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WHAT’S ON MARCH: FERGUSON AND BARTON BRING A NEW PIECE OF HITCHCOCK INSPIRED DANCE THEATRE TO PLATFORM

Ferguson and Barton is an exciting new piece of dance-theatre coming to Platform on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March 2019, which takes a dark look on gender, relationships and film. Filmic images are re-enacted and destroyed through movement, live video and fragmented text.

Loosely inspired by Hitchcock’s film Vertigo, Ferguson and Barton is a riotous challenge to the Hollywood patriarchy. It asks: ‘how do women play women and men play men?’. And do we have any hope of playing these roles together? In reaching back to Hitchcock’s 1958 classic film, Ferguson and Barton seeks to disrupt our contemporary perception of gender norms.

Show co-creator, Jim Manganello said: “Ferguson and Barton is a show about relationships, how we sustain them and how we mess them up. The two title characters love a bit of mischief. They want to explode the romantic images manufactured by Hollywood. So they make, on stage, a kind of alternative film of their own.”

Lucy Ireland, who also created the show, said: “We hope to bring together audiences that traditionally stick to either theatre or dance, giving them a kinetic experience that’s connected to the big themes of today. With Ferguson and Barton, this means taking on the Hollywood patriarchy and the archaic images of men and women that they’ve fed us.”

Ferguson and Barton is the first full piece presented by Shotput, recently founded in Glasgow as a bridge between theatre and dance. The show is created by Lucy Ireland and Jim Manganello, designed by Anna Yates, with lighting design by Emma Jones. It is made in association with Platform after being developed at Dance Base and The Work Room, with the support of Creative Scotland.

Ferguson and Barton

Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, G34 9JW

Mon 11th and Tue 12th March 2019 at 7pm

£8.50 (Full price), £5 (Concession) and £4 (Local Links)

Tickets via Platform Box Office: www.platform-online.co.uk / 0141 276 9696 (opt 1)

NEWS: SAILOR JERRY RETURNS TO SCOTLAND FOR ‘CITY TAKEOVERS’ HONOURING BOLD LOCAL TALENT

Sailor Jerry rum – is set to return to Scotland this March for three ‘all-in’ city takeovers celebrating the best of local culture in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow.

Following the success of last year’s Jerry’s Open House in Glasgow, the month-long series of City Takeover events, gigs, pop-ups and competitions will pay homage to Scotland’s creative community by supporting homegrown talent and promoting independent businesses.

Throughout the month ‘flash art’ inspired by the iconic designs of Sailor Jerry’s namesake, legendary tattoo artist Norman Collins, will appear across the three cities. Residents are encouraged to #SJFollowTheFlash by visiting participating hotspots, including bars, restaurants, tattoo shops and barbers, as well as city walls and university campuses, to be in with a chance of winning tickets to a once-in-a-lifetime experience…

 

Sailor Jerry: The Castle Takeover will see over 200 lucky prize winners transported to a spectacular secret castle in the Scottish countryside for a night of mind-blowing music, food and, of course, damn-tasty Sailor Jerry drinks. To enter, simply upload pictures of the flash designs to social media using #SJFollowTheFlash and tag Sailor Jerry.

For other City Takeover events Sailor Jerry have collaborated with bold businesses that, like Norman Collins, choose to define themselves on their own terms. This includes a mini-tour of Scotland’s best music venues featuring special guest headliners and awesome local support. The brand has also partnered-up with local food-heroes, independent barbers and rad tattoo shops to dish out complimentary haircuts, pizzas, killer rum cocktails and discounted flash tattoos. Plus, a music competition to uncover the best talent Scotland has to offer.

CITY TAKEOVER EVENTS:

FLASH LIVE: Lookout for Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins inspired flash art at various local venues and sites and enter the #SJFollowTheFlash competition. To enter, simply upload pictures of the #SJFollowTheFlash designs you discover to social media and tag Sailor Jerry.

Citywide, throughout the month. For a full list of Flash Live sites see the Sailor Jerry website

TRIMS N TUNES: Enjoy the finest cuts and freshest beats as barbers and hair stylists dish out free trims courtesy of Sailor Jerry at Trims n Tunes pop-ups. First come, first served.

