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Welcome As we count down to the reopening of Perth Theatre later in 2017, we continue to take theatre to our audiences in unexpected ways. Foot and mouth drama And Then Come the Nightjars tours village halls and local arts venues from Cumbria to Crieff. A function room in Perth’s Station Hotel turns theatre set for The 306: Day. The follow up to The 306: Dawn focuses on the battles faced by the women at home while WW1 rages. Little ones and grownups can cosy into a special tent in Perth Concert Hall for Night Light. Theatre comes home in December with our first in-house production in the newly transformed venue – traditional family panto Aladdin. We celebrate ten years of Perth’s Southern Fried Festival with top acts including Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell and Jim Lauderdale. Our popular Celtic Sessions series continues with Mànran and Elephant Sessions, two young Scottish traditional music acts at the top of their game. Perth Piano Sundays season concludes with Christian Zacharias performing works by Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann. RCS Voices perform two 20th Century masterpieces at the culmination of our Lunchtime Concerts series. Highlights from this year’s exciting Perth Festival of the Arts programme include Nigel Kennedy, Jools Holland, The View and Marcus Brigstocke. Young people take centre stage for our Youth Arts Festival and Peter Pan summer school. Local dance schools join forces for the Great Big Dance Show, part of Perth Dance Festival. We continue to explore the relationship between visual and performance art with our latest Threshold artspace exhibition Encore. As Perth bids to become UK City of Culture 2021, our extensive programme of shows and community activities plays a central role in showcasing what a happening place we are lucky enough to live, learn and work in! Gwilym Gibbons Chief Executive, Horsecross Arts Photographer Credits: Rankin, Simon Fowler, Kaupo Kikkas, KK Dundas, Klaus Rudolph, Richard Hubert Smith ethomsart, Chris O’Donovan, Andrew Mitchell, Henryk Pietkiewicz, Sally Jubb, Yuri Bogomaz, Marco Borggreve, Jack Sain, Kyran O'Brien, Stephen Kearney, Alan Dimmick, Marc Marnie, Oakford Media

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Contents Classical 4 - 10 Drama 11 - 14 Music 15 - 23 Contemporary Art 24 - 25 Youth Music 26 - 27 Join In 28 - 31 Youth Arts Festival 32 - 33 Kids and Families 34 - 35 Comedy 36 - 37 Dance 38 - 39 Talks and Events 40 - 41

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Horsecross Arts in collaboration with Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Lunchtime Concerts 1pm | Perth Concert Hall A break from work, a pause from shopping or an outing in itself; just three good reasons to join us for an hour of music in the middle of your day. Take up our lunch offer and you will have refreshment for body and soul! Tickets & Information

advance (until 12 noon on the day): £7.50; concessions £6.50 after 12 noon on day of concert: £8; no concessions Add soup and a sandwich for just £3.75 (book until 11am on the day)

Benjamin Baker plays Bach

RCS Voices

Mon 17 Apr: 1pm

Messiaen Martin

JS Bach Bartók

Partita No 2 in D minor for solo violin Sonata for solo violin, Op 117 (1944)

Benjamin Baker, violin The Chaconne from Bach's Partita No 2 for violin is well known as a tour de force for solo violinists. No less wonderful is the Bartók solo violin sonata premiered by Menuhin, which has amazing musical variety and packs an unforgettable musical punch! 'the performances I’ve so far heard with violinist Baker have had a supernaturally beautiful atmosphere, the fruit of serious readiness combined with cultured musicianship and flawless intonation' The Arts Desk

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Mon 8 May: 1pm Cinq Rechants Mass for double choir

Mon 15 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

RCS Voices Timothy Dean, conductor

£36.50, £31.50, £26.50; concessions* £34.50, £29.50, £24.50; child** £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

We continue our exciting relationship with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland by welcoming back RCS Voices to perform two of the acknowledged masterpieces of 20th Century Music. The opulent sounds of Frank Martin's double choir mass are coupled with Cinq Rechants which has been described as perhaps the most personal and unbuttoned of all Messiaen's works.

Nicola Benedetti opens the Perth Festival of the Arts with an intimate evening’s recital and ‘in conversation with’ playing a new programme of classical works for violin and piano, alongside her duo partner, Alexei Grynyuk. Perth Concert Hall is the ideal setting to showcase Nicola’s individual interpretation of exquisite smaller scale pieces and provides the perfect contrast to the orchestral repertoire that she performs more often in Scotland and the rest of the world. The evening ends with a chance for the audience to ask Nicola questions. *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students ** child price applies to Zone C only, subject to availability

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Perth Festival of the Arts presents


English Touring Opera Thu 18 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £46.50, £41.50, £39.50, £37.50, £26.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); no concessions Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and intrigue. When the firebrand revolutionary Cavaradossi is imprisoned, Tosca is faced with an impossible choice: submitting to the desires of the sadistic chief of police, or letting her lover be executed.

Perth Piano Sundays

Presented by Kate Molleson

Christian Zacharias

Sun 14 May: 3pm | Perth Concert Hall

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Music on a Saturday Morning

Helena Kay

Sat 20 May: 11am | St Matthew’s Church,Tay Street £11.50; concessions* £9.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); FREE for school children Helena Kay (tenor saxophone) and Peter Johnstone (piano) have been playing together since they met in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Their new duo project will feature some original music, as well as some of their favourite songs from the Great American Songbook and the jazz canon. *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Tenebrae Choir

Directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, and featuring a trio of powerful British artists for Tosca, Cavaradossi and the malevolent Scarpia, ETO’s new production is sure to be a night of passion. This new production will be sung in Italian with surtitles.

