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August 2017

Opera Bohemia present
The Pearl Fishers


Opera Bohemia returns to the Beacon with Bizet’s masterpiece.

Two men’s vow of friendship is threatened by their obsession with the same woman, a beautiful priestess, who battles to suppress her feelings of love in order to uphold her sacred oath. With beautiful melodies, rousing choruses and opera’s most famous duet!

Date: 25 Aug 2017
Prices: £6.00 to £15.00

September 2017

AIM presents
Totally Tina



Totally Tina re-creates the spectacle and energy of the Queen of Rock and Soul's live shows with a live band and four stunning dancers in this internationally acclaimed and award winning production.

Listen to music from her early days with Ike through to her solo comeback in the 80s with her incredible cover of the Al Green classic, Let’s Stay Together, to her massive solo hits like Simply The Best and What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Date: 1 Sep 2017
Prices: £18.00 to £20.00

Audienceware presents

A Vision Of Elvis


A Vision of Elvis transports you on a musical journey from Sun Studios, The Movie Years, '68 Comeback' to a breathtaking Concert Years finale, with an experience you will never forget.

Featuring the Official No1. Elvis Tribute Show multi-award winning, Rob Kingsley, A Vision of Elvis is the ONLY Elvis show to see.


Date: 2 Sep 2017
Prices: £22.50

Nonsense Room productions present
Hairy Maclary


‘Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.’

Join Hairy Maclary & Friends for canine capers and animal adventures, as they bound off the page and onto the stage. Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse - Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.

*****ONE4REVIEW Fans of the storybooks cannot fail to enjoy this performance and every child should see this.

**** THE LIST: – ‘This is old-school children’s theatre in all the right ways.’

THE SCOTSMAN - when, after 55 minutes, the show came to an end, one little girl behind me just burst into tears, wailing that she didn’t want it to end at all.

MUMS.NET:- "...Hairy Maclary was fab, my nearly 3 year old practically levitated in excitement..."

PRIMARY TIMES: - …a vibrant, fun filled show that cleverly brings Lynley Dodd’s much-loved children’s books to life.’

Date: 3 Sep 2017
Prices: £8.00 to £10.00

The International Brotherhood Of Magicians British Ring present
Paul Dabek: Look At Me!


Part stand-up comic and all magician. Fringe favourite and international showman Paul Dabek is set to burst on to the Beacon Arts Centre stage after another killer season at the Edinburgh Festival.

Dressed to impress, and with more thrust than a NASA lift-off, this show will thrill audiences with a machine-gun delivery that proves Paul Dabek is one of the most entertaining attention seekers on the planet!

Join Paul for a superb night of laugh-out-loud entertainment that will both amaze and astound you!

This show WILL sell out… Book now to avoid disappointment.

“Superb showman.” - Time Out London
“The funniest magician I have ever seen.” - The Advertiser
"Dabek is hilarious.” - RipItUp.com.au
“World class!” - Glam Adelaide

Date: 8 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00

The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring present
The Sooty Show


Izzy wizzy let's get busy! Sooty comes to Greenock with guaranteed giggles for the whole family! Direct from CITV, join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell in an amazing magic show for all ages with special guest star magicians to astound you!

Date: 9 Sep 2017
Prices: £8.00 to £12.00

The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring presents
International Stars of Magic & Variety


Stars from America, Europe and around the UK join together to bring a fun-filled and spellbinding extravaganza to Greenock.

With award-winning international performers, witness magic and variety at its very best as you are taken on a journey of comedy, manipulation, juggling, contortion, shadowgraphy, theatre of the mind, quick change, grand illusion and so much more.

Geoff Williams from America will welcome you to this amazing night and introduce Garry Seagraves from Aberdeen, Fritz from Amsterdam, Paul Dabek from London, Katie Trickett from Sheffield, Mat Ricardo from London and Rafael from Belgium. A truly magical experience not to be missed.

Date: 9 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £15.00

Utter, in association with The Byre Theatre, St Andrews presents

Stand By


A brutally authentic story of four police officers struggling to remain in control as the community they serve disintegrates. Written by former Police Officer Adam McNamara, Stand By shows the modern-day Police  Service laid bare.


Age Guidance: 16 + | Strong Language

Date: 13 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Homegrown talented singer/songwriters take centre stage at the Beacon in a series of four concerts performed over the course of the year. Come and experience a range of styles to suit all musical tastes. Musicians confirmed for this September concert include: Shelagh McKay Jones, Fallen Arches ( Colin Bell ), Rebekah Kirk, John Morrison, Aimee Penman, Joe McMahon & Mark Philip Jones

Line-up for the Winter concert includes:

Winter | Thursday 9 November | 7pm | Shelagh McKay Jones, Alison McNeill, Fiona McNeill, Martin Stephen Jones, Chloé Simpson, Gram Allan & Mark Philip Jones.

Tickets for each concert cost: £8 | Concessions £6

Date: 14 Sep 2017
Prices: £6.00 to £8.00

GIP Theatre Company presents

Mon Eh Ton!


A comedy drama covering the history and characters of Greenock Morton, from its origins in 1874 to the present day.

When a Ton fan gets hit in the head by a stray ball he wakes to find the ‘Ghost of Morton Past’ (Shug to his mates), who educates him on the history and trials and tribulations of his favourite team. A must see for all Ton supporters!

