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Jan - Apr 2017


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Thu 19 and Fri 20 Jan, 1pm and 7pm, £6.50/£3.50 conc REACH for Autism

Welcome to 2017 As we enter the New Year, I’m delighted to share with you the Beacon’s new season featuring return visits from Glasgow Girls and the national treasure that is Eddi Reader through to Dead Sheep Comedy Club with its mix of well-known and emerging names. We also introduce new companies like Red Bridge Arts with the family favourite, Black Beauty, which has already racked up 5 star reviews. This year we will focus on what we do as a charity; did you know The Beacon is a registered charity? In November 2016, we launched a Beacon Patron Scheme, headed up by renowned Greenock artists Alec Galloway and Louise Wylie. It’s got off to a flying start and with a minimum donation of £10 per month, there are plenty of special benefits to keep you entertained while you support the work we do with young people and communities across Inverclyde. Details are on our website.

This year will also be a year of new things. One of our new patrons is Dan Temianka whose father, Henri, was born in Greenock in 1906 and moved to America where he became a world-famous violinist. The Beacon will display a bronze bust of Henri while the McLean Museum is closed for refurbishment. It’s an amazing story that we can’t wait to share with you. There’s so much to take part in this season, and don’t forget you can enjoy a light lunch in our bar and kitchen or just take some time out for a refreshment. With free wi-fi, it’s the perfect spot for a bit of work or to while away the day. The Beacon is your place and we look forward to seeing you!

Jackie Shearer Chief Executive

In our World: A day on the Spectrum How much do you know about autism? This sketch, created by the youth of REACH for Change, explores the effects and challenges of living with autism in a funny and moving way. Exploring themes of bullying, criminal justice, employment, sleep and sensory issues, it comes from the heart of six brave young people who want to make a difference to others living with autism.

Thu 2 Feb, 7.30pm, £10/£8 conc Company of Wolves

The End of Things The insistent ticking of a clock. The strung-out moments of a lifetime. Meetings. Love. Saying goodbye. Infused with joy, pain and breathtaking beauty, this is a journey to the heart of letting go. Come for the sheer pleasure of chaos and redemption. Come see what might lie at the end of things.

Photo credits: Mihaela Bodlovic, Gary Daniell Photography, Tommy Ga-Ken Wan, Ben Guest, Brian Hartley, Kris Kesiak, John Rodger, Andrew Wilson.


Matthew Townshend Productions 4


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Fri 3 Mar, 7.30pm, £16/£14 conc


Fair Pley presents

The Cause of Thunder

Acclaimed actor David Hayman reprises the role of Bob Cunningham - wrestling with retirement, politics, referendum votes, Corbyn, Brexit, refugees… and that weird thing about rising into the heavens.


If I had a Girl

an entertainment devised by Sheridan Morley with the words and music of Noel Coward. Images from MTP’S 2014 revival with Julian Forsyth and Helen Power.


A startling insight into the lived experience of honour-based violence in ethnic minority communities around Scotland. Survivors and perpetrators of honour-based violence reveal how the choices we make, the families we are born into, and the expectations of others can shape our lives irrevocably. If I had a girl… speaks for those whose voices are silenced or stolen. Suitable for 14+

Sat 4 Mar 7.30pm £10/£8 conc


Wed 8 Mar, 7.30pm, £10/£8 conc Amina, MWRC presents


Wed 15 Mar, 7.30pm, £20/£18 conc Sell A Door presents

Noël and Gertie


A warm and witty musical comedy, Noël and Gertie is a love story devised by Sheridan Morley from the letters and diaries of two of the best-loved performers of the 20th Century; Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. With songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit, this beautifully set and immaculately executed production takes a perfectly-orchestrated trip down memory lane.


Fri 31 Mar 7.30pm £12/£10 conc


Sat 8 Apr 7.30pm £12/£10 conc


Siege Perilous presents

Dyad Productions present

A Life with the Beatles

Jane Eyre: Horse in Careful An Autobiography There are times in life

In 1961, teenager Neil Aspinall joined The Beatles as their driver. He served the Fab Four for 46 years before stepping down as CEO of Apple Corps, their corporate conglomerate. In A Life With The Beatles, we hear his unique story through this energetic and intimate solo drama.

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Charlotte Bronte’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled as a radical stage adaptation by writer/ director Elton Townend Jones and performer Rebecca Vaughan.

