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War Horse The majestic stage production on film Band Slam Five fine bands join forces in tribute

La Tragedie Comique A torrent of creativity and stagecraft

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highlights... The film of the glorious National Theatre production of Warhorse ...4

Friends of the Eastgate £2 off the first ticket

Ten out of 10 An all day party to celebrate 10 years of the Eastgate. You are invited. ...21

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Child - £5 unless specified otherwise

Student Discount - £2 off full price

He filmed Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants. Come and hear Doug Allan talk about his wildlife adventures and more ...25

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Opening times Box Office: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Film Sundays 12.30 - 5pm until interval end on show nights Café Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Film Sundays 12.30 - 5pm until interval end on show nights.

Family - 1 adult + 3 children or 2 adults + 2 children for a group discount

Wojtek is a huge bear that goes to war. It is an extraordinary true story ...6

OAP - £2 off full price

Rocking thrills, jazzy splendour and country darkness, the genre defying Polly and the Billet Doux go for it ...10

Audio Description service available.

June The Bills are a Canadian acoustic supergroup ...10

The Eastgate Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of Printed using vegetable inks on FSC approved paper. All the carbon emissions generated in the printing of this programme will be offset by planting broadleaved trees in a local community woodland resulting in the print becoming completely carbon balanced.

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Friend of a Friend - if you are a Friend of the Eastgate, you can bring a friend with you for free

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Online booking now available

... spring 2014 When the Eastgate Theatre first opened its doors in spring 2004 it was the culmination of a remarkable effort by people and organisations within Peebles, and further afield, who’d campaigned and raised funds and planned and supported the creation of a new performance space for the Borders. Ten years later, after various changes and quite a few ups and downs, the theatre is busier than ever. In the coming year it will host around 120 live performances, and a similar number of film screenings. An ever-growing programme of creative classes and workshops for children and adults mean that the studio space will be in regular use for at least 35 hours each week. Add in the people of all ages who drop into the café for a coffee, a snack, a chat, or a wi-fi connection, and the Eastgate Theatre’s visitor numbers over the next 12 months are likely to exceed 30,000. So we’re planning a very merry tenth birthday party on Saturday 19th April – cake and candles, fizz and fireworks – and we’d like YOU to join us. The doors will be wide open all day for anyone who’d like to drop in, enjoy some impromptu performances, appreciate some new artwork, explore some unusual parts of the building, and join in the celebrations. Meanwhile 2014 is also an important date for the whole of Peebles – recently singled out for a prestigious Creative Place 2014 award. Throughout the year local artists and organisations (including the Eastgate Theatre) will be raising the profile of creative work all over the town. Anyone who lives, works, visits or stays in the town may find themselves enticed by an event, ambushed by a performance, or face to face with an artist at some point during 2014. This is a very special year; enjoy being part of it.

We are delighted to let you know that you can now find out what’s on at the Eastgate and book your tickets wherever you are, whatever time of day. Access online ticket sales through www.eastgatearts.com The blue “Online” button at the top of the home page takes you to a list of all the shows available to book online. Hit the”Buy” button on the home page to go straight to booking for that show or hit the “info” button to find out more, maybe see a video and then use the “Buy” button on the event page to move on to booking. Each online booking has a transaction charge of £2 so the more tickets you buy the better the deal.

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Warhorse

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by Alan Ayckbourn Full-scale horses, their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables, come to life on stage in this internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo. This is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world. Warhorse is adapted by Nick Stafford and created in association with Handspring Puppet Company.

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Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world, but not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Sat 17 May 7pm £14, £10 for schoolchildren

Fri 11 April 7pm

Thu 12 June 7pm

£14, £10 for schoolchildren

£14, £10 for schoolchildren

“Quite exceptional…it combines an epic sense of scale with an intimate sense of detail…Russell Beale is a magnetic and unorthodox Lear.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

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...Drama OCCASIONAL CABARET

THEATRE OBJEKTIV

RAPTURE THEATRE

PLUTOT LA VIE

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The Taking of Zena Charbonne

Wojtek the Bear

Uncle Varick

La Tragedie Comique

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This award winning production tells the extraordinary true story of Wojtek, the 250lb Polish soldier bear, who fought at Monte Cassino and died in Edinburgh Zoo in 1963. An emotive journey, from the Soviet Gulag and Persia to the Middle East, Italy and Scotland. A story of love and loyalty, heroism and hope.

What happens when the rock and roll of swinging sixties London collides with the rock and moss of remote Scotland? Sandy Sheridan, pretentious art critic and self-proclaimed cultural icon, returns from London to his Scottish country pile - with his new, much younger wife in tow. Waiting for him are his stoical daughter Shona and his acerbic ex-brother in law Uncle Varick. Add in the handsome local doctor, the not so handsome local neighbour and you have a play full of comedy, pathos, and some very dodgy chain saws.

