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UK Pantomime Top 5 2018

We have previewed the very best of Pantomime and Christmas Shows from around Scotland, but we are also aware many travel further afield whilst visiting friends, family and loved ones and often check out the local theatre. There are over 500 professional pantomimes and Christmas shows around the UK and many hundreds more in church halls and community theatres the length and breath of the country. We have selected just 5 Pantomimes from out with Scotland that we believe are unique, special and worthy of your ticket money! You may or may not agree but we hope you visit your nearest theatre this festive season for a real treat.

Qdos presents Snow White, The London Palladium.

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Without doubt the return of pantomime in 2016 to the Legendary London Palladium has seen a new bench mark in production standards so much so the creative team have become award winners. 2018 see’s Dawn French starring in her panto debut alongside returning London Palladium pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia in Snow White, London’s must-see panto. Plus, West End and Broadway star Charlie Stemp returns, alongside Over the Rainbow’s Danielle Hope. From the same team behind last year’s Olivier Award-winning pantomime, Snow White will feature all the sparkle, scale and spectacle London has come to expect from the West End’s most lavish festive production in a show packed full of laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic.

Qdos presents Snow White, The London Palladium. Sat 8th Dec – Sun 13th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://snowwhitepalladium.com/

Qdos Presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

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The biggest panto in the North must be the annual extravaganza at the Theatre Royal directed by Michael Harrison ( who also helms the London Palladium) and always acts as a test bed for ideas, effects that will pop around the country in subsequent years. 2018 sees Newcastle Theatre Royal’s brand-new must-see magical pantomime Goldilocks and the Threes, the big top family panto extravaganza, stars the much-loved panto trio of Danny Adams as Danny The Clown, Clive Webb as the Ringmaster and Chris Hayward as Dame Rita. The Theatre Royal pantomime is packed full of hilarious comedy routines, laughter, dazzling special effects and this year a new dimension, the most exciting circus acts in town including the petrol-fuelled hair-raising, Berserk Riders, who will be helping transform the Theatre Royal’s stage into the ultimate fusion of pantomime and circus, performing dare-devil stunts at over sixty miles-per-hour! This is truly a panto to see!

Qdos Presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Tue 27th Nov – Sun 20th Jan 2019 for tickets go to https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/panto-goldilocks

The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Grand old Dame of York, Theatre Royal York.

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York theatre royal legendary dame Berwick Kaler has announced his retirement from the frocks, but not before one final panto season which will mark his 40th Production, yes you read that correct 40 years of working as the Dame, that’s thousands of wagon wheels and a lot of bottles of brown ale given out. So this year is very a much a celebration of Berwick as well as Celebrating the traditional art of pantomime, the show will be a gag-laden, song packed extravaganza featuring stunning costumes, jaw-dropping sets and choreography to thrill. With performances up to 02 February, the York panto is not only a great festive treat, but also an ideal way to banish those January blues.

The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Grand old Dame of York, Theatre Royal York. Thu 13th Dec – Sat 2nd Feb 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/grand_old_dame_of_york.php#.W_sjvPZ2vIU

UK Productions Present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Malvern Theatre.

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UK productions are well known in England for producing story focused pantomimes with the magic and glamour of a big budget production all the essential ingredients for a classic pantomime. None more so that this offering at the Malvern Theatre. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, alongside Francesca McKean as Snow White, Aiden Banyard as the Prince, Philip Meeks (Legendary Dame) as Nursie… and back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles!

UK Productions Present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Malvern Theatre. Thur 13th Dec – Sun 6th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/snow-white-seven-dwarfs/

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Firmly established as Northern Ireland’s biggest and most spectacular family pantomime, the Grand Opera House’s Festive show has entertained generations of families. With over 75,000 people attending the Theatre’s panto each year it’s never too early to book your tickets. Doomed to sell the family’s trusty cow, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess, outwit the evil giant and win the hand of the girl he loves! Jack and the Beanstalk stars the iconic May McFettridge as Dame May Trot, now in her 29th year in pantomime and double Olivier award-winning actor David Bedella as pantomime’s ultimate baddie, and the giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep. David played the role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan last Christmas, seen by over 75,200 people during its six-week run. Jack and the Beanstalk is packed with all the ingredients of a perfect Grand Opera House panto: a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, magic beans, bundles of audience participation, stunning scenery and special effects, and fabulous costumes.

