Programme Highlights 2015

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING – ‘IT’S BEEN RIGGED’

Date: Tue 1 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Studio, Ayr
Tickets: £13.50 / £12.50 (conc)

The oil rig Byrd 1 has made two very significant discoveries. The first is that there is a huge deposit of untapped oil nearby that no one yet knows about… the second is one of their crew dead inside a diving suit drowned in the stuff! What a crude way to die. But why would anyone want to do such a horrid thing? Your sleuthing skills will be pushed to their very limit! Watch events unfold then have your chance to interrogate each subject in turn in order to catch a killer. Fun, funny, mysterious and a good night for all!
Booking at ayrgaiety.co.uk

JANE EYRE

Date: Wed 2 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue:
Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £14.00 / £13.00 (conc) / £10 (children & full time students)

The young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors and meets enigmatic Mr Rochester. So begins this most unforgettable of love stories. When a secret from the past returns to haunt them, can Jane and Rochester’s passion survive the forces that might tear them apart forever? Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s novel by Laura Turner. Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents one of the greatest romances ever written, as this beautiful story of undying love is brought alive.
Booking at ayrgaiety.co.uk

SPEEDY

Date: Thur 3 Sept at 7pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £5 on the door

Ayr Film Society - Filmfest

"Speedy" loses his job as a soda-jerk, and then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl's grandfather) out of business, "Speedy" organises the neighbourhood old-timers to thwart their scheme.

This silent screening will be accompanied, on the Town Hall’s wonderful Lewis concert organ – dating from 1904, by Gordon Cree. Gordon Cree is one of Scotland's most notoriously-versatile musicians and performers:  singer, pianist, organist, conductor, entertainer, composer, arranger, orchestrator and leader of The Gordon Cree Trio, The Gordon Cree Piano Trio and The Gordon Cree Orchestra.


DOORS OPEN DAY

Date: Sat 5 and Sun 6 Sept
Venue: Venues Through Ayrshire

Doors Open Day in Ayrshire is organised by volunteers from the Kyle & Carrick Civic Society, with help from other voluntary groups. Established in 1967, the Society campaigns to protect and improve the environment. It has a particular interest in the conservation of historic buildings, protection of open space, the improvement of public transport and the encouragement of continued residential use of town centres. Membership is open to all who support these aims. Leaflets with details of which properties are open and when are available from Tourist Information Centres and libraries throughout Ayrshire.


SCOTTISH AIRSHOW

Date: Sat 5 Sept, 10am - 7pm
Venue:
Low Green, Ayr

Free Event
Don’t miss this fantastic Air Display featuring the Red Arrows and many more famous aircraft. Further information available at scottishairshow.com


THE BAY CITY ROLLERS

Date: Sun 6 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue:
Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Cost: £19.50 / £18.50 (conc)

In 1974 the world was to witness a new musical phenomenon the like of which had not been seen the days of Elvis and The Beatles. The music of the Bay City Rollers became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in the mid 70’s. The face and voice of that soundtrack belonged to Les McKeown. With Les leading the way, the band’s singles and albums shot to the number spot all over the globe. Massive hits such as ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Shang A Lang’, ‘Summer Love Sensation’ and ‘Give A Little Love’ (to name just a few) propelled the band to world-wide superstardom and their trademark Scottish tartan was to be seen everywhere across the planet. Join Les McKeown and his 4 piece band for a celebration of an amazing show! The Bay City Rollers Story is a celebration of those hectic days of hit songs, touring, TV shows and the behind the scenes pandemonium that followed the band everywhere they went. Renewed Les McKeown has come through the extreme highs and lows of life’s great road and he is here to tell us all about it. All the hits songs are there and the audiences are promised a fantastic night of fun and nostalgia as they take a trip back to those innocent days of growing up to the sounds of The Bay City Rollers. Booking at ayrgaiety.co.uk

DR JEREMY CULL

Date: Mon 7 Sep, 12noon
Venue:
Ayr Town Hall
Cost: £2

The Organist Entertains arranged by Fort, Seafield and Wallacetoun Community Council, will play the Lewis pipe organ in Ayr.


