Paisley and Renfrewshire Newsletter

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Renfrew’s Robertson Park will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent this July for a new event in Renfrewshire’s events calendar.

The inaugural Renfrew Pipe Band Competition, taking place on Saturday 23 July, will see pipers and drummers from across Scotland fill the town with the sound of bagpipes and the beat of drums.

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The free-to-attend event brings a full day of family entertainment to the park from 12 noon to 5pm – including aerial workshops, a food village, and a farmer’s market.

Judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association will be judging the bands on their performances across the various grades. Spectators will be able to enjoy the performances during the day, with the March Past at 5pm followed by the prize-giving with the Chieftain.

This year’s event Chieftain will be poet Shaun Moore, the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire. He said: “It’s a big honour to have been asked to be Chieftain at the first pipe band competition in Renfrew.

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“As a member of the local creative community I enjoy making links with performers from other disciplines and sharing in the great work we all do to showcase talent in our local area and encourage wellbeing and pride in our communities.

“I know how big a day it is for the competitors and how much preparation they’ll have put in and I’m looking forward to joining them for what I’m sure will be a fantastic day out.”

Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. Free parking will be available a 5-10 minute walk away at Trinity High School, Glebe Street.

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Public transport to the park is also available with a number of bus stops conveniently located around Robertson Park on Inchinnan Road and Paisley Road. McGill’s run a number of services through Renfrew, including the environmentally friendly Switch 26 and Switch 23 services.

More information about the event can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Community groups and third sector organisations can apply for a new fund to support people in Renfrewshire affected by drugs and alcohol.

Launching today (Friday 1 July), the Recovery Change Fund aims to help build more social connection and support recovery initiatives that will make a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities affected by alcohol and drug use, as part of Renfrewshire’s response to the Alcohol and Drugs Commission.

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As part of the commission’s findings, people with lived or living experience of alcohol and drugs said that they needed more community-based support. Local groups and organisations also said that they had experienced difficulties accessing funding to expand and grow the support they provide local people.

Through the new fund, groups and organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000. Funding can be used for expanding existing activities and piloting new projects or initiatives that support alcohol and drugs recovery as well as mental health, stigma and social isolation.

The £150,000 fund is part of the £2million Alcohol and Drugs Change Programme set up by Renfrewshire Council and local partners in response to the commission’s findings. Applications must be submitted by Friday 29 July and funding decisions will be made in September.

Depute Council Leader, Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, was the chair for the Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drugs Commission. She said: “Listening to the views of people with lived and living experience of drugs and alcohol has helped us determine the actions we need to take to help people in recovery as well as prevent and provide early intervention.

“The Recovery Change Fund is to help support our community and third sector groups and organisations who work with people affected by drugs and alcohol at the heart of their communities. We’ve seen throughout the pandemic just how vital these groups and organisations are and this fund should help them try out new initiatives or expand on existing ones.”

Karen McIntyre, Community and Partnership Manager for Engage Renfrewshire, said: “The Recovery Change Fund is a fantastic opportunity for local groups and organisations to support people in recovery within their own communities. We know the voluntary sector is responsive, creative, compassionate, and innovative. We also know that groups will use this funding to change people’s lives by enhancing their sense of belonging and community. I would encourage anyone with ideas, particularly around partnership working, to contact Engage Renfrewshire for further support.”

Visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/recovery-change-fund to apply.

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Iona Fyfe

Tonight The Bungalow has a double header featuring two of the best up-and-coming new bands on the circuit. They are Esquire and The Sankaras. Both of them are worth checking out. It is free entry and doors are at 7pm. 

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Tomorrow is Sma’ Shot Day and if you are a Paisley Buddie and you don’t know what that is, it is a parade and a celebration of the famous weavers strike that ended in them getting a fair deal for their work. The event has taken place in Paisley every year since 1856. The Bungalow is joining in on the fun with a full day of free entertainment. And starts with a family ceilidh with music from Gordon McCulloch at 1pm then it is Tom Urie from 2.30pm with his Human Jukebox Show. Shaun Moore Renfrewshire’s Poet Laureate or Makar as the position is also called is next with the Annual Sma’ Shot Slam which starts at 6pm. After that at 9pm there is a stage full of traditional music talent and Iona Fyfe. Iona is an Aberdeenshire folk musician and she is one of Scotland’s finest singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. In 2021, she became the first singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Iona is a fierce advocate for the official recognition of the Scots Language. 

