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 unclessquare-004Robert Florence & Iain Connell: Uncles

Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 8.00pm

Robert Florence & Iain Connell, creators of hit BBC sketch show Burnistoun, are taking their hilarious new live show ‘Uncles’ on their first Scottish tour.

After a successful showing at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in 2016 the pair are taking ‘Uncles’ out on the road for limited dates around Scotland.

Get ready for some big laughs and foul-mouthed guidance from two men who know ALL the answers to EVERYTHING. It's time to sit down and listen to your uncles.

“These waggish rogues seem familiar, the kind you might see in the corner of any pub reflecting on their glory days and middle-aged irritations...constant laughs” - Chortle

“The partnership of Iain Connell and Robert Florence is one of the gifts from the comedy cosmos” - Herald

16+ Only

Tickets £16.50. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Citizen

28th March 2017 at 7.30pm

People leave places, sometimes by choice, sometimes because they have to. Where do they go and how do they fit in?

CITIZEN is a darkly humorous look at how we bring our identity with us wherever we go.  Created with four dynamic dancers by Glasgow-based Irish-born choreographer Chrissie Ardill and an electronic music score mixed live by Newcastle-based composer Mariam Rezaei.

This hour-long production by the award-winning plan B Dance Company is suitable for audiences of all ages.

 

Tickets £12 Adults, £10 for students, unwaged, and over 65. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Scottish Ensemble: An Evening of String Duets

Thursday 30th March 2017 at 7.30pm

Two outstanding Scottish Ensemble musicians visit Theatre Royal in Dumfries for a lively and varied evening of duos for violin and cello.

Chosen by violinist Cheryl Crockett and cellist Alison Lawrance, the programme is a showcase of some of their favourite pieces for the two instruments. Spanning the Baroque to the 20th Century, they will shift between moods and styles, from the rich, earthy sounds of Bartók’s folk-inspired melodies to the romance of Ravel’s sonata to Halvorsen’s Passacaglia, an impressive, virtuosic gambol across all the strings inspired by Handel.

This is a rare opportunity to experience two outstanding string musicians from the UK’s leading string orchestra playing in a more intimate setting; please join us on what promises to be a powerful, moving and thoroughly entertaining evening of music.

Tickets are £15, £10 Under 26, and £5 for Students or Unwaged

Available from Midsteeple Box Office or online here.


Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear

Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 2.30pm in the Studio Theatre

Based on the book by author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear (Voyage au Clair de Lune) is a visual journey into an exciting world of dreams and imagination. Jabuti Theatre's adaptation captures the beauty of Marie-Louise's Illustrations using puppetry, physical theatre, toy theatre and video and brings it all to life with an original musical score. This is a simple yet compelling story about two children, a cat and a mouse, and their adventures with the moon.

Age Recommended 3-5 and families.

View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/165864663

All tickets £5. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue S'il Vous Plait

Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th April at 7.30pm

The French farce has arrived at The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society, and the formidable ladies do it like no one else!  An unintelligible plot, a plethora of doors and a grand range of characters make this Farndale offering as bubbly as a glass of champagne...

Tickets £10 Adult, £8 Guild Members available from the Midsteeple Box Office or online here.

 

 


image4Just Beatles

Friday 5th May 2017 at 7.30pm

Just Beatles have firmly established themselves on the tribute band scene in their native Scotland playing theatres all round the country as well as performing in Beatles festivals all over the UK and Europe, including the world-famous Liverpool Beatleweek.

Extremely close attention has been made to every aspect of the Beatles’ act in their quest to emulate the Beatles as accurately as possible. Together with authentic instruments and equipment they faithfully re-create the sound and style of a Beatles concert

Expect non-stop hits all the way from the early days of “Love me Do”, “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You” through to later smashes such as “Let it Be” and “Get Back"

Unmissable!

Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Bonnie Fechters: Songs and Stories of Hope and Resistance

Saturday 6th May 2017 at 7.30pm

Devised, Directed and Performed by Morna Burdon

Bonnie Fechters is a one woman show featuring inspiring stories and songs about women’s activism and struggle – from the Scottish witch killings to the Vietnam war, from African American civil rights activists to the Zero Tolerance campaign. Sell out audiences at Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Scottish Story – telling Centre.

After the interval there is an opportunity for a relaxed chat - to ask about the show – the research, the reasons -or to tell your own stories about women who have inspired you.

"Deeply moving.....her singing voice is a delight to listen to – mellow yet robust" Broadway Baby, 4 Stars

"One minute I was laughing, next I was in tears" Producer, Writers and Activists Throughout the World, Edinburgh International Book Fringe

Tickets £12 Adults, £10 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


al-onstageAlistair MacDonald

11th May 7.30pm

Alastair McDonald is firmly regarded as one of Scotland's leading musical minstrels. In addition to Television, Radio & stage appearances worldwide, he is a prolific recording artiste & can be heard on a variety of labels, most notably CORBAN RECORDINGS, situated in his native Scotland. Alastair`s programme is selected from a vast repertoire of traditional, contemporary & original material.

Born in Glasgow in 1941, Alastair immigrated to Australia with his family at the age of eight & growing up there, during a period in the outback, developed an interest in "homemade" entertainment.

