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The Legends of American Country Show Swing That Music: Down for the Count An Audience with Elaine C Smith Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute

Genre Date Details

Tribute Sat 11 P6 Music Sat 18 P6 Variety Sat 25 P7 Tribute Sun 26 P7 My Life in Football: An Evening with Gordon Strachan Talk Wed 29 P8 Fault Lines Theatre Sat 1 P8 Some Guys Have All The Luck:The Rod Stewart Story Tribute Sun 2 P9 A Wire Apart Theatre Mon 3 P9 The Sound of Music Musical Theatre Thu 6, Fri 7 & Sat 8 P14 Swan Lake Ballet Sun 9 P14 The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns Comedy Wed 12 P15 Acoustic Bowie & Acoustic Queen Music Fri 14 P15 I Love Jennifer Eccles: The Hollies Story Tribute Sat 15 P16 Spirit of the Dance Dance Sun 16 P16 The Tannahill Weavers Music Sun 16 P17 A Country Night in Nashville Music Thu 20 P17 The Secret Garden Family Fri 21 P18 Times Are A-Changin' Music Fri 21 P21 The Francie & Josie Sketchbook Variety Sat 22 P21 Gnoss Music Sun 22 P22 Dance to the Music Variety Wed 26 P22 One Act Festival Variety Thu 27 - Sat 29 P23 Hallelujah: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Tribute Fri 6 P23 You Win Again: Celebrating the Bee Gees Tribute Sat 7 P24 RBWF Schools Competition Variety Tue 10 P24 Tina May & Brian Kellock Music Thu 12 P25 Oor Wullie Musical Theatre Thu 12 - Sat 14 P25 Croft & Pearce: Double Take Comedy Sat 14 P26 Hairspray: The Broadway Musical Musical Theatre Thu 19 - Sat 21 P26 Fox-tot! Family Fri 20 & Sat 21 P27 Patrick Monahan Comedy Sat 21 P27 Day at Night: The Doris Day Songbook Tribute Tue 24 P28 Islets of Silence Theatre Sat 28 P28 West of Scotland SCDA Variety Thu 26 - Sat 28 P29 The Whirlybird Family Wed 1 P29 King of The Blues Music Sat 4 P30 The Man Who Planted Tress Family Sun 5 P30 The Counterfeit Sixties Music Sat 11 P31 The Ballroom Boys: ACT TWO Dance Wed 15 P31 Waves Family Thu 16 P32 All Our Yesterdays Music Fri 17 P32 Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers Story Tribute Sat 18 P34 Karen Marshalsay Music Sat 18 P34 RCS Recital Music Sun 19 Apr & Sun 24 May P35 A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Rose Theatre Tue 21 - Sat 25 P35 King of Pop featuring Jennifer Batten Tribute Thu 23 P36 Thank you for the Music: A Tribute to ABBA Tribute Fri 24 P36 Mac Floyd Tribute Sat 25 P37 The Rainmen Theatre Sat 25 P37 Fiddlers' Rally Music Sun 26 P38 Wasteland Dance Wed 29 P38 Ventoux Theatre Wed 29 P39 Tenors Unlimited: That's Amore Music Thu 30 P39 New Focus Duo: The Classical Connection Music Thu 30 P40 Exhibitions P10-13 Coming Soon P18 Information and Access P40-41

Welcome to the Beacon Arts Centre’s Spring Season What better way to brighten the long winter days than with a visit to Greenock's Beacon Arts Centre, here to light up the lives of all those in Inverclyde and beyond? Come along during the day and get involved in our fantastic creative learning activities, including a first series of Masterclasses – everything from Playing the Fool to Playing with Shakespeare – which will open windows on new worlds of imagination. Or perhaps immerse yourself in one of the wide-ranging series of arts exhibitions, curated by Fraser Taylor, an Honorary Professor at Glasgow School of Art and co-founder of The Textile Collective. And of course it goes – almost – without saying that the Beacon is the place to be for a fantastic evening out. If you want to get up close and personal and hear the inside stories of extraordinary lives, then lively chat and a few surprises from the doyenne of Scottish comedy, Elaine C Smith, and footballing supremo Gordon Strachan should fit the bill. If it's dance you're looking for, Strictly's Ian Waite and Vincent Simone, The Ballroom Boys, provide the grace and style, while Ballet West bring the classical poise of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Spirit of the Dance the toe-tapping, leg-kicking dazzle and flair. Warm-hearted and nostalgic comedy comes to the Beacon with Liam Dolan and Johnny Mac's affectionate tribute to ‘Francie and Josie’, and the will-they, won't they return to the music-hall stage of The Rainmen. Something a bit more contemporary?

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TV's Patrick Monahan gives his low-down on modern life, from living in a caravan to living it up on the ski slopes, and Edinburgh Fringe award-winners Croft & Pearce present their new sketch show. We have a fantastic music programme this season, from tributes to Doris Day and Leonard Cohen to The Hollies and ABBA, traditional music from harpist Karen Marshalsay, new kids on the block Gnoss and the raucous Tannahill Weavers, plus a Fiddlers’ Rally and Inverclyde Burns Club’s annual competition, jazz, swing/big band and country and western - the Beacon has all angles covered. Kids and families aren't forgotten either. Unlock the gate to the Secret Garden, see the world from an animal's viewpoint in Scottish Opera's enchanting Fox-Tot!, explore environmental issues in The Man Who Planted Trees, get ready to fly with Whirlybird – and see everyone's favourite cheeky wee scamp, Oor Wullie, like you've never seen him before! The Beacon is delighted, too, to host Inverclyde Musical Youth Theatre's production of The Sound of Music (climb every mountain to bag a ticket!) and The Albany’s overnight sensation Hairspray: The Musical. One last thing. Don't forget that the stunning Gallery Suite may be just the setting for your special event. With its jaw-dropping panoramic views across the Clyde making this a unique venue, it's yet another reason to make sure the Beacon Arts Centre is well and truly on your arts and culture radar. We look forward to seeing you. Pauline Kane Theatre Director

Beacon Arts Centre is proud to be funded and supported by



Front cover image An Audience with Elaine C Smith | 25 Jan – see page 7 Photography by Martin McCreadie, Upfront Photography.

