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.

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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

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0141 577 4956

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Eastwood Park Gallery – New Exhibition

23 07 2012

Gavin Russell – Georgia

This series of pictures came from a single trip by amateur photographer Gavin Russell to Georgia in 2009. The country was just recovering from the recent military conflict with Russia (in 2008) and tourists were a rare sight. The shots were taken mainly in three locations, Tblisi the faded capital city where power-cuts were common, Kazbegi, a formerly crucial but now forgotten outpost on the Trans Caucasus Highway, and Omalo, a remote mountain village on the Chechen Border where there was no gas, electricity or running water.

The people in Georgia were warm, welcoming and delighted to share their country with the few tourists that came. They were rightfully proud of a beautiful country with boasts incredible natural scenery alongside the scars and monuments of a traumatic past.

During his travels Gavin refused to use maps or guide books so the majority of the shots were taken as candid street images during many a long and lost wander.

Exhibition runs to 26 August 2012





Them Beatles return from international dates for tribute show in Eastwood Park Theatre

23 04 2012

|  Friday 27 April, 7.30pm

An internationally acclaimed Scots tribute band, who have just returned from a two month residency in Johannesburg, are bringing their Beatles extravaganza back to Eastwood Park Theatre on Friday 27 April. Them Beatles are tipped to make a massive breakthrough in 2012, including a tour of Canada in the summer followed by dates in New Zealand and Australia as well as being invited to play at the prestigious International Beatles Festival in Liverpool.

Them Beatles are returning to Eastwood Park Theatre due to popular demand, after wowing a sold out audience last year with their energetic and incredibly authentic review of the Fab Four. The band are to recreate the entire career of The Beatles live on stage in what promises to be a must for all Beatles fans, young and old. The band enjoyed many successes in 2011 including theatre, festival and TV appearances home and abroad. The show will feature songs and costumes from the height of Beatlemania, right through to the famed ‘rooftop’ gig just before the Beatles split.

The band are Clark Gilmour (25, John Lennon), Joe Kane (32, Paul McCartney), Craig McGown (24, George Harrison) and Grahame Critcher (33, Ringo Starr) and hail from Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

The band are excited to be back playing in the UK over the coming months. Clark said: “We have just returned from playing at the prestigious Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg where we spent two months entertaining thousands of fans. It was an amazing experience for us and we received a lot of fantastic press reviews and media interest. We have been working really hard producing our show that tells the chronological story of The Beatles and we hope the people of Renfrewshire will come along and join us in what will be a great night!”

Craig added: “Coming back home to the UK is great for us, and we hope as many people come out to see us at Eastwood Park. Last year was an incredible journey for us and we have even more planned for 2012.”

The much in demand act have played around the UK, appeared at Bergenfest music festival in Norway and have been signed up by Showtime Australia to take their “Beatlemania on Tour” show around the world, including tours of Canada, South Africa and Australia. The band have also attracted celebrity fans in Belle and Sebastian who invited them to play in front of 5000 fans at their festival, All Tomorrow’s Parties.

The invitation to play at the International Beatles Festival is a major feather in the cap of the band, which will see the cream of tribute acts from across the globe descend on the home city of John, Paul, George and Ringo for a week of festivities, live performances and exhibitions. Them Beatles are set to perform the album “Rubber Soul” in its entirety on the massive outdoor stage as well as some more intimate performances across the city including the famous Cavern Club throughout the week. This year is a particularly special one for the festival as it marks the beginning of the official 50th anniversary celebrations. Ringo joined the band in 1962, completing the line up which went on to become the Fab Four. The rest, as they say, is history.

Described as one of the most authentic and accurate representations of The Beatles, the band feature handmade costumes that exactly replicate those worn by the “Fab Four”, the visual aspect of their performance being just as important as the exact sound that changed music forever in the sixties.

Joe said: “Things have really taken off for us last year and we have developed the show further for 2012. We hope the show will capture the imagination of the audience and give people a live concert experience of the story everyone is so familiar with.”

Grahame, continued: “Everywhere we have played, we’ve had an amazing response with people dancing in the aisles and singing along to all the songs. We’ve stepped it up big time this year with this new production and we really hope to transport the crowd back to the magic of The Beatles in every way we can.”

The performance will contain songs from The Beatles earliest live performances featuring songs, played on authentic instruments as used by the band, from every album they recorded, spanning the illustrious career of the ‘Fab Four’ and feature costumes reflecting the progress of the best band in history.

Tickets are £14 or £12 for concessions and are available directly from the box office online or by telephone on 0141 577 4970





Book now …or pay the penalty!