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sat 1st Dec – Sun 13th Jan 2019. For tickets go to: https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/jack-and-the-beanstalk/

So there it is our 5 picks of the panto’s out with Scotland and or those in wales there is many a panto too including Beauty and the Beast at the New Theatre Cardiff you can find more info by going to: http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what’s-on/beauty-and-the-beast/ Whatever panto you see this year have a ball its truly the most unique form of entertainment and one we should continue to embrace.

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Christmas Panto’s and Show’s 2018 Preview:

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Many cities around the country are now getting into the festive spirit with Christmas light switch on’s a plenty and in the bigger cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow the Christmas celebrations are well underway with Christmas markets, fairy-tale carousels and open-air ice skating. Looking to our theatres the annual tradition of pantomime features highly on the bill but there are options available for that special festive night of theatrical entertainment. Here is our pick from around the country and further afield.

Qdos presents Beauty and The Beast, King’s Theatre Edinburgh.

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For the first time since 1949 Beauty and the Beast is the panto of the hallowed King’s Edinburgh with Allan Stewart once again donning the frocks to play “Mrs Potty” and Grant Stott being badder than ever as “Flash Boabby”. However, the much-loved trio of Stewart, Gray and Stott won’t be on stage this year, owing to illness Panto god Andy Gray has been forced to rest but be assured this panto company will be delivering music, comedy and a touch of magic in the style King’s audiences have come to love so rush to book those tickets for this Beauty of a pantomime!

Qdos present Beauty and The Beast, Sat 1st Dec – Sun 20th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/beautyandbeast

The Lyceum Theatre presents Wendy and Peter Pan, The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.

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The Lyceum is beloved and respected for its Christmas tales, a unique hybrid of theatre making fusing together both play, children focused theatre and a heavy dose of Christmas magic. Follow the fearless Wendy as she flies with Peter to Neverland – a world of dastardly pirates, feisty fairies and raucous lost boys. This adaptation has all the magic and wonder of the original, as Wendy and Peter fly together above the rooftops and follow ‘the second star on the right and straight on till morning’ to Neverland. There they find all is not well in the kingdom of the Lost Boys, as the villainous Captain Hook wreaks havoc, can Wendy and Peter band together with fearsome fairy Tiger Lily and the irrepressible Tinkerbell to win the day? Full of fairy-dust, adventure and all your favourite characters this magical story is everything a Christmas treat should be.

The Lyceum Theatre presents Wendy and Peter Pan, Thur 29th Nov – Sat 5th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/wendy-peter-pan

Kinky Boots the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse.

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The Edinburgh playhouse, Scotland’s home of the west end mega shows and this Years welcomes Kinky Boots With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola – a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Callum Francis will be putting on the boots to play Lola until 15 December following his award winning, critically acclaimed performances in Australia. West End star Kayi Ushe will take over from 17 December. They will be joined by Paula Lane as Lauren, best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street and West End star Joel Harper-Jackson will play Charlie.

Kinky Boots, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Mon 10th Dec – Sat 5th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/kinky-boots/edinburgh-playhouse/

Scottish Ballet Presents Cinderella, Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

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Christmas tradition at the Festival Theatre is all about Scottish Ballet, and this year the greatest tale of them Cinderella will take to the stage.  Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella is everything you adore about the classic fairy tale – made fresh, funny and touching. We meet Cinderella at the saddest of times, then see her taken for granted by her wicked stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. But there’s no time for despair: Cinderella’s fairy godmother is casting spells of dressmaker spiders, magical roses and a very special glass slipper. Will love conquer loneliness, and light chase away the dark? Be part of the spectacle and rediscover this classic tale. Devised by Scottish Ballet’s artistic director for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, Scottish Ballet staged the European premier of Cinderella to widespread acclaim in 2015.

Scottish Ballet Presents Cinderella, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Sat 8th Dec – Sun 30th Dec for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/sbcinderella

The Brunton Theatre Presents, Jack and The Beanstalk, Brunton Theatre Musselburgh.