Date: 14 Sep - 16 Sep 2017
Prices: £13.00 to £15.00

Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan

Award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith and New Zealand born multi instrumentalist Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017.

Showcasing new material drawing on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond, their sumptuous vocal harmonies and sensitive guitar accompaniment make them one of the most vibrant duos on the UK acoustic music scene today.

“stunning….every number was a highlight” The Scotsman ****

Date: 15 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Birds of Paradise & Tron Theatre present

Blanche & Butch


Blanche & Butch are backstage in a mist of hairspray and sequins as they reminisce about life as a troupe of disabled drag queens. Butch sings touching ballads - he’s all about reflection. Blanche, all camp, uses his “unique speech pattern” to produce his quite unique lip-sync routines.

The award-winning Birds of Paradise Theatre Company with Tron Theatre bring you a dazzling new production directed and designed by Kenny Miller and featuring new music and high camp!

Date: 19 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Gary Clarke Company presents

COAL


Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miner's strike, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a powerful and emotional dance theatre show about life at the coal face. It brings together Clarke's striking physical language performed by 7 professional dancers, a local cast of women and a live brass band, in a story about community, solidarity and survival.

Date: 21 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Karen Maciver Dance presents

Timeless


Based in Erskine, Karen Maciver Dance has been going strong for eight years. Timeless is their annual showcase around the theme of dance and music through the ages.

Date: 23 Sep 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

FROM THE PRODUCERS THAT BROUGHT YOU THE HIT MUSICAL
GIRLS’ NIGHT OOT!

Insideout Theatre Productions Ltd proudly present

DIVAS UNLEASHED


An evening with the best pop Divas. From the company that bought you Girls Night Oot, join them as they take you through songs from some of the best worldwide Divas - from Aretha and Whitney to Tina and Britney.

This show will have you dancing in the aisles.


Date: 24 Sep 2017
Prices: £16.00 to £18.00

Rapture Theatre presents
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


Join us for a dazzling trip into the whirlwind world of New Orleans with a sultry and classy new production of a timeless American masterpiece.

Immortalised in the Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, this is a rare opportunity and not to be missed opportunity to see this iconic play, thrillingly brought to life by Rapture Theatre.

Date: 26 Sep 2017
Prices: £12.00 to £15.00

Tommy Smith Quintet: Embodying The Light

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Tommy Smith marks the 50th anniversary of his greatest inspiration, jazz icon John Coltrane’s death with a new band of major creative talents.

A presence on the global jazz scene since his teenage years with Gary Burton’s Whiz Kids quintet, Smith has recorded for Blue Note and ECM Records and currently tours the world with Norwegian bass master Arild Andersen’s trio, widely regarded as one of the premier groups working in jazz today.

Drummer Sebastiaan de Krom has provided the drumming powerhouse behind Herbie Hancock and Jamie Cullum and award-winning pianist Peter Johnstone and bassist Calum Gourlay bring experience from working with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s array of world class guests.

Performing favourite Coltrane compositions alongside Smith’s own homages to his hero, Embodying the Light promises exciting music full of spirit, passion, devotion, and emotion

Date: 27 Sep 2017
Prices: £14.00 to £16.00

Poorboy presents a co-production with Mull Theatre

DAMNED REBEL BITCHES

Written & Directed by Sandy Thomson


The thing about getting old is that everyone who can tell you off has died. Ella and Agnes survived the Clydeside Blitz in 1941 and now, in 2012 the teeth of Hurricane Sandy they are searching for Ella’s grandson, whose life is in danger. Damned Rebel Bitches celebrates independent, risk-taking women.

Date: 29 Sep 2017
Prices: £12.00 to £14.00

Starcatchers presents

Sprog Rock



Sprog Rock is a live interactive gig for all ages, but especially 0-5 year olds and their adults.

Sprog Rock have toured throughout Scotland, creating music and gigs for children and adults to enjoy together.

This summer, Sprog Rock are on the road meeting children from nurseries in Inverclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling to create their next set list. Inspired by and made with the children from these nurseries this set list will be like no other!

The gig will be celebratory, inventive, playful; an interactive experience for all to enjoy, feel part of and join in with!

Recommended Audience Age: aimed at under 5s and their adults but everyone welcome

Illustration by Chloe Batchelor

Date: 30 Sep 2017
Prices: £5.00

SCOCHA In Concert With Special Guests The Wherries

With their onstage banter keeping the night rolling along, be assured that if you’re not a Scocha fan when you sit down – you most certainly will be when you leave. An evening of excellent entertain-ment with the very best in traditional Scottish music along with Greenock’s very own The Wherries.

‘Ye can stand or ye can sit – but ye won’t sit still!’

Date: 30 Sep 2017
Prices: £16.50

October 2017

John Martin presents

Psychedelic Confessions Of A Primal Screamer


The original tambourine man of embryonic Primal Scream from 1984-87 will be reading selected chapters of his self-published musical memoirs that also take in the early days of Creation Records - Splash 1 club nights and Silverfoilcity, Byres Rd living.

Features support from The Method One.