Greenock Arts Guild Limited trading as Beacon Arts Centre is a registered charity in Scotland Company No. SC024805 Registered Scottish Charity No. SC003030.


We believe in the power of the arts to inspire and empower our community. Therefore, we are committed to embedding outreach and creative learning throughout the heart of the Beacon’s activity with the aim of reaching as many people as possible.

For more information please see our website for further details or contact or call 01475 723723. Beacon Youth Theatre


Spring Term runs every Saturday from 18 Jan to 28 Mar Little Sparks (P1-2): 10-10.45am Flames (P3-7): 10.45am-12.45pm Beacons (S1+): 1.15-3.15pm First session FREE for new members

Beacon Youth Theatre presents SUBMERGE Friday 13 Mar 6.30pm Donations welcome

Beacon Youth Theatre invites young people aged 5 to 21 to use their imagination, share ideas, tell real life stories and collaborate to make them come alive on stage.

A compilation of devised theatre pieces stemming from how our relationship with water informs parts of our identity, what stories it tells and what history it holds. Devised by Beacon Youth Theatre Directed by Nicholas Barton-Wines & Ryan Hay Assistant Directed by Jess Smith Produced by Kate Stevens


January-April 2020

Beacon Young Company

Beacon Young Company offers a structured opportunity to young people aged 16 to 21 in Inverclyde who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The Young Company will have a focus on devised work, how to become a theatre-maker and will make its debut at Mull Youth Theatre TEN Festival. Members will be selected through a workshop audition. Please email for more information and an application form. IMPORTANT DATES: Application Deadline: Wednesday 1 Jan 2020 at 5pm Workshop Audition: Thursday 9 Jan 2020 6-8pm Selected members must be available on the following dates: Thursdays 23 Jan to 9 Apr 2020 6-8pm Extra rehearsals: Friday 3 Apr and Friday 10 Apr 10am-4pm 13-19 Apr: TEN Festival


PLATINUM DANCE Spring Term: 13 Jan-30 Mar Every Monday 10-11am Cost: £3 drop-in/£24 full block Platinum Dance offers wellbeing benefits for those aged 55+ while partaking in fun, supported and accessible dance activities.

DANCE FOR PARKINSON’S Every Tuesday Class 1-2.30pm Social Café 2.30-3.15pm Dance for Parkinson’s can develop participants’ balance, coordination, confidence and creativity in a fun and friendly environment. The Dance for Parkinson’s programme has been generously supported by Dance Base, Scottish Ballet, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Parkinson’s UK. Support also gratefully received from The Rayne Foundation, R S MacDonald Charitable Trust, Cairn Energy, the Elizabeth Frankland Moore & Star Foundation, J & J R Wilson Charitable Trust, Cruden Foundation, Barrack Charitable Trust and Mrs Gladys Row Fogo Charitable Trust. MAPDANCE 2020 WORKSHOP Wednesday 19 Feb 10.30am-12.30pm Ages 14+ FREE The workshop will begin with a thorough warm-up followed by a creative workshop using ideas from Mapdance’s repertory. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a much greater insight into the work of a choreographer while developing technical, expressive and performance skills.

ADULT DANCE LAB Winter Term: 13 Jan-30 Mar Every Monday 6.30-7.30pm Cost: £6 drop-in/£60 full block Our Adult Dance Lab is open to anyone 16+ of any experience level. This class focuses on providing participants with a deeper understanding of contemporary dance technique and choreography.

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Over the spring we will be offering an array of one-off masterclasses for you to discover something new or show off your skills. No experience necessary. Find more details on our website! All Masterclasses £5!






Play the Fool: Clowning

Sunday 26 Jan



Playing with Shakespeare

Friday 7 Feb



Introduction to Movement

Friday 7 Feb



Monologue Lab

Saturday 8 Feb



How to be a Guerilla Artist

Saturday 8 Feb



Devising Theatre: From Objects

Sunday 9 Feb



Essential Filmmaking Skills

Monday 10 Feb



Play the Fool: Clowning

Wednesday 12 Feb



Devising Theatre: From Local History

Sunday 23 Feb



Devising Theatre: From Music

Sunday 8 Mar



What’s the story? A Playwriting Masterclass

Sunday 22 Mar



Devising Theatre: From Real Stories

Sunday 29 Mar



Shakespeare & Hip Hop

Thursday 23 Apr


Secondary Schools Only

Shakespeare & Hip Hop

Thursday 23 Apr



January-April 2020



EASTER FAMILY FUN DAY When: Saturday 4 Apr 2020 10am-4pm Where: Beacon Arts Centre A fun-filled day of Easter treats, crafts and activities, local stalls, workshops and street theatre. Keep your eyes peeled for more information. DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SOCIAL DANCES in partnership with

Be Heard is an initiative that connects the Beacon Arts Centre and the Inverclyde community. As part of Be Heard’s early development we are listening to you – our local community. Keep your eyes out for our new Beacon Community Ambassadors Group – a group of 15 Inverclyde community members selected to become part of the development of our Creative Learning and wider programme. Could you be one of our Beacon Community Ambassadors? The deadline to apply is Friday 20 Dec 2019. If you want to know more or are interested in joining the conversation, visit, email or call us on 01475 460262.