Dundee – Sat 16th March @ Hard Grind, 18b Exchange St, DD1 3DL

Glasgow – Sat 16th March @ Safe Hands, 5 Miller St, G1 1EA

Edinburgh – Sat 23rd March @ Sink & Anchor, 13 West Port, EH1 2JA

SJ PRESENTS: Three nights, three cities; a Sailor Jerry mini-tour of Scotland’s most iconic music venues, featuring special guest headliners and awesome local support acts.

Glasgow – Tue 19th March, 8pm @ Stereo, 22-28 Renfield Ln, G2 6PH. Buy tickets.

Edinburgh – Wed 20th March, 8pm @ La Belle Angele, 11 Hastie’s Close, EH1 1HJ. Buy tickets.

Dundee – Thu 21st March, 8pm @ Church, 15 Ward Road, DD1 1ND. Buy tickets

All tickets £5 + booking fee, price includes a Sailor Jerry cocktail. 18+ only.

FLASH DAY: Ever fancied getting a piece of classic Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins inspired ink? Now’s your chance. Local tattoo shops will be hosting exclusive flash days; throw a dart at the board to determine your design. First come, first served. Flash between £30 to £50.

Glasgow – Sat 23rd March @ Land Ahoy, 118 Sauchiehall, G2 3DH

Dundee – Sat 23rd March @ Carpe Diem, 15 Arbroath Rd, DD4 6EW

Edinburgh – Sun 24th March @ Studio XIII, Jeffrey St, EH1 1DR

LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS: Sailor Jerry will be partnering with local food-heroes and the best independent barbers to offer discounts, freebies and drinks throughout the month. 500 free pizzas will be up for grabs, along with 15% discount on barber services – but you will need a password or coupon. Head to the Sailor Jerry website to retrieve them!

Food: Glasgow – Pizza Punks | Edinburgh – Civerinos | Dundee – The Giddy Goose

Barbers: Glasgow – Safe Hands | Edinburgh – Sink & Anchor | Dundee – Hard Grind

 

SCOTLAND UNSIGNED: An online competition championing Scotland’s thriving music scene, in partnership with Tenement TV. Submit your demo to be in with a chance of winning £1000 worth of music equipment and a support slot at Sailor Jerry: The Castle Takeover.

More details TBA, in the meantime keep an eye on the Sailor Jerry website

 

For more information on all Sailor Jerry City Takeover events and how to enter the #SJFollowTheFlash competition, please visit: sailorjerry.com/en-gb/blog 

 

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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 MARCH: Interference at City Park

A few decades from now, a woman waits in a VR metaverse to do homework with her ten year old daughter.

In a care home staffed by advanced AIs, an elderly woman struggles to make a connection with her android carer.

A couple are struggling to conceive, but fortunately their company has the perfect solution.

Interference is a trilogy of near future plays. Staged in an empty office block transformed with vivid projection and atmospheric soundscapes. It asks the question: will technology interfere with what we really need from each other?


Interference is staged in an empty office space within CityPark, 368 Alexandra Parade. Seating is unreserved and the venue is fully accessible.

Concession and Futureproof Passport tickets are available, click here to find out more about joining the Passport scheme if you are aged 14 – 26.

Running Time:

150 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Captioned

  • Audio Described

  • Autism Friendly

  • Relaxed Performance

Recommended Age Guide:

14+

Language:

English

Written by Morna Pearson, Hannah Khalil and Vlad Butucea. Directed by Cora Bissett.

WHAT’S ON MARCH: New show Little Gift comes to Paisley Arts Centre

Award-winning M6 Theatre Company present Little Gift, a brand-new family show touring to Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March. 

Directed by Andy Manley (White, One Little Word), one of the world’s leading theatre makers producing work for children and young people, Little Gift tells an optimistic story of friendship and hope.

Ted is a lonely old soul, living all alone in the big city. One morning his life is changed forever when a mysterious helping hand steps in and disrupts his quiet routine. This playful show presents Ted’s tale with a heart-warming mix of puppetry, live music and song.

