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NEWS: CASTING REVEALED FOR UK PREMIERE OF AMÉLIE

French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is confirmed to play the iconic altruist Amélie Poulain in the UK’s first musical adaptation of the much-loved, five-time Oscar®-nominated film during its run at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

Telling the story of the imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, Amélie The Musical will be performed from Monday 19 until Saturday 24 August as part of a UK tour.

Audrey Brisson said: “Bonjour, je m’appelle Audrey Brisson et c’est avec un immense plaisir que je m’apprête à jouer le rôle d’Amelie Poulain. That is to say, I am really looking forward to sharing this journey filled with imagination and quirkiness that Amélie will concoct for us. Until then, à bientôt. (Have a raspberry on me!)”

Audrey Brisson’s theatre credits include: The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), Midnight’s Pumpkin and The Wild Bride (Kneehigh), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Songs (Kneehigh), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), The Strada (UK Tour & The Other Palace). Her film credits include: Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood and W.E. directed by Madonna. Television includes: Outlander (Amazon), Money (BBC Two). Radio includes the title role in Amy Dorrit (BBC Radio).

Audrey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She also studied Classical Singing at Cegep St-Laurent, Canada. As a child and teenager, Audrey worked extensively with Cirque Du Soleil as a vocalist and acrobat. She performed in their international tours of Reinvente, Quidamand and the Cirque Du Soleil 30th Anniversary Concert.

Further casting is to be announced.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in…

With music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar®-nominated film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, will be directed by Michael Fentiman.

The original film, Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain, was released in 2001, starring Audrey Tautou and Matthieu Kassovitz. Taking over $33 million in a limited theatrical release, it is to date the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a French film. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four César Awards in 2002 (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including best foreign language film.

Amélie The Musical was first staged in California in 2015 and was described as an ‘enchanting act of theatrical reinvention’ (The Los Angeles Times).

NEWS: SCOTTISH PREMIERE OF MASCAGNI’S SILVANO IN APRIL

In April, Scottish Opera’s 2018/19 Opera in Concert series concludes with the Scottish premiere of Silvano by Pietro Mascagni.

Audiences have two opportunities to see this passionate seafaring tale; at City Halls in Glasgow on Sunday 14 April at 3pm, and Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Tuesday 16 April, at 7.30pm.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts a cast that features acclaimed soprano and former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Emma Bell (above) as Matilde, making her debut with Scottish Opera. Emma is joined by Alexey Dolgov (Iolanta 2017), David Stout (The Burning Fiery Furnace 2018), Leah-Marian Jones (Rusalka 2016), with chorus and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. The semi-staged performances are directed by Roxana Haines (Edgar 2018).

The plot centres on a disastrous love triangle that ends in death and despair. Mascagni revels in this drama and the score, which includes the Barcarolle famously used in Scorsese’s Raging Bull, displays both his signature lyrical lines and a spicy chromaticism that echoes much of Wagner’s work.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford said: ‘One thing I was determined to do when I became Music Director at Scottish Opera was to champion lesser-known pieces by great composers. Mascagni is unjustly cast as a ‘one hit wonder’ and, with the roaring success of Cavalleria Rusticana, most of his other works get overlooked.

‘I was delighted we included his L’amico Fritz in the first Opera in Concert series in 2016, and now it is the turn of Silvano. Mascagni’s writing in this period is deliciously unique and I am sure will inspire you to explore his other neglected works.’

 

 

Silvano Cast and Creative Team

 

Conductor                                                                   Stuart Stratford

Director                                                                       Roxana Haines

Matilde                                                                        Emma Bell  

Silvano                                                                        Alexey Dolgov  

Renzo                                                                         David Stout  

Rosa                                                                           Leah-Marian Jones                         

Silvano  Performance Diary

 

City Halls, Glasgow

Sun 14 Apr, 3pm

 

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 16 Apr, 7.30pm

Image: Paul Foster-Williams

THIS WEEK: Winter Words Festival at Pitlochry

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has an amazing array of shows for this year’s Winter Words Festival from 14 – 17 February:

Thursday, 14 February

Mary Miers and Christina Noble: Journey To A Highland Estate

Enter the wonderful world of the Highland Estate with two fascinating writers. Mary Miers will introduce some of the most dramatic and little-known houses in the romantic north of Scotland, with some specially commissioned images, many from the world famous Country Life picture archive. Christina Noble will focus on one estate – Ardkinglas, a 45,000-acre estate at the head of Loch Fyne – now famous for its Oyster Bar. She’ll tell the story of the estate, based on personal memories, letters and household diaries – from her great-grandfather buying the estate in 1905, to the community Ardkinglas has become today, looking at a Highland estate in the modern world and asking what is it for?

10.00am – 11.00am | £8.50

 

Ken Cox: Adventures In Woodland Gardening

Festival favourite, Ken Cox returns to Winter Words with a talk on Woodland Gardening, detailing how to landscape with Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Camellias. With plenty of gorgeous images, Ken will take audiences through the history and evolution of the woodland gardening style, from Japan and China, to Europe and around the world. Plus insights and advice on designing, managing and restoring woodland gardens. Ken is a third generation woodland gardener at Glendoick, Scotland, a nurseryman and author of 11 books on Scottish gardens, gardening and rhododendrons.

11.30am – 12.30pm | £8.50

 

Chris Townsend: Walking The Spine Of Scotland
Literary Lunch

Chris Townsend, passionate hillwalker and backpacker, is currently Hillwalking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council. Here he turns his attention to the spine of Scotland, ‘The Watershed’ which runs between the Atlantic and the North Sea, covering 1200km and describes his walk along the line where fallen rain runs either west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea, showing us some of the stunning images he’s taken along the way. But this tale isn’t just a travelogue, instead Chris will reflect on nature and history, conservation and rewilding, land use and literature, and change in a time of limitless potential for both better and worse.

