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WHAT’S ON MAY: The North – accessible show comes to Platform

Joan Clevillé Dance comes to Platform with The North, the story of a young man who finds himself lost in a harsh yet delicate wilderness with only himself and two eccentric Northerners for company

Using dance, theatre, storytelling and puppetry, The North follows the story of John, a young man who finds himself lost in the harsh yet delicate wilderness of the North with only himself and two eccentric Northerners for company. Without any memory of who he is or where he comes from, John searches for meaning in an increasingly unpredictable environment where being lost is the norm and letting go the only way to survive.

The piece looks at choreographer Joan Clevillé’s own fascination with the idea of ‘North’ as a Catalonian living in Scotland: the landscape, the light, the creatures that inhabit it, but also the people, the dark humour, the silence. The piece deals with themes of identity, belonging, feeling like an outsider and finding your place in an uncertain world.

The North features original music and sound design by Luke Sutherland (former collaborator of Mogwai) featuring music from Wagner to Sinatra, and a striking lighting design by Emma Jones (Scottish Dance Theatre). Dancers Solène Weinachter and Newcastle born John Kendall who starred in Plan B for Utopia are joined on stage by Eve Ganneau (Scottish Dance Theatre, Andersson Ensemble).

Artistic Director Joan Clevillé said “We are delighted to be on the road again with The North.  People have very personal reactions to the piece, first of all, everyone carries their own, very intimate idea of what the north is and what it means. But the performance also talks about uncertainty and how we become comfortable with it (or not!).  I think this really touches people, as we are living through very unstable times on many different

 Rather than realistically describing one environment, which cinema is so good at, I am more interested in the human experience. I wanted to evoke a sense of disorientation, of being humbled by an environment that is stronger than us and that forces us to let go in order to survive.  Our followers will recognise the playfulness and versatility of our performers, but this new work has an intriguing, almost cinematic feel, that we hope will take audiences on a completely different journey’.

Joan Clevillé Dance is an independent dance company based in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Led by Artistic Director Joan Clevillé, the company aims to create intimate works that are honest, original and thought-provoking, inviting audiences to share the performers’ enquiry about themselves, each other, and the world we live in.  Joan has recently been appointed as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director and will take up the position in April 2019. 

www.joanclevilledance.com

The North


Platform, Easterhouse
Tue 28 May
Tickets: ££8.50/£5 (concession) / £4 (Local Links)

www.platform-online.co.uk

Running Time: 60 minutes | Guidance rating PG

Conceived and directed by Joan Clevillé

Choreography by Joan Clevillé with the dancers
Performed by:  Eve Ganneau, John Kendall, Solène Weinachter           

Dramaturgy by Ella Hickson

Costume and Set Design by Matthias Strahm  

Original Music and Sound Design by Luke Sutherland

Lighting Design by Emma Jones

Additional music by Richard Wagner, Mazzy Star, Nukariik Klavdiya Shulzhenko, and Frank Sinatra

 

NEWS: Scottish Premiere : Glesga Wumen-The Mystery Swally Adventure

Following the success of Carol Grant’s 2016 publication, the short novel, Glesga Wumen-The Mystery Swally Adventure goes on a bigger adventure as it moves from page to stage…for its Scottish Premiere at The Shed in Shawlands, May 10-12 as part of The Southside Fringe Festival.

Three “wumen” on the wine, end up at Wemyss Bay and a whole lot of shenanigans ensues…A psychic, a copper, a stripper and a stiff! Celebrating the highs (and lows) of lifelong friendships in Glorious Glesga.

WHAT’S ON PITLOCHRY: Summer Season 2019, Autumn & Festive Productions

Summer Season                 24 May – 5 Oct 2019

Autumn Production         17 Oct– 3 Nov

Festive Production           21 Nov – 23 Dec

To book, call Box Office on 01796 484626 or go online: www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com.

