, and I am delighted that we are continuing our Mascagni odyssey with a double bill of Zanetto, performed with Wolf- Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret. Mascagni’s Iris is also not to be missed, and the series comes full circle to finish with Cavalleria rusticana, the piece that catapulted Mascagni to success. It is paired with Leoncavallo’s Zingari. Another rarity can be heard in our semi-staged performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Utopia, Limited, which stands alongside our new touring production of The Gondoliers.

‘I am thrilled our new Season gets underway at the Edinburgh International Festival with the European premiere of Breaking the Waves by the exciting American composer, Missy Mazzoli. Nixon in China is another modern American classic. It still resonates with today’s global politics, and it changed the rulebook of what contemporary opera could be. John Adams’ soundworld continues to influence generations of new composers. Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream completes our trio of work from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a new staging by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director, Dominic Hill.’

Season 2019/20 Productions

Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves has its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August.

Tony Award-winning Tom Morris, Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, whose previous work includes War HorseTouching the Void, and The Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, directs this dark and daring opera. Set and costume designs are by Soutra Gilmour.

Based on Lars von Trier’s award-winning film, Mazzoli’s opera caused a sensation when it premiered in 2016, winning the 2017 Best New Opera Award from the Music Critics Association of North America. It was also shortlisted for an International Opera Award.

The opera, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek, tells the story of Bess, a young woman living in a deeply religious community in the Scottish Highlands in the 1970s. The cast includes American soprano Sydney Mancasola, Edinburgh-born baritone Duncan Rock and Irish-Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta, winner of the 2018 International Opera Awards’ Young Singer of the Year. Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Co-presented by Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera and Edinburgh International Festival, Breaking the Waves is a co-production with Opera Ventures and Houston Grand Opera, in association with Bristol Old Vic. It has been made possible with support from Howard and Sarah Solomon Foundation, Denise Coates Foundation, Karl Sydow, Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and a syndicate of donors.

Puccini’s Tosca, in a production originally directed by Anthony Besch and designed by Peter Rice in 1980, opens Scottish Opera’s main season in October.  Set in 1940s Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini’s dictatorship, this ill-fated romance plays out against a backdrop of political corruption and intrigue. Revived by director Jonathan Cocker and conducted by Stuart Stratford, this much-loved production stars Natalya Romaniw (Eugene Onegin 2018) in the title role, Gwyn Hughes Jones (Il trovatore 2015) as Cavaradossi and Roland Wood (Pelléas & Mélisande 2017) as Scarpia. Tosca is supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate.

In February, John Fulljames, Director of Opera at The Royal Danish Theatre, directs John Adams’ iconic opera, Nixon in China, inspired by President Richard Nixon’s much-publicised 1972 visit to Communist China. A Scottish Opera premiere, this is a new co-production with The Royal Danish Theatre and Teatro Real Madrid.

Acclaimed Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro leads an exciting cast including Eric Greene as Richard Nixon; Julia Sporsén (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018); Mark Le Brocq (Anthropocene 2019); Nicholas Lester (The Trial 2017) and Hye-Youn Lee (La bohème 2017). The libretto is by Alice Goodman and the designer is Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016).

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, returns to Scottish Opera to direct Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is joined by designer Tom Piper, famed for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London. Stuart Stratford conducts a cast that includes David Shipley (Rigoletto 2018), a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme; countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen, a winner of Denmark’s Reumert Talent prize; former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France (Anthropocene 2019); and Scottish tenor and BBC broadcaster Jamie MacDougall (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018).  Audiences also have the chance to see a new work by Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli, titled Hermia’s Nightmare. Performed in the foyer before each show, it explores scenes from Shakespeare’s play that were not included by Britten in his score. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle.