On Thursday The Bungalow Introducing Night features Kloans, Cloaks and The Barely Responsible. Dorrs are 7pm and you can pay on entry. 

Tonight Arizona will be playing at The Old Swan from7pm and tomorrow in the ‘Shopper’s Slot’ at 4pm Abbey Road are making area appearance in Paisley. They will be playing a whole host of your favourite tunes from the decades. The band are one of the busiest groups in the country so it’s well worth it to get down The Old Swan and catch a hold of one of the most popular bands around. The band features ex students from the town’s music charity Loud n Proud and the standard of musicianship is amazing. Clyde are on at 5pm on Monday with their usual jam style set of songs from anywhere, Lee James is playing a swing set on Tuesday from 3pm and on Thursday he is playing his ‘Hits Through the Decades Show’ also from 3pm. has his afternoon 

The Cave has got an absolutely outstanding day of rock n roll and starts at 2pm. The all day event is to raise funds for Malawi. The money will be used to build much needed classrooms for young people in an impoverished area of the country. Stephen McAllister who is been behind this annual event explained “I hope the money raised will provide a new start for needy youngsters. Our basic job is to build classrooms for the kids”

Jen Sloan of The Cave said “Come and join us on Saturday for Bands for Malawi day. It is hosted by Del and as always it will be a great day of live music, there is a raffle and the prizes a signed Jim McCalliog autobiography, a Beauty hamper worth £400, a signed match-worn St Mirren football and a brand new handcrafted guitar especially made for this fantastic day” The line up is: 2pm – Trunk Monkey, 3pm – Sad Ida, 4pm – Dirty Jewels, 5pm – Lynsey Dolan Band, 6pm – Gordon’s Alive, 7pm – Wildcard, 8pm – Blackout, 9pm – Wreckless.

Drty Luv will be at The Anchor on Sunday. They kick off at 4.30pm. Overdrive at Kennedy’s on Sunday from 3pm. The Keg have St Mungo tonight at 9pm and tomorrow night also at 9pm it is Fire In.

This week’s Open Mic sessions are: Abbey Bar on Monday with Dunky Hunter at 8pm, Jason Flood is the host at Gantry on Tuesday from 9pm, Johnny Barr will be at The Keg from 8.30pm. Have a great week and Keep Music Live.

Fiver Fest

Save money and grab yourself a bargain in Paisley town centre with great £5 offers  from our local businesses as part of our Fab Summer FiverFest Fortnight! 

Paisley is joining with hundreds of High Streets across the UK, and thousands of  independent businesses, to put on special £5 deals across two weeks, starting  Saturday, 2nd July, as part of the Totally Locally FiverFest Fortnight! 

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We have a great range of £5 offers across the town’s retail shops, leisure and food  and drink venues . 

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “Enjoy a day in town with friends, treat  yourself or maybe even take advantage of some of these offers while the kids are  off on their school holidays – we know those lunch deals will come in handy if you  are out on our Fantasy Kingdom Summer Trail! 

“There’s everything from breakfast, lunch and burger deals to coffee and fairtrade  chocolate not to mention jewellery, sweets and designer gifts, plus butcher specials!  

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“Spending just £5 every week in Paisley town centre can make a big difference to  our local businesses and helps keep our town centre alive!” 

Around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so you can do your bit to  support the local community and its businesses. 

So head to Paisley town centre and take advantage of our great FiverFest offers! Our Fab Summer FiverFest runs from Saturday 2nd – Saturday 16th July 2022. 

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Pick up a FiverFest leaflet from the Paisley First leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre or  the Piazza Shopping Centre or check out our website www.paisleyfirst.com – new  deals added daily! 

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Family walking in Castle Semple Woodlands - Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Renfrewshire is the place to be for family days out and events this summer.

With the school summer holidays underway, there are lots of ways to keep the kids entertained at the many great attractions, events and outdoor spaces the area has to offer.

Summer events in Renfrewshire begin on Saturday 2 July with Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day.

Charleston Drummer Tony Lawler at Abbey Close, Paisley

The event, which is one of the world’s oldest workers’ festivals, will see a bumper programme of live performances, family entertainment and workshops.

Enjoy the colourful parade from 12noon as it makes its way from Brodie Park through the town centre. Once it arrives at Abbey Close, visitors can see the spectacular Burning of the Cork – a highlight of the day’s celebrations.

Then, get ready for the skirl of the bagpipes and the beat of the drum at Renfrew Pipe Band Competition on Saturday 23 July.