Stare down the devil and face the perils and joys of life.

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A blistering mix of performance, video and live music. When Zena, the wife of Environment Minister Sir Michael Charbonne, is bundled into the boot of a car her life, as she knows it, is obliterated. Offered a fantastical choice between the dangerous new, or the safe old, Zena is trapped between two worlds. But who, ultimately, is calling the shots? And what, really, is real?

“entertaining, challenging and surprising.”

www.theatreobjektiv.co.uk

The Herald ****

Tue 6 May 7.30pm

www.occasionalcabaret.com

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Uncle Varick is John Byrne’s raucously funny adaptation of Chekov’s classic Uncle Vanya, relocated to 1960s rural Scotland. Jimmy Chisholm leads the cast and Dave “Wildcat” Anderson performs the sensational sixties soundtrack. Think Monarch of the Glen meets the Rolling Stones.

Age: 14+ Thu 24 April 7.30pm £14

A co–production between Rapture Theatre and Mull Theatre www.rapturetheatre.co.uk

A bare wooden stage, a sumptuous red curtain and… an audience. The Character appears… An epic story unfolds as great characters of literature wait to be born to this world… brought to life by authors and incarnated by actors. For generations, our Character waits for his Actor to be born, to weather the storms of childhood and ultimately bring him to life… not without difficulty! In return, the Character entices, cajoles and emboldens his Actor not to be afraid to step out from behind his mask and… live.

“…sequence after sequence of inspired comedy … a torrent of creativity, and a profound playfulness!” ★★★★ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman (on By the Seat of Your Pants)

www.plutotlavie.org.uk

Fri 13 June 7.30pm £14

Thu 22 May 7.30pm £14

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Radio Variety Theatre DOWNRIGHT HOMESPUN RADIO COMPANY

CRAFT THEATRE COMPANY presents

And They Played Shang-a-Lang

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Small Town Summer Sarsaparilla

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This is life growing up in 70s Scotland, told through laughter, tears and more than a few 70s hit records. Follow Jim as he negotiates the stormy waters of adolescence. Witness his remembered life from school playground to school disco, as events unfold around him. Share his first encounters with love, death and the opposite sex. The play has sold out on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for two years and is playing the Citizens Theatre Glasgow in April. suitable for 16+

Spring into summer with the DHRC’s mid-year radio spectacular. Featuring the unsurpassed Homespun Radio House Band and awardwinning razor-sharp comedy from our distinguished company of radio actors, the DHRC’s summer show is not to be missed. Fill your glass to overflowing at the summer sarsaparilla show! Meantime, tasty morsels from past performances are on Youtube and the DHRC Facebook page. Tickets sell out like ice creams on a hot day, so book now !

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Nova Scotia Jazz Band

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Folk veteran Watt Nicoll has played with Billy Connolly, Hamish Imlach, Gerry Rafferty and more.

Firmly in the tradition of the swinging Dixieland groups led by Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier and Alex Welsh, the NSJB features the world class trumpet of Lorne Cowieson, the banjo wizardry of Duncan Findlay, the genuinely swinging string bass of Andy Sharkey and the clarinet and vocals of John Burgess. Tonight they are joined by their very special guest, BBC Radio Big Band drummer Tom Gordon.

He returns with a four-piece band including harmonica, whistles, pipes and guitar. Expect tunes, songs, stories and anecdotes. www.wattnicollsings.co.uk Sat 5 April 7.30pm £14

In 2011 the NSJB won their first award as ‘Best Early Jazz Band’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards and 2012 saw their debut film appearance as the travelling Dixieland band in The Happy Lands. Their sixth CD Shake It And Break It is out now. This is toe tapping and up uplifting swinging jazz that's guaranteed to leave you smiling! www.novascotiajazzband.webs.com Sat 12 April 7.30pm

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Polly and the Billets Doux

The Bills

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Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different. Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genredefying quartet plays a genius blend of folk, pop, rock n' roll, soul, country, blues and even gospel.

This Canadian acoustic music supergroup is renowned for instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting, and refreshing sound produced on strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows.

Their 2010 debut album Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies generated a huge buzz and they became festival favourites at Glastonbury, Loopallu, Cambridge Folk Festival and many more. They have done eight headline tours stopping just long enough to write, record and release their second album.

On their latest release Yes Please, the band offers up 12 new compositions and a seductive medley of gypsy-jazz ballads alongside hints of Chopin, Stan Rogers and Django Reinhardt. But you’ll ultimately hear The Bills, doing the magical thing that they do.