Summer Holiday
Stage adaptation by MICHAEL GYNGELL and MARK HADDIGAN. Based on the film SUMMER HOLIDAY, directed by PETER YATES, screenplay by RONALD CASS and PETER MYERS and by special arrangement with StudioCanal Orchestrations by KEITH STRACHAN Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited on behalf of Josef Weinberger Limited

During a wet Scottish summer, Pitlochry bus driver Don whisks his workmates away on a borrowed bus, in search of sunshine and fun in Athens!

Along the way, the boys pick up a stowaway, rescue stranded singing trio Do-Re-Mi and fall in love! One of the most popular movies of the 60s, immortalised by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, make sure you jump on board to sing along with the happiest, hit-filled, feel-good musical of your summer holiday.

Look out for news about our Theatre Bus Tour! We will be sharing songs and stories in lots of communities, bringing joy and art to as many people as possible. Expect those wonderful songs, In The Country, Summer Holiday, The Young Ones, Do You Wanna Dance, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy ,Living Doll , Move It  and On The Beach.

Tickets: from £20.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

8:00pm, 24 May 2019

2:00pm, 25 May 2019

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2:00pm, 29 May 2019

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Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward

 

Celebrated (and often cantankerous!) novelist Charles Condomine has invited a local medium and eccentric, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house,

as research for his latest book. Rather surprisingly, the hapless Arcati calls up the ghost of Charles’ first wife – the alluring Elvira. Safe in the knowledge that only Charles can see her, Elvira embarks on a series of troublesome events that

quickly move from somewhat harmless to very dangerous…

 

Blithe Spirit is Coward’s most successful, inventive, highly spirited comedy. It was the longest running hit of his career, the film version of which memorably

starred Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford.

 

If you relished our 2013 production of Present Laughter, then you’ll love this mischievous comedy that’s pure Coward at his nonchalant and sardonic best.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 6 June 2019

8:00pm, 7 June 2019

8:00pm, 15 June 2019

2:00pm, 22 June 2019

8:00pm, 25 June 2019

2:00pm, 26 June 2019

8:00pm 3 July 2019

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8:00pm 17 September 2019

2:00pm 18 September 2019

8:00pm 25 September 2019

2:00pm 28 September 2019

 

 

Blonde Bombshells of 1943
By Alan Plater

 

Band leader Betty is in trouble. Her glamorous, all female 8-piece band has finally landed a big-time BBC performance on the wireless, but various illicit liaisons with the yanks have depleted their ranks.

 

In double-quick time, remaining bandmates recruit new talent! Enter a draft-dodging drummer who is unafraid to don a frock, a nun who plays a mean ukulele, an innocent schoolgirl clarinetist and a rather snooty soldier saxophonist. Will Betty and her assorted crew give the performance of their lives?

 

Based on the BAFTA-winning, TV film starring Judi Dench, this show is guaranteed to raise your spirits with stunning, live vocal and musical performances of hits by Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, George Formby, Fats Waller and more, with all the glitz and sparkle of a by-gone but not forgotten era. With songs Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Loch Lomond, T’ain’t What You Do, Goodbye-ee, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 13 June 2019

8:00pm, 14 June 2019

8:00pm, 24 June 2019

8:00pm, 27 June 2019

8:00pm 2 July 2019

2:00pm 3 July 2019

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2:00pm 27 September 2019

 

 

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

 

For the puritanical folk of Salem, Massachusetts, the news that their young women have been conjuring spirits in the forest is devastating. It means the devil is amongst them. And the devil must be hunted down and driven out, whatever the cost. Fear and suspicion spirals quickly out of control, unleashing a murderous powder keg of accusations, hysteria, lust and revenge.

 

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play is one of the most powerful pieces of 20th century theatre. Written as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the US government persecuted its citizens for being communists, this parable of politics, religious fervour and fear is a masterpiece which still resonates in the 21st Century.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm, 20 June 2019

8:00pm, 21 June 2019

8:00pm, 26 June 2019

8:00pm, 29 June 2019

8:00pm 4 July 2019

8:00pm 11 July 2019

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2:00pm 11 September 2019

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2:00pm 20 September 2019

8:00pm 27 September 2019

 

 

Heritage

by Nicola McCartney

 

Canada 1914. Sarah McCrea stands on the threshold of womanhood, facing a bright future in a new country. Leaving Ulster behind, Sarah and her family carve out their existence in an emerging community.