The 2019/20 Season closes with Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, directed by Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director at State Opera South Australia, and designed by Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016). The whimsical opera, in a new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera and State Opera South Australia, tells the story of two happy-go-lucky gondoliers who discover that one of them is, in fact, heir to the throne of a distant kingdom. Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, conducts an ensemble cast that includes ENO Harewood Artist William Morgan (The Magic Flute 2019), Ellie Laugharne (The Pirates of Penzance 2013), Ben McAteer (The Mikado 2016), Sioned Gwen Davies (Rigoletto 2018) and G&S favourite Richard Suart (The Mikado 2016).  As well as performances in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh, The Gondoliers tours to London’s Hackney Empire. This production is supported by Scottish Opera’s ‘Play A Supporting Role’ Appeal.

Opera in Concert

Scottish Opera Music Director, Stuart Stratford, has once again curated a programme of rarely-performed works in this Season’s Opera in Concert series, supported by the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust and the Friends of Scottish Opera. The semi-staged performances explore further the verismo works of Pietro Mascagni and a lesser-known piece by Gilbert & Sullivan in several firsts for Scottish Opera, and for Scotland.

In September, the Company returns to the award-winning Lammermuir Festival in East Lothian with a double-bill of Mascagni’s Zanetto (a Scottish Opera premiere) and Susanna’s Secret by Wolf-Ferrari. Soloists including Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Hanna Hipp (Kátya Kabanová 2019), Richard Burkhard (The Magic Flute 2019) and Clare Presland (Rusalka 2016) are conducted by David Parry (La traviata 2017), and directed by Rosie Purdie.

Performed in the beautiful, mediaeval St Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington, the venue for 2018’s Scottish Opera performance of The Burning Fiery Furnace, Zanetto is set in the hills above Renaissance Florence, and tells the story of Silvia, a lonely courtesan who has lost her faith in love, until she meets a wandering minstrel.

It is performed alongside the sophisticated and charming Susanna’s Secret, the perfect comedic contrast, in which a husband who smells smoke on his wife’s clothes accuses her of cheating.

In December, Opera in Concert features the Scottish Opera premiere of Mascagni’s Iris at City Halls, Glasgow. A gripping tale of innocence lost, Iris includes the stunning ‘Hymn to the Sun’, which is often hailed as the composer’s finest writing. Stuart Stratford conducts soloists including Ric Furman (Kátya Kabanová 2019), Natalya Romaniw (Eugene Onegin 2018) and Roland Wood (Pelléas and Mélisande 2017). Roxana Haines (Edgar 2018) directs.

The passionate and lyrical Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni is performed in May 2020 at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Telling the tale of a young Sicilian villager who returns from war to find his fiancée has married someone else, conductor Stuart Stratford has chosen to pair it with Leoncavallo’s lesser-known work Zingari, another Scottish Opera premiere. With a parallel narrative that sees another love triangle go disastrously wrong, Zingari is based on Pushkin’s The Gypsies. Orpha Phelan directs soloists including Evez Abdulla, Justina Gringyte and Julia Sporsén.

The Opera in Concert series ends with a semi-staged performance of Utopia, Limited. A new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera and State Opera South Australia, this Scottish Opera premiere has an updated libretto by director Stuart Maunder, and a new musical version by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, who also conducts. Wittily satirising the British Empire’s politics, monarchy and press, Gilbert & Sullivan’s penultimate opera is performed by the cast of The Gondoliers, and designed by Dick Bird. Utopia, Limited tours to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Hackney Empire in London.

Opera Highlights

Supported by the Friends of Scottish Opera, the ever-popular Opera Highlights goes on the road again this Season, visiting 34 venues around Scotland from Stonehaven to Stranraer, in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020. The varied programme of music curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, sees four singers and a pianist perform works by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Gilbert & Sullivan, and a new piece by Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli.

Roxana Haines (Edgar 2018) directs two different casts of exciting new talent including Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists for 2019/20 – soprano Charlie Drummond, former young artist at the National Opera Studio; baritone Mark Nathan, recent graduate from the Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; and baritone Arthur Bruce, a former member of the Scottish Opera Young Company also recently graduated from the RCS Opera School.

Fox-tot! – an opera for toddlers

The world premiere of Fox-tot!, a new opera for toddlers aged one to two, is presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. It has been written by Lliam Paterson, composer of the acclaimed BambinO, which last year toured to Paris and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and is directed by Roxana Haines (Edgar 2018).