12.45pm – 2.15pm | £24.50 includes a two course lunch and coffee or tea.

 

Gary Sutherland: Walk This Way

Gary Sutherland is not your typical nature writer. He lived on the doorstep of the West Highland Way for many years, ignoring it, until one day he started to walk – and walk and walk. Gary tells how hills gave him the heebiejeebies, and forests frightened him. Add to that his deep aversion to most forms of wildlife. Then, one day, he decided to tackle the West Highland Way… and the Great Glen Way… and the Speyside Way. This is a tale – with images – of courage, cows, resilience, feral goats, ambition, Belgians, ludicrous ledges, cataclysmic quagmires and creepy messages spelt out in pine cones!

3.00pm – 4.00pm | £8.50

 

Donald S Murray and John MacLeod: Remembering The Iolaire Disaster

In 1918, more than 200 men perished when His Majesty’s Admiralty Yacht, Iolaire sank, just outside Stornoway Harbour. It was one of the worst shipping disasters in British history. The 100th anniversary of the Iolaire disaster is a time to remember, and we’re doing just that in this event. Donald S. Murray will discuss his fictional account of the tragedy, As The Women Lay Dreaming, while John MacLeod brings us a factual story from the day that so many Scottish hearts were broken. Join us for what will surely be a moving and fascinating discussion.

4.30pm – 5.30pm | £8.50

 

Liz Lochhead with Steve Kettley: Something Old, Something New

A selection of favourites, old and new, from fifty (ouch!) years of bittersweet, polemical, comical, in-character monologues, theatre pieces and performance poems by the former National Poet of Scotland and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Liz Lochhead. Plus bluesy, soulful and playful saxophone stuff from musician, composer and occasional actor, Steve Kettley of long-standing quartet, Steve Kettley’s Odd Times, whose varied career includes work touring the UK and with residencies in New York and Baltimore.

7.30pm – 9.00pm | £12.50

 

Friday, 15 February

 

Donald S Murray and Robin A Crawford: Discovering The Story Of Peat

Peat. The Dark Stuff. Art historian, Robin A Crawford delves Into The Peatlands of the Outer Hebrides over the course of the year, explaining how they have been created and examining how peat has been used from the Bronze Age onwards plus many other aspects, including the wildlife and folklore associated with these lonely, watery places. Playwright-poet, Donald S. Murray’s talk extends from Lewis and the Highlands to the Netherlands and Australia, unpicking how this landscape affected him and the ways that humans have represented the moor in literature, art and folktale. Together their conversation is a fascinating discourse on this most Scottish of materials.

10.00am – 11.00am | £8.50

 

Andy Howard: The Secret Life Of The Mountain Hare

Andy Howard is a wildlife photographer, ecologist, and expert on the mountain hare. “Usually shy, always charming, they can run like the wind and their presence is an indicator of a healthy environment, where predators and prey live their lives in a constantly shifting balance.” In this event Andy will take the audience on a journey with this ultimate survivor, accompanied by his own stunning images.

11.30am – 12.30pm | £8.50

 

Polly Pullar: A Richness Of Martens
Literary Lunch

Polly Pullar is a writer, photographer and field naturalist. She has a particular passion for wildlife, the countryside and in particular remote areas of the Highlands and Islands.

Join Polly for a fascinating insight into the story of the Humphreys family and their pine martens, a much misunderstood animal, and a passionate portrait of one of Scotland’s richest habitats – the oakwoods of Scotland’s Atlantic seaboard. Polly’s previous Winter Words appearances have been festival highlights – knowledgeable and packed with energy!

12.45pm – 2.15pm | £24.50 includes a two course lunch and coffee or tea.

 

Alex Boyd: Pictures Of St. Kilda – The Silent Islands

Alex Boyd’s photographs of the ever-mysterious St. Kilda archipelago show the beauty of the islands, but he also captures the modern signs of military presence – jarring with the empty landscape: the inter-relationship between heritage, myth and Britain’s ongoing role on the world stage as a major weapons producer.

Alex will take you on the journey across the largest isle of Hirta, from the hills above Village Bay, or in the valley of Gleann Mòr beyond, pointing out the structures both ancient and modern built by the St. Kildans themselves.

3.00pm – 4.00pm | £8.50

 

Christopher Baker: J.M.W. Turner, A Life In Watercolour

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was perhaps the most prolific, innovative and one of the best-loved of all British artists. His outstanding watercolours were bequeathed to the National Gallery of Scotland in 1899 by the distinguished collector, Henry Vaughan, and are one of the most popular features of its collection. Join Christopher Baker, Director of the Portrait Gallery, for an illustrated talk that will provide a remarkable overview of many of the most important aspects of Turner’s Career.

4.30pm – 5.30pm | £8.50

 

Doddie Weir: His Name’5 Doddie

Scottish rugby legend, George Wilson Weir is better known to the world as Doddie. Winning 61 caps, he was a fan-favourite of the Scottish crowd, before retiring in 2004. Then, in 2017, Doddie announced he had motor neurone disease. There is currently no cure, and most patients diagnosed with this illness die within three years of developing symptoms. His foundation, My Name’5 Doddie, is raising money to help find treatments and a cure. Come along to this special evening and hear Doddie, along with his ghost writer, Stewart Weir, talk on this funny, moving and fascinating exposé of Doddie’s career and life.

6.00pm – 7.00pm | £10.00

 

Prof Dame Sue Black & Dr Richard Shepherd: The Truth About Life And Death

Professor Sue Black is known the world over for her work as a forensic anthropologist and anatomist. From uncovering war crimes in Kosovo to identifying bodies in the Indian Ocean tsunami, she’s returned bodies to their loved ones, often years after they disappeared.

Dr Shepherd takes nothing for granted in the pursuit of truth. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right – and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them and involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times.

