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The nights may be drawing in and the days a little darker but here at FTH we have loads of little gems that will bring some sparkle to the winter. From the heart-warming sounds of Peter Morrison and friends in ‘Scotland on Parade’ right through to the bizarre but extremely funny ‘Circus of Horrors’, via ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Abbamania’ we hope that you’ll find something here to tempt you. Our Christmas shows for wee bairns and big bairns is Falkirk Children’s and Youth and Theatre’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ - the Disney version with a whole load of dazzling costumes, songs and dancing. On the run up to the big day join in the festive mood with Todd Gordon in his Sinatra inspired ‘Winter Wonderland’ or join us for some classic seasonal films without which Christmas would be incomplete: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. Great for all generations of the family and remember to take advantage of our cuppa and mince pie ticket deal at the matinee on the 22nd December! If you prefer your celebrations loud and lively then don’t miss the return of the superb ‘Skerryvore’ in a rocking Celtic party.

If you’re new to theatre then why not give ‘Singin’ I’m no a Billy He’s a Tim’, - Coatbridge born Des Dillon’s hit comedy about Old Firm rivalries - a try? It’s a big smack of Glasgow humour with engaging performances which won Scott Kyle The Stage Best Actor at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. There are two brand new shows for families from two of Scotland’s finest companies. Catherine Wheels bring a brand new version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in their show ‘Caged’ in April, while ‘By the Seat of Your Pants’ is a side-splitting, clown-style show which will have everyone chortling. And for the school holidays we’ve programmed a film from the master of cinematic clowning, Jacques Tati’s ‘Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday’. The film programme is full of award season contenders with our pick of the best costume drama, historical epic, comedy and romance… especially romance in fact. Have your hankies at the ready for the powerful romantic drama ‘Love and Other Drugs’, swoon over Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, and bring someone special to our Valentine’s Day screenings of one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time – ‘The Shop Around the Corner’. Julia Harkness, Venues Manager Alison Strauss, Arts Development Officer (Film and Media)

Skerryvore & Andrew Gordon

Falkirk Children and Youth Theatre present

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr

Thursday 16th December • 20:00

Friday 3rd - Saturday 11th Dec • 19:30, Saturday Matinee • 14:30 (Sign interpreted performances 6th & 7th December) A fantastic fun filled show for all the family this holiday season. Join Alice on her journey to Wonderland where she meets all the crazy, colourful characters including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts. With amazing couture costumes and snappy songs including: ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ this feel good fantasy classic is a real Christmas treat. Don’t be late for this very important date... Look out for our scrummy Alice cupcakes on sale at the cafe! £7.50 / £5.50 Groups £5.50 all tickets

Blazing bagpipes, fiddle and accordions, electrically fused with funky rhythms and soul-gripping songs, Skerryvore are an award winning Scottish band creating a ‘Trad-rock’ fusion for the 21st Century. Formed in 2004 and from traditional roots, the band has developed both in size and sound to create a unique fusion of traditional music and songs, with the urban sounds of rock and funk. With their outstanding musicianship and soaring vocals of lead singer Alec Dalglish, Skerryvore have gripped audiences across the world from Chicago to Beijing and have been the highlight of many top International festivals, home and abroad, including, MagiaCeltica in Italy, Celtic Crackers in the Netherlands, Scotland’s own Celtic Connections and a blistering performance at T in the Park. Supported by Perth’s Andrew Gordon featuring a rich mix of traditional and contemporary folk tunes from Scotland, Canada Ireland and England, this is a great night for those old and new to folk and traditional music. £12 / £10.50 (Standing concert)

Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could have ever wished for… a living, breathing, 12-legged party waiting to happen.” The Falkirk Herald.

Sticky Kids Christmas Party*

Bairns’ Christmas Concert*

Todd Gordon’s White Christmas

Friday 17th December • 10:00 (1h 5 mins)

Sunday 19th December • 14:30 & 19:00

Saturday 18th December • 20:00

Sticky Kids Christmas Party is an action packed singalong show for 2-6 year olds. The songs are all favourites from the hugely popular Sticky Kids range of CDs but mostly from “Christmas Party with the Sticky Kids”. Anne Butler plays Molly Muddle – the human equivalent of a party popper and Alan Windram plays her good friend Old Macdonald.

A Christmas carol spectacular for all the family featuring Falkirk Tryst Orchestra, Falkirk Festival Chorus, and Falkirk Caledonia Choir.

Chestnuts toasting on an open fire... leading British jazz and swing singer Todd Gordon will get you in festive mood with a sparkling show for all the family, packed with seasonal favourites Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas - alongside other American songbook classics with a wintry twist including Moonlight in Vermont and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.

Santa has left Molly Muddle lots of parcels to open to help her remember which songs to sing and when Old Mac arrives the fun really begins. Lots of audience participation! Watch out for flying crackers. If you like things live and loopy this is for you. £5 Groups of 10+ £4.50 Ages 2-6 years

£6 / £4 Students £1

Backed by top-flight musicians, Todd will croon his way to Christmas with a slice of cool Americana in a show which has been described by the Times as “Frank Sinatra meets Tony Bennett with a hint of Saint Nick”. £14 / £12 Groups 8+ £11 Under 16s £8

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Classic & Traditional

Classic Music Live! Falkirk* Dedicated to bringing live classic music to you.

