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welcome When The Beacon’s doors opened for the first time in January 2013 no one knew what to expect. We hoped for a lively atmosphere with lots of first time patrons joining the many loyal supporters of the Arts Guild in enjoying the lovely new facilities; the new Bistro service, a larger and more comfortable Theatre, an accessible and flexible Studio, and a performance programme offering more shows from a broader range of quality companies. In our Preview Season 18,000 people have been to 54 shows, 56,000 have dined in our Bistro, there have been 227 social and business events and 5,500 people took part in a new range of activities offered for all ages. In August at Youth on the Quay, at The Gala Event and at First Beam of Light we celebrated the official opening of this fantastic new facility, with more than 3,000 local participants. Our experience of the Preview Season with a large increase in people using their local art centre, attending performances and events, and taking part in new activities tells us very clearly what to expect: that The Beacon will realise the vision of its huge potential to make Inverclyde a better place to live, to work and to visit. Be part of that vision by reading on to find a wealth of shows to entertain you through to 2014 with the extra special treats of the star studded, family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk and a Hogmanay performance and ceilidh to end the year in style. All of us here at The Beacon look forward to welcoming you during the coming season and whatever your expectations I’m sure you’ll find lots here that you, your friends and your family are all sure to enjoy. Julie Ellen Artistic Director and CEO September 2013 arts centre

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what’s on guide Educating Ronnie

Comedy Drama

Light Entertainment

Comedy Stand-up

Live Music

Drama

Musical Theatre

Dance

Opera

The Wizard of Oz

Tiger Tale

Tiger

Rodelinda

Michael Neto

If These Spasms Could Speak

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Ghosts

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Capitol Big Band

Linwood No More

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Royal Regiment Band

Romeo & Juliet

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A Vision of Elvis

The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam

Hickory Dickory Dock

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Lifeboat

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Vivaldi: The Four Season

Reality

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Barb Jungr & Todd Gordon

Kiss me Honey, Honey

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Daniel Sloss

Jongleurs on the Road

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Craig Hill

Memories are Made of This

Translunar Paradise

The Tailor of Inverness

Des McLean

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Inverclyde Scottish Folk & Roots Festival

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The Karpenters

Grease

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Singin’ in the Rain

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51 Shades of Maggie

Hairy McLary

Something Old, Something New

More Sky Than We Need

MacFloyd

Goldilock and the Three Bears

Platypus in Boots

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jack & the Beanstalk Pantomime

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The Nearly New Year Hogmany Show

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Activities at the Beacon

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Events at the Beacon/the Beacon Bistro

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Booking Information

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Access to the Beacon

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the beacon is a ve The Beacon Arts Centre, opened in January 2013, is one of the finest new arts venues in the UK. The Beacon is the replacement for the Greenock Arts Guild Theatre which has served the community of Inverclyde well, for 65 years. The Beacon is situated at Custom House Quay in Greenock and overlooks the River Clyde estuary towards the hills of Argyll and Dunbartonshire. There can be few theatres in the country which enjoy such a spectacular location. The Beacon is a significant new addition to the Scottish theatre and arts scene and is a venue of choice for touring productions as well as being a vibrant hub for the local community theatre groups.

doing something extraordinary

The Beacon’s mission is to be a landmark resource for cultural life in Scotland, a unique hub for the arts in which to be entertained by an inspiring range of events. It will enhance the enjoyment and cultural experience of all who use it, helping make Inverclyde a more attractive place to live, to establish a business and to visit.

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To fulfil this mission we aim to • Present a broad, high quality artistic programme • Help develop middle-scale touring throughout Scotland • Be a key part of Scotland’s arts and culture infrastructure • Deliver a significant outreach activity programme • House and support existing or new arts education activity • Be a social hub • Provide local community and amateur groups with the highest quality platform • Support local artists and attract new ones • Be a centre for learning

enriching people’s lives

In developing the concept for The Beacon our research identified two areas of outstanding social need locally that we wish to address; young people at risk of social exclusion and people with a history of mental health problems. The Beacon Bistro engages, as part of its team, people who have a history of mental health problems which have excluded them from the workplace. The income generated from the Bistro is reinvested into our youth theatre and education outreach activities which work deep within the communities of Inverclyde


very special place where young people are at high risk of social exclusion. We aim to introduce a rolling programme which will allow excluded adults and young people to engage in all the areas of our arts activities.

be part of it

We are now appealing to you, our audience to make a contribution, large or small, to our Stage & Light Appeal and to help us raise the final £100,000 required to equip The Beacon. Your contribution is vital to help us: • Welcome the best productions by national companies • Enable us to promote community performances at a reasonable cost • Save from expensive equipment hire • Keep our ticket prices at affordable levels for all • Ensure that we can offer more performances to our Inverclyde audience • Fully equip the Beacon, allowing it to fulfil its potential as a vibrant community hub

take a seat in the beacon

We are offering our patrons a unique opportunity to purchase a brand new seat in our main auditorium. A seat at The Beacon is a unique present to give or receive. Whether you want to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or Christmas, buy one for a loved one, a dearly departed friend or your children, we’ve seen people buy seats for all sorts of reasons. Seat buyers support our Stage and Light Appeal which enables us to equip The Beacon with the tools we require to create the magic of theatre. In return for your generous support, you will have your own personalised plaque displayed on one of our luxury seats. You can take a seat at The Beacon for just £500 and if you’d rather not pay it all in one go you can pay in instalments of £10 per month for 60 months. To take your seat, please send us your personalised plaque inscription of up to 39 characters along with your donation.