“From hot rocking thrills, to jazzy splendour to country darkness, their musical brief seems to be, if it sounds and feels good, go for it!” The Daily Mirror

www.pollyandthebilletsdoux.co.uk Thu 8 May 7.30pm

The Bills are Marc Atkinson – mandolin, guitar, vocals; Adrian Dolan – fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals; Chris Frye – guitar, lead vocals; Richard Moody – violin, viola, vocals and Scott White – upright bass, vocals.

“The Bills are the biggest blast of fresh air to come out of Canada since The Band”

Patsy Reid

Fiddle Masterclass

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Her playing with Breabach, Kathryn Tickell and VAMM (to name just a few) has made fiddleplayer Patsy Reid one of the most admired musicians in the UK. Now Patsy takes centre stage - accompanied by an equally accomplished band - to perform songs and tunes from her new album The Brightest Path. This, her first solo recording since the acclaimed Bridging The Gap, features newly recovered traditional Scottish melodies from the Atholl Collection, along with self-penned and contemporary material that demonstrates her ability to virtually sing through her instrument.

Patsy is offering a fiddle masterclass before the concert. The one hour workshop will focus on learning traditional Scottish melodies by ear (sheet music available) as well as useful elements of fiddle/violin technique. Other melody instruments are welcome. Thu 10 April 5.30 – 6.30pm £5

“an accuracy and tone that many fiddlers only dream of. She has truly mastered her instrument.” Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke www.patsyreid.com Thu 10 April 7.30pm £14

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www.thebills.ca

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Music INNERLEITHEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Archie Fisher

Heidi Talbot

Chamberlain and Haywood

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A stalwart of the Scottish folk scene for 50 years, Archie Fisher is one of the country’s finest singer-songwriters, an inspiration to generations of musicians both at home and abroad, and a truly engaging performer. Opening the concert will be popular local performers Alister Rae, Hendry White and Gordon Deans, collectively known as Deleerit.

Subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient – from her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material, the girl from Co. Kildare slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional folk. Heidi will be joined on stage by master fiddler John McCusker and great guitarist Ian Carr.

Music from around the globe, delving into the seductive world of tango and the rhythmic music of the Balkans, as well as influences from Russia and Scotland performed by Paul Chamberlain and Michael Haywood.

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Sat 3 May 7.30pm £12

www.heiditalbot.com Thu 17 April 7.30pm

Paul was one of the first classical accordionists to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. An accomplished musician, he has played at international music festivals all over the world and, in 2013, toured the UK and the USA. Michael plays fiddle, clarinet, flute and saxophone. He is a member of The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and also plays with the Yoohoo Ceilidh Band. He has performed hundreds of concerts across the UK and abroad with Live Music Now!

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www.theaccordionist.com Fri 23 May 7.30pm £12

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Dance... Drama... Music... Art...

Easter is coming to the Eastgate and with it a special set of workshops in all kinds of dance and all kinds of art, plus films and a very special show that tells of escaped secrets and suitcases. Don’t get bored, get busy… And the fun doesn’t need to stop with the holidays. You can enjoy one or more of the regular Engage classes next term, from theatre to tap, animation to adult ballet there is something for everyone from two to ninety two.

So grab your dancing shoes, your acting hat, your paint brushes and your packet of popcorn and get ready to get Engaged! 01721 725 777

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Easter Film

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Muppets Most Wanted The entire Muppets gang is off on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, but mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, and they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the world's number one criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka number two.

Red Button Drama Workshops with Mandy Durkin

This new Disney film has a great cast of comedy co-stars and some wonderful and unexpected celebrity cameos.

Come and join the Red Button Team for a custard pie full of drama & arts games. Learn how to improvise, build stories, move and make your audience laugh! Mr Clever & Mr Stupid What will these 2 get up to next! Put on the red nose and find out how to clown! Tuesday 15 April 10.30am -12.30pm Age 8 – 12 £10

Sun 13 April 2.30pm £7

Easter Drama

A Smashing Pie Play Mix it all up, dish it all out and smash it all up in this Pie Play workshop. Tuesday 15 April 1-3pm Age 8 – 12 £10

AILIE COHEN PUPPET MAKER presents

The Secret Life of Suitcases by Lewis Hetherington and Ailie Cohen

Monster Bathtime Your muddy wriggly monster needs a bath. Can you get him clean? Wednesday 16 April 10-11am Age 5 – 8 £5

Larry works at the Suitcase Station, and he likes it very much. Every day he inspects funnels and fixes pipes. And of course, he collects and sorts out everyone's secrets as they arrive from all over the world. But he’s very good at his job and manages to keep them all safe. Until one day, a secret escapes - and Larry has to go on a mission to get it back...