Sat 20 May: 7.30pm | St John’s Kirk £36.50, £31.50, £26.50; concessions* £34.50, £29.50, £24.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Russian Treasures - rare choral gems and celebrated sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church. Tenebrae makes its Perth Festival of the Arts debut in St John’s Kirk. Directed by Nigel Short, the award-winning vocal ensemble is renowned for its interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary choral masterpieces. Featuring songs from Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil and Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and pieces by Glinka, Chesnokov and Tchaikovsky.

Pre-opera talk: 6.30pm | Norie-Miller Studio. Please book a free ticket in advance at the Box Office.

£21, £17, £13; concessions £19, £15, £11 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Book a traditional two-course Sunday carvery before the concert for £12.50 (spaces limited)

‘devastatingly beautiful’ Gramophone Magazine *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students

Schubert Piano Sonata in A Minor D 537 Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 90 in E minor Beethoven Piano Sonata Op 109 in E major Schumann Davidsbündlertänze

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Festival Service

Christian Zacharias has performed regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival (where he performed all of Mozart's piano concertos with the SCO) and at the East Neuk Festival. We are delighted to welcome him for his Perth recital debut with music by composers particularly close to his heart. Opening with an early Schubert Sonata and ending with Schumann's charming Davidsbündlertänze, the programme has at its heart two of Beethoven's finest sonatas.

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Sun 21 May: 11am | St John’s Kirk Free and unticketed With Perth Youth Orchestra, conducted by Allan Young. The annual Festival Service in St John’s Kirk is one of the great traditions of Perth Festival of the Arts. This is an inspirational and uplifting event, and a great civic occasion. The members of Perth Youth Orchestra join the choir and organist of St John’s Kirk to lead the music and raise the roof of this historic building.

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Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

HMS Pinafore with The London Operetta Company

Children’s Classic Concerts Tartan Tales

Thu 25 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £23.50; concessions* £21.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Sat 27 May: 3pm | St John’s Kirk £11.50; concessions* £9.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); under 16s £6

Don't just see it - be it! The audience are the chorus for this production...

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Nigel Kennedy Sun 21 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £56.50, £51.50, £46.50, £41.50, £36.50; concessions* £54.50, £49.50, £44.50, £39.50, £34.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Set sail on Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and join principal singers from the D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera companies, with YOU, the audience taking on the roles of sailors, sisters, cousins and aunts. From the comfort of your seat you will rehearse the popular songs under the direction of West End and opera conductor Ian McMillan, while costumed soloists give a lively performance on stage. No experience necessary. Fun for all ages. Best costumes (optional) win prizes... *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students

Bach Meets My World Music by J.S. Bach & N. Kennedy

Scottish Opera The Pop-up Opera Roadshow Fri 26 + Sat 27 May Plaza, Perth Concert Hall Free but ticketed (max 4 tickets per booking) Scottish Opera is packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing two pop-up operas out on the road to Perth.

*concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students

Performed by a storyteller, singers and instrumentalists, and supported by a set of colourful illustrations, each show gives a fantastic introduction to opera. It will be in a converted trailer, recreating the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and parked beside Perth Concert Hall in Mill Street. Each show lasts about 25 minutes and is suitable for a family audience.

For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best-selling classical violinist of all time. The Dedications is Nigel’s own composition dedicated to other musicians who inspired him throughout his career, from Stephane Grappelli, to Jarek Smietana, the Polish jazz guitarist, Isaac Stern to Mark O’Connor, the outstanding Nashville violinist. Nigel has been playing The Dedications all over the world and audiences love the melodic and accessible pieces.

Fri 26 May 12noon: A Little Bit of La bohème 2pm: A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance 3pm: A Little Bit of La bohème Sat 27 May 12noon: A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance 2pm: A Little Bit of La bohème 3pm: A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance

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Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Join the clans of the Children’s Classic Concerts mighty mini-orchestra for a musical journey through the swirling mists of Scottish storytelling. CCC’s irrepressible hosts, Owen and Olly, will be your musical guides as they take you galloping on Tam O’Shanter’s horse, through the stormy waters of Fingal’s Cave, all the way to the battlefields of Braveheart – you might even be lucky enough to spot Nessie along the way! Children’s Classic Concerts introduce classical music to 4-12 year olds in a jam-packed hour of musical storytelling, well-loved tunes and lots of participation!

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NYOS Symphony Orchestra Fri 4 Aug: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £17.50; concessions £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) under 25s £2.50 Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Sat 27 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £46.50, £41.50, £37.50, £31.50, £26.50; concessions* £44.50, £39.50, £35.50, £29.50, £24.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Tchaikovsky Rachmaninov Mussorgsky

Swan Lake Suite Piano Concerto No 3 Pictures at an Exhibition

Freddy Kempf, piano Yuri Botnari, conductor Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

George Gershwin An American in Paris Andrew Norman Percussion Concerto Switch (Scottish premiere) Aaron Copland Symphony No 3  Colin Currie, soloist Thierry Fischer, conductor NYOS are delighted to announce Thierry Fischer as conductor of NYOS Symphony Orchestra during its 2017 summer tour. Thierry has been Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and has revitalised the orchestra with creative programming, critically acclaimed performances, and new recordings. Thierry and the Orchestra will be joined during the summer by world famous percussionist, NYOS Alumnus and Patron, Colin Currie to perform the Scottish premiere of Andrew Norman’s Percussion Concerto Switch. Colin is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers, championing new music at the highest level. Even from his earliest years with The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Colin forged a pioneering path in creating new works for percussion.

The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1951 by Samuil Samosud, as the Moscow Youth Orchestra for young and inexperienced musicians, acquiring its current name in 1953. It is most associated with longtime conductor Kirill Kondrashin under whom it premiered Shostakovich's Fourth and Thirteenth symphonies as well as other works. Yuri Simonov has been the orchestra's principal conductor since 1998. *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students

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Perth Theatre in partnership with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick presents

WORLD PREMIERE National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre and Stellar Quines, in association with Red Note Ensemble present

Theatre 503 and Bristol Old Vic’s production of:

And Then Come the Nightjars by Bea Roberts

Directed by Paul Robinson Winner of the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award. Six off West End nominations including Best Director, Most Promising Playwright and Best Set Design.