If you wish to help make a difference please send a cheque made payable to ‘The Beacon Arts Centre’, call us on 01475 723723, email info@beaconartscentre.co.uk or visit www.beaconartscentre.co.uk autumn/winter 2013

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MacRobert Present

Greenock Players Present

Educating Ronnie

The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday 18th September 7:30pm

Thursday 18th – Saturday 21st September 7:30pm each night (2:30pm Matinee on Sat 21st)

Full: £10.00 Concession £8.00 Studio Theatre

Created by Joe Douglas and Gareth Nicholls, produced by macrobert and Utter.

Full: £15.00 Concession: £12.00 (Concession available on Thursday and Saturday Matinee only) Main Theatre

In 2002, Joe went on a gap year trip to Uganda, to visit an aunt who was working for a charity. Amidst the six week blur of safaris, white-water rafting and orphanages, Joe made friends with Ronnie....Ronnie was 16, Joe was 18. They were both the eldest sons of large families. They both supported Manchester United. Six months later, back in Manchester, Joe got a text:

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires.

“Brother my sponsor has pulled out on me and I want to stay in school. Can you help? Ronnie x”

Background Music by Herbert Stothart.

That text was to change both of their lives and inextricably link them together. An astonishing true story performed by Joe himself, Educating Ronnie takes place over a decade: 4000 miles apart and thousands of pounds invested, it explores the murky processes behind bettering oneself in Uganda.

Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay.

2012 Winner - Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe “As thought-provoking as they come” «««« The Independent

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The Greenock Players perform the R.S.C version of the MGM Classic The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum with music & lyrics of the motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y Harburg. Dance and Vocal arrangement by Peter Howard.


Barrowland Ballet Present

Barrowland Ballet Present

Tiger Tale

Tiger

Saturday 21st September 3:00pm

Saturday 21st September 8:00pm

Adults: £8.00 Kids: £5.00

Full: £10.00 Concession: £8.00

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre

Bored and lonely Poppy longs for someone to play with, mum is too busy cleaning and never goes outside, dad is always working striving for success. Then Poppy’s and her parent’s world is turned upside down when a tiger comes to stay. Bringing chaos, danger and an awful lot of fun their guest slowly reminds them what it is they love about one another. Sometimes everyone needs a tiger in their lives.

Tiger is the story of a family who have ceased to function; a girl who longs for someone to play with, a mother who has forgotten what it’s like to go outside and a father obsessed with success. A family whose everyday world is turned upside down when a tiger comes to stay. Chaotic, dangerous and an awful lot of fun their guest slowly makes them remember what it is they love about one another. Sometimes everyone needs a tiger in their lives.

Tiger Tale is a Barrowland Ballet dance theatre production with live music by Kim Moore and co-created by Natasha Gilmore and Rob Evans.

Tiger is a Barrowland Ballet dance theatre production with live music by Kim Moore and co-created by Natasha Gilmore and Rob Evans.

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Scottish Opera Present

Michael Neto

Rodelinda by Handel

UPCLOSE

Thursday 26th September 7:30pm

Friday 27th September 2013 7:30pm

Full: £14.00 Under 26’s: £5.00

Full: £10.00 Concession: £8.00

Main Theatre

Studio Theatre

New Production. Sung in English.

Michael Neto is the first ever magician to win the title of Scottish Close-Up Magic Champion four years running, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Director Chris Rolls and designer Oliver Townsend use their extensive theatrical expertise to capture the drama, and the elegance, of one of Handel’s most successful operas. Against a backdrop of faded Baroque grandeur, a cast of very contemporary characters tells a compelling tale of tyranny, love and the corrupting nature of power. Bertarido, King of Lombardy, has been defeated in battle and his enemy Grimoaldo has seized his throne. Bertarido’s queen, Rodelinda, mourns bitterly, little knowing that her husband is feigning death in order to exact revenge. Alone in a world of ruthless Machiavellian intrigue, where every wall has ears, she agrees to marry Grimoaldo. Distraught, Bertarido dismisses her as faithless, but allegiances change in the flick of a knife, and nothing is ever quite what it seems. Touring 16 of Scotland’s smaller venues in Autumn 2013, Rodelinda is accompanied by three instrumentalists – on harpsichord, violin and cello.

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He is a Portuguese artist based in Glasgow recognised for his unique, mind blowing and often hilarious performances. Don’t miss out on Michael Neto’s non-stop roller coaster ride of magic and pure entertainment. “Fantastic” ««««« – The Skinny “Jaw-dropping” ««««« – Edinburgh Spotlight “Sublime” ««««« – The Edinburgh Reporter


Robert Softley in Association with The Arches Present

Sell a Door Present

If These Spasms Could Speak

Ghosts

Saturday 28th September 2013 7:30pm

Tuesday 1st October 7:30pm

Full: £10.00 Concession: £8.00

Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00

Studio Theatre

By Henrik Ibsen.

We know you want to look, to stare even. It’s OK. You’re allowed.

Adapted by Alfred Enoch from William Archer’s translation.

If These Spasms Could Speak comes to Greenock after a full run at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. An outstanding solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies.

Helen Alving is trapped in a world where the ‘dead ideas’ preached by Pastor Manders rule outright, and her own family’s insidious legacy threatens scandal. She is desperately trying to conceal her husband’s philandering past by building an orphanage in his name, under the pastor’s guiding hand. But the celebrated return of her estranged son Oswald brings Helen’s ghosts back to haunt her, and all hopes of success are reduced to ashes.

Created and performed by actor Robert Softley (co-creator of National Theatre of Scotland’s Girl X) this show was a sell-out hit at the Arches’ BEHAVIOUR festival in 2012 and Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. “Fine, fierce and inspirationa” «««« – Herald “A strong, sexy sense of the sheer value and beauty of life... [making] us see our own, with completely fresh eyes” «««« – Scotsman “Brilliantly funny - a canny and engaging performer. It's a pleasure to hear stories that are still often unspoken articulated so openly and so well,” «««« – FEST

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Though penned in 1881, it is not hard for us to see the parallels in our own society; the pious leaders of the past replaced with our own custodians of the status quo, and money their new religion. Alfred Enoch, best known for playing Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter franchise, masterfully adapts Ibsen’s Ghosts for its autumn tour 2013.

