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Bowie Experience 03/03/2018 - 21/07/2018 Palace Theatre
Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.

Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!


EXPLORERS - Teeny, DICK INSTITUTE April - May 18 17/04/2018 - 15/05/2018 Dick Institute
TEENY EXPLORERS (3 - 5 years)
DICK INSTITUTE
1.45PM - 2.30PM
SPRING BLOCK 1: 17/04/18 - 15/05/18

£12.50/ 5 week block*
(2nd child discount £10 block)
Child + accompanying adult must stay with child
*price is per child

Booking essential

Ignite your curiosity with our new weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around The Dick Institute Galleries & Museum. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

TEENY 3-5YRS - Engage the senses with creative fun, story, song, imagination, discovery, explorations and tactile sensations. For children and their grown-ups!
EXPLORERS - YOUNG UNS, Dick Institute Apr - May 18 17/04/2018 - 15/05/2018 Dick Institute
YOUNG UNS EXPLORERS (8 - 11 years)
DICK INSTITUTE
4PM - 5.30PM
SPRING BLOCK 1: 17/04/18 - 15/05/18

£25/ 5 week term
(2nd child discount £20/term)
Booking essential

Ignite your curiosity with our new weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around our wonderful Dick Institute Galleries & Museum spaces. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

YOUNG UNS 8-11yrs - Delve into the world of our histories, mysteries, sciences and arts to become a time traveller – there’s always something exciting and fascinating to discover! Creative movement, drama, storytelling and visual arts activities bring the past and future to life.

For more information please contact Geraldine Greene 01563 554340
EXPLORERS - Teeny, BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM Apr - May 18 18/04/2018 - 16/05/2018 Burns House Museum
TEENY EXPLORERS (3 - 5 years)
BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM
2PM - 2.45PM
SPRING BLOCK 1: 18/04/18 - 16/05/18

£12.50/ 5 weeks*
(2nd child discount £10)
Child + accompanying adult must stay with child
*price is per child

Booking essential

Ignite your curiosity with our new weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around our wonderful Burns House Museum. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

TEENY 3-5yrs - Engage the senses with creative fun, story, song, imagination, discovery, explorations and tactile sensations. For children and their grown-ups!
EXPLORERS - WEE, BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM Apr - May 18 18/04/2018 - 16/05/2018 Burns House Museum
WEE EXPLORERS (5 - 7 years)
BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM
3.30PM - 4.30PM
SPRING BLOCK 1: 18/04/18 - 16/05/18

£20.00/ 5 weeks
(2nd child discount £16)
Booking essential

Ignite your curiosity with our new weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around our wonderful Burns House Museum. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

WEE 5-7yrs - There’s a moose loose in Rabbie’s hoose!! Come on our creative adventures exploring Burns’ life and works through the people, creatures and beauty of nature that inspired the poetry of Scotland’s maist famous poet.
EXPLORERS - Teeny, BAIRD INSTITUTE Apr - May 18 19/04/2018 - 17/05/2018 Baird Institute
TEENY EXPLORERS (3 - 5 years)
BAIRD INSTITUTE
1.45PM - 2.30PM
SPRING BLOCK 1: 19/04/18 - 17/05/18

£12.50/ 5 weeks*
(2nd child discount £10)
Child + accompanying adult must stay with child
*price is per child

Booking essential

Ignite your curiosity with our new weekly EXPLORERS clubs for children to enjoy a creative interactive experience that immerses you in the stories, objects and spaces in and around our wonderful Baird Institute Gallery & Museum spaces. Experienced facilitators will use a range of expressive art activities including play, drama, movement, storytelling, performance, arts & crafts to discover and explore the fascinating displays, exhibitions and collections.

TEENY 3-5yrs - Engage the senses with creative fun, story, song, imagination, discovery, explorations and tactile sensations. For children and their grown-ups!
DO ART at the DI! Apr - June 2018 19/04/2018 - 17/05/2018 Dick Institute
Come and get creative at the DO ART at the Dick Institute children’s art club! Be inspired by our visual art exhibitions in the galleries and create your own works of art using a range of mediums such as paint, print and ceramics!
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED

AGE 7 - 13 YRS
BOOKING ESSENTIAL
£45/term (2nd child discount £40/term)
9 WEEK BLOCK: 19/04/18 - 17/05/18
4pm - 5.30pm
Adult & Young People’s Art Classes APR - JUNE 2018 19/04/2018 - 17/05/2018 Dick Institute
Looking to try out some new techniques and experiment with a range of materials in your creative art practice?
Taking inspiration from the contemporary and heritage art exhibitions and collections at the Dick Institute, professional artist Fiona Fleming will guide you through a variety of artistic approaches in this relaxed, informal and sometimes unconventional art class! Suitable for complete beginners through to the more experienced. All materials included.

