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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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If These Spasms Could Speak at Paisley Arts Centre

If These Spasms Could Speak at Paisley Arts Centre

If These Spasms Could Speak at Paisley Arts Centre

Robert Softley gives an outstanding performance in thought-provoking play, ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’ 

Taking to the Paisley Arts Centre stage on Sept 24, this tough yet tender theatre production takes a closer look at disability and how disabled people feel about their bodies.

Presented by Robert Softley in association with The Arches, the play has just commenced a 7 date tour of Scotland following a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

If These Spasms Could Speak at Paisley Arts Centre

Made up of a collection of real-life monologues, ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’ encourages audiences to take a closer look at disability – often viewing their own life through completely fresh eyes as a result.

The touching, sad, surprising and often funny stories that Robert animates help to illustrate how disabled people negotiate life: from love and parenting to attending music festivals.

The performance at Paisley Arts Centre also offers additional access facilities for visually/hearing impaired audiences. To make use of the Audio Description, British Sign Lanugage and rolling text services (which are available via a limited number of small hand held devices) please notify the Box Office at point of booking.

There will be two performances of If These Spasms Could Speak at Paisley Arts Centre on 24 Sept at 1.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets cost £3 for the afternoon show and £10 (£6 conc) for the evening show. Call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 to book or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking to book online.

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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The Weegie Board: A West of Scotland Ghost Story

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Participate in a theatre Q&A with The Weegie Board Director, Mary McCluskey.

Next week, Scottish Youth Theatre will be stopping off at Paisley Arts Centre to perform their latest show, ‘The Weegie Board: A West of Scotland Ghost Story’ written by BAFTA Scotland winner David Cosgrove.

Plus drama fans will get the unique opportunity to put their questions to Mary McCluskey, Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre and director of this edge-of-your-seat Glaswegian ghost story, straight after the show.

1878-sytweegieContaining frightening scenes, ‘The Weegie Board’ depicts the exhilarating experience of six Glasgow teenagers who meddle with an Ouija Board.

Both funny and shocking at points, ‘The Weegie Board’ is set in a big old empty house, where the six teenagers indulge in a little bit of drinking and some flirting before conducting a séance with their spirit board – but what could possibly go wrong?

The Weegie Board: A West of Scotland Ghost Story will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Wednesday 11 Sept at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (£3.50 conc / students) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking. The performance is suitable for ages 14+ and does contain some strong language and sexual content – parental guidance is advised.

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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Two of the country’s leading jazz artists collaborate for a special gig at Paisley Arts Centre.

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Two of the country’s leading jazz artists collaborate for a special gig at Paisley Arts Centre.

Arguably two of Scotland’s greatest jazz musicians, saxophone and piano partnership Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are joining their considerable talents together for an unforgettable live show in Paisley.

Incorporating themes from the Great American Songbook, this intimate live set will see the pair perform tracks from their duo album ‘Symbiosis’.

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Renfrewshire Arts & Museums anticipate that jazz fans will travel far and wide to see the partnership’s unique musicality and sheer artistry, as Smith & Kellock’s trip to Renfrewshire is just one of three shows they are set to perform together.

Jazz fans are urged to book soon to avoid missing this unique collaboration live.

Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock will be at Paisley Arts Centre on 8 Sept at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 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.

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Ipdip Theatre is on cloud nine after Fringe success.

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Ipdip Theatre is on cloud nine after Fringe success.

Specialising in interactive, tactile theatre experiences for very young families, Ipdip Theatre are currently on cloud nine following their recent trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Their residency at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, saw them sell-out no less than 26 consecutive shows and performing their latest work, ‘Head in the Clouds’, to almost 1000 of the youngest theatre-goers and their families.

Now, Head in the Clouds will tour regionally, starting with two performances at Paisley Arts Centre on 5 Sept.

The show itself is all about Cirrus the sheep dog and his serious job: keeping watch on his flock of sheep.

Sheep mustn’t look up. They should keep their feet on the ground and listen to Cirrus’ sound advice. When a sheep looks up it sees the clouds floating like a flock of friends in the sky and so gently starts to drift up to join them. Before you know it, all the sheep are floating up above and poor Cirrus is left below trying to bring these woolly-headed dreamers back to earth.

Designed especially for children ages 0 – 3 years, Head in the Clouds is theatre that surrounds the audience with sound, touch and visual treats. Guided by the performers, all audience members are invited to help create the atmosphere and landscape of the story.

head-cloudsHead in the Clouds will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 5 Sept, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets cost £4 adult and £2 child and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking. The performance is suitable for ages 0 – 3.