 

Drawn to one another through tales of a near-forgotten, mythical Ireland, Sarah and her neighbour Michael Donoghue become firm friends. But when Sarah and Michael’s relationship deepens by Nicola McCartney and his determination to define his identify catches fire, centuries of conflict threaten to blight their love. And for Sarah, the realisation dawns that old battles are being fought on new territory.

 

First staged in 1998, Heritage is a poignant and poetic exploration of love, identity, tribalism and the need to belong. As stark and poignant as the sweeping landscape it conjures, all at once it is epic, lyrical and timeless.

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

8:00pm 25 July 2019

8:00pm 26 July 2019

8:00pm 3 August 2019

8:00pm 9 August 2019

8:00pm 13 August 2019

2:00pm 14 August 2019

8:00pm 19 August 2019

2:00pm 7 September 2019

8:00pm 13 September 2019

8:00pm 16 September 2019

2:00pm 26 September 2019

 

 

North And South

by Elizabeth Gaskell, adapted by Janys Chambers

 

Strong-willed vicar’s daughter Margaret Hale has grown up in the rarefied atmosphere of rural southern England, so when her family relocates to the roughness and vitality of a northern factory town, she is thrown into a new life of strikes and strife.

 

Hot-blooded industrialist John Thornton rules his cotton mill with an iron hand. Sparks fly when Margaret challenges both master and mill-hand, only to discover that not all of her southern beliefs hold true.

 

A tale for today, this timely adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic 19th-century novel by BAFTA-nominated writer Janys Chambers explores the complex relationship between North and South, and between women and men of different classes.

 

Can reason overcome pride and prejudice? Can compassion triumph over a blind adherence to market forces? Can love bloom amongst the snowy fibres of a money-driven cotton mill?

 

Tickets: from £16.00 PLUS groups offers, family tickets and concessions.

 

8:00pm 29 August 2019

8:00pm 30 August 2019

8:00pm 4 September 2019

2:00pm 5 September 2019

8:00pm 9 September 2019

8:00pm 14 September 2019

8:00pm 20 September 2019

2:00pm 21 September 2019

8:00pm 24 September 2019

2:00pm 25 September 2019

 

 

Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

 

Travelling to the small towns and remote village halls scattered throughout Scotland and Wales, the Fantastic Francis Hardy, together with his indefatigably loyal wife, Grace, and their born-into-show-business manager, Teddy, promises healing to the hopeless and restoration for the sick and suffering.

 

Each of their stories in turn sheds shifting shards of light on events. Only one thing is certain however; Faith Healer Francis is at the mercy of his ‘unreliable’ gift. So where does truth lie? Showman? Con-man? Villain? Victim?

 

A haunting exploration of love, loss, belief and sacrifice, Faith Healer is often funny, passionate and tender. It will take you to the heart of what it means to love, struggle and believe.

 

Brian Friel is one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights. Author of Translations and Dancing At Lughnasa, Faith Healer is considered his masterpiece. Starring George Costigan who is best known for portraying Bob in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too as well as his more recent role in Happy Valley.

 

7:30pm 17 October 2019

7:30pm 18 October 2019

2:00pm 19 October 2019

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7:30pm 23 October 2019

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2:00pm 1 November 2019

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7:30pm 2 November 2019

2:00pm 3 November 2019

 

 

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Isobel McArthur

 

A bright, bold new adaptation of the Dickens classic – one of the most loved yuletide stories ever written.

 

In one ghostly, Christmas night, miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge receives a series of unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways. Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough?

 

A fantastic, festive tale of redemption and compassion packed with feel-good festive music and song, dancing and joy. Rejoice with us in the Christmas spirit!

 

Isobel McArthur is one of Scotland’s brightest, new writing – and acting – talents, who was last seen on Pitlochry’s stage in the award-winning The Monarch Of The Glen. Now she focusses her creative talents to rediscover the heart of Dickens’ timeless tale.