For this new Scottish Opera co-commission with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Lliam has taken inspiration from French baroque dances and contemporary opera. A little fox goes on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures. Stretched out in the sun as a cat, soaring in the sky as a butterfly, it’s fun to be someone else. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

Designed by Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017), the 45-minute show is an engaging mix of music and puppetry, performed by mezzo-soprano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Katie Grosset (The Opera Factory 2018), and countertenor Daniel Keating-Roberts (The 8th Door 2017). They are joined by cellist Laura Sergeant and percussionist Michael D Clark, who both performed in BambinO.

Following the Edinburgh Festival Fringe dates at Edinburgh Academy, Fox-tot! tours to Royal and Derngate, Northampton in August and September, and around Scotland in Spring 2020.

Fox-tot! is supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels, New Commissions Circle and using public funding by Arts Council England.

Scottish Opera Young Company

Scottish Opera Young Company, for 17 to 25 year olds, will perform Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along in Glasgow in the Spring of 2020. Young Company Artistic Director Jonathon Swinard conducts Sondheim’s multi-Olivier Award-winning work, which was specifically written for young adult voices. A dark tale of ambition and disillusion, it tells the story of Franklin Shepard whose career has seen him go from penniless composer to Hollywood impresario. Merrily We Roll Along is supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.

Pop-up Opera

Three brilliant Pop-up Opera shows hit the road this summer in Scottish Opera’s specially adapted trailer at festivals and events around Scotland: A Little Bit of Iolanthe (supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust), A Little Bit of Magic Flute, and Puffy McPuffer and The Crabbit Canals, for five to eight year olds. Each performance is 25 minutes long and brought to life by storyteller Ross Stenhouse, sopranos Jessica Leary and Charlotte Hoather, baritone Aidan Edwards, instrumentalists and colourful illustrations. The tour includes Perth Festival of the Arts, Dunfermline, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Old Kilpatrick, Barrhead, Giffnock, Borders Book Festival, Dirleton, Callander, Cupar Arts EDEN, Aboyne & Deeside Festival, Haddington Show and Glasgow Canal Festival. Pop-up Opera is supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.

Emerging Artists

The Scottish Opera Emerging Artists programme, which offers young talent a period of full-time work with the Company to help launch their careers, will this Season include soprano Charlie Drummond, baritones Arthur Bruce and Mark Nathan, and Samuel Bordoli who continues as Composer in Residence. The name of a costume trainee and repetiteur are still to be announced.

Emerging Artist singers perform in a number of this Season’s productions and tours, and in recitals at the University of St Andrews, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and University of Glasgow, and are supported by The Robertson Trust, Elizabeth Salvesen and Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artist Benefactors.

Scottish Opera Education and Outreach

Amadeus & The Bard is an original piece, conceived, written and directed by Mary McCluskey, former Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre. It explores the surprising number of parallels between Mozart and Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Performed by Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Arthur Bruce, soprano and Samling Young Artist Stephanie Stanway and renowned actor Andy Clark, alongside a four-voice ensemble from the Scottish Opera Young Company, the programme is curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. It celebrates the work of the two 18th-century Enlightenment giants, from the magical and mystical in The Magic Flute and Tam O’ Shanter to the love music of Don Giovanni and A Red, Red Rose. The Music Director and pianist is Karen MacIver, one half of award-winning duo PianoPiano.

Amadeus & The Bard tours this Autumn to Earlston, Kirkcudbright, Annan, Cumnock, Ayr, Largs, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley. It is supported by Edith Rudinger Gray Charitable Trust and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.

In the Spring and Summer of 2020, the ever-popular Primary Schools Tour, for children in primaries five to seven, revives Warriors! The Emperor’s Incredible Army. It offers kids the chance to participate in high quality, day-long music theatre workshops, culminating in a performance for parents and guests. Commissioned in partnership with the five Scottish Confucius Institutes, music is by Alan Penman with words by Ross Stenhouse.

