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WHAT’S ON MARCH: New show Little Gift comes to Paisley Arts Centre

Award-winning M6 Theatre Company present Little Gift, a brand-new family show touring to Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March. 

Directed by Andy Manley (White, One Little Word), one of the world’s leading theatre makers producing work for children and young people, Little Gift tells an optimistic story of friendship and hope.

Ted is a lonely old soul, living all alone in the big city. One morning his life is changed forever when a mysterious helping hand steps in and disrupts his quiet routine. This playful show presents Ted’s tale with a heart-warming mix of puppetry, live music and song.

Artistic Director of M6, Gilly Baskeyfield, created the show with Andy Manley:

“The idea for the show came from a chat with Andy about stories of redemption and helping a sad character, much like A Christmas Carol. Giving a gift is a lovely thing for both parties. It’s a way of noticing somebody and saying ‘I remember you’. ”

Little Gift is performed by actor Guy Hargreaves, who has worked previously with M6 on the original tour of their OFFIE Award-winning show Whatever the Weather. Gilly explains:

“We knew we needed a very special actor to bring Little Gift to life and we saw a number of performers for the role. Guy’s wonderful attitude, alongside his top notch clowning, dancing and musical skills make him the perfect fit. The audiences love him.”

Founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering high quality theatre for young audiences. The company’s production of WHATEVER THE WEATHER (in association with Polka Theatre, created and directed by Gilly Baskeyfield) won an Off West End Theatre Award in 2016 for Best Production for Young People (0-7 years).

Little Gift is recommended for ages 3-7. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Paisley Arts Centre box office on 0300 300 1210 or visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on .

Images: Lewis Wileman

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: PACE presents Jack and the Beanstalk for Christmas 2018

FEE FI FO FUM… This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce its annual pantomime will be the much-loved tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. A festive treat for adults and children alike, running from 28 November to 31 December, this panto will feature hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a chorus of young actors that are (quite literally) full of beans!

CHRIS ALEXANDER will return to Paisley in the role of Dame Kitty McCurdle, following his highlycelebrated debut in last year’s production of Snowhite. He’ll appear alongside a stellar ensemble cast including: PAUL KOZINSKI (A Streetcar Named Desire, Rapture Theatre Company), EUAN BENNET (Chick Whittington, macrobert), and former PACE alumni LAURA SZALECKI (The Real Hoosewives Fae Glesga and Wee Fat Glesga Wedding, Pavillion Theatre), and ERIN HAIR (Aladdin, PACE).

PACE is also pleased to welcome back ROSS STENHOUSE as writer and director, who took the helm of his first PACE panto last year. He also appeared as Abanazar in 2010. Ross is a freelance actor and has appeared in productions in many of Scotland’s theatres including The Arches, Citizens Theatre, Traverse and the Tron. He is also a founder member and Artistic Director of Hopscotch Theatre, writing and directing many of their productions.
Jack and the Beanstalk will be produced and musically directed by ALAN ORR, whose comic performances were at the heart of PACE pantos for many years, while regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design. Alan Orr said, “It’s such a privilege for us to produce Paisley’s panto every year. It’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and celebrate the festivities. As ever, this year’s show will be jam-packed with laughs, music and dancing, and we believe that there’s something for everyone to enjoy!”

The cast will be completed by 4 teams of young actors, handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy. With a reputation for producing some of the best family pantomimes in Scotland, regularly playing to audiences of more than 10,000, PACE promises a show you will never forget.

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Butterfly Kiss by David Anderson at Paisley Arts Centre

Brand new theatre from veteran actor, playwright and musician, David Anderson.

An old guy visits a seaside museum, where he finds a Punch and Judy stall. He peeks in and finds himself in the year 1960. He’s 15 years old, holidaying on the west coast of Scotland. It’s a world of rock ‘n’ roll, teenagers, consumerism, rampant hormones, love of all things American, and a girl.
Not the girl he’s left behind and whom he’s afraid of losing to an older (17 year old) man. No. An altogether more exotic creature, who introduces him to the butterfly kiss.
Brand new theatre from veteran actor, playwright and musician David Anderson (City Lights, Gregory’s Girl), co-starring Katie Barnett and Jack Mullen.

Date: Sunday 29 March
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm
Cost: £12 (£10 conc) + booking fee*

Suitable for ages 14+

More information: https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/PEO/show.asp

WHAT’S ON APRIL 2015: Little Princess Goldtree

Little Princess Goldtree is a Scottish version of Snow White told with hand carved puppets, striking shadow silhouettes and traditional storytelling.

A wicked stepmother, a beautiful princess and an all-knowing, all-seeing magical trout – just the ingredients needed for a fairytale. This Scottish version of Snow White is told with hand carved puppets, striking shadown silhouettes and traditional storytelling, accompanied by an original soundtrack.

Yugen Puppet Company was established in 1997 by Alison Monaghan to celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage of traditional stories, retelling them using skilful puppetry and magical shadow theatre.

Date: Wednesday 8 April
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 2pm
Cost: £4 + booking fee*

Suitable for ages 4+

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: There Were Two Brothers at Paisley Arts Centre

A funny, very personal exploration of fraternal relationships.

Secrets, storytelling and sibling rivalry. There were two brothers is a funny, very personal exploration of fraternal relationships. Inspired by brothers, both real and fictional, this new solo show by Mark Kydd takes the audience on an unexpected journey through his experiences with his brother and the discovery that they share more than a birthday.

There Were Two Brothers

Date: Saturday 14 March
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm
Cost: £10 (£6 conc) + booking fee*

Suitable for ages 16+

More information: https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/PEO/show.asp