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Capitol Big Band Present

White Stag Productions Present

Capitol Big Band Concert

Linwood No More

Thursday 3rd October 7:30pm

Thursday 3rd October 7:30pm

All Tickets: £8.00

Full: £10.00 Concession: £8.00

Main Theatre (Seating Unreserved)

A Tribute to the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and the Big Bands with Vocalists Heather Whiteford & Tommy Reid. The music of the Big Band Era was the culmination of over thirty years of musical development. The music was so innovative and different that it literally swept the world, changing the musical styles of nearly every country. Capitol Big Band will make your feet tap and your heart race with excitement when they perform on The Beacons main stage for the first time.

Studio Theatre

It’s the year 2013, 50 years since the first Hillman Imp motor car was produced at Linwood near Paisley, with the prospect of 9,000 jobs. Plays and books have been written on the subject and documentaries are being shown to celebrate the Imp’s achievements. But it no longer exists. The jobs redundant. Linwood is no more. A barren wasteland. The irony of the 50th birthday celebrations awaken the memories of a local, homeless, alcoholic who looks back fondly to happier times as a worker at the factory in 1965, only to face demons of two major events that changed his life for ever. The story is told with warmth and humour. Linwood no more is a one hour play for one actor - using images and film of the Linwood story, from 1963 to the present day.

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Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Preservation Group Present

Bard in the Botanics Present

The Royal Regiment of Scotland Concert

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Friday 4th October 7:30pm

Friday 4th October 7:30pm

Stall & Upper Circle: £12.00 Centre Circle: £15.00

Full: £10.00 Concession: £8.00

Main Theatre

“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume”.

The Scottish soldier is inextricably linked with the imagery of pipes and drums, with a long tradition of marching with a military band; as early as 1763 there is mention of a band of music in the 1st or Royal Regiment of Foot. The role of the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland is to support the Army and the State and all ceremonial occasions that occur in Edinburgh and beyond. The Royal Regiment of Scotland Band will hold a concert at the Beacon Arts Centre on 4th October 2013. It is a charity concert with proceeds going to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust, a registered Scottish Charity, a donation from the proceeds will also go to the Soldiers Charity.

Studio Theatre

An ancient feud between the Capulets and Montagues rips apart the city of Verona. A young generation, caught up in its violence and hatred, perpetuates a situation over which they have no control. When Romeo and Juliet, children of the two mortal enemies, meet and fall passionately in love, they set in motion a chain of events that will destroy not only themselves but many of their friends. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, this 5-star production retells Shakespeare’s enduring story through the eyes of a younger generation betrayed by their elders and struggling to make sense of their emotions in a world they haven’t created.

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Morningside Management Present

Wee Stories Present

A Vision of Elvis

Hickory Dickory Dock

Saturday 5th October 7:30pm

Saturday 5th October

All Tickets: £18.50

Adults: £7.00 Kids: £5.00

Main Theatre

Studio Theatre

Rob Kingsley - “A Vision Of Elvis”

Once upon a time … that’s the way most good stories begin and this story starts that way too, which is just as well as it is a story all about time.

“A Vision of Elvis” is now accepted as one the world’s leading touring Elvis productions. Celebrating all the music of Elvis Presley in a respectful and enjoyable way, from Sun Studio’s through to 68 Comeback with the finale being the Concert Years, and engaging audiences with an uplifting and authentic experience. Fresh from a smash hit tour of Europe “A Vision of Elvis” returns to the UK to bring Elvis fans old and new a night not to be missed. Rob Kingsley has the total package - the look... the sound... the charisma, and together with his spectacular live band, this show leaves the audience in no doubt that they are witnessing a truly authentic Elvis show. So if you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by some of the best music around, then “A Vision of Elvis” is definitely for you! “A Vision of Elvis” - is the only Elvis show to see.

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2:00pm

The latest new theatre piece from Wee Stories tells the story of what happens in a remote village when all the clocks go haywire. With original music and puppetry, Hickory and Dickory Dock is a tale of ingenuity, invention and surprises. “Artlessly accomplished mix of crafted narrative, imaginatively-detailed staging and uncondescending, versatile performances” – The Herald (on The Sun, the Moon and a boy called River) Illustration by Teresa Flavin.


Random Accomplice Present

Catherine Wheels Present

The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam

Lifeboat

Monday 7th October 7:30pm

7:30pm

Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00 Main Theatre

From Random Accomplice, the company that brought you «««« Double Nugget, «««« Smalltown and ««««« Promises Promises comes the return of ‘The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam’, the 2012 production nominated for two Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Sam McTannan is a typical 15 year old, with one exception. Sam is a Superhero! He can literally turn See-Thru when it suits him, only today something is wrong. In Superhero comics they would call it a blip. Sam’s powers are failing him and the people he doesn’t want to see him, start paying him too much attention. With breath-taking animation throughout the production, The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam is the story of an ordinary boy whose extraordinary life falls apart after the death of his parents.

Tuesday 8th October Full: £7.00 Concession: £5.00 Main Theatre

By Nicola McCartney An original story of courage, survival and enduring friendship. Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship. On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived. Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cumming, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

A heartbreaking, life affirming comedy about life, love and being a total loser. Contains some strong language.

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La Serenissima present

Rusty Boat Theatre Company

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Reality

Friday 11th October 7:30pm

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th October 2013 7:30pm

All Tickets: £16.00

All Tickets: £5.00

Main Theatre

Studio Theatre

Director/violin: Adrian Chandler.

Rusty Boat Theatre Company is for young people in Inverclyde, based in Port Glasgow. Rusty Boat specialise in making theatre using a range of different art forms and techniques.