 

7:00pm, 21 November 2019

7:00pm, 22 November 2019

2:00pm, 23 November 2019

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10:30am, 26 November 2019

10:30am, 27 November 2019

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2:00pm, 29 November 2019

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7:00pm, 6 December 2019

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7:00pm, 7 December 2019

2:00pm, 8 December 2019

2:00pm, 11 December 2019

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2:00pm, 12 December 2019

2:00pm, 13 December 2019

7:00pm, 13 December 2019

2:00pm, 14 December 2019

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2:00pm, 20 December 2019

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2:00pm, 21 December 2019

7:00pm, 21 December 2019

2:00pm, 22 December 2019

2:00pm, 23 December 2019

 

NEWS: Following the success of Rapture Bites Lunchtime Theatre, Michael Emans will direct Patrick Marber’s Olivier Award nominated play The Red Lion starring Brookside’s John McArdle.

Following the success of Rapture Bites Lunchtime Theatre, Michael Emans will direct Patrick Marber’s Olivier Award nominated play The Red Lion starring Brookside’s John McArdle.

It will tour to 16 venues in Scotland ending with a week’s run at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

The Red Lion FC is an English non-league side that has dreams of the big time.

However, the club’s manager, Kidd, will stop at nothing to realise his own ambitions of achieving money and fame. So, when young Jordan, who ‘plays like a God’, joins the club, Kidd sees his golden opportunity.

One man stands in his way – the kit-man, Yates – club legend and footballing ‘hero’– has other ideas. A ‘Clash of the Titans’ ensues between Yates and Kidd over the future of Jordan and the football club.

Award-winning writer Patrick Marber’s hit play unfolds like a Greek Tragedy, transcending ‘the beautiful game’, in a tale of heroism, hubris and handballs!

The Red Lion offers a funny, profound and unmissable night at the theatre. Starring Emmerdale and Brookside star John McArdle, Brendan Charleson (Coronation Street) and rising young star Harry MacMullen.

Patrick Marber commented: I am thrilled Rapture Theatre are giving ’The Red Lion’ its Scottish premiere and very excited to see this terrific cast performing in a country that loves football with a passion.”

Director Michael Emans said: Having been a huge fan of Patrick Marber since I was at drama school, it is a fulfilment of a long held ambition to direct one of his plays. Patrick, in his writing combines humour, pathos and a sensitivity to the human experience that is deeply moving. When I first read The Red Lion in 2017, I knew that I had to direct it: the way Patrick used the milieu of the local football club as a microcosm of the wider world, to explore the themes of collective ethic versus individual ambition and the way the play articulated the need and desire to both be heroic and to have heroes in your life, I found to be totally compelling.

We seem to live in world of villains both political and otherwise so a play that focuses on heroes, tragic heroism and the hubris of the individual feels prescient. Like all the best tragedies it also very very funny!  I hope that audiences, like me, can fall in love with this wonderful play!”

Alongside the production Rapture will be running a series of post-show discussion panels. Rapture is working in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) to help raise awareness of issues such as racism, sexism and bullying, which can still occur within the game of football.

These post-show events will offer a great opportunity to engage with community groups and audiences and promote the significant work Show Racism The Red Card undertake, as well as discussing the themes raised within the play. Rapture want to provide an insight into the philosophy, passion and behind the scenes workings of a football club.

The panels will consist of Director Michael Emans, members of the cast and invited guests from local football clubs and SRTRC.

