Shang-a-Lang – 2-for-1 ticket offer!

19 09 2014

Friday 19 September

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


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

Book online or call

0141 577 4956


Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

16 01 2013

Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 Januarycat hot tin roof 3

Giffnock Theatre Players


Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Walter Paul

7.30pm each evening
2.30pm Saturday matinee

Big Daddy has come home from the clinic on his 65th birthday, and his children plan to tell him he is dying of cancer. Mae and Gooper have brought their entire brood in an attempt to jostle Brick and Maggie out of their share of the estate. Their marriage is childless and on-the-rocks; Brick has quit his job and taken to drinking upon the death of Skipper, a friend for whom he harboured sexual desire.

“What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?—I wish I knew…
Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can…”

This classic American play brings life and death crashing in all around it.

Tickets £8 – £10

Book Online
Box office 0141 577 4956

Tickets also available from 0141 876 1296 or email

Family Extravaganza 12th & 13th January

4 01 2013


 BalloonSaturday 12th January:


Book bug (Bubble Pool) 10am – 10.30 am – FREE but ticketed

Fun sessions in pool with inflatable and DJ Pulse FM   1pm – 2 pm – Tickets only £1

Carmichael Hall

Fitness Testing (Foyer Area) 10.30-3.30 pm – FREE

Photo Booth with dressing up props (Foyer Area) 10-4pm – FREE

Big Party times

11-12 – Baby Disco (0-5years) – FREE but ticketed

2-3 – Kids Party with pulse radio(5-11years) – FREE but ticketed


12: 12:30 puppet show – FREE

1 pm 1:30 Magic show – FREE

1:30 – 1:55pm Puppet show – FREE

2:30 magic show – FREE

3:15 puppet show – FREE

12 – 4pm – FREE

Face painting – FREE

Meeting Room

Storytelling (20 min sessions) 12:15pm, 3pm and 4pm – FREE


Music and storytelling workshops. – FREE but ticketed



 Sunday 13th January


Book bug (Bubble Pool) 10am – 10.30 am – FREE but ticketed

Fun sessions in pool with inflatable and DJ Pulse FM 1pm – – Tickets only £1

Carmichael Hall

Fitness Testing (foyer area) 10.30-3.30 pm – FREE

Big Party times

11-12 Baby Disco – FREE but ticketed

2-3 Kids Party with pulse radio – FREE but ticketed

Zumba Come and try (20 mins Sessions) 10am – 10.20 & 10.40 -11am – FREE


12: 12:30 puppet show – FREE

1 pm 1:30 Magic show – FREE

1:30 – 1:55pm Puppet show – FREE

2:30 magic show – FREE

3:15 puppet show – FREE

12 – 4pm – FREE

Arts Room

Family Arts and Crafts- 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – FREE

Meeting Room

Storytelling (20 min sessions) 12 noon and 4pm – FREE


Film (Bed knobs & Broomsticks), 1pm – Tickets only £1

Cozy Corner

Face Painting – FREE

Box office – 0141 577 4956



Stick Granny On The Roof Rack

16 10 2012

Friday 9 November, 7:30pm

by multi award winning writer Rona Munro and performed by award winning actress Fiona Knowles

‘Holiday of a Lifetime’’. Marie won it on a scratch card. ‘Sun, sea, sand, an exotic island paradise’. The winning card said it all, the heaven… ‘an all expenses paid fortnight in a luxury hotel’ and the hell… ‘for all the family’! The family, Katy, Marie’s daughter, teenager with attitude, Graham, Marie’s husband once the love of Marie’s life, now 15 years past his sell by date… and his Mum! It’s a once in a lifetime experience all right, an experience that will change their lives! Take one everyday family, heat to 36 degrees, cover in suntan oil, leave in hired car to cook, then stand back and watch, as years of family tensions boil over in a hilarious mix of laughter and tears. What is Katy’s secret? Why does Mum end up behind bars? Who stole Gran!? Find out with Fiona Knowles as she takes you on a comic, compassionate catastrophe of family relationships in Stick Granny on the Roof-Rack.

The MsFits Theatre Co

Fiona Knowles – Edinburgh Evening News Capital Award Winning Comedy Actress, London Weekend Television Award nominated and acclaimed for her virtuoso performances in MsFit plays incl Sex & Chocolate, Women on the Verge of a T Junction, Fur Coat & Magic Knickers, Women Behaving Madly & Mad Bad & Dangerous to Know. Fiona has performed in award winning TV, Stage & Radio since the early 70’s.

Rona Munro – Award Winning Playwright, Film credits incl Ken Loach’s Ladybird Ladybird, Aimee and Jaguar and 2011 Oranges & Sunshine directed by Jim Loach.. TV credits include Dr Who, Bumping the Odds and Casualty. Radio credits include The Stanley Baxter Playhouse. Stage credits incl commissions for the RSC, NTS, Traverse Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, Hampstead Theatre & The Edinburgh International Festival. Plays incl Bold Girls, IRON, Long Time Dead, The Last Witch, Pandas, Indian Boy, Little Eagles & 19 MsFit shows for Fiona Knowles.

