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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Lying King at The Shed

In the jungle, the quiet jungle…a Lying King sleeps tonight! There’s a rumble in the jungle as Scarf’s roar as The Lying King is under threat of being silenced forever! The young upstart Cub Scout Prince Sumba Dee tries to get his Paws on the Palace…But Sumba Dee is Nae Ba Dee without Santa’s helpers! The People’s Palace needs their help!

But Dame Nanny-Nellie Phant never forgets a face (or the two faced) and rounds up a team to help get the Prince to The People’s Palace…Scarf, The Lying King plans to send everyone to Prospecthill Circus and close The People’s Palace down forever and turn it into his own jungle!

Oh no he Disnae!

With a roar of jungle jingles and a herd of laughter lines, The Lying King is a Disnae Classic!

For dates and tickets see below:

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Jack & the Beanstalk at Beacon Arts Centre Greenock

Poor Dame Trot and her son Jack hardly have a bean to their name, and to make things worse the village is being terrorised by a wicked giant. Can Jack defeat the giant, win the heart of his one true love and solve his economic woes?

The show stars Still Game’s Jane McCarry as Queen Grizelda, Mark Cox as Fleshcreep, River City’s Jimmy Chisholm as Dame Trot and the hilarious Lee Samuel as Simon. The quartet return by popular demand having proved a huge success in the Beacon panto over the last few years.

Once again the Beacon Arts Centre will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances and bags of slapstick fun!

6 – 31 December 2019

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Tickets: http://beaconartscentre.co.uk/events/tags/jack-and-the-beanstalk/

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Sleeping Beauty at Eastwood Park

Runway Theatre Company present Sleeping Beauty

Monday 02 – Saturday 07 December
7.30pm each evening
Sat matinees, 11am & 3pm

Don’t get caught napping this Christmas when Runway’s dreamy panto Sleeping Beauty comes to town.

When Princess Beauty pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she’s cursed to fall asleep for 100 years, unless she’s kissed by her one true love. Enter a dashing Prince, along with Nurse Teeny Tiddlewinks and Yo-Yo the Jester, who embark on a brave adventure to save the Princess from her terrible fate. But with the wicked Fairy Carabosse determined to ruin their plans, will our trusty trio be triumphant or is the Princess doomed to a century of snoozing?

Prices

  • £14 – £17

www.runwaytheatre.co.uk

Tickets also available from 07801 048527

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio

Following the success of last year’s production Cinderella, The Pavilion have decided to take the team on another Panto adventure.

The production team have said: “It has been one of our favourites over the years and we think that we are the only theatre in the country to produce The Magical Adventures of Pinocchio. As always, we base our Pantomime on the original story but have that Glasgow twist in true Pavilion style and you can be confident that it is Good Clean Family Entertainment.”

It is sure to be a Sing-A-Long, Join In Adventure with an all star cast, a brand new script, stunning scenery, sensational costumes and magical special effects that they have become known for.

There are Generous Discounts and Concessions available at all performances.

28 Nov 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

More info here: https://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/shows/the-magical-adventures-of-pinocchio/

WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Mother Goose fae Easterhoose is Platform’s Christmas show

This festive season Platform presents a brand new Christmas show for all the family at The Bridge in Easterhouse. Written by Glasgow-based playwright, director and theatre maker Lewis Hetherington, Mother Goose Fae Easterhoose sees an original take on the classic fairy tale with plenty of local humour.

Hetherington has contributed to Platform’s Christmas programme for a number of years. The show will see 18 performances run between the 10th and 23rd of December 2019.

Happy living a quiet peaceful life, looking after her animal friends, with just enough to get her by, Mother Goose’s world is thrown up in the air when her favourite pet Bruce the goose lays a golden egg. Everything changes… she is rich! What will she do with this new found wealth and fame? Will Mother Goose stay true to her self or will she get lost in a whirlwind of fancy clothes, sports cars and celebrity pals?

Come along to find out, and expect jokes, songs and raucous storytelling. The show is ideal for everyone aged 5 years and over, lasting 70 minutes with no interval. Group bookings are welcomed, and goody bags available in a range of sizes for all ages.

Lewis is a writer, director and theatre maker whose work is rooted in collaboration and storytelling. He has won two Fringe First Awards and an Adelaide Fringe Award. His work has been presented throughout the Scotland and the rest of the world including performances in Australia, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Germany, USA and Japan amongst others.

MOTHER GOOSE FAE EASTERHOOSE

Tue 10 Dec, 10am

Wed 11 Dec, 10am & 7pm

Thu 12 Dec, 1pm

Fri 13 Dec, 10am & 7pm

Sat 14 Dec, 2pm & 7pm

Mon 16 Dec, 10am & 7pm

Tue 17 Dec, 10am

Wed 18 Dec, 10am

Fri 20 Dec, 7pm

Sat 21 Dec, 2pm & 7pm

Sun 22, Dec 2pm

Mon 23 Dec, 2pm & 7pm

 

For age 5 years and above.