Drama For Additional Needs There was an old Woman who swallowed a Fly. Specially written for additional needs (all ages). Please bring along a carer/family/friend to join in. Wednesday 16 April 1-2pm All ages £5 (Carers go free) For Easter

“A joy to behold” The Glasgow Herald on Ailie Cohen’s Cloudman A Unicorn co-production in association with Platform. www.ailiecohen.com Wed 16 April 2.30pm

Tickets: 01721 725777 For more information please contact Mandy t: 07752 515132 e:redbutton@the-durkins.co.uk

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creative classes for children Let’s Pretend with Clare Prenton

The Gingerbread Man Sing Out Children’s Choir with Julie Leavett Love to sing? Join the new children's choir and set sail on a musical journey to explore songs in different styles from around the world. Mondays 21 April – 23 June (no class 5 May) 3.45 – 4.45pm Age 7 – 12 £36 for 9 week term or £4.50 each class. Tickets: 01721 725777

Run, run,as fast as you can! This new course rehearses the tale of the cheeky little biscuit who meets a wily fox. Join a little old woman, a little old man, the horse, the cow and…the fox. With song, drama and costume. Thursdays 24 April – 12 June 12.45 – 1.30pm Performance Thursday 19 June 1.30pm Fridays 25 April – 13 June 12.45 – 1.30pm Performance Friday 20 June 1.30pm £45 for 10 week term, or £5 each class. Tickets: 01721 725777

Borders Youth Theatre

Art Sparks

with Claire Watson

with Jo Powell

Use drama games to be creative, learn performance techniques to build your skills and confidence. Make new friends and perform as part of a group, but mostly, join in and have lots of fun. Mondays 20 April – 23 June 3.45 – 5.15pm Age 8 + £40 for 10 week term or £4.50 each class. Tickets: 01721 725777

Leap into a world of colour, shape and more. Have fun while you master a wide range of artistic techniques including drawing, painting, collage, and even pavement art. Tuesdays 22 April – 24 June Age 5 – 10: 3.30 – 4.30pm Age 11 – 18: 4.40 – 5.40pm £40 for 10 week term, or £4.50 each class. Tickets: 01721 725777

CRAFT Theatre School

Dance

with Derek Douglas

with Fiona Henderson School of Dancing & Performance Arts Tots to teens - feel the music, find the rhythm and learn to move with elegance and a smile. Classes in ballet, en pointe, tap, jazz, ceilidh, Highland, higher and more. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 21 April – 27 June Age: 2 - 18 For details, prices and booking please contact Fiona Henderson t: 07894 881747 e: fiona@fionahendersondance.com

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Interested in acting? This class teaches performance, role play, script work and improvisation. Build your confidence and have fun. Thursdays 24 April – 26 June Age 5 – 8: 5 – 6pm Age: 9 – 15: 6 – 7.30pm For details and to book please contact Derek Douglas t: 07949 973388 e: derek.douglas5@btinternet.com

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creative classes for adults

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All tickets from Eastgate Box Office 01721 725777

Dance Classes with Fiona Henderson School of Dancing & Performance Arts

Tap (introductory) Lace up your dancing shoes and brush up on the basics with this fun, lively (and noisy) class. £40 for 10 weeks or £4.50 each class Fridays 25 April – 27 June, 11.30am – 12.25pm

Tap (experienced) Take your heels/toes to the next level and gets you in the rhythm. Fast, furious and fun. Tuesdays 22 April – 24 June, 10am – 10.55am £40 for 10 weeks or £4.50 each class

Absolute Beginners Ballet A new class for anyone who wants to take their first ballet steps whatever their age! Wednesdays 23 April – 25 June, 11.30am – 12.25pm £40 for 10 weeks or £4.50 each class

Ballet for Exercise

Pillar Panorama

Banish the exercise bike and get fit with more elegant moves. No tutus necessary. Tuesdays 22 April – 24 June, 11am – 12noon £40 for 10 weeks or £4.50 each class

FIONA HENDERSON SCHOOL OF DANCE & PERFORMING ARTS

with Jo Powell

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Jazz for Exercise Get fit the fun way…and all that Jazz. Fridays 25 April – 27 June, 10.30am – 11.25am

£40 for 10 weeks or £4.50 each class

Fitness

Tone Zone with Fiona Pagett A brand new class that combines cardio, resistance, balance and core to get you strong, fit and toned. All ages and stages welcome. Thursdays 24 April – 12 June, 10am - 10.55am £32 for 8 week course or £4.50 each class