 

Renfrew’s Robertson Park will play proud host to its first ever pipe band competition, which will also feature aerial workshops, a farmer’s market, food village and much more.

The beautiful Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park has an extensive calendar of activities, including its Summer Kids programme of events for young people every Wednesday during the school holidays.

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Each week will feature different practical outdoor events, including a variety of guided nature and wildlife walks with park rangers.

The park also offers sailing courses and paddle sport sessions for varying levels of experience.

The nearby RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve is home to stunning scenery and equally brilliant activities to go wild with the family.

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The reserve is hosting a range of events across several weeks, including scavenger hunts, self-led activity trails and even a special dinosaur hunt.

Guided wildlife walks and pond dipping events will also take place on select days in July and August.

This summer, the Paisley First Business Improvement District is bringing BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom to Paisley for a fun, free family day out.

Find amazing brick models located around the town centre on this magical trail, including knights, princesses, wizards and deadly dragons.

BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom will run each day over the school holidays until Sunday 14 August. Collect a trail leaflet from The Paisley Centre or Piazza Shopping Centre and begin the quest.

Family favourites Funbox are coming to Johnstone Town Hall on Saturday 16 July for a Jungle Party.

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Full of classic singalongs from Anya, Kevin and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle), this show will be jumbo-sized join-in fun for all the family. Tickets can be purchased via the OneRen box office.

The Paisley.is website is a one-stop shop to see the best things to do across Renfrewshire, including spectacular events, attractions and places to visit over the summer.

Families and young people in Renfrewshire are benefitting from a £1million investment in Renfrewshire’s play parks as complete renewals take place in 9 play areas across the area.

The latest play park to reopen, after the entire play area was replaced with all-new equipment, is Durrockstock Park in Paisley and it now includes an exciting five-way swing, zip slide, chutes, accessible roundabout and climbing frame.

Local communities, including schools, community groups and elected members, were asked for what they thought should be included in their area and this feedback shaped the plans for each play park being renewed as part of the seven-figure investment.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Play parks are an integral part of the local community and it’s so important that we provide exciting equipment for young people and families to take advantage of.

“Our free play spaces across our communities are a priority for our administration, as they were for our previous administration. We continue to recognise and listen to our communities to ensure these modernised spaces reflect what children will engage with for play. It is an essential part of childhood development.

“We want our parks to be busy, inviting places to visit which is why we’ve committed more than £1million to completely renew Durrockstock play park and 8 others in Renfrewshire.

“I’m delighted that this play park is now open and seeing how well-used it is already is so encouraging with the school holidays set to begin – I can’t wait to see all the others open this summer too.”

Durrockstock follows the reopening of play parks at Barwood Park in Erskine and Morar Drive in Paisley as part of the £1million investment.

The projects have been funded from Renfrewshire Council’s Parks Capital Investment Fund and the Scottish Government’s Play Area Renewal Fund, with more play parks set to see a complete renewal of equipment this summer including Tinto Square in Renfrew, Lochwinnoch Park, Ellerslie Street in Johnstone, and Maxwellton Park, East End Park and Ben Lawers Park in Paisley.

Further play areas have been achieved through community fundraising and the Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, with Sandyflats in Johnstone now reopened with brand-new equipment and work set to begin in Kilbarchan Park in mid-July.

Durrockstock Play Park was designed and installed by leading playground manufacturer Kompan.

New easyJet flights from Glasgow Airport to Pula took off yesterday afternoon for the first time to be followed by flights to Chania in Crete later this week

Flights to Pula in Croatia and Chania on the Greek Island of Crete take off from Glasgow, providing customers in Scotland with the opportunity to explore more of Europe this summer.

The inaugural flight on the new summer route from Glasgow to Pula took off for the first time yesterday afternoon, 27 June, with the new service now operating up to twice a week on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer. Flights to Chania are also set to take off for the first time tomorrow, 29 June, operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays until 4 September.

Pula is famous for its scenic coastlines and crystal clear blue waters, proving to be ideal getaways for travellers looking to unwind and recharge in the sun.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said:

“We are delighted to be launching new flights from Glasgow Airport to Pula and Chania. These routes further strengthen our network from Scotland and provide more connectivity for our customers wanting to explore or relax in some of Europe’s most scenic destinations.

 “We are proud to be the largest airline in Scotland and offer our customers great value fares and more choice when they fly with us.”