Dance the winter blues away with our new social dances in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. The whole family is welcome to come along to dance the day away and reminisce the old dance halls. When: Second Thursday of every month 1-1.30pm: Class 1.30-2.30pm: Dancing! 2.30-3pm: Tea and Cake Tickets £6 per person (£2 Class/£4 Dance): tea and cake included. Children under 8 go free! If you don’t have anyone to come along with, don’t worry! We are setting up ‘Will ye dance wi’ me?’, a scheme where volunteers can sign up to come along and be available for partnering with people who have come alone. If you want more information on how to sign up as a volunteer, please contact

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Sat 11 Jan | 7.30pm £21.50/£20 (conc)


Sat 18 Jan | 7.30pm £22/£20 (conc) | 12+


Let yourself be transported hand-clapping and toe-tapping to Nashville and back with Europe’s No.1 multi-award-winning Country music show. The 2020 show spotlights tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers, with brand-new tributes to Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette and Jim Reeves. Featuring four superb singers backed by a rip-roaring live band, one thing’s for sure – if Country’s your thing, this is the only show in town!

Relive the sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in this spectacular evening of swing and big band music from the stunning instrumentalists and vocalists of the tenpiece Down for the Count Swing Orchestra - guaranteed to bring back gold memories of the Swing era.

‘Pure raw Country at its best’

‘A breath of fresh air’

Country Music Television


‘One helluva celebration of vintage music’ TimeOut London

Twinwood Festival – a festival of vintage music and dance

January-April 2020



An Audience with

Elaine C Smith Sat 25 Jan | 7.30pm £25/£23 (conc) | 16+


Fresh from her BAFTA Award-winning performance as the unhinged Christine in the BBC2 hit sitcom Two Doors Down and her RTS Award for the STV production Burdz Eye View, Elaine C. Smith (aka Rab C. Nesbitt’s Mary Doll) returns to the stage with her hugely successful one-woman show. Prepare yourself for a sparkling mix of intelligent stand-up, storytelling, music and occasional bursts of communal singing, plus a couple of more-than-interesting guests and the opportunity to question the funny woman herself.

Sun 26 Jan | 7.30pm £21/£19 (conc)


On the road for more than 20 years, Mercury are without doubt one of the world’s most authentic Queen tribute acts. Treat yourself to the ultimate night out, with full-on performances of all the greatest Queen hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You and many more.

‘Freddie was an original. He and Queen were the best. But now, in this new century, Joseph, Glenn and Mercury are the next best thing’ Jer Bulsara, Freddie’s mum

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Fault Lines Sat 1 Feb | 7.30pm £10/£8 (conc) | 12+

My Life in Football: An Evening with Gordon Strachan Wed 29 Jan | 7.30pm


A fashion show on the fracture between feminism and fabric. A catwalk which takes you from Haute Couture to bargain bin, from big beats to near silence. Five diverse performers take to the stage on a catwalk like no other! Jazzy moves, heartfelt stories and throbbing energy fill the room. Using your mobile and headphones, choose between music and stories to curate your own journey through a runway show of people just like you and people you’ll never know. It’s Susan Sontag meets America’s Next Top Model.


£25/VIP & Meet & Greet £40 Playing for the likes of Aberdeen, Manchester United and Leeds United, and winning multiple domestic and European titles, Gordon Strachan also graced the international stage for Scotland on 50 occasions. During his managerial career he took Southampton to the 1985 FA Cup Final and won many trophies at Celtic before going on to take charge of the Scottish international team. In conversation with broadcaster Gerry McDade, Gordon will discuss his colourful career and life on an evening no lover of football will want to miss!


*preview performance

January-April 2020


Sun 2 Feb | 7.30pm £24/£23 (conc)



Over 50 years since the release of Rod’s first album, this brand-new tribute show is a fantastic celebration of one of rock music’s all-time most successful artistes, capturing the excitement, energy and charisma that have made Rod a true rock icon. Featuring all the hits, including Handbags and Gladrags, Maggie May, Baby Jane, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Sailing, Tonight’s the Night, The First Cut Is the Deepest and You’re in My Heart.

A Wire Apar t Mon 3 Feb | 7.30pm £10/£8 (conc)


A Wire Apart is a modern love story set in the surreal environment of our digitally connected world. Distanced by a tangle of wires, two lost individuals work to find each other, but in doing so they must first find themselves. Using dance, physical theatre, tight-wire walking and original music, A Wire Apart explores the impact modern communication has on our mental health and our ability to connect authentically with one another. *workshop with platinum dance *preview performance

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‘I am thrilled to working with the Beacon Arts Centre to establish an inclusive visual arts programme of exhibitions and events which presents emerging and established artists who explore diverse themes, processes and materials’ Fraser Taylor | Guest Curator

Shetland by Fraser Taylor, 2015, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, silk screen on cloth

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Fraser Taylor as Guest Curator for art exhibitions at Beacon Arts Centre. Fraser is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, working across a wide range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and animation. Fraser will curate an inspiring and regularly changing programme of local, national and international artists. We are thrilled and excited to have an artist of Fraser's talent and reputation working with us, presenting thought-provoking exhibitions throughout the year for everyone in Inverclyde and beyond. Fraser also studied at the Royal College of Art and since 1983, has developed an interdisciplinary art practice and exhibited internationally. His practice is rooted in drawing and strategies manifest in a range of singular or collaborative projects, including large-scale sculptural installations, set design, print media, film and painting. As an educator he has lectured at leading fine art and design institutions, and from 2001 until 2017 was a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and co-founded The Textile Collective.


