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NEWS: Bianca Del Rio adds Edinburgh gig to next year’s IT’S JESTER JOKE tour

Following two consecutive sell-out UK tours, including three sold out nights at London’s Eventim Apollo, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio has announced that she will be returning to the UK for an unprecedented arena tour from Sunday 1 – Tuesday 24 September 2019.

The brand new It’s Jester Joke Tour will travel the length and breadth of the country, bringing her irreverent, side-splitting comedy to 13 cities – including dates at the SEC Armadillo on Friday 6 and Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday 7 September 2019 along with appearances at the SSE Wembley Arena, B1 Birmingham Arena, Motorpoint Cardiff Arena and more in what will be the biggest ever solo drag show in the UK.

The self-proclaimed ‘Clown in a Gown’ will tell tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life on the most ambitious solo drag show tour in history on her brand-new comedy show ‘It’s Jester Joke’.

Irreverent and fierce, Bianca is guaranteed to keep audiences in stitches with her comical ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ views, from politics and travel to family and social media that has seen her become one the biggest drag superstars in the world today.

Don’t miss the chance to see The Queen of Mean in her uncompromisingly funny new show in September 2019.

Bianca Del Rio, the alter ego of seasoned comic Roy Haylock, has well and truly taken the world by storm. After quickly becoming the front-runner on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca was crowned the winner in May 2014.

The incredibly popular champion has amassed a huge following worldwide, with her Instagram soaring to over one million followers and previous shows ‘The Rolodex of Hate’, ‘Not Today Satan’ and ‘Blame It On Bianca Del Rio’ selling out globally.

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Scottish Ensemble explore the effect that music has on body, mind and soul in Pause

What happens when we stop and listen? Scottish Ensemble brings thought-provoking evening of live music, debate and discussion to venues across Scotland

Pause blends live musical performance with provocations, conversation and debate. As well as expert speakers and SE musicians sharing their perspectives on what music does to us and why, carefully-devised sets of music will create an absorbing listening experience for mind and body – from the riveting, repetitive patterns of Philip Glass, to the mystical intensity of Biber, to the Pulitzer-Prize-winning soundscapes of Caroline Shaw.

Guest speakers will include neuroscientist Dr. Guido Orgs (in all cities), and SE is also thrilled to welcome broadcaster, writer and cleric Dr. Richard Holloway (to the event in Edinburgh only on 14 September). SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton and violinist Daniel Pioro will also share their thoughts from a musician’s perspective, with Pioro having devised the sets of music to be performed on the evening.

Former cleric Dr. Richard Holloway caused controversy in 2000 when he resigned from his positions of Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Edinburgh. Claiming to be an “anti-religionist”, he has since written extensively on issues relating to religion in the modern world from an atheistic perspective, and passionately supported progressive causes such as LGBT rights. Currently lecturing at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr. Guido Orgs has a PhD in Neuroscience and, as a trained dancer, has specifically researched the effects of music and dance on humans and animals, examining why we are so drawn to both.

Events in Dundee and Glasgow take place in non-concert venues. In Dundee, SE will be performing at West Ward Works, a former DC Thomson annuals warehouse, which is being transformed by one-off cultural events (most recently the Dundee Design Festival). In Glasgow, SE have chosen the apt surroundings of Glasgow Science Centre, with the audience free to wander the exhibits during the interval and after the concert.

The concert tour will also be enhanced by a series of ‘pausing with music’ workshops, run in collaboration with cancer charity Maggie’s. Devised for cancer sufferers and those around them, the workshops explore the role of music in enhancing mindfulness practice. First performed at the Dundee Maggie’s Centre (in the Ninewells Hospital campus)in 2016, these rewarding, emotional workshops received such positive feedback from participants that SE has continued its partnership, this year delivering events in Dundee, Fife and Airdrie.

In Dundee, the group will also deliver numerous events bringing music to the community through its SE Residency programme, established in 2012. This year’s events include a session with Sense Scotland, a life-drawing class with a live music soundtrack, and a performance in the Children’s Ward at Ninewells Hospital.

 

Listings information

Tue 11 September

7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx)

West Ward Works, Dundee

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2Jfplpl

01382 434 940

Or in person at Dundee City Box Office

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Wed 12 September

8pm – 10pm (approx)

Glasgow Science Centre

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2Jd3fzC

0141 420 5000

Or in person at Glasgow Science Centre

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Thu 13 September

7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx)

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2lp2YPT

01224 641 122

Or in person at The Lemon Tree, His Majesty’s Theatre

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Fri 14 September

7.30pm – 9.30pm (approx)

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tickets:

http://bit.ly/2xMlhr7

0131 668 2019

Or in person at The Queen’s Hall

INTERVIEW: Richard Shelton on Sinatra And Me, coming to Eastwood Park

Following his ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ West End nominated performance as Frank Sinatra in RAT PACK and his 5-star, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival for 2 years running, Richard Shelton returns to the UK with his hit LA show that looks behind the iconic blue eyes of Frank Sinatra whilst still serving up his timeless hits. Richard kindly spared us some time in his busy schedule to chat about his hit show.

What we can expect from the show? 