Artistic Director of M6, Gilly Baskeyfield, created the show with Andy Manley:

“The idea for the show came from a chat with Andy about stories of redemption and helping a sad character, much like A Christmas Carol. Giving a gift is a lovely thing for both parties. It’s a way of noticing somebody and saying ‘I remember you’. ”

Little Gift is performed by actor Guy Hargreaves, who has worked previously with M6 on the original tour of their OFFIE Award-winning show Whatever the Weather. Gilly explains:

“We knew we needed a very special actor to bring Little Gift to life and we saw a number of performers for the role. Guy’s wonderful attitude, alongside his top notch clowning, dancing and musical skills make him the perfect fit. The audiences love him.”

Founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering high quality theatre for young audiences. The company’s production of WHATEVER THE WEATHER (in association with Polka Theatre, created and directed by Gilly Baskeyfield) won an Off West End Theatre Award in 2016 for Best Production for Young People (0-7 years).

Little Gift is recommended for ages 3-7. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Paisley Arts Centre box office on 0300 300 1210 or visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on .

Images: Lewis Wileman

WHAT’S ON FEB/MARCH: Rouse Ye Women at John Smith House & Clydebank Town Hall

Townsend Theatre Productions has announced the world premiere of its new show “Rouse, Ye Women!”

This groundbreaking folk opera tells the true story of Mary Macarthur and the women chainmakers and features original songs and music composed by revered folk musician John Kirkpatrick (Steeleye Span, Home Service, Richard Thompson Band).

The role of trade unionist and strike leader Mary Macarthur will be performed by Scottish folk singer Bryony Purdue. Purdue is an outstandingly versatile and charismatic performer and has sung with UK Opera companies Opera GlassWorks, Longborough Festival Opera and touring ensembles VoxCollective and Transatlantic Ensemble.

Folk singer Rowan Godel will play chainmaker Bird. Godel is a rising star in the music world and has worked extensively with some of the biggest names in folk, including Oysterband (duetting with John Jones on Street of Dreams, Spirit of Dust and more ), The Levellers and Ray Cooper.

Women chainmakers in the Black Country in the 1900s started work at the forge as children and spent their entire lives making chains. These women had no vote, were largely illiterate, worked a 54-hour week for ‘starvation wages’, and had to take their children to work.

But in the Autumn of 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers of Cradley Heath held a ten-week strike against their employers. Led by the remarkable trade union organiser and campaigner Mary Macarthur, they won a minimum wage which doubled their incomes.

More importantly, they returned to work confident in the knowledge that by sticking together in a union they could stand up to the chain masters and companies.

The strike was a prelude to the ‘Great Unrest’ of industrial action that swept Britain in 1911, and led to a landmark victory for a fair wage, changing the lives of thousands of workers, whilst proving their economic power.

‘Rouse, Ye Women!’ is a folk-song opera that tells the story of Mary Macarthur and the chainmakers, and shares the story of the lives of the workers and campaigners through rousing, heartfelt traditional song and music.

Director Louise Townsend said: “The focus of the production is not just the massive achievement of the women chainmakers in their fight for better wages, but also how Mary Macarthur and the National Federation of Women Workers, of which she was a founding member, sought to challenge the prevailing view that women made poor trade unionists, were a threat to male employment and wages, and were generally unorganisable.

“Mary Macarthur herself wanted trade unions to educate women workers to be better citizens, empower them to demand more from life and gain fair treatment as workers; to ensure that women can be an effective force within the trade union movement to strengthen the position of the entire industrial working class.

“Through this production we will aim to draw parallels with the inequalities in the lives of women just over a hundred years ago with modern issues of family life, low pay, the minimum wage, the gender pay gap and equality of opportunity.”

Writer, actor and musician Neil Gore said: “The story is truly inspirational because it centres on the energy and drive of Mary Macarthur, and her skills as an organiser and tactician. She came to be admired by her trade union and socialist comrades as well as those in positions of power – employers, business leaders and those in government. But, most importantly, she gained the trust of those women workers that she so skilfully organised and represented. She lived a thrilling, breathless life sustained with unfaltering courage and determination to achieve; she was cool and persuasive in argument and possessed immense good-humour and common-sense. Through this production we aim to celebrate her enormous achievements and her all-too-often overlooked legacy.”

