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Rat Pack 07/05/2016 - 29/09/2016 Palace Theatre
BCW Live Front Row Aug 16 26/08/2016 - 26/08/2016 Grand Hall
GIRLS NIGHT OOT! The Musical 10/09/2016 - 10/09/2016 Palace Theatre
The hilarious sequel to I WILL SURVIVE.
join the girls on a hen night that you won't forget, with songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & now.
To prepare for marriage all a girl needs are her friends & a guid old hen night.
Banterous, Bolshy & Bootyliciously good fun.

Songs include; Hot stuff, Girls just wanna have fun, I'm every woman & many more

18yrs+
Johnny Cash Roadshow 10/09/2016 - 10/09/2016 Cumnock Town Hall
THE JOHNNY CASH ROADSHOW

The spirit of the Man in Black is alive and ‘kicking like a mule’ with an outstanding celebration of the iconic legend by the Carter/Cash endorsed Johnny Cash Roadshow.

This is gold standard, fire-cracking entertainment from the first note, delivering an inspired set of cherished numbers with impeccable rhythmic pace. A dynamic performance from an unparalleled group of highly talented musicians and a guaranteed treat for country music lovers and die hard Cash fans alike.

The stage lights up with a colourful explosion of energy, against a striking backdrop of classic screen imagery of the ‘real deal’. Clive John, captures the essence of Cash with exceptional style and confidence. His deep, distinctive vocals are spot on, evoking pure country magic with Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues and A Thing Called Love.

Charismatic duets with Jill Schoonjan (June Carter) are superb. Renditions of Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time and Jackson, encapsulate the tender charm and uplifting humour shared by the late enigmatic pair. The music doesn’t miss a beat as the set glides seamlessly along, evoking a timeless quality of a golden era with fresh contemporary flair.

Martin Bentley (bass) is in a league of his own and Nick Davis (guitars) and Darren Bazzoni (drums) first class. Backing vocals by Louise Masters and Amanda Stone add sparkle and glamour as the Carter sisters, complimenting the line up with equally impressive versatility.

Despite the band’s professional portfolio and slick stage presence they reach a direct intimacy with audiences of all ages that other performers can’t quite pull off. This is more than just a show, it’s a heart warming story played out with genuine passion and a wonderful celebration of one of worlds greatest known artists. Further information including tour dates and new album release, Johnny Cash Roadshow Gold, can be found at www.johnnycashroadshow.com


Tickets cost £20.00
Democracy by Michael Frayn 16/09/2016 - 16/09/2016 Palace Theatre
'a gripping spy thriller'
Produced in association with Macroberts Arts Centre, Democracy by Michael Frayn is based on a true story.
'West Germany 1969. Charismatic Willy Brandt has been elected chancellor. However his own political party are starting to plot against him. As his enemies tighten the noose around his neck, Brandt believes the only man he can trust is Gunter Guillaume, his devoted personal assistant. But who can you trust?'
Witty, thought provoking & highly entertaining, Democracy is a compelling & unmissable night at the theatre.

Starring;Tom Hodgkins, Neil Caple, Colin McCredie,
Sean Scanlan, Michael Moreland,
David Tarkenter, Alan Steele, Jim Kitson,
Steven Scott Fitzgerald & Stewart
Porter
Buddy Holly & the Cricketers 17/09/2016 - 17/09/2016 Palace Theatre
This breathtaking show has rock 'n' rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok & Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music & dancing in the aisles.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying, 'I can't believe it's not Buddy!'.
Classic Rock USA 21/09/2016 - 21/09/2016 Palace Theatre
Classic rock USA is a heart pumping, drum beating, pulsating Rock extravaganza featuring hits from Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi & the 'boss' Bruce Springsteen.

You will be taken on an epic journey of all things rock, including Born to Run, Thunder Road, Hungry Heart, Everything I Do, Summer of 69, Living on a Prayer, you Give Love a Bad Name, Bed of Roses & many more.