Details of additional concerts promoted by CML! Falkirk can be found at the website £8 • Students £1

Burns, Ballads and Banter

Wednesday 26th January • 19:30 Just in time for the Bard’s Birthday, join Scottish soprano Nicky Connor as she takes a journey through her favourite Scottish songs from Rabbie Burns to Annie Lennox, with the odd musical delight and easy listening in between. Nicky has been singing for over a decade and with the guidance of her singing teacher Fred O’Neill (the man behind Su-Bo’s success before Simon Cowell!) premiered the show at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe to some acclaim. An easy - going evening of entertainment for all ages. £8 / £7 Under 16s £5

Burns and the Auld Alliance

The Nephele Ensemble

Friday 19th November • 19:30

Friday 25th February • 19:30

George Macilwham Flute

A quartet of distinguished soloists and chamber musicians playing flute and strings The Nephele Ensemble have appeared at many prestigious venues throughout the UK and were winners of the Tunnell Trust Competition. The concert will include works by Mozart, Fauré, Gordon Jacob, Viotti and Ries.

Angus Anderson


Rhona Mackay


Iain Crawford

Double Bass

Walter Blair


Ceol Alba is Gaelic for Scotland’s Music. All soloists in their own right, the quintet cover a range of musical styles from the sixteenth century to the present day, blending traditional with the classical through their own unique interpretations.


This concert is sponsored by The Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians.

A Song for Everyone Friday 18th March • 19:30

Passacaglia Friday 14th January • 19:30 Passacaglia – baroque quartet with Julia Golding(soprano) is one of Britain’s bestloved baroque chamber ensembles. For many years the group has enjoyed a reputation for its engaging and charismatic performances, featuring the unique sound of recorders, flutes, viol da gamba and harpsichord.They have received particular acclaim for their thoughtful interpretations of early French repertoire, as well as the enduringly popular music of Handel and Telemann.

An evening of songs from baritone Richard Morrison’s world of music – Opera, Operetta, Musicals, and one or two Scottish favourites, accompanied by pianist Walter Blair A prizewinning graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, Richard has appeared in many lead roles in opera in both Britain and Europe.

Musicals & Variety Peter Morrison’s Scotland on Parade Saturday 20th November • 19:30 Scotland`s Ambassador of Song - Peter Morrison, makes a welcome return to FTH with an all new Scottish Show just in time for St Andrew’s Day. Joining him onstage is actress/singer daughter Jackie and two young men who have been setting the heather alight with their virtuoso performances around the country, Scottish fiddler Andy Kane and accordionist Liam Stewart. Peter`s special guest is Scottish comedian Ron Dale whose side-splitting comedy routines and bag piping virtuosity have endeared him to audiences around the globe. Add in the delightful Morag Alexander dancers and the accomplished John Crawford Trio and it promises to be a fantastic evening of real Scottish talent. £13 / £12 Groups 8+ £10 Under 16s £8

Big Bad Wolf Children’s Theatre present

The Wiz* Tuesday 1st Feb - Saturday 5th Feb 19:00 (Sat Matinee 14:00) You’ve been over the rainbow to the Wizard of Oz. You may even have been a little Wicked- but have you met...The Wiz? Kansas girl Dorothy finds herself in trouble when a tornado blows her house into the strange and magical land of Oz. Here she meets new and faithful friends, does battle with fearsome foes, and experiences the many wonders of this enchanted land. Join her as she journeys along the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wiz in the hope that he can help her return home. With songs in a lively mix of rock, gospel and soul... Oz has never sounded so good! £8 / £7 (Other organisation group booking discounts available)

Scottish Music Hall & Variety Theatre Society

Those Variety Days* Sunday 3rd April • 19:00 Do you remember the good old days of Scottish Variety Shows in the likes of the Glasgow Empire and the Edinburgh Kings Theatre? Even if you’re too young to remember, this traditional Scottish Variety Show, in aid of Strathcarron Hospice, will take you back to that golden era of entertainment. Featuring dance, comedy sketches, speciality acts and singers it’s a show for all the family and stars Alexander Morrison, The Honeybirds, Chris de Rosa and the Art of Illusion, Derek Green and the Gang, Jimmy McWilliams and Scott Wynter and some nifty footwork by the Apollo Players Dancers.

Carol Kidd Sings Gershwin Saturday 19th February • 19:30 Widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest living jazz singers, FTH welcomes Carol Kidd with a brand-new show celebrating the works of American Songbook royalty, George and Ira Gershwin. Renowned for her impeccable phrasing and distinctive delivery, Carol has an innate ability to breathe fresh life into jazz standards. This evening she is joined by a top-flight quartet including her long-time guitarist Nigel Clark (with whom she has just recorded a new duo album for Linn Records). Featuring classics such as I Loves You Porgy, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’, A Foggy Day, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, The Man I Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, S’Wonderful, I Got Rhythm and Summertime, this is a perfect evening for music lovers of all ages. £14 / £12, Groups 8+ £11, under 16s £8

“Carol Kidd is the best kept secret of British jazz” Frank Sinatra “Perfection” The Herald

Chimes International Entertainment present

Abbamania Saturday 26th February • 19:30 You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life... ABBA are still one of the most popular groups in the world today, from ‘Waterloo’ to the disco vibe of ‘Dancing Queen’ their record breaking songs continue to thrill generations. Abbamania are widely regarded as the UK’s Top ABBA tribute band with countless sensational live performances throughout Europe. With their fabulous representation of ABBA at the height of their supremacy, Abbamania will have you dancing and singing along to nearly 2 hours of pure nostalgia. So dust off your platforms, put on your flares and enjoy an unforgettable night with Abbamania. £17.50