John Kirkpatrick said: “The songs and music for “Rouse Ye Women!” are inspired in large part by traditional industrial folk song, music hall, and protest songs, as well as from projects created within the folk revival period of the 1960s and 70s, themselves based on direct links with traditional music of the past, with a modern, contemporary twist. Industrial folk song originally emerged in Britain in the 18th century from the Industrial Revolution. These workers tended to take the forms of music with which they were familiar, ballads and agricultural work songs, and adapt them to their new experiences and circumstances. They tended to be descriptive of work, often political in nature, and were sung between work shifts or in leisure, expressing workers’ interests and aspirations, and passed on among themselves by oral means.

“Other influences would come from popular and musical hall songs as well as formal hymns that had been adopted by the workers. The various types of song include chants of labour and protest including narratives of disasters, laments for conditions and political strike ballads. Amongst these are also songs about heroic and mythical figures of industrial work.

“There was a great tradition for women to sing at work in the big factories and the back-yard forges, especially music hall songs; their strong melodies and clear narratives having a wide appeal: “They can’t stop us singing! It’s a way of getting rid of the boredom”, as one worker once put it.

“Through the description and poetry or wit and wisdom of songs from this time, one can gain a feel for the hardships and pleasures; the day-to-day struggle for existence, as well as the ways of breaking the monotony of work with descriptions of local events and incidents, or through after-work collective relaxation.

“Through new rousing songs and moving ballads we aim to tell the story of the Women Chainmakers’ Strike by reflecting, imitating and embellishing the styles of music that were most significant to those who struggled to make the strike a success.”

             FEB 25 – 7.00PM – CLYDEBANK TOWN HALL

  • MAR 27 – 7.30PM – ST JOHN SMITH HOUSE GLASGOW

  • MAR 28 – 7.30PM – BIRNAM ARTS

  • MAR 29 – 7.30PM – NORTH EDINBURGH ARTS

NEWS: Sarah Darling returns to Glasgow this March

Following the release of her new single ‘Call Me’, country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling announces a string of tour dates taking place in March 2019. In support of her upcoming 5th studio album ‘Wonderland’ (released March 1st 2019) Sarah will play concerts in Glasgow, London, Norwich, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Leeds. Tickets available now via Sarah’s official website: www.sarahdarling.com.

Speaking about performing in her home-away-from-home, Sarah said, “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK to share my new music. Doubly excited since many of the tracks on ‘Wonderland’ are “made in the UK” with UK co-writers and producers! Britain has a special place in my heart, and the audiences have always been so warm and welcoming.”

‘Call Me’, signposts the latest stop on a journey that Sarah has been undertaking towards the most promising and anticipated album of her career. Sarah describes ‘Wonderland’ as a transformative time in her life, one that has allowed her to experiment in new sonic territories. “The whole concept of my ‘Wonderland’ album was to explore a brand new world artistically.  Because of my connection to the U.K., I thought ‘what better place to bring my Nashville roots to be creative’. I think it’s good as an artist to stretch the boundaries, because you are always growing and that’s how you find new magic and move forward to wonderful, new places.”

A host of exceptional artists came on board to collaborate with Sarah on ‘Wonderland’, including writers from both the US and UK.  Working with these songwriters has been a dream for Sarah, who took the challenge of writing with guests in her stride, “I’ve been in England for most of the year co-writing and working with producers. On this project, it’s really about new friends and new ideas. I literally would walk into a co-writing session, and had never met the person before. It’s so incredibly exciting to be finishing up the album, and to say I’ve recorded this in a different country. It’s a true reflection of me, and the current ride I’m on. Not to mention, I have new friends and memories for life. Music is about the connection. I’m so proud to share this trans-Atlantic collaboration. It’s the greatest adventure of my life to date!”