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Pantomime returns to the heart of east Lothian with John Binnie the award winning and hugely experienced writer and theatre maker writing the story. John also directs this family friendly, twist on the traditional tale. Joining the creative team are musical director Tommie Travers, lighting designer Laura Hawkins and East Lothian Council’s Dance Artist Stephanie McAulay, as choreographer. Graham Crammond is returning to the Brunton in the role of panto dame, Mither Mandy Moo Moo. Crammond was a familiar face in The Brunton panto in the early 2000s and is much loved for his superb comic timing. Eilidh Weir plays Jill with Ross Donnachie as Jack and Ewan Petrie as Prince Designer Labels. Wendy Seager plays the Giant’s wife and the show stealing Daisy the cow is played by Hayley Keating and Sean O’Brien. The Brunton’s brand new production of Jack and the Beanstalk is a festive panto treat full of fun and laughter with oodles of gags, local references, chart hits, outrageous costumes and shouting out! The Brunton delights in producing fun and interactive traditional pantomimes that are suitable for all the family, from ages 4 to 104.

The Brunton Theatre Presents, Jack and The Beanstalk, Brunton Theatre Musselburgh. Tues 27th Nov – Sat 5th January 2019 for ticket go to: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/thebrunton/news/article/9/the_brunton_panto

Falkirk Community Trust and Imagine Theatre presents Cinderella, FTH Theatre, Falkirk

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Imagine Pantomimes comes to Falkirk for the first time this year with the greatest panto of them all, Cinderella starring Falkirk’s own Barbara Bryceland alongside star of River City Sally Howitt. It promises to be a spectacular show with stunning sets, Sumptuous Costumes and thrilling special effects for all the family to enjoy. Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, says “We are very excited about producing Cinderella in Falkirk this year and we promise to put on a stunning show with a fabulous cast, an amazing set and costumes and a lot of hilarious slapstick. Having worked with Sally in the past we know what an amazing baddie she is, and Barbara has such a wonderful voice she is just perfect for the role of Fairy Godmother.”

Falkirk Community Trust and Imagine Theatre presents Cinderella, FTH Theatre, Falkirk Thurs 6th Dec – Mon 24th Dec for more info go to: http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/about/news/article.aspx?aid=1590

Qdos Presents Aladdin, Kings Theatre Glasgow.

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This year’s King’s Theatre pantomime will be everything you could wish for as Elaine C Smith returns as Widow Twankey alongside Johnny Mac as the lovable eejit Wishee Washee and Paul-James Corrigan as the Imperial Palace Guard in the magical pantomime adventure Aladdin. Packed with all of the traditional panto ingredients King’s Theatre audiences expect, Aladdin will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

Qdos Presents Aladdin, Kings Theatre Glasgow Sat 1st Dec – Sun 6th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/aladdin/kings-theatre/

The Pavilion Theatre Presents Cinderella, The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow.

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You Shall Go to The Ball. It’s one of the most Magical stories that has stood the test of time. For generations there is one pantomime that everyone loves and it’s back at the Pavilion Theatre Glasgow. It’s the classic rags to riches fairy tale that enchants all ages. The Magical Adventures of Cinderella with an all-star Cast, starring, Liam Dolan as the Silly love struck Buttons, Holly Jack as  Cinderella, Stephen Purdon  dawning the high heels as Boabini, Grado as Gradina,  they are guaranteed to be two of the Ugliest Sisters you have ever seen. Joyce Falconer as the Baroness, Clark Stewart as “Daddy” Baron,  Alyson Orr as the Magical Fairy Godmother,  Chris Scougal as Prince Charming and Chris Taylor as the Trickster Dandini. Featuring as always in a Pavilion panto , Sing-along  songs,  plenty of Silliness , lots of laugh out loud comedy, traditional audience participation and our enchanting magical,  costumes and  scenery  it’s guaranteed to make your panto experience unforgettable!

The Pavilion Theatre Presents Cinderella, The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow. Thurs 29th Nov – Sun 13th Jan 2019 for tickets go to http://www.pavilionpanto.com/

Qdos Presents Cinderella SEC Armadillo Glasgow.