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Times When I Bite: The Moira Monologues

Directed by Sacha Kyle Written and performed by Alan Bissett

Friday 15th April • 19:30 Meet Moira Bell, cleaner, single mother, ‘hardest woman in Falkirk’, and the alter ego of novelist and performer Alan Bissett. Whether defending her dog, Pepe, from the local rottweiler, attempting to seduce a teacher, taking on the Scottish class system, or belting out Diana Ross at the Scotia Bar’s karaoke night, Moira is heart-warming, sometimes scary, and always hilarious company. This is the last ever performance of The Moira Monologues as she returns to her hometown... Born and brought up in Falkirk, with three novels to his name already, Alan Bissett is fast becoming one of Scotland’s most exciting young writers. Age 16+ Contains strong language £10/£9

“Over six pieces, Moira’s world is laid bare in a milieu that is pure Shameless. By playing it fearlessly straight, Bissett makes for the most believable of neighbourhood gossips” The Herald

FCYT presents

NLP Theatre present

Shooting Truth by Molly Davies

Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s A Tim

Thursday 3rd March • 19:30

Thursday 10th March • 19:30

Deep in the woods near an abandoned village, a group of students is about to shoot the story of the youngest ever witch - and Alice feels she’s finally found a role. The same woods, four centuries earlier: a gang of teenagers gather, fearful and intrigued to have found a witch in their midst - and Freya thinks at last she has some power.

What happens when you lock up a Celtic fan with a Rangers fan on the day of the old firm match? Fireworks that’s what!

Past and present collide in an unsettling tale of witchcraft, film-making and practical jokes gone wrong. The National Theatre’s Connections 2011 commission some of the most exciting writers to produce ten new plays for young people. FCYT are delighted to be taking part again in the UK’s most exciting youth theatre festival. Ages 13+ £6/£4

Celtic mad Tim and Rangers daft Billy find themselves banged up in the same cell on the day of the old firm match. Can Harry the ever watchful turnkey keep them apart? Fresh from a sell out season at the Edinburgh Fringe, NLP Theatre present Des Dillon’s award winning comedy about old football rivalry Age 14+ Contains strong language £10 / £9

“One of the shortest and most gripping two-hour shows in current Scottish theatre, far more vividly connected to the real life of Scotland than most of the work I review” Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

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Catherine Wheels Theatre present

Goldfish Theatre presents


Six Black Candles

Saturday 9th April • 19:30 A modern retelling of the classic fairy tale romance for beauties and beasts aged 8 and over. Beauty and the Beast will never get on. He licks his hands, stands on the toilet and runs through the woods. She carries a hankie, never gets mud on her shoes and always remembers to send a thank you note. So how come, when she sees him run like that, when he brings down a deer, when they sit at night just watching the stars, how come her heart starts to spin? Beauty and the Beast will never get on. Or will they? Caged is a story about two people trapped together, and finding more freedom than they ever imagined. £7.50 / £6.50 Groups 6+ and under 16s £5.00

Busy Bees Wednesdays: 2nd February – 23rd March

By Des Dillon

Saturday 7th May • 19:30 Where’s Stacie Gracie’s head? ... sharing space with the sweetcorn and two-for-one lemon meringue pies ... in the freezer. Six sisters, their Maw and Granny gather to take revenge by witchcraft on Caroline’s wayward husband. Six black candles, one black affronted Maw, two gallons of vodka, one crazy old Irish Granny, a pile of burning boxer shorts, barrels of bickering, a hitman, a pentangle and a frozen head in the fridge. Enter one adulterous husband and one unsuspecting priest. Set in present day Irish Catholic Coatbridge, Six Black Candles is bound together by the ropes of traditional storytelling and the strength of female family relationships. Bubbling under the cauldron of superstition, witchcraft and religion is the heat of revenge; and the love and venom of sisterhood. Age 14+ Contains strong language £10 / £9

“Intolerable humour” Edinburgh Evening News

Bumble Bees (0-18 months) 9.30am - 10.15am Honey Bees (18 months-2 years) 10.20am - 11.05am

Free Taster Class! Wed 19th January Bumble Bees (0-18 months) 9.30am - 9.50am Honey Bees (18 months-2 years) 10.20am - 10.15am

Busy Bees is a great way to bond with your wee one in a fun environment where they can explore the world of sound, music, movement and texture. Join Jennifer Bloe for our interactive sessions for children and grown ups. Course Fee: £30

Plutot La Vie present

By the Seat of Your Pants Sunday 13th March • 14:00 Enter the zany world of three men in silly beards and a chair! By the Seat of your Pants is fast funny show with plenty of clowning for families ages 8 and over. With nothing to be done and nothing to do, Fritz, Franz and Rudy sit and wait. Expectation! Hope ! Boredom! Delight! Not to take things sitting down they put their best feet forward to make the grade and avoid a kick in the pants! A fun packed show full of slapstick and chairs which will make you laugh out loud! £7.50 / £6.50 Groups 6+ and under 16s £5.00

Falkirk Floral Art Floral Demonstration*

Raymond Mearns

Monday 29th November Festive Favourites with Anne Buchan

Fresh from his appearances on BBC Scotland’s Limmy’s Show, Raymond has decided to bring some much-needed mirth and merriment to Falkirk.