Four years later he returned to Scotland just in time to be excited by the emerging pop scene & in particular, "skiffle" music, a fusion of American folk song with overlaid jazz influences, spearheaded by Lonnie Donegan. With a variety of local groups, he played in hospitals, old folks` homes, Churches, ceilidhs & even back court concerts for political campaigns & for many of his young years was a leading banjo player in the jazz scene of the period (winner of the award for best banjo player Elgin Jazz Festival 1962).

After numerous guest spots on various radio & television shows, “Take 5” “Show of the North” “Melody Inn” “Dateline” etc., he was invited in 1973 to co-host a new TV show of Scottish music entitled "Songs of Scotland". After only a few screenings, the viewing public responded so positively that the series continued year upon year, taking Alastair`s music into variety shows, pantomimes & plays throughout Scotland - and the world. Alastair`s commitment has always been to entertain, but he has fought to do so on terms he believes to be valuable. "Give them what they want..." is a maxim that he finds quite unacceptable. He strives instead to offer that which he considers to be wholesome, helpful, uplifting, cautionary, loving & entertaining - "Filling time for an audience & not just passing it!", he says.

Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


bc2017_composite_cmykCentral School of Ballet

12th May 7.30pm

Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre returns under the auspices of its new artistic director Christopher Marney. See the company’s young and dynamic dancers on the cusp of their professional careers showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces.

The repertoire for this year’s tour features work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Indigo Children by Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett, and a new version of the ballroom scene from Romeo & Juliet by former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee. It also includes a specially created work by Christopher Bruce, as well as excerpts from Petipa’s La Bayadere and The Nutcracker.

The tour will also feature a scene from Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink from the original production directed by Christopher Gable in 1996.

This family-friendly show is ideal for dance enthusiasts as well as those new to ballet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers at the peak of their training as they launch their professional careers.

“…dancers at their very best” DanceEurope July 2016

Tickets £15 Adults, £12 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

17 May 2017 7.30pm

A marathon night of drink, debauchery and duplicity ensues as Martha and her husband George, invite unsuspecting young couple, Nick and Honey, for a nightcap at their home. The drinks flow, spiked with laughs, acerbic wit and tempestuous verbal sparring.  However as night turns to morning, haunting secrets are revealed!

Rapture Theatre returns with a classic play brimming with dazzling language and iconic characters.

In tribute to Pulitzer prize winning author Edward Albee, heralded as the most important playwright of his generation, this is a rare and not to be missed opportunity to see one the great iconic masterpieces of American theatre.

Join an all - star cast for a scathingly funny and emotionally charged evening with Martha and George

Quotes about Albee

The most important American playwright of his generation!"  The New York Times

Quotes from Previous Rapture Theatre Shows

“Riveting theatre at its finest “ ***** - Evening News

“Passionate “  *** - The Scotsman

“There is much, much to love about this production”  **** - TV Bomb

“I’m in Raptures over Rapture” - The Daily Mail

Tickets £15, £12 Over 65s, £8 Student or Unwaged, available from the Midsteeple Box Office, or online here.

#RapWoolf2017


Declan Nerney and his Band in Concert

24 May 2017. 7.30pm.

Declan Nerney hails from Drumlish in the Co Longford and has been at the forefront of Irish Country music now for several decades , known near and far for his energetic showmanship with the unique " Nerney " big band sound that has rightfully carved his name right at the top of showbiz  .  To date Declan has appeared on over 50  Tv shows and has  won countless accolades and awards along his glittering career which is going as strong today as it was from the day he first began .   he's  playing to packed dance halls and theatres on a weekly basis and has legions of fans all over the World . Some of his biggest hit songs include " Stop The World , The Marquee In Drumlish and The Three Way Love affair . So for a toe tapping night of classic Country a Declan Nerney show is the only show in town !

All Tickets £20. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Funbox: Highland Fling

Sunday 13 August 1.00pm & 3.00pm

Hoots mon and help ma boab! Take the high road (or the low road) and get roamin in the gloamin for Funbox's brand new show. Join Anya, Kevin and Gary and Bonzo the dog as they take a trip to the Highlands of Scotland to battle midgies, become monarchs of the glen and hear the skirl of the bagpipes in their latest singalong adventure. There's silliness galore and songs to sing in this crazy new show for 2017. You'll need to help us get the Funbox open - which contains everything you need to sing a song or have an adventure - but which of our special keys should we use? You may even be lucky enough to help the gang on stage!

Packed with family favourites like 'Buy Me A Banana', 'Shove yer granny aff a bus' and ‘The midgies are comin ', as well as brand new songs, Highland Fling is the perfect treat for kids of all ages - from nought to ninety!

Wear something Tartan and join the hoolie!

Tickets available soon, check back here for more details.


The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace and his band

Tuesday 26 September 7.30pm

Following on from his highly-acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent 6-piece band.

"Elio rocks!" Brian May
"Elio is tremendous... I'm a big fan. Music made the old fashioned way... played" Huey Lewis

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHjN5__CmR0&feature=youtu.be

£22.50, Over 65's £20. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.


Mark Watson

Saturday, 11 November 2017. 8.00pm

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, 'I'm Not Here', and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he's not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It's hard to be everywhere at once, so he's narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials - as they've already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place. A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won't know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren't actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop).

The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.

14+ Only

All Tickets £17. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.