Fit for Seniors A fun, sociable way to maintain or build fitness, bone and muscle strength, and improve your balance and co-ordination. Low impact aerobics, light hand weights and floor work, all set to 50s/60s/70s music. Please bring water and a floor mat. Age 60+ Thursdays 24 April – 12 June, 11am - 11.55am £32 for 8 week course or £4.50 each class

Ever been in trouble for drawing and painting on the walls? Well this is your chance to prove that wall painting can be art. Jo has decided that the pillars in the Eastgate café should be more interesting and these workshops are a chance to transform one of them by covering it with paintings of musicians and instruments. You will work with Jo to finalise the design then paint it onto the pillar. Please wear scruffy clothes/shoes or overalls as you will be painting with emulsion. You can also bring a snack/drink for half time.

Music

Peebles Players with Claire Garnett

Young dancers of all abilities are invited to take part in the annual Easter Holiday Dance School at the Eastgate. Learn a range of different dance styles and special routines during the week then perform, on stage, for family and friends on Friday 11 at 2.30pm. A special dance school T shirt and a healthy mid-morning snack are included in ticket price. Age 5 – 11

Age 7+

Walk It! A free, fun, sociable, and low intensity way to explore the beautiful borders. Run by Scottish Borders Council, everyone welcome Mondays 10am – 11am More information from Denise Carmichael t: 01835 825060 e: walkit@scotborders.gov.uk

Turn Out with Style

Mon 7 – Fri 11 April 9.30am – 1pm Thu 17 April 2-4pm

£55

Fri 18 April 2-4pm £8 each session

Lively music sessions for adults with disabilities. Sing well-loved songs, choose from a selection of colourful drums or other percussion and make music together with friends. Peebles Players have been making music for more than 20 years. Mondays 1.30pm – 3pm More information from Claire Garnett t: 01721 740256 e: rcgarnett@btopenworld.com

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EASTGATE THEATRE presents

Ten out of 10 Ten years ago a church and hall in the heart of Peebles opened as a theatre and arts centre. In April 2004 HRH The Princess Royal performed the official opening ceremony and the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre welcomed its first customers.

FIONA HENDERSON SCHOOL OF DANCE & PERFORMING ARTS

PAN DANCE

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The Magic of Dance

Move It

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Welcome to the annual showcase of the junior dancers from the Fiona Henderson School of Dance and Performing Arts. Pupils, up to grade two and aged from 2 to 12, take the big step from the rehearsal studio to centre stage where they show their skills in ballet, tap, Highland, modern, jazz and musical theatre. This year the performance will also include short spotlight performances by selected senior dancers.

The young dancers of Pan Dance present their end of year production. The programme will be a combination of ballet, modern, tap, jazz, acrobatic and character dance styles. Performed by local children with choreography by teacher Moira Tulloch and the children themselves.

www.fionahendersondance.co.uk

This year, to thank everyone who has walked through the front door since that official opening, the Eastgate is throwing a big birthday celebration and you are invited join in, to open doors in every part of the building and uncover all sorts of surprises and prizes. Expect music and dancing, stories and paint and, of course, great company. Just another very special day at the Eastgate. Sat 19 April 10am – 5pm FREE

Sat 7 June 6.30pm £10, £7

PEEBLES PLAYERS

Sat 24 May & Sun 25 May 2.30pm

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Thomas the Rhymer

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A musical interpretation of the ancient ballad of Borders’ legend, Thomas the Rhymer. Original songs and percussion are devised and played by this lively group, who show that disability is no bar to musical creativity Come along, share the fun, join the singing and find yourself in Fairyland

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THE ROYAL BALLET

THE ROYAL OPERA

MUSIC IN PEEBLES

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Sax Ecosse

Maria Garzon

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The Winter’s Tale

Manon Lescaut

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This new ballet, based on the Shakespeare romance The Winter’s Tale, has been created by the team that produced last season’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – composer Joby Talbot, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and designer Bob Crowley.

This early Puccini masterpiece makes a welcome return in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The consummate Puccini soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role of the bold but impressionable heroine. Jonas Kaufmann is her lover Des Grieux and Christopher Maltman is her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a new production and Kent’s vision of a young girl who falls into temptation in the big city but ends in the arms of her true love, is much anticipated.