January-April 2020

20:20 Hindsight Mon 6 - Fri 31 Jan by John Dollard

John Dollard is a self-taught artist based in the east end of Greenock. This exhibition shows a cross-section of work he has produced over the past five years. The work consists of what he calls ‘Scottish pop art’, as well as local Greenock scenes in various media and scales. This is his first solo exhibition. @johndollardart – Facebook

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Alastair Houston Sat 1 Feb – Sat 29 Feb

Alastair David Houston was born in 1965 and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. Coming from an enthusiastic sailing family, he spent his early years on the waters, leading to a move to the professional sailor’s world of Palma, Mallorca, in the late 1980s.


Working on yachts was second nature, and with a chance meeting with art and yacht enthusiasts proposing the question ‘can you paint my boat?’ came the answer ‘yes and I can also paint a picture of it!’. Interested in art from a young age, Alastair has always loved drawing and painting. This was a first commission and so began his career as an artist.

January-April 2020

Art Plus Cartoon Fri 3 - Thur 30 Apr by Neil G Smith

‘Delighted to bring a collection of pictures celebrating my art and cartoon. This show will surprise and delight with a completely new range of pictures never seen before!’ Neil G Smth

The Art

As I pound the roads, travelling coast to coast I experience firsthand the grandeur and beauty this wonderful country has to offer. Maybe like Munro with the Grand Mountains of Scotland I love bagging a new location from seascape, landscape, town, castle or hotel it's always a thrill to visit a new spot on the map. This more personal subject showcases my reflective nature when not caricaturing and I hope you enjoy this range of paintings just as much as my fun pics.

The Cartoon

Celebrate with me the experience of being a professional caricaturist and spot your favourite celebrity. Join us for some Art + Cartoon, Arttoon at the Beacon.

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Thu 6 & Fri 7 Feb 7.30pm


Sat 8 Feb 2.30pm & 7.30pm £16 child/£18 adult Inverclyde Musical Youth Theatre present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, the world’s most beloved musical. When Maria proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of widowed naval Captain von Trapp. But the happiness of everyone is soon thrown into doubt … Climb ev’ry mountain to get a ticket, because we know The Sound of Music is one of your favourite things! The Sound of Music, Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. * This is an amateur production


Swan Lake Sun 9 Feb | 7.30pm £18


More than a hundred talented young dancers from Ballet West’s Upper School in Taynuilt and High-Performance Lower School in Oban, led by Principal Dancer Natasha Watson, present their critically acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake. The company will be supported by international guest artists as well as dancers from Ballet West’s Associate Programmes in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. A real treat for dance fans!

January-April 2020





queen Fri 14 Feb | 7.30pm £12/£10 (conc) BY GILLIAN DUFFY

Wed 12 Feb | 7.30pm £15/£13 (conc) | 16+


Heartbroken author Emily Winters takes herself away to her aunt’s old cottage in Ayrshire to get over her cheating ex. As she celebrates Burns’ Night alone, wishing the right man would show up, she is visited by the ghost of Rabbie Burns – and he has his own dating advice! Featuring My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, Ae Fond Kiss, Charlie Is My Darling and Auld Lang Syne, this hilarious comedy proves that love and relationships haven’t changed much in two hundred years after all.


Following their sell-out 2019 Beacon show, the Boyds return with an evening of acoustic Bowie and Queen. First up, stripped-back two-part-harmony versions of some of The Duke’s timeless classics, including Space Oddity, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, Rebel Rebel. Then the award-winning duo’s creative reinterpretations of some of the iconic songs of Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are the Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. A unique new take on some old favourites.

‘An unexpected gem that really warms the heart’ Glasgow Theatre Blog

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Sat 15 Feb | 7.30pm




Hear how two boys from the back streets of Salford met in a Manchester primary school aged six and went on to create The Hollies, a band to rival The Beatles, enjoying dozens of chart hits and a 2010 inauguration into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Performed by a talented young band and presented by an engaging narrator, this entertaining show for all ages features Look Through Any Window, Carrie Anne, On a Carousel, I’m Alive – and of course, Jennifer Eccles.

Sun 16 Feb 2.30pm & 7.30pm £25.50/£24 (conc)


Seen by more than 20 million people worldwide, this high-octane extravaganza takes dance to the next level, in an explosive fusion of heart-pounding Irish dance combined with styles from around the world – Scottish, flamenco, Latin, salsa, street dance, hip hop, techno, can-can and American tap. This dance spectacular has brilliant lighting, dazzling costumes and breathtaking choreography, and in 2020 celebrates 21 fabulous years as one of the most successful dance shows ever. It will leave you screaming for more!


January-April 2020


The Tannahill Weavers Sun 16 Feb | 8pm £12/£10 (conc)


Sample traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material The Tannahill Weavers perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirit.