How do these extraordinary people manage to separate work and the rest of their life – and what happens when those lines blur? Sue and Richard will discuss this and some of the extraordinary cases they’ve covered in their long careers. Q&A session and book-signing.

7.30pm – 9.00pm | £14.50

 

Saturday, 16 February

 

Jonny Muir: The Mountains Are Calling

Jonny is a successful hill and fell runner. In an exhilarating story of runners who go to high places, he explores the history and culture of the sport, and meets the legends who are revered for their extraordinary endurance. Discovering the insatiable lure of the hills led Jonny to the supreme test of mountain running: Ramsay’s Round – a daunting 60-mile circuit of twenty-three mountains, climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest and culminating on Ben Nevis, to be completed within twenty-four hours. Did he manage it? Find out in Jonny’s talk – illustrated with some of the incredible photographs as well as maps contained within his book.

10.00am – 11.00am | £8.50

 

Hamish Brown: East Of West, West Of East

Hamish Brown is a legendary climber, traveller and author. Here he tells the story of his remarkable family, caught in Japan at the outbreak of the Second World War in the Pacific. With letters, journal extracts, notes from his parents, and his own recollections, he brings the era to life: not only the dying days of the British Empire, but the terrible reality of the invasion of Singapore into which they escaped. In 2015, Hamish Brown was awarded an Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to outdoor writing and photography.

11.30am – 12.30pm | £8.50

 

Rosemary Goring: Scotland: Her Story
Literary Lunch

Scotland’s history has been told many times, but never exclusively by its women. Rosemary takes a unique perspective on dramatic national events, as well as ordinary life, as experienced by women down the centuries. From the saintly but severe medieval Queen Margaret, via Nan Shepherd and Muriel Spark, to today’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Rosemary encompasses women from all stations and fame and brings to life the half of history that has for too long been hidden or ignored.

12.45pm – 2.15pm | £24.50 includes a two course lunch and coffee or tea.

 

Penny Junor: All The Queen’s Corgis

The Queen has had corgis by her side ever since she was seven years old and persuaded her father to buy one for the family. The dogs are the Queen’s constant companions and Jenny’s book reveals the scraps and scrapes in which the dogs have been involved.

Daughter of Sir John Junor and school-mate of Princess Anne, journalist, TV presenter and popular writer, Penny Junor is possibly best known for her royal biographies, originating with Diana: Princess of Wales, earning her the label of ‘royal expert’. This is a fascinating and affectionate look at the Queen and her most faithful companions on what really makes our much-loved and longest reigning monarch truly light up.

3.00pm – 4.00pm | £8.50

 

Gabriella Bennett: Coorie In, The Scottish Way

Coorie, or còsagach in Gaelic, is the Scottish version of hygge – a recently popularised Danish word, meaning to create a warm atmosphere and enjoy the good things in life with good people. Gabriella Bennett has travelled Scotland speaking to people whose love of coorie shows in their homes, creativity and approach to a life lived well. Join Gabriella as she explores what coorie is and how it has helped nurture the astonishing creativity for which Scotland is famed, despite an often harsh and unforgiving climate.

4.30pm – 5.30pm | £8.50

 

Richard Holloway: Waiting For The Last Bus

Get together with one of the most important and beloved religious leaders of our time as he extends an invitation to reconsider life’s greatest mystery. Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others.

A reviewer and writer for the press, including The Times, The Guardian and The Scotsman, Richard is a frequent presenter on radio and television and is well known for his support of progressive causes, questioning and addressing complex ethical issues in the areas of sexuality, drugs and bioethics.

6.00pm – 7.00pm | £10.00

 

Neil Oliver: The Story Of The British Isles In 100 Places

Archaeologist, historian, conservationist, author and broadcaster, Neil Oliver is best known as presenter of the BBC documentary series, Coast. This event is his personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through places which have borne witness to the unfolding of our history. Cradling astonishing beauty, the human story here is a million years old, but the tolerant, easy-going peace we’ve enjoyed has been hard won. We’ve made and known the best and worst of times. We have been hero and villain and all else in between.

Beginning with humankind’s earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings, the flowering of religion, civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields – each is a place where the spirit of the past seems to linger. “I have chosen what I consider to be the most characteristic features of the face I have grown up to know and love… in this present climate of public fear, disagreement and uncertainty about the future, I think it is timely to look again at the past, the story of this place from its earliest times.”

7.30pm – 8.30pm | £14.50

 

Sunday, 17 February

 

David Ross: Highland Herald

From 1988 to 2017 David was the Highland Correspondent of The Herald. His patch stretched from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to the Shetland island of Unst in the north; from St. Kilda in the west, to the whisky country of Speyside in the east. David helped the first community land buyout in modern times in Assynt, covered the anti-toll campaign on the Skye Bridge, along with the efforts to save Gaelic and protect ferry services. Join David reflecting on the issues affecting the Highlands and Islands during his time of coverage.

10.00am – 11.00am | £8.50

 

James Crawford: Scotland From The Sky

Accompanying the BBC documentary series, writer and broadcaster James Crawford’s talk will be based on his lavishly illustrated book which draws on the vast collection of aerial photography held in the Historic Environment Scotland archives. Opening an extraordinary window into our past this is the remarkable story of a nation from above, showing how our great cities have dramatically altered with the ebb and flow of history, while whole communities have vanished in the name of progress. James reveals how aerial imagery can unearth treasures from the ancient past, and secrets buried right beneath our feet. Come along to get a glorious bird’s-eye view of this story of Scotland, from the sky!

11.30am – 12.30pm | £8.50

 

Christopher Fleet: Scotland: Defending The Nation
Literary Lunch

Scotland has had an important military history over the last five centuries. 16th century conflict with England, Jacobite rebellions in the 18th century, two world wars, as well as the Cold War, all resulted in significant cartographic activity. Christopher Fleet, Senior Map Curator in the National Library of Scotland will explore this rich legacy through rare maps, some reproduced in book form for the first time. These maps tell particular stories about both attacking and defending the country: fortifications, reconnaissance mapping, battle plans, military roads, mines, enemy maps, unrealised proposals and projected schemes.

