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DO ART at the DI! AUG - OCT 2017 24/08/2017 - 24/08/2017 Dick Institute
AGE 7 - 13 YRS. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR 8 WEEK BLOCK
BLOCK 1: 24/08/17 - 12/10/17
4pm - 5.30pm
£40 for block

Come and get creative at the DO ART at the Dick Institute children’s art club! Be inspired by our visual art exhibitions in the galleries and create your own works of art using a range of mediums such as paint, print and ceramics!
Adult & Young People’s Art Classes Aug - Oct 2017 24/08/2017 - 24/08/2017 Dick Institute
AGE 14+ · BOOKING ESSENTIAL
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR AN 8 WEEK BLOCK
BLOCK 1: THU 24 Aug- THU 12 OCT
6PM-7.30PM
£48 for block

Taking inspiration from the art exhibitions and displays at The Dick Institute, professional artist Fiona Fleming will guide you through a variety of techniques to help you develop your drawing skills in this relaxed, fun and informal art class. Exploring both disciplined techniques and also delving into the more experimental, participants will explore a range of art mediums and materials to help improve drawing skills.
Suitable for a range of abilities, from complete beginners to the more experienced.

For more information contact 01563 554340 email: Geraldine.Greene@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
A Streetcar Named Desire 01/09/2017 - 02/09/2017 Palace Theatre
Rapture: Scotland’s leading touring theatre company presents


A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Experience the excitement of live theatre in Rapture's vibrant production of Tennessee Williams', "A Streetcar Named Desire".
Join us for a dazzling trip to the whirlwind world of New Orleans with this sultry and sophisticated new production of a timeless American masterpiece. Fading southern belle, Blanche DuBois, seeks solace with her sister, Stella, after her world starts to crumble. But her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. As temperatures soar and passions rise, Blanche and Stanley battle for Stella’s soul.

Immortalised in the Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, this is a rare opportunity to see this iconic play, thrillingly brought to life by Rapture.


"Streetcar" follows in the wake of Rapture's popular and critically acclaimed productions of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Democracy".



Star casting to be announced!


Tickets £9.50, £8 concession
PYLON 09/09/2017 - 09/09/2017 Palace Theatre
In 1994, David McFarlane's life changes forever. His family, his community and his world would never be the same again. Finally he's ready to go back.

Tickets £17.50
Tom Russell Godfather of Rock 11/09/2017 - 11/09/2017 Auchinleck Library
Tom's book on his life in rock and his time at Radio Clyde has been a great success and he is now touring libraries.

THE GODFATHER OF ROCK is a wonderful collection of memories full of the mayhem and mischief that surrounds the world of rock.

Tom has worked with Bon Jovi, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Genesis, Motorhead, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Meat Loaf, Queen and AC/DC – all the greats.

With 35 years in the business - doing interviews all over the world and hosting one of the biggest rock shows on radio, Tom has many a tale to tell.

Over 16s only

Les McKeown and his Bay City Rollers 16/09/2017 - 16/09/2017 Palace Theatre
Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his legendary band ruled the world's pop charts and The Bay City Rollers' music became the soundtrack for a generation. Les brings back all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including 'Bye Bye Baby', 'Shang-a-Lang', 'Remember', 'Summerlove Sensation' and 'Give a Little Love' as well as introducing new songs from the upcoming album. Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits.

Special promotions are available, visit: lesmckeown.com
THE LIBERTINES 19/09/2017 - 19/09/2017 Grand Hall
It is, quite simply, the most eagerly anticipated British rock album of this millennium. Even diehard fans scarcely believed that it’d ever get made, that its creators would sort out their differences long enough to scale the heights of their first era together. But The Libertines are no ordinary band. They are, by a long chalk, the most important band of their generation, and, after twelve years’ absence from the studio, they’ve arrived finally to prove the nay-sayers wrong.

‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ is everything those fans could’ve wished for, and more: a reinstatement of the Libs’ Arcadian creed, a reflection on past trials, and, most importantly, a bold step forward. It harbours songs of primal energy and uplift, of bitter betrayal and loss, and of sun-lit love and redemption. Those who’ve lived for the erratic joys of their two early Noughties albums, ‘Up The Bracket’ and ‘The Liber-tines’, will instinctively perceive a sense of maturation in its DNA, but they’ll also reap an extravagant pay-off for keeping the faith.


STANDING TICKETS ONLY - £30.00
Ultimate Legends 22/09/2017 - 22/09/2017 Grand Hall
The Ultimate Legends Show is a one man show, performed by Paul Tayler, performer, musician, singer and dancer. Featuring tributes to some of the most iconic and successful performers in musical history.

Freddie Mercury, Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Elton John and Prince - all in one show!!!

The iconic costumes, voices, mannerisms, and dance moves with the personalities of these legends of musical history brought together in one slick, entertaining show.

Tickets £17.50
Jesus Christ Superstar 26/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 Palace Theatre
This show from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice recounts the last days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Judas Iscariot.

The 'greatest story ever told' has immense passion and one cannot help but be moved by the powerful music and songs. LMS are looking forward to staging this exciting production and it will be the first time that they have produced an Ander Lloyd Webber production.

Tickets cost £17/ £15 concession. Concessions are available on Wednesday night only, for those in receipt of the state pension, registered disabled, full time education, or under 16 years old.

Tickets for Tuesday and Saturday (matinee only) performances are all £15 each
Real Ale Festival 29/09/2017 - 01/10/2017 Visitor Centre
Join us at Dean Castle Country Park for a whole weekend of Grand Opening Events. Enjoy our new visitor centre and café at Kilmarnock’s first real ale festival. Try delicious beer and cider from all over Scotland and sample the new menu in the café. Receive a free souvenir glass on entry. Tickets for this event are very limited, so book early.
Imprint An audience with Graham Obree - the Flying Scotsman 02/10/2017 - 02/10/2017 Dick Institute
Graeme is a cyclist, a parent, a writer and broadcaster. Graeme has never held a driving license and commutes regularly on his bike complete with mud guards, racks and sometimes a trailer. He is a regular contributor on TV and radio and often discusses issues in relation to cycling and mental health. Graeme is the author of two books....so far!... his biopic, "The Flying Scotsman" and his acclaimed training manual, "The Obree Way"
But many know Graeme as the man who designed and built the Washing Machine bike – recently voted the most famous bike in the world, Old Faithful. Graeme is a legend in the world of Cycling and beyond.
Imprint meet the author Catherine Simpson with her daughter Nina Mega 04/10/2017 - 04/10/2017 Dick Institute
Catherine Simpson’s debut novel Truestory was published by Sandstone Press in 2015. It tells the story of a mother raising a child with autism and was inspired by Catherine’s experience of raising her own autistic daughter, Nina. Catherine received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013. Her work has been included in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, New Writing Dundee, The Grind, the Scotsman, Edinburgh University’s ‘Dangerous Women’ project and the ‘Journeys’ and ‘Family Legends’ anthologies produced by Scottish Book Trust. Her story ‘Giuseppe and Rosa go up in the World’ will be turned into a podcast as part of Edinburgh’s ‘Echoes of the City’ project.
She has been shortlisted in the Bloody Scotland Short Story competition, the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition, and the Asham Award. She performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Story Shop in 2012 and 2013, and in Unbound, 2016. She has also performed at Aye Write, Dundee Lit Fest, Pitlochry and Portobello Book Festivals. She is 2017 Coastword Festival Writer in Residence. She recently received a Hawthornden Fellowship.
Imprint John Niven (author and screenwriter) in conversation with David F. Ross 05/10/2017 - 05/10/2017 Dick Institute
John Niven is a Scottish author and screenwriter. His books include Kill Your Friends, which was turned into a movie starring Nicholas Hoult and James Cordon.
John’s book, The Sunshine Cruise Company, is currently being developed as a feature film by the producers of Silver Linings Playbook and Shakespeare in Love
Born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Niven read English literature at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1991 with First Class honours.

