Tag Archives: Tramway

NEWS: Tramway announces autumn season

Tramway returns this Autumn with a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic programme from renowned international artists, experimental performers closer to home from the theatre and dance worlds, and a spectacular exhibition programme. Performances promise something for everyone, from dance and experimental theatre fans, to art lovers, families, and the local community, on their streets.

There’s an ambitious international strand across programming. The venue is hugely excited to bring renowned French artist and set designer Phillipe Quesne to Glasgow with Farm Fatale (7 October); a magical post-human parable featuring five scarecrows, and offering a deeply topical ecological message in poetic form.

Meanwhile, Australian artists Club Ate present a colossal artwork, IN MUVA WE TRUST, which will be projected onto Tramway’s façade from The Hidden Gardens on Friday 28 October, presented as part of an evening experience which also includes a live DJ set, and Cade and MacAskill’s highly acclaimed The Making of Pinocchio, which will be performed on both 28 and 29 October. The Glasgow-based duo can expect a warm homecoming for this true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio.

The season is packed with exhilarating performance moments, including UTOPIAN (T&Cs apply) by Symoné (Saturday 24 September). Described as a surrealistic circus, and a queer-positive experience ‘inspired by raves and power play’, it also promises – according to one delighted reviewer, ‘a buzzing club atmosphere, amazing visuals and exceptional circus skills.’

The international strand is picked up again in Tramway’s main gallery, with a solo exhibition by Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz. She utilizes raw materials and rural systems of production to create complex spatial installations that draw connections between cellular, social, agricultural, and celestial interactions. Polish dancer and choreographer Pawel Sakowicz will present a new work responding to the forms and rhythms of the exhibition, in the gallery at its preview on the evening of 7 October (and again on Saturday 22 October, and Saturday 5 November).

Ahead of this, Tramway is delighted to present a new exhibition of work by the Glasgow artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019) who lived and worked in Glasgow’s southside for over sixty years, painting intimate, domestic scenes of his wife Pat, their four children and an extended family of friends and neighbours.

Gilbert’s vibrant and formally diverse paintings are characterised by bold, inventive colour palettes and flat areas of vivid pattern which sit next to one another in exuberant combinations. Along with his paintings, the exhibition includes black and white studies, as well as textiles, objects, and ephemera from the artist’s studio. His exhibition previews on Friday 2 September.

Pagrav Dance Company will kick off the performance season and continue the Tramway Beyond Walls strand on Saturday 3 September, with a free people-pleasing show devised by Urja Desai Thakore and Hetain Patel: Deva, performed outside the southside’s Langside Hall, playfully challenges myths and expectations of the South Asian body through Indian dance.

Expect more outdoors fun from procession performance STRUT Kids by MHz (Wednesday 5 October) while back indoors Tramway favourites Barrowland Ballet will entertain across the generations with a programme of live and filmed dance performances created within the local community (5 and 6 November).

More shows to look out for include the Artist Voice showcase (Saturday 19 November) from Project X Dance, champions of platforming Artists of Colour; and White and Givan’s exquisite dance performance Worn (Friday 11 November), which explores how the body is affected by the experiences, marks and scars that make us.

Jenny Crowe, Tramway Senior Manager, said: “We’re excited to present an ambitious Autumn and Winter programme featuring the very best international and homegrown artists across dance, performance and visual art. Our Tramway Beyond Walls programme continues with Deva, and the dazzling STRUT Kids, taking performance direct to local audiences, whilst our exhibition programme includes Iza Tarasewicz’s mesmerising large-scale installations and Norman Gilbert’s paintings providing an intimate snapshot of Glaswegian family life.”

September – November 2022 at Tramway and across Glasgow. Visit tramway.org for booking information.



Najma Hussein Abukar – Conversations about Art and Exile

Outdoor sites across the Southside of Glasgow

29 August – 25 September 2022


An outdoor photographic exhibition investigating the experiences of Scotland-based artists in ‘exile,’  recounting their lived experiences and aspirations.




Pagrav Dance Company – DEVA

Outside Langside Halls, Shawlands

Saturday 3 September

Performances at 12 noon and 2pm

ALL ages


Symoné presented by Scissor Kick – UTOPIAN (ts & cs apply)

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 24 September



Ages 16+


Outdoor performances across Southside streets
Wednesday 5 Oct, times and routes to be announced
Outdoor dance procession STRUT returns to Glasgow this autumn, and this time it’s the kids’ turn to
strut their stuff and show us their moves, as theatre makers MHz work with local schools.