AGE 14+ · BOOKING ESSENTIAL
9 WEEK BLOCK: 19/04/18 - 14/06/18
6PM-7.30PM
£54 for block
Dixe Wills 26/04/2018 - 26/04/2018 Dick Institute
The Wizard of Oz 26/04/2018 - 28/04/2018 Grand Hall
Ayrshire Infinity Choir 04/05/2018 - 04/05/2018 Palace Theatre
Ayrshire Infinity Choir Concert with guests David Douglas, Jack McLuckie, St Winnings Primary & Whatriggs Primary
Boswell - Dame Judi Dench Screening 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
A screening of the Friday night interview with Judi Dench. If you are not able to be there on Friday, why not come and see the replay and then meet Dame Judi herself at the book signing afterwards.

Tickets cost £5 each
Boswell - Eilidh Muldoon: Hot Air Balloons 05/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Make and decorate your own hot air balloon with ingenious Colouring Book artist and Illustrator in Residence Eilidh Muldoon. Her books include Gift Boxes to Colour and Make and The Colouring Book of Scotland.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Nicola Davies: Mysterious Animals 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Prize winning author, zoologist and former presenter of BBC’s The Really Wild Show looks at Poo, probably the most useful stuff on Earth; how and why animals communicate; creatures who live on the bodies of other animals and why some animals are big, some wide, some small and others long and thin. Fun and engaging, this is a great way to discover the mysteries behind a wide variety of enthralling species.

Suitable for Ages 5+

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Vivian French: Do you like swimming? 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Vivian French
Do you like swimming?
10:00-11:00 Bozzy’s Marquee £2 / Age 3-6

Billy Hippo hates water. It’s too cold! Too scary! Too wet! And swimming? No Thanks.
Can two cheeky frogs and a BIG surprise change Billy’s mind and start him swimming?
How Billy Hippo Learned to Swim is an irresistible new tale from award-winning author Vivian French MBE

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Andrew O'Hagan, Candia McWilliam & Alan Taylor 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
A conversation between prize winning novelists Andrew O’Hagan, Candia McWilliam and biographer Alan Taylor to celebrate Dame Muriel Spark’s centenary year.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
RDS - Drawing the Body Clothed 05/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
10:30-11:50 Drawing the Body Clothed

Drawing from the figure in the studio helps to concentrate the mind and encourages you to see more and see better. We will discover how dress and posture bring colour and character to our drawing. There will be both long and short poses. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events. And concession tickets will be available online.
Whisky Tastings 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House Lodge
Whisky Tastings with The Lost Distillery Company
Hosted by Ewan Henderson, Global Brand Ambassador

The Whisky Room, adjacent to Dumfries House Lodge
Saturday 11:15 &14:00 both £20; 16:45 (Vintage) £35

The Lost Distillery Company, a boutique Scotch Whisky company based at Dumfries House, obsessive about their craft and uncompromising when it comes to whisky quality. Creating present day expressions of legendary whiskies from the past.
Boswell - Christopher Lloyd - Big Bang to Today 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Christopher Lloyd
Big Bang to Today
11:30-12:30 Engineering Centre £2 / Age 7+


Christopher Lloyd’s Big History tells the story of life and people from the Big Bang to today. Using an award-winning method of telling stories through giant visual timelines, information is presented in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity. An hour of history and not a yawn in sight! More than 500,000 copies sold worldwide.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Gary Northfield: The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Gary Northfield
The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs!
11:30-12:30 Bozzy’s Marquee £2 / Age 5+

Follow a teeny tiny gang of dinosaurs muddling their way through prehistoric life and find out if it’s possible to fly to the moon in a bubble of snot or if bogey monsters live at the bottom of the garden? All these questions and more are explored in hysterical adventures, as the dinosaurs wind each other up. Great graphic stories from the comic-book genius.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Alexander McCall Smith 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Marking the twentieth anniversary since publication of the 'No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency', Alexander McCall Smith talks about his life, work and the poet W.H.Auden’s influence on him.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Angus Roxburgh 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Former foreign correspondent in Moscow for The Sunday Times and the BBC, and translator of Tolstoy, Angus Roxburgh talks about his crazy, exasperating, beautiful Russia based on his compelling memoirs Moscow Calling.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Mary Killen & Gordon Turnbull 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Mary Killen, with her renowned ‘Dear Mary’ column in The Spectator and of Channel 4’s Gogglebox fame, is joined by Yale’s Gordon Turnbull, to discuss the highs and lows of etiquette and the number of ways to be in breach of it!

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Funbox - Dinosaur Safari 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Palace Theatre
FUNBOX present DINOSAUR SAFARI
Get ready for some Stone Age singalong silliness as Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle) go on their most roarsome adventure yet - DINOSAUR SAFARI.

The FUNBOX gang are in a prehistoric pickle trying to find their keys and discover different Dino-pals. Along the way they meet friends old and new including those fuzzy funsters Fluffy and Flossie, Fairy Fran flutters in, and their cheeky chum Bonzo is finding his inner cave dog and hunting the ultimate bone.