Saturday 12th February • 20:00

Monday 7th February Bring Me Sunshine with Shirley Henderson Monday 7th March Jan Faulkner on Tour 19:30 • LTH, £4.50 (pay on the night)

Strictly Fun Dances

Tea Dance with John Findlay Thursdays • 14:00 – 16:00 25th November, 16th December, 10th February, 17th March Join us for an afternoon of relaxed social dancing with John Findlay. Tea, coffee and goodies will be available for purchase in our café. LTH • £3.50

And he is definitely the man for the job. Raymond is one of the most experienced – and funniest – stand-ups in the UK. He regularly headlines and comperes at the biggest comedy venues including the Stand comedy clubs where he is one of the resident MCs. With sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and the prestigious New York Underground Comedy Festival, Raymond is also a regular contributor to the Fred MacAulay radio show and appears regularly on TV including Rab C Nesbitt and Legit. Whether engaged in hilarious audience interaction or simply sending down more gags per minute than a Glasgow circuit judge, this is unmissable stand up.

Ballroom Dance

Fridays • 20:00 17th December, 21st January, 18th February, 25th March

“A comedy masterclass” Edinburgh Evening News

Fun and social dancing for all ages and abilities to the live sounds of John Findlay on electric keyboard. A selection of light refreshments is available for purchase and the bar will be open throughout. £5.50 (Advance booking £5)

age 16+ Contains strong language LTH • £9 / £8

Teddy: I’ve Got More Jokes Than You Friday 11th March • 20:00 Runner-up in the Scottish Comedian of the Year Final in 2008 and 2009, and winner of the Scottish Variety Award for Best Up and Coming Comedian in 2010, Teddy brings his comedic talents to Falkirk. A regular on Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co, he’s also written for shows such as BBC1 Scotland’s Offside & Only An Excuse. Sharp, hard-edged one-liners, topical gags, and tales of romantic woe mean he’s not for the faint-hearted...

The Circus of Horrors

The Four Chapters from Hell

Age 16+ Contains strong language

Thursday 17th February • 20:00

£8/ £7 • LTH

Following on from the huge success of The Asylum, The Circus of Horrors is back rockin’ and shockin’ with a special brand new show created especially to celebrate its 15th bloody year. The Four Chapters from Hell takes you on a journey though all four of the Circus of Horrors’ incarnations, beginning in a French Asylum where the liberated inmates become the performers in the show, moving to Mexico and the Day of the Dead Celebrations and landing in Victorian London where a young girl, Regan, runs away to join the circus before she is sacrificed by the evil, undead Dr Haze and fed to the vampires. But vampires never die and the final twist takes us to 2020, a Mad Max style civilisation, revenge and of course, disastrous consequences. Featuring some of the greatest, most bizarre and beautiful circus acts, from dare devil flying trapeze to whirlwind roller skaters and pickled, bendy people; from sword swallowers to knife throwers and voodoo warriors – the Circus of Horrors truly is a cast of the wildest and weirdest performers. . . Age 16+ Contains strong language and some nudity. £18 / £16 Early Bat deal All tickets £16 until 14th January

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Friday 8th April • 20:00 FTH is proud to welcome a knitted double act that should be up there, rubbing ankles with the comedy greats. The stars of BBC3's Comedy Shuffle, MTV, GMTV, 4 whole seconds on The Culture Show - and a guest appearance on BBC1's The One Show - The Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre bring you a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence. Age 16+ Contains strong language £8 / £7 • LTH

“For sheer energy and laughs per hour, these comic stockings are the biz denier miss it” The Scotsman

Standout Comedy presents

Jerry Sadowitz Thursday 17th March • 20:00 Jerry’s back! Mind-blowing comedy will leave you reeling in your seat and gasping for more. Please note that this show is not for the easily offended and is strictly adults only! Age 18+ Contains very strong language £17.50/£15.50

“Often shocking, stand-up comedy's only genius... compelling, hilarious, unpredictable and unmissable...the funniest comedian in the country” The Guardian

Eat, Pray, Love

Made In Dagenham

Miracle on 34th Street

Wednesday 10th November • 19:30

Wednesday 17th November 11:00 (cuppa), 19:30

Wednesday 15th December • 19:30

Dir. Ryan Murphy / US / 2010 / 2h 20m With: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Billy Crudup Ryan Murphy, creator of TV phenomenon ‘Glee’, directs this uplifting drama, based on the bestselling, true-life memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert and starring Julia Roberts as the woman who takes stock of her life and realises how unhappy she is in her marriage. After a painful divorce she determines to undertake a lifechanging journey in her pursuit of fulfilment, food and romance. With its exotic settings and romance, and a strong female lead, this is the very definition of a Hollywood ‘woman’s picture’. Roberts ‘everygirl’ appeal is a perfect fit for this film which sees her combine her rom-com persona with that of setting-theworld-to-rights adventurer (as typified by Roberts in ‘Pelican Brief’ or ‘Erin Brockovich’). “A complex performance - to these eyes, her best. Roberts has a star’s presence, which she underplays... It’s rare when Hollywood indulges such a robust woman’s picture… The performances are knockouts, especially Richard Jenkins… who steeps the movie in intimacy… The movie is aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.” Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out.