‘The best account of the Beatles’ rise to international stardom I have ever seen. Highly recommended’. The British Beatles Fan Club

Gilded Balloon presents

when you need to be careful, but you’ll always be saved if you use your voice. Horse McDonald takes us on a journey from wearing two-tone velvet loons to being one of Scotland’s most celebrated singers, and through those times when she had to be... careful. Join Horse and director Maggie Kinloch afterwards for an audience Q&A, plus hit songs from her illustrious career.

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Thu 27 Apr 7.30pm, £16

Sun 12 Feb, 7.30pm, £17.50/£14 conc Ballet West presents


50-somethings Rob and Cathy are looking forward to reclaiming their own lives now that their daughter Nicola is grown-up and settled; but looming over them is a threat that could rip their future apart. Descent by Linda Duncan McLaughlin explores what happens as they try to hold on to each other – and themselves – in the face of early onset dementia. Descent doesn’t flinch from the heartbreak they face, but it also celebrates the courage, the hope, the humanity - and even the humour - they bring to the fight.





Sat 29 Apr, 8pm, £12/£10 conc




Swan Lake

Using Tchaikovsky’s stirring score and a moving adaptation of the original choreography, Ballet West tells the story of the love of a young man for the cursed Odette, who is destined to spend her life as a swan, unless true love can release her from the spell of the evil Von Rothbart.

Age Guidance: 14 + DANCE


Robert C Kelly presents

On Our Way to Lisbon It has been 50 years since Glasgow Celtic achieved the unimaginable by winning the European Cup and became the legendary Lisbon Lions. On Our Way To Lisbon tells the story of how, in 1967, Glasgow Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup with victory over the mighty Inter Milan.

‘Straightforwardly powerful and heartbreaking’ The Scotsman ‘touchingly perceptive... harrowing honesty...’ The Herald


Sun 19 Mar, 1.30pm and 6.30pm £14.50

Sat 25 Mar, 7.00pm, £7/£5 conc Groups of 3 and more: £5 each

Dance Dreams Theatre School presents

Barrowland Ballet presents

The talented pupils of Dancedreams Theatre School will once again stage a spectacular array of Song, Dance and Drama in their annual performance. Terrific music, fiercely energetic routines and dazzling costumes, these kids know how to entertain an audience.

How dangerous is it to stray from the path, and who is it dangerous for? The nurturing family and community of the wolf pack is set against the dangers of the big bad wolf. Performed by an intergenerational cast including the Beacon’s Platinum Project, Wolves explores moral guidance across generations. The show opens with a spectacular curtain raiser from pupils from Inverclyde schools.

This is It


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Sat 25 Feb, 7.30pm, £12/£10 conc

Siobhan Miller

Sat 8 Apr, 7pm and Sun 9 Apr, 3.30pm and 7pm £9 (family discounts available)

One of Scotland’s foremost singers, and twice winner of the prestigious ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as ‘one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene’ The Scotsman. To coincide with the release of her second album, her chosen material reflects on her musical upbringing whilst forging a unique path forward – with stunning vocal performances atop the instrumental talents of Euan Burton (double bass) and Aaron Jones (guitar).


Scottish Opera’s Connect Company

Dido & Aeneas Scottish Opera’s Connect Company – made up of talented young singers, players and stage managers aged between 16 and 21 – present Purcell’s tragic tale of love and betrayal. Directed by Mary McCluskey, Scottish Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director, and designed by Finlay McLay, this exciting, fully-staged production gives a nod to the opera’s classical roots, with a 21st century edge. COMEDY

Fri 3 Mar and Thu 6 Apr, 8pm £12/£10 conc

Dead Sheep Comedy ‘Scotland’s Best Small Comedy Club’ (Chortle Awards) is back! Join the crew for a night of belly laughs and tear jerking giggles as its resident MC, Scott Gibson welcomes some of the biggest and best names in UK Comedy to the stage, along with some of Scotland’s finest new comedy talent.


Thu 9 Mar, 7pm, £8/£6 conc (£20 for all four concerts)

SongWriters Uncovered Series Talented singer/songwriters take centre stage at the Beacon in a series of four concerts performed over the course of the year. Come and experience a range of styles to suit all musical tastes. Musicians confirmed for this March include: Shelagh McKay Jones, Barrie Kelly, Emma Durkan, Roger Graham, Rebekah Kirk, Davy Nicol and Mark Philip Jones. Concert series: Thu 9 Mar, Thu 8 Jun, Thu 14 Sep, Thu 9 Nov.