‘Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers The Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures’

Thu 20 Feb | 7.30pm £25


A Country Night In Nashville recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the decades; from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Kacey Musgraves, don’t miss this incredible celebration of the very best of country music.

Celtic Connections

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SOON 2020

Bowie Experience Sun 3 May | 7:30pm £24.50 / £23 (conc)

Oh What A Night! Fri 8 May | 7:30pm | £23

Gary Meikle: Surreal Sat 16 May | 8pm £22.50 | 16+

Gladys Knight: Midnight Train to Georgia Sun 17 May | 7:30pm £23/£22

LAU Unplugged Wed 20 May | 8pm £16/£14 (conc)

Rock for Heroes Wed 24 Jun | 7:30pm £21/£19 (conc)

Ireland The Show Sun 26 July | 7:30pm £25/£22.50 (conc)


A wild and beautiful retelling of the classic story. Adapted by Rosalind Sydney.

Fri 21 Feb | 7pm £5 | 6+


When Mary arrives from far away to live with her uncle, she is grumpy, difficult and lonely. But that all changes when she happens upon a mysterious garden that has been locked and hidden away for years. There she discovers wonders and magic that she never imagined possible. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of the greatest classics of children’s literature. Join Red Bridge Arts – and Mary – on a journey filled with secrets, mystery and unexpected friendships.

January-April 2020


Help us develop this fantastic community resource for present and future generations Beacon Arts Centre is a charity operating at the heart of the community, creating positive partnerships with many other local and national organisations to provide life enriching creative, social and educational experiences. With over 110,000 people entering the building each year, the Beacon Arts Centre makes a positive economic impact on the region, attracting locals and visitors from near and far.


To find out more about ways to donate, visit The arts are a force for positive change in Inverclyde and by supporting us you can play a part in that change. If you would like to discuss any of our support options, please contact Jill Thomson, Development Manager by email or phone 01475 723723.

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Are you looking for a unique, memorable space to host a special event? Our Gallery Suite may be just the ticket!





With its full-height windows offering spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the mountains beyond, the Gallery Suite is an idyllic setting for weddings, parties and conferences, and an inspiring creative space for workshops, meetings, classes and more. The Gallery Suite is flexible too and can be set up to suit your party size and event type, with a dedicated team on hand to bring your event to life. To discuss booking the Gallery Suite, please contact us at events@beaconartscentre. or, if you would prefer to talk through your requirements, call us on 01475 723723

January-April 2020



TIMES ARE A-CHANGIN’: songs of peace, protest and love Fri 21 Feb | 8pm


£12/10 (conc)

Following their hugely successful Beacon appearance in 2018, Andante return with a new show in which they revisit the 1960s and ’70s era of peace, protest and love. Featuring unique arrangements on 16 instruments, Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson bring their vocal harmonies and outstanding musicianship to bear on songs by artists such as Pete Seeger, The Kinks, McCartney, Dylan, Baez, Lennon, Simon & Garfunkel and more. All you need is love, love is all you need!

Sat 22 Feb 2.30pm &7.30pm £23/£22 (conc)


The much-loved Glasgow characters return by popular demand in this brand-new show. Scottish variety and pantomime favourites Liam Dolan as ‘Francie’ and Johnny Mac as ‘Josie’ open up the archives to relive a whole host of hilarious comedy sketches, routines and songs on a trip down memory lane that is guaranteed to leave you feeling ‘La-Di-Da-Di-Da’. This is an evening you will be ‘Sure, Sure, Sure’ to remember!

‘Nostalgic, sympathetic and fantastic’

Cat Harvey

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gnoss Sat 22 Feb | 7.30pm £12/£10 (conc)


A dynamic four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, Gnoss have been tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by Songlines magazine for their lively, engaging and honest performances.

Dance to the Music Wed 26 Feb | 7.30pm Standard £27 | VIP £45


Dance to the Music is a sumptuously beautiful, glamorous dance show created, directed, choreographed and starring exStrictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff, and featuring fabulous costumes, stunning vocals and breathtaking choreography. Hosted by heart-throb Jake Quickenden, of The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity and Dancing on Ice fame, and showcasing an exciting troupe of dancers including South African Dancing with the Stars professionals Marcella Solimeo and Dylon Daniels, this promises to be a gorgeous evening not to be missed.

Formed as a duo in 2015, since expanding to a four-piece, Gnoss have earned a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. With the recent release of their debut album, all eyes are firmly on this exciting young quartet.


January-April 2020


One Act

Festival Featuring Local Drama Groups including

GREENOCK PLAYERS G.I.P. • KAYOS THEATRE Thu 27 - Sat 29 Feb | 7pm £13/£5 for under 16s £30 season ticket Come along and be entertained by drama groups from all over Inverclyde. Enjoy different types of plays, drama, comedy and all round great entertainment. Each play lasts between 25-50 minutes with plenty of time to refill your drinks in between!


Fri 6 Mar | 7.30pm £23


The genius of Leonard Cohen is unquestionable. The award-winning Canadian poet turned to song-writing in the early 60s. His final tour in 2013 took him to 31 countries and he was widely praised as not just a gifted poet, but a Buddhist priest and perhaps a prophet! Including Hallelujah, So Long, Marianne, Suzanne, The Future, Everybody Knows and many more, this is a heartfelt tribute, with great musicians, a chorus of beautiful angels and, of course, that golden voice.

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Sat 7 Mar | 7.30pm £25/£23 (conc)





Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one of the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular.