Packed with singalong favourites like ‘Apples and Bananas’, ‘The Ants Went Marching’ and ‘The Bear Came Over The Mountain ‘, as well as brand new songs, DINOSAUR SAFARI is the gigantic treat for all the family. You might even get to help on stage
Come dressed as an explorer, dinosaur or a cave person - and get ready to roar and stomp with FUNBOX!

Tickets £14, family tickets are available but must be purchased from the Box Office directly either over the phone (on 01563 554900, option 1) or in person. Thank you
Boswell - Anthony Horowitz: The Power of Books 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Anthony Horowitz
The Power of Books
13:30-14:30 Engineering Centre £2 / Age 7+


Creator of the number one bestselling Alex Rider novels, Anthony Horowitz wrote his first book at the age of 10 and has gone on to thrill his readers with great plots, great pace and great humour. His titles include The Diamond Brothers, The Power of Five and wickedly funny tales such as Granny and Groosham Grange.
Horowitz says, “A life without stories, without the power of books, would be a very grey world – it’s good to add colour.”

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Jayne-Anne Gadhia 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
The straight-talking CEO of Virgin Money, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, reveals the events that have influenced, shaped and inspired her to become one of the most powerful and charismatic women in banking.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Neal Ascherson, Allan Little & Matthew Parris 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Scotland-Yugoslavia-Catalonia: Whither Nationalism? Three leading political thinkers discuss one of the greatest international challenges of contemporary politics.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Nicola Davies: The Word Bird 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Nicola Davies
The Word Bird
13:30-14:30 Bozzy’s Marquee £2 / Age 3-6

Join in the rhyming texts in zoologist, poet and top author Nicola Davies’ richly illustrated books, The Word Bird and Animal Surprises. Discover the delights of nature in ‘creatures of all shapes and sizes, some you'll know and some... surprises!’

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
RDS - Drawing the Head 05/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
13:30-14:50 Drawing the Head

A portrait class is a great way to study the detail of a face and head and capture a personality on paper – just like biographers do in words. In this class, you will be encouraged to experiment with various drawing mediums, using both colour and black and white. Suitable for all ages and abilities

Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events. And concession tickets will be available online.
Boswell - Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Sir James MacMillan 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
SPECIAL EVENT-in collaboration with THE CUMNOCK TRYST
Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be in conversation with Sir James MacMillan about his life, his passion for sacred music, and why he heads up the Santa Marta Group, an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops, which works across the world to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Naval Heroes 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Meet real life heroes David Craig and John Patterson who survived an unexploded bomb in their ship’s coal bunker and were bombarded by the Nazis as they took vital supplies across freezing seas from Scotland to Russia in the Arctic Convoys.

Suitable for Ages 5+

Tickets cost £2.00 each
Boswell - Vivian French: Spooky Fun 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
The Robe of Skulls, the first in the wildly popular series Tales from the Five Kingdoms, sees Lady Lamorna, a down-on-her-luck sorceress, ordering a new robe of skulls and then figuring out how to pay for it. This spooky fairy tale from much-loved author Vivian French MBE, creates a fantasy world of sorcerers, wizards and goblins and laugh-out-loud situations appealing to readers of all ages.

Suitable for ages 5+

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Julian Glover 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
The story of Britain’s greatest civil engineer Thomas Telford, inventor of the modern road, creator of astonishing bridges and aqueducts is brought to life in Glover’s bestselling biography Man of Iron.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Shaun Bythell 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Funny and honest, Shaun Bythell’s entertains with stories of obnoxious clients, colourful locals, and the extermination of a Kindle proudly mounted as a trophy in the shop as he makes a passionate case for the importance of books in Diary of a Bookseller.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Jackie Kay 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Adopted by a white communist couple living in Glasgow, the third modern Makar explores questions of personal, racial and sexual identity in her recent collection of poetry while in her bestselling memoir Red Dust Road she describes the search for her birth parents.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
RDS - Drawing Out and About 05/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
15:30-16:50 Drawing Out and About

Drawing out and about around the Festival is a unique opportunity to capture your experience of the beautiful surroundings and their character, sharpening your powers of observation. Nothing is fixed, everything is in flux: enjoy the challenge of being an artist in the great outdoors. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.


Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events. And concession tickets will be available online.
Boswell - Michael Heath 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
A rare opportunity to hear one of Britain’s greatest living satirists talk about his life and work. Legendary cartoonist Michael Heath began at Punch and fast became a star of Private Eye with his acclaimed Great Bores of Today. His genius new strip is The Battle for Britain.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Neal Ascherson 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
One of Britain's finest writers, author of Stone Voices and Black Sea the former Observer Foreign Correspondent, will talk about his life, travels and beliefs and his compelling first novel, The Death of the Fronsac, based on a real event in WWII Greenock.


Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled (plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Matthew Parris 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
The charismatic presenter of the hugely popular programme about biography, BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives, Matthew Parris also recognised as one of the shrewdest observers of the political scene will talk about what makes a ‘great’ life as well as snapshots from his own eventful life.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Andrew O'Hagan 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
The stories of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, Satoshi Nakamoto, the secretive inventor of Bitcoin and an unknown man, Ronald Pinn, come together brilliantly in prize-winning O’Hagan’s hands to create a book about identity, secrecy, surveillance and the relationship between the state and technology.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Michael Hall 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Art, Passion and Power, the story of the Royal Collection, offers a fascinating and revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Robin Yassin-Kassab 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
Scottish-Syrian journalist Robin Yassin-Kassab’s definitive book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War explores the horrific and complicated reality of life in present-day Syria drawing on new first-hand testimonies.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Judy Murray 05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 Dumfries House
From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, as a parent, coach and leader she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British tennis. Hers is a story of ‘yes we can’.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Chae Strathie: Gorilla Loves Vanilla 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Chae Strathie
Gorilla Loves Vanilla
10:00-11:00 Bozzy’s Marquee £2 / Age 3-6

When the animals visit Little Sam Sundae’s Ice Cream shop on Jellybean Street, they have some unusual requests. Sam whips up blue cheese sundae for Mouse and a worm cornet for Hen. Finally, Gorilla orders but all he wants is plain old vanilla. In deliciously funny Gorilla Loves Vanilla, the other animals realise that Gorilla has made the best choice.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Gary Northfield: Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Gary Northfield
Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans
10:00-11:00 Engineering Centre £2 / Age 6+

From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his friends as they gear up to be ... gladiators! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. Madagascar meets Gladiator in this exciting, action-packed and hysterically funny story from celebrated cartoonist Gary Northfield.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Chai with Tony Singh 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Enjoy a cup of chai as the Scottish Sikh celebrity chef and restaurateur, former presenter of BBC 2's The Incredible Spice Men, talks about his life, culinary influences and his recent trip to the Arctic for charity.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Christopher Lloyd 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
The Story of the World in 100 Species is epic biography that looks at mankind's place in nature, past, present, and future, identifying the hundred most influential species ever with candidates as diverse as slime, sea scorpions, tulips and sheep.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Finlay Wilson 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
The video of his Kilted Yoga session in a Perthshire forest was viewed more than 50 million times, but a decade ago, Finlay Wilson was unable to stand. Now a forest yoga teacher with his own studio, come and join him in basic yoga poses as he talks about his life.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Nicola Davies: Watery Tales 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Nicola Davies
Watery Tales
11:30-12:30 Engineering Centre £2 / Age 5+

Award-winning author Nicola Davies has always been fascinated by the remarkable lives of animals living in our seas. She will talk about our need to care for whales, turtles, sharks and ice bears as well as giving a sneak preview of her new book A first Book of the Sea.
(Big Blue Whale, One Tiny Turtle, Surprising Sharks, Ice Bear)

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Vivian French: A Great Adventure 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Vivian French
A Great Adventure
11:30-12:30 Bozzy’s Marquee £2 / Age 3-6

Come and help brilliant storyteller, Vivian French, MBE, write a new adventure for Alfie Onion who in his first quest saved the day with a little help from his loyal dog when his elder brother Magnifico, who had set out to make the family fortunes and find a princess to marry, turned out not to be half the hero he was cracked up to be. So what should Alfie’s next adventure be?

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - David Clark 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Known as ‘Professor Death’ and dedicated to the study of the end of life, David Clark will talk about Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement whose vision fundamentally changed the way in which we care for the dying today.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - David Craig and John Patterson with Dairmid Gunn 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Between August 1941 and May 1945, the Arctic Convoys delivered over 7000 aircraft & 5000 tanks to Russia from west coast Scotland, sailing across some of the world’s cruellest seas. Two veterans, David Craig and John Patterson, who were part of the campaign give a unique account of this most hazardous of journeys, in conversation with Dairmid Gunn.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Helen Pankhurst 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and herself a leading women’s rights campaigner, Helen Pankhurst draws on her family experience and the voices of ordinary women to chart how women’s lives have changed over the past 100 years and to argue for a new way forward.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Christopher Lloyd: Science Let Out of its Box 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Christopher Lloyd
Science Let Out of its Box!
13:30-14:30 Engineering Centre £2 / Age 7+

Using his award-winning method of telling stories through giant visual timelines Christopher Lloyd’s Science and Engineering Wall book, developed with The Science Museum, tells the story of the world’s greatest scientists and inventors from the Stone Age to the present day.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Gary Northfield: Gary's Garden 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Gary Northfield
Gary's Garden
13:30-14:30 Bozzy’s Marquee £2 / Age 4+

Gary is chilling in his Garden. But wait! Look CLOSER! Look what's happening right under Gary's NOSE...Grumpy Caterpillars! Space travelling ladybirds! Ninja Hedgehogs! PARP! What was that? An insect orchestra - wow! Gary Northfield has been writing and drawing comics since 2002. One of his favourite subject matters is animals and their jolly lives.