Date: 1 Oct 2017
Prices: £7.00

Kayos Youth Theatre present

Guys and Dolls


Kayos Youth Theatre are excited to present their 25th anniversary show,

Date: 4 Oct - 7 Oct 2017
Prices: £16.00 to £18.00

Rob Adams presents

Cathal McConnel Trio


Cathal McConnell is one of Irish music’s true legends. A founder-member of Boys of the Lough, he has taken the Irish tradition around the world and now he presents his sweet singing and tin whistle and flute virtuosity with superbly talented friends, Kathryn Nicoll (fiddle and viola) and Karen Marshalsay (harp).


Date: 4 Oct 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Morna Burdon presents

Bonnie Fechters: Songs & Stories of Hope & Resistance


Inspiring stories and songs of women’s activism and struggle – from the Scottish witch-killings to Vietnam, from the infamous Magdalene institutions to Zero Tolerance. Threaded through with names of courageous women who changed the world…..

“Deeply moving....mellow singing voice….a delight ” 4 stars Broadway Baby

"Inspiring, humbling , entertaining…." Andy Canon, Co- founder Award – winning Wee Stories Theatre Co.

Date: 6 Oct 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

The Swingcats presents

The Swingcats: Sisters of Swing


A tribute to The Andrews Sisters and the great female vocalists from the jazz and swing era including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Nina Simone. Accompanied by the Karen MacIver trio and featuring their unique three part harmony arrangements, The Swingcats will deliver these timeless classics with style and sophistication.

Date: 7 Oct 2017
Prices: £13.00 to £15.00

Rob Adams presents

Ollie Howell Quintet


Given his first pair of drum sticks by Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Howell is now championed by industry guru Quincy Jones as an emerging creative force and describes him as ‘an unbelievable drummer.’ His first album, Sutures and Stitches, was hailed by the Guardian as ‘a fine debut’.

If you like the pulse, rhythm and beat of jazz then this is the gig for you.

Date: 12 Oct 2017
Prices: £12.00 to £15.00

Thistle Theatre presents

The House of Bernarda Alba


Set in the midst of gangland warfare, Bernarda will do anything to safeguard her family’s fortune and the future of her five daughters. With these five headstrong daughters cooped up in the family home this becomes an epic challenge in the face of bitter rivalry and repressed sexuality.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Date: 12 Oct - 14 Oct 2017
Prices: £12.00

Entertainment Unlimited presents

Dirty Dusting


Starring Crissy Rock: Dirty Dusting is pure theatrical Viagra.

Three elderly cleaning ladies attempt to boost their dwindling income by starting a “Sex Chat Line!” This is feel-good comedy will have you rolling in the aisles and unable to answer the telephone without having a sneaky giggle!

Date: 13 Oct 2017
Prices: £19.00 to £21.00

Pyramid presents

MacFloyd: The Animals Tour



MacFloyd return to the Beacon Arts Centre with their new show for 2017

The show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Animals album. The band will perform this classic album in its entirety as well as favourites from The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and many more.

In a show lasting over two hours the fans will enjoy an impressive light and laser display alongside stunning visual effects.

You too can be part of the journey if only for one night. Enjoy the ride!

Date: 14 Oct 2017
Prices: £14.00 to £18.00

DOUGIE MACLEAN IN CONCERT

Scotland's finest singer-songwriter is internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for
'Last of the Mohicans' and inspired performances…including his ending of the Closing Ceremony
of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games which was viewed by over a billion people worldwide!
He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a
Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!

Date: 15 Oct 2017
Prices: £18.00 to £20.00

The People's Theatre Company Presents

Don’t Dribble On The Dragon

By Steven Lee
Directed by Nick Lane


When young brothers Jack and Tom's friendship falls apart, can a magical dragon help them put it back together again?

Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by TV legend 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.

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

Date: 18 Oct 2017
Prices: £8.00 to £10.00

Timeless Theatre Productions presents
Memories Are Made Of This: The Ultimate Feel Good Show


This fast moving, roller coaster of a journey through some of the greatest songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, will be a show you are sure to remember. Over 160 amazing costumes, a touch of humour from one of the UK’s top comedians and performances rarely seen outside the ‘West End’ from this superb cast of singers and dancers. Including songs by Brenda Lee, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, Jersey Boys, Michael Buble and many more..

Now entering their 12th successful year of producing shows that bring astounding press reviews like this one from WH Times, London…..’Visually stunning, incredible performances….an all round fantastic show….absolutely brilliant’.

Come along and enjoy some of the greatest songs ever written. From the producers of Memory Lane, All our Yesterdays, and Rolling back the Years.

Please note that for the matinee performance, tickets are £14 only. For the evening the concession price is £14 and the full price is £16.

Date: 19 Oct 2017
Prices: £14.00 to £16.00

The Real Mediums Of Glesga

Two of Scotland’s most acclaimed mediums join together for the Real Mediums of Glesga tour.

“Scotland Straight Talking Medium” George Wyllie and “Scotland’s very own Angel of the North” Angel Anne will be bringing you an unmissable demonstration of their psychic and mediumship gifts and some laughs along the way. Join them as they connect with loved ones who have passed on to the higher side of life, giving you a true insight into the spirit world and how they wouldn’t want to see any long faces only smiles and laughter.

As two of Scotland’s leading mediums you are guaranteed to be wowed, spooked and uplifted by this Glesga Banter twosome! Come along and join the laughs, the love, and the connection from the unseen world.

