Some of TSA’s top picks for February 2016 ..
COCK AT THE TRON: 9th-20th February
After the breakdown of his long-term gay relationship, John unexpectedly meets a woman and in doing so, discovers new excitements and pleasures. However, his ex is still strutting around in the background and his new girlfriend is discovering a whole other side to him, leaving John wracked with guilt and feeling indecisive about what he wants and who he really is.
A civilised dinner party, organised to discuss the best way forward, soon turns into a messy cockfight complete with quarrelling lovers, leaving John with a choice to make, so what will he do?
Featuring James Anthony Pearson, Johnny McKnight, Isobel McArthur & Vincent Friel, this is the first UK staging of Mike Bart
lett’s sharp and witty play since it’s Royal Court premiere six years ago. Cock is running at The Tron Theatre from the 9th – 20th February, concession tickets are available, standard tickets priced between £10-£16.
GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL: 17th-28th February
Every year the Glasgow Film Festival gets better and better and 2016’s effort looks set to be no exception. Aside from the usual full programme of brilliant new releases, independent masterpieces and films for all the family, there are also some special events that you’ll not want to miss during the festivals.
Witness a world first as our future feature interviewee, Paul Fegan, releases his debut documentary ‘Where You’re Meant To Be’ (a ‘journey through Scottish music, landscape and time’) on February 19th at the iconic Barrowlands – it’ll be the first ever feature film screening at the venue.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be host to a live action/adventure presentation on February 20th ahead of a thirty-fifth anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The screening will be introduced by Vic Armstrong aka the most famous stuntman in the world (check out our interview with Harrison Ford’s stunt double on page 16 in TSA).
Another exciting event will be The Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium’s screening of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’. The iconic film turns 40 this year and in celebration of the film, and the late musician, make sure you catch the screening inside the Space Zone and the following guided tour of the solar system.
THE BIG GLASGOW COMIC & CRAFT FAIR: 13th February
Over 40 traders will be coming together for the return of the Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair at the Trades Hall on 13 February. There will be comics, graphic novels, crafts, art, old and new figures, cupcakes, funko pop, bubble tea and much more on offer from the traders.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is the theme for the event and with some vendors selling themed items, the organisers are keen to see cosplayers as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Aqua Man, Cyborg and many more. The cosplay competitions are for under 16’s and over 16’s and takes place at 3pm in the main hall. Although cosplay is not essential, Hairy Monster Digital Arts will set up a mini photo studio downstairs for cosplayers in the chill out area – so get involved and get some cracking pics. Entry is only £1.
JAMES MARTIN: PLATES, MATES & AUTOMOBILES: 22nd February
Packed with cooking, cars, guests and tales from 20 years in the business, TV Chef James Martin is kicking off his first ever UK tour in Glasgow on February 22 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The tour marks 20 years since the ‘Saturday Kitchen’ host first graced our screens and will feature James’ signature cooking demonstrations and some special guests – speaking to BANG Showbiz, James said: “I don’t do all this prima donna bull. The big ‘I am’ … I like good honest people and great friends. And that’s always been my life. It’s always been about the food. But you meet people along the way.” Tickets (from £30) are still available her
ED BYRNE: OUTSIDE, LOOKING IN
“That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!” Former Strathclyde University student, Ed Byrne, is bringing his acclaimed show ‘Outside Looking In’ to the Pavilion on February 25th.
The comedian and TV panelist, known for his observational stand up, has again produced a brilliant, ‘fabulously funny’ show which garnered rave reviews after selling out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets are available, from £19.
ENDGAME AT CITIZENS THEATRE: 4th -20th February
The Citizens Theatre has joined with Home, Manchester for this new co-production of Endgame – Samuel Beckett’s absurd and macabre classic of modern theatre.
Coronation Street star’s David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne are taking on the roles of Hamm and Clov in the production. The tyrant Hamm and his resentful companion Clov are permanently bound to one another, they pass their days in a filthy, bare room caught in a loop of unproductive routines.
The darkly comic play, regarded as one of Beckett’s greatest works, makes a grim joke of life and finds laughter in the darkness. Tickets are available from http://citz.co.uk and start at £12.50.
ANNIE AT THE KING’S: 8th-20th February
Elaine C Smith, best known for her portrayal of Mary Nesbitt in ten series of the hit BBC sitcom ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, is taking on the role of ‘Miss Hannigan’ in the brand new production of the musical Annie at the Kings Theatre from 8 – 20 February.
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie, who is determined to find her real parents, is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. However, when young Annie’s luck changes after being chosen to spend Christmas at famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks’ residence, cruel Miss Hannigan devises a plan to destroy Annie’s search.
This new show, produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian, includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard-Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’. Tickets are available here and start at £15.
FOALS AT THE HYDRO: 12th February
Foals are heading out on their first UK arena tour, with a stop at Glasgow on 12 February. Fresh from the success of their fourth studio album What Went Down, which debuted at #3 on the UK albums chart, the band – who are regarded as one of the UK’s top live acts – are going to be playing the biggest headline dates of their careers, including the Hydro and London’s Wembley Arena.
The five-piece will be supported on the tour by indie rock band, Everything Everything, and tickets (starting at £21.45) are still available from Ticketmaster.
HULA HOOP CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Sticking to a new year’s resolution is always tough, especially when it involves venturing into the gym for the first time in years. Thankfully there are plenty of other fun, non-gym related ways to lose weight and stay on track with fitness related resolutions, including hula-hooping.
Yup, that tricky skill some kids seemed to master in seconds and others were embarrassingly bad at is now a bona fide exercise and it can burn some serious calories. A 2010 study by the American Council on Exercise revealed that working out with a Hula-Hoop burns as much as 210 calories in only half an hour – so it’s perfect for anyone up for a laugh and keen on getting fit, trust us when we say you’ll feel the burn, especially from weighted hoops.
Classes are available across Glasgow, check out www.glasgowhulahoop.co.uk for your nearest class.