TOUR DATES

Palace Theatre Kilmarnock Preview 8 May & 9 May 7.30pm

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh 11 May 7.30pm

Howden Park, Livingston16 May 7.30pm

Tolbooth, Stirling18 May 8pm

Motherwell Theatre 20 May 7.30pm

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 23 May 7.30pm

Lanark Memorial Hall 24 May 7.30pm

Harbour Arts, Irvine 25 May 7.30pm

Eastwood Park, Giffnock 26 May 7.30pm

Village Theatre, East Kilbride, 28 May 7.30pm

Ryan Centre, Stranraer, 31 May 7.30pm

Theatre Royal Dumfries, 1 June 7.30pm

Byre Theatre, St Andrews 7 & 8 June 7.30pm

Falkirk Theatre 13 June 7.30pm

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy 15 June 7.30pm

Theatre Royal, Glasgow 18 – 22 June 7.30pm ( matinee 22 June at 2.30pm)

NB: There will be a post show discussion lasting 30 minutes at each venue

INTERVIEW: Karen Gibson, the conductor/musical director of The Kingdom Choir who found global fame at Royal Wedding last year

Global audience of two billion watched The Kingdom Choir perform Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 25 years after she founded the choir, Karen and her singers are preparing for their first UK tour. The tour will visit 18 towns and cities, with the choir sharing the experience with young choirs in each destination. Karen answers some question ahead of their appearance in Glasgow on the 22nd of May.

Twelve months ago, Karen Gibson was travelling around London giving workshops in gospel music, when she received a phone call which was to change her life – and the lives of her closest friends, the members of The Kingdom Choir.

And in May, as HRH Prince Harry and the Duchess Of Sussex prepare to celebrate their first wedding anniversary – while adjusting to life as first-time parents – Karen and the choir will be embarking on their debut tour.

The Kingdom Choir’s stunning version of Stand By Me was a standout moment during the Royal wedding. The performance has been an internet sensation with more than 10 million views on YouTube.

A former IT worker and music teacher, Karen Gibson formed the choir 25 years ago, drawing together singers from in and around London, from various Christian traditions. For their first two years together, the choir didn’t even have a name – it was only an invite to appear on the BBC’s Songs Of Praise which saw Karen decide on The Kingdom Choir. Karen has worked around the world as a gospel choir conductor, travelling as far a-field as Japan, Nigeria and the USA.

2018 was a whirlwind year for the choir, with TV performances on shows such as Good Morning Britain and alongside Madness for the BBC1 New Year’s Eve concert, releasing their debut album Stand By Me after signing to Sony, and closing the Invictus Games in Sydney.

Now they’re preparing to take their musical message of ‘love, hope and inspiration’ on the road. We spoke to Karen Gibson about how life has changed and what’s next for the choir.



Looking back, to this time last year – can you believe everything that’s happened?

This time last year, I had absolutely no clue what was going to come. I was living my ordinary life; giving gospel workshops, teaching in schools, travelling to do those things. I was jumping on public transport, missing busses and trains, all just going about my life.

There were some lovely things going on – a few of us had just filmed with Call The Midwife, which had been a lot of fun… Little did they know what was going to then happen to the singers they booked.

It has been all change, and not without challenges, but it’s been a brilliant, wonderful blessing of a time.

So how did it all start……..

I had been told I would get a phone call, that it would be something big, but I had no clue at all what it was about. The person who initially told me said ‘I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s going to be big’…

That call didn’t come for a few days, and I’d put it out of my head. I was on a number 87 bus and a very posh voice came through on a call and said: “We would like to invite you to sing at the Royal Wedding”. I was so shocked I just said: “You’re joking.” They said absolutely nothing, so I knew it wasn’t a joke at all.

It was so exciting to call all the choir members, even though I wasn’t allowed to say anything. I just had to make sure they were available on that certain date, and that maybe the date might ring a bell with them. One gentleman said he wasn’t available, and yes, I’m pretty sure he kicked himself when it emerged what was happening.

Has the Royal Wedding experience changed the way The Kingdom Choir works?

Oh, yes, it definitely has. When we went into the studio [to record the album] I realised we couldn’t do what we were used to doing; presenting gospel in that very full-on, in-your-face way. God showed me that you can bless people without being in your face, and that stripping it back can be very meaningful – it must be, people are still talking about that performance all these months on.

I’ve realised we can reach more people by also take a different approach to our music. The couple’s [The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s] version of Stand By Me was the one which caused our website to crash, for our Instagram following to go from 700 to 35,000 in one weekend. That taught me something; maybe it’s not always about doing what you do in the way you do it. In faith terms, that’s a huge lesson.