The story tells how all-consuming jealousy results in a man losing his friends and associates and destroying his family. Repentance seems to arrive too late, but miracles can happen and when the statue of his wife springs miraculously to life there is hope for the future. It is powerful material for ballet, allowing for the portrayal of intense emotions between and within the characters, and the opportunity for the company to create new central characters and the whole world around them. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by David Briskin. The lighting design is by Natasha Katz. Mon 28 April 7.15pm £17, £10 for schoolchildren

Manon Lescaut - Kristine Opolais; Geronte de Ravoir - Maurizio Muraro; Lescaut Christopher Maltman; Edmondo - Benjamin Hulett; Chevalier des Grieux - Jonas Kaufmann Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Designer - Paul Brown; Lighting designer Mark Henderson; Choreographer - Denni Sayers

Spanish pianist Maria Garzon presents a fascinating Saxophone Quartet in E flat, programme that includes Glazunov Op.109 music from her native country Gabrieli Sonata Per Sonare No. 4 (by Soler, Rodrigo and de Falla) Diana Salazar Bailes Mecanicos and selections from the piano (commissioned by Sax Ecosse) original of the famous Enigma Grieg Holberg Suite Variations. Maria will also If you thought the saxophone's play music by two Czech place was in the jazz club rather composers in whom she has research interests, JL Dussek than the concert hall, think and Viktor Ullmann, the former again! The exciting young a contemporary of Mozart Scottish saxophone quartet, and the latter a victim of the Sax Ecosse, bring together Holocaust in Auschwitz. arrangements of well-known works by Gabrieli, Bach and Before the concert, we will Grieg with pieces written be showing a documentary specially for the instrument by film about Viktor Ullmann, Glazunov and Diana Salazar, featuring Maria Garzon. Entry whose Bailes Mecanicos was is included in the concert commissioned and premiered ticket price. by Sax Ecosse in 2012. Tue 22 April 6.30pm (film) Tue 1 April 7.30pm (concert) 7.30pm Bach

Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

£13, £6 for adults accompanied by a child, free for schoolchildren

Tue 24 June 6.45pm

Inspirations with

Jamie MacDougall Auditorium Internationally-renowned Scottish tenor, BBC presenter and entertainer Jamie MacDougall invites you to join him for an evening of Inspirations. The show includes songs from every genre of music - opera to Broadway musical to traditional Scottish. All songs have a special story to tell and have inspired Jamie throughout his twenty-five year career in the music industry. Expect to hear everything from Pavarotti - the king of high C’s to Elvis - the king of rock ’n’ roll. Fri 30 May 7.30pm £14

£13, £6 for adults accompanied by a child, free for schoolchildren

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DOUG ALLAN

A musical tribute to the memory of Daniel T. Ward

In the Company of Giants

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An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith

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The Borders Big Band: Dan was their baritone sax player for many years. Today their 20 players perform a repertoire that includes tracks by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

Join multi-award winning cameraman Doug Allan (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Ocean Giants, Wild Cameramen at Work) for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary animal adventures and unique wildlife film footage. Ask questions and discover what it’s like to be up close and personal with nature’s biggest creatures.

ICC Saxophone Ensemble: Dan was a founding member of this band of approximately 14 players performing light classics on the whole range of saxophones from sopranino to bass.

Alexander McCall Smith, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide, whether they be about philosophy in Edinburgh, detection in Botswana, little boys with tiresome mothers or flat dwellers in Pimlico and many other vibrant characters, will give a talk in aid of the John Buchan Story Museum in Peebles.

Wed 2 April 7.30pm

Five of the finest local bands have joined forces to present this tribute to an admirable Borders character. Dan, born 1938 in Peebles, was a plasterer, soldier, school teacher, artist, rugby player and coach, raconteur and, most importantly, a talented musician with strong connections to each of the bands.

Peebles Silver Band, celebrating its 180th birthday this year, plays at all major local events as well as concerts and contests.The band is especially proud of its growing youth bands, the creation of which owes much to Daniel T. Ward.

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The two authors have compelling links - a passion for Scotland and Africa, a prodigious work ethic and gifts for vivid description, suspenseful plots and charismatic characters. This is a fundraising event for the museum which commemorates the life, work and legacy of a famous Border Scot, writer of The Thirty Nine Steps.

Peebles Development Band/Junior Band: Dan devoted around 40 years to teaching local youngsters – the confidence oozing from these players is his continuing legacy.

www.johnbuchanstory.co.uk Fri 2 May 7.30pm £12

Peebles Concert Band: expect light musicals, polkas, classics and modern popular arrangements from the newest band on the scene. The 25 regular players of this band live up to founder Dan’s policy of “any age, any stage.” All profits from this concert go to the Margaret Kerr Unit of Borders General Hospital.

Photo : Chris Watt

Fri 16 May 7.30pm £8, £4 school children

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Running Beyond Limits

Celluloid Tweed

Tweedlove 2014 Photo Exhibition

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Celluloid Tweed is back for Tweedlove 2014 and it's bigger than ever. The film night will have great short films, a feature film and the same fun vibe as always.