12.45pm – 2.15pm | £24.50 includes a two course lunch and coffee or tea.

 

Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha: Disaster Chef

Are your family rude about your cooking? Do you think cake-bakers come from another planet? Disaster Chef is borne out of MasterChef-winner, Nadia Sawalha’s frustration with Kaye Adams’ kitchen mishaps. It is a recipe book for the culinary-challenged to be able to dish up delicious grub fast. Best friends and television presenters Nadia and Kaye are well-known for the ITV daytime show, Loose Women. Nadia rose to fame as Annie Palmer in EastEnders, and Disaster Chef is her sixth cookbook. Kaye, meanwhile, is a highly respected journalist and broadcaster, for ITV and STV and BBC Radio Scotland. Join Nadia and Kaye as they chat about quick and easy recipes, and how not to be a Disaster Chef!

3.00pm – 4.00pm | £10.00

 

Denise Mina and Lin Anderson with James Crawford: Bloody Scotland

In Bloody Scotland twelve of Scotland’s best crime-writers use the sinister side of the country’s building heritage in stories by turns, gripping, chilling and redemptive – exploring the potential of Scotland’s iconic sites. Join writer and broadcaster James Crawford as he talks to two of the twelve: Denise Mina – winner of the Short Story Dagger for her story in this collection, the 2017 McIlvanney Prize and Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award (twice!); and Lin Anderson, best known as creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod series of crime thriller novels, and her part in founding the Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival itself. From murder in an Iron Age broch, to a dark psychological thriller set at Edinburgh Castle, uncover the intimate – and deadly – connections between people and places, as James guides you on a dangerous journey into the dark shadows of our nation’s buildings – where passion, fury, desire and death collide!

4.30pm – 5.30pm | £8.50

 

Peter Cairns: SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey

Not so long ago vibrant, wild forest stretched across much of Scotland. Beavers and cranes were at home in extensive wetlands. Salmon and trout filled the rivers. Lynx, wolf and wild boar roamed wooded glades. Today, it’s easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the Scottish landscape, but it is sadly an ecological shadow of its former self.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Join conservation photographer Peter Cairns, who leads the call for a new vision of a wilder Scotland, where forests abundant with life are regenerating, rivers lined with alder and willow run freely, damaged peatlands are revitalised and oceans support the great whales: a place where nature works as it should, wildlife flourishes and crucially, where people prosper.

6.00pm – 7.00pm | £8.50

NEWS: Lunchtime Theatre Launching at Eastwood Park Theatre

A brand new lunchtime theatre season is set to be served up at Giffnock’s Eastwood Park Theatre.

The exciting short season of bite-size lunchtime classic plays will be presented by the renowned Rapture, one of Scotland’s leading theatre companies, and the one-act plays will feature a stellar cast.

Theatre goers will have a lunch included in the ticket price, which is just £9 per performance.

For starters, The Twelve Pound Look, by the Scottish scribe of Peter Pan,J.M. Barrie, will take to the stage on Saturday 16 February and allow the audience to see a world beyond Peter Pan. The play will star American movie actor Tom Hodgkins alongside Julia Watson, best known as Dr Baz from BBC’s Casualty.

The Browning Version follows on Tuesday 5 March, a play by Terence Rattigan set after the Second World War, known as a timeless masterpiece of love and regret and the human capacity for change.

Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska, based on Oliver Sack’s memoir Awakenings, completes the season of classic one-acts, on 29 March. The brand new production of this play by one of the twentieth centuries most influential writers, is a great way to round off the debut season of lunchtime theatre.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We’re excited to be bringing a slice of something new to the southside over the coming weeks with Rapture Bites.

“Lunchtime theatre is hugely successful in the west end of Glasgow and beyond and we’re sure the community will welcome a new season here with open arms.”

A light lunch from Eastwood Park’s theatre café will be included.

Rapture Theatre’s Director Michael Emans said  “Bringing quality theatre with great scripts and stellar casts to local venues is a real passion for Rapture.  We are, therefore, delighted to work with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure to bring these shows to local audiences.”

Image: Director Michael Emans with The Twelve Pound Look cast members Tom Hodgkins, Steven Scott Fitzgerald, Jo Freer and Julia Watson

NEWS: World premiere of fishing drama Lost at Sea will tour Scotland

Perth Theatre’s world premiere production of Morna Young’s epic fishing drama Lost at Sea will tour to venues across Scotland this May.

Inspired by the loss of her fisherman father, Morna Young’s personal tribute to the fishing communities of Scotland premieres in Perth Theatre from Thursday 25 April until Saturday 4 May before touring to Dundee Rep Theatre (Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 May), His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (Thursday 9 until Saturday 11 May), Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Tuesday 14 May), Eden Court, Inverness (Thursday 16 until Saturday 18 May), Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (Monday 20 until Wednesday 22 May) and Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries (Friday 24 May).

A storm is brewing in a small fishing village. A young woman returns home, searching for answers about her father’s death. But as she begins to weave together the strands of her past, a mysterious force unravels family secrets. Lost at Sea journeys through a labyrinth of myth and memory in an epic tale spanning forty years of the fishing industry.

Featuring the voices of fishermen and their families in their own words – with music, songs and Scots language – Lost at Sea is the lyrical and powerfully evocative story of a North-East fishing family.

With much of Scotland being a stone’s throw from a fishing community, Lost at Sea shines a new and unique light on what is still the UK’s most dangerous profession, and at a time when fishing rights are, once again, top of the political agenda. It explores universal themes of loss, family, community and the challenges facing traditional industries.