How did you bring together the choir’s original approach with the new outlook to create the album?

We chose songs we had previously performed, like Something Inside So Strong, a self-penned song from one of the members Chases, Amazing Grace and Hark The Herald Angels Sing. But then we also looked to songs we like, not necessarily from the Pentecostal realm, but songs we found inspiring and that carried a positive message.

Golden, has the lyric “Living My Life Like It’s Golden”; I love that. And then something like To Make You Feel My Love, we turned it from being about a relationship love to a faith love.

Now you’re getting ready for a UK-wide tour. How is that going and what can people expect from the tour?

It’s all going very well and we are starting to put the show together. It’s going to feature songs from the album, and of course we’ve got to do Stand By Me. But it’s all very exciting.

You’re going to get a bit more of The Kingdom Choir that people have heard or seen on the TV or radio, but in a more raw state – freedom, and love, hope and inspiration, as the album says. We’re really looking forward to making the connection with people – to see the people who’ve been listening to us, and to introducing gospel to people who maybe hadn’t experienced it before. Our music is powerful, moving and inspiring, people come in with one mindset and leave with another.

The Kingdom Choir has selected local youth and children’s choirs to join them in each town or city they’re visiting on the tour. Are you looking forward to working with them?

The choirs we’ve chosen really are very, very good, and it’s lovely to know there are so many singing communities out there.

Singing is so good for our children – well, for everyone. From personal experience, I know what it can do for a person; it’s a skill for life, it builds confidence and it’s brilliant for them.

I’m very much looking forward to connecting with the children and I hope we will impact on them in some way, through the power of music. It’s going to be really special and I love the idea of us spreading that joy to these groups. A lot of the choir’s members have worked in schools, so we have that connection with young people – some of the choir’s members are people I taught in schools or worked with in youth choirs, so it goes back a long way.

A year on from where it all began, the tour will coincide with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first wedding anniversary, what happens next for The Kingdom Choir?

We just don’t know how it’s going to pan out – who could have predicted this last year? We are praying for longevity, we just want to impact the world for good. The album strap line is ‘Love Hope and Inspiration’, and I was thinking recently ‘hope’ is in pretty short supply right now, I feel the world is hungry for hope and good news – so we want to bring more of that about; that’s the long vision.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.cuffeandtaylor.com

KINGDOM CHOIR UK TOUR 2019 – FULL DATES

APR

Tue 30th SHEFFIELD, CITY HALL

MAY

Thu 2nd SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION

Sat 4th LEICESTER, DE MONTFORT HALL

Sun 5th NOTTINGHAM, ROYAL CONCERT HALL

Tue 7th MANCHESTER, BRIDGEWATER HALL

Wed 8th YORK, BARBICAN

Thu 9th GATESHEAD, SAGE

Fri 10th BIRMINGHAM, SYMPHONY HALL

Sun 12th IPSWICH, REGENT THEATRE

Mon 13th CAMBRIDGE, CORN EXCHANGE

Thu 16th BATH, THE FORUM

Sun 19th LONDON, ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Tue 21st LIVERPOOL, PHILHARMONIC HALL

Wed 22nd GLASGOW, THEATRE ROYAL

Thu 23rd EDINBURGH, USHER HALL

Mon 27th CANTERBURY, THE MARLOWE THEATRE

Tue 28th BOURNEMOUTH, PAVILION THEATRE

Thu 30th CARDIFF, ST DAVID’S HALL

 

NEWS: OPERAVISION TO STREAM FULL PERFORMANCE OF SCOTTISH OPERA’S ANTHROPOCENE IN MAY

Anthropocene, the acclaimed new work commissioned by Scottish Opera from composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, will be available to watch on OperaVision from May.

Directed by Matthew Richardson, designed by Samal Blak and conducted by Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford, Anthropocene had its world premiere in January at Theatre Royal Glasgow, and tells the story of an expeditionary team of scientists who become trapped in the frozen Arctic wastelands.