Thursday 18th November 19:30 Dir. Nigel Cole / UK / 2010 / 1h 53m With: Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike, Miranda Richardson ‘Calendar Girls’ director Nigel Cole brings to the screen a dramatisation of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against unequal pay and sexual discrimination. With humour, common sense and courage, and led by the fast-talking, nononsense Rita (Hawkins), the band of women take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself. With the upbeat tone of that earlier British industrial unrest movie: ‘Brassed Off!’ this enjoyable drama boasts a fabulous supporting cast including Bob Hoskins, Rupert Graves, John Sessions and Geraldine James. An uplifting and timely film that deals with worthy themes – strength through unity, class consciousness, friendship across social boundaries and equality of the sexes – yet it never preaches and never fails to entertain. “A properly feel-good film.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Dir. George Seaton / US / 1947 / 1h 50m approx With: Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Gene Lockhart, John Payne A very young Natalie Wood (‘West Side Story’) plays Susan, daughter of hard-working singlemum Doris Walker whose job it is to manage the recruitment of Santa look-alikes for Macy’s toy department. Ms Walker has brought her daughter up as a sceptic who believes in the bottom line, rather than the magic of Christmas. When a certain Kris Kringle applies for the job of Santa, the Walkers are troubled by the old man’s assertion that he is the real thing. Mr Kringle embarks on a fight to prove his sanity in a case that seizes the world’s imagination and goes all the way to the high court. This original (and best) version won Edmund Gwenn a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as the kindly old man, and two more Oscars for the story and screenplay. In fact the writing resonates with more than festive jollity, lightly touching on themes of society’s treatment of those regarded as insane, politics in the judiciary system, and the commercialisation of Christmas. A perfect family film to revive your wonder in the true spirit of the season... “A clever and deeply original story, that remains true and confident in direction, while delivering considerable charm all the while.” Almar Halfidason, BBCi

Africa United

It’s A Wonderful Life

The American

Burke and Hare

Monday 20th December • 19:30

Wednesday 22nd December 11:00 (cuppa), 19:30

Monday 17th January • 19:30

Wednesday 19th January 11:00 (cuppa), 19:30

Dir. Debs Gardner-Paterson / UK/Nigeria/ S. Africa / 2010 / 1h 28m With: Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Yves Dusenge, Sherrie Silver Rwandan football prodigy, Fabrice, and his street-hustling friend and would-be manager, Dudu, find their plans to take part in FIFA trials are scuppered by Dudu’s poor planning. Stranded in Congo and threatened with conscription as child soldiers the pair hatch a daring plan to make the 3,000 mile trip across seven countries to the World Cup finals in South Africa. Their journey brings great danger but with that an accumulating number of tag-along companions who join them in their outlandish quest. Not for nothing has this sweet-natured movie drawn comparisons with the 2008 hit ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ where the infectious spirit and joy at the heart of the film, embodied in Dudu’s charmingly cheerful character, does not shy away from depictions of hardship, injustice and colonial inequity, ultimately lending the heartwarming tale a large amount of integrity and redefining the received, western perception of a maligned continent and people. “A beautifully made picture that is destined to become a classic in its own right for its brave, honest and humane sensibility.” Justin Johnson, London Film Festival

Dir. Frank Capra / US / 1946 / 2h 10m With: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a screen outing for this much-loved cine-fable. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is the story of George Bailey (Stewart), dedicated, upstanding family-man who, finding his beneficent company in danger of collapse, contemplates suicide in the belief that it would be better for everyone if he was dead. But the prayers of his loved ones summon a novice guardian-angel named Clarence, keen to earn his wings by helping George. And so it passes that Clarence sets about showing George what things would have been like had he never been born… “The Greatest Feelgood Movie of All Time.” Total Film

Dir. Anton Corbijn / US / 2010 / 1h 45m With: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Bjorkland Corbijn follows the brilliance and success of his feature debut ‘Control’ with this markedly different character-driven thriller starring latter-day matinee idol: George Clooney. The ever-reliable Clooney plays Jack – inscrutable arms expert and occasional assassin, who flees to the Italian countryside and holes up in a small Abruzzo village (familiar as the backdrop from countless 1950s spaghetti westerns) after a particularly messy job. Troubled and weary, Jack is counselled by a perceptive local priest and begins to contemplate a new life for himself, perhaps with one of the two women mysterious and alluring women he encounters. Whilst bearing the familiar plot trademarks of hit-man wanting to go straight (compare with the recent ’22 Bullets’ or even ‘In Bruges’) this is a far more contemplative piece of work, boasting profundity of tone, artistic vision and arresting camera compositions from photographer-by-trade Corbijn. “Clooney is in his element, turning in a first-rate performance, as the brooding, soul-searching criminal, who seeks to escape his inner reality.” Karina Mitchell, CBS News

Dir. John Landis / UK / 2010 / 1h 31m With: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee, Tom Wilkinson, Isla Fisher A rollicking black comedy loosely based on the exploits of the infamous pair of grave-robbers who made a living supplying cadavers to the centre of medical learning in 19th century Edinburgh. Directed by the man behind comedy hall-of-fame classics ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘Trading Places’ and also the seminal comichorror ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Landis delights once again in a morally playful tone. Pegg (‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and TV’s ‘Spaced’) and Serkis (ever associated with Golem in Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy) were reportedly instructed by Landis to play the dodgy duo like a kind of evil Laurel and Hardy. They are well supported by a true host of British talent including the real villains of the piece: the pompous and self-serving doctors played with relish by Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry.

Another Year

Love And Other Drugs

The Shop Around The Corner

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

Wednesday 26th January • 19:30

Wednesday 9th February 11:00 (cuppa), 19:30

Monday 14th February 11:00 (cuppa), 19:30

Wednesday 16th February 14:30 (baby friendly), 19:30

Dir. Edward Zwick / US / 2010 / dur. tbc With: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Hank Azaria, Judy Greer

Dir. Ernst Lubitsch / US / 1949 / 1h 39m With: James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Dir. Jacques Tati / France / 1952 / 1h 27m / b&w With: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michele Rolla, Louis Perrault, Andre Dubois

Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Donnie Darko’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’) plays smooth talking, sex seeking Jamie – slick operator in the high powered world of pharmaceutical sales (selling Viagra, aptly enough). His near infallible charm meets its match with he encounters alluring free spirit Anne Hathaway (‘The Devil Wears Prada’), who won’t let anyone, or anything tie her down.