John will be in conversation with David F. Ross, author of critically acclaimed the Last Days of Disco and the Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas
The Dolls Abroad 05/10/2017 - 05/10/2017 Palace Theatre
The biggest comedy hit in Scotland since Mrs Brown’s Boys. After two sell-out tours of Scotland, The Dolls are back for one final tour of “The Dolls Abroad”.

Starring Louise McCarthy (Only an Excuse?) and Gayle Telfer Stevens (River City), The Dolls Abroad is the must-see comedy for 2017.

Having scrubbed toilets and pubs across Scotland, The Dolls are in need of a holiday.

Fasten your seatbelts as The Dolls take you on the gutter budget trip of a lifetime, with all the fun that fans have come to expect from Scotland’s favourite Scrubbers

Tickets £25
Real Diamond 07/10/2017 - 07/10/2017 Palace Theatre
Real Diamond by Request John Hylton

Enjoy an evening with one of the best Neil Diamond tribute acts around!

Neil Diamond is in his 50th year as a singer/ songwriter superstar and John Hylton is in his 25th years as a professional Diamond tribute act.

Come along and celebrate this together as Real Diamond performs his 'By Request' tour.

Deliver your sealed envelope to Box Office with your song request any time before the show, telling us why that song is so special to you. Don't forget to add your name and your seat number!

Tickets cost £19
Imprint An evening with local award winning author Graeme Macrae Burnet 09/10/2017 - 09/10/2017 Dick Institute
Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of the 2016 Man Booker shortlisted and Saltire Prize winning novel, His Bloody Project.
Graeme was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and now lives in Glasgow after stays in the Czech Republic, France, Portugal and London. He has an MA in English Literature & Film Studies from Glasgow University and a MLitt in International Security Studies from St Andrews. He has previously worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, a bookseller and a television researcher.
Imprint Book Origami Workshop with Jenni Harrison 10/10/2017 - 10/10/2017 Dick Institute
Fold and fold and fold again to make something beautiful from a book.
Join experienced crafter and artist Jenni Hamilton in this workshop for adults. You will be guided through the folding process to create your own beautiful piece of folded paper sculpture.

Suitable for all adult skill levels.
Gaelic Evening - Le Muirn:With Affection 10/10/2017 - 10/10/2017 Auchinleck Library

This event celebrates a bilingual publication commissioned by Ceòl ‘s Craic, which traces the relationship between “Melbost Bard” Murdo MacFarlane and Margaret MacLeod of the trailblazing Gaelic group Na h-Òganaich. There will be bilingual conversation and song in the company of the author Catriona Murray, Margaret MacLeod and Ishbel Murray followed by a Q & A session exploring the creative process behind the publication.
Margaret will end the evening with a performance of some of the classic songs which are the enduring legacy of this historic collaboration.
Imprint Meet the author Elly Griffiths 12/10/2017 - 12/10/2017 Dick Institute
Elly Griffiths has won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work and is the author of two crime series: the Dr Ruth Galloway series and the Stephens & Mephisto series, the latest of which The Vanishing Box, will be published in November. She is also the author of four women’s fiction titles under her real name Domenica de Rosa, which Quercus will be republishing from June 2017.

Elly Griffiths was born in London in 1963. Her first crime novel The Crossing Places is set on the Norfolk coast where she spent holidays as a child and where her aunt still lives. Her interest in archaeology comes from her husband, Andrew, who gave up his city job to retrain as an archaeologist. She lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with her husband and two children.

Don’t miss the chance to meet this bestselling crime novelist and hear the inspiration behind Dr Ruth Galloway, one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction.

'One of my favourite current crime series . . . a pleasure from start to finish' Val McDermid
Hairy Maclary 17/10/2017 - 17/10/2017 Palace Theatre
Join Hairy Maclary & Friends again for canine capers and animal adventures. Hairy Maclary & Friends, is an official stage adaptation of the much-loved Hairy Maclary children's books, by celebrated writer, Lynley Dodd.

