WE are very busy with tours around Scotland. On Saturday we had three productions on in three different cities.
There was the That’s Fife Gala at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes with Scott Gibson, Chris Forbes, Patrick Monahan and Elaine C Smith. It was a great show with Elaine wowing the local crowd with stories about her career as Mary Doll in Rab C Nesbitt, the touring of Calendar girls and the Glasgow audiences at a Pavarotti concert.
At the same time Horse McDonald in Careful was performing at the MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling. Horse is touring Scotland with this important story of her growing up in Lanark as a lesbian and the bullying she underwent and how she overcame it through singing. It is an extraordinary piece.
The other production going on was Grant Stott with Tales Behind the Mic, which was at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee. The show was a sell out at the Festival last year and is a delight with the press saying that Grant has charisma and bonhomie, liberally sprinkled with laugh-out loud moments and the audience laps it up.
We are also about to start a tour with Scott Gibson with his award- winning show Life After Death, which won the Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award.
Starting at the Edinburgh Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and going from cities around Scotland to Manchester, Bristol, Hull, Brighton, Milton Keynes and finishing up at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of May. A show not to be missed. On top of all of this we are coming to the end of programming this year’s Fringe. It has been a long process and we’re almost there
Over 150 shows per day over 27 days, it has been hard to find the best with so much on offer and so many other venues vying for the same shows.
I am confident, however, that it is one of our best programmes to date and though we have around 20 shows on sale already, there will be another batch going on sale on April 20 and then the full programme launches at the end of May.
The 32nd year for the Gilded Balloon and the 70th year for the Fringe - I’m looking forward to it all.