 Christopher Tibbett, Head of Airline Relations at Glasgow Airport, said“The launch of these new routes to Pula and Chania from Glasgow Airport are both welcome and timely as we enter the popular summer holiday season.

 “A large number of our passengers haven’t been overseas in nearly three years and are rightly keen to enjoy a well-deserved sunshine break. The addition of these easyJet services not only delivers two more fantastic destinations for Scottish travellers to explore, but also demonstrates that our industry is on the path to recovery.”

Sports stars of the future will be able to play and train on their home pitches in Inchinnan after Renfrewshire Council approved a Community Asset Transfer of the India Tyres playing fields.

Inchinnan Development Trust (IDT) will now take up a long-term 50-year lease which will see them work in partnership with the local community and St Mirren Youth Football Club.

The two groups will work together to maintain and develop the site as they aim to transform the playing fields into an asset for the whole community.

Proposals include increasing the range of sports uses and activities, rebuilding the pavilion on the site to provide changing facilities, improving the drainage, and investigating the development of an astroturf pitch at the site in the future.

Lacey Lindsay, Inchinnan Development Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our application to Renfrewshire Council for a Community Asset Transfer.

“We are at the very beginning of a five-year plan to preserve and develop the green space into a place for communities to enjoy, thrive, grow, and play and the development will bring opportunities, connectivity, strengthen community, and inspire partnership working.

“IDT is keen to involve anyone and everyone in the process, especially those who live closest to the fields, as everyone doing a little bit helps to achieve a lot.”

St Mirren YFC will continue to train and play at the playing fields as their home ground with hundreds of young people set to benefit.

Stephen Mann, St Mirren YFC Soccer School Lead, said: “On behalf of St Mirren Youth Football Club, I’d like to congratulate the Inchinnan Development Trust on securing the India Tyres Playing Fields as a community-use green space for local people and the wider population to enjoy for generations to come.

“We have been looking after ‘The Tyres’ since 2018 at the invitation of Inchinnan Community Council and we are determined this historic site can be developed into a field of dreams, where young people can play there dreaming of playing for Scotland in a World Cup, local people can learn about the history of the site, from its agricultural days, to its aero engineering heritage and for half a century or so – where “the finest Tyres made” were manufactured – all here locally in Inchinnan.

“We are delighted to be part of this community partnership to regenerate a former sports ground into a modern facility and look forward to the challenge ahead in exploring the funding streams to make The Tyres into a field of dreams.”

Renfrewshire Council purchased the playing fields in 2021 with the aim of transferring ownership to a local organisation who would be able to use the playing fields to benefit their community, retain part of the community’s heritage and support healthier, more active lives.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “As Convener and a local councillor, I’m delighted that this Community Asset Transfer was approved as it will bring great benefit to the local people of Inchinnan and surrounding areas of Renfrewshire.

“Inchinnan Community Development Trust are a wonderful example of community led organisation making the difference for modernised spaces which serve the recognised needs within the village communities.

“Working with the community to develop our green spaces and create opportunities for young people and adults to play sport and get active is something I’m passionate about and this is a fantastic example of what can be done when the Council works together with local community groups and organisations.

“The proposals that are in place for the development of the playing fields are hugely exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing investment made in this green space over the coming years.”

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BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom launches this Saturday, 25th June, in Paisley town centre – so come and join in the fun at this summer’s must-visit FREE adventure!

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More than 20 brick models form part of this year’s summer trail including Princess Orra, Abbra the Wizard, Sir Studley the Knight, Chester the Jester and Torre the Huntswoman.

But the showpiece of this year’s event is Tarygon, our huge life-like green dragon standing more than 3m tall and 4m long!

Follow the trail to reveal the Baron’s plans and help Princess Orra thwart them and you will have the chance to win our grand prize draw too!

Don’t forget to take a picture on our Royal Selfie Throne!

Our Fantasy Kingdom trail will run every single day of the school summer holidays until Sunday 14th August.

What better way to get the whole family out and about for the day with this fun, free activity!

We can’t guarantee sunshine, but we can promise a great day out for all the family!

Visit our website for more details or collect your trail leaflet and activity sheet from the Paisley First leaflet racks at the Piazza Shopping Centre and the Paisley Centre when you are heading out on the trail.

Once you’ve had fun with our summer adventure, we have a wide range of great shops and an abundance of fantastic food and drink venues, catering to every taste and budget, where you can have a well-earned rest!