Violin: Colin Scobie. Vivaldi’s fabulous programmatic concertos depicting the Four Seasons are offset by one of his splendid operatic sinfonias and two virtuosic concertos; one for 2 violins and then the great Grosso Mogul concerto for violin and orchestra. La Serenissima are no stranger to Scotland and were the first ensemble to perform and record the recently discovered flute concerto that was found in Edinburgh. La Serenissima’s latest recording has recently been featured as CD of the Week on Classic FM, as well as appearing as CD of the Week in the Daily Telegraph and CD of the Month in the BBC Music Magazine. This programme is a tour de force of virtuosity. Photo by Benjamin Harte.

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As part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival Rusty Boat are presenting a piece which will explore the theme of Reality and what reality means to young people today. It will explore differing viewpoints of what people perceive as real – only by analysing our own reality can true transformation begin. Scott Ryan Vickers of River City fame will be helping to direct and produce this performance.


Gilded Balloon Present

Barb Jungr & Todd Gordon The Great & The New American Songbooks

Kiss me Honey, Honey

Saturday 12th October

Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00

7:30pm

Main Theatre

All tickets: £16.00

A new play by Philip Meeks, writer of last year’s sell out Fringe hit “Murder, Marple and Me”.

Main Theatre

Accompanied by Simon Wallace. Spectacular, internationally acclaimed song stylist Barb Jungr - famed for her unique, groundbreaking work - performs the best of New American Songbook: Dylan, Cohen and Joni Mitchell and more. Barb has seven CDs on Linn and two on Naim Jazz. With Britain’s finest jazz/swing singer, Todd Gordon, who gives his exuberant take on the classic songwriting giants of an earlier generation: Porter, Gershwin, Berlin and more. “Mesmerising” – New York Times “Todd’s voice can really tell a story” – Jamie Cullum

Monday 14th October 7:30pm

Two very different men of a certain age find themselves down at heel and living in grim a-joining bed sits ruled by a ferocious landlady. Forming an unlikely friendship through a shared love of Shirley Bassey, they set forth together on a hilarious search for the women of their dreams. Directed by Sam Kane and starring acclaimed Scottish actors Andy Grey and Grant Stott as Ross and Graham...and the multitude of weird and wonderful women in their lives. “Such is the scale of Gray’s light-entertainment fame in Scotland that it’s easy to overlook his credentials as a straight actor.” – Mark Fisher “Andy Gray is quite simply a performer who can do it all...I luv him” – Elaine C Smith “The Perfect Villain we love to hate” – The Public Reviews on Grant Stott

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Live Nation Present

Jongleurs Comedy Clubs Present

Daniel Sloss with support from Kai Humphries

Jongleurs on the Road

Thursday 17th October 8:00pm

Friday 18th October 8:00pm Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00

Full: £13.00 Concession: £10.00

Main Theatre

Main Theatre

The world-famous comedy club at Beacon Arts Centre for one night only, with another superb line up from the best of the British stand-up circuit.

The new, hilarious show from comedy’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning half-man-half-Xbox, direct from his 6th consecutive sold out Edinburgh Fringe and hot on the heels of a massive year of live touring, television appearances and his debut DVD release … BOOK EARLY! “Hysterical… A stunning show of observational humour.” – Sunday Express “Charming, self-deprecating and genuinely funny.” – Time Out “For those who still view him as a precocious comedy boychild, Daniel Sloss has suddenly become a strong man of stand-up… Has them rolling in the aisles.” «««« – Scotsman “A star in the making…Unstoppable!” – Telegraph

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During this hilarious evening three comedians and a compère will take to the stage to tickle your funny bone – keep an eye on our website for full details of the line-up. This is the perfect way to get your weekend off to a hilarious start!


MZA & Chill Present

Timeless Theatre Present

Craig Hill – Tartan About!

Memories are Made of This

Saturday 19th October 7:30pm

Wednesday 23rd October 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Full: £14.00 Concession: £12.00

Full: £14.00 Concession: £12.00

Main Theatre

Main Theatre

Kilty as charged!!! Hot on the heels of last year’s hysterically funny, sold out national tour, don’t miss the chance to see Scotland’s favourite Craig Hill’s new show “Tartan About!” – live and unleashed! The Scotsman said that “Hill live is a revelation” and we absolutely agree - it’s a wickedly delicious evening of pure, unadulterated fun.

Nostalgia just doesn’t come any better! Another sensational show from the producers of ‘Memory Lane’, ‘All our Yesterdays’ and ‘Rolling back the Years’.

Book early! “This is one Highland Fling you’ll never regret… or forget!” – Adelaide Advertiser “Funny as hell.” – Scotland On Sunday “High-octane… Irresistible…A laughout-loud performance from beginning to end…A cracking show!” – List “Class. Risque, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Absolutely hilarious!” – Evening News “A hilarious show… Brilliant!” – Daily Record “Riotously funny.” – Independent

One of the biggest shows of its kind in the UK, taking the audience on a thrilling and breathtaking musical journey through the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Stunning costumes! Brilliant choreography! ‘West End’ and international vocalists, along with the stunning ‘Memory Lane’ dancers perform some of the greatest hits from each decade including Swing, Country and Western, Movies and Musicals to name but a few. Includes songs by Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Abba, Barry Manilow, Jersey Boys, Michael Buble and many more. “Bright, colourful, slick,...gave the audience just what they wanted.” – Leicester Mercury “You shouldn’t miss it!!!” – Aberdeen Evening Express “A sure-fire hit.” – Sunderland Echo

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Theatre Ad Infinitum Present

Dogstar Theatre Present

Translunar Paradise

The Tailor of Inverness

Wednesday 23rd October 7:00pm

Thursday 24th October 7:30pm

Full: £10.00 Concession: £8.00 Seniors: £5.00

Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00 Schools: £5.00

Studio Theatre

Main Theatre

Part of Luminate Festival.

