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NEWS: OPERA HIGHLIGHTS TOURS TO 17 VENUES ACROSS SCOTLAND THIS AUTUMN

On September 12, Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off with four singers and a pianist journeying to 17 venues the length and breadth of Scotland, from Kirkwall in the north to Stranraer in the south.

Travelling the highways and byways by land, sea and air, the Autumn tour begins in Motherwell before heading to Stirling, Stonehaven, Tain, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Oban, Galashiels, Perth, Dunfermline, Thurso, Kirkwall, Ellon, Stranraer, Greenock and Musselburgh.

The setting for director Roxana Haines’ production of Opera Highlights is a beautiful garden party, and features a playlist of operatic classics and must-hear rarities, curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. Highlights include Delibes’ ‘Flower Duet’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Blue larkspur in a garden’ and many more from the likes of Mozart, Lehár and Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli.

Pianist/Music Director Ian Shaw is joined by Scottish Opera Emerging Artist soprano Charlie Drummond; mezzo-soprano Martha Jones; tenor Alex Bevan and baritone Mark Nathan, who is also a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this Season.

The same show returns in Spring 2020, with a different cast: soprano Zoe Drummond; mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat; tenor Andrew Irwin and baritone Arthur Bruce, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist who is a former member of Scottish Opera Young Company. It will tour another 17 venues around Scotland from February 4: Bathgate, Birnam, Markinch, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Arrochar, Bunessan, Arisaig, Beauly, Cumnock, Castle Douglas, Callander, Lerwick, Peebles, Fochabers, Alford and Rutherglen. In total, this Season’s Opera Highlights is visiting 34 venues.

Roxana Haines, who is directing Scottish Opera’s Fox-tot! at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, said: ‘This year’s Opera Highlights cast cordially invite you to a party on your doorstep, set throughout luscious gardens and magical flora and fauna of Opera. The stage has been set, decorations unpacked and the guests have all arrived but, the only problem is, no one quite knows who or why we’re celebrating…

‘As the evening progresses, the connections between our characters unravel through music from the likes of Handel, Donizetti and Mozart, and lighter pieces from Gilbert & Sullivan and Vaughan Williams as well as a new work by Samuel Bordoli. Prepare for charm, magic and love in all its operatic forms.’

Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘I am delighted that Scottish Opera will be touring what promises to be another sensational Opera Highlights to 34 venues across Scotland in the Autumn and Spring. This longstanding and much acclaimed commitment by the Company to presenting work across Scotland is part of what makes us Scottish Opera, and is welcomed by our far-flung audiences as a lovely operatic tonic! Opera Highlights also serves to introduce young singers to our audiences, and greatly assists their development as artists alongside presenting the joys of opera and singing to our widely spread audience.’
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Opera Highlights Autumn Tour Cast and Creative Team

Soprano Charlie Drummond*
Mezzo-soprano Martha Jones
Tenor Alex Bevan
Baritone Mark Nathan*

Pianist/Music Director Ian Shaw
Director Roxana Haines
Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli*

*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Performance Diary

Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell
Thu 12 Sep, 7.30pm

Albert Halls, Stirling
Sat 14 Sep, 7.30pm

Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven
Tue 17 Sep, 7.30pm

Duthac Centre, Tain
Thu 19 Sep, 7.30pm

Macphail Centre, Ullapool
Sat 21 Sep, 7.30pm

An Lanntair, Stornoway
Tues 24 Sep, 7.30pm

Aros Centre, Portree
Thu 26 Sep, 7.30pm

Corran Halls, Oban
Sat 28 Sep, 7.30pm

Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
Tues 1 Oct, 7.30pm

Perth Theatre, Perth
Thu 3 Oct, 7.30pm

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Sat 5 Oct, 7.30pm

Thurso High School, Thurso
Tue 8 Oct, 7.30pm

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Thu 10 Oct, 7.30pm

Haddo House, Ellon
Sat 12 Oct, 7.30pm

Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Tues 15, 7.30pm

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Thu 17 Oct, 7.30pm

The Brunton, Musselburgh
Sat 19 Oct, 7.30pm

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Rusk! Baby Disco

RUSK! The baby disco is back by popular demand!

