King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Amdram Preview:

Scotsgay Arts was delighted to have been invited to pop along on a  chilly January evening to an exclusive preview evening of the Local Amateur Dramatic companies that will be performing on the hallowed boards of the King’s Theatre Edinburgh. Hosted by local directing legend Andy Johnston whose comedy asides gave the evening true charm, it was a joy to get just a small taste of what’s on offer across the season so lets have a little look!

Starting with SLO and My Fair Lady:

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My Fair Lady sparkles with wit, elegance and romance, telling the story​ of an Edwardian cockney flower girl’s transformation into the pride​ of London society. Southern Light’s beautiful new production will​ transport you from the streets where you live to the flower markets of​ London, the racecourse of Ascot and to the glittering heights of an​ Embassy Ball where everything is ‘Absolutely Bloomin’ Loverly’.​

Musical numbers include ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE, GET​ ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME, WOULDN’T IT BE LOVERLY,​ WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK and I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED​ TO HER FACE.​ My Fair Lady is a jewel in the crown of the great American musicals,​ written by Lerner and Loewe (Brigadoon, Camelot and Gigi) and based​ on George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’.

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EDGAS presents The Mikado


Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the company who brought you H.M.S Pinafore last year, present the timeless G&S classic, The Mikado. Widely regarded as the greatest comic opera ever written, The Mikado has delighted audiences across the world for more than 130 years.

Discover intrigue and romance in the Town of Titipu, where flirting is punishable by death. Nanki-Poo attempts to escape from the formidable Katisha and into the arms of Yum-Yum. However, Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner has other ideas – avoiding his own decapitation being one of them!

Featuring a five-star cast and orchestra, and packed with world-famous musical numbers including The Sun Whose Rays, Three Little Maids from School, and Tit-Willow, make sure to put this stunning production of The Mikado on your list – it’s certainly not one to be missed!

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The Bohemians Present The Wedding Singer.

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Join New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer Robbie Hart, sweet natured Julia, her best friend Holly and Wall Street bad boy Glenn in the 1980’s party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.

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Our taster of all three productions showcased the wealth of talent that comes together from across the city to make these shows possible, and the joy and enthusiasm flowed across the footlights, so why not book those tickets now for a real of show and do your bit to support the theatrical life blood of Edinburgh.





SQIFF: Shorts on Tour: Preview.

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival has announced it will tour a hand-picked selection of LGBTQ+ short films to venues across Scotland over the coming months.

SQIFF: Shorts on Tour opens at CCA Glasgow on 9 February before visiting a host of communities from Hawick to Inverness.

Headlining the programme is VISIBLE, created by Campbell X and Kayza Rose, who explore QTIPOC (queer, trans, and intersex people of colour) histories, challenging mainstream perceptions and sanitisation of legacies, and celebrating complexity, multiplicity, myths, gossip, and legends. Director Campbell X will be in attendance at several events for a Q&A. Other films refelect the diversity of queer stories from around the world, from a portrait of Nicola Stevens, who played in the first professional Australian Football League women’s game in 2017 to Abraham Naim aka drag queen Medulla Oblongata relating their story of escaping persecution for being gay in the Maldives and finding acceptance and community. The Glasgow screening will be followed by a panel with STUC’s LGBT+ Committee about their work and LGBTQ+ rights. The tour is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Helen Wright, SQIFF Coordinator, commented: “It is really exciting for us to be able to share our Opening Night programme with a wider range of audiences around Scotland. We are priorisiting making connections with LGBTQ+ community groups in different areas to give them access to queer cinema and the chance to meet filmmakers and take part in discussions about issues the films raise.”

Sambrooke Scott, Film Hub Scotland Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support SQIFF to screen their short film programme at venues across Scotland. SQIFF is a vital film festival and have built a reputation over the last four years as an organisation who are forward-thinking and prioritise inclusion, diversity and representation. We hope this tour will allow a broader section of audiences in Scotland to engage with LGBTQ+ stories and take part in an exciting programme of films.”

Tour Details

CCA, Glasgow in partnership with STUC LGBT+ Committee, Saturday 9th February, 1pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Wednesday 13th February, 6.15pm. Tickets £5-7.50.

The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews part of Queerfest with Saints LGBT+, Friday 15th February, 6pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.

Cornucopia, Hawick in partnership with Scottish Borders LGBT Equality, Saturday 23rd February, 4pm. Free,

Ayr Town Hall in partnership with Ayr Film Society and Ayrshire LGBTQ, Sunday 24th February, 6.30pm. Free,

50 George Square, University of Edinburgh with MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation, Tuesday 26th February, 7pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.

Macrobert, Stirling in partnership with Stirling University LGBTQ+ Society, Friday 1st March, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.

See for more information and to book tickets.



Wasted Youth, Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh, Preview:

Wasted Youth, 

Edinburgh based performance artist, DJ and Drag Performer Jordy Deelight  brings his brand new biographical one man show to Edinburgh for the first time. Where the art of Drag  is to create fantasy, this production will deliver the reality of a rather human journey.

So, what is Wasted Youth? Its A devised theatre performance featuring elements of drag performance and video footage.

“I go to bed every night and I look back throughout the day I had, making sure I called my friends and family in between to ask how their day was. I wonder if they’re ok, and if at any point they were lying to me, as not everyone has to be strong.”

Wasted Youth. A non-conventional drag show. A piece of media. A journey. The synchronicity method. A life sentence from the age of 2. Learn about Jordan as told by Jordy

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Jordan spoke to Scotsgay arts saying  “Wasted Youth asks the question, who is Jordy Deelight? As I seek to explore who is behind the make up using performance drag and multimedia projections. I am also delighted this performance will be fully BSL interpreted as I wish to ensure the performance is open to all.”

Wasted Youth takes to the stage on Wednesday 30th January at 19:30 at the Scottish Story Telling Centre on the High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Please note this production is strictly an 18+ event and under 18’s will not be permitted in the theatre.

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Theatre has always been the last uncensored space, a home in which creativity shines and boundaries can be pushed, its also the place where real human stories can be explored, wasted youth will harness the power of one persons journey through life and offer up the truth of the performer behind the lipstick and high heels and promises to be an unforgettable evening of theatre. Get those tickets now!

Wasted Youth, Scottish Story Telling Centre, Wed 30th Jan 2019 19:30 , For tickets from £7 go to:


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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:’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.


Christmas Panto’s and Show’s 2018 Preview:


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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Brunton Jack and The Beanstalk

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:

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:

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:

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

Qdos Presents Cinderella SEC Armadillo Glasgow.

Glasgow SEC Cinderella

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.


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)


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.”



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

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:


Motown The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse Preview:

Motown The Musical, Preview:

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: