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WHAT’S ON MARCH: The Electrifying Mr. Johnston at Paisley Arts Centre

The intriguing story about one of Scotland’s unsung heroes is being told in a new play being staged at Paisley Arts Centre.

The one-act play by award-winning Robert Dawson Scott, called The Electrifying Mr Johnston is about prominent Scottish journalist turned socialist politician, Tom Johnston.

The play is a Mull Theatre production and is being staged on Friday, March 8, at 7.30pm.

Tom Johnston was a radical thinker, land reformer, and scourge of the establishment, who began his political career as a town councillor in his hometown of Kirkintilloch.

He was elected to Parliament as part of the Red Clydeside surge of MPs in 1922, alongside giants of socialism including James Maxton. John Wheatley, and Davey Kirkwood.

Appointed Secretary of State for Scotland during the Second World War and frustrated by the migration of Scottish workers to the Midlands and South East of England, Johnston launched numerous initiatives for Scotland.

As late as the 1950s most rural communities in the Highlands were still lit by paraffin lamps. But the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, a product of Johnston’s vision and a triumph of engineering, brought electricity to the rural communities of Scotland and changed the Highlands forever.

The play contrasts Johnston’s early radical writings and beliefs with later compromises, as he vies with Highland landowners for access to land for the benefit of the people and the country as a whole.

Following the performance of the Electrifying Mr Johnston there will be Bite-Size, which is a programme of rehearsed readings of new plays and works-in-progress, hosted by director Alasdair McCrone and playwright Peter Arnott with a cast of professional actors.

The readings, followed by feedback and questions and answers offers the audience a chance to be part of and enjoy the fun of the creative process.

To book tickets log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call 0300 300 1210.

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.