 

TICKET PRICES: £9.50 (Full Price) / £6 (Concession) / £5 (Local Links)

There is also a significant discount available for members of Platform’s Local Links scheme, available for those living in a range of local postcodes as well as family and group tickets open to all – more information available online here.

Platform, The Bridge

1000 Westerhouse Road,

Easterhouse, Glasgow, G34 9JW

www.platform-online.co.uk / info@platform-online.co.uk

0141 276 9696 (opt 1)

NEWS: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR CITIZENS THEATRE PRODUCTION OF PINOCCHIO

The Citizens Theatre has unveiled the cast for its production of Pinocchio, written by Robert Alan Evans and adapted with Lu Kemp, based on the original and much-loved story by Carlo Collodi.

Audiences can expect the same distinctive style that has earned the theatre a reputation for unique and alternative Christmas shows with inventive storytelling, atmospheric set design and live music.

Returning to the Citizens stage for another festive season are Andy Clark and Irene Allan. Andy Clark has regularly performed at the theatre since Vernon God Little in 2004. Andy recently appeared at the Citizens in the 2017 studio show Lampedusa and in the 2018 festive revival of A Christmas Carol. Clark’s past credits at the theatre also include The Libertine, Othello, The Bevellers, Peter Pan and Hamlet.

Irene Allan’s performance as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel (2016) was described by the Daily Record as “utterly fabulous”. Audiences may also remember Allan from her role as Cinderella’s Stepmother in the theatre’s 2017 festive production.

As part of the theatre’s commitment to nurturing new talent, the Citizens Actor Intern, Liam King, will star as Pinocchio.  Having recently graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Liam’s internship is funded by the Robertson Trust.

Also returning to the Citizens is Elisa De Grey, who appeared in A Christmas Carol (2018) and starred as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer.

Taking on the role of Gepetto is Gary Lilburn who will be familiar to many as Sharon’s dad, Des, in the hit Channel 4 series Catastrophe.  Gary has also appeared in Silent Witness, Casualty, Mrs Brown’s Boys (all BBC) and on stage in As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) and at the Citizens Theatre in 2013 in Dr Faustus.

Making their Citizens debuts are Helen Katamba (The Ugly One, Tron Theatre Company; Macbeth, National Theatre; The Three Musketeers, The Dukes) and Stephanie Payne, who has recently graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is the Citizens’ second Actor Intern this season.

Directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this new Christmas production reunites the talented creative team behind the Citizens’ festive productions of A Christmas Carol and Hansel and Gretel.  Designer Rachael Canning and Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell will bring the stage to life whilst an immersive soundscape will be created by Hill’s regular collaborator Nikola Kodjabashia and performed live on stage by the company.

As well as previous Christmas shows A Christmas Carol, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel, Kodjabashia has lent his distinctive style to Hill’s productions of Cyrano de Bergerac, This Restless House, Hamlet and Crime and Punishment in recent years.

Family tickets for Pinocchio start from just £39 and a range of concessions are available.

Sat 7 Dec    7pm (P)

Mon 9 Dec    7pm (P)

Tue 10 Dec    7pm (Red)

Wed 11 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red)

Fri 13 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red) (BSL Signed)

Sat 14 Dec    2pm (Blue) (AD & Cap) & 7pm (Blue)

Sun 15 Dec    1pm (Blue) & 5pm (Blue)

Mon 16 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (RLX)

Tue 17 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Red)

Wed 18 Dec    10.30am (Schools) & 7pm (Gold)

Fri 20 Dec    7pm (Gold)

Sat 21 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Sun 22 Dec    1pm (Gold) & 5pm (Gold)

Mon 23 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Tue 24 Dec    1pm (Gold) & 5pm (Gold)

Fri 27 Dec    2pm (Gold) & 7pm (Gold)

Sat 28 Dec    2pm (Red) & 7pm (Red)

Sun 29 Dec    1pm (Red) & 5pm (Red)

Mon 30 Dec    2pm (Red) & 7pm (Red)

Fri 3 Dec    2pm (Green) & 7pm (Green)

Sat 4 Dec    2pm (Green) & 7pm (Green)

P – Preview
RLX – Relaxed Performance

Previews:         Sat 7 & Mon 9 Dec, 7pm
Relaxed:        Mon 16 Dec, 7pm

BSL Signed:        Fri 13 Dec, 7pm

AD & Captioned:    Sat 14 Dec, 2pm

RELAXED PERFORMANCE
Mon 16 Dec, 7pm
Particularly suitable for those with an autistic spectrum condition or additional sensory or communication needs.  Please note there will be some alterations to lighting and sound effects and a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement at this performance.

NEWS: Taking root: first full cast read-through for Gaiety’s Jack and the Beanstalk

The full cast and creative team of The Gaiety’s Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk came together for the first full read-through of the script.

Last week, the cast and creative team enjoyed being together for the nearly-finalised script, working on their character development, musical plans, technical ideas and sowing the seeds for what will prove to be a GIANT of a pantomime.