Morna Young said: “Lost at Sea is a play that has existed in my mind for my whole life. My fisherman father was lost when I was a child; his body never recovered. This story is echoed throughout fishing villages around the coast, the impact of loss scarring communities for decades. I wanted to pay tribute to these men and their families. I wanted to write these voices that I’d never seen on stage.

The play spans forty years of the fishing industry, the story told chorally by one family and the surrounding community. Fishing is still the most dangerous job in the world during peacetime – there is fifty times more risk of being killed than in any other profession. It’s a subject that has never been fully explored in a theatrical setting and I wanted to provide a platform for these unheard communities.”

The production marks a Scottish comeback for director Ian Brown, who returns to direct Lost at Sea, his first show in Scotland since his eight-year tenure as artistic director at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

He said: “Morna’s play has a fierce authenticity. It deals with the sea’s power, its unpredictability and the lifelong draw it has on those who depend on it for their livelihoods.  It’s also a deeply personal play, with characters trying, as best they can, to make sense of their lives as well as coming to terms with the deaths of the fishermen that surround them. I feel very privileged to return to Perth Theatre, where I directed my first professional production, as well as to work again in Scotland where I spent twelve years at Tag Theatre Company and then at the Traverse. Returning to direct an ambitious new play by Morna with a wonderful company of Scottish actors is very exciting.”

Morna Young continued: “Lost at Sea was my debut play and it has taken seven years from initial idea through to production. It has been a long, emotional journey but I am delighted to be working with Perth Theatre to bring this story to life. Moreover, I am elated that Ian Brown is returning to Scotland to direct this production. It is a true honour to work with him.”

For tickets and info for Lost at Sea in Perth Theatre from Thursday 25 April until Saturday 4 May visit www.horsecross.co.uk or call Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031. For other dates, contact the tour venues.

NEWS: Imaginate launches 30th Anniversary programme

Imaginate has announced the programme for its 30th anniversary year, which will feature an enhanced Children’s Festival programme including an immersive production from ground-breaking Punchdrunk, two new commissions from Scottish theatre makers, an exciting year-round schools programme, new international partnerships and more development opportunities for artists.

Speaking at the launch in Bute House today, Paul Fitzpatrick, CEO of Imaginate, said:
Our 30th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to launch new programmes that will deepen our relationships with schools in Edinburgh and across Scotland, encourage artists to make new works for young audiences and create stronger international relationships.  What’s exciting is that these new programmes will be in place for the next three years, making a real change to what we are providing for theatre and dance for young people in Scotland.”

Highlights for the 30th anniversary year include:

  • Inspiring Schools: A year-round offer for schools – particularly in areas of high deprivation
  • An enhanced Festival programme: A unique production from Punchdrunk, performing in Scotland for the first time, and four Scottish productions.
  • PUSH+ : A three-year Creative Europe-funded project enabling Imaginate to forge stronger links with four European countries as the UK faces leaving the European Union.
  • Accelerator: Increased support for artists over the next three years, to bring new ideas to production through a residency and support programme Accelerator.
  • Archiving Project: An opportunity to explore Imaginate’s rich history of festivals and projects for the first time, online and at the Scottish Theatre Archive.


Inspiring Schools
Imaginate’s new offer for schools will include:

  • Immerse: A new three-year collaboration with world-renowned immersive theatre makers Punchdrunk (in their first foray in Scotland) to deliver unique and innovative theatrical experiences in six adventurous schools in areas of high deprivation, using a creative approach to boost skills in reading, writing and listening, and developing deep relationships with the schools over three years. This programme is sponsored by Baillie Gifford.
  • Explore: An extension of the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme, in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, building on the experience of Scotland’s best children’s theatre companies to bring children to the Festival for the first time.
  • Artist residencies in the schools creating the foundations for profound and lasting change.
  • A Teachers’ Theatre Club in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to help teachers build their experience and confidence of watching and discussing live performances.

The Inspiring Schools programme is funded by PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence), a unique three-way partnership between the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh festivals.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and International Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:
“Imaginate has had an incredible impact on Scotland’s arts scene over the last decades. This year’s plan, with its diverse, high-quality programme of activity, confirms the festival’s commitment to providing a platform for our young people to engage with the arts and experience culture from an early age.
As Imaginate celebrates its 30th anniversary, I am pleased that we were able to contribute £126,000 in 2019 from the Scottish Government’s Festival Expo fund and £535,000 over the next three years through our PLACE fund. The funding will support the ‘Imaginate at 30’ and ‘Inspiring Generations’ programmes, as part of the Festival’s wider effort to develop a year-round offer for schools, and it will help ensure young people in some of the most deprived areas can be exposed to the arts.”

An enhanced Festival programme
From its early beginning in a tented village in Inverleith Park, the Children’s Festival has become one of the most celebrated festivals for young audiences in the world, attracting over 11,000 children yearly, as well as hundreds of industry professionals from over 23 countries. The 30th edition of the Festival will take place from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June 2019, showcasing some of the world’s best theatre and dance made for young audiences.

This year, the programme boasts a unique production from Punchdrunk, Small Wonders, an interactive theatrical experience where children are invited inside the home of an elderly miniaturist for an awe-inspiring magical journey. The production will be shown exceptionally over three weeks to enable as many children as possible to attend.

Punchdrunk’s Artistic Director Pete Higgins said:
“We are hugely excited to be working with Imaginate over the next three years, both to bring our transformative projects to schools most in need and also to share our production, Small Wonders with Edinburgh audiences.  At Punchdrunk we believe access to creativity can transform a child’s prospects. We are proud to be part of Imaginate’s programme for our first time in Scotland.”

Two new Imaginate commissions are also taking pride of place in the Festival programme.

Stellar Quines, the award-winning Scottish theatre company that celebrates women in theatre, are staging a new production of the internationally acclaimed play This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, a contemporary fairytale about triplet sisters abandoned in a forest, who follow their own path in the world and fulfil their dreams through courage, determination and friendship.