The film of Anthropocene, directed for OperaVision by Jonathan Haswell and produced by Andrew Lockyer, was made at a performance at London’s Hackney Empire, on 9 February. The full performance will be available to view worldwide on the free streaming platform from 17 May to 17 November, and is the first time a Scottish Opera production has been featured on OperaVision.

Launched in 2017, OperaVision – curated by Opera Europa, the European association of opera companies and festivals – streams performances from all over the world, allowing viewers to watch productions from the greatest European opera houses from the comfort of their own home. As well as full-length performances shown with subtitles, it features extracts, interviews and behind the scenes footage.

Anthropocene’s superb ensemble cast includes former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018), Scottish soprano Jeni Bern and Stephen Gadd (Rigoletto 2018.) They are joined by Benedict Nelson (The Burning Fiery Furnace 2018), Mark Le Brocq, Paul Whelan, Anthony Gregory and Sarah Champion (Opera Highlights 2018).

Anthropocene is the fourth collaboration between MacRae and Welsh, a fruitful partnership initially born of Scottish Opera’s Five:15 Opera Made in Scotland series, which paired composers and librettists to create five 15-minute operas. The composer-librettist team went on to create Remembrance Day in 2009, Ghost Patrol in 2012, which won a South Bank Sky Arts Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award, and 2016’s The Devil Inside, based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Inverness-born MacRae’s work has been performed at the Royal Opera House and Edinburgh International Festival, and by ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Hebrides Ensemble. He is currently Composer in Association at Lammermuir Festival.

A Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow, Welsh is the author of a number of popular novels including award-winning The Cutting Room and Plague Times Trilogy.

Scottish Opera General Director Alex Reedijk said: ‘This film of Anthropocene by OperaVision is a very important first for Scottish Opera. Performing at Hackney Empire was a double win for us, as it brought Anthropocene to a London audience and, through this film shot there, allows us to introduce this exciting new work to an international audience. It’s a great opportunity to show off the incredible work of Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh, who are such an important part of Scottish Opera’s history, as well as the talented cast and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.’

Nicholas Payne, Opera Europa Director said: ‘Anthropocene grabbed me from the start and held me throughout with the twists and changes of its riveting story. Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh skilfully deploy music and words to create tension. They do not preach to us in the audience, but we are compelled to reflect on its relevance to our contemporary world. Chilling!’

Anthropocene is available to watch from 17 May at https://operavision.eu/en

NEWS: The Scottish Play’s Only Scottish Date at Perth Festival of the Arts

English Touring Opera, widely regarded as one of the UK’s most accessible opera companies, will bring Verdi’s Macbeth to Perth Festival of the Arts as their only Scottish tour date (16th May).  Sung in English, with English surtitles, the event includes a pre-opera talk.

The witches have a prophecy: Macbeth will be king. But royalty comes at a price. The cost of power is betrayal, murder and revenge.

Follow Verdi’s Macbeth in a blood-soaked journey to the throne and watch a guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth descend into the depths of despair in English Touring Opera’s new production. Starring Grant Doyle (Macbeth) and Tanya Hurst (Lady Macbeth) in Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play.

Gerry Cornelius conducts his first opera for English Touring Opera, directed by James Dacre. Andrew Porter’s careful English translation brings as much of Shakespeare to the production as possible.

English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK. ETO travels to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, touring annually to around 55 venues and presenting as many as 110 performances per year.

English Touring Opera aims to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions featuring some of the finest talent in opera.

Perth Festival of the Arts is the only Scottish date for Macbeth by Verdi in ETO’s 2019 spring tour.

Sung in English with English surtitles.

Running time 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval).

There will be a pre-show talk at 18:30. You can reserve a free ticket at the box office.

Images: Richard Hubert Smith

WHAT’S ON MAY: Gary Meikle The iBrow Guy at Hamilton Town House

Gary Meikle – The iBrow Guy

Scottish comedy award winner & viral sensation Gary Meikle has risen through the ranks quicker than most and is now in high demand at the best comedy clubs across the UK! He has recently been supporting huge names such as Jason Manford, Tom Stade & Milton Jones and now he’s bringing his own show, The iBrow Guy, to the people as part of his semi-permanent tour!

He’ll guide us throw eyebrow etiquette, logic, laws and how it’s changed his life as he’ll now forevermore be known as the eyebrow guy.

Gary will lay before you his remarkable life story about how he’s survived a troubled childhood to defy the odds, raised a daughter without her mother and became a granddad all before he was 40! As well as all this we’ll get an insight into the workings of his mind, his thoughts and his opinions, of which he dare not verbalise until now! Gary is not one for mincing his words so expect the unexpected from this playfully dark effervescent rising star.

Available to book online or by calling The Town House, Hamilton on 01698 452299.

Date: 11 May 2019

Time: 8:00pm

Cost: £12.50

Venue: The Town House, Hamilton

WHAT’S ON MAY: The New Jersey Boys at Rutherglen Town Hall

The New Jersey Boys

Making a return to Rutherglen Town Hall, The New Jersey Boys take their audience on a musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time –Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

The packed two set programme includes all the hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man and much more.

Featuring the amazing falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the humour of all round entertainer Gary Gould, the show is a fusion of tight vocal harmonies, superb solo spots and light comedy.

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

Date: 17 May 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: £17.50 / £16.50 conc

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall

WHAT’S ON MAY: Low Pay? Don’t Pay! to open in Glasgow in May

‘What happens when women band together to fight the system?’

A uniquely Glaswegian take on a classic satirical play is touring to community venues and professional theatres around the city this spring.

Written by Johnny McKnight, Low Pay? Don’t Pay! follows a group of women who lose patience with low pay and rising prices before taking direct action.

The play, adapted from Italian Nobel prize winner Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! is produced by Glasgow Life and supported by Creative Scotland.

McKnight, best known for his well-loved scripts for the Tron Theatre’s hugely popular pantomimes and River City, brings this fast moving, hilarious tale to present day Glasgow.

‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay! opens on Friday 3 May at the Tron Theatre as part of Mayfesto 2019.

It tours to community venues across the city including Barmulloch Community Centre, Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, Penilee Community Centre, and Lodging House Mission – a Glasgow based charity dedicated to providing care and support to homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded people.

Ticket prices for community venues are £5 (£3 concessions).

The play will also tour to Paisley Arts Centre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Brunton Theatre and Platform, in the East End of the City.

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said:  “This superb new production updates the action from its original 1970s setting in Italy to Glasgow today. Low Pay? Don’t Pay! is cutting edge satire at its best with a warm and wry Glasgow attitude shining throughout.

“Through a wide reaching series of performances in community centres across the city, there will be opportunities for everyone to experience the play in a venue near them at an affordable price. We hope audiences will have a great time at the show and be inspired to keep engaging with the arts in their own communities.”

Dr Femi Folorunso, Theatre Officer, Creative Scotland commented: “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ by the late Italian dramatist, Dario Fo, is considered one of the best work of 20th century European theatre. It is a work that mirrors some of the contradictions in the struggle for individual happiness and collective social justice in our age.

“Creative Scotland is delighted to have been able to support this Glasgow adaptation, with the promise of full local trimmings added, of a work that is timeless in its message and which above all is a good piece of theatre.”

Full details of the tour can be found on glasgowlife.org.uk/arts

2 – 11 May – Tron Theatre (tron.co.uk)
17 May – Cumbernauld Theatre (cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk)
19 May – Platform (platform-online.co.uk)
25 May – Brunton Theatre (thebrunton.co.uk)
1 June – Paisley Arts Centre (renfrewshireleisure.com/whatson)

Community tour (Tickets £5/£3)

15 May   Barlanark Community Centre
16 May Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre
18 May Pollokshields Community Centre
22 May Lodging House Mission
24 May Penilee Community Centre
28 May Possilpoint Community Centre
29 May Ruchill Community Centre
30 May   Barrowfield  Community Centre
31 May Barmulloch Community Centre

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