‘intensely funny… a small gem of a play from a writer to watch’ **** The Daily Telegraph

South Devon, 2001. Jeff is a vet with a problem. Michael is a cattle farmer who is a problem. The two men have a begrudging respect for each other and a blossoming friendship based on sharing a fag, a nip of whisky and boisterous banter. But when Foot and Mouth sweeps through the British countryside, communities are thrown into chaos. Michael watches, in grief stricken disbelief, the shooting of his beloved cows. He also watches his friend brandish the gun.

Fri 21 Apr: 8pm | Blair Atholl Village Hall Sat 22 Apr: 7.30pm | Aberfeldy Town Hall Wed 26 + Thu 27: 7.30pm | Birnam Arts Centre Fri 28 Apr: 7.30pm | Blairgowrie Town Hall Sat 29 Apr: 8pm | Strathearn Artspace, Crieff

Written by Oliver Emanuel, composed by Gareth Williams, directed by Jemima Levick, designed by Becky Minto Fri 5 – Sat 13 May | Grampian Room, The Station Hotel, Perth Fri 5 + Sat 6 May, Tue 9 – Sat 13 May: 7.30pm Wed 10 + Fri 12 May: 11.30am, Sat 13 May: 2.30pm

By turns heart-breaking and hilarious, And Then Come the Nightjars is a tender portrait of male friendship and a requiem to rural life. Age guidance: 12+ Wed 19 + Thu 20 Apr: 8pm | Inchyra Arts Club

306: Day

#TalktoUs 1 hour before each performance, meet Perth Theatre’s artistic director, Lu Kemp and share your thoughts and ideas for the future of your theatre.

£11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); no concessions Book in person at the venue, or at Perth Concert Hall Photo: Jack Sain

Preview: Fri 5 May £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); Students/Under 16s £5 All other performances: £14; concessions £12 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); Students/Under 16s £5 1917. The war across the channel rages on and at home, in Britain, there are women fighting their own battles. Rents are rising. Food is scarce. And war work can be deadly. Inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, The 306: Day is about staying silent and speaking out, fighting for peace and giving into violence. It tells the forgotten story of three women in wartime and their struggle to survive in a world that won’t listen. The 306: Day is a new piece of theatre from the National Theatre of Scotland, co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, and is the second part of the 306 Trilogy, following last year’s performances at Dalcrue Barn of The 306: Dawn. Age guidance 14+ (Please note the performance contains some strong language, violence and nudity and is not suitable for children) Audio described performance: Sat 13 May: 2.30pm

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The 306: Day Talk – Women in WW1 Mon 8 May: 7pm - 8.30pm Grampian Room, The Station Hotel, Perth Free but ticketed This talk will focus on the making of The 306: Day and the history and research behind the women and families featured in the piece. It will also discuss the role women played on the front line and the home front during the war.

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Kennedy Street Enterprises presentss

Nathan Carter and his Band: The Wanna Dance Tour plus support


Thu 20 Apr: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall


£26.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)


Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the hit song Wagon Wheel. Nathan and his six-piece band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads to create a special evening that includes something for everyone. Nathan is also an expert accordion player so you can expect a bit of a hand-clapping, foot-tapping hooley as well in a superbly entertaining show.

The Magic Of Motown:

Celebrating The Sound Of A Generation

“the best pantomime in the country”

Sat 9 Dec – Sat 6 Jan | Perth Theatre

Fri 21 Apr: 8pm | Perth Concert Hall

Sunday Herald

£28; concessions £25 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) This explosive concert experience features 40 back-to-back solid gold hits, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship. This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, Heatwave, I’m Coming Out, plus many more.

No poor boy should look at the Emperor’s daughter, so when Aladdin dares to sneak a peek, he is banished forever. Worse still the world’s baddest baddy Abanazer is at large and ready to offer Aladdin a job … stealing gold. Soon Aladdin finds himself trapped in the deepest darkest depths of a cave, with nothing in sight but a dull old lamp… Will Aladdin ever find his way home? Will Wishy-Washy's pants ever get dry again? And will Princess Jasmine defy her father, and rule the kingdom herself? Perth Theatre reopens its doors with another fantastically fun-filled family panto. Make sure you join in the party this Christmas as one of Perth’s best-loved traditions comes home! Contact Box Office on 01738 621031 or for details

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Perth Theatre's Homecoming Panto, proudly supported by

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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Porgy & Bess and Sketches of Spain




world-class music inspired by Scottish traditions

Fri 28 Apr: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £22.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) SNJO Youth Card £5


Miles Davis and Gil BY Evans giftedSMITH Porgy and Bess DIRECTED TOMMY and Sketches of Spain to jazz as vibrant, sultry and enormously satisfying pieces of modern music FEATURING TOMtracks MACNIVEN AND LAURA including such as Summertime and JURD It Ain’t Necessarily So. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is delighted to pay homage to these legendary musicians and with guest soloists Tom MacNiven and Laura Jurd will explore these majestic musical narratives that are compelling masterpieces of orchestral jazz.

Leo Sayer

Fri 5 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

Live in Concert Sat 6 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall VIP tickets £76.50; all other tickets £29; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) After the sold-out success of his 2015 Restless Years tour, Grammy award winning, international chart-topping music legend Leo Sayer is coming home.

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Mànran Elephant Sessions

RLN Music presents

£15; concessions £12.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

With an ethos built around its Celtic roots, Mànran binds fiddle, accordion, flute, uilleann and Highland bagpipes to a rhythm section awash with funk, jazz and rock. Winners of Up and Coming Act Of The Year at the 2014 Scots Trad Awards, The Elephant Sessions creates a progressive blend of intricate tunes, engulfing guitars, monstrous bass and pounding drums. Join us in the foyer for a tune and a drink at our informal session after the show.