Winner of the 2009 Best Actor Award from the Scottish Critics, a Scotsman Fringe First and the 2008 Stage Best Solo Performer Award, Matthew Zajac’s phenomenal play about his Polish father has entranced audiences across the world. With a stunning violin accompaniment, The Tailor of Inverness comes to Greenock for the first time, telling an extraordinary and moving story of survival in war-torn Europe.

Experience a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. Using a live accordion accompaniment, this exquisite piece of mask and movement theatre was a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed sellout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Theatre Ad Infinitum is an award-winning international ensemble based in London, developing new and original theatre for a multi-cultural audience.

First Scottish performances since 2010 – copies of Matthew’s new book on the story, published by Sandstone Press, will be available in the foyer. “A towering piece of work with a glorious performance from the author.” – Irish Sunday Independent “A universal work of theatre.” – Sunday Herald “A triumph” – The Observer “Compelling and magical.” – Edinburgh Evening News “Deeply affecting” – London Evening Standard “Don’t miss it.” – Radio Adelaide

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The Comedians Present

Riverside Inverclyde Present

Des McLean

Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival: Across The Generations

Friday 25th October 7:30pm Full: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Main Theatre

Glasgow funnyman Des McLean is back for 2013, fresh from his critically acclaimed nationwide tour of “I,Tommy” Des returns to Greenock doing what he loves best, making people laugh, The Sony award winning presenter, actor and comedian has always been a huge favourite here, so get your tickets early for this one. None other than Billy Connolly rates him as his favourite comedian. “A virtuoso performance.” – Chortle “As comedy goes, McLean is pure gold.” – Evening Times

Starting Saturday 26th October Main Theatre Shows: 7:30pm Studio Shows: 8:00pm Studio Theatre: £7.50 (Advance Tickets £5) Main Theatre: £12.50 (Advance Tickets £10) Main & Studio Theatre

A national and local showcase of Folk & Roots music, courtesy of Creative Scotland and Riverside Inverclyde for five consecutive weekends from 26th October. There is something for all musical tastes and all ages, with a superb ticket price. Great value nights out – book now! 26 Oct Karen Matheson Band, support from Yvonne Lyon – Main Theatre. Roy Henderson, support from John Morgan, Gordon Mackenzie & Martin Jones – Studio Theatre. 2 Nov The Duncan McCrone Band, support from Lynnie Carson – Studio Theatre. 8 Nov Ted Christopher Band, support from Reely Jiggered – Studio Theatre. 9 Nov Scocha, support from The Wherries – Studio Theatre 16 Nov String Driven Things, support from Ten Gallon Bratz – Studio Theatre. 23 Nov Alphabetical Order Orchestra, support from Slippery Elm – Main Theatre. Alastair McDonald, support from Davy Nicol – Studio Theatre. autumn/winter 2013

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Morningside Management Present

Kayos Theatre Present

The Karpenters

Grease

Sunday 27th October

Tuesday 29th October – Saturday 2nd November

7:30pm All Tickets: £17.50 Main Theatre

7:30pm each night (2:30pm matinee on Sat 2nd)

Beautiful music, fond memories, and nostalgic moments – it really is all about “Yesterday Once More”, and with The Karpenters, that’s exactly what you get!

Full: £15.00 Concession: £12.00 (concession available on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat Matinee only)

Richard and Karen Carpenter set a new standard of music in the 1970s, when The Carpenters enjoyed unrivalled chart success and became established favourites all over the world. Their music is rich, distinctive, and timeless.

After their incredibly successful sell out run of Les Miserables in March Kayos are back with the amazingly popular rock and roll show Grease, made famous by the Film starring Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, it has become a cult classic.

Now, Laurie Briggs and Jason Scott as The Karpenters recreate the music and the magic of those times. Together with the sensational Karpenters Band, they perform all the wonderful songs The Carpenters made so famous, and provide you with an evening of outstanding entertainment!

Show stopping numbers such as “Grease Lightning” “You are the One that I Want” and “Summer Nights” will have you dancing in the Aisles along with the talented cast.

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Main Theatre

This show is bound to be a sell-out, so get your tickets as soon as possible.


Greenock Light Opera Club Present

Robert C Kelly & Martin Lynch Present

Singin’ in the Rain

51 Shades of Maggie

Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th November 7:30pm each night with 2:30pm matinee on Sat 9th

Sunday 10th November 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Full Price: £16.00 Concession: £ 12.00 (Concession available on Thursday and Saturday Matinee only)

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Greenock Light Opera Club come to The Beacon with 4 performances of the MGM Classic Singin’ in the Rain. Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies and some of its stars behind.

All Tickets: £18.00 Fifty One Shades of Maggie is the Number 1 best selling spoof play of 50 Shades of Grey and tells the story of loveable Maggie and her search for love. Maggie is a working class girl who knows what she wants in a man, however she has been let down in love by all the men in her life. Attending an interview at the Social Security Office Maggie meets the man of her dreams, the handsome and hunky Mr Big!

This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one the world’s best loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

Does Mr Big turn out to be the man of her dreams, or will his “Private Room of Pain” put her off?

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger ltd. On behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

This is the perfect girly night out with your friends for the best night at the theatre you’ve had in ages…

This hilarious new play full of naughty bits will have you laughing out loud. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips!

Prepare for the funniest, sexiest (and maybe dirtiest) show of 2013. Contains strong language.

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Nonsense Room Productions Present

David Hughes Dance Present

Hairy Maclary & Friends

Something Old, Something New

Saturday 16th November 2:00pm

Sunday 17th November 2013

Full: £9.00 Concession: £8.00 Family of 4: £32.00

7:30pm

Main Theatre

David Hughes Dance will stimulate audiences with an evening of pure dance delight, presenting a mixed programme featuring four works from genuine icons of dance.

