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Hello, welcome to our new What’s On Guide Welcome to the guide for Spring Summer 2020. We are delighted to bring you an exciting mix of music, theatre, comedy, film, dance, literature and community events. This year sees our very first Paisley Book Festival, an event that we hope will become an annual fixture in your calendar. The theme of Radical Voices & Rebel Stories brings a fantastic array of people and ideas to town centre venues. Information and tickets are available at paisleybookfest.com. We celebrate and promote artists and the creation of new work with the Paisley Arts Centre New Space Fest, welcome back the SAMAs take over supporting the development of music artists, and introduce the Sma’sh Hits All Dayer,

a new music event focussed on local talent. We have a brilliant selection of the best in touring theatre for children and young people, inspiring your wee ones to their own creative heights. As well as some great music and comedy, we welcome back companies that we know always craft astonishing work, including Barrowland Ballet and Vanishing Point. And in June we have a very special world premiere of a never performed John Byrne play, Underwood Lane—set in Paisley, performed in Paisley. You will most definitely not want to miss that one! Morag Macpherson

theatre music dance film comedy exhibitions family special events guest events regular events talks and classes

Head of Cultural Services Renfrewshire Leisure


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Temporary Library The library left its former home next to Paisley Museum in February 2018, when the building closed for a £42m revamp to turn the museum into an international-class destination. Paisley Central Library will eventually move to a new location at 22 High Street. Until this is complete in 2021, a temporary library is provided next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre, which includes public access PC’s, after-school children’s clubs and, of course, a huge range of books.

Infrastructure Update Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Museum are being transformed as part of a once-in-a-generation £100 million investment in the town centre, which will bring new footfall and life to Paisley, new homes for top-class events and life-changing cultural experiences, as well as preserving the heritage of Renfrewshire. With the venues expected to re-open in 2022, and Paisley Arts Centre closing for refurbishment in 2020, Renfrewshire Leisure will continue to offer cultural services throughout various venues in the area. Keep an eye on our website and our social channels for what’s on.

The Secret Collection Paisley: The Secret Collection is the first publicly accessible museum store on a UK High Street, containing thousands of objects reflecting Renfrewshire’s amazing heritage and culture.

Unit 34–36 Piazza Shopping Centre, 15 Central Road, Paisley PA1 1EL POP is Renfrewshire Leisure’s pop-up community arts and events space based in the former post office in the Piazza Shopping Centre. POP is an open, free, accessible events space that is available for all to use to host workshops, events, exhibitions, performances, shows and creative community activities. Please get in touch with kate.drummond@renfrewshire.gov.uk with all POP space enquiries.

Free guided tours are available and usually last approximately 45 mins–1 hour. You can book a tour either on our website, by email at tours@renfrewshireleisure.com or phone 0141 618 5129.

Our Booking Fees We charge a £1 transaction fee for all bookings made online. This includes postage if you opt to have your tickets posted out to you. Tickets booked by phone can be held at the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre for collection or posted out at a cost of £1. There are no charges for tickets purchased in person.

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theatre

Wed 5 February

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns By Gillian Duffy

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Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm

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£15 (£13 conc) + bkg fee* Heartbroken author Emily Winters takes herself away to her aunt’s old cottage in Ayrshire to get over her cheating ex. As she celebrates Burns night alone, wishing that the right man would show up, she gets a visitation slightly different than what she’d hoped for—the ghost of Rabbie Burns (John Kielty) appears to give her some dating advice… and he knows what he’s talking about! This hilarious comedy proves that love and relationships haven’t changed that much in 200 years after all. ‘Gillian Duffy’s writing takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion’ Goodreads.com

Image: The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns

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theatre

Sat 8 February Two Destination Language presents

Fault Lines Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee* A fashion show on the fracture between feminism and fabric. Fault Lines is a catwalk which takes you from Haute Couture to bargain bin, from big beats to near silence. Five women come together in a celebration of difference. They dance, they walk, they crawl. Curate your own journey through a runway show of people like you and people you’ll never know, with a soundtrack selected by you. Susan Sontag meets America’s Next Top Model.

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Integrated BSL performance book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Image: Fault Lines

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Thu 13 February and Fri 14 February

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LGBT History Month Film Nights Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £5 (£3 conc) + bkg fee*

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Renfrewshire Council’s LGBT+ staff Network has selected 2 films celebrating LGBT stories for LGBT History Month 2020. The Council’s staff network works to improve the opportunities for LGBT+ employees to be involved in how the Council supports and celebrates its diverse workforce.

Thu 13 February

But, I’m a cheerleader! (15) The staff network chose this film to celebrate the tradition of the LGBT community to fight against discrimination with creativity and humour; Gay Conversion Therapy gets the LGBT treatment in this legendary movie. Fri 14 February

Pride (15) An easy selection for the staff network, this film celebrates the power of community and how two very different communities can work together to overcome prejudice and persecution. An inspiration for the Network.