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

Children and adults will instantly recognise the opening lines of the bestselling book, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.

Come and meet your favourite characters such as 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.

This hugely popular show is packed with live music, singing, colourful costumes and six of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories. Sing along and do the actions with all the characters. Hairy Maclary & Friends is a real family treat - you'd be barking mad to miss it!

Tickets £3, Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children, or 1 adult & 3 children) £10
Imprint Meet the author Beatrice Colin 18/10/2017 - 18/10/2017 Dick Institute
Join us to hear Bea discuss her latest moving and memorable novel, To Capture What We Cannot Keep. Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love


Beatrice Colin was born in London, grew up in Scotland and lives in Glasgow. She is a novelist and radio dramatist and has written seven novels and numerous plays for BBC Radio. The Glimmer Palace, a novel set in Berlin in the early 20th century, was a Richard and Judy pick. A newly appointed Royal Literary Fund Fellow, she will take up her post at Strathclyde University in September.
Memories Are Made of This 18/10/2017 - 18/10/2017 Palace Theatre
A fast moving, roller coaster of a journey through some of the greatest songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's. This will be a show you're sure to remember with over 160 amazing costumes, humour from of the UK's top comedians and performances rarely seen outside the 'West End'. 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.

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.
A Night of Dirty Dancing 21/10/2017 - 21/10/2017 Palace Theatre
A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING
THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE SHOW

No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time.
Recast and re-scripted for 2017, it’s all down to Kellerman’s end of season show. Revel in the moments you loved, the memories you made and music that’s resonated throughout the years: She’s Like the Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and, of course, the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.
Don’t be the one sitting in the corner. Immerse yourself in the timeless, theatrical treat. Take a trip back to the summer of ’63, relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance.
Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.
www.entertainers.co.uk Promoter reserves the right to alter programme

“The main man Johnny Castle (Darius J James) showed off Patrick Swayze’s snake-hips moves.” Catherine Watts, Ipswich Star
“The jam-packed stage show lived up to all expectations with laughter, fun and frolics galore” Leona Greenan, Hamilton Advertiser
“No dirt, but plenty of dancing. . . a fast-moving, slickly-choreographed treat” John Pettitt, Keighly News
“The show was entertaining and its talented cast enjoyable to watch” Bury Free Press
“I, along with many others, were only too happy to be taken on a trip back to the summer of ’63 to have a brilliant evening full of entertainment” Shirley Bartynek, Hamilton Advertiser
“Eloise Grey was most convincing as Baby and demonstrated a stand-out voice throughout” Bury Free Press
Imprint Meet the author Chris Leslie 25/10/2017 - 25/10/2017 Dick Institute
BAFTA Scotland award winning photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie is widely acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history. Here he gives an illustrated talk on his multimedia project and accompanying book ‘Disappearing Glasgow’.


The skyline of Glasgow has been radically transformed as high rise tower blocks have been blown down and bulldozed. 30% of the cities High Rise flats have disappeared since 2006, communities dispersed across the city and the East End has 'been raised from the ashes' via the Commonwealth Games. Does this Disappearing Glasgow herald a renaissance in the city?
This is a must-see event for anyone interested in the ever changing face of the “dear green place”.
DO ART at the DI! OCT - DEC 2017 26/10/2017 - 26/10/2017 Dick Institute
AGE 7 - 13 YRS. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR AN 8 WEEK BLOCK
BLOCK 2: 26/10/17 - 14/12/2017
4pm - 5.30pm
£40 for block

Come and get creative at the DO ART at the Dick Institute children’s art club! Be inspired by our visual art exhibitions in the galleries and create your own works of art using a range of mediums such as paint, print and ceramics!
Adult & Young People’s Art Classes OCT - DEC 2017 26/10/2017 - 26/10/2017 Dick Institute
AGE 14+ · BOOKING ESSENTIAL
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR AN 8 WEEK BLOCK
BLOCK 2: THU 26 OCT - THU 14 DEC
6PM-7.30PM
£48 for block