Date: 19 Oct 2017
Prices: £15.00

Des McLean Stand Up 2017: One Night Only

Des McLean brings his brand new stand up show to Greenock for one night only! Multi-award winning stand-up comedian, TV & radio presenter, event host & actor, Des is in demand both throughout the UK and across the world and has recently toured America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and even played the iconic Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas! He also won three prestigious Sony Radio Awards for his comedy sketches on Radio Clyde.

Billy Connolly has cited McLean as his favourite comedian; you can’t get a better accolade than that!

"A virtuoso Performance" - Chortle
"Right out the top drawer, hilarious, hysterical" - Herald
"As comedy goes Mclean is pure Gold" - Times
"Unmissable, A Master Storyteller" - The List.
"Devastatingly Accurate" - The Scotsman

Date: 20 Oct 2017
Prices: £12.00 to £14.00

AIM presents

Joe Longthorne


TV and Recording star Joe Longthorne Returns to Beacon Arts Centre in 2017. Joe will be joined on stage with his sensational live band and special guest artist. Come and join Joe as he takes you on a rollercoaster of Songs and impressions including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and his incredible impression of Sammy Davis Jr, all delivered with 100% accuracy!

With Gold and Platinum albums to his name and with records sales in the region of 10 million, Joe is up there with the best of them!

Book now to be sure you don’t miss out on a fantastic night of Song, Chat and Laughter, call the box office now or book your tickets online to avoid disappointment.

Date: 21 Oct 2017
Prices: £20.00 to £22.00

Robert C Kelly presents

The Dolls Abroad


The must see comedy is back by popular demand! After their successful show in April, Louise McCarthy (Only An Excuse) and Gayle Telfer Stevens (River City) make a welcome return to Beacon Arts Centre.

Fasten those seatbelts for the gutter trip of a lifetime with Scotland's favourite scrubbers!



16+

Date: 22 Oct 2017
Prices: £25.00

AIM presents

The Andrews Sisters


The Andrews Sisters were America's most successful female vocal harmony group during the 1940s. When the sisters burst upon the music scene in the late 1930s, they shook a very solid musical foundation, producing a slick harmonic blend by singing at the top of their lungs while trying—successfully—to emulate the blare of three harmonizing trumpets. Maxine, Patti and LaVerne appeared regularly on radio shows and in 17 Hollywood movies with stars such as Bing Crosby and Abbott & Costello as well as singing with most of the famous Big Bands of the era including Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Xavier Cugat.

Now the UK's only celebration of the Andrews Sisters backed by a full big band (the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK) re-creates the fabulous close harmony sound and feel of those swinging days when they headlined not only in America but also at the London Palladium with numbers such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum & Coca Cola and Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen along with the best loved instrumentals from the big bands such as In The Mood, Opus One, Sing, Sing, Sing and Moonlight Serenade and showcase solos from each of the Sisters.

Date: 25 Oct 2017
Prices: £17.00 to £18.00

Fire Exit presents

HORIZONTAL COLLABORATION

By David Leddy


Sex, power and politics collide in this courtroom drama with a dark twist. Four steely UN lawyers read startling interview transcripts from their laptops in a tribunal concerning ‘horizontal collaboration’ - the name for the supposed wartime crime of sex with enemy soldiers. From writer-director and 'leading theatrical innovator' (Times) David Leddy.

Shortlisted - Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

Age 16+, disturbing descriptions of sex and violence

Supported by Creative Scotland

“INTENSE” Herald
“SUPERB” Stage
“INVENTIVE” Sunday Herald
“COMPELLING” Total Theatre
“THRILLING” EdFest Magazine

Date: 25 Oct 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Scottish Opera presents

Opera Highlights


Each year Opera Highlights takes four singers and a pianist out and about around Scotland, travelling the highways and byways, by land, air and sea, taking a musical mix of operatic treasures to every corner of the country.

Come September, the minibus will be packed full of props and costumes to bring audiences an entertaining evening of music and good company. There’s something for everyone – from opera first timers to seasoned fans.

‘Amazing energy from all five performers – to be able to get that close to professional musicians and singers is a rare treat. Can’t wait for more!’ - Audience member, 2016

Date: 26 Oct 2017
Prices: £5.00 to £12.00

The Sunshine Ghost

A co-production between Scottish Theatre Producers
and Festival and King’s Theatres, Edinburgh


A new musical from Andy Cannon and Richard Ferguson, directed by Ken Alexander

The Sunshine Ghost tells the wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon for his fiancé, ‘Astrobeth’ - Hollywood’s favourite astrologer.

Brought brick by brick from a remote rocky outcrop on a small Scottish Island all the way to Naples, Florida, they soon discover that the castle's previous owner has not quite ‘left’ the building…

Date: 27 Oct 2017
Prices: £15.00 to £17.00

No Nonsense Productions

Dracula: A radio play on stage


No Nonsense Productions return with a brand new show for this year's Galoshans. Join three plucky 1940s radio actors as they tackle Bram Stoker's classic, Dracula , as you've never heard it before. Vampiric lust against a backdrop of wartime austerity, this radio play features live sound effects and period music.

