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Mostly Ghostly Presents:
Mostly Ghostly Haunted Theatre Tour

Saturday 20 May at 7.30pm

A variety of strange occurrences have been reported over the years...

Join Mostly Ghostly in Scotland's oldest working theatre - the newly-renovated Theatre Royal, Dumfries - and discover fascinating history and hauntings behind this magnificent 223-year-old building...

12+ only. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £13.20 Standard, £11 Concession and £9.45 Family. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here

Legend of Loch Arthur

Sunday 21 May at 3.00pm

An afternoon of music and spoken word inspired by The Legend of King Arthur created and performed by members of Loch Arthur Camphill Community, local artists and Paragon musicians.

Together we have been exploring the story of King Arthur and discovering important connections with one another and the local community. In our quest to reach the grail, we finally reveal the true essence of life itself, and what a struggle that was!

An event for all the family to enjoy.

Running time: approx 45 mins

Tickets £8 Adults, £5 Concessions. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here.

Declan Nerney and his Band in Concert

Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 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.

Maidens of Music: Afternoon of Music

Saturday 27 May from 3.00pm-7.00pm

Maidens of Music is an exciting new music festival for females – taking place in Dumfries every Saturday in May featuring around 100 performances.

Our festival is designed to: Celebrate those who perform; Empower people to perform; Nurture those who are developing and provide them with a friendly stage; Inspire those who have never tried.

People have described Maidens of Music as “Informal, relaxed, original and friendly”. We guarantee a magical afternoon, with performances from original and cover artists, local and national musicians. Come along and see, you will not be disappointed.

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

This is a free event


The Tinderbox Orchestra

Saturday 27 May at 7.00pm

Tinderbox Orchestra is a fusion of instruments, styles and people. They write and perform original compositions, experiment with ideas and collaborate with bands and artists across genres.

Comprising and led by young people aged 13-25, the orchestra works with hundreds of young people each year and has produced a number of award-winning productions, working with local communities in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland through to international collaborators in China, Chile, Croatia and Bosnia.

For this show, they will be playing music from their debut album Tinderbox as well as collaborating with some of the region’s young musicians and local arts collective The Stove Network to create an orchestral experience like no other.

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ The List

Rave Culture meets last night of the Proms” The Herald
Makes the consequences of globalisation personal, it’s impressively powerful stuff” The Scotsman
Edinburgh’s experimental youth orchestra is developing into a spectacular modern band” The Guardian
An Orchestral Revolution” Edinburgh Evening News
An unusual and curious idea, this is a meeting of cultures that typifies the spirit of the Fringe.” Broadway Baby

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Tickets £10 Standard, £5 Under 26. Available from Ticketsource here

Phil Hardie: Welcome My Son

Sunday 28 May at 7.30pm

Circus artist, musician, theatre maker and entertainer Phil Hardie delivers an immersive solo exploration of Frankenstein told via circus, physical and traditional theatre and words.

Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the show explores themes of social conformity, isolation, prejudice and abandonment.

What an extraordinary moving and intensely physical performance, the physicality of the theatre and the depth of understanding of the characters was spell-binding – mesmerising.

Heart in mouth stuff as well as tears in eyes. Stunning marvellous and truly original. Thank you.

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Tickets £10 Standard, £5 Under 26. Available on Ticketsource here

Shelagh McDonald with Nigel H. Seymour

Friday June 2 at 7.45pm

Folk legend Shelagh McDonald and international singer-songwriter, Nigel H.Seymour will be bringing their eclectic mix of singer-songwriter ballads, folk and rock as a forerunner to their forthcoming E.P 'Timescapes'

Shelagh McDonald has been referred to by Mojo Magazine as one of the ' Lost Women of Folk'. In the early 70,s she recorded two groundbreaking folk rock albums and her inspiring influence continues to this day, on a new generation of singer-songwriters. She has new songs to sing, as well as those which delighted audiences in the heady days of Flower Power.