The Letter J’s Super Human Heroes is a comical and musical dance with darkness, exploring the ways we are, fail and try to be super human heroes. This funny and poignant family show featuring live music, dance and video projection, offers a version of the world where even Captain Sunshine is overwhelmed by the challenges of the day, tired of being sunny, funny and smart.

Both commissions are supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.
The full Festival’s programme will be released on 20 March.

Inspiring Futures appeal launch
Having inspired children over the last 30 years, the Festival is now seeking to raise £10,000 to spend over the next 5 years to ensure that more children can access its world class shows regardless of their background and circumstance. The Inspiring Futures appeal will help make the Festival more accessible than ever before through transport subsidies, free tickets for those who need it most and adapted performances for children with additional support needs.

More creative opportunities for Scotland-based artists
Imaginate’s Creative Development programme is also getting a boost. The programme plays a central role in the development of a vibrant sector, supporting artists with skills development, networking and international exchange.

Residencies will be set-up in partnership with key arts organisations across the country to encourage new artists to create work for young audiences. Diversity is at the heart of the programme. Residencies in 2019 will support artists with disability (with Birds of Paradise) and artists of colour (with Project X), with more opportunities being created over the next three years.

In addition, Imaginate is developing Accelerator, a programme offering funding and support to allow artists to take new and ambitious ideas to production. As well as artistic support and mentoring, artists will benefit from on-going assistance from a producer who will ensure the work has a life beyond the residency. To encourage new voices in the sector, Imaginate will also run Launchpad, an offer similar to Accelerator aimed at emerging artists.

A new project with European partners
Imaginate has once again been awarded Creative Europe funding to lead PUSH+, a new artistic development project with four European partners and Thailand, to explore topics which are under-represented in theatre and dance for young audiences. The three-year project will enable artists from Scotland, Norway, Belgium, Denmark and Ireland to ‘push’ their thinking on the ideas of Home, Failure and Different Bodies, through labs, residencies and international workshops, leading to more diversity of people and stories in work for young people.

Archiving project
Lastly, an interactive archive will open up 30 years of Imaginate’s history to the public. Made in collaboration with a PhD student from the University of Edinburgh, the online tool will use new interviews, old photos, video clips and press cuttings to celebrate the organisation’s past as much as its present.

NEWS: Sarah Darling returns to Glasgow this March

Following the release of her new single ‘Call Me’, country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling announces a string of tour dates taking place in March 2019. In support of her upcoming 5th studio album ‘Wonderland’ (released March 1st 2019) Sarah will play concerts in Glasgow, London, Norwich, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Leeds. Tickets available now via Sarah’s official website: www.sarahdarling.com.

Speaking about performing in her home-away-from-home, Sarah said, “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK to share my new music. Doubly excited since many of the tracks on ‘Wonderland’ are “made in the UK” with UK co-writers and producers! Britain has a special place in my heart, and the audiences have always been so warm and welcoming.”

‘Call Me’, signposts the latest stop on a journey that Sarah has been undertaking towards the most promising and anticipated album of her career. Sarah describes ‘Wonderland’ as a transformative time in her life, one that has allowed her to experiment in new sonic territories. “The whole concept of my ‘Wonderland’ album was to explore a brand new world artistically.  Because of my connection to the U.K., I thought ‘what better place to bring my Nashville roots to be creative’. I think it’s good as an artist to stretch the boundaries, because you are always growing and that’s how you find new magic and move forward to wonderful, new places.”

A host of exceptional artists came on board to collaborate with Sarah on ‘Wonderland’, including writers from both the US and UK.  Working with these songwriters has been a dream for Sarah, who took the challenge of writing with guests in her stride, “I’ve been in England for most of the year co-writing and working with producers. On this project, it’s really about new friends and new ideas. I literally would walk into a co-writing session, and had never met the person before. It’s so incredibly exciting to be finishing up the album, and to say I’ve recorded this in a different country. It’s a true reflection of me, and the current ride I’m on. Not to mention, I have new friends and memories for life. Music is about the connection. I’m so proud to share this trans-Atlantic collaboration. It’s the greatest adventure of my life to date!”

 Sarah will be performing songs from ‘Wonderland’ for UK fans at the following locations on her 8-date tour.

Sarah Darling March 2019 UK tour:

Tue 12 Mar –     Glasgow –         Oran Mor

Wed 13 Mar –   London –           Bush Hall

Thu 14 Mar –     Norwich –         Arts Centre

Sat 16 Mar –      Manchester –    Deaf Institute

Sun 17 Mar –     Liverpool –        Leaf

Mon 18 Mar –    Bristol –            Fleece

Wed 20 Mar –   Brighton –          Komedia

Thu 21 Mar –     Leeds –             Brudenell Social Club

NEWS: New dates added as Cast announced for stage adaptation of Local Hero

  • Following exceptional demand, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh have announced an additional two weeks of performances for the new stage musical adaptation of the classic Scottish film, Local Hero. The run will now end on the later date of Saturday 4 May 2019

  • Newly released tickets will go on sale Monday 21 January priced from £10 to £68

  • The stage production of Local Hero is adapted by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, drawing on his original 1983 film score

  • John Crowley (BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated Brooklyn) directs the World Premiere production with set and costume design by Scott Pask, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Luke Halls, music supervision by Dave Milligan, music direction by Phil Bateman, and casting by Will Burton

  • Lucy Hind (Girl from the North Country, The Old Vic, West End; Ugly Lies the Bone, National Theatre; The Last Ship, Northern Stage; The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd; The House of Bernada Alba, Manchester Royal Exchange) joins as Movement Director

  • The production stars Damian Humbley as Mac, Katrina Bryan as Stella, Matthew Pidgeon as Gordon, and Simon Rouse as Happer

  • The cast further includes Scott Ainslie, Caroline Deyga, Julian Forsyth, Emmanuel Kojo, Helen Logan, Suzie McAdam, Matthew Malthouse, Joanne McGuinness, John McLarnon, Adam Pearce, and Wendy Somerville
  • The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic are delighted to announce the full cast for the World Premiere of Local Hero, a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, co-written by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler.