Taking inspiration from the art exhibitions and displays at The Dick Institute, professional artist Fiona Fleming will guide you through a variety of techniques to help you develop your drawing skills in this relaxed, fun and informal art class. Exploring both disciplined techniques and also delving into the more experimental, participants will explore a range of art mediums and materials to help improve drawing skills.
Suitable for a range of abilities, from complete beginners to the more experienced.

For more information contact 01563 554340 email: Geraldine.Greene@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move 26/10/2017 - 26/10/2017 Palace Theatre
i-DANCE, the Palace Theatre’s resident integrated company, make a welcome return to the stage with not one, but three world premieres!

A remarkable company of dancers who have, working alongside choreographers and artists, developed an accomplished and thrilling body of new work. The dancers’ ability to embrace dance in meaningful ways is reflected in their successful performances on various platforms and stages across the region, surprising and enthralling audiences.

The programme will explore a gentler more compassionate view of how the world could be, in stark contrast to aggressive and divisive forms of rule. The company welcome from France renowned choreographer, Angus Balbernie to create a specially commissioned new piece for i-DANCE, in collaboration with costume artist Myra Ostacchini. To complete the programme a duet from the unique Touchdown Dance, directed by Angus, which features extraordinary dancer, Stuart Jackson who is autistic and blind.

“i-DANCE’s 2015 work,” Mirrors in the Mirror” is an honest expression of the challenges faced by us all when we search to find who we are and where our place is in the world, providing insightful interpretation through beautifully choreographed movement and sound. It is a thoughtful and moving piece.” - Audience Member

Tickets £8/ £5 concession (concession tickets are available to those in receipt of the state pension, registered disabled, under 16 years old or in full time education; proof of entitlement may be required on the door at the event).
Imprint Meet Graham Masterton horror writer and creator of Manitou 27/10/2017 - 27/10/2017 Dick Institute
Graham Masterton's debut as a horror author began with The Manitou in 1976, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man. It became an instant bestseller and was filmed with Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Burgess Meredith, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens and Ann Sothern.

Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror novels
Counselled Out 28/10/2017 - 28/10/2017 Cumnock Town Hall
The 10-piece revivalist soul band makes a welcome return to Cumnock Town Hall where it last appeared as guests of 60's legends, The Marmalade, 4 years ago. The vocal powerhouse of duo of Drew Robertson and Katrina Fitzsimmons, combined with the four - -pieces Reservoir Horns, is hard to beat and the band is renowned for creating a party atmosphere no matter where it plays.

Counselled Out was massive in Ayrshire in the 1990's and early 2000's with their 1,000+ sell-out gigs at Kilmarnock's Grand Hall and they still hold the record for the most attendees at a live music event at Glasgow's Renfrew Ferry.

Plus special guests (to be announced).
Nathan Carter 03/11/2017 - 04/11/2017 Grand Hall
Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances. Nathan and his six man band perform a great variety of country, Irish pop and ballads - music to appeal to all ages.

Nathan is an expert accordion player so can expect a bit of hand clapping, and foot tapping hooley! A superbly entertaining show that will make you want to see him again.

Tickets £25
The Doomed Groom 10/11/2017 - 10/11/2017 Boswell Centre
A Murder Mystery Evening 'The Doomed Groom'
Directed by Clare Sheppard & Kenny Boyle
Suitable for ages 18 years and over


Ayrshire Rural Touring Network is excited to bring Edinburgh Fringe Favourites, 'Catch the Killers' to Auchinleck Boswell Centre for a night of murder, mystery and mischief!

Can you catch the killer? An interactive murder mystery game where it's up to YOU to prove your worth as a detective by solving a heinous killing.