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The Scottish Event Campus has announced the city’s much-loved pair, The Krankies, will return to the Armadillo to star alongside funny men Gavin Mitchell, Jonathan Watson, Keith Jack and actress and singer Francis Thorburn in Cinderella. Legendary double act, The Krankies, will play Baron Hardup and Buttons. Having entertained audiences with their slapstick for over 50 years. Cinderella marks the couples’ return to the SEC having starred there previously alongside John Barrowman and David Hasselhoff. Proving he’s “Still Game” for the world of pantomime, Gavin Mitchell stars with them as one of the Ugly Sisters. Best known as Boabby the barman in the popular sitcom, Ensuring Cinderella can go to the ball, Frances Thorburn joins them as the Fairy Godmother. The actress, singer and songwriter is best known for her role as Kim Monroe in “River City”. Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division said: “I’m delighted we are bringing The Krankies home to the SEC along with the hilarious Gavin, Jonathan and Frances. We’re planning plenty of surprises and new routines for Cinderella which will be packed with comedy, music, special effects and true Scottish panto magic.”

Qdos Presents Cinderella SEC Armadillo Glasgow. Wed 12th Dec – Sun 30th Dec for tickets go to: https://www.sec.co.uk/events/detail/cinderella

The Bodyguard the musical, Theatre Royal Glasgow

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The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back! Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK Tour, Alexandra Burke* returns to the role of Rachel Marron in Glasgow this December. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

*Alexandra Burke will perform the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ at all evening performances only. Alexandra Burke is not scheduled to perform Thurs 20th, Weds 26th and Thurs 27th December 7.30pm.The producers of The Bodyguard cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

The Bodyguard the musical, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Mon 3rd Dec – Sat 29th Dec for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-bodyguard/theatre-royal-glasgow/

Qdos Presents, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, don’t miss the fairest pantomime of them all! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical Mirror, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages! HMT’s regulars Alan McHugh and Jordan Young return as Nurse Nellie MacDuff and Muddles respectively and are joined by west end star Lee Mead as the Prince rounding out the principal cast is Juliet Cadzow as the Wicked Snow Queen. It all promises to be another magical adventure in the granite city.

Qdos Presents, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 1st Dec – Sun 6th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/family/snow-white-panto-2018-19/1341

CastleGate Arts Presents, Jack and The Beanstalk, Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen

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Fe-Fie-Fo-Fum – A Family Panto Full of Fun! This Christmas join Jack and Ma Mackie with their coo Mucklemoo and a host of other colourful characters in this homegrown Panto extravaganza.
Bursting with great songs, dance, plenty of laughs, and bundles of audience participation come help Jack on this heart-warming adventure to overcome the dastardly Donald Turnip and reclaim ownership of Abergreen. Brought to you by Aberdeen based Ten Feet Tall, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK features ingredients to charm audiences of all ages and promises plenty of festive cheer this December.

CastleGate Arts Presents, Jack and The Beanstalk, Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen Sat 1st Dec – Mon 31st Dec for tickets go to: https://www.aberdeenartscentre.com/december/2018/12/1/jack-and-the-beanstalk

Eden Court Theatre and Imagine Theatre presents, Jack and The Beanstalk, Empire Theatre, Inverness.

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Finally, the most northerly major production and indeed the  biggest panto in the Highlands. With last year’s production of Snow White described as “a thoroughly entertaining and hilarious production” (The Press and Journal), Eden Court are planning another spectacular show this year with Jack & the Beanstalk. Once again Eden Court will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as magnificent sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances, bags of slapstick fun and the most spectacular giant in panto-land! Book your tickets now as Jack & the Beanstalk is a pantomime not to be missed!

Eden Court Theatre and Imagine Theatre presents, Jack and The Beanstalk, Empire Theatre Eden Court, Inverness. Tue 4th Dec – Sun 6th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.eden-court.co.uk

So, there we have it our pick of the best of Scotland’s Pantomimes and Christmas offerings, but don’t forget to check out your local pantomime or show from Sleeping Beauty in the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders to Puss in Boots at the Garrison Theatre, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. There is something for everyone to choose from. We here at Scotsgay arts will be reviewing a selection of shows so keep checking back in the run up to Christmas and beyond into the new year.

