Monday June 15, 2015
“As a consequence of a number of discussions, over the last two years, about art with Alasdair Gray, I decided to use my knowledge of art history, and my interest in playwriting, to compose a play that really looked at his paintings and to bring those meanings to life using the dramatic potential of theatre.
Alasdair Gray’s paintings on the surface are engaging designs, but they can also reveal hidden depths of ideas and feelings, ranging from intense pain to delightful pleasure: How could these attributes be communicated in a play?
The decision to use Oscar Wilde’s infamous literary character ‘Dorian Gray’ was initially inspired by the chance association of names, but as the play demanded someone who was an art expert, he claimed the job.
Dorian gets assistance from other characters because they have intimate knowledge of the art. In consequence, the writing and the painting are brought into a close relationship and exploited by the dramatic visual and literary qualities of theatre.
Lanark and Duncan Thaw are regenerated to help Dorian Gray find the key to the meaning of Alasdair Gray’s art. However Lanark has a new dilemma and she falls in love with the beauty of Dorian Gray. Duncan Thaw on the other hand is sceptical and tests Dorian’s claims about the role of art and the beautiful as transforming experience for the individual.
Assisted by a lily, a symbol of purity and beauty they travel into the Alasdair Gray mural painting ‘Glasgow: The Triumph of Death’ in search of the key, but events overtake them and their world is turned upside down. Will art triumph over death?”
- Duncan Comrie, writer of The Key: An Art Mystery
Showing on the 16th and 17th of June at 2.30/7.30pm, tickets are available from Mighty Fine Theatre or available on the door at Websters Theatre.
Friday June 12, 2015
“I have been acting for several years and am also a professional magician. I decided to write this one man play after the death of my father. It's inspired by the relationship I had with my father which was fragmented somewhat by a battle with mental illness. It is a black comedy or a tragicomedy. There is much to chew on in the piece with regards to mental health and attitudes towards it however, there is also a lot of humour in the piece as it largely revolves around the family chip shop and highlights many of the quirks of a Scots-Italian upbringing.” – Lorenzo Novani
Last year saw the magician perform with “Mysitc” – street magic designed to not only amaze (which it did) but to evoke thought. One reviewer described the event as “a skilful weaving of poetry and prophecy” which means his return to this years’ festival is most anticipated!
Tickets for tonight’s show are available on the door at Siempre Bicycle Club for £6.
Thursday June 4, 2015
It’s so great to be involved this year in one of the West End Festival ‘Parade Day’ events and to help support new music in Glasgow and I'm really excited to be able to showcase some of the amazing talent which has recorded at our Boombox Studios over the past year.
The outdoor Stage at the Hill is a great new addition to the festival and provides the perfect platform for new acts of all genres to receive fantastic exposure and the opportunity to play in front of a great Glasgow crowd amidst the magical parade day atmosphere….and best of all it is Free to Enjoy for everyone!
Some of the One’s To Watch include electro pop outfit "100 Fables". The New wave influenced sound and energetic performance by their lead singer, Lyndsey Liora, is not to be missed…imagine The Cars meets The Killers. Excited to hear 100 Fables' new single ‘Future Girl’ & young R&B Pop singer Ryan Alexander will also be debuting his fantastic upcoming single ‘Ain’t Got You’.
For fans of The Vamps, McBusted & 5SOS, all female band The Cassettez are a must watch with their catchy punk pop tunes and mega stage vibes! The Cassettez went down a storm at last years Total Access Live festival alongside Ella Eyre, Pixie Lott, Foxes & Rizzle Kicks and are lined up for more amazing summer festivals this year leading up to the release of their first single ‘Zombie disco’.
Acoustic acts include Singer/Songwriter 'Toni Etherson’ who will be performing some tracks from her upcoming debut Album ‘The Brightside’ and the talented young ‘Josh Breaks’ will be debuting some of his fantastic songwriting and heartfelt vocals.
London based R&B singer "Scarlet Baxter", who has been tipped for the top by BBC6 & Hard Rock Rising, will be performing her recent soundcloud smash ‘Down With It’ as well as new single ‘Cruel Love’. Scarlet has been compared to a female Sam Smith.
Another act I’m excited about is "Lucia Fontainé"…Lucia’s soulful husky tones, delivered with a retro punkness of some of the great bands from CBGB’s 1977, and tracks such as ‘Bored Of The Radio’ and ‘Queen Of Everything’, have attracted huge excitement from major record labels & cool indie labels alike.. . Lucia performed earlier this year with legendary Glaswegian Film Composer, Craig Armstrong, and she will also be supporting current chart toppers ‘Sheppard' on the 17th June at The Oran Mor.
The event isn’t just all about the new artists though…Glasgow’s "TJ Bilham", who has recently supported Rebecca Ferguson & the legendary Tom Jones, will be performing in his unique Bublé-style, some tracks from his upcoming album and Scotland’s favourite Rockabilly band, "The Tennessee Hotshots", are headlining the show at 7pm. Their Rock'in classics & massive fanbase will be sure to get the whole street jiving to a close!
Collect ‘Free Entry’ Wristbands from The Hill bar, 94 Byres rd, for access to the main outdoor stage area.
Monday June 24, 2013
20 musicians, collectively known as “Dr. Poembak” came to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the West End Festival in free live events, pictured at one of the most iconic buildings in the city, Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
The band, who dresses up in doctor, nurse and surgeon outfits, were playing at the West End Festival as part of La Fête de la Musique.
The musicians have diverse backgrounds – some professional and some amateur. This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity as well as an eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI.
Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said:
“Saturday was one of the busiest days in the festival diary, and it’s great that we have such a wealth of talent and we’re able to share this throughout the west end.
“To be a part of La Fête de la Musique is fantastic and ensures the West End Festival is known around the world. We look forward to developing our international connections, especially as 2014 will be a big year for Glasgow.”
About La Fête de la Musique:
Launched in 1982 by the French ministry for culture, La Fête de la Musique has since become an unmissable annual event. Its concept: offering free concerts on the street and in public places, performed by voluntary musicians, both amateur and professional.
Celebrated in over 110 countries around the world, it is now the world’s largest music event.
The band is playing at 1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery steps and 6pm at Ashton Lane.
For further information:
Laura Sutherland, Aura PR T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840
Notes to editors:
- The West End Festival runs from 31 May to 30 June
- The festival comprises over 400 events in 80 venues across Glasgow’s west end
- Sample videos from previous performances:
Friday June 14, 2013
Viper Live and Unplugged - Every Friday of the West End Festival
Viper is an intimate venue in the heart of the West End. Last year we raised over £4000 for Children in Need and saw this year’s West End Festival as the perfect opportunity to raise money for a different cause.
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is a local music charity which helps people with a range of disabilities through music therapy and relies hugely on the generosity of the general public. For more information on the charity visit their website here.
As lovers of music, Viper will showcase two live performances from the freshest, up and coming bands and artists every Friday between 7pm-10pm.
The past two sessions have played host to some fantastic artists including The Kay Family, Lack of Colour, Bronagh and the Boys and Kerri Watt. The event has proven to be a great success and the charity buckets are filling up nicely!
If you have missed out on the past couple of weeks, never fear there are two more sessions still to come!
Friday 14th June will see Broken Boy and Amy Rayner hit the Viper stage with Kirsty Wilson headlining our final showcase on Friday 21st June.
This event is free of charge but we ask for a donation to the charity at the door.
Not to forget we will be closing the festival from our end with a massive party on Sunday 30th June from 10pm, combining the live music theme with true Viper-style.
See you there, Viper