Skerryvore plus special guests

Known the world over for his hits which include Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You and the transatlantic Number Ones, When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing; Leo is very excited to be back in his home country and looking forward to giving his audience a high energy concert.

Skerryvore entered 2017 having, once again, been recognised as the Live Act of the Year 2016 at the MG Alba Scottish Traditional Music Awards. The more they have experimented with their trademark blend of powerful anthemic songwriting and ferociously hard-driving instrumental sets, the more the band and their signature sound has evolved.

With 16 hit albums and 26 hit singles to his credit, Leo Sayer is one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced.

Skerryvore is the first of three concerts in the Autumn/Winter Celtic Sessions season. The final two concerts will be announced and on sale soon. Book all three concerts at the same time and save! Follow us on social media or visit for on sale announcements.

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Fri 8 Sep: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

£19.50; concessions £17 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

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Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

The View with support Sat 20 May: 8pm | Perth Concert Hall £20; concessions* £18 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

featuring Gilson Lavis with special guest Chris Difford and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall & Beth Rowley with support

The View are the hottest indie band to come out of Dundee. The band consists of Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster, Pete Reilly, Steven Morrison and Paul Band. The album Hats Off to the Buskers was released in early 2007 and featured four top 40 singles, including their highest peaking release to date Same Jeans which entered the UK top five upon release. Chart success came again in 2012 with Cheeky For A Reason which entered the UK top ten chart and topped the chart in Scotland. In 2013 the band also released a compilation album entitled Seven Year Setlist which featured their most played live tracks along with some new material.

Fri 19 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £39.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Martin Taylor and Alison Burns Celebrating 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald

Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist, Jools Holland returns this year with special guests, accompanied by the sound of Jools’ unforgettable Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Labelled With Love, Hourglass and Tempted.

Wed 17 May: 8pm The Loft, South Street, Perth

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Swinging at The Cotton Club The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra with Marlene Hill, Megs Etherington and The Lindy Hop Dance Company

£21.50; concessions* £19.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Tue 23 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

2017 marks a very special year as the career of one of the most loved entertainers, Ella Fitzgerald, will be celebrated around the world with a series of commemorative centennial events.

£26.50; concessions* £24.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Take a step back into 1920s New York City and through the doors of Harlem's hottest nightclub, the fabulous Cotton Club! Swinging at The Cotton Club is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance and songs of The Cotton Club – New York City’s most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and 30s. Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging - whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.

As part of these celebrations, multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns will be touring the UK for a series of concerts highlighting the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella and jazz guitarist, Joe Pass. *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed and students

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Age 14+ in standing area, under 16s accompanied by an adult

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Luke Daniels with Rua Macmillan and Gillian Fleetwood: Revolve & Rotate Sat 19 Aug: 8pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall £13.50; concessions £12 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Treacherous Orchestra, Adam Holmes and The Embers and Rachel Sermanni Wed 24 May: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £26.50; concessions* £24.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Enjoy an evening of Scottish and Celtic folk-rock, from gentle ballads to foot stomping reels, by a trio of outstanding Scottish acts. Treacherous Orchestra are a Scottish supergroup who are big in numbers and perform in epic style. An undefinable collective force fusing people, concepts, styles and influences. They play music with ferocity, verve and passion. One of the brightest rising stars on the scene, Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs, laced with Celtic soul. Rachel Sermanni is a Scottish folk musician from Carrbridge. An accomplished storyteller, she writes rich, thoughtful lyrics which belie her twenty something years. Her folk noir style ranges from gentle to grungy.

Award-winning singer and composer Luke Daniels brings us a top traditional trio with an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of their performance. Live, clockwork and digital sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales with intriguing instrumental music. Rua Macmillan is one of Scotland’s finest fiddlers. Scots Trad Award winner and member of Blazing Fiddles, clasarch player Gillian Fleetwood has recorded and performed at events in Australia, Mexico City and Rio International Harp Festivals. Luke Daniels’ own work as a member of Cara Dillon’s band or The Riverdance Orchestra puts the pedigree of this trio at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic music.

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Justin Currie and The Pallbearers with support

Fri 26 May: 8pm | Perth Concert Hall £26.50; concessions* £24.50; school children £11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Singer/songwriter Justin Currie was the bassist/vocalist/chief songwriter for Scottish folk-pop outfit Del Amitri. The Glasgow native released six full-length records between 1982 and 2002 before embarking on a solo career. Currie’s proven gift for infectious melodies paired with wry, earnest, and occasionally barbed lyrics carried over to his solo work as well. His 2007 solo debut What Is Love For was a highly introspective collection of lovelorn ballads that explored the darker corners of the heart, while 2010’s The Great War signalled a return to the bittersweet mid-tempo jangle pop of Del Amitri. His fourth album of this series, This Is My Kingdom Now is released this spring.

Halfway To Paradise: The Billy Fury Story Mon 25 Sep: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £25.50; concessions £23.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) A shy young 19 year old Liverpudlian songwriter called Ronnie Wycherley was discovered by legendary rock impresario Larry Parnes who re-christened him Billy Fury and promoted him as Britain’s own Elvis. In February 1959 he entered the UK Top 20 with his own composition Maybe Tomorrow, the first of an unbelievable 29 hit records including Colette, Half Way To Paradise, Jealousy, I’d Never Find Another You, Like I’ve Never Been Gone, Once Upon a Dream, Last Night Was Made For Love, When Will You Say I Love You? and In Summer. The sensational Colin Gold stars as Fury in this electric and emotional celebration and he’s backed by Fury’s Tornados, Billy’s own 1970’s live band.

