Main Programme 2012
Date: Tues 25th September, 7.30pm
One of Ayr`s most famous son`s returns to his home town to entertain an audience of fans and enthusiasts in
Neil qualified as an archaeologist in 1988. In 2005 Neil became the lead presenter on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Coast. The programme, now about to enter its 8th series, looks at both the natural and social history of the British coastline. In early 2011 Neil took viewers on a journey, A History of Ancient Britain, quickly followed by A History of Celtic Britain. He has also written a book to accompany the series, which was published in Autumn 2011.
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Join us in Newmarket Street for a fun day compered by Jackson Nash cabaret artist and Elvis impersonator who will be performing throughout the day, plus entertainment from: Karen Douglas School of Dance, FIB Youth Theatre, Dalmellington Junior Band, Jennie Campbell School of Dance, Be Enchanted and Magic Malky
Date: Sat 8th September, 7.30pm
A wonderful tale of life in Ayrshire in the 1950s. Winchin tells the story of two young Ayr lassies, Annie and Lizzie. It’s 1952, King George VI has just died and the nation awaits the forthcoming Coronation. Ayr is a hive of industry and a world of glamour and dreams await the younger generation in the town’s many Dance Halls and Picture Houses. Follow the girls as they come of age, get their first job in Gray’s Factory and fall in love…
Winchin will bring back memories to those who lived through those heady days of post war freedom and humour abounds in this poignant tale of the best days of your life.
A love story from the past that can be enjoyed by all generations
One Act Evening
Date: Wed 12th September, 7pm
A night’s entertainment from two local companies, one being Ayr’s oldest drama group, The Ayr Fort Players and the other, one of Ayr’s newest, Hipshot Theatre Company!
The Ayr Fort Players will be performing from the comedy ‘Alarms & Excursions’. Written by Michael Frayn who wrote the West End hit, ‘Noises Off’, this piece entitled ‘Alarms’ - here we are presented with gadgets that won’t function and people that don’t communicate with each other leading to misunderstandings and a plethora of comic situations.
In contrast, Hipshot Theatre Company are presenting a dramatisation of several poems from the works of Ayrshire man John Rodie. Hipshot’s performers will be celebrating John and his works - in his nineties, he is still churning out poetry!
Number 5 Barber Shop Quintet
Date: Thurs 13th September, 7.30pm
An evening of song in various styles, with guests Hazel Keay (soprano) and Andrew Thom (Piano).
Number 5 debut at the Ayrshire Festival in 1998 caused something of a sensation; they were invited back to perform at the closing concert, and repeated their success the following year. Since then they have appeared at many venues and developed a large and eclectic repertoire.
Date: Fri 14th September, 7.30pm
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Swing with Jim McMail and ‘Kings of Cool’ Big Band. Special Guest Lisa Martin and comedian Bert Allan.
The show is sponsored by Zysis Events.
Tom Hingley Book Reading
The Trial Of Alice In Wonderland
Date: Sat 22nd September
The Queen of Hearts has gotten herself into a bit of a kerfuffle, someone has stolen her tarts and heads are going to roll! Alice stands falsely accused and must defend herself, but the trial is a mess. The Dormouse keeps wiping jam on everything, the Mad-Hatter won’t stop offering the jury tea and the Cheshire Cat is popping up everywhere to cause mischief. How are they ever going to reach a verdict?
Come along, join the jury and decide for yourself in this action packed adventure in Wonderland.
A magical interactive show for all the family to enjoy
Pirates and Fairies Themed Story Telling
Date: Mon 24th September, 2pm
Come along to our fabulous Storytelling Show and let our real life Pirate and Fairy take you on a magical journey.
Scotland Bloody Scotland
Date: Wednesday 26th September
Terrifyingly true tales of incredible horror presented by Davy The Ghost, comedian, storyteller, historian and author, appearing as William Burke Esq. hanged 28th January 1829.
'The Ghost With Most', Evening News fringe 2011 Laughter and horror