PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE

Paisley Arts Centre

 

https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts

 

Paisley Arts Centre is one of Scotland’s most vibrant and exciting venues, programmed all year round with a diverse range of drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, jazz, popular music and family events.

This small scale studio theatre is superbly equipped and provides one of the most intimate theatre spaces in Scotland.

A 158 seater theatre with cafe and bar, situated in Paisley. Eclectic range of performances and workshops.

Cardinal Sinne Q&A with Raymond Burke

We were lucky to have Writer Raymond Burke chat to us about his play Cardinal Sinne, which is Glasgay! Festival 2014’s main commission. Read on, if you dare…

Tell us a little about your new show Cardinal Sinne?

Cardinal Sinne is a fictional character, the highest ranking Catholic clergyman in the country, respected and revered by all, but who has been abusing his position for many years. The play is set in his offices and chambers as he prepares to leave for the Rome conclave to help elect the next Pope. As allegations regarding his sexual conduct are revealed, he tries to lie, bully and coerce his way out of trouble but simply makes the situation worse.

What sparked the idea behind Cardinal Sinne?

Recently, when one of the most outspoken homophobes in the country was outed as a hypocrite who had been abusing younger men, we discussed the possibility of creating a biographical account. However because of the veil of secrecy that has been cast over events and ongoing investigations, it was more appropriate to create a fictional character, Cardinal Sinne, who is placed in a similar situation. This allowed us to compress the full story into less than two hours and present it as a twisted kind of farce.

Religion is far too easy a target for comedy and has just about been given its last rites as far as Scotland is concerned. Therefore it is the hypocrisy of senior members of the clergy rather than the belief system that is the main focus of the show. Although, the church, like many institutions and corporations, is undoubtedly guilty of protecting itself regardless of the pain and suffering it may cause to individuals.

How does the piece relate to sexual and religious taboos?

Organised religion is perhaps the main perpetrator of taboos concerning sexuality and, as western civilisation progresses, the inherent bigotry and homophobia are evermore obvious in contrast to the egalitarian attitudes of modernity. Paradoxically, the perpetration of homophobia may actually serve the church in a number of unexpected ways. As laity is inculcated with ideas of marriage and procreation in order to produce the next generation of believers, anyone with any unorthodox sexual preferences may find themselves drawn to a life of celibacy as a means of hiding their guilt.

The piece is a mix of ‘comic farce, serious soliloquy and ludicrous litany’; how do these elements work together?

Farce and soliloquy are uncomfortable bedfellows but we have chosen to adopt elements of these genres to represent the inherent duality of the main character. The show will thus on occasion cut sharply from comedy into prayer or litany. The external narrative will consequently portray the internal struggle of the Cardinal in the show as he tries to balance his beliefs with his own natural urges.

What other Glasgay! Festival events are you looking forward to?

Craig Hill. Since he’s always a good laugh. (And he’s from East Kilbride – which has a street named Craig Hill.)

Cardinal Sinne is showing at Tron Theatre Wed 22 Oct- Sat 1 Nov, as part of Glasgay! Festival 2014. Get your tickets now!

Cry-Baby

Director John Waters.
Cast Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Ricki Lake.
USA, 1990, 1h25m, 15

Fri 14 Nov 11:15pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535
http://www.glasgowfilm.org/

A gleefully camp teen-rebel musical bringing the 1950s to life. Telling the tale of high school bad-boy Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker (Depp), who wins the heart of rich, beautiful ‘square’ Allison Vernon Williams, drawing her into his world of fast cars, music and delinquency.

CRAIG HILL – GIVE HIM AN INCH…

MZA & CHiLL Productions present
CRAIG HILL – GIVE HIM AN INCH…

BOOK-NOW_ICON
SAT 25 OCT, 10pm
TRON THEATRE, MAIN THEATRE
63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Tickets £16 (Conc £12)
Tel 0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Strap yourself in for a Craig Hill thrill! Hot on the heels of last year’s hysterically funny, sold out national tour, don’t miss the chance to see Scotland’s favourite kilted treasure – live and unleashed. The Scotsman called Craig “PRICELESS!” and we absolutely agree! Book early for this deliciously wicked and gloriously camp evening of no-holds-barred comedy and pure, unadulterated fun. www.mrcraighill.com

“This is one Highland Fling you’ll never regret… or forget!” ★★★★½ ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“Funny as hell”  SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

“High-octane… Irresistible… A laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end… A cracking show!” LIST

“Class. Risqué, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Absolutely hilarious!” EVENING NEWS

“A hilarious show… Brilliant!”  DAILY RECORD

“Riotously funny” INDEPENDENT

www.mrcraighill.com

PHOTOCREDIT: STEVE ULLATHORNE

Cardinal Sinne by Raymond Burke

CARDINAL SINNE
By Raymond Burke
Directed by Grant Smeaton
Designed by Veronica Rennie

BOOK-NOW_ICON
Wed 22 Oct, Preview, 7.45pm
Thu 23 Oct – Sat 1 Nov, 7.45pm
TRON THEATRE, MAIN THEATRE
63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Tickets
Tue-Thu £14 (Conc £10)
Fri-Sat £16 (Conc £12)
Tel 0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk
What dark secrets lurk beneath the scarlet robes?

Cardinal Sinne, is in the process of packing his bags to fly to Rome and help elect the next Pope.  However, before he can leave, he is confronted by a journalist with some awkward questions regarding his own past carnal conduct.  Things are further complicated when a Vatican representative also arrives to investigate similar allegations and a lapsed priest appears threatening to reveal all and have him defrocked.

With the help of an eager young seminarian and his loyal but sexually frustrated housekeeper, he endeavours to prove that he is a staunch heterosexual celibate.

A religious romp presented in a mix of traditional comic farce, serious soliloquy and ludicrous litany, ‘Cardinal Sinne’ will investigate the root and responsibility of institutions in their perpetuation of sexual inequality and bias.

A Glasgay! Commission

PHOTOCREDIT: NIALL WALKER

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental!

Vikki Stone – Instrumental

Award winning comedian Vikki Stone has blagged, stolen and borrowed twenty musical instruments. Some she can play really quite well, and others, at the time of writing, not so well. This collection of instruments, each with a story, will become the underscore for this tale of love, loss and music.

BOOK-NOW_ICON
MON 10 NOV, Doors 7.30pm (Show 8.30pm)
Tickets £12 (£10 conc)
THE STAND COMEDY CLUB
333 WOODLANDS ROAD, GLASGOW G3 6NG
Tel 0844 332 8879
http://www.thestand.co.uk/whats-on/Glasgow

‘The bastard love child of Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin’ (The Scotsman)

‘Musical comedy genius.’ (Absolute Radio)

‘The audience were almost crying with laughter’ (The Guardian)

‘Hilarious and brilliant’ (Heat)

**** The Scotsman **** The Sunday Herald ***** Scotsgay ***** Three Weeks

Sara Pascoe vs. History

SARA PASCOE, star of Stand Up For the Week and Campus  (C4), Live at the Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and Twenty Twelve (BBC) presents her first ever UK tour show.

BOOK-NOW_ICON
SUN 2 NOV, Doors 7.30pm (Show 8.30pm)
Tickets £12
THE STAND COMEDY CLUB
333 WOODLANDS ROAD, GLASGOW G3 6NG
Tel 0844 332 8879
http://www.thestand.co.uk

With a comedy brain that leaps from stimulating arguments onto abstract confabulation with lumpy doses of openness, honesty and earnestness, Sara shares her romantic history, existential theory and cultural insights.

The past contains wars, witches, Kim Yong-Il and your ex. Your brain can recall being a child, while your body remembers being a monkey. Everything that has happened shapes who we are today…

‘An exhilarating, deeply satisfying show’  The Times

‘Always clever and sometimes exquisite’  Independent

’Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation’  The Guardian

 

Stephen K. Amos – Welcome To My World

Stephen K Amos
Welcome To My World

BOOK-NOW_ICON
MON 20 OCT, Doors 7.30pm (Show 8.30pm)
Tickets £15
THE STAND COMEDY CLUB
333 WOODLANDS ROAD, GLASGOW G3 6NG
Tel 0844 332 8879
http://www.thestand.co.uk

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show. Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?

‘It was all fabulous. But it was when riffing with the audience that Amos truly excelled. With a packed venue ready on his side, Amos drew people into his routines; his finely honed sensibility turned innocent remarks into comedy gold’ (Herald Sun).

‘Warmest comic around, able to riff off a crowd and make them feel good about themselves’ (Sunday Times).

‘Uplifting stand-up from a charming performer’ (Time Out).

John Waters – This Filthy World, Vol. 2

Regular Music in association with Glasgay! presents
John Waters
This Filthy World, Vol. 2

FRI 14 NOV 2014, 7pm
O2 Academy, Glasgow
121 Eglinton St, Glasgow G5 9NT
Tickets £25.00 (stbf)
Doors 7.00pm  |  Over 18s only  |  All seated (reserved)
Special pre-sale status for Glasgay! customers Book now

This Filthy World Vol.2 is a celebration of the joyously appalling taste of America’s most notorious filmmaker – John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester), or as he is known to many – “The Pope of Trash”.  From stories of childhood and early influences through to Hollywood highlights and lowlights, Waters divulges his fascination with all that is crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and how to become famous (read: infamous). In his own words, “It’s hard to offend three generations, but it looks like I’ve succeeded.”

John Waters is a cinematic legend who has forged an unwavering path in his quest to give bad taste a good name. Don’t miss your opportunity to get down-and-dirty with John Waters, live at the O2 Academy Glasgow for one night only.

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