Date: 27 Oct 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Beacon Dance presents

Alice in Wonderland


Join Alice as she falls through the rabbit hole into a magical topsy turvey world of peculiarities. Alice in Wonderland brings together talented young dancers from across Inverclyde who take part in Beacon Youth Dance, West College Scotland and Clydeview Academy,

Date: 28 Oct 2017
Prices: £7.00 to £9.00

Spotted Stripes Circus & Trufflepig present

Welcome My Son


Welcome My Son is a unique interpretation of Frankenstein; as told through Frankenstein's monster. Seamlessly melding the disciplines of Chinese Pole and Physical Theatre with storytelling in this exciting rendition of the classic story, Phil Hardie explores the Mary Shelley Classic in a new and exciting way.

Date: 28 Oct 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Beacon Youth Theatre presents

Wheesht!


Devised and performed by Beacon Youth Theatre's Primary Classes and written by Marianne Yeomans, the mysterious Wheesht sail through the cracks in time when the clocks go back and the nights grow long. Bogles, sea snakes, witches and ghosts take the streets of Inverclyde by storm but what could they possibly want from us?

Date: 31 Oct 2017
Prices: £7.00 to £9.00

November 2017

Fairpley presents

Butterfly and Out of the Bad

Written by Anne Hogg

Directed and adapted by Sarah McCardie


Two one-act plays, performed together.

In January 1987 the management of the Caterpillar factory in Uddingston announced the factory was to close. Butterfly and Out of the Bad focusses on the effect the closure had on those who worked in the factory and lived in the local community.

Butterfly

It’s March 1987 and Jamie Cassidy is facing redundancy. And if this isn’t bad enough he makes a life shattering discovery which has driven him to despair. In an attempt to get away from everything Jamie climbs the factory’s water tower. However, he soon discovers he’s not alone…or the only one with problems. Butterfly is a black comedy dealing with complicated lives, loves and buried secrets.

Out of the Bad

Mary has the hangover from hell. The last thing she needs is her daughter Danni to come round uninvited with bad news. But Mary soon becomes determined that Danni should know her heritage. As she reminisces she soon realises the factory closure may not have been the disaster it was in 1987…and life must go on.

Date: 1 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Arts Enigma presents

The Lynching: The Last Rounds of Benny Lynch

Written & directed by Paul Moore
Original Music by Oliver Lodge



The Gorbals,1935. The Florence Street Flyweight, Benny Lynch conquers the World...and its imagination!

100,000 people welcome home their Champion to Glasgow’s Central Station. From Gorbals slum...to grandiose glamour. Fought and won, a knockout. A World First, when pugilism meets performance, explore the mindset of this Gorbals boy in this poignant, pulls no punches drama. The journey of a true Sporting Legend, as he battles his demons in and out of the ring.

This critically acclaimed, sell out production is proud to be working in partnership with Greenock ABC and Amateur Boxing Clubs throughout The Inverclyde and West of Scotland areas, featuring the Boxing Stars of today and tomorrow

Date: 2 Nov 2017
Prices: £14.00 to £16.00

Phil Differ: That's Another Story

Phil Differ - 'That's Another Story...'
(More stand-up comedy and showbiz tales)

Phil is back with a brand new show of two halves.
In the first, a new stand-up routine built around his unique observations of life, in the second more tales from behind the scenes of your favourite comedy programmes.

From writing gags for Spitting Image and A Kick Up the Eighties to being a director of The Comedy Unit, the company that gave you – Naked Video, City Lights, Rab C Nesbitt, Scotch and Wry, Only an Excuse?, Chewin’ the Fat and Still Game - to performing on the stand-up circuit. Phil’s successes and misadventures are all included in this no holds barred evening of comedy that draws from a career rapidly approaching its 40th year.

What really happens at award ceremonies? Who was the funniest of all the stars he’s worked with? What’s it really like on the stand up circuit? Just some of the questions Phil will answer during the show or in the question/answer session that follows.

‘I love Phil Differ, he’s the quiet genius of Scottish Comedy’ - Rory Bremner

‘Comedy Genius’ - Daily Record

Date: 3 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Mad 4 Musicals Productions presents

Mad 4 Musicals


Bursting with all your favourite hits from the best loved musicals and stage shows, Mad4Musicals brings all the glitz and glamour of Broadway and the West End stage to YOU!

This fantastic live show includes all your musical favourites; Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Wicked, The Bodyguard, Jekyll & Hyde and more.

For families, the Disney medley will have everyone singing along, transported to the icy kingdom of Arendelle as the Mad4Musicals vocalists sing Let it Go.

The show is performed entirely live by Scotland’s leading theatre vocalists accompanied by a sensational four-piece show band who together capture all the emotion, drama, energy and passion of the musical theatre stage.

If you are "Mad For Musicals" too, come along and experience a night of live entertainment with the hit musical concert and celebrate the greatest songs from the biggest musicals in the world ... LIVE!

Date: 4 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £16.00

Gogar Records presents

Adam Holmes and The Embers & Rachel Sermanni


Two of the brightest stars on the UK music scene today, Adam Holmes and The Embers & Rachel Sermanni bring their 2017 double bill tour to Beacon Arts Centre. An altogether unmissable opportunity to hear two of the country's most singular voices and richly melodic songwriters in one night.