Set in a lovingly evoked Budapest, Lubitsch’s deliciously delicate comedy follows employees of the gossip-ridden Matuschek and Company family store and, in particular, two who are at constant loggerheads. James Stewart plays the unfulfilled and earnest Alfred Kralik, opposite Margaret Sullavan as the aspirational and snobbish Klara Novak. The warring pair are meanwhile unaware that they are actually in the throes of a blissful courtship with one another by mail, in an anonymous correspondence.

A holiday treat for all the family…

Dir. Mike Leigh / UK / 2010 / 2h 10m With: Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Ruth Sheen, Peter Wright, Stuart McQuarrie, Oliver Maltman A gently resonant film following four seasons in the lives of a contented, good-hearted couple, played (or more accurately: inhabited) by Mike Leigh regulars, Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen. The middle-aged pair go about the well-drawn routines of their married lives in the kitchen, on the allotment, with their grown-up son or entertaining friends. But the lives of at least two of their circle are blighted with dissatisfaction and unhappiness – Mary (Manville) is fragile and drinks to excess to cope with the fear that life is passing her by, and Ken (Wright) is similarly lonely and struggling with his lot. Like some of Leigh’s best work this aching tale of loneliness and what it means to be happy is revealed through brilliantly telling dialogue and wonderful performances, whilst the sympathetic camera-style of Dick Pope perfectly captures the shifting seasons that are the backdrop to the characters lives. “Beautiful, mordant and curiously riveting; a bittersweet salute to the terrors and pleasures of growing old.” Xan Brooks, The Guardian

The on-screen chemistry between the two stars is palpable in this powerful romantic drama that succeeds in rending the heart whilst supplying plentiful laughs (Oliver Platt is hilarious as Jamie’s sales partner). Director Edward Zick here produces his best, most playful work since the eighties US TV series ‘thirtysomething’ and shares writing credits with Charles Randolph and Marshall Herskovitz (‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Traffic’), coming up with fresh and witty dialogue that bears comparison with Howard Hawks’ screwball comedies.

The director’s fabled ‘touch’ (he also directed Garbo in ‘Ninotchka’) here at its lightest, contributes to what is arguably Hollywood’s most exquisitely romantic film. Look out for Frank Morgan as shop-owner Matuschek – best known as the eponymous ‘Wizard of Oz’. Always avoiding sentimentality (and far superior to the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks vehicle ‘You’ve Got Mail’ which it inspired) this is the perfect film for Valentine’s Day, presented at FTH Cinema in a new bfi (British Film Institute) restoration. “’The Shop Around the Corner’ is a blueprint for great romantic comedy, perfectly balancing its sentiment with cleverness and humour, and giving us a set of delightful characters in a plot that is as unpredictable as it is original.” Derek Smith, Apollo Guide

With many new audiences discovering Jacques Tati for the first time thanks to Sylvain Chomet’s lovely homage - ‘The Illusionist’, now is the perfect time to screen one of the maestro’s best-loved films. In his most consistently enjoyable performance, Tati plays the well-meaning but clumsy M. Hulot who is on vacation at a quiet Brittany seaside resort and so devotes himself to enjoyment that he barely notices the comic chaos that follows in his wake. Every gag is timed to perfection and Tati is rightly regarded as the comic heir of silent cinema genius Buster Keaton whose physical technique made ground-breaking use of the cinematic form, with visual pay-offs not dependent on dialogue but rather on frame compositions and camera edits. With more to offer than the base buffoonery of his imitator Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean character, Tati’s film also stands as a satirical assault on the shiny fifties modern world. “Much imitated but never bettered, this affectionate lampoon of human nature is simply one of the best and most important films ever made *****.” David Parkinson, Empire Magazine



Never Let Me Go

The King’s Speech

Monday 21st February 14:30 (baby friendly), 19:30

Wednesday 23rd February • 11:00 (cuppa)

Wednesday 2nd March • 11:00 (cuppa)

Monday 7th March • 19:30

Dir. Julian Schnabel / France/Italy/Israel/ India / 2010 / 1h 52m With: Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Yasmine Al Masri

Dir. Mark Romanek / UK / 2010 / 1h 43m With: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins

Wednesday 9th March 11:00 (cuppa), 19:30

Based on a first-hand account of growing up in East Jerusalem ‘Miral’ is the richly textured, deeply moving account of an intelligent young woman whose personal story is inextricably linked to the political history and social consequences of the Isreali-Palestinian conflict. Freida Pinto (who came to the world’s attention as Latika in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) plays the central character, consigned to an orphanage as a child and brought up safely inside the Institute’s walls. Initially blind to the troubles that surround her, at the age of 17 she is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the reality of her people’s struggle. As her romantic involvement with a political activist grows, Miral finds her torn between the fight for the future of her people and the belief that education is the road to peace.

The exciting prospect of a film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s (‘The Remains of the Day’) acclaimed, best-selling novel does not disappoint in the hands of screenwriter Alex Garland (who wrote the publishing phenomenon ‘The Beach’) and director Romanek (music promo director best known for his Johnny Cash/’Hurt’ video and the 2002 feature ’One Hour Photo’).