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SQIFF 2018: Preview

Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2018, Preview:

SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. Since 2015, the organisers have held an annual festival in Glasgow alongside providing year-round events across various locations. With the goal of getting people watching, talking about, and making more queer films. SQIFF seek to screen movies that people might not otherwise get a chance to see and to create inspiring and informative events alongside challenging inequality and barriers to accessing the arts.

SQIFF is not-for-profit. However, does receive project by project funding, which means they typically have around 4 months of funding to pay staff during the Festival period with the rest of their work done largely on a voluntary basis. The Festival and indeed year-round work is overseen by a committee, made up of members of Scotland’s LGBTQ+ communities. SQIFF is an organisation by and for those communities.

The 2018 festival runs from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th December in venues across Glasgow including, the main festival hub at the CCA, Glasgow Film Theatre, The Art School, Scottish Youth Theatre, Kinning Park Complex and The Space on London Road.

The 2018 programme highlights include:

SQIFF Schools: Out (CCA)

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December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“So much of young people’s experience of sexual and gender identity in the present day comes via the internet. However, the old pain and awkwardness of ‘coming out’ to friends and family remains the same. This new documentary from French director Denis Parrot combines the phenomenon of online queer culture with the intimacy of young people’s revelations about themselves. Out presents a collection of compelling videos posted online by young LGBTQ+ people, showing us their experience of telling loved ones about their identity.”

Pulse

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December 6 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

“A gay Disabled teenage boy chooses to swap his body for that of a non-disabled cisgender woman, seeing this as the only way he can be loved. A deeply personal film written by and starring queer Disabled filmmaker Daniel Monks, Pulse explores thematic questions such as how much our bodies shape who we are, where the line is between compromising for love and changing yourself to be loved, and why we fall in love with the people we do. Pulse is a parable for young people, queer people, Disabled people; but also, for anyone who has ever struggled with their body, their appearance, their sexuality, their desires, and essentially themselves.”

SQIFF Workshop: Creating Online Content with BBC The Social

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December 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“BBC The Social is an award-winning digital team based at BBC Scotland creating online content and developing new creative talent. The channel has a strong focus on allowing LGBTQ+ contributors to take the lead when it comes to creating content that covers topics such as LGBTQI+ rights, dating when gay and disabled, and comedy through a queer lens. This workshop will share with you the secrets to making successful online content and let you know how you can get involved creating your own content for BBC The Social. “

Dykes, Camera, Action! + BOOM BUST: Feminist Filmmakers Blowing Up the Canon

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December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, Jenni Olson, film critic B. Ruby Rich, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.

With a special presentation from writer and activist So Mayer (Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema; curator, Club des Femmes), who brings their feminist film toolkit to SQIFF. With wise words and talking points from feminist filmmakers and critics from around the globe, So will set out why things need to change, and what we – as viewers, critics, programmers, and activists – can learn and do to take down mainstream cinema, while having ‘dykes, camera, action’-inspired fun on the way.”

DESIRES AND RESISTANCE | UNEARTHING TRANS LEGACIES

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December 8 @ 3:00 pm4:40 pm

“Anonymous sexual encounters and flirtations with the camera, dress-up with Flawless Sabrina, and a night at the Stonewall Inn with Marsha P. Johnson: this programme proposes alternative modes of retrieving and disseminating a trans* past through an erotic gaze. Addressing an erasure of trans* legacies, these works place trans* sexual expression and resistances in conversation with a non-linear idea of history that is both real and fabricated, defiantly looking toward a future of pleasure, play, and beauty. Curated and presented by Finn Paul in partnership with Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival in LA.”

With so many other events planned, this is a true exploration of the LGBTQI+ community via the medium of Cinema check out SQIFF’s website and social media for more information including booking details.

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival, 5th – 9th December 2018 Glasgow , For further information go to: http://www.sqiff.org/

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Motown The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse Preview:

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Currently enjoying a successful run in London’s Shaftsbury theatre, Motown: The Musical is hitting the road around the uk and comes to the resplendent Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 20th November, The musical is based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown  and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The production’s music and lyrics are taken from selections from the Motown catalogue.