Date: 4 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Homegrown talented singer/songwriters take centre stage at the Beacon in a series of four concerts performed over the course of the year. Come and experience a range of styles to suit all musical tastes. Musicians confirmed for this November concert include: Shelagh McKay Jones, Alison McNeill, Fiona McNeill, Martin Stephen Jones, Chloé Simpson, Gram Allan & Mark Philip Jones.


Tickets cost: £8 | Concessions £6

Date: 9 Nov 2017
Prices: £6.00 to £8.00

Greenock Light Opera Club presents
Rock of Ages


It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where the Rock Star Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall.

Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

This amateur production of Rock of Ages is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Date: 9 Nov - 11 Nov 2017
Prices: £16.00 to £18.00

Yvonne Lyon with Flung Aboot

Yvonne Lyon returns to the Beacon Arts Centre to launch her brand new album with Flung Aboot for what promises to be a memorable and unmissable night of original music. Normally known for her stripped-back performances, Yvonne will be joined by Flung Aboot throughout the set for a unique night of collaboration.

Yvonne is among the UK's brightest and best emerging singer/songwriters. Having supported Eddi Reader, performed with Beth Nielsen Chapman and co-written with Boo Hewerdine, she continues to establish herself as an artist of considerable significance.

Flung Aboot have been performing throughout the UK and beyond for over a decade, fusing an unmistakeable brand of energetic traditional music with many twists and surprises. They have appeared in recent years with Alan and Polly Beck as part of The Hogmanay Show in the Beacon.

'just stunning music' Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
'beautifully sung and played… a fine, fine album' R2 Magazine

Date: 10 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Magnetic North in a co-production with Traverse Theatre Company present

Our Fathers


Two atheist sons of clergymen are on a quest to find out how we disagree with someone we love.

Our Fathers is a new play inspired by Father and Son, Edmund Gosse’s Victorian memoir about growing up in an evangelical Christian family. The book charts the gulf which emerged between book-loving Edmund and his father - a preacher and renowned scientist - as Edmund realised he couldn’t share his father’s beliefs.

When his own clergyman father suggested he should read the book, Nicholas Bone assumed it would reveal something about their own relationship. Rob Drummond, another son of a clergyman, is also looking for answers to a big question of his own.

Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone will be available pre-show to talk to members of the audience.

“Remarkable, multi-layered and utterly gripping.” **** The Guardian on Bullet Catch by Rob Drummond.

Running time 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Strong language. 14+

A Magnetic North and Traverse Theatre Company co-production

Written and performed by Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone
Directed by Nicholas Bone & Ian Cameron
Designer Karen Tennant
Lighting Simon Wilkinson
Composer Scott Twynholm

Date: 11 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

LMS Worldwide present
Barry Steele & Friends: The Roy Orbison Story


Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to legend Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant. Barry Steele is quite simply unmissable, as he takes you on this specially produced musical journey in time, in which we celebrate the 30th anniversary of musical legacy of The Big O and The Traveling Wilburys. The show also features chart busting hits originally performed made famous by George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Jerry lee Lewis, Del Shannon and of course the Big O, all backed by a big screen and phenomenally talented musicians resulting in an incredible fusion of ‘60s solid gold classics and ‘80s contemporary musical genius all on one stage.

This production really is very special, so come along and remember The Big O

True Identikit Brilliance - The Stage

Date: 12 Nov 2017
Prices: £21.00

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in association with Solar Bear presents

Love and Information, written by Caryl Churchill



Someone shares a secret. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone gets a message from a traffic light…

Caryl Churchill is one of the world’s most daring and playful playwrights. Her previous plays include Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money. Love & Information, first produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, is an exhilarating and funny theatrical kaleidoscope that asks questions about how we live in a world bombarded by information. How do we make sense of things? What’s true and what’s fake? What about intimacy, privacy, our relationships?

This Royal Conservatoire of Scotland production, accessible to both hearing and D/deaf audiences, showcases the talents of students on the BA Performance in BSL and English to venues across Scotland. It is produced in association with Solar Bear, a pioneering theatre company whose work celebrates the creative possibilities of inclusion.

Date: 14 Nov 2017
Prices: £11.00 to £13.00

Audienceware proudly present
Let's Hang On: The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons


This award-winning production is a musical journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Date: 16 Nov 2017
Prices: £22.00

Alun Woodward presents

Kevin McDermott


Kevin McDermott has been long regarded as one of the foremost songwriters and performers to come out of Scotland and has enjoyed an international reputation through touring and recording with the Kevin McDermott Orchestra and also as a solo artist.

A career spanning 30 years he has shared stages with many of the best known names in the music industry.

Date: 16 Nov 2017
Prices: £10.00 to £12.00

Just Beatles

Just Beatles are firmly established on the tribute band scene, performing at Beatles festivals all over Europe including the world-famous Liverpool Beatleweek and theatres up and down the UK.
Expect non-stop hits all the way from the early days of Love Me Do, Please Please Me and She Loves You, through to later smash hits such as Let it Be and Get Back. Every aspect of their performances have been perfected in their quest to emulate The Beatles, making them one of the best tribute bands out there.
Together with authentic instruments and equipment you’ll think you’re experiencing The Beatles live in concert.

Date: 17 Nov 2017
Prices: £16.00 to £18.00

That Swing Sensation presents

Sing, Sing, Swing: Singing with the Big Bands


That Swing Sensation, Scotland's record-breaking big swing band, brings you a night of music and song from the Golden Age of the Crooners.