‘Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.’ Anyone with young children will recognise these immortal words instantly as the opening lines of the book ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd. 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. Launched at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, Hairy Maclary & Friends has toured extensively in the UK and Australia including a Christmas season at the Sydney Opera House! ««««« “Fans of the storybooks cannot fail to enjoy this performance and every child should see this.” – ONE4REVIEW

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Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00 Main theatre

Adagietto is a Graham-based solo by the godfather of UK modern dance Bob Cohan. It tells the story of the betrayal of Saint Sebastian. Spitfire was the first hit by the world renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne. It places Perrot’s famous pas de quatre in the world of men’s underwear advertising and mail order catalogues. Tanja Liedtke’s quirky and athletic tribute to ‘Les Sylphides’, Imploded - Une Reverie Romatique has the dancers decked out in retro sports kit whilst assuming the attributes of mischievous sylphs in the moonlight. Finally, seminal choreographer Cathy Marston (BERN:Ballett) will present a new commission inspired by ‘that Scottish play’ - Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Refraining from approaching the entire plot, Marston is inspired by the ‘sleepwalking scene’.


Plan B Present

MacFloyd

More Sky than we need

The Dark Side of the Moon: 40th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday 20th November Full: £12.00 Concession: £10.00 Main Theatre

Following on from the hugely popular Shoogle Project, plan B are back in 2013 with More Sky Than We Need - a beautiful and serene meditation on the vast clouds above us and the immense space within us. A reflective and breath-taking piece, exploring how the natural wonders above dictate our moods, thoughts and actions. Preceding the performance plan B will screen their dance film Away From Here. A collaboration between plan B and multi-award winning Goat Media. Reviews for The Shoogle Project: «««« – The Scotsman «««« – The Herald Plan B is funded by Creative Scotland and Highland Leader.

Saturday 21st November 7:30pm Full Price: £15.00 Concession: £13.00 Main Theatre

MacFloyd (Scottish Pink Floyd) bring their show to the new Beacon Theatre in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Floyd’s classic “The Dark Side of the Moon” album which will see them perform this masterpiece in its entirety. The show will also include a varied mix of Floyd classics including material from “Wish you were here”, “The Wall” and “The Division Bell” albums. In a show lasting over 2 hours you will witness a level of musicianship that is second to none ensuring MacFloyd’s position as arguably the best Pink Floyd cover band in the UK. The fans are in for the usual display of 70’s psychedelia, lasers and special effects. Along with an impressive light show, the band take pride in performing all the Floyd numbers with great accuracy thanks to a talented line up of 3 lead/backing vocalists and guitarists performing with real passion. Only this way MacFloyd are able to perform every detail in Pink Floyd’s music completely live! MacFloyd will take you on a journey which promises to transport you back to those spectacular times. autumn/winter 2013

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Greenock Players Present

Scottish Opera Present

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

Platypus in Boots

Friday 29th November – Saturday 7th December 7:30pm each night with 2:30pm Matinees on Sat 30th & 7th

Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th December 10:00am and 1:00pm each day

All Tickets: £10.00

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A new, interactive musical adventure for 3 to 5 year olds, Platypus in Boots is created by writer and theatre-maker Martin O’Connor, and Rachel Drury.

The Greenock Players perform their 65th Annual Panto. Audiences will enjoy all of the classic Pantomime ingredients, lively singing and dancing, bright costumes, slapstick, and jokes so bad they are funny. And more importantly, the Greenock Players will ensure that everyone in the audience enjoys themselves. Tickets always sell fast, book now! Tickets available from Greenock Players GoldilocksGP13@hotmail.co.uk

Adults: £5 Kids: £3.00 Schools and Nurseries £3.00

Sydney the Platypus has travelled all the way from Australia to visit Glasgow and see snow for the first time. But it’s not easy being a tourist, especially when you look a little different and can’t understand the local lingo. All in all he’s a bit of a fish out of water, in desperate need of some friends. Come and help him find his way around the city and make his holiday one to remember! A fun-filled mix of music, comedy and puppets, Platypus in Boots is based on the misunderstandings that can come from words – but is ultimately a celebration of differences. With a host of Glasgow characters, snowball fights and a Brussels Sprout Von Trapp singalong, it’s Christmas but not quite as we know it…

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Nononsense Productions Present

It’s a Wonderful life Thursday 19th December – Sunday 22nd December 2013 7:30pm each night (with 2:30pm Matinee on Sunday 22nd) Full: £7.00 Concession: £6:00 (Concession available on Sunday Matinee Only) Studio theatre

The story of the most inspirational film of all time. The heart-warming American family classic. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is brought to the stage in a Live Radio Play. Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the characters of 1940s radio actors, who in turn portray the dozens of characters of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Featuring period music and live sound effects this performance is a rare opportunity to see how a 1940s radio broadcast was produced.

The Nearly New Year Hogmanay Show Tuesday 31st December 2013 8:00pm Tickets: £16.00 - £20.00 Main Theatre

Join us for our “Nearly New Year Hogmanay Show” starring Alan Beck (Caledon) and his wife, the fabulous Polly Kirwan Beck. Accompanied by one of the country’s top ceilidh bands, the sensational Flung Aboot, and featuring the haunting music of the Bagpipes with some traditional Scottish Country Dancing thrown in to boot, the evening promises to be the ideal preparation for “The Bells”. Packed with beautiful Scottish melodies such as Loch Lomond and Ye Banks And Braes mixed with the toe-tapping standards of Kenneth McKellar and Sir Harry Lauder and the soaring phrases of Highland Cathedral this will be an evening of great singing and great songs – the perfect way to Step We Gaily into 2014 – a great traditional night suitable for all the family and an experience not to be missed! Bring in the bells at The Beacon – continue your New Year celebrations with us after the performance; call us on 01475 723723 for more info & to book.