A high-class costume drama based on the intriguing case of Prince Albert (father of our Queen Elizabeth II) whose nervous stammer made for him an ordeal of royal duties. The exploration of the demands of the new era of mass communication, heralded by the arrival of radio and newsreels, lends a fascinating dramatic focus, complemented by the film’s fresh look at the abdication crisis which threatened the pre-war monarchy.

Dir. Tony Goldwyn / US / 2010 / 1h 47m With: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo On 12th May 1983 Kenny Waters was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole on the testimony of two exgirlfriends. ‘Conviction’ is the inspirational, true story of Kenny (played by Sam Rockwell – ‘Moon’) and his sister’s unswerving belief in his innocence. Hilary Swank (‘Million Dollar Baby’) is exceptional as his sister Betty Anne, a working mother who, despite being a highschool drop-out, puts herself through school, college and law school in an 18-year quest to free her brother. Swank’s performance is matched by Minnie Driver’s fine supporting playing of her fellow law student, Abra and the trio are tipped as likely to be name-checked in this year’s Oscar buzz. Courtroom dramas, the wrongly accused and David and Goliath stories are always sure-fire ingredients of cinema drama, and director Goldwyn (who cut his teeth on TV’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ and ‘Dexter’) and screenwriter Pamela Gray demonstrate a fine grasp of classic storytelling in this compelling and moving film. “Powerful and engrossing… [‘Convicted’] packs a heavy emotional punch.” Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival

Spanning the period from the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 to the Oslo peace agreement in 1994 director Schnabel (‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’) seeks out the humanity and emotional heart at the midst of the countries’ turmoil. “A sincere and thought-provoking film… rich in compassion and drama.” Mark Adams, Screen International

Kathy (Carey Mulligan) recalls her childhood at a seemingly idyllic boarding school, growing up with her fellow-boarders: Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy. Encouraged in healthy activities, creative outlets and subject to regular medical checks the pupils live a happy if sheltered existence. As graduation to the real world looms nearer they struggle to apprehend a dark secret that hangs over their future. Deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal emerge against a delicate and eery sense of strangeness that permeates the action that unfolds. “A cogent, subdued parable of mortality.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Dir. Tom Hooper / UK/Australia / 2010 / 1h 50m With: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

When he is introduced to eccentric and forthright speech expert Lionel Logue (Rush - ‘Shine’), Prince Albert (Firth) reluctantly embarks with him on a course of therapy. Despite Lionel’s complete lack of regard for royal protocol, an unlikely friendship develops between the unorthodox therapist and the sceptical royal. The film delights in the warm and sympathetic performances of Firth and Rush whose consummate acting skills take centre stage, and they have strong support from an award-winning cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. Look out also for nine-year-old Ramona Marquez from TV’s ‘Outnumbered’, as Princess Margaret. “Tom Hooper’s richly enjoyable and handsomely produced movie is a massively confident crowdpleaser.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Why not visit the café bar at FTH where the team will make your visit even more special with a soothing cup of tea, coffee or chocolate and a tempting titbit from our mouth watering display of cakes. If you’re after something a wee bit stronger, then relax before the show and at the interval in our licensed bar, where you can meet up with friends or enjoy the exhibitions by local artists. Remember - avoid those queues and order your interval drinks before the show. Just ask a member of the Customer Care Team in the foyer or the bar who will be happy to take your order.

Jack Butler Jack Butler are a four-piece indie-funk-dance troupe formed in 2005. After recording their first EP, How’s This For Leverage? they signed to Edinburgh-based Whimsical Records, releasing debut single, Velvet Prose. The band were selected to play at T in the Park in 2006 and have played every major music festival in Scotland including Connect and Rockness.

Café Bar Featured Artist

Roberto Flores Born in Mexico City, Roberto initially studied dentistry before becoming a self taught photographer. Roberto’s loves to capture pictures that ‘tell a story’ and is inspired by different cultures and their people. He also has a flair for music photography and is proud to be the official band photographer for Stirling’s Jack Butler. Music has always been one of my passions. In 2008 I met Liam who plays guitar, lead voice and synth in a band called Jack Butler. We connected instantly through our shared taste of music. They were the first band in Scotland to allow me to come and take photographs at their gigs which I haven’t stopped doing since then. I believe in Jack Butler not just because our friendship but also because all of them are very talented musicians. That is why this exhibition was created as a tribute to my passion for music, to the legacy of amazing photographic work created during all this time of me being “The official Jack Butler’s photographer” and for Jack Butler itself. Roberto can be contacted at robortizf@ or on 07936 266 980.

Gift Vouchers Culture fans can now give a special gift to loved ones, with Falkirk Council’s Gift Voucher scheme. Vouchers can be bought for £5 and can be used to pay for tickets to any film screening at The Hippodrome or FTH (Falkirk Town Hall) any theatre, music or comedy performance at FTH or even workshops, classes and talks at The Park Gallery or Callendar House. They’re available from the Steeple Box Office, the Hippodrome Box Office and FTH Box Office.