Get ready to 'Rock Out' & 'Party On' with Classic Rock USA
Dirty Water 22/09/2016 - 23/09/2016 Palace Theatre
DIRTY WATER
Set in the housing schemes of Glasgow Dirty Water follow Jock the team leader who is trying to come to terms with becoming a father for the first time, Boab “The Shagger”, Crawford the functional alky and man of wisdom, and Brian the private school posh boy/struggling actor as they work together for the worst close cleaning service in the country -- The Eager Beaver Cleaners.

After a mounting number of complaints the lads will undergo an inspection. With their jobs hanging in the balance, for this team of misfits mopping floors isn’t as simple as it seems. This is a story about love and the jobs we hate to do.
The McDougalls History Mystery 24/09/2016 - 24/09/2016 Cumnock Town Hall
A family musical adventure suitable for 2 yrs+ .

Come and help the McDougalls solve the History Mystery in this brand-new interactive musical show for weans of all ages!

All aboard the magical time-travelling garden shed, with their friends Morag the Rabbit and Wee Shug from next door, as they whizz through time to solve a puzzle.

Along the way they meet a host of wacky historical characters and creatures who might be able to help.

Tickets are £5 each, (Family of 4 - £16)
Autumn Storytelling Season - Calum Lykan 28/09/2016 - 28/09/2016 Dick Institute
Calum Lykan – In the Footsteps of Giants – Tales of Strength and Courage
Let us entertain you with our monthly storytelling sessions for adults at the Dick Institute this autumn.
Our specially selected programme of talented storytellers, from the world- renowned Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, should brighten up your day and lift the spirits on even the dullest afternoon.
The Barony A Frame 29/09/2016 - 29/09/2016 Cumnock Town Hall
Our artists in residence this year are the ensembles Headspace and Pandora’s Box, both centring around the amazing trombonist John Kenny. With six performers and live electronics the musicians present a mixture of new and old, ranging from the 13th century to the present day. This year’s Cumnock Tryst commission is for a brand new piece from the young multi-talented composer/ instrumentalist Scott Lygate who originally comes from Irvine.

Scott has based his new piece on The Barony A Frame, which is a monumental structure from our mining past, situated between Auchinleck and Ochiltree. He visited the site and took sound recordings of the frame, which he struck percussively. He has incorporated these incredible sounds into his music, treating them in a special way and integrating them into the ensemble. Performed twice in this concert, the new work promises to be a powerful sonic exploration of our coal mining culture, which will resonate with locals and visitors alike.

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.

Tickets booked before 31st August are half price, however the Early Booking Concession must be selected.


The Cumnock Hour - Composers' Forum 30/09/2016 - 30/09/2016 Dumfries Arms Hotel - Cumnock
Join us for our annual lively early evening panel discussion. The Guardian music critic and BBC presenter Tom Service will lead a conversation with Sir James MacMillan and composers taking part in this year’s Cumnock Tryst – Scott Lygate, Cecilia McDowell and a young composer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This promises to be a fascinating session when composers get together and chat about what inspires them and what they think about writing music in the 21st century.

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.
A Vision of Elvis 30/09/2016 - 30/09/2016 Grand Hall
Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio 30/09/2016 - 30/09/2016 Trinity Church
Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk

The Patron of The Cumnock Tryst Nicola Benedetti is back! This time she appears with her trio partners Leonard Elschenbroich, cello and Alexei Grynyuk, piano. In the beautiful and intimate setting of Trinity Church we will hear them in the ravishing Trio for piano, violin and cello in A minor by Ravel, one of Brahms’ great early chamber works - his Op 8 Trio, and a fascinating new work by the brilliant Mark Anthony Turnage. This will be an exciting event for Cumnock as Scotland’s great violinist comes home to Ayrshire.

Seating is unreserved within two price bands, Band A (front rows) and Band B.