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Joseph Farrell and Belinda Thomson 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
What drove Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Gauguin, at the height of their creative powers, to Samoa and the Marquesas Islands in the South Seas? World authorities, Professors Joseph Farrell and Belinda Thomson, discuss the connections between these two great artists.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Struan Stevenson and Tony Singh 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Ten meals that changed world history from Nixon’s banqueting in Beijing to Bonnie Prince Charlie's feast before Culloden. Former MEP Struan Stevenson with celebrity chef Tony Singh create a unique gastronomic tour and refashion the menus so you can bring history to life in your own kitchen.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Maggie O'Farrell 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive; a teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster; a terrifying encounter on a remote path and a mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. The bestselling I Am, I Am, I Am is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel Award winner.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Children's Festival Finale 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Festival Finale
Vivian French, Eilidh Muldoon and Chae Strathie
Story Consequences with Words, Pictures and Music
15:00-16:00 Engineering Centre £2 / All Ages

Come and help create the world’s funniest illustrated stories with Vivian, Chae and Eilidh, based on audience suggestions, and make some new songs to accompany your favourite tunes. Guaranteed family fun for all ages!

No unaccompanied children. Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket also. Thank you.
Boswell - Darren McGarvey 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Better known by his stage name, Loki, writer and hip-hop recording artist (@lokiscottishrap), having grown up in Pollok with a violent alcoholic mother he voices the feelings that are spilling over in Britain’s deprived communities in his inspiring, shocking and funny book, Poverty Safari, part memoir, part polemic.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Gordon Turnbull 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
The head of The Boswell Editions recounts the enthralling tale of loss, family censorship, scholarly sleuthing and often chance discovery that led to the saving of the world-famous Boswell archive from neglect and disarray in three country houses, Auchinleck, Malahide and Fettercairn.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Janette Benaddi & Heather Butters 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Four very different women from Yorkshire in their 40s and 50s decided to cross 3,000 miles of the Atlantic ocean, in the toughest row in the world and in achieving the crossing in 67 days, as told in the hilarious and inspirational Four Mums in a Boat, they picked up the world record for the oldest women to row any ocean.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Stuart Kelly 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Should a murderer be allowed to serve as a minister of the church? James Nelson, who had brutally killed his mother, became the first convicted killer to be ordained into the Christian church. Stuart Kelly’s The Minister and the Murderer follows Nelson’s story as he considers the question of whether Nelson was a genuine convert or a clever fake.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Chris Mullin 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Former MP for Sunderland South and leader of the campaign to free the Birmingham Six, speaks about Hinterland, his autobiography. Mullin’s A Very British Coup foretold the rise of Corbyn and his acclaimed diaries described as ‘witty, waspish and hilarious’ are widely considered the best account of the New Labour era.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Gogglebox Stars - Mary Killen and Giles Wood 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Artist Giles, who finds human company emotionally draining, and Spectator agony aunt and party-lover Mary, have become the unlikely stars of Gogglebox, the reality TV series about watching the telly. Loved for their quirky views and eccentric style choices, The Diary of Two Nobodies is a compelling account of their lives.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Biography’s DNA 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Kenny Bryan, Darren McGarvey, Stuart Kelly & Gordon Turnbull
Is Biography's DNA resilient enough to survive in the digital age? Join our debate over what form biography and memoir will take in the Festival a decade from now. Who owns the material put out on social media? Can traditional biography compete in an age of manic distraction, or is long-form story-telling on the brink of revival based on TV box sets?

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Anthony Horowitz 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
Worldwide bestselling author will talk about his life and the challenges of writing tales of mystery from Midsomer Murders to Sherlock Holmes and on to Bond! His fiendish mystery Magpie Murders was a top seller in 2017 and the paperback of The Word is Murder, in which he appears as a character, comes out on 3 May.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Boswell - Sally Magnusson 06/05/2018 - 06/05/2018 Dumfries House
BBC Scotland presenter and author Sally Magnusson, who is half Icelandic and half Scottish, has rooted her enthralling new book in the real events of 1627 when Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted over 400 people who were then sold into slavery in Algiers.

Tickets are £9 full price, £7 concession. Concession tickets are available to students, registered disabled
(plus one carer, which must be booked through the Box Office directly at the same time as the registered disabled ticket), registered unemployed, under 16s and Young Scot cardholders.

Proof of entitlement of Concession will be required at the door of events.
Seussical Jr. The Musical 11/05/2018 - 12/05/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Suessical Jr. The Musical
performed by S.C.A.M.P.S
Tickets cost £6.00 full price, £4.50 concession


"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr/ Seuss' best loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring into life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Sydney Devine in Concert 11/05/2018 - 11/05/2018 Palace Theatre
The Rhinestone cowboy himself Sydney Devine will be touring in the spring of 2018, the first tour for over 10 years.

For fifty years Scottish country and western singer Sydney Devine has been entertaining audiences through television and on stage. Sydney has sold 15 million albums worldwide which many of today’s pop stars would love to sell.

The show will feature great favourites like Maggie, Tiny Bubbles, The Answer to Everything and lot’s lot’s more.

The one and only Sydney Devine sings the great old country standards in his inimitable fashion, Slide guitars, bluesy beat, and yodelling tones.


Ticket prices £20/£19 concession, concessions are available to those in receipt of the state pension, registered disabled, full time education or under 16 years old.
Francie & Josie 12/05/2018 - 12/05/2018 Palace Theatre
After two sell out tours, Liam Dolan & Jonny Mac have scoured the archives for some more classic Francie & Josie routines, songs and sketches and added them to a few fantastic belly-laugh routines. This brand new show is guaranteed to take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. You “sure, sure, sure” don’t want to miss it!!!

Concessions are available for those in receipt of the state pension, under 16 years of age, registered disabled and students in full time education. Other concessions maybe available, but must be booked through the Box Office directly either by phone or in person.
Hotel California 18/05/2018 - 18/05/2018 Palace Theatre
Hotel California, a six piece ensemble of musicians, return to The Palace Theatre to perform their spectacular show that gives you a concert experience of 100mins of pure Eagles nostalgia.

You'll return to a Dark Desert Highway, Cool wind in your Hair or stand on that street corner in Winslow, Arizona when you join Hotel California as they faithfully re-create The Eagles & their Californian Sunshine Rock sound.

This concert promises to be a fantastic night to remember for all Eagles fans, young & old, new or longstanding.
Summer Show 2018 20/05/2018 - 20/05/2018 Palace Theatre
Afternoon Tea Dance with Alan McPike 25/05/2018 - 22/06/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Afternoon Tea Dance with Alan McPike
Tickets £3.50 (includes tea/ coffee and biscuits)

if you like to dance, enjoy good music and good company then look no further! Our Tea Dances are the perfect way to enjoy everything about dance.

Spend the afternoon away with Alan McPike and enjoy dance styles including the Cha Cha Cha (Ballroom), Foxtrot, Modern Tango, Quickstep, Rumba, Samba, Viennese Waltz and Waltz. Tea, coffee and biscuits will also be provided. This is a great and fun way to exercise, liven up your afternoon and socialise with others.
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert 29/05/2018 - 29/05/2018 Grand Hall
I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.
Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.
‘Comedy’s Holy Grail. Go See!’ Sunday Times

Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay

Spy Quest Club - Galston Library (4 week block) 31/05/2018 - 31/05/2018 Galston Library
Spy Quest Club

We've been working undercover with David Goutcher, creator of the award winning spy-themed digital game and novel which have taken the world by storm. Already being played worldwide, East Ayrshire Libraries are proud to be hosting this amazing mission designed to be fun and educational.

Follow clues and crack codes to complete your mission!

Price is for block of sessions.
On Our Way to Lisbon 31/05/2018 - 31/05/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Write Day: Doug Johnstone Session 02/06/2018 - 02/06/2018 Ayrshire Athletics Arena - Library Event
Write Day: Sara Sheridan Session 02/06/2018 - 02/06/2018 Ayrshire Athletics Arena - Library Event
Sara Sheridan: An insider’s guide: narrative drive and how it will get your book published
This seminar is aimed at people who are writing with a view to publication and will focus clearly on what editors are looking for, how to diagnose manuscript faults and give tips on the key issues to demystify the process of how the industry works - it also takes in some publicity advice. It is very much focussed on communicating your story to readers (readers, that is, you don’t know!).
Sara Sheridan writes the popular Mirabelle Bevan Murder Mysteries set in 1950s Brighton as well as historical novels set in 1820-1845. Fascinated particularly by female history, she is a cultural commentator who appears regularly on television and radio. In 2014 she was named one of the Saltire Society's 365 Most Influential Scottish Women, past and present.

Ages 16+
Walking With Heroes, Centenary Tour 15/06/2018 - 15/06/2018 Grand Hall
This centenary tour comprises of a series of 7 centenary concerts across Scotland in 2018 by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, entitled ‘Walking with Heroes’. This series and accompanying recording includes works by such iconic composers as Holst (Mars), Shostakovich (Festive Overture), John Williams (Liberty Fanfare) and Karl Jenkins (Stabat Mater) in commemoration of 100 years since the end of The Great War.

These sit alongside new compositions and arrangements made especially for the Walking with Heroes recording, as well as a host of soloists and features including, of course, traditional Scottish fare and the unmistakable skirl of the Pipes!

100 years on, please join us to honour Britain’s bravest… past and present.

This centenary tour and recording is a partnership between the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland. All proceeds from this concert will go to Poppyscotland, and help them provide life-changing support to our Armed Forces community.