The Opera Factory, written and presented by Allan Dunn, returns this summer. Primary 3 pupils go on a whirlwind music adventure to find out how opera is made. The production is supported by online resources designed to reinforce key learning outcomes of A Curriculum for Excellence for Level 1.

Scottish Opera’s Community Choir, open to adults of all ages and conducted by Katy Lavinia Cooper, starts up again in September. The choir sings a mixture of opera, classical, popular, folk and world music, and meets every Wednesday at Theatre Royal Glasgow.

Dementia Friendly

There will be three Dementia Friendly performances of Tosca, in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. This fully-staged, shortened version of the show features presenter Allan Dunn, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a cast of singers. Lighting levels in the auditorium are adjusted and audiences are able to come in and out of the auditorium or watch in the bar on TV screens if they prefer.  Scottish Opera staged the UK’s first Dementia Friendly opera performance in November 2016, with The Marriage of Figaro at Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

Memory Spinners, shortlisted in the Best Community Initiative category of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017, continues to meet weekly in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Airdrie. The groups – for people living with dementia and their carers – help them relax and get creative using music, storytelling, movement and the visual arts.

Weekly Spinning Songs in East Kilbride and Edinburgh are also taking place. This new intergenerational project for pre-school and primary children and elderly people helps participants develop their musical and expressive arts skills to create original songs that reflect life in their local communities.

Insights into opera

Opera Unwrapped performances offer a one-hour opera taster, ideal for anyone curious to learn more about the art form, how a show is created or some backstage secrets. There are Unwrapped performances of Tosca, Nixon in China and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audiences can also find out more about the opera they are seeing in pre-show talks. People with a visual impairment can enjoy the full opera experience at audio-described performances, where a live commentary describes the action on stage without compromising the music.

Breaking the Waves (Missy Mazzoli)

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (Part of the Edinburgh International Festival)

21, 23, 24 Aug 2019, 7.15pm

 

Tosca (Puccini)

Theatre Royal Glasgow

16, 18, 22, 26 Oct 2019, 7.15pm
20 Oct 2019, 3pm
Dementia Friendly Performance 24 Oct 2019, 3pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen                                       

31 Oct | 2 Nov 2019, 7.15pm
Dementia Friendly Performance 1 Nov 2019, 3pm

Eden Court, Inverness

5, 7, 9 Nov 2019, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

14, 21, 23 Nov 2019, 7.15pm
17 Nov 2019, 3pm
Dementia Friendly Performance 19 Nov 2019, 3pm

 

Nixon in China (John Adams)

Theatre Royal Glasgow

18, 20, 22 Feb 2020, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

27, 29 Feb 2019, 7.15pm

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Benjamin Britten)

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

31 Mar | 2, 4 Apr 2020, 7.15pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow

21, 23, 25 Apr 2020, 7.15pm

 

The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan)

Theatre Royal Glasgow

14, 15, 16, 22, 23 May 2020 7.15pm
17 May 2020, 2.30pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

28, 29, 30 May 2020, 7.15pm

Eden Court, Inverness

3, 4, 5, 6 Jun 2020, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
10, 11, 13 Jun 2020, 7.15pm
13 Jun 2020, 2.30pm

Hackney Empire, London

15,16,18 Jul 2020, 7.30pm

16, 18 Jul 2020, 2.30pm

 

Opera in Concert

Lammermuir Festival, St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington | 20 Sep 2019, 7.30pm

Zanetto (Mascagni) and Susanna’s Secret (Wolf-Ferrari)

On sale 28 May 2019 at www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk

 

City Halls, Glasgow | 1 Dec 2019, 3pm

Iris (Mascagni)

 

Usher Hall, Edinburgh | 2 May 2020, 7.30pm

Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni) and Zingari (Leoncavallo)

 

Theatre Royal Glasgow | 21 May 2020, 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh | 12 Jun 2020, 7.15pm

Hackney Empire, London | 17 Jul 2020, 7.30pm

Utopia, Limited (Gilbert & Sullivan)

 