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.
RCS New Music Ensemble 01/10/2016 - 01/10/2016 Cumnock Old Church - Cumnock
We welcome musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for this afternoon concert. The RCS has built up an impressive composition department over recent years under the direction of Gordon McPherson, Ayrshire-based composer Rory Boyle and others. In conjunction with them we have organised a special composition course for six students. The results of this will be on display at this short concert, performed by MusicLab, the contemporary music ensemble of the RCS. Come and have a glimpse at the future of Scottish classical music!

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.
Festival Chorus with Sir Willard White 01/10/2016 - 01/10/2016 Auchinleck Parish Church
Sir Willard White, Genesis Sixteen, NYOS and RSNO Junior Chorus Conducted by Eamonn Dougan and Sir James MacMillan

A wealth of musical riches is planned for our newest Tryst venue, Auchinleck Parish Church , also known as Barony Church. We welcome the great Sir Willard White to the Festival; he will sing in the Scottish premier of Cecilia MacDowell’s Stabat Mater, alongside our new Festival Chorus, Genesis Sixteen, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Camerata and the RSNO Junior Chorus, conducted by Eamonn Dougan, assisted by Christopher Bell and Andrew MacTaggart. Sir James MacMillan will also direct Copland’s American Songs with Sir Willard.

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.

Any child ticket (those under 16), when booked with an adult ticket, is £6.00 using the family offer.
Genesis Sixteen with Eamonn Dougan 01/10/2016 - 01/10/2016 St John's Church Cumnock
Genesis Sixteen is the training academy for The Sixteen, one of the world’s great choirs. Some of them joined us last year for the launch concert of the new Festival Chorus. Now they are back in full strength to offer a characteristic programme on their own of Renaissance polyphony and British 20th and 21st century composers, including Rebelo, Mouton, Bertolusi, Melgas, and 20th and 21st century British repertoire, including works by Britten, Finzi, Warlock, Leighton and MacMillan. Their conductor Eamonn Dougan, one of the best in the land, has become a great friend of The Tryst and has helped establish our new chorus. In this Genesis programme we will get a glimpse into the future of British choral singing, admired all around the world for its clarity, purity and beauty.

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.
Jackie Oates 01/10/2016 - 01/10/2016 Dumfries Arms Hotel - Cumnock
Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2003, Jackie Oates has established herself as a major presence in the folk world, performing all over the country and abroad. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and her pure haunting vocal style has established her at the forefront of the new folk revival. After our success last year with the Whistlebinkies we continue our traditional music strand with Jackie and her band in this late evening concert at the Dumfries Arms Hotel

Concessions are available to those under 26 or local residents with the following postcodes (KA5 5... / KA5 6... / KA6 6... KA6 7... / KA18 1... / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…) proof of entitlement maybe required at the event.
Festival Finale Promenade Concert 02/10/2016 - 02/10/2016 Dumfries House
Meet the Author - Joanne Harris 03/10/2016 - 03/10/2016 Dick Institute
We are delighted to welcome to this year’s Imprint book festival, Joanne Harris, author of the much-loved international bestseller Chocolat, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Joanne studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two collections of short stories and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards.
Join us to hear Joanne discuss her latest book in the Malbry series, Different Class, and her impressive writing career.
Suffragette Stories - Ajay Close and Lucy Ribchester 04/10/2016 - 04/10/2016 Dick Institute
Ajay Close, writer and award-winning journalist, will discuss her acclaimed historical novel, A Petrol Scented Spring which tells the story of the Scottish suffragettes and the prison doctor who force-fed them. A Petrol Scented Spring is a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women’s emancipation.
Ajay will be joined by Lucy Ribchester whose entertaining debut novel the Hourglass Factory is set in1912 - London is in turmoil and the suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks.
Rock of Ages 04/10/2016 - 09/10/2016 Palace Theatre
LMS is delighted to bring this Broadway & West End hit to the Palace Theatre as part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Built around classic Rock hits from the glam metal bands of the 1980s, this hilarious show takes you back to the time of big bands, big egos & big hair.