PIAF

Date: Tue 8 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue:
Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Cost: £16.50 / £15.50 (conc) / £12 (full time students)

2015 marks the centenary of Edith Piaf’s birth. Christine Bovill will be performing her award-winning show at some very special events to mark this anniversary. No glamour. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies. Christine Bovill’s Piaf is a powerful theatrical homage to one of France’s most endearing icons; celebrating some of her best known songs, threaded with Piaf’s story, and Christine’s own remarkable journey in the world of chanson. An award-winning songwriter in her own right, Bovill has toured throughout Europe with her self-penned homage to the Little Sparrow, appearing on BBC Newsnight and on BBC Radio 4’s series, Soul Music. During her Edinburgh Fringe sell-out run at the Famous Speigeltent, Bovill realised a lifelong dream when she shared the stage with Charles Dumont, great friend of Piaf and, most famously, composer of ‘Non, Je ne Regrette Rien’. They performed several songs together to close the show. Christine is in talks once again to bring Charles Dumont back to the UK for several exclusive performances of her show. Piaf was awarded the Fringe laurels for Total Sell Out Show 2011 and  2012. It received 5 Star reviews from some of the most respected publications (including The Scotsman). Booking at ayrgaiety.co.uk

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF SPACE

Date: Wed 9 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £10 / £5 (full time students and under 18’s)

Heather Couper CBE and Nigel Henbest reveal the true stories of the pioneers and mavericks who have unravelled the mysteries of the Cosmos
In this highly illustrated presentation, Heather and Nigel - two of the world's leading science communicators - investigate the key breakthroughs and discoveries in mankind's long quest to understand the Universe.
As well as highlighting often-eccentric personalities and shedding new light on old mysteries, Nigel and Heather take the chance to debunk many urban myths of astronomy.
Starting with the recent discovery that Stonehenge was actually built to celebrate the winter solstice rather than the summer, Nigel and Heather take a lively canter through history to reveal that the first computer was constructed by the ancient Greeks two millennia ago; that the telescope was not invented by Galileo; and that black holes and the Big Bang weren't predicted by Einstein (he didn't actually believe in either) but by two different clergymen.
With the latest results from NASA's New Horizon mission, Heather and Nigel explore the controversy over Pluto's status as a planet; along with results from Mars - long ignored by NASA - suggesting there's life on the Red Planet. Finally, they check out the latest in the long quest for intelligent life on a distant alien world.
Based on Heather and Nigel's latest book - with the same title - this presentation is a homage to the astronomers throughout history who broke all the rules, to lay bare the Secret Life of Space.
Book Tickets Online

THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Date: Wed 9 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £14.00 / £13.00 (conc) / £10 (children & full time students)

The young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors and meets enigmatic Mr Rochester. So begins this most unforgettable of love stories. When a secret from the past returns to haunt them, can Jane and Rochester’s passion survive the forces that might tear them apart forever? Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s novel by Laura Turner. Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents one of the greatest romances ever written, as this beautiful story of undying love is brought alive.
Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

Date: Thur 10 Sept at 7pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £5 on the door

Ayr Film Society - Filmfest

Woody Allen film starring Colin Firth  Marcia Gay Harden.
Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her.


FANTASIA

Date: Fri 11 Sept at 6pm

Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £5 / £2.50 Children on the door, all proceeds to CLIC Sargent

Ayr Film Society - Filmfest

Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Sections include "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" featuring Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day.


NOT ONLY BUT ALSO

Date: Fri 11 & Sat 12 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 (conc)

No politics, no postmodern edginess, no victims (except maybe your mother in law…) The legends of Comedy – Tommy Cooper; The Two Ronnies; Morecambe & Wise, to name but a few – all reveled in making us laugh with irrelevant nonsense, synchronised stupidity, and the funniest gems from the wackiest corners of their minds. Come see panto favourites Michael Courtney and Fraser Boyle in their brand new show, performing the comedy great’s best work live on stage. Some of the sketches you’ll remember, some of them you won’t, but all of them you’ll be glad to see again. They made you laugh before – on a Saturday night long ago – now they’ll make you laugh again. ‘Not Only, But Also’ this September is exclusively at the Ayr Gaiety. Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk


LOVE IS STRANGE

Date: Fri 11 Sept at 7pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £5 on the door

Ayr Film Society - Filmfest

‘Love is Strange’ directed by Ira Sachs and starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina & Marisa Tomei.
Love Is Strange, has the confidence in its beautiful and emotional story to tell it simply. It's about many things: growing old, New York real estate, family, work, friendships...but what it is really about is love. Love is not strange at all. It is what we do, if we are lucky.
In movies it's the details that often bring transcendence—everyday moments illuminated by profundity or grace. Filmmakers discover them by observing how people listen to one another, the way they talk and touch, the pauses that settle unexpectedly between them, the silent private moments. It's a courageous film that's willing to sit in those moments instead of underlining them or hurrying past them, hoping we get the shorthand. "Love is Strange" is a patient film. The emotions it unleashes are enormous.
"A total triumph" Five Stars - Time Out; "Makes its case with a remarkable blend of tenderness, wit and intelligence" - USA Today; Four Stars – The Telegraph, The Guardian, Empire, Total Film and many more.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.


PAUL AYRES

Date: Mon 14 Sep at 12noon
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £2

The Organist Entertains arranged by Fort, Seafield and Wallacetoun Community Council, will play the Lewis pipe organ in Ayr.


THE CAVERN BEATLES

Date: Tue 15 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £18.50

Fully endorsed and licensed by the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Cavern Beatles bring to the stage the music that has influenced 3 generations. The band’s members, as well as being talented instrumentalists and singers, are hugely dedicated Beatle fans intent on recreating their individual character to an unprecedented standard. They emulate with uncanny detail and meticulous accuracy the rise of the greatest band in the world from the days of the Cavern through to the rooftop in Savile Row, London in 1969. Drawing on an extensive repertoire of hits and album tracks the Cavern Beatles perform their entire 2 hour show completely live, using no backing tracks, producing a fully authentic representation of the music. The band’s breath-taking attention to detail extends to the use of genuine 1960’s instruments and all of the equipment seen on stage is the same as that used by the Beatles wherever possible. With their widespread appeal being more apparent than ever in the varying age groups that continue to follow the band, the Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as they are ever likely to get! Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

 

GORDON STEWART

Date: Wed 16 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: St Columba Parish Church, Ayr
Tickets: £2 on the door

Gordon Stewart is one of the UK’s most popular and adaptable organists; he has played Celebrity Concerts in such places as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, the Laurenskerk, Alkmaar and at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Leeds Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, Pietermaritzburg City Hall and Johannesburg Cathedral. His large repertoire means he can design concerts suitable for most organs and audiences. Playing regularly on the 1860 Father Willis organ at Huddersfield Town Hall, where he has been resident organist for over 20 years, he has built a large and enthusiastic following.

BOSCHEMIAN MATRIMONY

Date: Wed 16 & Thu 17 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Studio, Ayr
Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 (conc)

‘Boschemian Matrimony’ is the highly anticipated thrilling chapter of the ‘Boschemian’ Trilogy by Ayrshire writer Kelly Craig. Following sell-out show successes with ‘Boschemian Rhapsody” and “Boschemian Tragedy”, now the final part of the Trilogy is here!… And after the chaos of the Courtroom and Funeral, the Sharkeys and Mullens are back… this time it’s a wedding!!! Will Zander and Danielle’s wedding be happily ever after, or will this day of Holy Union end up as the wedding from Hell? Will family feuds, lottery wins, the law, and death itself get in the way of the big day? Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

KIND OF SILENCE

Date: Fri 18 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Studio, Ayr
Tickets: Tickets: £14.00 / £12 (conc)

Kind of Silence explores senses and the way we communicate. The ‘silence’ represents not only something we hear, but something we experience through the ways we can or cannot communicate. This production, created for Solar Bear by Danny Krass, will place sound at the heart of this performance for deaf and hearing audiences. Addressing the nature of sensory experiences, the exploration of music in a deaf context will form the heart of this work. Danny Krass and Kai Fischer will use new technologies that will transpose musical material so that deaf and hearing performers will feel the same vibrations and rhythms that will inspire this piece of visual and physical performance. Devised and directed by Danny Krass. Design by Kai Fischer. Accessible to deaf and hearing audiences. Recommended for 14+
Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