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We at Scotsgay arts were lucky to be able chat with Karis Anderson who will perform as the Icon that is Diana Ross, interrupting rehearsals to talk with us we had the following to ask:

What brought you to being on tour with Motown?

“I’ve always loved Motown music and being in a musical has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I went through a long audition process starting out for an ensemble role so when I was offered Diana I burst out in tears of joy, I just felt so blessed as I had manifested it for so long. A few friends of mine who had toured with a musical before said that it’s an amazing experience, so I really wanted to get on the road with a show. “

What’s it like to be playing the iconic Diana Ross?

“A dream! I feel so lucky to be excited to go into work every day and after being in a girl band which was heavily influenced by the Supremes & Motown music, I felt like this role was definitely perfect for me at this time in my life and wake up every day full of gratitude that I get to play such an iconic amazing Influential woman while working with the most brilliant cast. “

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What can audiences expect from the show and your character?

“Audiences can expect a musical like no other with songs that you will know and love whilst also being educated on the political state of Detroit in the 60s & onwards and how music changed it and brought people & races together.

The musical also beautifully tells Berry Gordy’s story and how he came about creating Motown and developing so many artists and now legends that we a know and love such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, young Michael Jackson and many more. The show also tells the story of Diana Ross from a young 16-year-old girl as Diane in the Primettes, to the Supremes, to Diana Ross & the Supremes and eventually to ‘Diana’. For me it’s really fun to be able to portray the journey of her life and embody the different stage in her life from the young, bubbly & eager 16-year-old to the matured, strong, multi-talented woman. We also see the love story of Diana and Berry throughout the show.  “

If you could play any other role from the show what would it be and why?

“It would have to be one of the other Supremes. I love Flo’s character and wish her story was told more in the show, but I really love the energy that she brings to the Supremes and her singing tone, and the fact she always answers back and takes no shit lol!”

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 In 8 words or less sum up Motown the musical?

A sensational, one of a kind, must see musical

As the festive season approaches it’s a sure fire bet that Motown: The Musical will make a cracking start to night out or an early Christmas treat and you will leave the theatre humming many of those classic tunes from the heart of Detroit.

So, book those tickets now and get ready for the musical journey of a life time.

Motown The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse, Tuesday 20th November to Saturday 8th December for Tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/motown-the-musical/edinburgh-playhouse/

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Oh, What a Lovely War! Preview:

Oh, What a Lovely War! Preview:

2018 marks the centenary of the guns falling silent at the end of the Great War. World war one was called the war to end all wars and its toll on humanity is still being felt 100 years on. Edinburgh based Captivate Theatre are marking the Anniversary by reviving their production of Joan Littlewoods and Theatre workshops universally acclaimed “Oh What A Lovely War!”.

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Captivate last produced the show in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it’s a brave choice for the company to tackle once more. There is no leaner plot line to Oh what a lovely war, its creation by Littlewood was via several session of improvisation which dispensed with the original script. What we have is ultimately a series of interconnecting sketches and musical numbers which depict the futility and horrendous cost of the first world war. Utilizing comedy, pathos and truth Oh what a lovely war is a piece of theatre which transcended the art form and blazed a trail for the power of ensemble theatre.

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Speaking with the Director and Musical Director Sally Lyall and Tommie Travers they had the following to say, “We are proud to be reviving Oh, What a lovely war! In this centenary year. Joan Littlewoods original production, in 1963, not only had a massive impact on the form and content of British Theatre, but also challenged how the nation viewed the Great War. The poignant, bitter sweet songs, gallows humour and stark statistics remain as deeply moving and shocking now as they were in 1963. Much of what Captivate Theatre strives to create, from production to production, derives from the Spirit of this show and we are sure you will enjoy it, even as you brush away a tear and wave goodbye!”

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The 2018 cast is drawn from across the Captivate company many of whom appeared during this years critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe season in Edinburgh’s Rose Theatre. With a live piano accompaniment, the production will play capital Theatres “The Studio” from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th November at 7:30pm with an additional matinee on Saturday 10th at 2:30pm.

One thing is for sure, Theatre truly is the place of no barriers or boundaries and one that can be used to make us reflect and learn from the past. Captivate theatres production of Oh, What a Lovely War! Is that very chance to reflect, learn and remember in equal measure so don’t let this chance slip you by and get those tickets now.