Philippe Quesne – Farm Fatale

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 7 October, 7pm


Ages 12+


Pawel Sakowicz (live performance)

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 7 October, Saturday 22 and Saturday 5 November, various times



Cade and MacAskill – The Making of Pinocchio

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm


Ages 16+

A true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio – and a theatrical and cinematic spectacular.



Tramway (The Hidden Gardens), 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 28 October, from 9.30pm


Ages 12+

*Discounted double bill tickets are available for The Making of Pinocchio and IN MUVA WE TRUST (28 October only) £11/8


Barrowland Ballet presents

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 5 November, 7pm

Sunday 6 November, 3pm

ALL ages


White and Givan – Worn

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 11 November, 7.30pm


Ages 12+


Project X Dance – Artist Voice 2022

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 19 November, 7pm






Norman Gilbert

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 3 September 2022 to Sunday 5 February 2023

Preview 2 September

A major retrospective of the Glasgow South Side artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019).


Iza Tarasewicz

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 8 October 2022 to Sunday 29 January 2023

Preview 7 October (including live performance by Pawel Sakowicz)

The first solo show in Britain for the renowned Polish artist traces her own agricultural origins



REVIEW: 5 Tangos – Tramway, Glasgow

Hans Van Manen’s 1977 work 5 Tangos has been revived by Scottish Ballet for the inaugural Dance International Glasgow (DIG) festival.

Characterised by its precision and above all by its exquisite symmetry, this fusion of classical ballet technique and Argentine tango is an audience friendly crowd-pleaser from a choreographer renowned as a pioneer of ‘modern’ ballet.

Nuevo tango master Ástor Piazzolla’s score provides an atmospheric soundtrack on which the step-perfect action plays out: the dancers tracing mesmerising geometric patterns across the vast floor of Tramway. If any criticism is to be levelled at the piece it is that it robs the tango of its dangerous sexiness, this work is more playful than passionate. That said there is much here to delight the audience in this hugely entertaining work and it is delivered throughout with an impressive energy, drive and precision.

A poignant and somewhat fitting footnote to 5 Tangos is that it sees Argentinian dancer Luciana Ravizzi leave the company after 13 years, which she does with an exquisite grace in her principal role.

Reviewed on Fri 24 Apr 2015 as part of Dance International Glasgow

This review was originally written for and published by www.thepublicreviews.com

REVIEW: Marc Brew – Exalt, Tramway, Glasgow

In this world premiere of Exalt, Marc Brew has created an exceptionally emotive, eloquently choreographed, ultimately uplifting piece of work.

Choreographed in collaboration with the dancers of Scottish Ballet and inclusive dance development company Indepen-dance who provide opportunities for people with a diverse range of abilities, this is a  joyous celebration of movement: challenging our pre-conceptions about who can be labelled a ‘dancer’ and demonstrating just what those without rigorous formal training can achieve.

To a sonorous score by Nils Frahm, the two companies seamlessly blend to create an hypnotic and involving work. The solos, group and whole ensemble sequences demonstrate an inventive and original range of movement, expertly matched to the requirements of each dancer.

I defy anyone who sees this not be entranced. It is a piece that firmly cements Marc Brew’s reputation as one of the world’s finest living choreographers.

Reviewed on Fri 24 Apr 2015 as part of Dance International Glasgow festival

This review was originally written for and published by www.thepublicreviews.com

REVIEW: Dracula, Mark Bruce Company – Tramway, Glasgow

Played out against an impressively atmospheric and quite frankly terrifying set by Phil Eddolls, which becomes graveyard, tavern, salon and castle with horse-drawn carriage and even baying hounds, Mark Bruce’s dance version of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic classic Dracula is a phenomenally impressive piece of theatre.

ch-dracula-jonathan-goddard-publicity-head_950It grips from the first step and is hypnotic and transfixing to the last. Jonathan Goddard is impressive in the title role, keeping the performance strong, sensual and tortured, never veering into cheap eroticism, indeed so affecting is his portrayal that you can’t help wishing his pain away.

image by farrows creativeThere are a few moments of levity in the proceedings to off-set the horror but the overwhelming feeling is of darkness and whilst faithful to the original it is not slavishly so. There are many delightful nods to the original: a dove that carries letters to and from Jonathan and Mina, echoing the novel’s letters and diary entries and Dracula’s arrival in Whitby as a black dog but this time clad in a rather natty silk top hat. There is also a fantastically staged and choreographed folk-dance sequence which adds greatly to the atmosphere as Jonathan travels through Transylvania.

blogger-image-1176815377A company to look out for and a fantastic addition to the Dracula myth.