Drew & Sherrie are both in LA to chase their dreams of making it big & falling in love.

Raucous & outrageous this perfect blend of Rock & comedy is an instant crowd pleaser.
Gaelic Evening with Jo MacDonald and Gillebride MacIlleMhaoil 05/10/2016 - 05/10/2016 Auchinleck Library
Join Jo MacDonald and Gillebride MacIlleMhaoil for an evening of song and reflections on the poems and songs of the Campbells of South Lochboisdale. The iconic Gaelic love song, A Pheigi a Ghraidh is the best known of the Campbell family’s compositions but thanks to Jo MacDonald’s research, many previously unpublished poems and songs have been brought together in this new book. An evening not to be missed!
Psychic Sally: Call Me Psychic 05/10/2016 - 05/10/2016 Grand Hall
Peter Ross - in conversation with Theresa Talbot 06/10/2016 - 06/10/2016 Dick Institute
Peter Ross is a six time winner at the Scottish Press Awards and one of Scotland’s best feature writers. He has written for Scotland On Sunday, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Herald and The Big Issue.
Peter‘s weekly articles from around Scotland have been a sterling attraction for the readers of Scotland on Sunday for years. A selection of the best are collected in his book, Daunderlust. Each a gem of insight and wit, they provide a piece-by-piece portrait of a nation as it changes.

Theresa Talbot is a BBC Radio Scotland presenter, best known as the voice of Traffic & Travel and as presenter of The Beechgrove Potting Shed.
Writing Workshop with Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan 07/10/2016 - 07/10/2016 Dick Institute
An invitation to all budding writers.
Join Louise and Zoe to look into where ideas come from and how you can find inspiration on how to kindle your own imagination. We’ll also look at how to interpret your thoughts and how to put pen to paper then build this into a story – including tips for keeping the impetus going when that first flash of inspiration has died away.
Louise Welsh is the author of several novels including the Plague Times trilogy with the third of the trilogy No Dominion due for publication in 2017.
Zoe Strachan is our Imprint patron and author of the novels Negative Space, Spin Cycle, Ever Fallen in Love and 2 full length stage plays to list just a small number of her successes.
Eagles - Hotel California 07/10/2016 - 07/10/2016 Cumnock Town Hall
This event is held at Cumnock Town Hall

Tickets cost - £16

Hotel California are a six piece ensemble of musicians who will provide an evening of pure Eagles nostalgia with their critically acclaimed new show. You’ll return to a dark desert highway, cool wind in your hair, or stand on that street corner in Winslow, Arizona when you join
Hotel California as they faithfully recreate The Eagles and their Californian sunshine rock sound.

Including tracks from the outstanding Long Road Out Of Eden album. The Eagles music is timeless, appealing to audiences of every age and promises to be a fantastic night out!
Meet the Author - Louise Welsh 07/10/2016 - 07/10/2016 Dick Institute
Louise is an exceptionally gifted award winning writer living and working in Glasgow.
The recipient of several awards, Louise has written many short stories and produced features for many of the major British broadsheets.
She studied at the University of Glasgow where later she became writer in residence for the University as well as the Glasgow School of Art.
Not afraid to dip her toe in other ponds, Louise also wrote the libretto for the opera ‘Ghost Patrol’ music by Stuart MacRae, which won a Southbank award and was shortlisted for an Olivier Award.
So why not come along, meet and listen to this highly entertaining and multi - talented author of seven successful novels, most recently Death is a Welcome Guest.
Make a Memory Book with paper artist Rachel Hazell 10/10/2016 - 10/10/2016 Dick Institute
Explore and practice the structure and creation of your own personal memory book; create mini-books, letters and postcards to go inside alongside Rachel’s expert tuition.
Rachel has over 15 years of experience taking people on creative journeys. She has held creative workshops across the world – from palazzos in Venice to lighthouses in Shetland via Antarctica. Drawing her inspiration from the beauty of paper, the familiarity of a well-thumbed book, shorelines, flea markets and foreign cities; Rachel launched her online e-course PaperLove in 2014 to enable people, regardless of location, to work with her to develop their creative ideas and techniques. Rachel is regularly commissioned; her favourite projects include a two-metre high book sculpture for fashion designer Helen Storey, a window display for Conran, and her first wedding bookquet. See Rachel’s designs at http://www.rachelhazell.com
Rachel read English Literature at Edinburgh University, trained in Bookbinding at the London College of Printing and completed Masters Degrees in Book Art at Camberwell College of Art and Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art.
(There will be a short break for lunch – please bring along a snack if required – refreshments will be served)
Young Soul Rebel – An Evening with Stuart Cosgrove 10/10/2016 - 10/10/2016 Dick Institute
Stuart Cosgrove comes from Perth, Scotland and is a television executive with the UK broadcaster Channel 4. A professional journalist and broadcaster, he was a staff writer with the black music paper Echoes, Media Editor with the NME and a feature writer for a range of newspapers and magazines. Stuart presents BBC Scotland's popular radio show 'Off the Ball' and lives in Glasgow and London. He is also a rare soul collector and author of new bestseller ‘Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul’