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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New £600,000 fund to soften the ‘bedroom tax’ blow

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New £600,000 fund to soften the ‘bedroom tax’ blow

Renfrewshire Council is setting up a new £600,000 cash pot to help council tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the ‘bedroom tax’.

The money will be available via a new Council Tenant Assistance Fund to help council tenants who receive Housing Benefit and are struggling to pay their rent because they’re affected by under occupancy rules.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Tommy Williams, Convener of the Housing and Community Safety Policy Board said: “This major investment is part of our on-going response to help our tenants cope with the UK Government’s ‘bedroom tax’.

“Between April and July, 684 council tenants applied for Discretionary Housing Payment to assist them with their housing costs, with the majority of those affected by the ‘bedroom tax’.

“But while many have come for support, there are still tenants who are clearly struggling to pay their rent because of ‘bedroom tax’ who haven’t come to us for help. We’ve already said that we won’t evict our tenants who fall into arrears as a result of the ‘bedroom tax’, as long as they’re working with us, and we want them to know that this assistance fund is now available to help them cope with the strain of under occupancy.

“We absolutely do not want local families to face hardship because of the ‘bedroom tax’ and we’ll continue to work with our tenants to help them.”

The Council Tenant Assistance Fund will solely help council tenants in financial hardship because of ‘bedroom tax’. The cash is coming from the Housing Revenue Account which by law, can only be spent on council tenants.

To apply to the Council Tenant Assistance Fund, download a form at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/dhp or you can call 0300 300 0204 to ask for a form to be sent out to you.

Anyone who needs help to fill out a form (and for general financial support) should call Advice Works on 0300 300 1238.

The creation of the Council Tenant Assistance Fund was agreed at the Housing and Community Safety Policy Board earlier today.

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Maureen Beattie’s award-winning performance is right at the top of our List.

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Maureen Beattie’s award-winning performance is right at the top of our List.

Following an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, theatre company Stellar Quines are next headed for Paisley Arts Centre with the critically acclaimed production, ‘The List’.

The List is a deeply moving one woman play by celebrated Québec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay. Stellar Quines’ production stars award-winning actress Maureen Beattie (27, The Enquirer), is directed by Murial Romanes and has a creative team that includes Paisley-born artist John Byrne.

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I keep a tight list. Very detailed. I stick to it. Even more since she died. But I’m having trouble.

‘The List’ tells the story the story of a woman struggling to adjust to rural life. Increasingly isolated, she keeps life in order through obsessive list making. As her marriage struggles she befriends Caroline. When Caroline requests a favour she adds it to her list. The difference between remembering to do it, and neglecting to take it seriously, becomes the difference between life and death.

The List will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 31August, 7.30pm. Tickets to the performance cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlineboooking

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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PLANNING MORE SANCTUARY IN SHORTROODS

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PLANNING MORE SANCTUARY IN SHORTROODS

Sanctuary Scotland has applied to Renfrewshire Council for planning permission to build a further 86 houses in the Shortroods area of Paisley, which would see much needed social housing brought to the town.

 

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  • 43 x 2 bed properties
  • 27 x 3 bed properties
  • 12 x 1 bed cottage flats
  • 2 x 3 bed wheelchair accessible properties
  • 2 x 2 bed wheelchair accessible bungalows

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The proposed area is adjacent to previously built Sanctuary Housing and opposite St James/Mossvale School.

The proposals can be viewed in more detail at:

http://planning.renfrewshire.gov.uk/DCWebPages02/acolnetcgi.gov?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeAniteDocs&TheSystemkey=27841

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Paisley Pipe Band Competition

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Paisley Pipe Band Competition 2012

Pipe bands from across Scotland will come to Paisley to compete in the town’s first ever pipe band competition.

pipe-bandBands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew, will be up against competition from all over the country at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 24 July.

A procession of bands will play as they make their way down Paisley High Street from New Street to the cenotaph. They will then compete before judges in County Square.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Although Renfrewshire has a number of successful pipe bands this is the first time we have hosted a pipe band competition. The event will rather unusually take place in our historic town centre which will give it a unique atmosphere and give people an opportunity to watch the procession come through the town.

“The competition is less than a month before the World Pipe Band Championships so it’s a great warm up for the competitors and we expect to see some of Scotland’s best pipe bands playing in Paisley town centre.”

The event is supported by Paisley Vision Board and bands will compete for a Paisley Vision trophy.

The Paisley Pipe Band Competition takes place from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 24 July.

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