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In May 1988 at the age of 31, Fred MacAulay looked at how his life was going and decided to do something radical. Working as a Financial Accountant and Company Secretary unbelievably just wasn’t fulfilling enough!

So, he entered a ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at Glasgow’s Mayfest and with scarcely 5 minutes of his own material walked on stage as a stand-up comedian for the very first time.

Within a short couple of years, the young father of three (even younger) children, was MC’ing The Comedy Store in London and decided that he should hang up his Accountancy boots/gloves/pencils/calculators once and for all and since 1st Feb 1993 he’s been a full time comedian, sometime radio host, tv show panellist/host and writer.

A regular at Edinburgh Fringe and with many tours under his belt, people around the UK and abroad will be familiar with Fred’s humour. A mixture of satire and observational comedy has kept Fred at the forefront of the UK Comedy scene for the last three decades.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fred’s initiation into the world of stand-up comedy he’s put together a small tour of some of his favourite venues around Scotland for his third successive summer tour. “I used to do my tours in the Autumn around England, but I’ll be honest……you soon tire of dark autumn evenings on the road to places that even the locals have never heard of!”

This tour takes in Orkney and Shetland. The Borders and the Highlands. Cities and towns. And villages. “I’ll go anywhere that’ll have me……It’s like having a summer holiday with a wee bit of work thrown in. And yes, the golf clubs will be in the back of the car.” (Some, who have seen Fred play golf, might say that’s the best place for them!!)

Acknowledged as one of the country’s finest stand-ups, this tour will be a welcome chance for fans to catch up with Fred’s views on what’s going on in the world (What IS going on in the world???) and equally another chance for Fred’s (still growing) fanbase to expand with new fans.

St Andrews, Byre Theatre Sat 5th May
Largs, Barrfields Theatre Fri 11th May
Rutherglen, Rutherglen Town Hall Fri 25th May
Langholm, Buccleuch Centre Sun 27th May
Port Ellen (Isle of Islay), Ramsay Hall Tues 29th May
Ayr, Gaiety Theatre Wed 30th May
Findhorn, Universal Hall Sat 2nd June
Inverness, Eden Court Sun 3rd June
Peebles, Eastgate Theatre Fri 8th June
Perth, Perth Theatre Sat 9th June
Shetland, Mareel Fri 15th June
Paisley, Paisley Arts Centre Sat 16th June
Arbroath, Webster Memorial Theatre Sun 17th June
Stirling, Tolbooth Sat 23rd June
Kilmarnock, The Park Hotel Sun 24th June
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, The Maltings Sat 7th July
Orkney, Orkney Theatre Fri 13th July
Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall Sat 14th July
Cumnock, Town Hall Sat 22nd Sept
Pitlochry, Festival Theatre Sun 23rd Sept
Strathaven, Town Mill Arts and Heritage Centre Fri 28th Sept

Age restriction: 16+


Paisley has been chosen as the site for Scottish Opera’s production of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci (The Clowns) in July 2018. The performances will take place at the city’s Seedhill Playing Fields in a huge tented structure, and Scottish Opera is inviting local people from across Renfrewshire and beyond to be part of the performing company of up to two hundred.

Pagliacci tells the story of Canio, the leader of a troupe of travelling players, who discovers his wife Nedda is having an affair. His jealousy erupts before an unsuspecting audience, as the play-within-a-play takes a tragic turn.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford will conduct and Bill Bankes-Jones, founder of Tête à Tête Opera, will direct the promenade production, which is being specially created to be staged outwith the walls of Scottish Opera’s usual theatre venues.

Open to everyone aged 16 and over who enjoys singing, dance or drama or who would like to learn a new skill, those interested are invited to attend one of four taster events at Scottish Opera’s Silver Cloud Studio in Hillington in November. No previous performance experience is needed and those who take part will be right in the middle of the action, performing alongside The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, international soloists and a professional chorus. The Company also wants to hear from existing theatrical, musical, gymnastic, cheer-leading or sporting groups to be part of the carnival-like setting which will be created for the show.

The November taster sessions will be followed by an introductory weekend in January and weekly rehearsals for the landmark immersive production will begin in early March. The performances of Pagliacci (The Clowns) will be on 26, 28 and 29 July in Paisley, which has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture in 2021.

Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Nadine Livingston (La bohème, 2017) sings the role of Nedda. Making his Scottish Opera debut, Trinidadian tenor Ronald Samm will sing the role of her husband Canio. Robert Hayward (Bluebeard’s Castle, 2017) will return to the Scottish Opera stage as Tonio, the fool.

Stuart Stratford said: ‘Sometimes the best place to perform a piece is outside the theatre. An opera like Pagliacci is crying out for a different approach – I can’t think of a better way to present it, and to capture its energy, than with hundreds of performers from all walks of life.’

Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director said: ‘Since Stuart Stratford began his tenure at Scottish Opera as Music Director, he has been particularly keen to do a site-specific opera so I am thrilled we are coming to Paisley with what promises to be a spectacular production of Pagliacci. We are looking forward to getting local people involved in this exciting event – you don’t need to have any experience to take part, just lots of enthusiasm!’

Bill Bankes-Jones added: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this pioneering project, and can’t think of anywhere better than Paisley to stage Pagliacci in conjunction with the formidable forces of Scottish Opera.  Creating a world where some performers visit a community mid-festival will be magical in Paisley, with its huge cultural heritage and the wonderful Sma’ Shot Day to trigger our imaginations.  I can’t wait to see how Paisley and Scottish Opera collaborate and inspire each other through this project.’

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: ‘We are thrilled Scottish Opera is bringing this production to Paisley next year. Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 aims to bring some of the finest artists from Scotland and beyond to Paisley to work with our homegrown talent and for our local audiences to enjoy.
‘We have some fantastic choirs here in Paisley – at the last count there were 26 – and I am sure they will relish the chance to be part of this amazing production of one of the world’s best-loved operas. At the same time, we are excited at the chance to make use of a site which has never hosted anything of this kind – our bid aims to use every corner of Paisley to deliver the benefits of culture to those who stand to gain most, and this is a wonderful way to explore how that will work.’

Those who wish to find out more or take part in the production should contact Donna Macpherson: donna.macpherson@scottishopera.org.uk or 0141 332 9559

Community Taster Sessions

Silver Cloud Studio, North Point, Unit 20, 37 Gordon Avenue, Hillington Park, G52 4TG

Mon 20 Nov, 7-9pm

Tue 21 Nov, 2-4pm

Wed 22 Nov, 7-9pm

Thu 23 Nov, 7-9pm

Performance Diary

Seedhill Playing Fields, Paisley

Thu 26 July, 7pm

Sat 28 July, 7pm

Sun 29 July, 3pm

WHAT’S ON JULY: Open Air Shakespeare at Bothwell Castle & Chatelherault Country Park

Folksy Theatre bring their outdoor Shakespeare to Bothwell Castle this summer.

Join the Prince Of Denmark as he battles his inner demons and seeks to avenge his late father.

This production will be filled with live folk music and colourful characters in an apt Victorian setting – it promises to be Hamlet as you’ve never seen it before.

Bring along your picnics, blankets and folding chairs to enjoy this wonderful open-air production.

BOTHWELL CASTLE Saturday 18th July – Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1409842

CHATELHERAULT COUNTY PARK – Sunday 19th – Monday 20th July  –http://www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/SLLC/news/article/1513/open_air_production_-_hamlet

Licensed bar and barbecue available from doors opening.

Premier Showing
Sunday 19th July
Doors open 7:30pm – Play starts 8:30pm
Reserved table area:
£24.95 Early bird £21.95
Tiered seating area:
£21.95 Early Bird £19.95
All tickets include free Barbecue and salad
(All tickets as priced. There are no children priced tickets for this showing)

Family Showing
Monday 20th July
Doors open 7:00pm – Play starts 8:00pm
Reserved tabled area:
£24.95 Early bird £21.95 Children £9.95
Tiered seating area:
£21.95 Early Bird £19.95 Children £9.95
All tickets include free Barbecue and salad

Children’s actors workshop
Monday 20th July “Play in a day”
Chatelherault Visitor centre 10:00am to 5:00pm
Includes children’s play in a day live performance at 6:45pm
With the chance to appear in that evening’s main production.
£10 includes lunch and entry to the main performance with a paying adult.
Limited ACE places available.

To book and for further information Tel 01698 426213 10:00am to 4:00pm

Date: 19-20 Jul 2015

Time: 7:30pm for 8:30pm start 19 Jul, 7:00pm for 8:00pm start 20 Jul, Children’s workshop 10:00am 20 Jul

Cost: Children £9.95 Adult from £19.95-£24.95

Venue: Chatelherault Country Park

WHAT’S ON JULY: Dirty Water at East Kilbride Village Theatre

Dirty Water
By John Stuart

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July 2015 / 8.00pm at East Kilbride Village Theatre
£10.00 / £8.00 concession

Dirty Water is a comedy set in the housing schemes of Glasgow. Jock, Crawford, Boab and Brian all work for the worst independent close cleaning service – Eager Beaver Cleaners.

The company is contracted by the Council and after a mounting number of complaints the lads will have to undergo an inspection where their jobs hang in the balance but with this team of misfits, mopping floors isn’t as simple as it seems. This is a story about friendship, love and the jobs we hate to do.

Contains language which may offend.

TICKETS: http://www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk/show_events_list.asp