Nigel H. Seymour has, over the decades, balanced his music delicately across the musical genres. His unique fusion of classic rock, pop and folk has dictated his presence in various parts of the world, from South America to the USA, Europe and the UK. As well as writing his deeply passionate songs, he has recently completed a requiem mass. Whatever will he do next!

All tickets £10. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office and on Ticketweb here

Shoreline Voices: An Introduction to Insight

Sat 3 June from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

The launch of an exciting new exploration that creates connections and collaborations between our four shorelines that are within sight of each other.

From Dumfries and Galloway to the Isle of Man, from Cumbria to Ireland, commerce between these lands has been traditional to the existence of our region for thousands of years.

Four of the finest living poets from these areas read and discuss their work with cultural commentators representing the shorelines, revealing new insights and perspectives.

This is the first of a series of multidisciplinary events to be organised by InSight over the coming years which will celebrate the conversations we can have with each other.

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Tickets £12, £6 Under 26. Available on Ticketsource here

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Sat 3 June at 5:00pm

Award-winning musician Mairi Campbell presents Pulse, her first one-woman theatre show.

Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson it is Mairi’s story of her musical homecoming, a journey of the heart and quest to find her “pulse.”

Pulse is followed by a concert performance by Mairi.

So, in the here and now, on a stage bare but for a rough-hewn pendulum – it's flat stone culled from her family’s croft – Campbell opens her throat in a spirit of belonging that is ancient and modern, and life-affirming for all of us” ★★★★ Mary Brennan, The Herald

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Tickets £12 Standard, £6 Under 26. Available on Ticketsource here

Playwrights' Scratch

Sun 4 June from 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Extracts from three brand new scripts will be presented by actors at a directed, rehearsed reading.

Selected from across Scotland and Cumbria, the scripts are read for the first time by the company that morning, then the director and actors get to work.

This event is a must for those interested in how new writing for performance develops.

There will be an informal gathering in the bar post-show to discuss the plays with the playwrights, actors and the director, Ken Gouge, Edinburgh Festival Fringe First winner.

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Tickets £4, £2 Under 26. Available on Ticketsource here

SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE Eastern Europe Express

Sunday 4 June at 7.30pm

The Scottish Ensemble introduces your guide, Polish-born Bartosz Woroch – a gifted violinist specialising in chamber and solo violin – who will take his audience across Eastern Europe on a musical journey of discovery.

To Poland - where Grazyna Bacewicz, one of the country’s first female composers, wrote her much-lauded 1948 concerto, which fuses tradition and modernity with vivacious gusto, energy and inventive flair.

To France - where Chopin wrote Opus 37, No.2 and Opus 55, No.1, performed now in this exquisite string orchestra arrangement (and SE commission) by David Matthews, who translates the delicate piano melodies into beautifully meandering lines for solo violin.

To the Czech Republic - to end the evening with one of Dvorák’s most well-known quintets, scored with double bass to create a deep, romantic richness.

This event is hosted as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Tickets £20, £10 Under 26. Available from Ticketsource here


With Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden.

Thursday June 8 at 7.30pm

This show does exactly what it says on the tin, possibly – a host of comedy songs covering a number of years by a host of great names… and a few surprises.

Songs from the like of:
Stan Freeberg, Tom Lehrer, The Pythons, Pete and Dud, Lonnie Donegan, Bernard Cribbins, Richard Digance, Tom Paxton, The Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Noel Coward, George Formby, Flanders and Swan, Chris de Burgh, Alan Sherman, Robb Wilton, Noel Murphy etc.

Pat and Dave will attempt all of this with just the aid of a piano and whatever talent they can muster.They will also perform their own unique versions of Elvis Presley and Righteous Brothers songs as you have never heard them before. You have been warned! If you are looking for a serious dramatic evening then this is not for you.

If you want to see grown men having fun at their own expense, and maybe yours, then step right up.

Masterful…. An evening of consistent laughter.’ Time Out

An exceptional gift for comedy that had us rolling in the aisles.’ The Scotsman

' This show is one of the 5 great things to do today.' Belfast Telegraph


Tickets £12 Standard, £10 Over 65, Student and Unwaged. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here

Luke and Elliot LIVE!