Opera Highlights

Autumn 2019

12 Sep to 19 Oct

Touring to Motherwell, Stirling, Stonehaven, Tain, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Oban, Galashiels, Perth, Dunfermline, Thurso, Kirkwall, Ellon, Stranraer, Greenock & Musselburgh

 

Spring 2020

4 Feb to 14 Mar

Touring to Bathgate, Birnam, Markinch, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Arrochar, Bunessan, Arisaig, Beauly, Cumnock, Castle Douglas, Callander, Lerwick, Peebles, Fochabers, Alford & Rutherglen

 

Fox-tot! (Lliam Paterson)

Edinburgh Academy (Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

2 to 16 Aug 2019 (excluding Mondays), 10am and 11.30am

Tickets on sale now from https://tickets.edfringe.com/

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

27 Aug 2019, 2pm

28 Aug to 1 Sep 2019, 11am and 2pm

 

Touring Scotland Spring 2020

 

Scottish Opera Young Company – Merrily We Roll Along (Sondheim)

Glasgow

Spring 2020

 

Amadeus & The Bard

9 Sep to 12 Oct 2019

Touring to Earlston, Kirkcudbright, Annan, Cumnock, Ayr, Largs, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Paisley

 

Pop-up Opera

24 May to 20 July 2019

Tour includes Perth Festival of the Arts, Dunfermline, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Old Kilpatrick, Barrhead, Giffnock, Borders Book Festival, Dirleton, Callander, Cupar Arts EDEN, Aboyne & Deeside Festival, Haddington Show & Glasgow Canal Festival

 

Emerging Artists Recitals

University of St Andrews | Wed 20 Nov 2019

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland | Fri 10 Jan 2020

University of Glasgow | Thu 16 Jan 2020

 

Opera Unwrapped

 

Tosca

Glasgow |Mon 21 Oct 2019, 6pm

Inverness | Fri 8 Nov 2019, 6pm

Edinburgh | Mon 18 Nov 2019, 6pm

 

Nixon in China

Glasgow | Fri 21 Feb 2020, 6pm

Edinburgh | Fri 28 Feb 2020, 6pm

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Edinburgh | Wed 1 Apr 2020, 6pm

Glasgow | Wed 22 Apr 2020, 6pm

 

Pre-show talks

 

Tosca

Glasgow | Sat 26 Oct 2019, 6pm

Aberdeen |Sat 2 Nov 2019, 6pm

Inverness | Sat 9 Nov 2019, 6pm

Edinburgh | Sat 23 Nov 2019, 6pm

 

Nixon in China

Glasgow | Sat 22 Feb 2020, 6pm

Edinburgh | Sat 29 Feb 2020, 6pm

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Edinburgh | Sat 4 Apr 2020, 6pm

Glasgow | Sat 25 Apr 2020, 6pm

 

The Gondoliers
Glasgow | Sat 23 May 2020, 6pm

Aberdeen | Sat 30 May 2020, 6pm

Inverness |Sat 6 Jun 2020, 6pm

Edinburgh | Sat 13 Jun 2020, 6pm

London | Sat 18 Jul 2020, 6pm

 

Audio-described performances

 

Breaking the Waves

Edinburgh | Fri 23 Aug 2019, 7.15pm

 

Tosca

Glasgow | Sat 26 Oct 2019, 7.15pm

Aberdeen | Sat 2 Nov 2019, 7.15pm

Inverness | Sat 9 Nov 2019, 7.15pm

Edinburgh | Sun 17 Nov 2019, 3pm

 

Nixon in China

Glasgow | Sat 22 Feb 2020, 7.15pm

Edinburgh | Sat 29 Feb 2020, 7.15pm

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Edinburgh | Sat 4 Apr 2020,7.15pm

Glasgow | Sat 25 Apr 2020, 7.15pm

 

The Gondoliers

Glasgow | Sat 23 May 2020, 7.15pm

Aberdeen | Sat 30 May 2020, 7.15pm

Inverness | Sat 6 Jun 2020, 7.15pm

Edinburgh | Sat 13 Jun 2020, 2.30pm

 

Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 1.45pm for matinees.