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Fri 21 Apr, 7.30pm, £25 Regular Music presents


Eddi Reader Featuring material from across her prestigious thirty year recording career, this concert will include the charming acoustic pop of 1988 chart topper Perfect (with Fairground Attraction), right up to her remarkable 2015 versions of the standard Moon River and Amy Winehouse’s Love Is A Losing Game. Everlasting favourites are in abundance including Dolphins and Wild Mountainside (the poetic ballad written and given to Eddi by partner and songwriter John Douglas). ‘Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all time’ Jools Holland MUSIC

Sat 11 Mar, 7.30pm, £12/£10

Roddy Woomble Familiar to music fans world-wide as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is a celebrated solo songwriter and performer. His naturally poetic writing and consistent touring have won him fans all over the world and he is widely regarded as ‘one of Scotland‘s finest songwriters.’


Sat 11 Feb, 7.30pm, £20/£18 conc Pachamama presents


Wed 8 Feb 7.30pm £20


Circus of Horrors Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Circus of Horrors takes to the road with its latest incarnation The Never-ending Nightmare. This spectacular show features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland story driven by a largely original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!


Glasgow Girls Back by popular demand, this potent political drama uses uplifting songs, music, dance and humour to tell the Glasgow Girls’ tale - the true story of seven teenagers, whose lives change forever when their friend and her asylum-seeking family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. Its universal appeal and ecstatic audience response ensured it was a massive hit at Edinburgh Fringe 2016.


Fri 17 Feb, 7.30pm, £15 Capall Dorcha Theatre Company presents


A Night of Broadway For the first time at the Beacon Arts Centre, this cabaret performance features all the favourite musical theatre songs from major musicals including Les Miserables, Grease, Wicked and many more.


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Sun 2 Apr, 7.30pm, £22/£20 conc


Sat 18 Feb, 5pm and 8pm, £23 Robert C Kelly in partnership with Promensil Menopause presents


Menopause the Musical Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans) and Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty). Four women with seemingly nothing in common meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing ‘The Change’ and their problems with forgetfulness! Age Guidance: 16+


Fri 31 Mar, 7.30pm, £20/£18 conc Artistes International Management Ltd presents

Jack Applebaum for Epic Creative Productions Ltd in association with Easytheatres presents


Big Girls Don’t Cry

The critically acclaimed spectacular that’s taking the UK by storm makes a welcome stop at Beacon Arts Centre. Celebrating the music of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, the show revives the beauty of harmonies and songs that flew through the charts in the 60s and 70s such as Sherry, December 1963 (Oh, What a Night), Walk Like a Man, and Rag Doll. There’s a Four Seasons song that has a place in everyone’s heart.  


Sat 22 Apr, 7.30pm, £20 present


Twist and Shout

Islands in the Stream

Sing and dance with an all-star West End cast to the music of The Beatles, Hermans Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones. Cilla Black, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandy Shaw and many more... A non-stop feast of music featuring a four-piece live band and cast of six singers and dancers, this show will have you dancing in the aisles!

A celebration of the Queen and King of Country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, in a performance stacked with country music’s greatest hits: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You and Lady. A superb score, supreme musicianship and light humour of Dolly and Kenny’s legendary Live Shows. Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door … and sail away to another world.



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Fri 24 Mar, 7.30pm, £15 Alex Norton presents

There’s Been A Life

Thu 2 Mar, 7.30pm £17.50 PRE-

Luke Danskin: Psychic Medium


Luke Danskin makes a welcome return to the Beacon. His natural warmth and endearing personality makes audiences feel completely at ease. Passionate in encouraging people to celebrate the lives of loved ones, laughter is a common theme at his shows. Don’t miss your chance to see this sensational psychic medium in action! Age Guidance: 16+ We are required by law to inform you that this show is for entertainment purposes only.

Alex Norton’s career has been both highly colourful and eventful beyond his wildest dreams. He has worked with Billy Connolly, Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson, Johnny Depp and Clint Eastwood; appeared in iconic movies and made an everlasting mark on television as DCI Matt Burke in Taggart. Uproariously funny and highly entertaining, he takes us on an irreverent journey behind the scenes of a showbiz life very well lived.