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Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story Tue 29 Aug: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

THU 27 – SUN 30 JUL

£29.50, £24.50, £21.50; (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) no concessions


Back in the 70’s Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented and charismatic, the one-time teen idol sold more than 60 million albums, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more. Why did the man who wrote Father and Son, Moon Shadow and Where do the Children Play? turn his back on the world? Featuring Australian singer Darren Coggan, Peace Train is a night of music and storytelling which seeks out the man in the music and tells the story behind the songs.


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Southern Fried Festival, Perth

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Encore continues our foray into the worlds of both visual and performing arts following our recent exhibitions Interval, Stage and Movement. As a metaphor, Encore brings us closer to the opening of our transformed Perth Theatre. Encore also puts you, our audiences, centre stage – we know you’d like this bonus, artists-led experience of the festivals we both initiate and support. We hope that you will continue to applaud and demand!” Iliyana Nedkova, Perth Pioneer and Horsecross Arts Creative Director of Contemporary Art

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Encore Until Sat 2 Sep | Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall Free | Donations warmly welcome   Join us for Encore as we continue to explore the relationship of visual and performing arts, teaming up with festivals of dance and drama, music and cinema to bring you newly commissioned works by Jolanta Dolewska, Simon Fildes, Anne Gilchrist, Marc Marnie, Susan Mowatt, Miranda Whall, Maja Zeco and many more. Curated by Iliyana Nedkova. Produced by Horsecross Arts for Threshold artspace in partnership with Culture Perth and Kinross, The Work Room, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and many more. As part of Perth Women’s Festival; Platform Festival of Perthshire Creativity; Horsecross Arts Youth Festival; Perth Screen Dance Festival; Southern Fried Festival of American Roots Music and many more.

More of Encore Until Sat 2 Sep | Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall and off-site Free | Donations warmly welcome Make sure you join our dedicated Facebook group for up-to-date news, stories and exclusive festival offers accompanying our Encore exhibition! Be the first to hear and benefit from our exciting programme of masterclasses, student placements, artists’ talks, guided tours, artists’ residencies, limited editions, interviews, new journal issues and much more! F groups/thresholdartspace | #Encore | @HorsecrossPerth | @IliyanaNedkova

Coffee, Croissant and Art Wednesdays 26 Apr, 10 + 31 May, 14 + 28 Jun, 16 + 30 Aug: 11.30am | Perth Concert Hall  £3.50 | Book in advance on 07505 654 358 or email as spaces are limited | Meet at Glassrooms Café   Enjoy a cuppa with our resident curator Iliyana Nedkova and find out about our unique collection of bold contemporary art as part of our current exhibition Encore. No prior interest in art required but an acquired taste for coffee and croissant may be desirable although scones and teas are available, too. Special 10% OFF offer for any of our limited editions of exclusive artists’ prints on paper or aluminium at any of our tours! ‘it was an eye-opening walk and talk tour! We found out so much about Threshold artspace – Perth’s well-kept secret! Thank you!’ Audience member #CCATour | @HorsecrossPerth | F groups/thresholdartspace | @IliyanaNedkova

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm until late (on selected nights) Free to visit | Fun to experience


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The Primary Schools Glee Challenge 2017 Mon 24 – Tue 25 Apr + Mon 5 Jun: 6.15pm Sun 25 Jun: 2pm | Perth Concert Hall £9.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); concessions £5 per date The Perth & Kinross Glee Challenge is back for its second year. A fantastic evening for all the family. Come along and see the best show choirs in Scotland as our seven regional finalists take part in the very first Scottish Final on Sun 25 Jun: 2pm. Heat 1

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Regional Final

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Scottish Final

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Perth Youth Orchestra Mon 28 Aug: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

£11.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Under 16s/school pupils go free Following a successful appearance at Greyfriar's Church, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Perth Youth Orchestra will present its final concert of the Autumn season. Over 95 young musicians will perform a varied programme with each half featuring a concerto performance from two local young soloists. As always, the concert will showcase the wealth of musical talent in Perth & Perth Concert Hall February 1 07/02/2017 Kinross. The orchestra's performance will feature a variety of17:20:38 musical styles to suit all tastes. Not to be missed!

Perth & Kinross Primary School Music Camp Concert Thu 4 May: 7pm | Perth Concert Hall Free but ticketed, please contact the Box Office to book (advance booking recommended)

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Returning from an intense week of music making, over 200 young musicians from throughout Perth & Kinross will present a pleasant mixture of classical and light music. One of the most popular concerts of the music services season! Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival proudly presents

A Spectacular Evening of Music and Song Wed 12 Jul: 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £13.50; concessions £10.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)






After its inaugural outing in 2016, the Stirling Bridge International CMY Arts Festival returns with another programme bursting with energy K and excitement. Featuring music groups from overseas and closer to home including the Lindbergh Strolling Strings and the West Springfield High School Orchestra from the United States, and the Scottish fiddling sensation Innovation. The night will culminate with all groups performing en masse which will surely bring the house down. The evening is proudly supported by The Rotary Clubs of Perth.

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Horsecross Voices

Wednesdays 19 Apr – 10 May: 7.30pm | Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall £4.50; concessions £3.50 Buy all 4 for £16; concessions £12

19 Apr 26 Apr 3 May 10 May

Let’s Dance

Tuesdays 18 Apr, 16 + 30 May, 6 Jun: 6pm | Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Mondays from Mon 3 Apr: 1pm | YWCA, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie Free

Blues songs with Heather McLeod Songs of The Beatles with Dougie Flower Classical songs with Daniela Hathaway Irish Folk Songs with Michelle Burke

A fun informal singing group for adults. No previous singing experience or music reading is required. Age 18+. Spaces are limited: book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Creative dance classes for adults with mental or physical disabilities. Led by expert tutors, these classes will help participants gain confidence and increase their flexibility, musicality and posture in a sociable and supportive environment. Carers are welcome to participate. Presented in partnership with FUN & Adult Day Care, Perth and Kinross Council

Perth Theatre Discoveries Tue 18 Apr: 7.30pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Free but ticketed Join the Perth Theatre Memory Collective and special guests for these one-off evenings to hear more about the life and stories of Perth Theatre through the ages.