Stuart will be in conversation with David Ross, author of critically acclaimed The Last Days of Disco and recently published ‘The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas’ – join us for what is sure to be a lively and entertaining interview.
Don't Dribble on the Dragon 11/10/2016 - 11/10/2016 Palace Theatre
By Steven Lee. Directed by Nick Lane.
Designed by Mike Lees.

My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly
Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me…

Join us for the Scottish premiere of this mesmerising new musical from the creators of the hit shows Old MacDonald Had A
Farm and How The Koala Learnt To Hug.

Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the much loved and much missed 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 little ones alike.

As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can bring with you or buy in the
theatre after the show.

Tickets £12/ £10 (concession), Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £40.
Hugh McIlvanney in conversation with Graham Spiers 12/10/2016 - 12/10/2016 Palace Theatre
Once described as “the greatest sportswriter in the English-speaking world”, Hugh McIlvanney is garlanded with awards and held in as high regard by those he has written about as by his readers. He remains perceptive and passionate after six decades of travelling the globe to chronicle landmark sporting events, including 11 World Cups and 10 Olympic Games, in a career that has spanned generations of celebrated sporting figures – a veritable A--Z encompassing everyone from Ali to Zidane.

In what is sure to be lively conversation with Graham Spiers, McIlvanney shares, with his characteristic sharp insight, wry wit and pithy observations, the experiences of his remarkable career, prominent among them his friendships with the immortal managers Busby, Shankly, Stein and Ferguson, the troubled genius of players such as George Best and Jimmy Johnstone and the many magical days spent in the company of the incomparable Muhammad Ali. He talks, too, of the times great sporting occasions were darkened by horror and tragedy, when his background as a news reporter helped him to cope, and of the changes he has seen in the business of sports journalism.
Dominic Kirwan 13/10/2016 - 13/10/2016 Palace Theatre
Comedy Club-Michael Redmond Live 14/10/2016 - 14/10/2016 Ingram Room
The Elixir of Love by Donizetti (Sung In English) 15/10/2016 - 15/10/2016 Palace Theatre
Sat 15 Oct · 7.30pm · £15/£5 Under 26yrs

Scottish Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s sunny comedy takes to the road this Autumn. Dynamic young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take their inspiration from the world of P.G. Wodehouse in a cheeky, vividly characterised show with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

Nemorino is hopelessly in love with Adina but she’s out of his league. Threatened by the arrival of the swaggering Sergeant
Belcore, Nemorino enlists the help of quack doctor, Dulcamara. Believing he’s drinking a magic love potion (suspiciously similar to
cheap red wine) he’s delighted when the village girls begin to swarm around him. But is it the potion, or the rumour that Nemorino has inherited a large pile of cash from his
uncle that has them all of a flutter?

