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Phil Kay performs at Buddy Good Laugh Gig

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Phil Kay performs at Buddy Good Laugh Gig.

The award-winning comedian, Phil Kay will headline the next Buddy Good Laugh gig at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 27 March. A Buddy Good Laugh, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ stand-up comedy strand is a partnership event with local promoters Dead Sheep Comedy.

Phil Kay was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award in 1993, and since then has been touring to sell out performances and worked behind the scenes on many TV shows including Jonathan Ross’s Saturday Show, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Harry Hill’s Pilot Show. He has also made guest appearances on QI and Russell Howard’s Good News.

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The gig on 27 March will also feature the hilarious Cammy Sinclair with his high energy stand up performances and Jamie Dalgleish who has hit the ground running since his first gig in 2010 with sell out performances at the Fringe and taking home the title of Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2011.

Doors open at 8.15pm and the show will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

Line-ups for A Buddy Good Laugh gigs May – June are available online now, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events for more details.

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No Credit? No Problem. No Escape. ‘The Collection’ comes to Paisley Arts Centre.

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No Credit? No Problem. No Escape. ‘The Collection’ comes to Paisley Arts Centre.

Arriving in Paisley on October 1, The Collection is an exciting, edge-of-your-seat theatre performance by Rapture Theatre in association with The Beacon Arts Centre.

Lawson is the best collector in the business: operating in the seedy world of debt collection, he is at the top of the “profession”. However, when one of his clients commits suicide, Lawson’s life is shattered irrevocably.

The+Collection_482As the mystery darkens around the suicide, the noose tightens, the stakes rise and Lawson and his colleagues are pushed into a deadly power game from which there can only be one winner.

Mixing the wit of Harold Pinter, the gritty style of David Mamet and gallons of typically Scottish black humour, The Collection promises to be a very powerful night at the theatre.

Directed by Michael Emans and featuring an all-star cast of acting legends – Jimmy Chisholm, David Tarkenter, Tam Dean Burn and Pauline Turner, The Collection is not to be missed by fans of Scottish theatre.

The Collection will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tues 1 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be bought by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

The Collection contains strong language and is recommended for ages 16+

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Scotsman Fringe First winners touring Scotland

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Scotsman Fringe First winners touring Scotland

Award-winning Edinburgh theatre company Nutshell is touring Scotland with Thread by acclaimed Scots writer Jules Horne. This darkly funny play explores friendship, the choices we make and who we become when our memories start to fade.

Thread is the second play in Nutshell’s Still Points in a Turning World trilogy and will be touring this October as part of the Luminate Festival, Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

threadCome roll your dice at the Burntisland beetle drive and share Joan, William and Izzy’s tangled lives. Friends since primary school and closer-than-close ever since, identities stitched together as intricately as their homemade party clothes.

Living in the secure but suffocating embrace of a 1950s Scottish seaside community, who gets to become the person they want to be?

Nutshell director Kate Nelson founded the Edinburgh-based company in 2000 with the aim of making intelligent, entertaining theatre through great writing, direct storytelling and unconventional venues.

Two performances of Thread will take place at Renfrew Town Hall on Fri 18 Oct at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked at the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Thread is suitable for ages 8+

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

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Experience a snaphot of Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am.

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Experience a snaphot of Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am.

Presented by The Arches, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is an ambitious fusion of film and live performance coming soon to Paisley Arts Centre.

Featuring a stellar line-up of musicians, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is firstly a film: a beautiful collection of stories told in song, shot during the night in locations across the country.

It features some of the best musical talent that the Scottish music scene has to offer. From Eugene Kelly and Emma Pollock to Withered Hand and Rachel Sermanni – each act is shown rehearsing and performing tracks in scenes throughout the screening.

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Filmed in several different cities, towns and villages, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is a unique opportunity to meet the lost souls, party animals and dreamers who wander the Scottish landscape between the hours of midnight and 4am. Be transported from the Bongo Club and the Streets of Edinburgh to the Orkney Ferry in the Highlands and back again all in one evening.

There will also be the opportunity to get a unique insight into the creative process behind ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’, as the film’s director Daniel Warren will be on hand to introduce the screening to the audience at Paisley Arts Centre.

And, to bring the talents of the artists and musicians on screen to life, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums have secured intimate live performances from acclaimed Scottish singer songwriters Emma Pollock and Withered Hand which will follow on after the screening.

Whatever Get You Through The Night plus the live performances from Emma Pollock and Withered Hand will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 13 Sept at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 (£5 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.