The Eastgate Theatre received welcome news on 24th September, when it heard that its application to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund had been successful. A grant of £70,000 has been awarded by Creative Scotland to allow the theatre to protect jobs and continue to employ artists and freelancers between now and the end of March 2021 so that it can continue to deliver the arts experiences so appreciated by the community.
October sees the welcome return of arts classes in dance, drama, yoga and medieval combat offering something for everyone from 3 to 93.
With uncertainty about exactly when it will reopen, but a determination to do so with a creative offering that reflects the new realities of life after lockdown, the Eastgate Theatre has launched a campaign that will enable it to continue contributing to the lives of people of all ages and interests across Tweeddale and beyond.
We look back on another action-packed 12 months at the Eastgate, which included the most significant physical change for the theatre since it opened in 2004.
Folk music fans are expected to flock to Carlops on Saturday 20 July when the village hall will be filled with the sound of modern Scottish folk music performed by harpist Rachel Newton and fiddle player Lauren MacColl.
Edinburgh may hog the headlines when it comes to arts festivals in August, but art lovers don’t have to head to the capital to experience all sorts of activities next month. Running for ten days from Friday 23 August to Sunday 1 September Creative Peebles Festival 2019 celebrates the wealth of creative talent found locally, shining a light on the work of artists, musicians, arts groups, film makers and craftspeople found in this most artistic of towns.
This year’s festival offers not just a host of indoor performances and workshops but also opportunities to explore the often surprising history, architecture, nature and landscape of Peebles through an expanded programme of walks, talks and tours.
Actors, musicians and dancers will take centre stage in a selection of events that begins with Tweed Theatre’s youth performers presenting a new production of Willie Russell’s Blood Brothers on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May. A play version of Russell’s famous musical, it tells the story of twin brothers, separated at birth, who meet up later in life and become best friends.
Between these two performances, on 4 May, Stride Young Dance Company will perform to music written and performed live on stage by members of Nomad Beat Community Music School who have, in turn, taken inspiration from artwork created by Evie Douglas. The project, called Only Connect, part of the Inspiring Life Creative Initiative, explores what happens when art, dance and music connect.
On 23 May, the Eastgate presents the world premiere of Twisted Tales – a collection of three, one-act plays about nasty children devised and performed by the drama students of Peebles High School.
Finally, in All the Stars, the junior pupils (aged 5 – 11) of the Fiona Henderson School of Dance bring the month to a close by performing their now traditional annual dance extravaganza on 25 & 26 May.
This specially choreographed show will display all the new steps the pupils have learned over the past year in a variety of theatrical dances in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, acro, Irish, street and Highland.
Tickets for these and other events during May are available from Box Office on 01721 725777, or online at www.eastgatearts.com
Give a Little, Change a Lot – Article by Laura Day
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Next month marks two years since I became a volunteer usher at the Eastgate Theatre, in Peebles. The Eastgate truly offers something for everybody; whether you’re a film fanatic, avid artist or devoted dancer, there will always be an activity that you are guaranteed to enjoy while helping with the comfort and safety of the audience.
Why do you volunteer and what do you get out of it?
Despite attending classes and events at the Eastgate for many years, I didn’t realise the extent of the role of the volunteer until I began volunteering myself. I chose to volunteer because I wanted to give something back to such an excellent community organisation that has been providing Peeblesshire and beyond with enjoyment for so many years. The benefits of volunteering are universal; however, I truly believe that the Eastgate is one of the best places to offer your services – the friendly atmosphere and encouragement you receive from staff and fellow volunteers of all ages makes the Eastgate a place where I’m proud to part of the volunteer team. I’ve loved interacting with the public, many of whom enjoy engaging in conversation; and being able to experience all sorts of different performances in the auditorium has helped widen my horizons.
Would you encourage others to get involved and why?
For anybody considering volunteering, the Eastgate Theatre offers an enriching and enjoyable experience; you will join an approachable, helpful and enthusiastic community that is passionate about promoting local events and offering excellent customer-service. You’ll develop vital transferable skills such as communication and team-working, as well as building your confidence, and can use your Eastgate experience as part of your Duke of Edinburgh qualification or to strengthen your CV. Regardless of age or experience, you can apply to join the volunteer team today!
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For more information about becoming an Eastgate Theatre volunteer, please contact:
Volunteers Co-ordinator – Cath Shepheard – email@example.com
Heroes is the humorous journey of two performers, Tony Mills and Beverley Grant, as they navigate their way through the unforgiving world of idols, superheroes and celebrity culture. It will be performed at Newlands Activity Centre, Romanno Bridge at 4.30pm on Saturday 23 March as part of the Eastgate Theatre on the Road programme. Heroes will then tour to 16 other theatres and venues across Scotland between Tuesday 26 March and Saturday 27 April 2019.
Heroes delves deep into of the worlds of idols and idolisation, celebrity and celebrity culture and heroes and superheroes; investigating what characterises a celebrity, who society’s hidden superheroes really are and why we are compelled to idolise them.
Asking some profound universal questions with humour, straight talking and lots of graceful, intense and symbolic aerial and circus movement, the performers examine what it really means to be labelled a celebrity, why some will stop at nothing to achieve it; and the process of being thrust into the spotlight and the dramatic and ruthless fall from grace that often results.
Building on the success of their last collaboration, a dance duet called Sprawl, Tony Mills of Room 2 Manoeuvre and Jennifer Paterson of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, are joined by talented dancer and aerialist Beverley Grant.
The advised age for Heroes is 7 years+ Tickets for the performance at Newlands Activity Centre on Saturday 23 March are £8, £6 for under 15s and £25 for a family of 4. They are available now from Eastgate Theatre Box Office 01721 725777 or www.eastgatearts.com or from Newlands Activity Centre on 01968 660980.
The Heroes tour has been made possible with funding from Creative Scotland and support from The Work Room, The Brunton Theatre, Platform and Irish Aerial Creation Centre.
For more information, please contact Maggie Mackay, Marketing Manager, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles EH45 8AD. t. 01721 725777, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Songs include all time favourites such as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and many more.
Producer Simon Fielder was an actor in the original touring and West End show. He said: “Buddy Holly was pivotal in my development as a guitarist and songwriter. Buddy’s music has touched the heart of millions around the world and influenced many famous artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Brian May and many others. This year is especially poignant and will be a show to remember.”
The Buddy Holly and The Cricketers show features authentic arrangements, driving rhythms, energetic performances and skilled musicianship that has audiences dancing in the aisles. It has been delighting audiences for 26 years and has been performed around the world. The show stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK including Jason Shaw as Buddy and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the show appeared on BBC One’s The One and Only, with Graham Norton notably commenting that they were “Buddy Brilliant”
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers Eastgate Theatre, Peebles Friday 8 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 available now from Box Office on 01721 725777 or www.eastgatearts.com
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