The cast includes Ellie Laugharne, Welsh tenor Elgan Llyr Thomas, and acclaimed baritone James Cleverton. They’re
accompanied by five players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in a new instrumental arrangement by Scottish
Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark.
Rolling Back the Years 20/10/2016 - 20/10/2016 Palace Theatre
Thu 20 Oct · 2.30pm & 7.30pm · £15/£14

The ultimate feel good show! Another sensational show from the producers of
Memory Lane, All our Yesterdays, and Memories are Made of This.

One of the biggest shows of its kind in the UK. Join us on a breathtaking musical journey through the 50's, 60's and some of the brilliant sounds of the 1970's. Including songs by Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Abba and many more.

Beautifully costumed and choreographed for each decade and performed by West End and international vocalists, along with the stunning Memory Lane dancers.
Mairi Hedderwick and Martin McCardie – The Story of Katie Morag 22/10/2016 - 22/10/2016 Dick Institute
Mairi Hedderwick, author and illustrator, talks about her most famous creation, Katie Morag, and offers some wry insights and observations from behind-the scenes of the multi-award winning TV series.
Why did some Glasgow Libraries ban Katie Morag in the 1980’s? And what is the story behind Grannie Island’s identity crisis?
In conversation with one of the writers of the Katie Morag stories on CBeebies and CBBC, Martin McCardie, Hedderwick explores the enduring popularity of Katie and discusses life beyond the isle of Struay to talk about painting, illustrating and travel-writing.
Big Country plus support 23/10/2016 - 23/10/2016 Grand Hall
Following the incredible date at the Grand Hall in 2015 we are pleased to say Big Country make a return to the venue on 23rd October 2016 as part of their 'Seer Tour'. They will perform their stunning catalogue of songs, taken from their albums, including 'Harvest Home, Fields of Fire, In a big Country, Chance, Wonderland, Look Away, The Teacher', plus many more
Autumn Storytelling Season - Betty Skelton 26/10/2016 - 26/10/2016 Dick Institute
Betty Skelton – The Shadows beyond the Flames – Tales of Magic, Mystery and Mayhem
Let us entertain you with our monthly storytelling sessions for adults at the Dick Institute this autumn.
Our specially selected programme of talented storytellers, from the world- renowned Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, should brighten up your day and lift the spirits on even the dullest afternoon.
The Whitney Houston Show 06/11/2016 - 06/11/2016 Grand Hall
THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL – THE WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW
Starring Belinda Davids

This breathtaking production, featuring the impeccable vocal talents of South Africa’s Belinda Davids, is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. Accompanied by a full band and dancers, Davids performs over two hours of Whitney Houston’s best loved pop hits live on stage.

And there is no person better equipped to do so. In addition to having a voice described as “jaw-droppingly similar” to the pop diva, Davids openly acknowledges that Houston is her personal idol and was the original inspiration for her own career when she began singing at the age of 14.

“I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her game and when she was fabulous”, says Davids.

Tickets cost £27, £25 concession. Concessions are applicable to those in receipt of the state pension, Under 18s still in full time education, full time students and registered disabled. Other exemptions may apply but must be booked through the Box Office directly.
Comedy Club-STU WHO:GET IT UP YE! 18/11/2016 - 18/11/2016 Ingram Room
Meet the Author - Quintin Jardine 21/11/2016 - 21/11/2016 Dick Institute
Quintin Jardine is the bestselling author of three much-acclaimed and best-selling series of detective novels; Bob Skinner, Primavera Blackstone and Oz Blackstone; each one a very different, but very compelling character.