 Sarah will be performing songs from ‘Wonderland’ for UK fans at the following locations on her 8-date tour.

Sarah Darling March 2019 UK tour:

Tue 12 Mar –     Glasgow –         Oran Mor

Wed 13 Mar –   London –           Bush Hall

Thu 14 Mar –     Norwich –         Arts Centre

Sat 16 Mar –      Manchester –    Deaf Institute

Sun 17 Mar –     Liverpool –        Leaf

Mon 18 Mar –    Bristol –            Fleece

Wed 20 Mar –   Brighton –          Komedia

Thu 21 Mar –     Leeds –             Brudenell Social Club

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Heart of Darkness at the Tron

imitating the dog to premiere bold new retelling of Joseph Conrad’s iconic novel Heart of Darkness.

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative performance theatre companies, are set to bring their unique theatrical vision to the Tron Theatre when they premiere a bold retelling of Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential and timely novel – Heart of Darkness from 7th – 9th March 2019.

Following on from their popular and critically acclaimed adaptation in 2014 of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog will stage an exploration of Conrad’s classic novel filled with visually rich, multi-layered work that fuses live performance and digital technology.

Written more than 100 years ago, amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, Heart of Darkness, which explores the journey of Conrad’s narrator Charles Marlow travelling up the Congo river into the Congo Free State in the heart of Africa, is a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now retold as a journey of a black woman through war-torn Europe, the play explores a forsaken landscape lost to the destructive lust for power and emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

Negotiating race, gender and the themes of exploitation, violence and nationalism, imitating the dog’s Heart of Darkness is a searing parable for our times, created at a moment when versions of Britain’s colonial past seem to be being held up as a golden era and when our relationship to Europe is being severely tested.

The production’s ensemble will feature Laura Atherton (A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog); Msimisi Dlamini (Soul Sister, West End and UK Tour, Spanish Tragedy (Arcola Theatre); Butterfly Lion (Curve Theatre Leicester); Morven Macbeth (A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog; Bring The Happy, Invisible Flock and Opening Skinner’s Box, improbable), Matt Pendergast (The Train, imitating the dog) and Keicha Greenidge (In the Club, Bafta winning Three Girls and From Darkness, all BBC).

Heart of Darkness is retold and directed by imitating the dog founder members Pete Brooks and Andrew Quick (A Farewell to Arms and Kellerman, imitating the dog and The Carrier Frequency, Impact Theatre Co-operative). The production’s projection and video are designed by fellow original founder member Simon Wainwright (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court).

Running Time: approx. 110 minutes (including interval).

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Lubna Kerr – Where Are You Really From?

Lubna Kerr is confused about her identity. She was born in Pakistan, raised in Glasgow, married a man from Lanarkshire, has two Welsh children, one Scottish child and lives in Edinburgh. A trained pharmacist who now thinks Laughter is the best medicine. Lubna explores her identity as a Scottish Pakistani Muslim women living in a world dominated by fat, blond white men…

As seen on Still Game, Scot Squad, Armchair Detectives and (soon) Two doors down. Pharmacist, actress, comedian, writer, social entrepreneur and mother. Which hat fits? ‘One to watch’ Funny women.

FRIDAY 29 March 2019 – YES BAR, Drury Street, Glasgow G2 5AA

NEWS: WHYTE & MACKAY GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAMME

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) reveals its full programme, as this hugely popular event in the comedy calendar returns for its 17th year from Thursday 14 – Sunday 31 March 2019.

Top flight stand-up lined up for the 18-day festival includes: Limmy, Julian Clary, Reg D Hunter, Larry Dean, Jerry Sadowitz, Al Murray, Jasper Carrott, Elaine C Smith, Foil, Arms & Hog, Russell Kane, Des Clarke, Rich Hall and Scot Squad star Cameron Miekelson.

From the cerebral to the joyously daft, the programme has something for every taste and budget: An Evening With Eric & Ern evokes memories of Britain’s best loved double act; the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas offers a comedic exploration of topical issues from online privacy to toxic masculinity; Matt Winning takes on the most pressing (and depressing) issue of our times – climate change; and there will be two nights of comedy in the unusual surroundings of the Hunterian Museum.

