My Friend Selma

24 09 2015
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Selma and Vickie

Terra Incognita presents

My Friend Selma

Written and performed by Victoria Beesley

Directed by Joe Douglas

When I was 8 years old, my dad set up a charity to help people in danger escape the war in a place called Bosnia. He brought fifty of them over here on big coaches. We moved into an old boarding school with these refugees, to help them settle in. We lived there for four months. It was brilliant – there was a playground in my front garden, we had lots of visitors, people were always feeding me and I learnt to ride a bike! But the best thing about living there was meeting my friend Selma.

My Friend Selma is the remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK. It is the tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers.

Suitable for ages 8+.

www.myfriendselma.com

Standard         £7

Created with support from Creative Scotland

“It has already created that unforgettable image – of the exuberant life-force of children, facing down a terrible war.” – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“I would give this show 280,00,00 out of 5.” Erin, aged 9

“The most amazing story I’ve ever heard!” Georgia, aged 11





Shang-a-Lang – 2-for-1 ticket offer!

19 09 2014

Friday 19 September
7.30pm

Rapture Theatre
written by Catherine Johnson directed by Michael Emans

Fresh from its sell-out 2013 tour, Shang A Lang returns to venues across Scotland, showcasing its wickedly funny script, hilariously talented cast and fantastic soundtrack. Written by Catherine Johnson (writer of the smash hit Mamma Mia) and directed by Rapture’s Artistic Director Michael Emans this production is an all-round great night out experience.

Take a step back in time to the days of the Bay City Rollers, with loud fashions and laugh-out-loud adult humour.

Shang-a-Lang follows three flighty, forty-something, Scottish women on their way to a 70s revival weekend in Butlins, where they eagerly await to see their heroes, the Rollers, perform once again. They were all Rollerettes back in the day and decide it is time to recapture their youth, chase their unfulfilled dreams and have a ball while they do it.

Lauren tries to stay sober, Jackie tries to stay married and Pauline continues to search for her_DSC3927 Woody.

Shang-a-Lang is the perfect girls’ night out laced with shocking laughs, warm tears and a fabulous
soundtrack – a cross between a Scottish Shirley Valentine and Shameless.

Please note: Shang a Lang is a dramatic play, not a musical. Also as part of the production’s
comedic style, the show contains very strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and nudity.

“Barnstorming”  The Scotsman
“Did the audience like it? They loved it!”  The Public Reviews

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  • Standard  £13
  • Concession £11
  • Stud_DSC3303ent £9

Book online or call

0141 577 4956





Sounds International Charity Concert

6 03 2014

Tuesday 6 May, 7.30pmImage

Sounds International Choir are proud to host an evening of song in aid of the Scottish Friends of Children Concern Foundation.

The foundation is fundraising in aid of a children’s orphanage in Tanzania, Africa.

The orphanage receives no state funding and depends on external generosity.

Help us to build a bright future for each child and give them the love and support they would otherwise not have known.

THE CLIMAX OF A LIFESAVING WHIRLWIND

When East Renfrewshire’s own Phyllis Hutchison set off for Africa last autumn she expected the holiday of a lifetime, but not to have her heart captured and held for ransom.

She asked her Tanzania guide to call in at an orphanage so she could deliver some small gifts to the children, but the little Imanuel and the other 35 vulnerable orphans of Mto wa Mbu opened their hearts to her.

She found that the dedicated creators of the orphanage, Andrew Joshua and Ayubu Peter of Children Concern Foundation, needed help desperately to ensure the future of the orphanage and the wellbeing of the children it cared for.

Upon getting home Phyllis decided that she would do everything to make a difference.

She sought the help of a number of friends and like minded individuals and established a not for profit organisation Scottish Friends of Children Concern Foundation.

The group started fundraising to assist in the orphanage moving premises to an area that would not flood annually, and also contributing to the purchase of a reliable vehicle that could handle the rough rural roads around the orphanage and enable sick children to be conveyed on the two hour journey to hospital in relative comfort, rather than on the back of a motorbike taxi.

Within two months with the assistance of the tremendous support network she had built the group raised over £5000 undertaking a number of events such as bag-packing, car boot sales and bake sales in local Royal Bank of Scotland banks

Now in 2014 the fundraising continues with the local choir Sounds International agreeing to provide a fundraising concert in Eastwood Park Theatre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th May 2014. It is hoped that this event along with other planned activities such as comedy nights, sponsored bungee jumps and skydives will allow the great work carried out so far to be continued.

See details at www.scottishfriendsofccf.webs.com/ on facebook at Scottish Friends of Children Concern Foundation.