So don’t forget to collect your illustrated Paisley Food and Drink Map when you collect your trail leaflet and free activity sheet.

Plus, Paisley is Paw Friendly so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home!

Love the school summer holidays? Love Paisley!

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Co-creative lead artists Cora Bissett and Bex Anson

Starring and created with the people of Paisley

A year-long artistic residency and engagement project with the people of Paisley culminating in a bold, interactive promenade performance on the streets of Paisley in June 2023

The National Theatre of Scotland with partners OneRen and supported by Future Paisley is taking up a year-long artistic residency in Paisley from June 2022, in collaboration with leading Scottish artists Cora Bissett and Bex Anson.  Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s legendary American classic 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the talent and people of Paisley will be invited on a creative journey, which will culminate in a high octane, visually arresting carnivalesque performance weaving through indoor spaces and on the streets of Paisley in June 2023. Over 200 local participants, alongside professional actors and artists will be involved in the co-creation of this unique event.

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Known and loved by all, the iconic musical fantasy, The Wizard of Oz, inspired by the novel has enduring power and relevance, with its universal themes of self-sufficiency, the quest for truth and the power of unusual friendships. OZ! – A Yellow Brick Road Adventure in Paisley will be inspired and created by the talent of Paisley. The town’s culture of creativity is evidenced by the large number of visual arts programmes, dance schools, choirs, songwriters and theatrical and musical talent in the town.

This spectacular new show will develop and showcase Paisley’s extraordinary talent with dance, theatre, music, puppetry and circus, all being showcased in the final event. Dorothy is a streetwise lassie from Paisley, and there will be twists and tricks aplenty in this new version of the story which will see Paisley transformed into a living stage set.

Set in a parallel Paisley, sometime in the near future, the wonderful world of Oz and the Emerald City will be transported to Paisley Town Centre. Featuring a brand-new script and original songs created with the people of Paisley under the inspirational creative leadership of Cora Bissett and Bex Anson, the Paisley OZ! will revisit the original political satire of the book for a contemporary audience in Paisley and beyond. The world of Oz and the Emerald City in familiar locations around Paisley town centre with scenes inspired by key chapters from the book. The Paisley Centre, Piazza Shopping Centre, public realm space at County Square, The Paisley Cenotaph and the High Street, The Wynd Centre and Outspoken Arts Scotland’s venue The Art Department will all play leading roles in this spectacular promenade experience.

Over the next twelve months, Cora and Bex will lead a team of artists to deliver a significant community engagement programme working alongside local community groups in Paisley including Kibble, The STAR Project – Paisley Men’s Shed, PACE Theatre Company and Art Boss  – YOProducers. From August 2022 there will be opportunities for the public and community groups to get involved including an exciting public programme of Oz! themed workshops and creative sessions which will animate the town over the year.

Bex and Cora and other artists will be taking up residency at Paisley Centre, including an evolving window display, created by illustrator Jennie Bates in The Art Department formerly Allders Department Store.

How people can get involved 

OZ! A Yellow Brick Adventure in Paisley will have a stall at Sma’ Shot Day on 2 July with information about the project, offering sign up opportunities for creative sessions.

Online Booking opens for all workshops from July 2.
In person booking for workshops at Sma’ Shot day on July 2.
Paisley people can get involved by signing up online or mailto:oz@nationaltheatrescotland.com.
Visit the web page for more information: nationaltheatrescotland.com/oz

The first of the workshops and sessions have been announced including: a song writing workshop for theatre, suitable for all ages and abilities, with Emmy award-winning composing duo Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly; “A Wee Dander down the Yellow Brick Road” drop-in blether sessions to chat life, dreams and red shoes at Café Su led by Cora Bissett and Bex Anson; monthly social events at the Emerald Lounge in The Art Department; Oz! Wallpaper making workshops to form part of the Emerald Lounge wallpaper, led by illustrator Jennie Bates and “Wooooof!!”” Toto The Dog drama workshop for all 4-legged wannabes led by Bex Anson and Lewis Sherlock

Bex Anson is a visual theatre director and is already creatively connected to communities in Seedhill/Paisley through her sited performance work with her company MHz scenography, which saw the acclaimed dance performance, STRUT take to the streets of Paisley earlier this year. She brings with her extensive experience in street performance, urban outdoor arts, circus and dance.

Cora Bissett is an acclaimed, award-winning performer, director, and film maker. She most recently directed Orphans – a new Scottish musical for the National Theatre of Scotland and Adam, reinvented as theatrical on-screen drama for the BBC which won a Scottish BAFTA for Best TV Scripted.