Local Hero is directed by John Crowley, whose stage work includes The Present, Anton Chekhov’s Platonov adapted by Andrew Upton and starring Cate Blanchett; the London and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated The Pillowman starring David Tennant; McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway starring Christopher Walken; the West End production of Love Song, starring Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy, and the West End run of On An Average Day, starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. He was Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

 Crowley’s film work includes Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Film Four’s Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield and the upcoming film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson.

Crowley returns to The Lyceum having directed the 1993 production of The Master Builder starring and co-directed by Brian Cox.

The stage adaptation is co-written by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig and multi-award winning director and writer Bill Forsyth, with new music and lyrics by acclaimed composer and Glasgow-born producer Mark Knopfler – founder of internationally celebrated band Dire Straits, whose album Brothers in Arms is one of the top 20 highest selling albums in UK history – and who has previously composed music for films including The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Comfort and Joy.

Bringing together a host of award-winning Scottish and UK talent, the cast includes Damian Humbley (Merrily we Roll Along, Huntington Theatre Company, Harold Pinter Theatre; Life of the Party, The Last 5 Years, Spamilton, all Menier Chocolate Factory; Little Shop of Horrors, UK Tour) as Mac, Katrina Bryan (Death of a Salesman, The Lyceum; Nina and the Neuron, Thumbelina, Molly and Mack, all CBeebies) as Stella, and Matthew Pidgeon (The Man Who Had All The Luck, The Cherry Orchard, The Lyceum; This House, Chichester, West End; Salome, Royal Shakespeare Company; The James Plays, National Theatre of Scotland, UK and World Tour; Midsummer, Traverse Theatre, World Tour; The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Realism, Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland; Mary Queen of Scots, Focus Features) as Gordon.

Simon Rouse (Insignificance, Arcola Theatre; The Dresser, Duke of York; Hangmen, Wyndham’s Theatre, Royal Court; Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible, UK Tour; The Full Monty, Noël Coward Theatre, Sheffield Lyceum, David Pugh Productions; The Bill 2000-2010, Talkback Thames) will play Happer, Julian Forsyth (An American in Paris, The Go Between, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman in Black, Stephen Ward, Wicked, Gone with the Wind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, St Joan, Les Miserablés, Martin Guerre, West End; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, National Theatre) is to play Ben, Adam Pearce (The Current War, Bazeleves Production; Les Miserablés, Cameron Mackintosh Productions; The Light Princess, National Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Chichester Festival Theatre; Les Miserablés, Working Title Films) takes the role of Viktor and Emmanuel Kojo (Girl from the North Country, Noël Coward Theatre; BBC Proms: Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall; Twelfth Night, National Theatre; Show Boat, Crucible Theatre, New London Theatre; Kiss Me Kate, Opera North; The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre, Young Vic) will play Reverend Murdo.

Scott Ainslie (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; God of Carnage, Contexture Theatre; Betrayal, Westacre Theatre; The Captive, Finborough Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Original Shakespeare Company; Great Expectations, Evita, Aspects of Love, No.1 Tours), Olivier-winner Caroline Deyga (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman, Melbourne Festival; Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Locker Room Talk, Tracks of the Winter Bear, The Traverse), Helen Logan (Sunshine Ghost, Scottish Theatre Producers; Blithe Spirit, Death of a Salesman, Moonight and Magnolias, Proof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Perth Theatre; The Angel and the Manse, Oran Mor; The Cone Gatherers, APA Tour; The Descent, Celador Films and Pathé) and John McLarnon (My Left/Right Foot, National Theatre of Scotland, Birds of Paradise; Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK Tour; Apologia, Trafalgar Studios; Abigail’s Party, Theatre Royal Bath, UK Tour; TOM, UK Tour; The Commitments, Palace Thaetre, West End; We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre, West End; Outlander, Starz) join as Ownie, Punk Girl, Netta, and Iain.

The cast is completed by Matthew Malthouse (Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK Tour; Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall; Groundhog Day, Old Vic; Mrs Henderson Presents, Noël Coward Theatre; Kiss Me Kate, Theatre Luxembourg; Annie Get Your Gun, Sheffield Crucible; Oh! What a Lovely War, UK Tour; Singin’ in the Rain, Palace Theatre, UK Tour; My Fair Lady, Sheffield Crucible; Matilda, Royal Shakespeare Company, Cambridge Theatre; Edward Scissorhands, The Carman, Sadlers Wells, World Tour), Suzie McAdam (Kinky Boots The Musical, West End; Rocky Horror Picture Show, European Tour; Legally Blonde, West End; Hair, UK Tour; BBC Proms: My Fair Lady, Royal Albert Hall), Olivier- nominated Joanne McGuinness (As You Like It, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Spuds, Oran Mor; Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman, Melbourne Festival; Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland; Glasgow Girls, National Theatre of Scotland, Stratford East; Peter Pan, Kings Theatre), and Wendy Somerville (School of Rock, Gillian Lynn Theatre; The 306: Day, National Theatre of Scotland; Cinderella, London Palladium; Threepenny Opera, National Theatre; Billy Elliot, Victoria Palace Theatre; Hairspray, Shaftesbury Theatre, UK/Ireland Tour; Sweeney Todd, Adelphi and Chichester Theatre; Les Miserablés, Queen’s Theatre).

The production is designed by 3-time Tony Award-winning Scott Pask (The Pillowman, National Theatre, West End, Broadway; The Book of Mormon, Broadway; The Coast of Utopia, Olivier Theatre, Broadway), with lighting design by Tony and Olivier Award-winning Paule Constable (The Moderate Soprano, West End; Angels in America, Nine Night, Follies, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre, West End, Broadway, UK, US and Canadian Tours).