Detectives! You're undercover at the stag do of the famous horse groomsman Paul Perfect! The best man has got the drinks in, the stags are all ready to party ... there's only one thing missing. The groom-to-be himself! There can only be two possible explanations - cold feet or cold blooded murder!

Watch events unfold then have your chance to interrogate each subject in turn. Bring a team or come on your own! Fun, funny, mysterious and a good night for all!

This event is held at Auchinleck Boswell Centre

Tickets are £9/ £8 concession. Concessions are available to those in receipt of the state pension, registered disabled, or in full time education; proof of entitlement may be required on the door at the event.
FX Make Up with Stardust (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
Come along and create your own broken bones, open wounds and grazing

Trained Makes up Artists from across Ayrshire and beyond come together to form Stardust Make Up Artistry. Started in 2010 by Suzi Cooper, the team work in theatre, film, provide make up demonstrations, workshops, and special effects. An exceptionally positive and vibrant team, their focus is on putting back into the community and making it as much fun as possible for everyone. Supplying work experience for many college students, they have an open door policy for anyone interested in Make Up Artistry and will also guide you to the relevant courses available across Ayrshire.

Suitable for 12 years and over
An audience with Marvel Comics Al Ewing (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
AL EWING is a comics writer currently working for Marvel Comics on U.S.AVENGERS, ULTIMATES2, ROCKET and the Inhumans title, ROYALS. In the past, he's worked on JUDGE DREDD and ZOMBO for 2000AD, as well as JENNIFER BLOOD for Dynamite Comics.

Suitable for all ages
Big Kid Twister Balloon Modelling Workshop (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
These balloon modelling experts make the most amazing balloons. Things you couldn't imagine ever being done in balloon form
The workshop last 45mins and includes 300 pre inflated balloons, which is quite a sight
Their giant superhero balloon models stand approximately 6ft tall and will be in the Hall for possible photo opportunities and a chance to win in our raffle
Suitable for all ages
An Audience with Alan Grant (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
Alan is the creator of characters Anarky and the Ventriloquist is also known for writing Judge Dredd in 2000AD and Batman from the 1980s to early 2000s.. Alan, and John Wagner, co-wrote Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson, Robo-Hunter, Strontium Dog, The Outcasts and Batman in Detective Comics. Alan’s work includes Detective Comics, Strontium Dog, The Bogie Man, Lobo, L.E.G.I.O.N. , The Demon, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, which saw him create three new characters, Jeremiah Arkham, Mr. Zsasz, and Amygdala. He has written for virtually every American comics publishers.
Drawing Workshop with 2000ADs Tom Foster (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
Tom Foster is a relatively new face in the comics world, best known for his work for 2000AD. He did his first work for the publisher after winning their 2013 Portfolio Competition and has since gone on to work on number of their most iconic characters, including Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter and Bill Savage, as well as co-creating the series 'Storm Warning' for The Judge Dredd Megazine.

Ages 7-12 years, must be accompanied by an adult
Face Casting with Stardust (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Grand Hall
Join us to create a cast of your own face.

Trained Makes up Artists from across Ayrshire and beyond come together to form Stardust Make Up Artistry. Started in 2010 by Suzi Cooper, the team work in theatre, film, provide make up demonstrations, workshops, and special effects. An exceptionally positive and vibrant team, their focus is on putting back into the community and making it as much fun as possible for everyone. Supplying work experience for many college students, they have an open door policy for anyone interested in Make Up Artistry and will also guide you to the relevant courses available across Ayrshire.