 

FUR COAT AND MAGIC KNICKERS

Date: Tue 22 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Studio, Ayr
Tickets: £13.50 / £12.50 (conc)

A one-woman Comedy Drama by multi award winning James Plays playwright Rona Munro. It’s funny it’s moving and it’s topical. Maggie is a compulsive shopping Granny with more cards than Hallmark. She just has to buy buy BUY!  But why has she got her eye on the store detective!?  Personal Shopper Jenny is at breaking point, her job’s on the line, she just has to SELL!  But… she has Second Hand Rose to contend with!  Rose’s last new fashion buy was a set of thermals in 1994!  Rose is on a hot date for her daughter’s wedding and she’s been forbidden to go anywhere near a Charity Shop!  Alarm bells ring but which one of our retail victims is about to crash the Emergency Exit? Laughter and tears from the award winning duo actress Fiona Knowles and playwright Rona Munro.
Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

NATHAN CARTER

Date: Wed 23 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £22.00

Ireland’s brilliant singer Nathan Carter in concert with special guests The Haley Sisters. Nathan’s show at the Gaiety in 2014 was a sell-out, and this show gives another opportunity to see the young man who is regarded as one of the best singers and entertainers in Ireland today. Nathan has had two Number 1 albums in the All Ireland charts with ‘Where I Wanna Be’ and ‘Wagon Wheel Live’. He performs a lively mix of Country, Irish, and popular songs and he and his super six-man band will thoroughly entertain young and old and will have you rocking in your seats. Guest stars are The Haley Sisters from Yorkshire who have appeared with Daniel O’Donnell in many venues all over the UK and Jo-Ann and Becky have travelled all over the world singing their Country songs and beautiful harmonies. Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

IDA - FILM SCREENING

Date: Thur 24 Sept at 7pm
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £5 / £3 Students on the door

Ayr Film Society

Dramatic human story which becomes key to addressing the defining moments of Poland’s past history. Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski with Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sept at 2pm & 7pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £14.00 / £13 (children under 12)

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson, with music and lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. Following their smash hit debut Bugsy Malone last year, Hipshot Youth Theatre bring The Wizard of Oz! Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Hipshot Youth Theatre has over sixty members from the ages of 5-16 yrs and all attend schools in Ayrshire. The Ayr Gaiety’s like a home to them all and this production goes to prove “There’s no place like it!” A show not to be missed! Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk

BILL HUTCHESON

Date: Mon 28 Sep at 12noon
Venue: Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £2

Bill Hutcheson (Clark Memorial Church, Largs) a regular in the popular series The Organist Entertains arranged by Fort, Seafield and Wallacetoun Community Council, will play the Lewis pipe organ in Ayr.

SCOTTISH OPERA COSI FAN TUTTE

Date: Tue 29 Sept at 7.30pm
Venue: Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Tickets: £15.50 / £5.00 (under 26’s)

We are delighted to announce that Scottish Opera are returning to the Gaiety with their latest touring production – Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
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. Director Lissa Lorenzo and designer Robbie Sinnott transport audiences to 1950s Italy, in a stylish and romantic telling of one of Mozart’s best-loved operas.
When Don Alfonso wagers that he can prove all women are fickle, Ferrando and Guglielmo willingly accept, convinced that their fiancées could never be unfaithful. Pretending they have been sent to war, the men disguise themselves and each attempts to seduce the other’s wife-to-be. The women resist at first, but a bit of Don Alfonso’s trickery is enough to spark talk of a double wedding.
Mozart’s music is at once light and witty, passionate and profound. Ensembles, including the famous ‘Soave sia il vento’ are balanced by tender and beautiful arias, creating a sublime score which perfectly reflects the bittersweet emotions of the characters.
Touring to 19 of Scotland’s smaller venues, this piano-accompanied tour showcases some of the best young singers around.
Tickets at ayrgaiety.co.uk