Stick Granny on the Roof-Rack Review – THOM DIBDIN Edinburgh Evening News The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

It’s the MsFits again. That’s Rona Munro writing the words with Fiona Knowles giving them comic interpretation on stage. And this gentle riff on family life sees Knowles creating three generations of a family on their holiday of a lifetime.

This is the holiday that Marie has been waiting for. She won it herself, but the hard- hearted competition company won’t give her a holiday for one. It’s a family holiday. So out-of-work husband Graham, nippy mother-in-law Nan and irksome last teenage daughter Kate all have to come too.

Marie is so tied up with looking after her family that she hasn’t a moment to herself. She dreams she’s in one of those urban myths where Granny dies, but the family don’t want to stop having fun so they bundle up the corpse and stick it on the roof-rack for safe keeping. Except the car gets stolen.

This compulsive woman, stretched to the point of breaking, is an all too recognisable creation from Munro and Knowles which, along with the familiar little traits of those around her, allows you to get right down and sympathise with her plight as she describes the horrors of family life.

Then it all changes, deliciously, as the spotlight switches to Nan. While Marie stomps off down to the beach, Nan goes searching for something on the roof-rack of the car. And the story we get from her is a slightly different take on family life to Marie’s revelations.

Better is to come as Nan is left falling asleep in the car park and Knowles gets to continue the narrative from Kate’s point of view.

This spiky adolescent has exactly enough of a persecution complex to make her funny. And her take on life is an instantly recognisable one.

While there’s no fairy dust, drag or deformed old hag, this is just the sort of treat that keeps you chuckling long after Knowles has taken her bow.

Standard £13
Concession £11
Student £9

The Big Band Variety Show

8 10 2012

Sunday 28th October at 7.30pm

In association with Cosgrove Care

Classic big band music, songs and sketches from the big band era of variety.

Featuring ‘That Swing Sensation Big Band’ plus lots of special guests

A night of music, dance, laughter and fun!

Tickets £15


Box Of Frogs

27 09 2012

Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm

Box of Frogs is an exhilarating blend of high-octane, highly visual performance showcasing a deluge of circus skills including trick-cycling, tumbling, rope work and acrobalance, all engulfed in a reservoir of film and a myriad of colour.

 Directed by Mish Weaver and devised with a company of highly skilled circus performers, this is a circus show with a difference.

A feast for the eyes, a jaw-dropping night of entertainment, this is Bipolar circus – otherwise known as a manically depressed form of entertainment.

Box of Frogs is one of only a few Unlimited Commissions, supported by LOCOG and Arts Council to celebrate disabled artists in the Cultural Olympiad; it explores circus as a metaphor for emotional instability, inspired by Mish Weaver’s experience of bipolar disorder. Its serious underlying theme is matched by a dynamic ensemble circus show, with some real crowd-pleasing moments, suitable for all ages.

The show previewed in London at Jacksons Lane in November 2011 with great success – sold out the first night and 90% full the second – and is touring UK venues in September and October 2012.

Standard       £13
Concession   £11
Student          £9

Tel 0141 577 4970


Bette Davis Makes Her East Renfrewshire Debut!!

8 09 2011

Tuesday 27 September | 8pm

Standard      £12
Concession  £10
Student           £8

An inspired stage remake of a classic 70s television interview comes to the Eastwood Theatre.

 Award winning Scottish actor and director Grant Smeaton brings his critically acclaimed, 5 star reviewed production of Bette/Cavett to Eastwood Theatre.

 Smeaton, who is used to playing the likes of Archie MacPherson and Ronnie the Corrie on the popular Hogmanay TV show Only An Excuse 2, is to play the part of screen legend Bette Davis in an hour long stage version of the Hollywood star’s most outspoken TV interview.

“But this is no drag act.” says Smeaton.  “I want to be true to the spirit of Bette Davis and convey something of the stature of the stars of Hollywood’s golden era.  Unlike most of today’s celebrities, Davis had nothing to sell in this interview with American chat show host Dick Cavett.  She’s there to talk about her philosophy on life.”

Smeaton has created a 1970s retro TV studio feel for his show Bette/Cavett, where theatregoers become the live TV studio audience – even cutting to some very un-PC 70s commercials advertising things like cigarettes, denture cleaner and a slimming plan called Ayds.

Bette Davis was on dazzling form for this 1971 TV appearance,” says Smeaton, “there’s a real chemistry between Davis and Cavett and she talks very bluntly about co-stars like Joan Crawford and Errol Flynn.”  There’s even the story of Davis being attacked by wasps in Scotland and how she lost her virginity.

The production is now on tour across Scotland having previously performed at The Tron Theatre, The 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (winning a Bank of Scotland Herald Angels Award) and the 2011 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

***** “a triumph and a delight…a hilarious camp response (to Frost/Nixon)…some of the most relaxed, naturalistic acting I’ve ever seen” The Herald

**** “beguiling…Smeaton and Munro are endlessly entertaining” The Scotsman

**** “this show deserves the movie treatment” Big Issue