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Paisley Arts Centre The Matchmaker

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Paisley Arts Centre

Splinters Productions presents The Matchmaker at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 13 Sep.

This beautifully written play by the late John B Keane, one of Ireland’s most prolific and respected literary figures, centres around Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connnor, a small farmer in Kerry, who follows the great Irish tradition of matchmaking, pairing off the local lonely hearts.

the-matchmaker paisley arts centreKeane conjures up a delightful gallery of glorious eccentrics; a lonely cripple from Cork; a sex starved spinster; a jovial, five foot nothing, seven stone jockey; a pious Kerry widow with a penchant for toffees. Dicky must match them all with his unique blend of intuition and cunning.

The results are heart-warming and hilarious, a potent mix of humour and poignancy – a celebration of Irish country people in their search for love.

The Matchmaker will be playing Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 13 Sep at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling 0141 887 1010 or log onto

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Paisley Arts Centre

Paisley Arts Centre is an intimate performing arts venue presenting drama, jazz, folk, comedy, dance and family events throughout the year. Bar and café open to the public.

Paisley Arts Centre is one of Scotland’s most vibrant and exciting venues, programmed all year round with a diverse range of drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, jazz, popular music and family events.

This small scale studio theatre is superbly equipped and provides one of the most intimate theatre spaces in Scotland.
A 158 seater theatre with cafe and bar, situated in Paisley. Eclectic range of performances and workshops. read more about Paisley Arts Centre..

New Street Paisley
Tel: 0141 887 1010
Fax: 0141 887 6300

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The Crazy Olympics Camp!


Creative summer workshop for children – the Crazy Olympics Camp!

To coincide with the official launch of London 2012, Renfrewshire Arts Outreach Team will be channelling their Olympic spirit and athletic energy into the Crazy Olympics Camp from 30 July – 3 August at Paisley Museum.

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, the week-long camp will be full of fun filled, hands on, creative activities that children will love joining in with.

With the Olympics in mind, children will have the chance to create their very own country: from the national flag right down to their country’s team uniform, with a view to displaying their artistic creations at the official Crazy Olympics ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, to which parents, family and friends will be invited to attend.

To enrol your child in the week-long activities workshop please call 0141 887 1010. Please note that places are limited to a maximum of 25.

The camp is suitable for children aged 8 – 14 years and will take place on Monday 30 July to Friday 3 Aug from 10am – 3pm at Paisley Museum. Crazy Olympics Camp costs £31 per child and £23.50 concession (for those in receipt of full working tax credit). All participants are asked to bring a packed lunch each day.

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Weaving Musical Threads 3 & 4 March Throughout Renfrewshire

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Weaving Musical Threads is Renfrewshire’s Olympic Festival celebration of its people, history and place in the world. Music, theatre, art, dance, literature, film and media will all be represented in diverse venues throughout the area. There is something for everyone and it is FREE.

Celebrating together with the rest of the UK during Music Nation weekend, Weaving Musical Threads will be a taste of Olympic prowess before the torch reaches Lochwinnoch in June.

The busy programme for the weekend includes performances by choirs, orchestras, writers, poets, classical and folk singers, youth bands and dancers, exhibitions by local artists and sculptors and rare film showings. Schools music will be represented alongside rock, jazz and ceilidh bands and classical piano quintets. Members of the public will be able to try out an accordion, play in an orchestra or sing in a choir. They can join with others to write a poem or a song, try out a spinning wheel and find out more about their local history from the various storytellers and historians on hand.

Saturday events will take place in town halls, historical cottages and museums across the area – Paisley, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Bishopton and Renfrew – while Sunday events will be concentrated in ‘The Hub’ – Paisley Abbey and Paisley Town Hall. All events are free to make them as accessible to everyone as possible.

Weaving Musical Threads is part of ‘Music Nation’, a spectacular weekend of music around the UK taking place on 3 and 4 March 2012 to set the scene and create excitement in the lead up to the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. It has been organised by the BBC and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Renfrewshire’s is the only Scottish project of 13 nationally to have been selected by the Director of the London 2012 Festival from a list of projects put forward by Making Music. Bearing in mind the history of Renfrewshire, the committee of volunteers decided to take this opportunity to weave a tapestry of all the creative arts using music as the thread which binds them together.

This project contributes to the advancement of an integrated approach to the Arts across Renfrewshire by engaging with a wide variety of local community Arts groups and business partners, providing opportunities for them to work collaboratively, developing creative links across Renfrewshire.

Weaving Musical Threads is a weekend to be inspired, try something new, learn and enjoy a tapestry of the Arts. We will be pleased to give you any further information you require. Full details of the programme are on the website at and you can also e-mail or call 07770 660469