Captivate Theatre presents: Oh What A Lovely War! The Studio, Edinburgh, Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th November 2018. For tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/lovelywar

Preview

Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Preview:

Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Preview:

In April 2014, Lets face the music and dance took to the stage of Edinburgh’s Church Hill theatre raising and incredible £7,500 for Leukaemia Care. This was a hugely personal project for the production’s producer and Director Janice Bruce. Four Years later Janice and her team, Musical Director Alison Rushworth with Musical arrangements by James McCutchen are back bigger and better and are aiming to raise £10,000 with second spectacular production.

Janice spoke with Scotsgay Arts ahead of the shows run in late November saying “In 2010 I lost my mum to Myelodysplasia, in 2012 I then lost my job as a Visual Merchandise Manager at John Lewis in Glasgow due to redundancies. I’d worked for 36 years in the company and they decided to take out the level of Managers. So, it was time to go and venture into new and exciting things.

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My hobby has always been dance and amateur dramatics as a choreographer in the Edinburgh musical theatre scene, I decided to showcase my choreography on the Church hill theatre stage and donate all proceeds to Leukaemia care.

Let’s face the music and dance was staged in April 2014 and raised a whopping £7,500. The show included 50 musical numbers with a cast of 50 singers and dancers, many of whom I had shared a stage with over the years. The cast and band gave up their time for free which was a great support for this worthy cause.

On the back of the show’s success, 4 years later I have decided to stage Let’s face the music and dance part 2, Nov 27th to 1st Dec 2018, again for Leukaemia care but this time hoping to raise £10,000.”

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The 2018 production draws on talent from across Edinburgh and further afield, and the show will feature six sections of dance and song split into “Glitz and Glam” featuring One night only, we are what we are, The Jersey boys. “Taptastic” -Drawing from 42nd Street, stepping out, We’re in the money that is followed by a section titled “After dark” featuring the music of Little shop of horrors, Addams family, Thriller. Next up is a look at the cinema with section named “Danger” and will draw from James Bond, Mission Impossible, and The Matrix. The penultimate section is titled “Bright and beautiful” – Colour my world, Jai ho, Who and to close the show and seeing as we are about to enter that special time of year “Christmas” featuring Santa baby, All I want for Christmas, Slade, Wizard and so many more.  The production will feature a full live band and stunning costumes everything that’s needed for the best night of musical theatre goodness.

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So, for an early Christmas treat and to support a truly worthy cause why not book those tickets now and be royally entertained and once again help Janice to for fill her dream of helping others and creating a real legacy.

Lets Face The Music And Dance, Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh, Tuesday 27th November – Saturday 1st December (Saturday Matinee Only) For tickets go to: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lets-face-the-music-and-dance-2018

Preview

Kinky Boots Preview:

Based on the original 2005 British film, and inspired by true events, Kinky Boots the musical tells the story of Charlie Price. Having inherited a shoe factory from his father, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

With a book by the legendary Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics from the princess of pop Cyndi Lauper this story of love and acceptance and being who you want to be has wowed audiences on both Broadway and London’s west end as well as several international productions around the world.

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(photo curtesy Edinburgh Evening News)

Now for the first time the most heart warming and joyous of shows comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in the famed Christmas slot. We at Scotsgay arts were invited to a sneak preview in the plush surroundings of Brewhemia bar. Where it was confirmed that star of the west end and Australian productions Callum Francis will dawn Lola’s heels for the Edinburgh run. From what we saw we can assure you that your in for a real treat!

Joining Francis on stage will be Joel Harper-Jackson as “Charlie Price”, Paula Lane (of coronation street fame) as “Lauren” with a full supporting company including Lola’s Angels this production will sprinkle its magic this festive season.

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Kinky Boots marks yet another Scottish premier for the Playhouse, and while the title might suggest this is more an adult show, in reality its for all the family with a strong story at its heart that has brought audiences to their feet at every performance in London’s Adelphi theatre, its sure to have tickets flying out the door. So, hurry and book for the ultimate festive treat!

Kinky Boots, Edinburgh Playhouse Wednesday 5th December to Saturday 5th January 2019. for tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/kinky-boots/edinburgh-playhouse/