10 11 2011

David Weir at Eastwood Park TheatreFor the first time ever, Eastwood Park Theatre will host two exclusive football events which will see David Weir and Bertie Auld chatting about their amazing careers.

Rangers Legends Evening is on Thursday 17 November at 7.30pm with current Rangers Captain, David Weir discussing his autobiography ‘Extra Time’ along with Sandy Jardine who will also be discussing The Official Biography of Rangers.

David Weir says, “This is an exclusive event for die hard football fans that will bring up stories from Rangers incredible history as well as my own. Sandy Jardine is just as passionate about the sport as he is about Rangers and I think there will be a good few laughs on the night.”

We are Celtic Supporters is on Thursday 24 November at 7.30pm author of “We are Celtic Supporters” Lisbon Lions legend Bertie Auld and best selling author Des Dillon as they discuss just what it means to be ‘faithful through and through’.

Bertie Auld says, “Make it your goal to get a ticket because this will be the top night of the season.”

Tickets are only £8 for both events. Call 0141 577 4970. or you can book online at www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/boxoffice





Mull Theatre presents Singing Far Into the Night

21 09 2011

Saturday 1 October | 7.30pm

Playwright Hamish MacDonald has been able to draw on family history in bringing to life this story of the Invergordon Mutiny.

Many Navy men lost their careers, and some were even reduced to begging. Staff on a communist newspaper which voiced their support of the uprising and were arrested for mutiny. Some became politicised and joined the communist party. The fallout from this time of political and industrial strife was to have far-reaching outcomes for everyone involved. The real stories of ordinary lives caught up in world-changing events have inspired this play. 

THE PLAY
A stylish, profound and moving play based on real lives and real events in Scotland and Russia in 1931. Connal MacNab comes home on leave to find Glasgow in the grip of political and industrial strife. When British authority is shaken by an uprising within the Atlantic Fleet at Invergordon, Connal and his revolutionary friends find the world changing beyond recognition. Caught in sweeping narrative, from the volatile streets of Glasgow, to Invergordon, Stalinist USSR and on to present-day Scotland, through riot, asylum, prison and gulag, this is a play about courage, identity, separation and loss, and shows what can happen when the high hand of authority is ultimately disobeyed.

Call the box office on 0141 577 4970 or book online





Bette Davis Makes Her East Renfrewshire Debut!!

8 09 2011

Tuesday 27 September | 8pm

 

www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

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. 

www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice

***** “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





June at EPT

1 06 2011

Winding down for the summer break, we’ve nevertheless got a couple of treats for you, in the form of some massive cinema classics, the return of the ever popular Harlequin Youth Theatre and a brand new exhibition of some of the best new talent from around Scotland in our gallery. 

  Theatre

When Evan Goldman’s parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, all he wants is to make friends and survive the school year.  Easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him.  The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumours.  With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Wednesday 8– Saturday 11 June | 7.30pm + 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets £10-£12 

www.harlequinyouth.co.uk

June’s also a chance for Playtime, an end-of-term showcase for all our fabulously talented East Renfrewshire Youth Theatre groups. With pieces developed from their weekly drama classes and shaped with direction from their tutors– all professional theatre-makers– our classes from Netherlee, Barrhead, Clarkston, Fairweather and Williamwood all take to the stage for an afternoon of unique entertainment!

Saturday 18 June | 2 pm
Standard £3

For more information about ERYT classes, contact the Community Drama Team on 0141 577 4863.


Film

This month we continue our Big Screen Sundays with a true cinema classic for all the family, The Wizard of Oz. Over 70 years old and still just as magical, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Kansas farm-girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) who is one day swept up in a mysterious tornado and swiftly deposited in the wonderfully disconbobulating land of Oz, where she meets various friends and foes on her journey to find the elusive wizard, the only person who might be able to get her home.

Certificate U

Sunday 12 June | 1pm
Standard £4
Concession £3

And on Monday, pop in for the most epic of romances with Hollywood classic Gone With The Wind. Against the turbulent backdrop of the American Civil War, scheming and manipulative Scarlett O’Hara carries on a tempestuous love affair with the roughish Rhett Butler. As always, enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee with the movie.

Certificate PG

Monday 13 June | 11am
Standard £4
Concession £3


Gallery

From Friday 3rd June to Wednesday the 29th, EPT’s gallery will be hosting a brilliant new exhibition by a range of emerging new talents from the west of Scotland.

Mon 9–  Tues 31 May
Entrance to the Gallery is FREE


or more information on upcoming events check out the May–August 2011 programme, and don’t forget you can follow all the latest news on EPT’s Facebook or Twitter or right here on the Blog.