Private Investigations, Quintin Jardine's twenty-sixth Bob Skinner mystery, sees the Edinburgh sleuth plunged into a gruelling new case in which no score will go unsettled. Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of crime scenes over his thirty-year career. But few have affected him quite as much as the horrifying sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his own on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Join us to hear Quintin discuss his impressive body of work and writing life.
Autumn Storytelling Season - Jess Smith 23/11/2016 - 23/11/2016 Dick Institute
Jess Smith – Travellers’ Tales
Let us entertain you with our monthly storytelling sessions for adults at the Dick Institute this autumn.
Our specially selected programme of talented storytellers, from the world- renowned Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, should brighten up your day and lift the spirits on even the dullest afternoon.
Knit 1 Bike 1 with Janet Renouf-Miller 24/11/2016 - 24/11/2016 CUMNOCK LIBRARY
Knit 1 Bike 1 is the story of Janet Renouf-Miller’s quirky, ten week cycle journey around Scotland.

Textile artist Janet set off from Dalmellington in East Ayrshire to cycle 818 miles on a Brompton folding bicycle.

Janet aimed to connect with fellow travellers, textile artists and interesting people around the country. As well as drumming with a Samba band and sharing breakfast with the National Cycle Audax, she delivered 21 workshops on route in museums, knitting shops and other places of interest. Radio Scotland interviewed her twice on the way and the project and book have attracted national interest.

Since her return, Janet has continued to knit and crochet what she saw on the way and the completed work will form an exhibition. Examples of things she has made include the Isle of Mull ferry, a cooked breakfast and her bicycle. The project was supported by the local community (for which Janet is very grateful!) and the principle art teacher from the local high school accompanied her on the first two days. In this talk Janet will share her experiences with readings from the book and there will be a chance to see some of the Knit 1 Bike 1 art work.
In Conversation - Hardeep Singh Kohli and David Ross 24/11/2016 - 24/11/2016 Dick Institute
Join David F. Ross, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Last Days Of Disco, in conversation with writer, broadcaster and TV celebrity, Hardeep Singh Kohli as they discuss David's new book The Rise & Fall Of The Miraculous Vespas - described by Stuart Cosgrove as 'a madcap romp through the 80s with Ayrshire's greatest band. It captures a world of indie rock and attendant wallopers with hilarious élan.'

Hardeep Singh Kohli is a broadcaster, comedian, writer and chef. He can currently be heard across major BBC Radio networks. He was runner-up of Celebrity Masterchef on BBC One and he has also written and presented a number of documentaries for Channel 4 including the BAFTA winning 'In Search of the Tartan Turban'. Hardeep tours the country and sells out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe with his comedy shows. 2016 marks his return to Edinburgh with a new show. He has contributed to many major publications including The Observer, The Spectator, The Times and The Independent.

Featuring a special guest appearance by Kilmarnock band Losing Ground as ‘The Miraculous Vespas.'

Imprint Writing Award Prize Giving 25/11/2016 - 25/11/2016 Dick Institute
The Imprint Writing Award evening is becoming an event not be missed. The diversity and imagination of the shortlisted writers produces some wonderful surprises every year. We are sure 2016 will be no exception.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a wonderful variety of Ayrshire’s most talented writers read from their own work in what is sure to be an entertaining and inspiring evening.
The winning entries will be announced during the evening and prizes presented by staff of Glasgow University’s Edwin Morgan Centre for Creative Writing.
Beauty and the Beast 26/11/2016 - 30/12/2016 Palace Theatre
Pantomania Day 2016 03/12/2016 - 10/12/2016 Palace Theatre
Autumn Storytelling Season - Daniel Serridge 14/12/2016 - 14/12/2016 Dick Institute
Join storyteller Daniel Serridge for an hour of seasonal stories that'll warm your cockles and your heart. Daniel will bring his unique brand of enthusiasm and silliness to the festive season. You'll be guaranteed a good giggle!
Let us entertain you with our monthly storytelling sessions for adults at the Dick Institute this autumn.
Our specially selected programme of talented storytellers, from the world- renowned Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, should brighten up your day and lift the spirits on even the dullest afternoon.

Kirkintilloch Brass Band Concert 28/01/2017 - 28/01/2017 Grand Hall



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