Suitable for Teens and adults only.
Writing Workshop with Magic Torches own Paul Bristow (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
Paul writes childrens fiction, folktales and comics, sometimes all at once. His first children’s book, The Superpower Project was shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize in 2014 and published in 2016. He has worked in community development for over twenty years and is one of the founders of literacy based social enterprise Magic Torch Comics. If he could have a superpower of his own, it would be reverse parking


Suitable for 12 years and over.
An audience with David Baillie: creator of Red Thorn (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
David Baillie is a Scottish comic book writer. His latest creation is the Glasgow-set dark fantasy series Red Thorn for Vertigo / DC Comics, which was released last year to critical acclaim. His work also regularly appears in the legendary British weekly 2000AD, as well as Judge Dredd Megazine, and features in many other comics such as Vertigo's CMYK, Disconnected Press' recent political anthology CROSS, MEGA! and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Suitable for all ages
Drawing Workshop with 2000ADs own Tom Foster (KCC) 18/11/2017 - 18/11/2017 Dick Institute
Tom Foster is a relatively new face in the comics world, best known for his work for 2000AD. He did his first work for the publisher after winning their 2013 Portfolio Competition and has since gone on to work on number of their most iconic characters, including Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter and Bill Savage, as well as co-creating the series 'Storm Warning' for The Judge Dredd Megazine.

Suitable for 12 years and over (Teens & Adults)
Pat Young - In conversation with caro Ramsay 23/11/2017 - 23/11/2017 Dick Institute
We are delighted to welcome, previous Imprint Writing Award Winner, Pat Young to discuss her first novel "Till The Dust Settles".

Pat grew up in Ayrshire and spent her entire career teaching. She has always loved reading but only took up writing six years ago. For all the budding writers out there, dreams can come true - come along and hear how Pat made it happen.

Pat will be in conversation with Caro Ramsay, author of the Anderson & Costello thrillers.
Dick Whittington 25/11/2017 - 30/12/2017 Palace Theatre
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. Proof of entitlement maybe required at the door. Thank you

*Please note that all family tickets must be booked through the Box Office, either in person or over the phone*
Cal Flyn & Karl Geary - Debut Authors with a Difference 27/11/2017 - 27/11/2017 Dick Institute
Cal Flyn was very proud when she discovered that her ancestor, Angus McMillan, had been a pioneer of colonial Australia. However, when she dug deeper, she began to question her pride. McMillan had not only cut tracks through the bush, but played a dark role in Australia's bloody history. Driven to piece together his story and to confront her history, Cal decided to follow Angus's route from Skye to rural Australia. Delving into a dark period in Australian history with a novel’s immediate style, this book asks how whole societies can come to be overlooked, forgotten and shamed.
‘Thicker Than Water combines memoir, history, travelogue and lyrical nature writing; a true story that reads like classy, page-turning fiction’ Melanie Read, The Times

Unfolding in the sea-bright, rain-soaked Dublin of early spring, Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary is a beautiful, cinematic novel about desire, longing, grief, hope and the things that remain unspoken. It is about how deeply we can connect with one another, and the choices we must also make alone. 'Luminous and moving.
A story that asks who you can love and how, and a novel that gets to the heart of things; it certainly got to the heart of me.' Sunjeev Sahota, author of The Year of the Runaways
Two debut authors, two mesmerising stories – a fascinating evening not to be missed.

Suitable for over 16s only
Denise Mina - Meet the Author 30/11/2017 - 30/11/2017 Dick Institute
We are delighted to welcome critically acclaimed author Denise Mina to Kilmarnock.

Denise will discuss her recent publication The Long Drop, based on true events. The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel from a writer at the height of her powers.
William Watt wants answers about his family's murder. Peter Manuel has them. But Peter Manuel is a liar. William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber.
Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt's family.

One December night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows….
'A masterpiece by the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist' Daily Telegraph


Suitable for over 16s
Imprint Writing Award Prize Giving 01/12/2017 - 01/12/2017 Dick Institute
The Imprint Writing Award grows in stature every year with increasing entries and publishing success for past prize-winners. Last year’s shortlist and eventual winners reached a very high standard indeed with a marvellous display of imaginative writing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a wonderful variety of talented writers read from their own work in what is sure to be another entertaining and inspiring evening.

The winning entries will be announced during the evening and prizes presented by Zoe Strachan and staff of Glasgow University’s Edwin Morgan Centre for Creative Writing.