Future Paisley is a partnership—led by Renfrewshire Council with OneRen, supported by local and national partners who care about Paisley and are passionate about the positive difference culture can make to a place and people’s lives. Future Paisley includes Renfrewshire Council’s £100m investment to transform Paisley’s unique historic venues and public spaces and create new homes for cultural activity.

By summer 2023, Paisley’s unique cultural venues – including it’s A-listed Victorian Town Hall, and its Arts Centre – are due to reopen after extensive refurbishment, and National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with OneRen, supported by Future Paisley invites the communities of Paisley to celebrate this rejuvenation, and join them on an exciting new theatrical yellow brick road adventure.

Cora Bissett and Bex Anson co-creative lead artists said:“We met as working mums madly trying to entertain our young kids in Queens Park during lockdown and decided to combine forces to take on this massive and exciting challenge of creating a new large-scale work with the people of Paisley. We are already bowled over by the amount of talent, ingenuity and passion of the people of Paisley and by the town’s rich history and quirky buildings. We are looking forward to bedding ourselves into Paisley over this next year and dreaming up a contemporary, fantastical reimagining of this timeless classic which everybody knows and loves.”

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of National Theatre of Scotland said

“The National Theatre of Scotland is at its best when its working alongside a like-minded partner on a project that celebrates and casts a spotlight on the brilliance of a particular place and its people.

As we embark on this wonderful adventure down the yellow brick road in Paisley, I want to acknowledge the vision of both One Ren and Future Paisley and our lead artists Cora Bissett and Bex Anson. We have between us the courage, the heart and the brains to bring together all of Paisley in this ambitious celebration of talent, storytelling and creativity, building up to OZ! an unmissable, spectacular event across the town in 2023.”

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of OneRen and the Future Paisley partnership board, said:

 “This is a fantastic addition to Paisley’s annual events programme – and one that helps strengthen the area’s growing reputation as one of Scotland’s must-visit destinations for top-class cultural events. What excites me most is that community engagement and participation is at the very heart of it.  Oz! will provide opportunities for local freelance artists and organisations but also employment for local people, as well as the chance to learn from and be inspired the team of nationally-recognised artists and performers which National Theatre of Scotland have pulled together.”

LEAD ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Cora Bissett is an acclaimed Glasgow-based director, actor and writer. Her first production Roadkill, created with writer Stef Smith, won nine major awards and an Olivier award for Outstanding Production.  As a former Associate Director with the National Theatre of Scotland and her productions include the recent acclaimed world premiere production of Orphans, the hit musical Glasgow Girls, Adam and Rites. Cora recently co-directed Adam for the National Theatre of Scotland, Hopscotch Films, BBC Scotland and BBC Arts which won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Scripted TV.  Cora recently directed Emma Donoghue’s Room in Toronto, Canada.

Bex Anson is a visual theatre director and scenographer based in Glasgow working across dance, circus, outdoor arts and community events. Focused on collective synergy, the crossing of artforms and audience experience Bex’s work is rooted in site-specific, immersive productions and passionate collaborations with artists and performers from all walks of life. Bex’s company MHz scenography has created 5 acclaimed shows since 2016 (KIDX, STRUT, CROWD CTRL, VOID, LIQUID SKY) winning a Total Theatre Award (2018), Made In Scotland Awards (2018, 2019) Stomping Ground Commission (2022), Manipulate Creative Fund (2020) and multiple Creative Scotland awards in association with producers Feral.

PRESS CONTACT press@nationaltheatrescotland.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well as creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally, and works constantly to develop new talent. Central to this is finding pioneering ways to reach current and new audiences and to encourage people’s full participation in the Company’s work. With no performance building of its own, the Company works with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. Founded in 2006, the Company, in its short life, has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com

Future Paisley

Future Paisley is a far-reaching cultural regeneration programme that harnesses the power of the arts, heritage and culture for social and economic change. It draws on the rich heritage, cultural strengths and creative potential of Paisley and wider Renfrewshire to shape the area’s future. Our partnership is led by Renfrewshire Council with OneRen, supported by local and national partners who care about Paisley and are passionate about the positive difference culture can make to people’s lives. We are helping people, no matter what their age or means, to access amazing cultural experience that can help to boost confidence, create new friendships and make people feel healthier and happier.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/futurepaisley