The Gaiety Theatre, in association with The Coo Shed have teamed up with brand new writing duo Ken Alexander and Fraser Boyle to create the first in-house pantomime since The Gaiety re-opened in 2012. Focusing on local traditions, places and names, The Gaiety are creating a truly Ayrshire pantomime that will give local people a show they can call their own;

We’re very keen that the panto is tailor-made for the theatre and the audience in Ayrshire as well. So it’s going to be set in Ayrshire, in a country village so there will be lots of local references – very topical, we hope. Ken Alexander

The cast, made up of Chris Forbes [Scot Squad], Karen Bartke [Scot Squad], Gavin John Wright [River City], Kirsty Malone [Sunshine on Leith], David McGowan [Trust Me] and Jillian Cunningham, together with full ensemble, will be performing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at The Gaiety from Friday 29th November – Sunday 5th January. Tickets are available from The Gaiety Box Office on 01292 288235 or online at http://www.thegaiety.co.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk

29th November 2019 – 5th January 2020

Main Theatre

£14.00 – £22.00

Family Ticket: £72

Phone: 01292 288235

Online: http://www.thegaiety.co.uk

Box Office: The Gaiety, Carrick Street, Ayr

NEWS: Eight-year-old boy lands leading panto role at Eastwood Park Theatre

An eight-year-old boy has landed a leading role in his local theatre’s official pantomime production and is set to perform to thousands of theatre goers this December.

Giffnock Primary pupil Sam Felderhof will play his dream role of Buttons in Eastwood Park Theatre’s all singing, all dancing panto.

The school boy secured a place at GAMTA, home to many Scottish stars in the making, when he was just six years old and recently appeared in Bugsy Malone at Brickhouse Theatre, playing one of Fat Sam’s Gang.

Sam will join the rest of the GAMTA cast including leading lady Ava Anderson, who will play Cinderella, and Ugly Sisters Chiara Flynn and Rebecca McComb on stage.


Image: Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital

Sam said: “The casting took place last week and I was so excited to be told I was going to play Cinderella’s best pal Buttons – I can’t wait to get all the kids in the audience joining Buttons’ gang.

“It’s such a fun part to play in what’s set to be a huge GAMTA panto production. All the other cast members have great experience performing for big audiences and singing with live bands so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot along the way.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at Eastwood Park Theatre – it’s my local theatre and I’ve always wanted to be on stage there so to land a lead role there so early on has been a dream come true for me.”

18-year-old Ava Anderson from Hamilton, who will play Cinderella, said the whirlwind of panto has already begun.

Ava said: “I auditioned on Wednesday, was told I was successful on Saturday and on Sunday I went along to Eastwood Park Theatre in a Cinderella ballgown for a ‘Selfies with Cinders’ event and had my picture taken with lots of little princesses and prince Charmings.

“I have been at GAMTA since I was 14 and played the the Fairy Godmother in The Wiz at the Citizen’s Theatre last year.

“I love singing, acting, dancing and audience interaction so I can’t wait to get the panto rehearsals underway – it’s going to be a brilliant show.”

Tickets are £15 standard/£45 for a family panto pass and are on sale now for Cinderella at Eastwood Park Theatre- oh yes they are! www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice.

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.

REVIEW: Cinderella – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

The SEC Armadillo pantomime has gone all-out in its efforts to sparkle and shine brighter than its rivals: even before you enter there’s the dazzling 5 foot high letters spelling out the title of the show, then there’s the twinkling lights from the 20 foot Christmas tree, the flashing neon of the big wheel and the rainbow-hued SSE Hydro right next door. For sheer sparkling extravagance in set, costume and lighting design, no expense has been spared in this year’s offering, Cinderella. Cinder’s starlit crystal coach is a particular highlight, sparkling as it flies out above the audience.

There’s the cast too, Scottish TV comedy giants Jonathan Watson and Gavin Mitchell, music, theatre and River City star Frances Thorburn, musical theatre star Keith Jack and veteran comedy duo The Krankies.

The storyline is a simplistic and very streamlined version of the traditional tale: the two ugly step-sisters are mean to poor old Cinders (though not as mean as they could be); Cinders can’t go to the ball; the prince masquerades as a servant and falls in love with our heroine in the woods; Cinders gets her glad-rags on and goes to ball in disguise; Prince and Cinders are re-united; slipper gets lost; slipper finds its owner; the lovestruck pair get married, and yes, they all live happily ever after.

There’s no slapstick, no audience participation and no sweetie throwing as expected from a ‘traditional’ panto. There is however heavy reliance on The Krankies to provide the light relief, but their smut-laden and entirely inappropriate dialogue is woefully outdated in 2018 – and this comes from someone who is very much not of the ‘snowflake generation’. Watson and Mitchell are fine comic actors and do their best with the material given and Thorburn and Jack, both gifted singers only have a few short moments to show their considerable talents. They are all supported by a hard working, top-notch adult ensemble and a well-drilled children’s troupe from JazzartUK.

Very much geared towards adults, this is a beautifully staged panto, but I can’t help think that opportunities were wasted by the script writers and director with such a talented cast of actors.

Runs until 30th December 2018

Tickets available HERE

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