REVIEW: Marc Brew Triple Bill featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie – Tramway, Glasgow

This review was originally written for and published by The Public Reviews

Acclaimed Australian choreographer Marc Brew showcases his unique movement vocabulary and choreographic diversity in this inspirational and emotive triple bill.

Nocturne, is a contemporary dance quartet featuring an original score by Gary Lloyd and prose spoken by author Iain Banks. The opening piece of the programme, it gives the audience a glimpse through city windows at dusk, allowing us to furtively share the intimate moments and restless motions of the bedtime ritual. To its credit it resists the temptation to overuse the jagged, staccato movements which seem to dominate contemporary dance, instead the choreography is expressive, lyrical, flowing, and above all, accessible.

Remember When, Brew’s signature solo piece and the second element of the triple bill, draws upon his life experiences. At 20 years old Brew was injured in a car crash and confined to a wheelchair, as he folds and unfolds his body in this short segment, placing and replacing his limbs, he manages to convey an astounding range and depth of emotion as well as movement which clearly communicates to the audience the journey he has taken to get to where he is.

Aiming to explore the similarities and differences between classical ballet and contemporary dance and questioning whether these elements can be joined successfully, Fusional Fragments is a unique collaboration between Brew, world renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and prolific TV and film composer Philip Sheppard. The dancers display immense technical skill, agility and precision throughout the work, presenting themselves warrior-like as they interact with Andy Hamer’s striking lighting design and Glennie herself, as she stalks the stage weaving through them, playing an astonishing array of familiar and many more unfamiliar instruments, creating soundscapes which in turn hypnotise, energise and inspire their movements. Glennie’s live performance is the aural icing on the cake and the exceptional dancers and choreography, the visual.

The dancers are strong, dynamic and refreshingly quirky and individual, giving a unique, arresting feeling to this inspirational company and the choreography is compelling and mesmerising. This is a diverse programme and an ideal one to capture and keep those new to contemporary dance. The key to its success is its length, at around 20, 10 and 30 minutes for each element, it grabs and holds the audience’s attention from start to finish, its skilful editing ensuring that we see only the finest quality movement. Inspiring and essential viewing for dance fans.

REVIEW: Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Tramway Theatre Glasgow 22nd June 2012

Alan Cumming has said:

“I have been obsessed with Macbeth for as long as I can remember. It was the first Shakespeare I ever read, the first I was ever in and it continues to haunt and inspire me”.

It is a brave man indeed who decides to take one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays and tackle it (almost) alone. It is a truly great actor who can single-handedly hold an entire audience in enraptured silence for over 100 minutes and leave them emotionally wrung dry by the end – Alan Cumming is that actor.

Cumming’s theatrical history in Scotland has mainly been as a comic actor – and a fine one at that, but we, his countrymen seem to forget the string of awards he trails in his wake for a series of exceptional dramatic performances. The words Tony, Emmy, Olivier, and BAFTA are liberally sprinkled in his CV. Here he gets the chance to finally show his talents. The skill, grace and ingenuity with which he seamlessly tells the story of Macbeth is utterly hypnotic. He imbues more emotion, power and most of all, understanding to the tortured Scottish monarch than many full casts have managed to achieve.

The atmospheric set design of a desolate, cold psychiatric hospital and the cinematic reactive lighting is chillingly effective in creating an oppressive Orwellian feel.

This production is something truly different and special.

This radical re-imagining of the Scottish play by National Theatre of Scotland is only running for 17 performances at the Tramway prior to the show moving to New York. Unfortunately as of writing this the production is sold-out, but returns can be found by ringing the box office. It may not however, be the last we see of this production – fingers crossed for a triumphant return.

Directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg

Set Designer Merle Hensel

Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer Fergus O’Hare