It’s a show about hope – about how short life is and how important it is to try for your dreams, whatever they may be. I was 50 when I plucked up the courage to go pack my knapsack of dreams and move to Los Angeles. The show looks at what inspired me and how it links my life with Frank Sinatra and the incredible synchronicity that links our lives. I was nominated ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for portraying Frank Sinatra in the hard hitting drama ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ in London’s West End and my interest in him comes from an actors perspective – what make him tick, how his mercurial personality made him the herculean icon he was. And of course the wonderful music. During the show, I go deep behind Sinatra’s blue eyes and evoke what is might have been like to spend an hour with him. I also explain how Sinatra’s tuxedo literally walked into my life – https://vimeo.com/155748882 and how I was one of the last people inside his last home before it was demolished by fluke.

It spills into a new drama I’m bringing to this year’s Edinburgh Festival, ‘Sinatra: RAW’ which imagines Frank Sinatra at his last intimate gig in Palm Springs before his retirement. The air is electric and people jostle for position. He drinks ‘One For My Baby’ too many and starts to reminisce. But things take an unexpected turn. This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting: Dangerous. Unpredictable. Startling. Brilliant. He addresses his accusers on subjects ranging from his alleged Mafia connections, his womanising, to his famed hatred of the press. And in-between, he sings in that smoky midnight voice on subjects from lost love to getting even! Songs include ‘One For My Baby’, ‘My Way’, ‘I’m a Fool to Want You’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ and a haunting acapella version of ‘My Foolish Heart’ which he sang to Ava Gardner from his hotel balcony at night in her bungalow below – true story!

What songs get the biggest reaction? 

‘Angel Eyes’ – I evoke Sinatra’s classic performance when he took on the persona of a drunk – it’s quite heart-breaking and very moving. And ‘That’s Life’ – it’s an anthem of being knocked back and picking yourself up again. Everyone can identify with it.

What’s coming up next year? Where else are you touring?

Right after the festival I have a show with the 72-piece Doha Philharmonic Orchestra in Qatar. In Spring 2019, I’m going on a 2 months tour to South Africa and New Zealand.

Why do you think Sinatra’s music still has such an enduring appeal?

Frank Sinatra was arguably the worlds best story teller through a song. When he sang of sadness he’d take you right there into the wee small hours with him. Or when he sang about ‘Flying to the Moon’ you soared up there too. He had an intuitive understanding of the lyrics which for him, came first, and through the words, he told a story. He also sang with attitude – you got the impression he couldn’t give a damn if you liked him or not which made him all the more appealing. And having one of the most beautiful voices ever known also helps.

How long has it taken for you to perfect your portrayal of Frank Sinatra?

About 17 years. I’m still learning.

Tell us what we can expect from the show?

Story telling, music and little known facts about Sinatra. I also perform songs from my  new album ‘Lost and Found’ which was recorded at Capitol Studios in LA alongside Sinatra’s band mates and in his studio using his microphone. The album comprises original big band arrangements including ‘An Englishman in Love in LA’ and ‘Sinatra and Me’ and jazz inspired arrangements of pop classics including, ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and ‘Oh, What a Night (Dec ’63)’’ which I perform as a haunting ballad. Sounds crazy, but it really works!

Do you find audiences differ as you travel around the country?

Audiences do differ but the one thing they have in common is a love of Sinatra and the music of that era. It’s timeless.

You can catch Richard at the Fringe in SINATRA:RAW details here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/sinatra-raw

and at Eastwood Park in Sinatra and Me details/tickets here: https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9588/Sinatra-and-Me

 

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Madness’ Musical comes to Glasgow

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From the writer of smash hits Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots comes the feel good, Olivier Award-winning Madness musical, Our House.

On the night of Joe’s 16th birthday, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.

Set to a score of Madness hits including “It Must Be Love”, “House of Fun”, “Baggy Trousers” and “Our House”, this hilarious, high energy musical will have you singing and dancing in the aisles…Welcome to the house of fun!

King’s Theatre Glasgow 26 – 30 September 2017

FEATURE: Scottish Ballet… in rehearsal

Scottish Ballet present their Autumn season this week, featuring work by two of the world’s most highly regarded and original choreographers.

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Javier de Frutos with Company dancers in rehearsals for Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley

Elsa Canasta is a dark, funny and sexy evocation of the music of Cole Porter. With a touch of music hall magic, a singer who will share the stage and breathtaking partnering, the Scottish Ballet dancers will be having a ball. Choreographed by Javier de Frutos, a unique figure in the world of dance with a résumé that includes West End musicals, a Turner Prize nomination, Olivier and Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, music videos and a full-length ballet in collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys.

Also on the bill will be Motion of Displacement by Bryan Arias, winner of the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in 2013. Arias is a young American choreographer at the start of an exciting career that is sure to propel him to the heights of his profession, Scottish Ballet is the first company to bring his unique blend of dance styles to the UK.

An exclusive commission from Scottish Ballet, Motion of Displacement will explore the causes and effects of storytelling, inspired by his own childhood memories of his mother’s journey from her native land in pursuit of love.

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Scottish Ballet dancers in rehearsals for Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

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Constant Vigier in rehearsals for Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

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Eve Mutso in rehearsals for Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

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Andrew Peasgood and Constant Vigier with Rehearsal Director Hope Muir in rehearsals for Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

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Victor Zarallo and Thomas Edwards in rehearsals for Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

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Javier de Frutos in rehearsals for Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

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Constance Devernay with Rimbaud Patron in rehearsals for Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta. Photo by Christina Riley.

 

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Shoes in the Peter Darrell Studio. Photo by Christina Riley.

For ticket information visit: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/elsa-canasta-and-new-work/theatre-royal-glasgow/

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