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Image: The Tannahill Weavers

music

Sat 15 February

The Tannahill Weavers Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee*

‘An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new.’ New York Times

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Sun 16 February

Wedding Fayre Johnstone Town Hall 11am–3pm FREE This event will host a wide variety of local wedding suppliers, from photographers to kilt makers and florists to bridal wear. There will also be the opportunity to view a wedding set up in the main hall so that visitors can see just what this award-winning venue has to offer. Visitors to the fayre will also receive a complimentary drink, a goody bag, and a range of special offers and discounts.

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

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


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Paisley Book Festival at POP Piazza Shopping Centre

365: Stories & Music James Robertson & Aidan O’Rourke

Fri 21–Sat 29 February 10am–5pm Space for 6 at one time.

Fri 21–Sat 29 February All events FREE

365: Stories & Music is a collaboration between two artists steeped in tradition but who constantly break new ground. Sit, browse and listen through the spoken word catalogue of all 365 stories paired with its companion piece of music. Robertson reads many of the stories himself; with other voices including Tam Dean Burn, Gerda Stevenson, Cathy Macdonald, Matthew Zajac and Kate Molleson.

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Drop in to POP to experience this very special sound installation of contemporary Scottish stories and music by acclaimed author James Robertson and musician Aidan O’Rourke (of the folk band Lau).

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

Image: 365 Stories and Music


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Paisley Book Festival Saturday Sessions Sat 22 February Custom Stories While You Wait by Luke Winter

10am–5pm FREE, drop-in They Felt the Fear and Did it Anyway, Mara Menzies

11am–12noon £5 + bkg fee*, FREE for under 12s Make Your Own Zine Workshop! With Maria Stoian

2pm–4pm £8 + bkg fee*

Custom Stories While You Wait by Luke Winter

Coming Up in 2020

Ages 12+

10am–5pm FREE, drop-in Fierce, Fearless and Free with Lari Don

12noon–1pm £5 + bkg fee*, FREE for under 12s Ages 8–12

Slogan Screen Printing with ReMode

2pm–5pm £12 (£8 conc) + bkg fee* Keep your eye on www.paisleybookfest.com and follow @BookPaisley for more details on the Paisley Book Festival.

Our 2020 programme includes exhibitions by the TH.CARS2 Picturing Paisley project with West College Scotland, Disability Resource Centre and Outspoken Arts led by artist-inresidence Morwenna Kearsley; Castlehead High School’s Creative Industries Exhibition, Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival launch with associated exhibitions and events, Historic Environment Scotland’s Aesthetics & Industry Photography Exhibition as well as the inaugural Paisley Mini Textiles Festival (held in the run-up to Sma’Shot Day) curated by Colin Begg of the TH.CARS2 project.

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book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Sat 29 February

For upcoming events in 2020 in POP, find more details on www.renfrewshireleisure.com or follow us on Facebook @PaisleyArtsCentre.


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Bookbug in the Bath! Wed 26 February Lagoon Leisure Centre, 10.30am (Gaelic) 11.30am (English) Fri 28 February Johnstone Community Sports Hub, 10am (Toddlers), 10.50am (Babies) (both sessions in English) FREE, but ticketed. Booking essential Suitable for ages 0–5

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Wed 26 February Nonsense Room Productions presents

Shark in the Park Johnstone Town Hall, 11am and 1.30pm

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£3.50 + bkg fee* (accompanying Nursery/School staff go free)

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Suitable for ages 3+

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope! But wait, is that a Shark, in the Park? Based on Nick Sharratt’s colourful books, this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on three exciting adventures.

Festival of Fun Calling all children! Come along to our Festival of Fun in July, keep an eye on our website and social channels for more info.

Dive in for a sing and a splash with Bookbug in the bath! Please be pool-side 5 minutes before the session starts so that you don’t miss a single splash!


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Image: The Secret Garden

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Fri 28 February Red Bridge Arts presents

The Secret Garden Johnstone Town Hall, 10.30am

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ÂŁ3.50 + bkg fee* (accompanying School staff go free) Suitable for ages 6+

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When Mary arrives from far away to live with her uncle, everybody says she is a most disagreeable looking child. It is true, too! Mary is grumpy and difficult‌ and also very lonely. That all changes when she happens upon a mysterious garden that has been locked and hidden away for years. There she discovers wonders and magic that she never imagined possible. Join Mary on a journey filled with secrets, mystery and unexpected friendships.

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Inspiring Women Lecture with Kirsty Wark

Over the course of 10 days, Paisley’s inaugural Book Festival will be bringing you a huge range of events and activities for all ages based on the central theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories. Take a look at a few of our highlights below.

They Felt the Fear and Did it Anyway with Mara Menzies Join award-winning Kenyan/Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies for incredible stories from her dual heritage that celebrate those who stood their ground despite facing difficulties. Sat 22nd Feb 11am POP, Piazza Shopping Centre £5 for adults/free for under 12s*

Make Your Own Zine Workshop! with Maria Stoian Join illustrator and comics artist Maria Stoian for a radical zine workshop, where you’ll make a pocket booklet from scratch. (Ages 12+) Sat 22nd Feb 2pm POP, Piazza Shopping Centre £8*

UWS’s Inspiring Women Lecture Series presents Kirsty Wark in conversation with award-winning journalist Ruth Wishart. Kirsty will talk about her new novel and share her experiences of political reporting in a career that has spanned some of the UK’s most pivotal moments. Sat 22nd Feb 2pm UWS Student’s Union £12/£5 students*

John Byrne’s Big Birthday Bash Join us in celebrating the life and work of one of Scotland’s most beloved playwrights and artist – John Byrne. To mark his 80th year, John returns to his native Paisley for a special birthday knees up and retrospective of his incredible body of work. Sat 22nd Feb 4:30pm Paisley Arts Centre £15/£12*

Janice Galloway: Transfiguring the Commonplace Since the publication of her debut novel The Trick Is To Keep Breathing thirty years ago, Janice Galloway’s lyrical, radical voice has cut through Scottish culture, continually redefining what it means to be Scottish, an artist and a woman. She talks to Kirstin Innes about her life, work, and anything else that takes her fancy. Sat 22nd Feb 7pm Paisley Arts Centre £10/£6*


BAME Writing Masterclass with Nikesh Shukla

Alan Bissett Presents… Chris McQueer

In this workshop for writers of colour, Nikesh shares his writing tips and leads some exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Designed in partnership with the BAME Scottish Writers Network. Sun 23rd Feb 2:30pm Paisley Arts Centre £8/£5*

Chris McQueer has become a sensation in Scottish literature, earning a reputation on the back of Hings as the most surreal, funny and authentic of new voices. Given the success of its follow-up HWFG, catch him before he goes supernova. Fri 28th Feb 9pm Callum’s Cavern £10/£6*

The Fountain’s Evening of Rebel Poetry Join The Fountain as they explore poetry through Neu! Reekie!’s very own Michael Pedersen, scribe of historical women Sarah Stewart, as well as the not-to-be-missed Hollie McNish, poet who talks fruit, flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death and much more. Thurs 27th Feb 7pm Paisley Arts Centre £12/£8*

Jackie Kay Join us for an hour of poetry and entertainment with the Scots Makar and author of award-winning publications Jackie Kay, who’ll be reading poems on the festival’s theme of Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, including some new work inspired by the American performer and international activist Paul Robeson. Fri 28th Feb 5pm Paisley Arts Centre £10/£6*

For more information on the full programme and to book tickets online go to paisleybookfest.com. Tickets can also be booked in person at Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New Street, PA1 1EZ.

Fierce, Fearless and Free with Lari Don Lari Don introduces Fierce, Fearless & Free, her new collection of myths and legends about girls who escape ogres, defeat dragons, save villages, and never wait for a prince to save them. Sat 29th Feb 12 pm POP, Piazza Shopping Centre £5 for adults/free for under 12s*

Festival Finale: Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers Taking to the stage as the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers are best-loved authors Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste. Sat 29th Feb 7:30pm Paisley Arts Centre £12/£8*

*See page 1 for details of our booking fees


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Inspired

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The Tannahill Centre, 76 Blackstoun Road, Paisley PA3 1NT

Image: Blazin’ Fiddles

exhibition

Mon 9 March–Mon 20 April

FREE music

Sun 8 March

Blazin’ Fiddles Johnstone Town Hall, 7.30pm £16 (£14 conc) + bkg fee*

‘The Led Zeppelin of the folk world.’ The Scotsman

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Fri 13 March and Sat 14 March

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SAMA’s Paisley Takeover Paisley Arts Centre, 7pm £12 + bkg fee* The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA’s) Paisley Takeover two-day music festival returns for its third year. You can expect performances from some of Scotland’s most cutting edge, and innovative artists. The full line-up will be announced in January. For more details visit http://officialsama.squarespace.com or @officialSAMA

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

One of today’s foremost Scottish folk acts, Blazin’ Fiddles combine over 20 years’ experience with ever-renewed musical appetite, vitality and sophistication. Encompassing a rare and virtuosic selection of the Fiddle’s diverse Highland and Island voices, with ensemble and solo-led sets both backed by powerhouse guitar and piano, the Blazers pack all the power, passion and sensitivity of Scotland’s traditional music, into a single show.

Inspired is the annual exhibition of artwork from children and young people in schools and nurseries across Renfrewshire. The exhibition aims to showcase the development of children’s art and design from the early works of 3 and 4 year olds through to the sophisticated and talented pieces which form Fifth or Sixth Year pupil’s folio for national qualifications.


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special events

theatre

Fri 20 and Sat 21 March

Fri 20–Sat 21 March

Arts and Craft Fayre

NEW SPACE Festival

Johnstone Town Hall, 10am–3pm

Paisley Arts Centre

FREE

Shows at 7pm on Friday and Saturday

Come along to our arts and crafts fayre featuring stalls with a variety of unique handmade gifts and treats.

£10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee* for each show or both shows for £15 (£10 conc) + bkg fee* Free workshops from 11am on Saturday

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A new two-day festival of exciting live performance taking place at Paisley Arts Centre, offering a platform for the creation and development of new work. A space for artists to test ideas and share them with an audience, offering insights into new stories for the stage. A shared platform for early career and established artists to present work-in-progress material and audiences looking for something new, it is open and accessible to all. The deadline for submissions is Fri 24 January. Contact ArtsTeam@renfrewshire. gov.uk for more information on how to apply.


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comedy

Fri 27 March

Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This?

Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £16 (£13 conc) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 12+

The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down. Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood, her perilous career and her life as a single working mother. Devastatingly funny, excruciatingly honest and definitely embarrassing for all of Arabella’s relatives, not to mention herself, this is a helter-skelter tour of appalling—and appallingly funny— maternal behaviour.

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‘Arabella Weir is simply sensational’ Joanna Lumley

Image: Arabella Weir

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Image: Roddy Woomble

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music

Sun 29 March

Roddy Woomble Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £18 (£16 conc) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 14+

Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters.

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Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date. Roddy’s first poetry collection ‘Instrumentals’ was released in 2016. For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.

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With special guest Michael Anguish.

Mon 30 March–Sat 4 April

The Crab Prince

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Libraries across Renfrewshire— check www.renfrewshireleisure. com for more details.

FREE (Booking essential) Suitable for ages 4–8

Scuttle the Crab longs to be human. Can little Lucy help to make his dreams come true? A beautifully crafted comedy puppet show about friendship, home and the environment—with a chance for wee ones to join in too! Art materials provided.

Image: The Crab Prince (credit Peter Chrisp)

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees


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Paper Moon Paisley Arts Centre, 1pm and 3pm ÂŁ6 + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 0-5

The moonlight is beautiful, shining across the bedroom floor as Poppy Diddle dozes off. But is all as calm as it seems? Suddenly, Poppy wakes up to discover that the MoonMoo (the cow that jumped over the moon) has got stuck on the moon! Poppy’s mission is clear. And she really needs your help to rescue MoonMoo. Join Poppy and her dog Peppy on this wonderful adventure!

book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Mon 6 April Shaper Caper presents


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Tue 7 April Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre presents

Gingerbread Man

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Tue 7 April Mousetale Puppets presents

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Oscar and the Quest for the Underground Princess Paisley Arts Centre, 11am £5 + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 4+

Oscar the mouse is irresistibly drawn into a mysterious riddle. Armed with nothing but a cream bun and an electric guitar, this mischievous mouse is determined to succeed!

Johnstone Town Hall, 1.30pm £5 + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 3+

Imagine a world made entirely of biscuits: the trees, the houses and the stars in the sky. Into this beautiful world comes a Gingerbread Man, creating havoc wherever he goes. He meets a majestic cow, a stubborn goat and an opportunistic bird. But… can the Gingerbread Man outwit the dastardly fox? Using minimal language, this popular story is a visual feast designed for young children and their families.


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Wed 8 April Two Detectives presents

Very Mild Peril Johnstone Town Hall, 2pm £5 + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 4+

If you like to whoop, if you have ever hollered, if you are prone to gasp, and especially, if you like to laugh, please accept our invitation to a world of Very Mild Peril… where one false move could cause a series of very mild disasters. This show uses visual, non-verbal communication, so is suitable for both D/deaf and hearing audiences.

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Hopeful Monster Paisley Arts Centre, 11am £5 + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 5+

Image: Very Mild Peril (credit Eoin Carey)

Constantly shifting and changing, human hands move and morph in unusual ways, creating unexpected creatures as we journey through water, earth and air. An innovative and playful visual journey combining visual theatre, an original soundtrack and puppetry.

Image: Hopeful Monster

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Wed 8 April


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special events

Thu 9 April

Sat 11 April

The Travelling Shadow Theatre presents

Easter Funday

Nettles in the Garden Paisley Arts Centre, 10am Workshop at 10.40am £5 + bkg fee* (Ticket price includes performance and workshop) Suitable for ages 2+

Springing from an old brown suitcase, a magical garden blooms to life! Join Greta Green Thumb the Gardening Clown and her pal Nettles on their wondrous nature adventure! Witness mischief-makers messing, monkey-business brewing and shenanigans shimozzling!

10.30am–4pm £5 + bkg fee* per child, 1 Adult per child goes free, extra adults £2.50 each Come along for a fun day of activities including circus themed activities, arts & crafts, face painting and much much more! Includes a screening of Tim Burton’s Dumbo (PG). Film screenings at 11am and 1.30pm

A post-performance workshop gives families the chance to create their own nature inspired puppet.

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Johnstone Town Hall

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

Image: Nettles in the Garden


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theatre

Fri 17 April SUPERFAN presents

Like Animals Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee* A parrot says ‘I love you’. A dolphin tries to speak. A woman spends a lifetime trying to understand.

Inspired by true stories of animal language experiments and performed by a real couple, it blends surreal comedy with moments of tenderness and vulnerability to explore the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone else.

Sat 18 April

Sma’sh Hits All Dayer Performances— Paisley Arts Centre Workshops— POP in Piazza Shopping Centre

Workshops from 11am, Live bands from 6pm £10 (£5 conc) + bkg fee* A new ‘all-dayer’ music festival is set to take over Paisley Arts Centre in April. Co-curated by local musicians, including Marie Collins from The Vegan Leather, the event will be a celebration and discovery of local talent, with an emphasis on community and nurturing Paisley’s music scene. As well as performances from local acts and super special secret guests, the festival seeks to provide space for interactive panels and workshops from merch-making to publishing your own music online.

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book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Like Animals is a funny and poignant investigation into love and communication in human (and not-so-human) relationships.

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Fri 24 April DONNA RUTHERFORD presents

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Lullaby

Sun 26 April

Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm

Arcade: Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

£10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee* Lullaby follows on from Rutherford’s projects KIN and Broth, and looks at family, ageing and the children she never had. Adding the voices of other middle-aged women who never reproduced, this film and live performance explores the personal and public aspects of this emotionally loaded terrain.

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Fair Isle musician Inge Thomson has created an intricate soundscape of voices and music based on a series of lullabies (traditional and newly-penned).

Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £15 (£12 conc) + bkg fee* For the first time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces. Between them they have been nominated for multiple BBC Folk Awards, SAY awards, Irish music awards and played for First Ministers and US Presidents. This new collaboration will see the pair work under the name ‘Arcade’, with plans to record and release a new album of songs produced by Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow).

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Image: Arcade: Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

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Tue 28 April White and Givan presents

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dance

Worn Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ6 conc) + bkg fee* Worn is an exquisite and emotive new dance production, exploring how the body is affected by time and space, and the experiences, marks and scars that become part of our history and affect our present as well as our possible futures. Choreographed and performed by acclaimed contemporary dance duo, Errol White and Davina Givan, Worn draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken pottery is mended with gold or silver, making the cracks into a beautiful and valuable part of the object.

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Image: Worn


may

guest event

dance

Sat 2 May

Sat 9 May

Tram Direct Theatre Co presents

Barrowland Ballet presents

Islets of Silence (The C Word)

Into the Blue

Paisley Arts Centre, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

£10 (£6 conc) + bkg fee*

£14 (£12 conc) + bkg fee*

They said she’d never do it. Impossible. Flying is unnatural.

The Gourley’s are a typical Glasgow family. Husband, wife, son and daughter. Life is good to them until one of them is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Their world is turned upside down. Yet, as in life, there is always hope. The main message throughout this play is to raise awareness of this silent killer.

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But as she stretched her wings, they were stunned into silence. This was what it was to be free. To soar. Effortless. Caught between the sky and the earth… until you fall. Inspired by the Greek legend of Icarus, Into the blue asks how do we negotiate adulthood when our childhood was bereft of love.

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Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

Image: Into the Blue (credit Jassy Earl)


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Sat 9 May Barrowland Ballet presents

Learning to Fly Paisley Arts Centre, 3pm

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£8 (£4 conc) + bkg fee* Schools: Mon 11 May, 1.30pm

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£4 + bkg fee* (teachers/school staff go free) Suitable for ages 7–12 years

Inspired by the Greek legend of Icarus, this is the story of a girl who’s learning to fly. With unfolding wings, she soars up… up… and away… with the world below getting smaller and smaller. This is what it is to be free. Learning to Fly is about the power of imagination and the sheer determination that lets you fly when forces all around want to pull you down.

Image: Learning to Fly (credit Jassy Earl)


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music

Sat 16 May

Acoustic Queen and Acoustic Bowie Paisley Arts Centre Studio, 7.30pm £10 + bkg fee*

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Two Edinburgh Fringe awardwinning shows in one two-hour concert, performed by award winning duo; The Boyds. Acoustic Queen: Creative, well crafted interpretations of the iconic songs of Queen throughout the decades, excellent voices with guitar combined to produce a unique soundscape. Acoustic Bowie: Sweet two-part harmonies weaving with percussive guitar work make this show a must see! Featuring hits such as Space Oddity, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Let’s dance, Rebel Rebel, plus much more.

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees


Image: The Metamorphosis Unplugged (credit: Mihaela Bodlovic)

may

theatre

Wed 20 May Vanishing Point presents

The Metamorphosis Unplugged Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee*

Sat 23–Sun 24 May

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Open Mind Festival Paisley Arts Centre This inspiring arts festival acknowledges the role of the arts in the mental health of young people from before birth right up through school, college and beyond. There is something for everyone over the course of the weekend so please look out for more details on our social media channels and at www.renfrewshireleisure.com Part of Future Paisley; the ambitious and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment designed to use the town’s unique cultural story to transform its future. Open Mind Festival Family Fun Day: 12-4pm (Sat 23rd)

book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

A theatre show with live music that tells the story of Gregor Samsa, an ordinary man who wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a giant insect. Keen not to be late for work, unable to leave his bedroom and surrounded by his bemused family, Gregor’s story amuses and compels in equal measure. Based on Kafka’s iconic novella, this ‘unplugged’ version features just two actors in an intimate, up-close setting. From the team who created The Dark Carnival: Unplugged, we will welcome you with a free glass of something for everyone!

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theatre

special events

Sun 24 May

Tue 26–Sun 31 May

Skye Loneragan presents

Out of Place Festival

Though This Be Madness Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm £10 (£5 student concession) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 14+ (babes in arms no charge)

“There are many sisters in this story…” One of them is bouncing on a Pilates ball in The Land of Lounge Room—a recovering mum and love-struck, sleep-deprived teat desperate to soothe her baby— so she can finish her sentence and tell you all this.

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Unable to reach her sister Ophelia who wrestles with a cataract on what Shakespeare calls the ‘mind’s eye’, she attempts to ‘stay on the ball’ stitching together a fractured fiction told through poetry and performance. Though This Be Madness wonders what delusions we might all share, questions the so-called sanity we are determined to live by and what we really mean when we call someone crazy. Part of the Open Mind Festival

Image: Though This Be Madness

Various spaces and times While some of our venues close for complete redevelopment we will be taking over public and unconventional spaces around Paisley with our Out of Place programme. The festival returns for its second year. We will be developing relationships with artists and performers who take their work outside traditional arts spaces and into streets, cafes, pubs, libraries, parks, kitchens, living-rooms and wild spaces. Full programme and venues will be announced in March. Keep an eye on www.renfrewshireleisure.com


june

Fri 12–Sun 21 June

Paisley Youth Arts Festival Following on from the success of the 2019’s inaugural Paisley Youth Arts Festival (PYAF), the 2020 festival will take place in venues across Paisley. The programme will feature music, gaming, visual arts, theatre, dance, workshops, talks and more! Check out how to get involved at youthartsfestival.co.uk

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees

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family

Sun 21 June Funbox presents

Jungle Party! Johnstone Town Hall, 1pm and 3.30pm General admission £14 + bkg fee* Parent and baby under 12 mths £16 + bkg fee* Image: MZA Sneaky Previews

comedy

Fri 12 June & Sat 13 June

MZA Sneaky Previews Paisley Arts Centre Workshop, 7.30pm Fri—£10 (£8 conc) + bkg fee* Sat—£12 (£10 conc) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 18+

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They're back! Don’t miss the hilarious all-star Edinburgh Fringe Sneak Peek Previews. Past guests have included Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Mark Nelson and more. Don’t miss out!

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Please note—these shows are ‘work in progress’, contain adult humour and rude (but hilarious) jokes. Line-ups subject to change.

Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Image: Jungle Party!

Family (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children) £50 + bkg fee* Groups of 10 £12 each + bkg fee* It’s time to stop ‘lion’ around, pack up your ‘trunks’, be a ‘snappy dresser’ and get up to some ‘monkey business’ because FUNBOX are having a JUNGLE PARTY—and you’re all invited! Join Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle) as they swing into their latest musical adventure and follow the sound of the drums in search of the ultimate jungle boogie. There are songs to sing, keys to find and new friends to discover along the way. Come dressed as your favourite wild animal—big people too—and get ready to party!


Thu 25–Sun 28 June

july

theatre Tron Theatre Company in co-production with Renfrewshire Leisure presents

Underwood Lane Paisley Arts Centre, 2pm (27th and 28th only) and 7.30pm £15 (£11 conc) + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 14+ WORLD PREMIERE

‘Underwood Lane—the Winter sun hangs like a suppurating boil glued to a giant sheet of dirty asbestos above the blackened tenements that rear up from the cobbled street like a row of broken teeth…’

Telling the tale of a young skiffle band trying to make it, Underwood Lane has it all: style, fierce love rivalry, broken hearts, dodgy dealers, religion, sex and death and is written in memory of John's Paisley buddy, Gerry Rafferty, who was born and brought up on the titular street. Part of Future Paisley; the ambitious and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment designed to use the town’s unique cultural story to transform its future.

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book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Image: Underwood Lane

So sets the scene for a new John Byrne musical play written in the vintage style that audiences have come to love through his classic masterpieces The Slab Boys Trilogy and TV hits Your Cheatin' Heart and Tutti Frutti.


july

Image: Twirlywoos LIVE!

family

Thu 16 July MEI presents Image: Polar Bears Go Go Go! (credit Craig Sugden)

family

Johnstone Town Hall, 1pm and 3.30pm

Sun 5 July

£12, Group of 4 £44 + bkg fee*

The Polar Bears/Unicorn Production presents

Suitable for ages 1+

Polar Bears Go Go Go!

From the producers of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ comes another enchanting show for young audiences. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as the Twirlywoos share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry, the show includes all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.

Johnstone Town Hall, 11am and 2pm £5 + bkg fee* Suitable for ages 2–5

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Twirlywoos LIVE!

The Polar Bears are back with another adventure! Join the very lovable but slightly hapless duo as they set off on their holiday adventures. What could go wrong?! Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles? This performance is suitable for everyone, including D/deaf audiences. Part of Festival of Fun.

special events

Fri 31 July

Summer Party Night Johnstone Town Hall, 7pm–1am £30 until 30 April then £35 + bkg fee*

july *see page 1 for details of our booking fees

Join us for our first ever summer party night at Johnstone Town Hall! Dance the night away with Fever Pitch, a retro-tastic live band with all your favourite classics. Songs from all the decades, 60s right up to modern songs, followed by a DJ set that will have you dance the night away until the wee small hours! Ticket price includes: glass of bubbly and a 3 course meal.


regular events

Live Music Now Scotland and Paisley Arts Centre presents

Sunday Continental

Paisley Arts Centre Café

A laid back monthly event with live music and refreshments. Listen, chat, dance, read, play. Enjoy. For everyone age 0–100+.

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Sundays 11am–1pm

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February 16 Okapi Duo: flute/classical guitar

March 15 Armonia Duo: violin/accordion

April 19 Ryan Young and Seán Gray: fiddle/guitar

May 17 Aonach Mòr: accordion/guitar

POP, Piazza Shopping Centre June 21 Maxwell, Lightbody, Smith: vocals/guitars/double bass

July 19 Matthew Carmichael and Fergus McCreadie: tenor sax/piano

book online www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

£5 + bkg fee* (ticket includes a bite to eat, a drink and superb live music) (babes in arms go free)

Sarah Markey Trio: flute/ bodhran/guitar


regular events

Tea Dance

Renfrewshire Libraries Digital Sessions

£2 + bkg fee* Johnstone Town Hall 1pm–3.30pm

Coder Dojo (ages 8–17)

January 15

April 6, 15

February 12, 24

May 4, 13

March 11, 23

June 8, 17

Young people work through 8-week blocks of coding challenges and workshops.

Enjoy an afternoon of dancing, music and chatting with friends. John Findlay will keep you entertained all afternoon playing a series of timeless tunes on the keyboard.

Bookbug Sessions Various Venues FREE

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Bookbug sessions are free, fun-filled sessions of stories, songs and rhymes for you and your child to enjoy together. These are held regularly in local libraries. More information can be found at renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk

Paisley Arts Centre Sign Language Club Paisley Arts Centre £10 + bkg fee* for 6 week block Join us at Paisley Arts Centre to learn the basics of British Sign Language (BSL). Tuition provided by profoundly deaf tutor Graham Dow and SQA level 3 BSL David O’Rorke as they teach BSL in a fun and friendly environment.

Dip into Digital (2–17)

Inspiring passion in young through play and exploration by providing a variety of engaging, exciting, and age appropriate digital learning activities. Virtual Reality Pop-Ups

Adventure the world with your friends and family with Wonder, experience Virtual Reality films that place you at the heart of the action, and play ultra-immersive Virtual Reality games. eSports & Video Game Clubs

Relax and hang out with friends in a video games club where participants meet to play games in a social space. 3D Printing Demonstrations and Workshops

Learn how to make your first 3D model or use the time to talk to others with a passion for 3D printing. Look on www.renfrewshirelibraries.co.uk for announcements of dates and more info.

Please contact 0300 300 1210 or visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on for dates and times.

*see page 1 for details of our booking fees


Room D133, University of the West of Scotland, High Street, Paisley 7.30pm FREE (small donations are gratefully received) Thu 9 January Michael Clancy, The Law Society of Scotland

talks and classes

Paisley Philosophical Talks

May Donoghue, Brexit and Consumer Protection

Thu 23 January Karen Herbison, Playwright and Director

How did I get here?

Thu 13 February Professor Fiona Henriques, UWS

Protecting the World’s 125 Million Contact Lens Users

Thu 27 February Brian Hannan

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Paisley at the Pictures in the 1950s Ruth Aitken, Paisley Museum

John Byrne and the Slab Boys

Thu 26 March

talks and classes

Professor Andrew Hurthouse, UWS

Tall Tales From a Lopsided Geochemist

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Thu 12 March


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The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd Paisley

7.30pm

FREE Thu 9 January Steve Edwards

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How can we stimulate more biodiversity action in Renfrewshire?