(1.15pm for The Gondoliers on 13 Jun 2020).

Images: James Glossop

NEWS: Ayr Gaiety’s just-announced pantomime cast get ready for the climb of their life

The Gaiety Theatre in association with Ken Alexander and Fraser Boyle have announced the cast and creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk their new pantomime for 2019.

Reach dizzy heights in the village of Auchinfleg as Sir Hector, Laird of Auchinfleg (David McGowan: Trust Me) and his villagers who try to escape the tyranny of the evil Giant and his wicked sidekick Sluggie Thunderpants. (Karen Bartke: Scot Squad) With the help of Fairy Bluebell (Kirsty Malone: Sunshine on Leith) can Jack (Gavin Jon Wright: River City) rescue his mother Dame Aggie Trott (Chris Forbes: Scot Squad) and their family dairy from certain disaster?

The Gaiety’s creative team is headed up by writer-director Ken Alexander who is joined by co-writer Fraser Boyle, Assistant Director & Choreographer Chris J. Stuart-Wilson, Musical Director Stuart William Fleming, Lighting Designer and Set & Costume Design by Mark Walters and Glitter Pantomimes.

With cow-ntless costume changes, incredible live moosic, glittering scenery and family-friendly fun they promise plenty to keep you amoosed this Christmas at The Gaiety.

[Further casting to be announced]

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK:  Tuesday 26th November 2019– Sunday 5th January 2020 [VARIOUS TIMES]

BSL, AUDIO DESCRIBED & RELAXED PERFORMANCES AVAILABLE

TICKETS: Premium: £22/£21 Standard: £19.50/£18.50  Economy: £17.50/£16.50   Balcony/Restricted View: £14   Family Ticket: £72

CAST

Karen Bartke  – Sluggie Thunderpants

Karen first found her feet as a member of Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre before studying at the University of Glasgow.

On screen she is best known as Officer Karen in the BAFTA winning mockumentary Scot Squad (Comedy Unit).  She was also recently seen in Coronation Street in several episodes as one of the doctors caring for a sepsis stricken Jack Webster.

Stage roles include originating the character of Suzy/Sajida in My Name Is… (Tamasha Theatre, UK Tour) for which she was nominated for an Off West End Award and an Asian Culture, Theatre & Arts Award in the Best Actress categories.

Additional stage credits include Tracks of the Winter Bear (Traverse Theatre); The Man Who Had All The Luck (Sell A Door/Mull Theatre UK tour); There’s Something About Mary Queen of Scots (Ree Productions); No Time Has Passed in Hippoland (Sonic Boom); Pygmalion(GTP); Twelfth Night (Goodnightout Theatre) Karen also performs as a member of Q Fusion Improv, as part of the sketch comedy shows Man vs. Woman and Alchemy and in her spare time Karen is quite literally a singer in a band with classic rock’n’roll party band The Sentinels.

Fairy Bluebell – Kirsty Malone

Kirsty trained on the Musical Theatre Course at The Dance School of Scotland until she was 18 when she moved to London to study Classical Music at the University of London.  After graduating and living in London she went on to study the Masters in Musical Theatre at the RSAMD (now RCS).  Kirsty’s credits include Melania (A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Oran Mor) Six Black Candles (The Glasgow Pavilion), A Matter of Life and Death musical workshop (Citizen’s Theatre) White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Miracle on 34th Street (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Dundee Rep) Sunshine on Leith (No.1 UK Tour) and Quadropheina (No.1 UK Tour). Last summer she filmed for the BBC series Clique, which is currently available on BBC3. Kirsty has also appeared in a number of Pantomimes across Scotland, including at Perth Theatre, The Brunton, The Village Theatre East Kilbride and Lanark Memorial Hall.  She also regularly gigs with her swing group The St. Andrews Sisters, performing at the European Championships, for the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and also at the Ayr Gaiety as part of the Francie and Josie Tribute Show – she is very much looking forward to being back in the theatre – oh yes she is.