Fridays 21 Apr – 23 Jun: 4.15pm Primary Drama Room, North Inch Community Campus £3 per workshop or buy all 10 and get the last one free

Catch up with Perth Theatre Memory Collective’s findings and find out more about Perth Theatre’s future.

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Little Stars: Creative Play Little Stars: Creative Play is our programme for under 5s. Led by Horsecross tutors who specialise in this age group, our fun-filled workshops include drama, singing and dancing activities and, will be tailored to engage and inspire children aged 0-4 years old. The sessions will build a colourful imagination as well as focusing on the four ‘C’s’: confidence, concentration, coordination and communication, helping children to reach their full potential.

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Masterclass Sun 7 May + Sun 25 Jun Norie-Miller Studio + Tilt, Perth Concert Hall PYT Members: FREE Non-Members: £13.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) per masterclass Delivered by Perth Youth Theatre Alumni who have gone on to work in the theatre and creative industries.

RSNO Community Orchestra Sundays 23 Apr, 7 May + 25 Jun: 2pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall £4; concessions £3

Sun 7 May:

Movement & Dance with Peter Royston (no dance experience necessary)

10am – 11am

P1 - 7

11.15am – 1.15pm S1 - 6

Now in its third year, RSNO Community Orchestra is an initiative from Scotland’s National Orchestra, the RSNO, in partnership with Horsecross Arts. This is an orchestra geared for those who play anything from grade 1 to grade 4 standard. Whether you played an instrument at school and haven’t picked it up in years, or are a beginner – intermediate player, we’re keen to have you join the RSNO Assistant Conductor in this exciting venture for RSNO and Perth. Age 12+

Sun 25 Jun:

Puppetry Skills with Ross Mackay

10am – 1pm

P1 - 7

2pm – 5pm

S1 – 6

Blow and Blast 18+ Saturdays 29 Apr + 3 Jun + Sun 14 May Tilt, Perth Concert Hall Workshop: £15.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) per session Blow and Blast Band: £10.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) per session A range of workshops offering easy and intermediate-level ensemble playing for adult learners/returners on wind instruments. Build your skills and confidence in a light-hearted, friendly and informative environment. 10.30am – 12.30pm

Easy/Improvers Woodwind Workshop (fl, ob, cl, bn only)

1pm – 2.30pm

Blow & Blast Wind Band

3pm – 5pm

Intermediate Woodwind Workshop (fl, ob, cl, bn only)

Places are limited so book early, Please note you must provide your own instrument.

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Script Surgery with Lu Kemp Fri 28 Apr: 2.30pm - 4.30pm | Strathearn Art Space, Crieff Call out to all writers! You are invited to come along to Strathearn Artspace, Crieff and meet Perth Theatre’s artistic director Lu Kemp for a Script Surgery. Bring along a scene from your script that is no longer than 8 minutes and work alongside Lu to develop it. Email to register your interest

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Perth Youth Theatre Juniors

Thu 15 Jun: 7pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall £4; no concessions

Fri 16 Jun: 7.30pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall £4; no concessions

Join our S3-4 Perth Youth Theatre for a devised performance, which will showcase the skills they have learned throughout the last year. Age guidance 12+

Perth Youth Theatre S1-2 showcase the theatrical skills they have developed this year in this devised performance.

Sun 18 Jun: 1.30pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Space is limited, please book in advance. £3.50; concessions £2.50

Perth Autism Youth Theatre Showcase Fri 16 Jun: 5.30pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Free but ticketed (advance booking recommended) Join our Autism Youth Theatre group for a lively and engaging performance which they have created completely from scratch. Perth Autism Youth Theatre is a partnership project between Horsecross Arts and Perth Autism Support.

Horsecross Glee and Perth Youth Dance Showcase Sat 17 Jun: 2.30pm Perth Concert Hall £5.50; concessions £4.50 Join Horsecross Glee Juniors, Seniors, Streetcrew and Perth Youth Dance Company as they take to the stage to perform a variety of songs from across musical genres. Our singers will be accompanied by the Horsecross house band, in what promises to be a special performance featuring young talent and live music.

Watch our Juniors' creativity explode in these original devised performances. P1 - 3a Showcase: 1.30pm P1 - 3b Showcase: 2pm P4 - 7a Showcase: 2.30pm P4 - 7b Showcase: 3pm P4 - 7c Showcase: 3.30pm Please be aware if you have children in more than one showcase you are required to buy a ticket for each performance (or a multiple ticket, as listed below). Double bill ticket: £4 Triple bill ticket £6 Quadruple bill ticket £8

The Heights Sat 17 Jun: 7pm Perth Concert Hall £6; concessions £4 Directed by Gemma Pryde Assistant Director Andrew John Illsley Perth Youth Theatre Seniors take on Lisa McGee's The Heights. Following the lives of young people brought up on the tower block estates of Britain, this play shows the creativity that can come from isolation and boredom. Age guidance 12+

Join In Awards Sun 18 Jun: 4.30pm Perth Concert Hall Free but ticketed (advance booking recommended) We will be handing out awards to our most committed, creative and inspirational members, as well as celebrating the achievements of all members.


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Summer School

Night Light Wed 10 May: 1.30pm | Perth Concert Hall £7.50; concessions £5.50 Mister Night starts his rounds watching over little children in their beds. All are asleep, except for one. "I can't sleep" says the little girl. With help from a little moon dust, she joins Mister Night exploring the dark and beautiful light that emerges until the blackbird sings again to start a new day. Cosy-up into our specially designed tent and come on a journey in this unique magical universe specifically tailored for the smallest people in our world and the bigger people who look after them. Night Light is co-produced with Imaginate and Red Bridge, commissioned through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Age guidance 3 - 6 years Horsecross Summer School presents

Peter Pan Sat 15 Jul: 7pm | Perth Concert Hall £6; concessions £4 The timeless tale of the boy who never grew up… Come and join Peter Pan as he whisks Wendy Darling and her brothers off to Neverland where they meet the Mermaids, Indians, Lost Boys, and even the infamous Captain Hook!