The top twenty photographs from the Tweedlove Photo Competition will be on display for three weeks. For 2014 we've suggested themes: Enduro, Singletrack, Skinny and Bike Kit. So come and admire the amazing photographic abilities and fantastic scenery on display.

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Find out how to get active, train correctly and learn how to keep injury free in this inspiring talk by Peebles based physiotherapist Phil Mack and Dr Andrew Murray, two men who know what they are talking about. Phil is one of Scotland’s most experienced Sports Physiotherapists & Sports Scientists having worked for over 15 years with professional sports teams including the South African Springbok Rugby Team, Australian ACT Brumbies, Leicester Tigers and South African Triathlon Team.

The prizes for the Tweedlove Short Film Competition will be awarded and we'll show you the films too!

Andrew Murray is a doctor, runner, speaker and author who takes on epic physical challenges. The ultimate marathon man, he has run 2,659 miles from John O’ Groats to the Sahara desert, up Kilimanjaro in 7 hours, and won races at the North Pole, Antarctica and Outer Mongolia. In November 2012, he ran 7 ultra-marathons in 7 continents on 7 consecutive days.

We'll also open the Tweedlove Photo Exhibition so you can admire the shots and find your favourites. Prize winners will be announced.

This is a charity event and all profits will go to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids, Edinburgh. Wed 30 April 7pm

Tweedlove thanks its sponsors Tweed Art, Kenny Martin, Ian Linton, Singletrack Magazine and Red Bull.

Thu 29 May 7.30pm

Thu 29 May – Wed 18 June

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Photo : Chris Ball

£5, £2.50 for students/schoolchildren. Free for children under 11

The winners will be announced at the Celluloid Tweed film night.

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The Eastgate’s film Sundays are every second week and show a mix of some of the best children’s films, adult block busters and art house films. Adult tickets £7, £5 for schoolchildren Please check the film certificate before booking.

Sun 13 April 2.30pm The Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 112mins While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewelheist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog lookalike and his dastardly sidekick

Sun 30 March 2.30pm The Lego Movie (U) 91mins In LEGO world an ordinary mini-figure named Emmet is mistakenly identified as the last living Master Builder. Can he unlearn his instructions and use imagination to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business?

Sun 13 April 4.30pm & 7.30pm The Monuments Men (12A) 112mins George Clooney directs and stars in this extraordinary true story of a platoon made up of museum directors, curators and art historians dropped behind enemy lines during WW2 to rescue art treasures stolen by the Nazis.

Sun 30 March 4.30pm & 7.30pm The Railway Man (15) 116mins A traumatised former WW2 prisoner of war meets and marries a woman who determines to rescue him from his demons. When she discovers that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband is still alive, she must decide whether to let them confront each other. Would she stand by him, whatever he had done?

Sun 27 April 2.30pm Khumba This animated family film stars a half-striped zebra born into an insular, isolated herd obsessed with stripes. Rumours spread that the strange foal is cursed and, before long, he is blamed for the drought. The outcast zebra leaves the confines of his home and ventures beyond the fence in an epic adventure. Sun 27 April 4.30pm & 7.30pm The Grand Budapest Hotel Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton star in this comedy drama telling of the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Directed by Wes Anderson.

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Sun 11 May 2.30pm Rio 2 It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in this animated adventure, comedy, after they're hurtled from the magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law.

Sun 11 May , 4.30pm & 7.30pm Labour Day 111mins Kate Winslet stars as depressed single mom Adele. She and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man (Josh Brolin) a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story and their options become increasingly limited. Sun 8 June 2.30pm The Amazing Spider-man 2 For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price, Peter is facing villains more formidable than ever before, then he realises that they all have one thing in common: OsCorp. Sun 8 June 4.30pm & 7.30pm Noah Russell Crowe stars as the Biblical Noah as he suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

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How to find us... By CAR From the north – follow the A703 south into Peebles, and turn right just after Holland & Sherry into the Edinburgh Road Car Park.

As the winter fades, days begin to lengthen and gardens get ready to burst into colour, a new season of entertainment arrives bringing a new opportunity to celebrate the Eastgate’s 10th birthday by becoming a Friend of the Eastgate and enjoying discounted tickets for a whole new range of shows.

From the south/west – from the A72 into Peebles, turn left at the Tweed Bridge roundabout and continue along the High Street for about half a mile. At the Esso Garage, turn left at the roundabout onto the A703 and then turn left into the Edinburgh Road Car Park. From the south/east – from the A72 into Peebles, turn right onto the A703 at the Esso garage, then turn left into the Edinburgh Road Car Park.