Chicago Blues Brothers 07/07/2018 - 07/07/2018 Palace Theatre
Summer Reading Challenge - Zoolab - Crosshouse Library 13/07/2018 - 13/07/2018 Crosshouse Library
Interactive animal handling and storytelling session brought to you by the amazing Zoolab.

Suitable for ages 5-12.

All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult (accompanying adults do not require a ticket)
Summer Reading Challenge - Zoolab - Galston Library 13/07/2018 - 13/07/2018 Galston Library
Animal handling and storytelling session with the amazing Zoolab.

Suitable for ages 5-12

All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

Accompanying adults do not require a ticket
EAYT Performing Arts Summer School 23/07/2018 - 23/07/2018 Grand Hall
EAYT Performing Arts Summer School - A Musical Extravaganza


Mon 23 July – Fri 3 Aug 2018 (excluding weekends)
9.30am – 4pm
Suitable for 8-18 years
£150 per person

Performance on Fri 3 Aug @ 6.30 pm


EAYT will be running a two-week performing arts summer school, perfect for aspiring performers of all abilities who want to experience all aspects of musical theatre. Over the course of the summer school, the students will take part in an inspiring journey that is packed full of creative activities. They will be put through an intensive rehearsal schedule where they will be challenged to learn songs from hit musicals, scripted pieces of theatre, develop vocal skills, and choreograph dance routines that will culminate in a one-off live musical extravaganza show that will take place on the Palace Theatre stage in Kilmarnock!

Students will be working with professional musical and theatre directors on show stopping musical numbers and chorography from the most current musicals on the West End and Broadway - including musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, 13, The Greatest Showman and Sister Act to name a few!

Open to all abilities (no audition necessary), the two-week summer school will give giving everyone the chance to perform to their ability and by the end of the summer school you will have made many new friends, learnt lots of skills and techniques and hopefully had lots of fun!

Sneaky Peek - Craig Hill & Gareth Waugh 26/07/2018 - 26/07/2018 Palace Theatre
Sneaky Peek - Kai Humphries & Micky Bartlett 27/07/2018 - 27/07/2018 Palace Theatre
The Giant's Loo Roll 28/07/2018 - 28/07/2018 Palace Theatre
Look out for the biggest loo roll ever on stage in this GIANT of a children's musical. The villages living in the town below the Giant's house had better watch out, that loo roll has gone bouncing down the hill and straight towards them! Luckily, the townsfolk find lots of uses for runaway loo roll - one sheet provides a huge canvas for an artist, a tailor uses another to fill her shop with paper plants and a school class make a huge dart that can fly. But what about the Giant himself - doesn't he need any loo paper? Watch out for some frightened sheep, lots of excited children and a fantastic amount of toilet paper in this rip roaring new musical.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for under 16s. A family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £38 is available for purchase through the Box Office directly either in person or over the phone on 01563 554900 (option 1). Other concessions maybe available, but again, must be purchased through the Box Office directly. Thank you.
Sneaky Peek - Craig Hill & Micky Bartlett 28/07/2018 - 28/07/2018 Palace Theatre
EAYT Perfroming Arts Summer School - CTH 06/08/2018 - 06/08/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Performing Arts Summer School - A Musical Extravaganza
Mon 6 Aug – Sat 11 Aug
Sharing on Saturday 11 Aug at 4.00 pm
9.30am – 4pm
8 – 18 years
£75 per person

East Ayrshire Leisure will be running a week long performing arts summer school from within Cumnock Town Hall that is based on the bright lights of Broadway and the finest songs from the West End stage. This will be a creative week of singing, dancing and performing big numbers from some of the west end’s greatest musicals before performing a medley of work for friends and family to enjoy at a sharing event in Cumnock Town Hall. We will be working with our very own director and choreographer, Michaella Mullen, as well as a professional dance instructor on show stopping musical numbers and chorography from the most current musicals on the West End and Broadway - including musicals such as Matilda, The Greatest Showman, and Hairspray.

This is a week of musical theatre that is not to be missed and anyone with a passion for singing and musical theatre will love this Performing Arts Summer School week. Open to all abilities (no audition necessary), we will provide a platform that allows everyone to perform to their ability, ensuring everyone has fun in the process. By the end of the week you will have made many new friends, learnt lots of skills and techniques and hopefully had lots of fun!
The McDougalls' Summer Sizzler Show 10/08/2018 - 10/08/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Acoustic Mac & Beatles 17/08/2018 - 17/08/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Acoustic Beatles:

Edinburgh Fringe Award Winning Acoustic Duo, The Boyds, perform the best of the Fab Four. Enjoy classic songs such as Strawberry Fields, Let it Be, All You Need is Love, Yesterday and many more including the genius of Lennon/ McCartney with album tracks ala ... Blackbird, Eight Days a Week, Drive My Car and She's Leaving Home.

The Boyds' signature sound of tight two part harmonies, coupled with percussive guitar, make them a joy to listen to.