The Glasgow Women’s Library will present the Women of Colour Comedy Collective, while Phil Differ and Janey Godley will be in conversation in two evenings at the City of Glasgow College. Some of the scene’s most innovative and creative comedians can be found at the Vacant Space – Josie Long, John Luke-Roberts, Helen Duff and Ben Target will all stage solo shows at the Finnieston gallery.

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival always features the very best of Scotland’s home grown talent: Phil Kay, Iain Connell, Rob Florence, Ashley Storrie, Mark Nelson, Chris Forbes and Gary Meikle are all set to appear. The festival also provides a platform for rising local stars, this year including Christopher MacArthur Boyd, Susie McCabe, Stephen Buchanan and Marc Jennings.

 2019’s roster of international humour brings together hugely popular audience favourites and hotly-tipped must-see performers: Tony Law, Sofie Hagen, Bobby Mair, Desiree Burch, Dave Fulton, Evelyn Mok, Sara Barron, Olga Koch, and Catherine Bohart will all be making the trip to Glasgow in March.

As well as stand up shows in some of the city’s biggest venues and intimate gigs in pubs, the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival features plays, sketches, improv, film and comedy for kids. Short Attention Span Theatre at the CCA features four new twenty-minute plays from Chris McQueer, Karen Barclay, Tom Brogan, and Catriona Duggan. Keith Farnan, James Campbell and Comedy with Baby! At Dram! provide laughs for all the family. Cinephiles can catch silent comedy and classic animation at the Britannia Panopticon, and special showings of Trainspotting and Gregory’s Girl at Sloans.

Comedy (and hip hop) fans on the look out for something a little bit different can catch the reliably anarchic CHUNKS collective’s ‘An Indeterminate Amount of Comedians Attempt to Perform 1993’s Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) in Full Live’ at The State Bar. For the more historically-minded, Scot Squad’s Karen Bartke will embody Mary Queen of Scots in a one woman show about life, love and hating your cousin. Avoiding the (very strong) temptation to declare GICF a Brexit-free zone, Ambush present The Salon Brexit Special at The Old Hairdressers – an idiosyncratic comedy cabaret which aims to distract us from stockpiling and blue passports in (at time of going to press) our final days of EU membership.

Events take place every day throughout the festival and tickets for all shows are on sale now, with some performances already selling out.

Sarah Watson, Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival Director, said: “Whether you’re a dedicated comedy fan seeking out the next big thing, or you’re thinking of catching some live stand up for the very first time we’ve got some great shows for you this year. It’s brilliant to see venues like The Old Hairdressers, The Bungo, Vacant Space and Yes Bar really get behind the festival with comprehensive programmes and a huge variety of shows across our run. Let’s face it, good news might be in short supply come late March, so GICF is hoping to provide a valuable public service by giving everyone something to laugh about for a few weeks at least!”

Ruairi Perry, Head of Blended Whisky Brands at Whyte & Mackay, said: “In 2019, we proudly celebrate 175 years of Whyte & Mackay. It’s our birthday year, we’re 175 years young and still surprisingly smooth. We’re delighted to start our birthday year celebrations by partnering with the biggest comedy festival in Europe- the Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2019. Let’s raise a dram to toast the biggest and best year yet! Slàinte mhòr.”

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival is supported by Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Councillor David McDonald, Chairman of Glasgow Life, said: “Looking at the line-up for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, you get a strong sense of the range of exceptional talent that will be appearing in the city in March 2019. Having so many local comedians among the headliners makes this festival so special and I am looking forward to some great nights out and some unforgettable performances. Whether you are enjoying the latest tour from one of your favourite acts or setting out to discover the stars of the future, we are all in for a great 18 days of comedy.”

 Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival promises to be another great event this year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the strength of the 2019 GICF programme is testament to that fact, with a variety of shows and venues, as well as big comedy acts and local talent there is undoubtedly something for everyone at the festival.”

Keep up to date with all the latest news by registering at glasgowcomedyfestival.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @glasgowcomedy.

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