The new Sep-Dec brochure from Horsecross Arts raises the curtain on a busy season of music, drama, comedy, dance, film and join-in activities.
Getting the new season off on the right note, an all-star cast of over twenty leading folk artists including Barbara Dickson and Dick Gaughan mark the centenary of WW1 in the powerful and poignant show Far, Far from Ypres in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 30 August. Perth Concert Hall tees off some top live music and chat to welcome golf’s Ryder Cup with an entertaining evening in the company of legendary commentator Peter Alliss followed by a weekend of music with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, The Springsteen Sessions and Big Country. Scottish Chamber Orchestra teams up with rising world music star Soumik Datta for The King of Ghosts. Charismatic duo Pinkie Maclure and John Wills, aka Pumajaw, bring their critically acclaimed combination of songs and visuals, Song Noir to Perth Concert Hall’s Norie-Miller Studio in October.
Classical highlights include the continuation of the popular afternoon Perth Piano Sundays and Lunchtime Concerts as well as the exclusive Perth Concert Series from Scotland’s national orchestras and a fully staged performance of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea by Ryedale Festival Opera. World famous Korean violinist Kyung-Wha Chung makes a much anticipated visit to Perth Concert Hall.
The show goes on while Perth Theatre is closed for restoration and redevelopment with Perth Concert Hall stepping in to present much of the drama offering in the new season.
Sell a Door Theatre’s production of the nation’s favourite novel; Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song will be the first to use the newly constructed proscenium arch on the Perth Concert Hall stage from Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 September. As well as introducing an intimate theatre environment and focusing the audience’s eyes on the action, the creation of the arch allows the use of fly scenery, essential to bigger theatre productions such as this year’s rollercoaster of a traditional family pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Gail Porter stars in Whingeing Women – a frank and funny exposé of modern women for the perfect girls’ night out in Perth Concert Hall in October.
Perth Concert Hall’s Norie-Miller Studio welcomes Johnny McKnight’s risqué and riotous adult comedy Wendy Hoose about two twenty year olds searching for love in all the wrong places on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August. David Hayman stars in Chris Dolan’s referendum themed drama Pitiless Storm.
In a continuation of Perth Theatre’s Out and About programme, the Salutation Hotel hosts Lesley Hart’s The Fundraiser in November. Directed by Robert Jack and designed by Perth Theatre’s associate director for theatre, Kenny Miller, The Fundraiser follows the mixed fortunes of Perthshire girl Clementina Baxter as she locks horns with her celebrity mother in a fundraising showdown to end all showdowns!
Comedy comes courtesy of Ross Noble, Jim Davidson and the sold-out Billy Connolly. Perth Film Society presents a comprehensive series of films from around the world and there are many opportunities to learn a new skill, perfect existing talents and meet new friends in a range of Join-In activities.
And, once again, Christmas is all wrapped up with the finest panto in the land heading a season of festive favourites including The Singing Kettle, Scottish Ensemble, Phil Cunningham and Messiah with the Dunedin Consort.
For full details on the above and much much more in the new season, pick up a Sep-Dec 2014 brochure from Perth Concert Hall from Friday 15 August, call Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 or visit www.horsecross.co.uk.