Be transported back to a time when swing was king with memorable melodies made famous by Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Matt Monro, with a generous helping of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself .
Fabulous singers and the 14 piece big swing band guarantee to make it a night to remember.



"If swing's your thing, don't miss it." That Swing Sensation are first and foremost a nostalgia trip and it’s an act they play well’ (ThreeWeeks).

Date: 18 Nov 2017
Prices: £14.00 to £16.00

Regular Music presents

Hue & Cry + Special Guests


Platinum-selling duo Hue and Cry return to the live stage with their full band to celebrate the release of their brand new studio album Pocketful Of Stones. The album is a blend of masterful ballads and anthems, and their first record of completely original material since 2012’s Hot Wire. This live show will showcase new tracks from the album along with well-loved classics including Labour of Love and Looking For Linda.

Date: 19 Nov 2017
Prices: £26.50

Dominic Kirwan In Concert With Lisa Stanley

Firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan hits the road again in 2017 with a brand new show.

Accompanying DOMINIC on the 2017 tour will be LISA STANLEY, one of Ireland’s top female vocalists and star of TV Channel 389 KEEP IT COUNTRY’s………..…”THE LISA STANLEY SHOW.”

Dominic and Lisa bring their own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of their homeland. Mixed with the unique quality as versatile entertainers performing a selection of various musical styles, including, Pop, Country and Rock n Roll.

A show not to be missed.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Date: 22 Nov 2017
Prices: £25.00

Fair Pley presents

Gusset Grippers


Which should be dry at Christmas: turkey, cake or your knickers?

Come with your friends to laugh, not leak; dance on your pelvic floor, and figure out whether you hit the Menopause or the Menofast. Jojo, Susan and Elaine wish you a Hap-pee Christmas with Festive Fun goodie bags.

Date: 23 Nov 2017
Prices: £16.00 to £18.00

Fair Pley presents

THE LIONS OF LISBON


A Play of Two Halves by Ian Auld & Willy Maley
A rehearsed reading with live music
Adapted and Directed by Martin McCardie
Musical Director Dave Anderson


Get ready to roar for the golden anniversary of the finest silver ever lifted. If you know the history … don’t just remember it, relive it…

In May 1967, 10,000 of the greatest supporters in the world embarked on the most important crusade since the quest for the Holy Grail. They hailed from Scotland, Ireland, and every corner of the globe. Most were Celtic daft. Some were just plain daft.

The Celticade stretched from the Campsie Fells to the Pyrenees, rolling like a green carpet across Europe. Those who couldn’t afford the plane travelled on slow boats and long-distance lorries, in battered vans and buses, on rusty bikes and blistered feet, in used cars and trains that never ran on time.

The fans lived on borrowed time and borrowed money, arriving in Lisbon with a fistful of escudos and a heartful of hope. They were married to Celtic and pregnant with passion. The club was their kith and kin, their neighbour, their best friend, their ticket to immortality. They came clutching floodlit memories. They came over broken glass and stones, walking on water and living on a prayer. They came in search of paradise, and found it in Portugal.

A full cast of ten, plus live band, recreate the humour, passion and occasional calamity that accompanied a Glasgow & District XI showing Europe’s finest how the beautiful game should be played.

Date: 24 Nov 2017
Prices: £13.00 to £17.00

Greenock Players present
Cinderella


Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly and gruesome sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

Brought to you by The Greenock Players and written by Scottish actor, writer and director Eric Potts, Cinderella features all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, spectacular scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and lots of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.

Get your tickets now, the clock is ticking! Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes.


Director- Ashley Smith
Musical Director- Donald Campbell
Choreographer- Gemma Campbell

Date: 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017
Prices: £8.75 to £10.00

December 2017

Greenock Players present
Cinderella


Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly and gruesome sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

Brought to you by The Greenock Players and written by Scottish actor, writer and director Eric Potts, Cinderella features all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, spectacular scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and lots of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.

Get your tickets now, the clock is ticking! Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes.


Director- Ashley Smith
Musical Director- Donald Campbell
Choreographer- Gemma Campbell

Date: 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017
Prices: £8.75 to £10.00

Delighted to announce that our 2017 pantomime will be the wickedly funny Snow White. The show will also have a special guest appearance by CBeebies’ megastar Justin Fletcher as the Magic Mirror, where he will appear as a pre-recorded video

Date: 8 Dec - 30 Dec 2017
Prices: £11.00 to £20.00

Catherine Wheels Theatre Company presents

White


Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red....then yellow....then blue....


White is a playful, highly visual show for very young children.

Age Guidance: 2 - 4 years.

Date: 12 Dec - 17 Dec 2017
Prices: £6.00

No Nonsense Productions & Beacon Arts Centre presents

It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play On Stage by Tony Palermo



Back by popular demand, for its sixth consecutive year, It's A Wonderful Life is the story of the most inspirational film of all time and a heart-warming American family classic. It's a Wonderful Life is brought to the stage in a Live Radio Play performed as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Six actors play 1940s radio actors who in turn portray ALL the characters of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

Featuring live sound effects and live music this performance is a rare opportunity to see how a 1940s radio broadcast was produced.

