The first month of our summer season is chock-full of events to keep the whole family entertained! There’s a shed-load of new theatre productions for children and adults, as well as some popular summer favourites from our am-drama. We also welcome the return of our Big Screen Sundays and Monday at the Movies, and a gorgeous exhibition showcasing the artwork from East Ren’s recent production of Noye’s Fludde will be running all month in our gallery.
Eastwood entertainers return to EPT for their annual Spring musical, this year one of the most enduring Broadway hits of alltime, Hello Dolly. Come along and join the strong-willed widow Dolly Levi, the ‘Matchmaker’, as she causes a whirlwind in New York City. Dolly is trying to find a wife for the unmarried half-millionaire Mr Horace Vandergelder, causing mayhem and love all round. But does Dolly secretly want him for herself?
Tuesday 3– Sat 7 May | 7.30pm + 2.30pm Saturday matinee
With few words and lots of music, Platform’s Starcatchers artist in residence presents the beautiful, delicate story of First Light. Between night and day, when everyone is asleep, they are having fun. Meet the Man in the Moon and a woman called Dawn as they work, play and meet at sunrise. For children aged 0-2, their parents and carers.
Monday 9 May | 11.30am + 1.30pm
Tony-award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone makes it’s Scottish debut here at EPT, courtesy on the Runway Theatre Company. It’s a musical inside a comedy, as a die-hard musical theatre fanboy plays his favourite cast album on his turntable and watches the musical literally burst to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
Wed 11– Sat 14 May | 8pm + 3pm Saturday matinee
Take some witchcraft. Then add eight women on stage from the likes of River City and Still Game, and a highly popular novel from Scottish writer Des Dillon, and you have mesmerising black comedy Six Black Candles, which sold out its entire run and stunned Edinburgh audiences and critics equally.
Recommended for age 14+. Contains strong language.
Wed 18 May | 7.30pm
Based on the original work of Philip Pullman, and told through a captivating mix of puppetry, live action, music and song, Visible Fictions and Scottish Opera present Clockwork, the mesmerising tale of what happens when a story is wound up and no-one (not even the author) knows how it might end…Taking you to a world where past merges into present, life merges with machine, and fiction becomes scarily real, Clockwork will leave you spellbound.
Sunday 22 May | 2pm
From the company who brought you last years’ sell-out ‘If I Was A Mouse I Would Hide In Your Hood…’ comes another captivating show for wee ones, The Presents. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end– but this isn’t a normal story. There’s a him and a her and lots of others, all watching bright-eyed. A tiny present appears, all wrapped up and shiny. What is it? Listen, the present is singing…
For 0-18 month year olds and their parents and carers.
Wed 25 May | 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm
This month, we continue EPT’s Big Screen Sundays with a film chosen by our very own Young PromotERs: John Hughes cult comedy The Breakfast Club. Five high school students– all different stereotypes– meet in detention, where they pour out their hearts to each other and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought. As ever, enjoy the film with some FREE POPCORN!!
Sunday 15 May | 7.30pm
You can also win free tickets to The Breakfast Club by answering our poll and telling us: What is YOUR most convenient definition?
And on Monday, pop in for Hollywood classic An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, and enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee with the film. Jerry Mullogan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is ‘discovered’ by an influential heiress with an interest in a little more than Jerry’s art…
Monday 16 May | 11am
The music service of East Ren, in collaboration with Reeling and Writhing Theatre, have staged a production of Benjamin Britain’s Noye’s Fludde at Paisley Abbey. This exhibition in EPT’s gallery showcases the magnificent artwork created for this production by the many East Renfrewshire schools who took part in the Noye’s Fludde project.
Mon 9– Tues 31 May
Entrance to the Gallery is FREE