ABBAMANIA'S CHRISTMAS SHOW 15/12/2017 - 15/12/2017 Grand Hall
You can dance, You can Jive, Having the time of you life ...

Abbamania's widely acclaimed tribute to Abba is a sensational two hour show of timeless hits from 'Waterloo' to 'Dancing Queen' which will have you dancing in the aisles.

With special guests - The Ultimate Take That

Tickets £25
HEAVEN17 16/12/2017 - 16/12/2017 Grand Hall
HEAVEN 17
Simple Minded

Doors at 7pm
Tickets are £24.00 each.
ELO Again - Return to the Blue Tour 17/12/2017 - 17/12/2017 Grand Hall
Blue Sky Productions proudly presents
ELO AGAIN - RETURN TO THE BLUE TOUR
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ELO's iconic album 'OUT OF THE BLUE'
Happy Mondays - 30th Anniversary 22/12/2017 - 22/12/2017 Grand Hall
The Chicago Blues Brothers - Jingle Blues 23/12/2017 - 23/12/2017 Grand Hall
It’s Christmas and The Chicago Blues Brothers are back with a brand new festive show, 'Jingle Blues’. A powerhouse two-hour song-fest with over 40 hits performed live on stage for the Biggest Christmas Party in town. Celebrate Christmas with this tinsel-tastic party show, featuring a festive feast of Christmas classics performed in the show stopping style that only the Chicago Blues Brothers can deliver.

Infectious, dazzling, riotous, exuberant and spirited, the legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jump-started for a new generation with an energy that’s impossible to resist. The Chicago Blues Brothers are on a mission to make your Christmas start on a festive roller-coaster that will have you clapping until your hands hurt, singing until your voice is hoarse and dancing until your feet ache with an on-stage party you can’t afford to miss.

So remember… it’s a 106 miles to the North pole. We have a show full of hits, half a pack of party poppers , it's snowing and we're wearing santa hats……..HIT IT.

The award-winning Chicago Blues Brothers are Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies and is jam-packed full of songs by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cab Calloway – plus many other blues, soul, Motown and funk classics and a few surprises thrown in along the way. Capturing the sound, energy and persona that propelled the film to a cult status that still thrills audiences worldwide today,



Early Booking offer - £3 off ticket price until 30th September 2017
The Liam Dolan Show 2018 27/01/2018 - 27/01/2018 Palace Theatre
Ticket prices £18/£16 concession, concessions are available to those in receipt of the state pension, registered disabled, full time education or under 16 years old. Other discounts including family tickets (£64) are available but must be booked through the Box Office directly either in person or over the phone on 01563 554900 (option 1)

Moon River & Me 13/02/2018 - 13/02/2018 Grand Hall
Direct from the USA, the only official Andy Williams tribute show starring Jimmy Osmond. This brand new show full of award-winning music, nostalgic footage and special memories of Andy Williams will touch your heart.
Jimmy Osmond began his performing career at the tender age of three with Andy Williams on his television series. This year marks Jimmy’s fiftieth anniversary in show business.
Jimmy will sing the songs that made Andy Williams so beloved by millions including Music To Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Almost There, May Each Day, Days Of Wine And Roses, and, of course, the song that was to become his theme tune, Moon River.
The youngest member of the world-famous Osmond family is joined by The Moon River Band with special guest stars Charlie Green and Emily Penny, and, naturally, a show with an Osmond would not be complete without some of the chart-topping hits that made Jimmy and his brothers famous.
Come and relive the dream with Jimmy Osmond singing the songs of Andy Williams.



Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert 29/05/2018 - 29/05/2018 Grand Hall
I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.
Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.
‘Comedy’s Holy Grail. Go See!’ Sunday Times

Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay

Jason Manford: Muddle Class 12/08/2018 - 12/09/2018 Grand Hall
Jason Manford: Muddleclass

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

Suitable for 13 years and older, due to some strong language used.

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Tickets £27.50



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