Sat 4 Mar, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, £18/£16 conc Tada Productions and Tip Your Hat Productions

Francie and Josie


After two sell-out tours, Liam Dolan and Johnny Mac have scoured the archives for some more classic Francie and Josie routines, songs and sketches. With lots of belly laughs, this brand new show is guaranteed to take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. You sure, sure, sure don’t want to miss it.


Sat 1 Apr, 8pm, £16.50 Live Nation presents



Sat 18 Mar, 7.30pm, £15 Robert C Kelly presents


An Evening with Dean Park Enjoy an evening with Scotland’s top entertainer Dean Park as he celebrates more than forty years in Showbusiness. Not only is Dean Scotland’s top comedian, he’ll be singing favourites from the era of the Big Bands, Motown, Country Music and Sinatra.

Robert Florence and Iain Connell, creators of hit BBC sketch show Burnistoun, bring their hilarious live show Uncles to Beacon Arts Centre. Get ready for some big laughs and foul-mouthed guidance from two men who know ALL the answers to EVERYTHING. It’s time to sit down and listen to your uncles. ‘The partnership of Iain Connell and Robert Florence is one of the gifts from the comedy cosmos’ The Herald



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Sat 4 Feb, 2.30pm, £12/£10 conc Red Bridge Arts and Traverse Theatre Company present

Black Beauty THEATRE

Thu 20 Apr, 2.30pm and 7pm Matinee £14 / Evening £16/ £14 conc


Timeless Theatre Productions present

Memory Lane The Ultimate Feel Good Show

This fast-moving, roller coaster of a journey through some of the greatest songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, will be a show you are sure to remember. With a touch of humour and performances rarely seen outside of London’s West End, this superb cast of singers and dancers is the reason it’s called the ultimate feel good show! COMEDY

Wed 26 Apr, 7.30pm, £24

Psychic Sally: Call Me Psychic


The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan, is back and better than ever with her brand new and most jaw-dropping show yet – Call Me Psychic. Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial; the show celebrates her ninth year on the road. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action! We are required by law to inform you that this show is for entertainment purposes only.

Sat 29 Apr, 4pm and 8pm, £22 Robert C Kelly presents

The Guardian

The Times

The Herald

The Scotsman


Sun 23 Apr, 1pm and 3.30pm, £13.50 Funbox presents

Underwater Adventure


Sat 18 Feb, 2pm, £5 PRETHEATRE MEAL

The Dolls Abroad Starring Louise McCarthy (Only an Excuse?) and Gayle Telfer Stevens (River City), The Dolls Abroad is the must-see comedy for 2017. The Dolls are in need of a holiday so fasten your seatbelts as The Dolls take you on the gutter budget trip of a lifetime, with all the fun that fans have come to expect from Scotland’s favourite scrubbers. Age Guidance: 16+

From the cosy horsebox they call home, Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale as you’ve never seen it before. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this re-telling of Black Beauty is sure to warm your heart during the coldest of winter nights. Age Guidance: 6+

A Fish and Game and Unicorn co-production

The Polar Bears Go Up The Polar Bears are moving up in the world. They’ve lost their balloon and they need to get it back. It’s time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up. One thing’s for sure, the only way is up! Intrepid explorers, they are famous for their wild expeditions - climbing trees, jumping on clouds and reaching for the stars - of course, they’ll stop for sandwiches on the way! Age Guidance: 2-5 | Deaf friendly

There’s somefin’ fishy going on in their latest singalong tail. The FUNBOX is locked and the gang will have to cause a splash because their magical keys are all tucked up in the sea bed. Can they find them all in time? Familiar songs as well as new songs, Underwater Adventure is the perfect singalong for kids of all ages. Come dressed up!

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Thu 9 - Sat 11 Mar, 7.30pm Sat matinee at 2.30pm, £18/£16 conc Inverclyde Musical Youth Theatre

The Wizard of Oz

By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Ltd of New York.

Tue 14 Mar, FREE

Inverclyde Musical Youth Theatre returns with The Wizard of Oz. Join Kansas farm-girl Dorothy, her pet dog Toto, a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Come and enjoy the fun and see if Dorothy will ever make it back to Kansas.


Burns Schools Competition Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the annual Inverclyde Primary Schools’ Burns competition makes its welcome appearance at the Beacon. Children from Primary 4 upwards will perform the best o’Burns, reciting his poetry, playing his music, singing his songs. Come and be inspired by Inverclyde’s amazing young talent!