Wed 10 19:30 Eat, Pray, Love (PG) film Wed 17 11:00 (c) 19:30 Made in Dagenham (15) film Thu 18 19:30 Made in Dagenham (15) film Sat 20 19:30 Scotland on Parade music Thu 25 14:00 Strictly Fun Dances dance Mon 29 19:30 Falkirk Floral Art event


Fri 3 – Sat 11 19:30 Alice in Wonderland music (Sat 11) 14:30 Alice in Wonderland music Mon 6 19:30 Falkirk Floral Art event Wed 15 19:30 Miracle on 34th Street (U) film Thu 16 14:00 Strictly Fun Dances dance Thu 16 20:00 Skerryvore & Andrew Gordon music Fri 17 10:00 Sticky Kids* family Fri 17 20:00 Ballroom Dance dance Sat 18 20:00 Todd Gordon’s White Christmas music Sun 19 14:30 & 19:00 A Bairns Christmas* music Mon 20 19:30 Africa United (12A) film Wed 22 11:00 (c) 19:30 It’s A Wonderful Life (U) film


Fri 14 19:30 Passacaglia music Mon 17 film The American (15) 19:30 Wed 19 11:00 (c), 19:30 Burke and Hare (15) film Fri 21 20:00 Ballroom Dance dance Mon 24 19:30 Falkirk Floral Art event Wed 26 19:30 Burns, Ballads and Banter music Wed 26 19:30 Another Year (12A) film


Tue 1 – Sat 5 19:00 The Wiz* music (Sat 5) 14:00 Wed 9 09:30 Busy Bees - Bumble Bees family Wed 9 10:20 Busy Bees - Honey Bees family Wed 9 11:00 (c), 19:30 Love And Other Drugs (cert tbc) film Thu 10 14:00 Strictly Fun Dances dance Sat 12 20:00 Raymond Mearns comedy Mon 14 11:00 (c), 19:30 The Shop Around The Corner (U) film Wed 16 14:30 (b), 19:30 Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (U) film Thu 17 20:00 The Circus of Horrors comedy Fri18 20:00 Ballroom Dance dance Sat 19 19:30 Carol Kidd sings Gershwin music Mon 21 14:30 (b), 19:30 Conviction (15) film Mon 21 19:30 Falkirk Floral Art event Wed 23 11:00 (c) Miral (12A) film Fri 25 19:30 The Nephele Ensemble* music Sat 26 19:30 Abbamania music


Wed 2 11:00 (c) Never Let Me Go (12A) film Thu 3 19:30 New Connections drama Mon 7 19:30 The King’s Speech (15) film Mon 7 19:30 Falkirk Floral Art* event Wed 9 11:00 (c), 19:30 The King’s Speech (15) film Thur 10 19:30 Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim drama Fri 11 20:00 Teddy Craig comedy Sun 13 14:00 By the Seat of Your Pants family Mon14 19:30 ? film Mon14 19:30 Falkirk Floral Art* event Wed 16 11:00 (c) 19:30 TBC film Thu 17 14:00 Strictly Fun Dances dance Thu 17 20:00 Jerry Sadowitz comedy Fri 18 19:30 A Song for Everyone* music Mon 21 11:00 (c) 19:30 TBC film Fri 25 20:00 Ballroom Dance dance Wed 30 11:00 (c) ? film


Sun 3 19:30 Charity Variety Concert* music Fri 8 20:00 Sock Puppet Theatre comedy Sat 9 19:30 Caged family Fri 15 19:30 The Moira Monologues drama

C = Cuppa cuppa screenings are at 10:30 for tea/ coffee and cake, with the screening starting at 11:00. Tickets are £2.80 with refreshments, £1.55 for film only. B = Baby Friendly screenings are at 14:30. Bring your baby/toddler (free up to 18 months) and enjoy the film with other like-minded souls, where you don’t have to worry about any noise your wee one may make. Tickets are all £2.60 * Denotes a performance by a Voluntary Sector Arts Organisation

Travelling to FTH

Train:  5 mins from Falkirk Grahamston Station, 15 minutes from Falkirk High Station Road:  From Glasgow (M80) via the M876 junction). From Edinburgh via the M9 junction 5 (follow signs for Camelon)

Free parking at front of venue

Bus: From Falkirk Bus Station, Firstbus 1, 2 (Whiteline) or 4 (Redline)

FTH Access • 5 wheelchair spaces • Wheelchair accessible toilets • Infra red sound transmission • Induction Loop • Wheelchair spaces in lower auditorium. Please advise Box Office of any special access reqiurements at time of booking. Baby changing facilities and quiet space for parents is situated in the Lounge. Additional baby change is located in Upper Ladies’ toilets. Please Note: There is no smoking anywhere within FTH. FTH management reserves the right to refuse admission to the venue or performance.

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Booking Information FTH Cinema

(unless otherwise stated) Tickets £3.60 (£2.60 concession) Family £9.80 (group of 4, min 1 max 2 adults) Cuppa Screenings £2.80 with refreshments, £1.55 film only Baby Friendly Screenings £2.60 (free up to 18 months) Super Saver Tickets 4 tickets for 4 films only £12.40 (£8.20 concession). 4 tickets must be bought together in advance. (Offer excludes baby friendly, cuppa screenings and special events.) In person: From Steeple Box Office. Monday to Saturday 9:30am - 4:45pm. Closed Sunday. Or from the FTH Box Office an hour before the performance (subject to availability). By phone:  (01324) 506850. Switch and credit card payments accepted. 50p booking fee for postage. Reservations must be paid for and uplifted within 7 days.

Concessions:  Concession tickets are available for children under 16 years, unemployed in receipt of benefits, full time students, OAPs, Young Scot Card holders and Falkirk Council Leisure Card holders. Proof of concession eligibility must be shown before purchase. Refunds:

 ickets will not be exchanged T or money refunded after purchase except in the event of cancellation of a performance / activity by Falkirk Council

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Falkirk Town Hall Dec 2010 - March 2011  

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