Tue 10 Mar | 9am FREE

Spotlighting Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, Tragedy, Islands in the Stream, Grease, If I Can’t Have You and many more iconic hits, this fabulously authentic tribute production ensures the Gibb brothers’ incredible legacy of classic songs is well and truly stayin’ alive.

Once again, the annual Burns Competition is to be held at the Beacon. Greenock Burns Club (The Mother Club) welcomes everyone to this celebration of Scots culture. Come along and hear children perform songs and poems and play their musical instruments. The winners from this competition will take part in the National Competition.


January-April 2020


Tina May & Brian Kellock Thu 12 Mar | 8pm


£12/10 (conc)

The UK’s top jazz vocalist and Scotland’s own world-class pianist celebrate the legendary meetings between jazz stars Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. Tina May has sung with great American jazz players Nat Adderley, Joe Henderson and Ray Bryant, and Brian Kellock is the master accompanist sought out by Stanley Turrentine, Sheila Jordan, Joe Temperley and Carol Kidd. Together they combine consummate singing, supreme musicianship and two natural onstage personalities into an evening of musical magic.

Thu 12 & Fri 13 Mar | 7.30pm Sat 14 Mar | 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Adult £24.50 - 27.50 Child & Concession £23.50 - 25.50 5+ Scotland’s cheekiest spiky-haired scamp is back! Join the Sunday Post gang in a brand new musical adventure celebrating over 80 years as Scotland’s most beloved comic strip.


“Help ma boab, it’s a braw musical!” The Guardian


“A new Scottish musical that will warm the hearts of thousands” The Scotsman

«««« The Herald

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Double Take Sat 14 Mar | 8pm £12/£10 (conc) | 14+


Official Edinburgh Fringe ‘Total Sell-Out Show’ laurel recipients, winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award and WhatsOnLondon Comedy Award nominees, the stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show and Sketchorama present their new narrative sketch show.

‘Masters of pinpoint observation and characterisation’ The Daily Telegraph

Thu 19 & Fri 20 Mar | 7:30pm Sat 21 Mar | 2:30pm & 7:30pm £18


Welcome to the 60s where Tracy Turnblad, a small-town girl with groovy hair and an even bigger heart, will stop at nothing to follow her dreams. You Can’t Stop the Beat as she sets out to dance her way onto national TV with The Nicest Kids In Town. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way! Hairspray is the fantastic feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away! *This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe


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Sat 21 Mar | 8pm £12/£10 (conc)


Smart and funny observations on a new found, middle class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of poor, immigrant, livingin-a-caravan roots. As seen on The One Show (BBC), Fake Reaction (ITV), Celebrity Squares (ITV).


‘Patrick is a Fringe legend and it's easy to see why’

Fri 20 Mar | 10am & 11.30am Sat 21 Mar | 10am

Daily Mirror


‘There isn’t a comic quite like him‘

£12 adult & baby ticket For 12 to 24 month-olds

A little fox is sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures. Set in a woodland world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and puppetry is an interactive opera experience for kids and adults to enjoy together – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world.

‘A wonderful and gentle introduction to opera for tiny ears’««««« Edinburgh Festivals for Kids Co-commissioned and co-produced with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

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Tue 24 Mar | 2pm £16


Join the Day at Night band and singers for this celebration of the life of Doris Day, featuring more than 20 popular hits, including Que Sera Sera, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Sentimental Journey and Secret Love, interwoven with anecdotes about this very special lady. The show also features projections to rekindle the nostalgia of a bygone era, and a re-creation of Doris Day’s final performance in 1975 for CBS television. Whip-crack-away!


Saturday 28 Mar 2:30pm & 7:30pm £14/£12 (conc) Buy 11 get 1 free 14+


The Gourley family enjoy life. Yes, they have their ups and downs, but their closeness is never in doubt. All this changes when one is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Yet surely there is always hope? Created in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Islets of Silence aims to encourage dialogue on an often-difficult subject by highlighting the effects of a diagnosis on everyone: from patient, to doctor, to loved ones. Because where there is heartbreak, there is also room for hope, tenacity and compassion.

January-April 2020



One Act

Festival Western Division One Act Play Final Thu 26 - Sat 28 Mar | 7pm £13/£5 for under 16s and a £30 season ticket


We are delighted to welcome the Scottish Community Drama Association as hosts of the Western Division One Act Play Final. This festival brings the best plays and performances from the West of Scotland together to compete with our very own Inverclyde Champions.


Whirlybird Greenock Central Library

*Beacon on the road

Wed 1 Apr | 11am £5 (conc) For 3 to 7 year-olds In a cosy nest, two birds look skywards and get ready for their maiden flight. While flying comes easy for Bird, Whirlybird just can’t get the hang of it. After many failed attempts, inspiration is found in a very special flying seed. An uplifting piece of theatre for children about learning to fly, encouraging one another and finding joy and inspiration in nature.

‘Delightful … slips from hilarity to pathos with ease, and keeps the children transfixed’ The List

There will be something for everyone with three short plays being performed each night. Come along to see the best of the West and support your local teams!

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Kings of the Blues Sat 4 Apr | 8pm £15/£13 (conc)


Showcasing some of the greatest-ever blues songs, this show includes classic tracks such as The Thrill is Gone, Born Under a Bad Sign, Hideaway, See See Baby, Let the Good Times Roll and many more, all performed with Main Street’s trademark energy and flair. Main Street have sold out all their performances at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival every year since 2012 and their Kings of the Blues shows sold out at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.