TAKE PART BEACON DANCE Beacon Dance has an experienced team of professional dance teachers who specialise in dance technique, choreography and performance skills. Beacon Dance is exciting, innovative, fun and accessible to all. We have both adult and children’s classes. Try your first class for FREE. Thu 12 Jan –Thu 30 Mar. Block booking of 11 weeks costs £55 For children and young people Junior Ballet

6 - 10 years

Tue 6pm - 7pm

Young Groovers

6 - 10 years

Mon 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Junior Youth Dance Company

11 - 13 years

Mon 5pm - 6.30pm

Beacon Youth Dance Company

14 - 21 years

Thu 5pm - 7pm

For Adults Dance Workout

Mon 6.30pm - 7.30pm

£5 per week

Platinum Project

Mon 10am - 11am

£2 per week

BEACON YOUTH THEATRE Every Saturday from the 7 Jan - 1 Apr. All participants are encouraged to use their imagination, share ideas, tell real life stories and then make them come alive on stage! P1 and P2

10am - 10.45am

£63 for the block

P3, 4 and 5

10.45am - 12noon

£77 for the block

P6 and P7

12noon - 1.15pm

£77 for the block

S1 and S2

1.15pm - 2.30pm

£77 for the block


2.30pm - 3.45pm

£77 for the block

For further information Dance Officer: Learn Officer:


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Fri 6 Jan – Sun 19 Feb Presented in partnership with Street Level Photoworks

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert ‘Shipbuilding’ Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s ‘Shipbuilding’ captures a moment in history at the Kvaerner shipyards in Govan. It offers an insight into the monumentality of this industry, and the people who drove it and the foreboding of its loss. The exhibition was first shown at Street Level Photoworks in the group exhibition Govan / Gdansk and is the first solo exhibition of this work. EXHIBITION


Mon 27 Feb – Sun 12 Mar

Clydeview Academy Student Photography Exhibition

The Beacon is proud to present this inaugural exhibition showcasing the work of Clydeview Academy’s talented young photography students. A selection of work will be exhibited covering subjects including landscape, still life and built environment. EXHIBITION


Mon 20 Mar – Sun 30 Apr


Supported by Inverclyde Place Partnership and Beacon Arts Centre, Emerge commissioned young and early career artists from Inverclyde to explore their creative practice in new ways, honing their skills and developing new work. This exhibition features diverse examples of the work produced by the four young artists selected - Tiffany Broadfoot, Martin McKenzie, Chris Patrick and Calum McMillan - and includes photography, landscape painting, writing and contemporary dance.


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TICKETS / DIRECTIONS Terms and Conditions

Booking Fee

Family Friendly

By road

Full conditions of ticket sales are available at our Box Office and on our website.

Booking fees are charged per ticket and go towards our processing costs. Fees are waived for tickets that are purchased in person in cash at our box office.

Our Bar + Kitchen provides high chairs and bottle warming facilities. We are breastfeeding friendly. There are baby-changing facilities for both men and women to use.

The Beacon is just off the A8 behind Greenock Police Station. Turn into Brymner Street at the Police Station and then turn right into Custom House Place.

Lost tickets

Disability Friendly

By train

Lost tickets can be reprinted for 50p per ticket on the day of the performance.

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

The local train station is Greenock Central and is only 500 metres away with a frequent service on the Glasgow Central/Gourock line. Journey times from Glasgow are approximately 30 or 40 minutes and currently run until 11.00pm (an hour earlier on Sundays). Check for a list of times.

Concessions Concession rates are available on many performances and apply to the following groups: • children (under 16 or over 16 in full time education) • Young Scot cardholders and students • senior citizens • those in receipt of jobseekers allowance, disability living allowance, personal independence payment and employment and support allowance recipients • disabled patrons • members of Equity, BECTU, the Scottish Society of Playwrights and the Musicians’ Union. Proof of entitlement must be shown when collecting your tickets. Groups

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Environmentally Friendly We aim to be as green as possible. We recycle and are working to reduce our energy use. How to get to Beacon Arts Centre

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Pre-theatre meals are available on selected shows where you see this sign.

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At certain performances, we offer 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased.

@thebeaconarts The Beacon 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.

The Beacon is a Charity Greenock Arts Guild Limited trading as Beacon Arts Centre. Registered in Scotland Company No. SCO24805. Registered Scottish Charity No. SC003030.

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