With membership at just £25 for the year, Friends enjoy a range of benefits (including a £2 discount on tickets for around 80 shows) as well as that lovely warm glow that comes from supporting arts at the heart of Peebles, that very Creative Place.

£2 discount on tickets for most live shows

Priority mailing of the each new season brochure

“2 for 1” offer on tickets for a specially selected show each month

10% discount on café purchases over £5

Regular newsletters with a prize draw

By BUS – local services available to/from Edinburgh via Penicuik, and to/from Galashiels via Innerleithen and Walkerburn. The nearest bus stop is opposite the front of the theatre. Parking The nearest car park is the Edinburgh Road Car Park where it’s free to park every day except Saturday between 8.30am and 5.30pm. From the car park, take the pedestrian footpath into town and we are immediately on your right.

useful information... Reservations We do not reserve tickets unless for groups of 10 or more. Group reservations must be paid for in full within 2 weeks of booking. Any group reservations not paid for within the specified time will be released for general sale.

Tickets You can buy tickets in person at our Box Office or over the phone. We accept cash, cheques, debit cards and credit cards (except AmEx).

Pick up an Eastgate Friends membership form at the Box Office and start your year centre stage.

Tickets can be kept at the box office for collection, or posted out for a £1.50 charge.

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Use the seating plan below to select the seats you'd like. Please note – row A is reserved for wheelchair users, and rows E & G are only available to buy online for some shows. Some side gallery seating is restricted view (RV) and prices are discounted for these, but we will only sell RV seats after all the other stall seats are sold, and we'll make sure you know they’re restricted.

Refunds Refunds are not given except in the event of a show cancellation. Tickets may be exchanged or transferred at the discretion of the Box Office Manager. We may be able to resell your tickets but only after our own stock has sold out, and we cannot guarantee that your tickets will be resold. Data protection We keep all customer details confidential and we never share them with or sell them to anyone else. If your details have changed, please let us know. Special effects If we know that a show contains special effects we will mention it on the event page; but sometimes we'll only be able to warn you on the night, so look out for signs in the foyer. Latecomers Latecomers can be admitted to most music shows and some other performances. If you're late, we'll guide you to the back of the auditorium so that the performers and audience aren't disturbed, and you'll be able to move to your chosen seats during the interval (if applicable). If you’re late for an event that doesn't admit latecomers, you will have to wait for an interval before we can let you in.

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Accessibility We provide level access, adapted toilet facilities and a passenger lift. Wheelchair spaces are available on the front row of the auditorium (please book in advance through Box Office). Babies/young children There are baby-changing facilities in the Disabled Toilet, and there are high chairs available for your baby/toddler to use in the café. All children require their own ticket at the prices advertised. Babes-in-Arms (under 2 years) are free but still require a ticket due to fire regulations – please ask at box office. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children from the auditorium out of consideration for other customers. Guide dogs Guide dogs are very welcome. If you have a guide dog, you may wish to sit in the front row so that your dog has room to be comfortable. Please mention when booking your seats. Alterations to programme We do our best to make sure that all the information in this brochure is correct at the time we go to press. However, sometimes circumstances beyond our control mean that prices or line-ups might change; and we reserve the right to be human and make the odd mistake.

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Film: The Lego Movie Film: The Railway Man Musical: And They Played Shang-a-Lang

2.30pm 4.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm

£7 £7 £12

Music: Sax Ecosse (MiP) Talk: In the Company of Giants Music: Watt Nicoll Music: Patsy Reid National Theatre Encore: Warhorse Music: Nova Scotia Jazz Band Film: Muppets Most Wanted Film: The Monuments Men Family: The Secret Life of Suitcases Music: Heidi Talbot Party: Ten out of 10 Music: Maria Garzon (MiP) Drama: The Taking of Zena Charbonne Film: Khumba Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel Covent Garden Ballet: The Winter’s Tale Talk: Running Beyond Limits

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Literature: Alexander McCall Smith Music: Archie Fisher Drama: Wojtek the Bear Music: Polly and the Billets Doux Film: Rio 2 Film: Labour Day Music: Band Slam National Theatre Encore: King Lear Drama: Uncle Varick Music: Chamberlain & Haywood Dance: The Magic of Dance Dance: The Magic of Dance Music: Thomas the Rhymer Film: Celluloid Tweed Music: Jamie MacDougall Radio Variety Theatre: Small Town Sarsaparilla

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 4.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

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Music: The Bills Dance: Move It Film: The Amazing Spider-man 2 Film: Noah National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business Drama: La Tragedie Comique Covent Garden Opera: Manon Lescaut Film: See press for details Film: See press for details

7.30pm 6.30pm 2.30pm 4.30pm & 7.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 6.45pm 2.30pm 4.30pm & 7.30pm

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