Mon 3 – Sat 15 Jul: 9.30am – 4pm | Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Seniors (10 – 18yrs): Mon 3 – Sat 15 Jul £150 for full fortnight (11 days) Juniors (5 – 9yrs): Mon 10 – Sat 15 Jul £100 for week (6 days)

Funbox presents

Underwater Adventure

Featuring your favourite characters and songs, this summer school will be a great experience for anyone with a passion for performing. Join our team of professional theatre-makers and technical staff to create a musical in two weeks. The final performance will take place on the main stage at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 15 July at 7pm (see page 35 for full details). No experience necessary.

Sat 26 Aug: 2pm | Perth Concert Hall £15.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); Family and group ticket discounts available, contact the Box Office for details Anchors away with Anya, Gary and Kevin (formerly the stars of The Singing Kettle) for their all new show for 2017 – Underwater Adventure where they voyage beneath the waves to the bottom of the ocean. Dress up for the sea and join in the fun - dress as a mermaid or come as a fish - you'll have a whale of a time. You may even get to help on stage!

To audition for a lead role please contact our creative learning team: (please be aware only seniors are eligible to audition) Please bring a packed lunch each day. Bursaries are available – contact the Box Office for details


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Jimmy Carr:

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Do Shakespeare

The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour Sun 10 Sep: 8pm | Perth Concert Hall

Sat 29 Apr: 8pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall

Bruce Fummey: A History of Scotland Part 3 - The Rise of the Ginger Sat 22 Apr: 8pm | Perth Concert Hall £11.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) This is not the type of history class that you will get in school! Bruce Fummey was named Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2014. His Edinburgh Fringe shows were nominated for Scottish Comedy Awards in 2013 and 2014 and his 2015 show was the biggest selling show in the Stand Comedy Club’s Stand in the Square. He has brought together the best of these shows and come home to Perth in order to tell Scotland’s story, and film his new DVD in front of a home crowd.

£13.50; concessions £12 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) Earth’s funniest footwear return with a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence, taking on The Bard Of Avon himself. Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo & Juliet, and peer into their Coriolanus. Plus all the usual satirical nonsense from the Two Gentlesocks Of Verrucca. Another massive Fringe hit, this is the Socks’ 9th full-length show and has been acclaimed as their best yet: ‘the unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry’ ***** Venue ‘had every single audience member... laughing until they cried’ ***** Evening News ‘accessible, contemporary and ridiculous’ ***** Brighton Argus  Age guidance 12+

Romans, Picts, Britons, Scots, Canmores, Bruces and Stewarts. Dodgy schemes, mythic heroes and a little bit of smut. If you like history, love Scotland and don’t mind the odd knob joke along the way, then this show is for you!

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. Perth Festival of the Arts presents

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face? Mon 22 May: 8pm | Perth Concert Hall £23.50; concessions* £21.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time, he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Now all that experience is being put to good use - you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show - this is the very best of Jimmy Carr. Age guidance 16+

I was born with a long face and now there's UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and Trump and Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody referendum and for some reason people have started drinking kale juice?! This is a show about gratitude and happiness... with just a tiny bit of wild eyed, incredulous, livid ranting. One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences around the UK and globally at international comedy festivals.

Bruce will be introduced by Perthshire farmer and comic Jim Smith, who will also perform a short set. 'this man exudes infectious warmth and humour... take your brain to see him, he’ll put stuff in it, and you’ll feel the better for it'

Age guidance 14+ *concession price applies to: disabled, unemployed, students and children under 16

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DANCE FESTIVAL Shooting Stars Dance Competition 2017 Sat 13 May: 10am | Perth Concert Hall £10; no concessions (tickets available on the day only from the organisers from 9am at Perth Concert Hall) Shooting Stars can't wait to be back in Perth for their annual dance competition. Dancers from all over Scotland will be performing and competing in ballet, jazz, pop and song and dance in Scotland's friendliest dance competition. Solos, duets, trios and teams will delight with their skills.

Perth Screen Dance Thu 1 + Fri 2 Jun: 6pm - 8pm Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Free but ticketed (advance booking recommended) Screenings of shortlisted dance films in 3 categories: Student, International and UK. The winning films will be announced on Fri 2 Jun. For details of dance film masterclasses and enrolment as a delegate please email

The Great Big Dance Show Sun 4 Jun: 7.30pm Perth Concert Hall £7.50; concessions £5

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Join us for this annual celebration of dance across Perth and Kinross which has been such a huge success for the last 2 years. Featured in this performance will be Julie Young Studio, JGN Dance Attic, Inspire Dance Studio, Dance Bank, Oakbank Primary School, Pitlochry Youth Dance Company, Perth Youth Dance Company, Let’s Dance, Fly Zone - The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance Youth Company, award winning dance films, and guest groups: Lothian Youth Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre community programme and Kast - professional dance company.

Live Broadcast to the World Perth Youth Dance Company Sat 3 Jun: 1pm Broadcast live from Perth Concert Hall, watch live on YouTube from anywhere in the world.

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curated by Frames Gallery

Thu 18 May: 10am – 7.30pm Fri 19 + Sat 20 May: 10am – 7.30pm Sun 21 May: 10am – 6pm Plaza, Perth Concert Hall Free A large, tented gallery will be erected in the centre of the city beside Perth Concert Hall, displaying over 300 works of art. Returning by popular demand, arTay offers both the curious browser and the serious collector a huge range of paintings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, woodwork, metalwork and jewellery. The sole aim of arTay is to make contemporary Scottish art as accessible as possible to the public at large. The tent will be open each evening prior to events held in Perth Concert Hall, so why not come along earlier and have a look before the concerts begin? This is a unique event in Scotland and, as such, should not be missed. All the artworks are for sale.

