Drama Promoters News
MAGDALEN MAY 2, 2016 Bing Bremner (LAC Drama Programmer) writes. Breathtaking, riveting and marvellous is how professional reviewers have described Erin Layton's performance in her self-penned play Magdalen and I was absolutely stunned by the production and couldn't be prouder of Lyth Art Centre for giving you the opportunity to see this truly outstanding play.
In 2014, Simon Gall (Salsa Celtica) and Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) created Clype. A new project fusing sounds and styles from around the globe, borrowing from Scottish folk traditions very much rooted in the north-east of Scotland as well as from the rhythms of Latin America and harmonic ideas of jazz.
Caithness Big Band - we are always delighted to welcome back this happy gang who keep jazz alive in the north by playing the well-loved swing repertoire to a very high standard to which they add a few of their own surprises. We feel proud that Caithness has a big band of its own - there is nothing quite like that rich sound to get your feet tapping.
THE IMMIGRANTS MAY 8, 2016. 1665.
The Birthday Party is about Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player in his 30s, who lives in a run down boarding house, run by Meg and Petey Boles, in an English seaside town, probably on the south coast, not too far from London. Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him, turn Stanleys apparently innocuous birthday party organised by Meg into a nightmare.
In 1956, Glasgow-based socialist film-making collective the Dawn Cine Group embarked on an ambitious project to tell the story of the Scottish Highlands and its people. Lost Treasure was never completed.
Eleanor Cameron, Cecilia Baesso and Katy Bell are three classically-trained string players who are to spend a weeks residency at Lyth. We all have the opportunity to hear what they manage to achieve during their visit at a performance on the final Sunday afternoon - guaranteed great musical skill but in a new guise? After a break for tea there will be an optional Q and A session during which you will have the opportunity to share your impressions of this new work.
Netting is a story of fishing widows trying to live their lives after a tragedy. A story about real women - strong but flawed - the play explores how grief changes their relationships.
The Busquitos are four highly entertaining and very funny Dutch musicians who are making a lightening trip to Caithness with just enough time to visit three primary schools as well as performing an evening family show at Lyth. They play and sing a catchy mix of brilliantly performed music and provide light-hearted entertainment to put a smile on every face! They invite everyone to sing along to their catchy, jazzy tunes or dreamy lullabies.
After the stunning success of their November tour, two of Scotlands most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie follow up their critically acclaimed, third album, Best Day with another tour!! This time, a 9-date UK Tour, in APRIL - taking in venues from London to Plockton and beyond!!! Website - mairearadandanna.com Best Day was recorded at Gran's House Studio in Lamington in the peaceful and picturesque Scottish Borders. Remaining true to their live sound, the album is performed entirely by Mairearad and Anna themselves.
SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE MUSICIANS IN RECITAL OCTOBER 18, 2015 CHAMBER MUSIC During a Scottish Ensemble Residency based in Inverness, four of their musicians will make a trip to Lyth to work with The Caithness Orchestra. The Scottish Ensemble musicians are: Violin Cheryl Crockett Violin Bas Treub Viola Catherine Marwood Cello Alison Lawrance This is part of Scottish Ensemble's not just normal concerts when they plan a cluster of events in a specific location and move from the concert hall into the community.
STU BROWN/JER REID/CATRIONA MCKAY IN CONCERT OCTOBER 14, 2015 NEW MUSIC A chance to hear the latest work from a Lyth Residency by three musicians: Catriona McKay, one of the world's leading exponents of the Scottish harp who pushes it to its limits; Jer Reid, an established figure in Glasgow in the world of improvisation; Stu Brown who has built a strong and diverse musical career in Scotland that encompasses all kinds of percussion. Expect some cutting-edge stuff from musicians exploring new sonic territory.
EDEN COURT THEATRE PRESENTS "NOT ABOUT HEROES" OCTOBER 21, 2015 DRAMA Produced by Eden Court Theatre and opening there before touring the Highlands and the rest of Scotland as part of Eden Court's mission to increase theatre production in the Highlands. The play is directed by Philip Howard, former director of the Traverse Theatre & Dundee Rep.
SCOTTISH OPERA IN COSÌ FAN TUTTE OCTOBER 15, 2015 OPERA *** Note this event takes place at Wick High School ***We are delighted to support Scottish Opera on tour by encouraging you to attend this performance of one of Mozart's best-loved operas, re-staged in 1950s Italy with a great cast and coming to Wick High School. In opera, the path of true love rarely runs smooth and no more so than in this light-hearted tale of love, lust and fidelity.
JAZZ EXTEMPORE 8.00pm - 26 September 2015 Lyth Arts Centre Length: 1 hour Interval: buffet supper Age suitability : 14+ JAZZ EXTEMPOREJAZZ EXTEMPORE An ongoing intercultural project which explores ways that traditional music heritage can enrich new musical composition. It was founded by guitarist Elvis Stanic (Croatia) and Andrea Vicari (London) who will spend a week at Lyth working with bass-player Mario Caribe (Brazil), reed-player Fraser Fifield and drummer Alyn Cosker (both Scotland).
BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE Lyth Arts Centre 2nd September 2015 8.00pm Length: 1 hour Age suitability : 12+ There can't be many people who are unfamiliar with the great singer Nina Simone but perhaps less familiar is her life story. This is what inspired the play in which she is vividly brought to life by actor and singer Apphia Campbell who has taken her production to audiences in three continents to great acclaim..
8.00pm - 18th September 2015 Lyth Arts Centre Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ TINA MAY AND NIKKI ILES IN CONCERTTINA MAY AND NIKKI ILES IN CONCERT A return visit from two top UK musicians, vocalist Tina May and pianist Nikki Iles, both much admired here and abroad. Although essentially a jazz singer, Tina has had great success in cabaret and theatre.
8.00pm 28th September 2015 Lyth Arts Centre 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ THE BEN COX BAND IN CONCERT After sell-out performances at Ronnie Scott's while still all under 25 years old, this has got to be the most promising up-and-coming band in the UK starring the truly original voice of Ben Cox - quite literally the new kid on the block backed with bass, drums and the exciting pianist/arranger Jamie Safiruddin..
Lyth Arts Centre 22nd August 2015 8.00pm Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ McKerron Brechin Ó hEadhra - in concert. An evening of fiery tunes and beautiful songs from the Gaelic and Scots tradition performed by three of Scotland's finest traditional musicians: Charlie McKerron (fiddle), Sandy Brechin (piano accordion) and Brian Ó hEadhra (guitar & vocals.
18 July 2015 8.00pm *** Booking is essential ***Length: 2 hours Interval: Yes Age suitability : 8+ Elsa Jean McTaggart in concert We are delighted to welcome back Scottish singer/songwriter Elsa who joins forces with her partner Mr. Lister to give a great show.