Chris Forbes- Dame Aggie Trott

Chris Forbes is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer. As a comic, Forbes has performed all over the world, including America, Australia, Canada, Norway and Dubai. TV credits include Jonathan Creek, Scot Squad, Still Game, Mountain Goats and Only an Excuse. A regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland shows ‘Off the Ball’ and ‘Breaking the News’, Chris has also been commissioned to write and star in his own sitcom creation, ‘The Farm’ for the BBC iPlayer. As a core contributor to BBC Scotland’s online comedy platform, ‘Short Stuff’, Forbes has racked up nearly 20 million views for his comedy sketches.

David McGowan – Sir Hector, Laird of Auchinfleg

David studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York. He has worked extensively in Scottish theatre and television for 25 years. In that time, David has worked with companies both home and abroad including Cumbernauld, Hopscotch, Royal Lyceum, Raindog, TAG, P.A.C.E, MacRoberts, Rab C Nesbitt productions, The Steamie productions, Lee Strasberg Creative Centre (New York), Teatro do Vestido (Lisbon) and five productions for the Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint.TV credits include: Trust Me (BBC) Taggart, The Baldy Man, High Road, Rab C Nesbitt, Children of the Coal and Iron, Pulp Video, Act of Union, Athletico Partick, Acting Shakespeare, In your Face, Case Histories, Waterloo Road. Film credits include: Tickets for the Zoo (Film 4) Being Human (Warner Bros) The Legend of Barney Thomson (Sigma Films). Radio work includes Granpas Green, O’Hara’s Barra, The Basement Tapes, Last Ten. (BBC Radio).

Gavin Jon Wright – Jack Trott

This is Gavin’s first show at The Gaiety and he is awfy chuffed to be part of the production. His travels in Panto-sphere have taken him around the country, from Dumfries, to Arbroath, Pitlochry, Perth, Cumbernauld, Stirling and Glasgow so he is excited to be working somewhere he’s not been before. He’s also worked for a number of theatre companies across Scotland and internationally. Including Tron Theatre, Citizens, Cumbernauld, Random Accomplice, Red Bridge Arts, MacRobert, Perth Theatre, Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse, Grid Iron and a few shows for Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint seasons. On occasion he has also appeared on the telly, on things such as River City, Still Game, Taggart, In Plain Sight, Shetland and Dear Green Place.

NEWS: LIVR – The world’s first on-demand VR theatre platform launches in UK

LIVR, world’s first on-demand VR theatre platform launches in the UK

LIVR, the world’s first on-demand virtual reality content platform for theatre and the performing arts, has arrived.

LIVR offers consumers a fully immersive 360° virtual reality experience that transports them into the audience at great live performances to enjoy as though they were there.

And all that’s needed to get started is a mobile phone and an interest in theatre.

For a monthly subscription of just £5.99, LIVR users get access to an ever-growing library of stunning high-quality VR content to stream on-demand from the comfort of home, as well as a smartphone VR headset absolutely free. LIVR subscribers receive a credit each month to unlock a show of their choice.

Customers can sign up and subscribe now at WWW.LIVR.CO.UK, then download the LIVR app for iOS and Android devices via the AppStore and Google Play Store. LIVR will be available on Oculus Go very soon and is rolling out to all other VR platforms in the coming weeks.

To date, LIVR has captured over 100 productions (and counting) and will be releasing eight exclusive new shows to the platform each month. From brave new works by emerging artists to critically acclaimed productions across multiple genres and formats, there is something for all tastes.

The launch lineup features award-winning shows, Edinburgh Festival smash hits, unique takes on classics, laugh-out-loud comedies and thumping gig-theatre pieces, among many more. Explore current shows here.

With the goal of making the theatre experience more accessible to all; LIVR offers theatre makers a legacy home for their work with the opportunity to reach new audiences long after the run finishes, while offering theatre fans the chance to catch some of the gems they may have otherwise missed.

For more information, visit WWW.LIVR.CO.UK. Create an account for free to keep up with the latest news and show releases, and subscribe for just £5.99 to receive a FREE VR headset and full access to the platform.

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