Saturday 8 July at 8.00pm

Luke and Elliott are a World first! Not only do they hold a joint county record for most jokes told in a single second, they are also the first ever ‘Dual-Comics’ in the solar system!

Luke & Elliott’s 2017 show consists of the ‘Cheeky Chappies’ telling side-splitting tales and hilarious anecdotes from the not-so-distant past, which set to raise the roof, all with the aid of videos, music and photos from their projector. With their combination of boyish charm and relentless energy, this tour is set to be, as young people would say, ‘lit’ and ‘sick’. But don’t worry if you don’t know what those words mean! Neither do they!

Join them for an unmissable evening of wit, observation and worry.

Be prepared to laugh like you’ve never laughed before, to cry like you’ve never cried before and to sit in your chair like you’ve never… Well, you get the idea!

Twitter and website

“An Unbelievable Masterpiece” - Richard Curtis CBE (Love Actually, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley)
“Terrific energy and daft invention. Bring about rolling laughs from the audience in performance” – Bristol Old Vic (Longest continuously running theatre in the UK)
“Drop me a line! I’m a bit busy at the moment.” – Alan Titchmarsh (The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Love Your Garden)
“Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.” – Kanye West

All tickets £10. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here

Fred MacAulay Live 2017

Sunday 16 July at 8.00pm

Having had a successful sell out Scottish Tour in 2016, and ahead of his annual attendance at EdFringe (this will be his 29th), Fred is on the road again around Scotland (with a few trips over Hadrian's Wall) with a stand-up show for 2017.

With so much happening politically at home and abroad, there's no shortage of material for comedians.

Are you worried about the future after Brexit? How do you plan to celebrate the triggering of Article 50. And speaking of 'triggering' could Trump really kick off the war that’ll not only end all wars but the whole freaking planet!

The world is in an awful mess, says Trump. "Donald, start flicking through the channels on your TV mate for f*** sake. It's a beautiful place." Someone should really show him some Attenborough programmes about tiny mammals. FAKE SHREWS!

Fred says "Every comedian worth his salt has Trump material. I'm probably the only comic who has suffered PERSONALLY as a result of his election. Turnberry is one of my favourite courses, but as a small personal protest against Trump's blatant racism and misogyny I've decreed that I'll never play the course again whilst it's under his stewardship!" It's this kind of gesture that will hopefully make Trump think again.....!!!

As for Brexit, will it lead to the triggering of Indyref2? The gloves might soon be off with Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. The gloves might, but the shoes won't. And they're good shoes, aren't they. And as for Kezia Dugdale.....whoever is plucking her eyebrows, PLEASE STOP.

Fred might not have the answers to political questions (or else he would have been on Question Time) but one thing is for sure, after nearly 30 years on stage, he'll have a bloody good laugh about it all. And so will you.

Fred's brand of humour mixes cheek, sarcasm and satire and has entertained people for three decades. If you've seen him before, you know it's good comedy. And for new fans, come and see the man once described as "Scotland's rising star of comedy" and now "Legend".


fredmacaulay.com/Twitter: @fredmacaulay

Age restriction: 16+

Tickets £14 Standard, £12 Over 65, Student and Unwaged. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office or on Ticketweb here

Funbox: Highland Fling

Sunday 13 August at 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 sing-along 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 £12 Standard, £14 Adults and Babes in Arms. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office and on Ticketweb here

The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace and his band

Tuesday 26 September at 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 six-piece band.

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


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

Don’t Dribble On The Dragon

Sunday October 15 at 2.30pm

My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly

Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me…

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom's endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers' friendship apart can their dragon's amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse?

Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big-hearted adults and loving little ones alike.

As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show.

A heart warming story full of love laughs and sing along songs, this is perfect entertainment for adults and children alike - and brilliant fun!” – The Guide

For adults and cool kids of all ages (not recommended for under 2s)

Run time roughly 60 minutes.

Tickets £11 Standard, £9 Child & Concession, £8.75 Group of 4. Available from the Midsteeple Box Office and from Ticketweb here

Mark Watson

Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 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 similar 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.