Arts Strategy Survey

13 02 2014

ERC LOGO HiResEast Renfrewshire Council is in the process of developing and preparing a new arts strategy. The key of the strategy will be to determine the arts activity that it will undertake over the next 3 years to make the maximum contribution to the residents and community of East Renfrewshire. The core of the strategy will be the activities of the Council’s Arts Service and this survey seeks to gather your views on the current activities provided by the arts service and on what activity should look like in the future.

Please note that the deadline for completing this survey is Thursday 27 February. After this date the survey will no longer be available.

Please select the link below to complete the survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7GXC52P





7 02 2014

Borderline Theatre Company
in association with The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

A SLOW AIR

Written and Directed by David Harrower

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 April, 7.30pm

Approx running time: 80mins

Early Bird Offer: Book by 29 March

You can feel blood. You can. Even after all this time.
Morna and Atholl are brother and sister but they haven’t spoken to each other for 15 years.
Now Morna’s son, Joshua, is turning 21 – and he’s planning a party.
It’s going to be a night to remember!

A play by the Olivier Award winning writer of Blackbird, Knives in Hens and Ciara.

Suitable for age 14 + A Slow Air Image

Standard £13
Concession £11
Student £9

Review – The Independant

Atholl is a man who keeps his feelings tightly zipped inside a sturdy fleece.
Morna is his ebullient sister, as loud as her swirly tunic, as happy to have a ding-dong with some dame on the bus as she is to discuss her on-off thing with Sir Galahad (who holds court at a round table), in the local pub.
Atholl and Morna have not spoken for 14 years. In David Harrower’s spare staging of his own new play, they sit on kitchen chairs, on a bare stage split by a crack down the middle. Atholl has moved to Houston, near Glasgow Airport, where his flooring business is bumping along. Morna has stayed in Edinburgh, works as a cleaner and worries about her introverted, cartoon-drawing, soon-to-be 21-year-old son, Joshua.
It is an intriguing set-up and with the skilled brother and sister Kath and Lewis Howden unfolding the story in two parallel monologues, this should be a spitting piece of drama. Harrower has a history, in his internationally successful Blackbird, of unpicking the emotional sticky stuff that becomes black and impenetrable after spending a decade in a dark cupboard.
A Slow Air promises to be equally thrilling. Joshua turns up at his estranged uncle’s home, fascinated by the fact that the men who attempted to bomb Glasgow Airport in 2007 lived in the same street. He persuades Atholl to break in to their empty house for a snoop around. He walks Atholl’s dog, Clay, and allows it to terrorise the daughter of Atholl’s Asian neighbours. But although Morna later reveals that Joshua has a cartoon character called Crap Terrorist, the plotline fizzles out. It turns out that the siblings fell out over the usual catalogue of family grudges – money, ancient misunderstandings and whether Simple Minds are better than U2.
The Howdens play their socks off, Kath as cheeky and verbose as Lewis is monosyllabic. Perhaps being sibilings gives them the confidence to be so different; they are utterly believable, turning from hilarious dad dancing and gallus patter to real poignancy in a heartbeat. It is the drifting plot that lets them down. Is Joshua a racist ghoul? Was Morna short-changed in their parents’ will? The play ends with the siblings speaking to each other. It’s a shame they don’t explain very much.

To Book call Box Office:0141 577 4956

http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice





7 02 2014

KIDNAPPED KIDNAPPED (layered)[1] copy

Adapted by Ivan Wilkinson
from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday 11 March, 1pm & 7pm

Approx running time: 120mins including interval

“If life were easy, where would all the adventures be…?”

An adventure tale for all the family, Kidnapped tells the story of Davie Balfour as he survives shipwreck and murder to dramatically escape to the Highlands of Scotland.

Set against the fierce social and political backdrop of 1750s Scotland, this gripping, fast paced adventure story is packed full of physical storytelling and imagination.

Adapted by emerging playwright Ivan Wilkinson Sell a Door Theatre Company launch their 2014 season with this highly imaginative re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story perfect for young and old audiences alike.

Suitable for age 6 +

Standard £5
Family £15

Book Online: http://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice
http://www.selladoor.com





6 02 2014

Visible Fictions

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOODRobin Hood New
Originally co commissioned with the Kennedy Center, Washington

Friday 7 March, 1pm & 7pm

Approx Running Time: 60 mins

Somewhere near you there is a band of brothers fighting for justice. Seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated.

They are lean, mean, trained justice fighting machines! Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forrest, but one thing is for sure . . . no rogue is safe!
Join internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions for a silly and unexpected take on Robin Hood and be prepared to unleash your imagination!

Look out rich folks, your piggy banks may never be safe again!

Suitable for age 7+

Standard £6
Family £20








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