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a giant of a panto for “Fee Fi Fo Fum, the Giant’s here, the Giant’s come I smell the blood, I hear the noise Of Grotty Greenock Girls and Boys!”

Gary Lamont

Scott Fletcher

Leah MacRae

Paul James Corrigan

Paul Harper Swan

Samantha Shields

Harry Ward

STARRING River City’s Gary Lamont as Cowgirl Dame of the Milk Bar, Marge O’ Reen The Bean flingin’ Jack is played by Gary Tank Commander’s Scott Fletcher River City’s Paul James Corrigan as Jack’s lovable wee brother, Angus Rhyming baddie zapper Fairy Flapper is played by Gary Tank Commander’s Leah MacRae WITH Paul Harper Swan, Harry Ward & Craig Anthony Ralston


ntomime or inverclyde… This Christmas The Beacon is proud to present Jack & The Beanstalk, in a magical version conjured up by Alan McHugh. With its cast of stars this fun filled family adventure is sure to have to you on the edge of your seat. Join Jack in saving Retropolis and its citizens from the Giant, a tyrant who lives in his castle in Stratospheria, the land of superheroes way up in the clouds. Our Jack may dream of being a superhero but he’s going to need your help to turn beans into cash, do battle with the giant and get Princess Lulu and Moo-Moo the cow all safely back home.

SHOW TIMES Friday 13th December...........................7:00pm Saturday 14th December.......................3:00pm Saturday 14th December.......................7:00pm Sunday 15th December.........................1:30pm Sunday 15th December.........................5:30pm Tuesday 17th December........................7:00pm Wednesday 18th December...................7:00pm Friday 20th December...........................7:00pm Saturday 21st December.......................3:00pm Saturday 21st December.......................7:00pm Sunday 22nd December........................1:30pm Sunday 22nd December........................5:30pm Monday 23rd December........................7:00pm Tuesday 24th December........................1:30pm Tuesday 24th December........................5:30pm Thursday 26th December .....................3:00pm Thursday 26th December......................7:00pm Friday 27th December...........................3:00pm Friday 27th December...........................7:00pm Saturday 28th December.......................3:00pm Saturday 28th December.......................7:00pm Sunday 29th December.........................1:30pm Sunday 29th December.........................5:30pm Monday 30th December........................3:00pm Monday 30th December........................7:00pm Tuesday 31st December.........................1:30pm Tuesday 31st December.........................5:30pm Thursday 2nd January...........................3:00pm Thursday 2nd January...........................7:00pm Friday 3rd January................................3:00pm

BAND 1 BAND 2 BAND 3

Friday 3rd January................................7:00pm

PEAK ADULT

£18.00

£15.00

£12.00

Saturday 4th January............................3:00pm

PEAK CHILD

£16.00

£13.00

£10.00

Saturday 4th January............................7:00pm

OFF PEAK ADULT

£16.00

£13.00

£10.00

OFF PEAK CHILD

£14.00

£11.00

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Peak performances are highlighted in orange.

info@beaconartscentre.co.uk www.beaconartscentre.co.uk

BOOK NOW 01475 723723


activitie foreveryone

Looking to improve your skills or simply try something new? Our activities for adults are a great way to develop a skill and meet new people. You don’t need any experience so come and join us! Booking is essential for all activity sessions, please call 01475 723723 for more information.

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Life Drawing

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The Platinum Project – Beacon Dance

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We invite you to join in and be a part of something amazing. A great opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and most importantly it’s plenty of fun for all. Booking is essential for all classes, please call 01475 723723 for more information.

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First Steps – Beacon Dance

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2 – 4 years

Micro Movers – Beacon Dance

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7 – 11 years

Creative Movement – Beacon Dance

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5 – 14 years

Jazz/Disco – Beacon Dance

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5 – 14+ years

Ballet – Beacon Dance

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14 – 21 years

Contemporary Dance Technique – Beacon Dance

Tuesday

7 – 14 years

Street Dance – Beacon Dance

Tuesday

14 – 21 years

Beacon Youth Dance Company

Thursday

18 months – 2½ years Beacon Art –Mini

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5 – 8 years

Beacon Art –Midi

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9 – 11 years

Beacon Art –Maxi

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5 – 21 years

Beacon Youth Theatre

Saturday

We have a range of other activities for all ages which we will be introducing later in the season. Please contact us to find out more: • Stage Combat

• Creative Writing

• Beat Boxing

• Music

• Street Art

• Singing

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Booking an event at Beacon Arts Centre couldn’t be easier; with a straight forward booking process and highly trained staff on hand to answer any queries, you will feel assured that we can help bring your vision to life.

“We have three large rooms, each have spectacular views over the firth of Clyde”

Whether you are planning a performance or a special event, you will find that our warm and friendly staff provide professional and quality service, uniquely tuned for the tone of your occasion. You can book any kind of event at The Beacon. As well as being Inverclyde’s home to the arts, we also provide facilities for Weddings, Events, Business Conferences, Performance, Classes, Clubs and everything in between. You can expect to receive nothing but the best for your event, and with our unique river views and relaxing atmosphere you will be immersed in the heart of Inverclyde’s newest creative environment. We have 3 large rooms, each have spectacular views over the firth of Clyde; these rooms are suitable for use as rehearsal or meeting space or can be conjoined into a function or conference suite for up to 170 dinner guests. When you book an event in one of our exclusive private suites we will be able to offer you a full catering service to suit your needs and budget. We offer catering for Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Conferences and a variety of other events. We offer specially selected menus for any event; menus can also be tailored to suit your needs. To enquire about booking your event with us, please contact Box Office on:

01475 723723 or email: info@beaconartscentre.co.uk

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the bistro

The Beacon Bistro offers an amazing experience in casual dining with a relaxed atmosphere and breath taking views over the River Clyde. Our menu offers an extensive selection of meats, fish, pastas, sandwiches, soup, pizza, vegetarian dishes and sides and of course delicious deserts. We also offer a fantastic children’s menu for the younger members of your party. The bistro bar offers a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and with a team of highly trained staff on hand you will receive quality service with a warm welcome. You are welcome to dine with us at any time or if you wish you can reserve a table. A Pre-theatre menu is available before most performances, early booking is advised! To reserve a table or for more information please call us on:

01475 723723

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box office: 01475 723723 in person

online bookings

Our friendly and efficient box office is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 8pm. (Times may vary on non-performance days and bank holidays). We are here to help you and can offer guidance and info on everything going on in and around the Beacon - just ask!