Thu 6 February Rennie Mason

Floods of Motorway meadows —a journey from trainee to plant hunting flood surveyor

Thu 5 March Alan Brown (Countryside Officer, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park)

Conservation in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Thu 2 April Tom Byars

Wildlife in the garden by Norman Tait & Birds, Butterflies & the Black Darter *see page 1 for details of our booking fees

Paisley Camcorder Club POP, Piazza Shopping Centre, Paisley Thursdays at 3pm–4.40pm February

13, 20, 27

March

5, 12, 19, 26

FREE Make new movies or digitise your old ones with this popular video club!


about us Renfrewshire Leisure is a not-forprofit charitable company that manages cultural and sporting facilities in Renfrewshire.

Venue Hire Renfrewshire Leisure offers venue hire for performances, meetings, conferences and weddings at the following locations: Renfrew Town Hall Paisley Arts Centre Tweedie Hall Johnstone Town Hall All the venues above can be contacted at:

Renfrew Town Hall

Renfrew Cross, Renfrew, PA4 8PF

Opening hours: Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm Sat, 10am–2pm

Renfrew Museum Opening hours: Mon–Fri, 9.30am–4.45pm Sat, 10am to 2pm In addition to the above hours, Renfrew Museum will be open during evening lets of Renfrew Town Hall (Mon–Thu to a maximum of 8pm) The museum is based on the elements of Earth, Fire, Air & Water.

Tel: 0300 300 1210 Email: eventhires@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Johnstone Town Hall

Central Box Office

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 8.45am to 5.00pm Tue, Thu 8.45am to 8.00pm Closed Sundays

Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

25 Church Street, Johnstone, PA5 8FA

To book tickets, call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210

Tweedie Hall

or book tickets online by visiting www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on

Opening hours: Mon–Thu, 8am–10pm Fri & Sat, 9am–5pm Closed Sundays

Opening hours: Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm Extended opening hours on performance nights.

Bridge Street, Linwood, PA3 3DB

@RenArtsMuseums /renfrewshirearts rlcommunications@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Renfrewshire Leisure is a private company limited by Guarantee No: 490998 and a Scottish Charity No: SCO33898


listings january–july theatre

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The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns

5 February

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Fault Lines

8 February

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NEW SPACE Fest

20 & 21 March

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Like Animals

17 April

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Lullaby

24 April

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The Metamorphosis Unplugged

20 May

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Though This Be Madness

24 May

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Underwood Lane

25-28 June

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music

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Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This?

27 March

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MZA Sneaky previews

12 & 13 June

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exhibitions Inspired

Page 9 March– 20 April

family

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Shark in the Park

26 February

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Bookbug in the Bath

26 & 28 February

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The Secret Garden

28 February

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The Crab Prince

30 March– 4 April

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Paper Moon

6 April

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7 April

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The Tannahill Weavers

15 February

Blazin Fiddles

8 March

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SAMA’s Paisley Takeover

13 & 14 March

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Roddy Woomble

29 March

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Oscar and the Quest for the Underground Princess

Sma’sh Hits All Dayer

18 April

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Gingerbread Man

7 April

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Arcade: Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

26 April

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Very Mild Peril

8 April

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Acoustic Queen and Acoustic Bowie

16 May

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Hopeful Monster

8 April

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Nettles in the Garden

9 April

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Learning to Fly

9 May

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dance

5

comedy

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Worn

28 April

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Funbox presents Jungle Party

21 June

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Into the Blue

9 May

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Polar Bears Go Go Go

5 July

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Twirlywoos

16 July

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film

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LGBT history month film nights: But I’m a Cheerleader

13 February

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LGBT History Month Film Nights: Pride!

14 February

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Wedding Fayre

16 February

Arts & Craft Fayre

20 & 21 March

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Easter Funday: Dumbo

11 April

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Open Mind Festival

23 & 24 May

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Out of Place Festival

26–31 May

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Paisley Youth Arts Festival

12–21 June

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Summer Party Night

31 July

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guest event Islets of Silence

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regular events Tea Dance

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12 February 24 February 11 March 23 March 6 April 15 April 4 May 13 May 8 June 17 June Sunday Continental

26 January

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16 February 15 March 19 April 17 May 21 June 19 July Bookbug

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BSL Club

Various

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Renfrewshire Libraries Digital Sessions

Various

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talks and classes

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Paisley Philosophical Talks

9 January 23 January 13 February 27 February 12 March 26 March

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Paisley Natural History Society Talks

9 January 6 February 5 March 2 April

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Paisley Camcorder Club

February 13, 20, 27

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March 5, 12, 19, 26


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The Guide Spring 2020  

Renfrewshire Leisure Cultural Guide for Spring 2020. Packed with theatre shows, family performances, music events and much more!

The Guide Spring 2020  

Renfrewshire Leisure Cultural Guide for Spring 2020. Packed with theatre shows, family performances, music events and much more!