The Man Who Planted Trees Sun 5 Apr | 2pm £5 | 7+


This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale, touring since 2006, is a unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling showing us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. ‘Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups’ The Guardian

‘It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to adults and children as this magical show’ The Scotsman

January-April 2020



Ian Waite & Vincent Simone:

THE BALLROOM BOYS ...ACT TWO Wed 15 Apr | 7.30pm £30/£28 (conc) | VIP £56

Sun 11 Apr | 7.30pm £20/£18 (conc)


Relive the sounds of the Swinging Sixties as Britain’s No.1 tribute show brings back memories of that magical decade with the fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees, to name but a few.


The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of oldfashioned variety – dance, comedy and song – with beautiful costumes, gorgeous lighting and world-class routines, including the Viennese waltz, the foxtrot and the rhumba, and of course another incredible Argentine tango routine by the master! The boys will be joined by their stunning dance partners and an incredible singer. If you enjoyed The Ballroom Boys, then make sure you don’t miss the hilarious dancing duo when they bring you … Act Two! The VIP Meet and Greet includes meeting Ian and Vincent for photo and autograph opportunities, plus a signed print. The Meet and Greet is PRE-SHOW and will start 90 minutes before the show begins at 6pm. All VIP ticket-holders must arrive at least 10 minutes before the Meet and Greet is due to start. Anyone arriving late may not be admitted.

The Counterfeit Sixties also features the clothes of the time and flashbacks to period TV programmes, adverts and even clips of the original bands. The band members have worked with artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes and The Tremeloes. Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia!

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waves by Alice Mary Cooper

Thu 16 Apr | 2pm £5


Waves is the tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930s, by emulating fish, penguins and dolphins to learn how to swim, she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke. Combining storytelling, movement and splashes of humour, Waves is about having the courage, desire and determination to swim against the tide of expectation – an extraordinary tale of a life fully lived.


Fri 17 Apr 2:30pm & 7pm £18/£16 (conc)


The List

‘Fifty glorious minutes’

Photo credit: Cristina Todaro


The ultimate feel food show! Another sensational show from the producers of Memory Lane, Rolling Back The Years and Memories Are Made of This. One of the biggest shows of its kind in the UK, taking the audience on a breathtaking musical journey through the 50s, 60s and some the brilliant sounds of the 70s. Including songs by Del Shannon, Frank Sinatra, Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, Showaddywaddy, The Drifters, Queen and many more. Over 160 amazing costumes and choreographed for each decade, performed by West End and international vocalists, alongside the stunning Timeless Showgirls.

January-April 2020

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Karen Marshalsay Sat 18 Apr | 7.30pm £24.50/£23 (conc)


Walk Right Back is back, telling the story of the most successful duo of all time – The Everly Brothers. Featuring hits such as Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown, this unique concert-based musical entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of those ‘harmonies from heaven’. Follow the brothers’ rise to fame, through their decade-long feud, to the glorious reunion that gave them back to the world – and back to each other.


Sat 18 Apr | 8pm £12/£10 (conc)


Karen Marshalsay is a master of traditional Scottish harp music. Playing all three Scottish harps – gut-strung, wire-strung and the distinctive-sounding bray harp – Karen has appeared throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia. Between gigs with Irish music legend, Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell’s group, Karen released her solo album, The Road to Kennacraig, in 2019, earning a four-star review in The Scotsman. Full of musical insights, her concerts take you into the timeless world of Scotland’s ancient instrument.

January-April 2020

RCS RECITAL Sun 19 Apr | 2.30pm £10

by Lorna Martin


Music is an Outburst of the Soul: Recital with Voice Students from the RCS

Sun 24 May | 2.30pm £10



If Music be the Food of Love…

An afternoon recital of engaging arias, songs and duets, showcasing Masters students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A wonderful opportunity to hear the voices of tomorrow. Come and hear some of the old favourites as well as new repertoire. The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Tue 21 Apr - Sat 25 Apr | 1pm Fri 24 Apr | 1pm & 6pm £15 *Pies and pints will be served one hour before performances


Italy, 1984. Scotland’s Rose Reilly scores for Italy, helping them win the women’s World Cup. Earlier, in Scotland, Rose is expelled from school, sacked from her job, handed a lifetime ban by the Scottish Football Association. The incredible true story of a girl from Ayrshire who refused to play by society’s discriminatory rules. Produced by A Play, a Pie and a Pint in Association with the Traverse Theatre and Beacon Arts Centre.

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Thu 23 Apr | 7:30pm £23/£21 (conc) | VIP £34



This fantastic production stars the world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist, Navi, who is joined by MJ’s iconic guitarist, Jennifer Batten. Navi was chosen by Michael as his official body double, and will soon feature in an upcoming major movie about the star. Jennifer was Michael’s ‘right-hand woman’ for more than a decade, performing with him on three world tours. Together with an incredible band and dancers, Navi and Jennifer take you closer than you ever dreamed to an original Michael Jackson concert.


Fri 24 Apr | 7.30pm £24/£22 (conc)


This international smash-hit tribute show brings all of ABBA’s No. 1 hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes and dazzling performances from an all-star cast that’ll have you thanking ABBA for the music again and again! Record-breaking movies, smash-hit West End musicals, chart-topping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy now lives on in concert with this all-new spectacular show.