Online booking is now available for most of our shows at www.beaconartscentre.co.uk Available 24 hours a day, you can book your seats and have the tickets posted to you, or available for collection from the Box Office at your convenience. A ÂŁ2.20 fee is applied to online sales.

You can pay for your tickets at the Box Office by cash, cheque, debit or credit card.

by email

by post

Email your requirements to info@beaconartscentre.co.uk

Please let us know which performance, date, time and number of tickets you require, then make your cheque payable to Greenock Arts Guild and send it to: The Beacon Arts Centre, Customhouse Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ. Enclose a stamped addressed envelope to enable us to return your tickets.

ticket returns Tickets cannot be returned after purchase and a fee will be applied to any exchanges.

reservations Reserved tickets are held for three working days or up to 30 minutes before a performance, whichever is soonest.

by telephone Call 01475 723723 to reserve or pay for your tickets by credit or debit card. If you would like us to post your tickets there will be a ÂŁ1 charge. Please use the plan to help you choose your seat.

concessions Concession tickets are available for selected shows and apply to students, children of school age, senior citizens, disabled people and their escorts, and the unwaged and are available on most shows. All concessions must be claimed at the time of purchase and proof of eligibility shown on collection.

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access to the wheelchair access Wheelchair access is available throughout the building, There are 5 dedicated wheelchair spaces in the stalls of our main theatre and a further 4 wheelchair spaces in the circle.. We have 6 wheelchair spaces available in our studio. To ensure availability, early booking is strongly recommended.

assistance dogs are welcome Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.

induction loop Induction loop systems are provided. Please ask our Box Office staff to advise you on the best seats to book, to optimise the hearing benefits from this system.

additional access requirements If you need any additional help to enjoy your visit to the theatre, just ask for the Duty Manager upon arrival. It may be best to telephone 01475 723723 or email info@beaconartscentre.co.uk in advance of your visit to organise any additional access requirements.

where to find us The theatre is situated on Custom House Quay opposite the Custom House; it is in easy reach of Greenock town centre and close to public transport.

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The Beacon Arts Centre Customhouse Quay, Greenock PA15 1HJ

01475 723723

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The beacon is just off the A8 behind Greenock Police Station. Turn into Brymner Street at the Police Station and then turn right into Customhouse Place. The Beacon is situated at the end of the road to the right of the Custom House.

parking There are 8 disabled parking bays in front of the building, these are for blue badge permit holders only. For non-permit holders parking is on street, in and around Custom House Quay and Victoria Harbour.


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Our local station, Greenock Central is only 500 metres away with a frequent service on the Glasgow Central/Gourock line. Journey times from Glasgow are approx. 30 or 40 mins and currently run until after 11pm (an hour earlier on Sundays) see www.scotrail.co.uk

We are very grateful for the support we receive from our audiences, volunteers, patrons, donor’s key funders, charitable trusts and sponsors. Your on-going support allows the Beacon to continue being a vibrant, active theatre, bursting at the seams with creative energy.

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get information to your desktop Sign up to our email updates and you’ll be the first to know when we have news to share. You’ll also have access to ticket offers and competitions – all at the click of a mouse. Just visit www.beaconartscentre.co.uk and join our mailing list from there.

The Greenock Arts Guild Ltd. trading as The Beacon is a not-forprofit organisation, a registered Scottish charity and a member of the Scottish Theatre Community. Registered in Scotland Company No. SCO24805. Registered Scottish Charity No. SC003030. autumn/winter 2013

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event diary september 18th

Educating Ronnie

18th-21st

The Wizard of Oz

21st

Tiger Tales

25th

Des McLean

26th

Inverclyde Folk & Roots Fest

26th

Karen Matheson Band

26th

Roy Henderson

27th

The Karpenters

29th-2nd Nov Grease

november

21st Tiger

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The Duncan McCrone Band

26th Rodelinda

7th-9th

Singin’ in the Rain

27th

8th

Ted Christopher Band

Michael Neto Upclose

october

9th Scocha

1st Ghosts

10th

51 Shades of Maggie

Linwood No More

16th

Hairy Maclary & Friends

4th

Royal Regiment Band

16th

String Driven Things

4th

Romeo & Juliet

17th

5th

A Vision of Elvis

5th

Hickory Dickory Dock

7th

See Thru Sam

3rd

Capitol Big Band

3rd

Something Old, Something New

20th

More Sky Than We Need

21st MacFloyd

8th Lifeboat Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

23rd

Alastair Mcdonald

11th & 12th

Rusty Boat

23rd

Alphabetic Order Orchestra

12th

Barb Jungr & Todd Gordon

29th-7th Dec

Goldilocks & the 3 bears

14th

Kiss Me Honey, Honey

17th

Daniel Sloss

december

18th

Jongleurs on the Road

19th

Craig Hill - Tartan About!

11th

9th & 10th

Platypus in Boots

19th-22nd

It’s a Wonderful Life Jack & The Beanstalk

23rd

Memories Are Made of This

13th-4th Jan

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Translunar Paradise

31st

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The Tailor on Inverness

The Nearly New Year Hogmanay Show

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