Date: 20 Dec - 23 Dec 2017
Prices: £13.00 to £15.00

January 2018

JMG Music Group present

The Legends of American Country Show


Following a sell out UK tour in 2017, The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics . The 2018 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Kenny Rogers with 4 brand new tributes to country legends George Jones, Charley Pride, Patsy Cline and Don Williams.

Direct from Ireland, this show features 4 fantastic singers who are all backed by the superb Country Storm band. With an authentic stage set that will transport you all the way to Nashville and back, one things for sure, if you like Country music this is the only show in town!

Date: 13 Jan 2018
Prices: £16.50 to £19.50

February 2018

AIM presents

The Platters


The Platters were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The Platters through several personnel changes over the years but The Platters were one of the first African American groups to be accepted as a major chart group and were, for a period of time, the most successful vocal group in the world.

Performing The Hits that include: The Great Pretender, Only You, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, My Prayer, Twilight Time, Remember When and many many more.

Date: 7 Feb 2018
Prices: £16.00

Upbeat Management presents

Tenors Unlimited: Venice to Vegas



Tenors Un Limited - ‘Venice to Vegas.’

Hear the best songs from the world’s Opera Houses, Broadway Theatres & Concert Halls as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera’ take you from ‘Venice to Vegas.’ This is the MUST SEE show of the year.

Scott, Paul & Jem are excited to present their latest tour and will be joined by their musical director at the piano and supported by a local choir ensemble.*

Tenors Un Limited’s soaring vocals and lush harmonies combined with fun, personality and a sense of humour is the perfect recipe for a great night out.

Entertaining. Emotive. Extraordinary.


‘BRAVI’ - STING

‘Tenors with attitude...a hit!’ - The STAGE

‘A contemporary, captivating show...Congratulations!’ Dame Cleo Laine

‘[the] 21st Century Tenors’ - Alan Tichmarsh MBE

*Please note: choir in select venues.

Date: 9 Feb 2018
Prices: £18.00 to £20.00

Nonsense Room Productions presents

Little Red Riding Hood


From the creative team behind the hugely popular Hairy Maclary Show, Little Red Riding Hood is a fun, original musical for children, with live music and loveable characters. Join Scarlet and her side-kick Stanley the Squirrel as they try to outwit Walter the Wolf and discover that it's not just the enchanted forest that has magical powers... A forest full of family fun, this show is a joyous new version of the classic fairy tale.
'At its heart, it's a clever, funny, well-written musical...' **** (Scotsman).

Date: 11 Feb 2018
Prices: £7.50 to £8.00

Nonsense Room Productions presents

Ae Fond Kiss


Ae Fond Kiss is a musical journey through the major events of Burns’ life from birth to death. Rabbie Burns is your guide with quirky commentary, amusing and poignant interactions with key characters along the way, and renditions of several famous poems and songs including Ae Fond Kiss, Red Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne and many more. The show is a great way to get to know more about the life and loves of Scotland’s Bard either as a refresher to his work or as a newcomer to his genius.

‘At turns genuinely funny and powerfully moving it is always thoroughly entertaining’ (View from the Stalls)

Date: 11 Feb 2018
Prices: £13.00 to £15.00

March 2018

Audienceware presents

Bowie Experience


Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.

Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!

★★★★★ “Phenomenal”

“Absolutely brilliant”

Ticketmaster Reviews

10/10

“Totally awesome”
“Fantastic, Wow, Amazing”
“Mind blowing”
Facebook Reviews

Date: 4 Mar 2018
Prices: £22.00

Scottish Ensemble present

Court & Country: With Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp)


What do Baroque music and folk music have in common? Your feet.

Written centuries apart, each piece on this programme is united by an irresistible and inescapably human rhythmic drive, whether in Bach’s heavenly streams of endless notes, the unrelenting gusto of Bartók’s army of strings, or the rugged, haunting flicks and twists of Sally Beamish’s treacherous ocean in her concerto for fiddle and Scottish harp.

Whether dancing in Bach’s court, toiling in Bartók’s fields, or sailing across Beamish’s seas, let us take you on a toe-tapping adventure through rhythm, melody and time.

Date: 14 Mar 2018
Prices: £5.00 to £14.00

April 2018

Entertainers Show Providers Limited presents

Message In A Bottle: Tribute To Police


The iconic sound of one of the world's biggest rock bands. With six Grammys and two Brits, bands don’t come much bigger than this. With a distinctive sound and unforgettable songs, relive The Police with this unmissable pitch-perfect production – Message in a Bottle. The ultimate tribute to The Police.

Fans of the legendary band won’t believe their ears as our stunning vocals and brilliant live band bring you all the hits you know and love, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne,Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, So Lonely, Can’t Stand Losing. And, of course, all the world famous hits from Sting himself including, Fields of Gold and the beautiful Englishman in New York.

This energetic live show is accompanied by a sensational lighting spectacular and oozes authenticity that promises a medley of music guaranteed to have you singing your heart out.

Message in a Bottle: sending an SOS to the world...

Date: 5 Apr 2018
Prices: £19.00 to £21.00

SME Proudly Presents

Psychic Sally: Kisses From Heaven


World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award winning medium Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive stage show.

This is a unique evening not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action

The show is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.

Date: 18 Apr 2018
Prices: £22.00 to £24.00