January-April 2020


Sat 25 Apr | 7.30pm £18/£16 (conc)


MacFloyd return to the Beacon with their new show for 2020, promising an unforgettable journey through the Pink Floyd catalogue and visiting the iconic band’s most memorable and timeless classics from The Dark Side of the Moon to Division Bell via a whole lot more in the ‘Floyd’ solar system. Featuring an impressive light and laser display, stunning visual effects and firstclass musicians, let MacFloyd take you to the Moon and back!

Sat 25 Apr | 7.30pm £12/£10 (conc)


Wullie and Harry are two elderly comedians who were once a popular Scottish musichall comedy act known as The Rainmen. After 30 years together, they parted ways on unfriendly terms and have not spoken to each other since. Now 20 years later, their agent is trying to get them to revive the double act for a oneoff music-hall special at the Panopticon Theatre in Glasgow, but the old animosity remains.

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£10/£8 (conc) under 5s free The Society’s annual rally under the baton of musical director Allan MacDougall. The orchestra, with members from Inverclyde, Renfrew and North Ayrshire, has been delighting audiences for over 20 years. They will be joined by guests from across Scotland, producing the unique, thrilling sound of around 40 musicians on fiddles, accordions, flutes, drums, guitars and keyboard. Expect an exciting evening of hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, reels, airs, songs and more – beautiful, soul-stirring, toe-tapping traditional music!


Wed 29 Apr | 7:30pm


£15/£10 (conc) £8 schools Wasteland, Gary Clarke’s new dance-theatre sequel to Coal, about the collapse of a mining community, continues the story, following the next generation headfirst into a gritty story of loss, hope, tragedy and survival based on the illegal rave scene of the 1990s. *Post show talk

‘Blisteringly fierce’ The Herald

‘Poignant and thrilling’ The Skinny

January-April 2020



Thur 30 Apr | 7.30pm £22.50 | 12+

Wed 29 Apr | 8pm £12/£10 (conc)


Ventoux is the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani on the fearsome Mont Ventoux in the 2000 Tour de France. 20 years on, their rivalry is re-staged in Ventoux using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question–how far will we go to succeed?


Make a date to see Tenors Un Limited the 'rat pack of opera’ the number one selling classical vocal trio thrill once again with their uplifting new show 'That’s Amoré’ Let Scott, Paul & Jem take you on a journey through some of the best loved songs of the last century, made famous by other ‘icons of song’, such as Pavarotti, Lanza, Sting, Bublé and Freddie Mercury.All your troubles will melt away as these 3 greatest of showmen present a diverse programme with their trademark soaring vocals, velvet harmonies and killer sense of humour.



'Touching and elegantly controlled' The Scotsman

'A devastating study' Broadway Baby

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INFORMATION Terms & Conditions

Full conditions of ticket sales are available at the Box Office and on the website. Please note that Beacon Arts Centre operates a strict no-refunds policy.

Booking Tickets Online: Telephone: 01475 723723 In Person: Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1HJ


New Focus Duo: THE CLASSICAL CONNECTION Thu 30 Apr | 8pm


£12/£10 (conc)

Award-winning pianist and saxophonist Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski give fascinating insights into classical music’s relationship with jazz. In an informal presentation, these two leading jazz musicians demonstrate Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Duke Ellington’s shared love, show why Miles Davis and Erik Satie were kindred spirits and play widely acclaimed original compositions.


Concession rates are available on many performances and apply to the following groups: Children (under 16, or over 16 in fulltime education) • Young Scot cardholders and students • Senior citizens • Those in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, and Employment and Support Allowance recipients • Disabled patrons. Carer and assisted companion tickets are also available • Members of Equity, BECTU, Scottish Society of Playwrights and Musicians’ Union. Proof of entitlement must be shown when collecting tickets.

Access Register

We have a free Access Requirement Register (ARR) in order to improve our service to you. The information you provide for the Register will be stored on file to help find the best available seats for you quickly and easily. You can join the Access Requirement Register by filling in a form which is available from the Box Office or on our website. Please note free Personal Assistant (essential carer) tickets will only be available to those on the Access Requirement Register, although it is not a requirement for you to join the Access Requirement Register in order to book tickets.


At certain performances, we offer one free ticket with every 10 purchased.

Booking Fee

We charge a £2.20 online transaction fee which goes towards our processing costs. All booking fees are subject to change as we develop our services.

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Family Friendly

We are breast-feeding friendly. There are baby-changing facilities for both men and women to use.

Disability Friendly

Beacon Arts Centre is fully accessible with wheelchair spaces, lifts and an induction loop. Our staff are fully trained to help.

Environmentally Friendly

We aim to be as green as possible and are proud to use fully compostable cups and paper straws. We recycle and are working to reduce our energy use.


We have FREE Wi-FI throughout the building.

ACCESS How to get here

Beacon Arts Centre is situated on Custom House Quay, opposite the Custom House, and is within easy reach of Greenock town centre and close to all public transport links.

By road

Beacon Arts Centre is off the A8 behind Greenock Police Station. Turn into Brymner Street at the Police Station and then right into Custom House Place. We have free customer parking to the rear of the building and to the left of the building in front of the Custom House.

By train

Greenock Central railway station is 500 metres away up a slight gradient, with a frequent service on the Glasgow Central/ Gourock line. Journey times from Glasgow are approximately 30 or 40 minutes and services run until 11pm (an hour earlier on Sundays). Check for up-to-date timetables. Produced by GMP Print using vegetable inks on FSC approved paper. In addition, all the carbon emissions generated in printing will be offset by planting broadleaved trees in a local community woodland resulting in the print becoming completely carbon balanced.


















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