Acoustic Mac:

Europe's only acoustic show of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Album in its entirety.

With a voice akin to both Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, Liz Boyd's voce range and sensitivity coupled with husband Gus's high range voice, percussive guitar style and chord voicings, create a rich, unique soundscape. Enjoy these re-worked, stripped back versions of favourite songs including Don't Stop, The Chain, go Your Own Way, Songbird, Dreams, Second Hand News and many more.

Edinburgh Fringe Award winners with two sell out shows in 2017
Gary Faulds Live 18/08/2018 - 18/08/2018 Ingram Room
Big Girls Don't Cry 25/08/2018 - 25/08/2018 Palace Theatre
10th Anniversary Tour - celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don't Cry featuring the East Coast Boys.

Step back in time, to the era of romance. Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.

During the 60s and 70s, number one hits like Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk like a Man, Rag Doll, and Big Girls Don't Cry helped propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom

After selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there's a Four Season's song that shares a special place in everyone's heart. This internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey's finest as well as showcasing Frankie's incredible falsettos, and features his solo hits like Grease, Let's Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin' and I've Got You Under My Skin.
Hotel California 25/08/2018 - 25/08/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
Hotel California, a six piece ensemble of musicians, return to The Palace Theatre to perform their spectacular show that gives you a concert experience of 100mins of pure Eagles nostalgia.

You'll return to a Dark Desert Highway, Cool wind in your Hair or stand on that street corner in Winslow, Arizona when you join Hotel California as they faithfully re-create The Eagles & their Californian Sunshine Rock sound.

This concert promises to be a fantastic night to remember for all Eagles fans, young & old, new or longstanding.
Jason Manford: Muddle Class 12/09/2018 - 12/09/2018 Grand Hall
Jason Manford: Muddleclass

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

Suitable for 13 years and older, due to some strong language used.

No Support

Tickets £27.50
51 Shades of Maggie 15/09/2018 - 15/09/2018 Palace Theatre

After 3 sell-out Scottish tours and 10 separate sell-out runs in England, Ireland, and Australia, comes the return of smash hit comedy Fifty One Shades of Maggie.

“River City” and “Gary: Tank Commander” star Leah MacRae, Scotland’s original and favourite “Maggie Muff” retuns to the role.

The best selling send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Maggie and her search for love. Maggie is a working class girl who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life.

Attending an interview at the Social Security Office Maggie meets the handsome and hunky Mr Big! Will he turn out to be the man of her dreams, or will his “Private Room of Pain” put her off?

This hilarious play full of naughty bits will have you laughing out loud. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips!

This is the perfect girly night out with your friends for the best night at the theatre you’ve had in ages……

Prepare for the funniest, sexiest (and maybe dirtiest) show you shall see this year.

AGE SUITABILITY

Please note due to the strong language and themes of an adult nature this show is deemed unsuitable for anyone under the age of 16.
Fred MacAulay 30 Years On 22/09/2018 - 22/09/2018 Cumnock Town Hall
“30 YEARS ON”

On the 19th May 1988, a young(ish) Fred MacAulay made his stand-up debut at the Mayfest ‘So You Think You’re Funny” competition in Glasgow with 5 minutes of his own comedy material.

Much of what Fred talked about that night was about his (VERY) young family coupled with his wry observations about society and politics. These are themes which fans of Fred will be familiar with. His observations have led him to success on television and radio , as well as on the live circuit and at Festivals far and wide.

People will know Fred from QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week on television, as well as Radio 4’s Newsquiz, Unbelievable Truth and Just A Minute….as well as his 2017 stand up show “Fred at the Stand”.

To celebrate his 30 years of stand-up, Fred is touring Scotland with his “30 YEARS ON” tour.

His 2017 stand-up shows were legendary and in many reviews the shows were described simply as “A Masterclass”.
The Dolls - "Dragged Up" 26/10/2018 - 26/10/2018 Palace Theatre
THEY’RE BACK! The tan has barely faded from Agnes and Sadie’s thick skin and they’re in trouble again, and left lip-synching for their lives.

Missing money, an unlucky handbag and nutcase gangsters are just a few of the disasters they’ll have to dodge as the Dolls are dragged through a glittering underworld filled with rivalries, rhinestones and rammies on a camp, crazy, gusset drenching adventure of queen sized proportions!

Mistaken identities and secret disguises abound in this highly anticipated sequel. Will the gallus gals be able to keep up with who’s who?
Will long brewing family resentments be resolved? Will The Dolls solve the mystery of the missing dug and most importantly, will their dormant 1980’s disco dancing skills save them from The McKray twins, Scotland’s fruitiest, nuttiest gangsters?


THE DOLLS in DRAGGED UP!

Not for the fainthearted or the weans under 16.
Nathan Carter and His Band The Autum Tour 09/11/2018 - 09/11/2018 Grand Hall
Kennedy Street Enterprises
present
Nathan Carter
And his band
The Autumn Tour



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