Bring your little ones down for some Saturday afternoon fun and join them in cutting some shapes on the dancefloor.

Our resident RUSK! DJ will be on hand to ensure the fun never stops and you can always take advantage of our chill out room if the pace gets too much.

Make sure you don’t miss out and book early!

RUSK! is suitable for everyone but may best be enjoyed by ages 6 months to 6 years.

Duration 2 hours

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 14 Sep 2019

Time: 2:00pm

Cost: £5.00 (adults go free)

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Theft at Rutherglen Town Hall

Rutherglen Repertory Theatre and Rutherglen Town Hall proudly present – Theft

Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find that your house has been burgled.

In this witty thriller, the culprit is still in the house and, for a while, he convinces the returning couples that he is a policeman.

Unmasked as the thief, Spriggs reveals that he knows a number of uncomfortable truths that disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and one formerly strong friendship.

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 6-7 Sep 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £8.00 / £7.00 concession

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER 2019 – Singing I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim 2

Singing I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim 2

Scotland’s favourite bigots are back in this hilarious new sequel to Des Dillon’s smash hit comedy, Singing I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim.

Join Billy and Tim as they find themselves stuck in the medical room at Hampden Park during the Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Celtic after making a bet that backfires with spectacular consequences.

Throw in a gallus wee Glaswegian ghost on a mission from God and a fierce Polish nurse with no time for nonsense and watch ninety minutes of outrageous comedy unfold.

Singing I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim 2 will take you on a priceless comical journey like you’ve never witnessed before and promises to have you laughing so hard you’ll be begging for extra time.

Starring Chris Taylor (Tim), Gary Morrison (Billy), Neil Bratchpeice (Ghost) and Zofia Sokolowitcz (Nurse).

“You’d have to be seriously dead not to laugh at this play”  – The Herald
“Celtic – Rangers rivalry, ghostly apparitions and great comedy lines” – Evening Times

Contains hilarious dialogue some people may find offensive.

Over 16s only.

Available to book online or by calling Rutherglen Town Hall on 0141 613 5700.

Date: 20 Sep 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £17.50

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

REVIEW: Oh! What a Night with The Sherry Babys

The popularity of Jersey Boys seems to know no bounds, with the first national tour running for nearly two years, the West End production in its eighth year and numerous tribute acts touring the length and breadth of the country. It’s the turn of The Sherry Babys (formerly The Rag Dolls) to deliver the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as well as some of the most famous songs of the Doo-Wap era in their production Oh! What a Night.

The hits of the Four Seasons are delivered with slick choreography clearly influenced by Sergio Trujillo’s signature choreography for Jersey Boys and some chat in American accents of varying degrees of success. The vocals are universally on-point, the only bug-bear being the changing (forgetting?) of lyrics by the singer with the Frankie Valli falsetto which prompted a bit of interval chat – these songs are now so well known by the audience that they really need to be perfect. The live backing band are competent and add an immediacy and energy to the production that is lacking in some tribute acts who sing to backing tracks, though the levels in the venue were a little over-amped at times. The doo-wop hits are delivered with the same enthusiasm Overtones-style.

The almost universal popularity of this music means that you are always going to be on to a winner. A highly entertaining evenings entertainment, thoroughly enjoyed by the sell-out crowd.

 

REVIEW: Them Beatles – Rutherglen Town Hall, Rutherglen @ThemBeatles

The apparently insatiable appetite for all things Beatles remains undiminished as the years go by. Them Beatles, based in Scotland, are one of the UK’s best Beatles tribute acts, and arrive in Rutherglen as part of the venue’s 10 Years, 10 Shows, 10 Days celebration.

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It’s a crowd-pleasing set but with some (pleasantly) surprising choices from the Fab Four’s vast back catalogue and the four musicians are undisputedly masters of their craft; multi-instrumentalists with engaging personalities there’s entertaining (in character) chat as well as the faithfully executed songs to enjoy.

To enhance the experience, projected screens are used in the transitions between eras; there’s the early Mop Top years, through the psychedelia of Sgt.Pepper to the Apple years all complete with costume and wig changes.

This is as good as it gets for any Beatles fan – a fabulous night that will send you back home with a spring in your step and a song in your heart.

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