Following previews, Local Hero will open at The Lyceum on 23 March 2019, and The Old Vic run will open in June 2020.

 

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS GLUCK’S ORFEO & EURIDICE

Scottish Opera Young Company (formerly Connect Company) is returning to The Beacon in Greenock this April to perform one of Gluck’s most popular and enduring works: Orfeo & Euridice.

The Company, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018, takes to the stage at The Beacon on April 6 and 7, following the success of its production of Dido and Aeneas there in 2017.

New Artistic Director Jonathon Swinard conducts the young performers, who are aged 16 to 23, and professional singers Daniel Keating-Roberts (The Cabinet of Dr Caligari 2016) as Orfeo and Jessica Leary (Pop-up Opera 2018) as Euridice. A dancer from Dance Studio Scotland at Glasgow Clyde College also joins the cast. Opera and theatre director Caroline Clegg makes her Scottish Opera debut, and designer Finlay McLay (Dido and Aeneas 2017) returns as designer.

Based on the myth of Orpheus, Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice — at one moment full of fury, the next clear and pure — tells the tale of one man’s determination to defy the gods and rescue his lover from Hades. But can he resist temptation long enough to save her?

Jane Davidson, Scottish Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach said: ‘Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice was a real game changer in terms of the narrative development of the art form of opera, as we recognise it today. As artistically revelatory and thought-provoking for audiences in 1774 as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is for contemporary theatre-goers, and featuring one of the loveliest and best known arias in the operatic repertoire (‘Che farò senza Euridice’), this might just be the ultimate, universal tale of boy meets girl, boy loses, and then finds girl again.’

Jonathon Swinard, Scottish Opera Young Company Artistic Director said: ‘It is a privilege to be the new Artistic Director of the Scottish Opera Young Company and I’m hugely looking forward to conducting Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice this April. Curiously, this piece was actually the first opera I ever worked on as a young repetiteur at the age of 18. Fast-forward a few years, and it is a lovely feeling to be rehearsing this work with the exceedingly talented members of the Scottish Opera Young Company, many of whom are also gaining their first real stage experience through this wonderful piece.’

Cast and Creative Team

 

Conductor     Jonathon Swinard

Director          Caroline Clegg

Designer        Finlay McLay

Orfeo             Daniel Keating-Roberts

Euridice          Jessica Leary

Dancer            Kay Davis

 

Performance diary

The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

Sat 6 Apr, 7pm

Sun 7 Apr, 2pm

NEWS: Joe McFadden to star in Mark Goucher and Jason Donovan’s UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Mark Goucher and first-time producer Jason Donovan have today announced that actor and Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden will star in their brand-new production of the much-loved glittering hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The producers have also announced today that the tour will continue through 2020. The show, which was announced last year, will tour the UK and Ireland from September 2019. It marks Donovan’s first time as a producer, having performed in the cast of the original West End production and two subsequent UK tours. The producing team is completed by Gavin Kalin and Matthew GalePriscilla, Queen of the Desert will preview in Dartford from 5 September 2019.

Joe McFadden’s theatre credits include: House on Cold Hill (UK tour); The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland); Rainbow Kiss (Royal Court); Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory); Rent (West End); Haunting Julia (Colchester Mercury/ UK Tour); She Loves Me (Chichester Festival Theatre); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (The Edinburgh Playhouse); A Life In The Theatre (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; (Chichester Festival Theatre); 15 Seconds (Traverse Theatre ); Aladdin (The Old Vic); Entertaining Mr Sloane (Theatre Clwyd). Television credits include:  Holby City (BBC); Casualty (BBC); Heartbeat (ITV/YTV); Cranford (BBC); Sparkhouse (BBC/Red Productions); A Mortal God (BBC); Reverse Psychology (BBC); Judge John Deed (BBC/One Eyed Dog); The Glass (ITV1/Granada); The Law (ITV1/Pearson); Sex, Chips & Rock n’ Roll (BBC); The Crow Road (BBC/Union Pictures). Film includes:  Small Faces; Dad Savage; Zig Zag Love; The Trouble with Men and Women; Bumping The Odds.

Newly announced cities that the tour will visit include: Southampton; Plymouth; Nottingham; Dublin; Cambridge; Newcastle; Southend; Sheffield; Carlisle; Ipswich; Leeds; Oxford; Birmingham; Glasgow; Cardiff; Bristol.  Full listings are still to be announced.

Joe McFadden said: “I’m over the moon to be taking on this new and exciting challenge in a musical that I have been a massive fan of for such a long time. I’m looking forward to working with this wonderful production team, including Jason whose guidance I feel especially lucky to have given his previous experience with the production.  I can’t wait to take the Priscilla bus on the road and have a bonzer time making the role my own!”

Mark Goucher said: “Joe is great casting for Priscilla. He is a very strong musical theatre performer and will bring great charm and integrity to this new production of a great musical.”

Jason Donovan said: “So pleased to announce Joe be starring in our production. He’s a down to earth, talented guy who will bring enormous warmth to the role of Mitzi. I can’t wait to see him in heels doing those dance routines…. Awesome.”

The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever before, featuring a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The NightlifeFinally and many more.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

This brand new production comes from the team behind the critically acclaimed UK tours of Hairspray; with direction by Paul Kerryson, choreography by Tom Jackson-Greaves with designs by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Ben Harrison.

PriscillaUKTour.com & PriscillaUKTour.co.uk

Monday 4 November – Saturday 9 November 2019
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
Tel: 0844 8713014
Tickets on sale 14th September

Monday 18 November – Saturday 23 November 2019
INVERNESS EDEN COURT
Tel: 01463 234234
Tickets now on sale

Image: Darren Bell

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