No. 18 presents

The Gin Fayre! Sat 1 Jul: 12 noon + 3.45pm Foyer + Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall Adults (18+) £11.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) per session Adult ticket includes 1 gin and tonic Under 18s free but ticketed (must be accompanied by an adult) Following a very successful launch event in St Andrews, No. 18 is delighted to bring The Gin Fayre to Perth. Showcasing over 50 fantastic gins from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and indeed, the world, this is the perfect event for anyone who likes a wee tipple. Not only will you be able to try before you buy, you'll be able to meet the distillers themselves and learn more about the spirit the world is going crazy for!

British Natural Bodybuilding Federation presents the

2017 Scottish Natural Bodybuilding Championships Sun 11 Jun: 1pm | Perth Concert Hall

The Scottish Bead Fair

£22; no concessions (inc £2 booking fee per ticket) Perth Concert Hall has become the home of the Scottish Natural Bodybuilding Championships and is the highlight of the natural bodybuilding calendar in Scotland if not the UK. It brings the best competitors: all battling to be crowned Scottish Champion. Who will take one of the top two places and represent Scotland at the BNBF British Finals? Come along and make lots of noise to show your support!

Sun 20 Aug: 10.30am Foyer + Norie-Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall £2.50 on the door only; accompanied under 16s free Scotland's specialist event dedicated to all things beading and jewellery making is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with exhibitors from across the whole of the UK attending to ply their wares and share their expertise! Browse and buy from their mouth-watering selection, watch demonstrations and leave inspired!

Pre-judging: 1 pm Evening Show with crowning of champions: 5pm

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Classical Drama Music Contemporary Art Youth Music Join In Youth Arts Festival Kids and Families Comedy Dance Talks and Events APR until Sat 2 Sep Mon 17 Tue 18 – Tue 6 Jun Tue 18 Wed 19 – Wed 10 May Wed 19 – Sat 29 Thu 20 Fri 21 – Fri 23 Jun Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23 – Sun 25 Jun Mon 24 – Sun 25 Jun Wed 26 – Wed 30 Aug Fri 28 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sat 29 – Sat 3 Jun

Encore 25 Lunchtime Concerts: Benjamin Baker 4 Let’s Dance 28 Perth Theatre Discoveries 28 Horsecross Voices 29 And Then Come The Nightjars 12 Nathan Carter 15 Little Stars: Creative Play 29 The Magic of Motown 15 Bruce Fummey’s A History of Scotland Part 3: The Rise of the Ginger 36 RSNO Community Orchestra 30 The Primary Schools Glee Challenge 26 Coffee, Croissant & Art 25 Script Surgery with Lu Kemp 31 Scottish National Jazz Orchestra 16 Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre 36 Blow & Blast 30

MAY Thu 4 Fri 5 – Sat 13 Fri 5 Sat 6 Sun 7 + Sun 25 Jun Mon 8 Wed 10 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Wed 17 Thu 18 – Sun 21 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sun 21 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri 26 Fri 26 + Sat 27 Sat 27 Sat 27

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Perth & Kinross Primary School Music Camp Concert 26 The 306: Day 13 The Celtic Sessions: Mànran & Elephant Sessions 17 Leo Sayer 16 Perth Youth Theatre Masterclass 31 Lunchtime Concerts: RCS Voices 4 Night Light 35 Shooting Stars Dance Competition 38 Perth Piano Sundays: Christian Zacharias 6 Nicola Benedetti 5 Martin Taylor & Alison Burns 18 arTay 40 English Touring Opera: Tosca 6 Jools Holland 18 Helena Kay 7 Tenebrae Choir 7 The View 19 Festival Service: Perth Youth Orchestra 7 Nigel Kennedy 8 Marcus Brigstocke 37 Swinging at The Cotton Club 19 Treacherous Orchestra, Adam Holmes/The Embers, Rachel Sermanni 20 HMS Pinafore 8 Justin Currie and The Pallbearers 20 Scottish Opera: Pop-up Opera Roadshow 9 Children’s Classic Concerts: Tartan Tales 9 Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra 10

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Perth Screen Dance 39 Perth Dance Festival Live Broadcast 39 The Great Big Dance Show 39 Scottish Natural Bodybuilding Championships 40 Perth Youth Theatre S3-4 32 Perth Autism Youth Theatre Showcase 32 Perth Youth Theatre S1-2 Double-Bill 32 Horsecross Glee & Perth Youth Dance Showcase 32 Perth Youth Theatre Seniors: The Heights 33 Perth Youth Theatre Juniors 33 Join In Awards 33

JUL Sat 1 Mon 3 – Sat 15 Mon 10 – Sat 15 Wed 12 Sat 15 Thu 27 – Sun 30

The Gin Fayre 41 Peter Pan Summer School (senior) 34 Peter Pan Summer School (junior) 34 A Spectacular Evening of Music and Song 26 Peter Pan Summer School Performance 35 Southern Fried Festival 23

AUG Fri 4 Sat 19 Sun 20 Sat 26 Mon 28 Tue 29

NYOS Symphony Orchestra 10 Luke Daniels, Rua Macmillan & Gillian Fleetwood 21 41 The Scottish Bead Fair Funbox presents: Underwater Adventure 35 Perth Youth Orchestra 27 Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story 22

COMING SOON Fri 8 Sep Sun 10 Sep Mon 25 Sep Sat 9 Dec – Sat 6 Jan

The Celtic Sessions: Skerryvore Jimmy Carr The Billy Fury Story Aladdin

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