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Seeing things differently

Share the unique and extraordinary journey of an Indian dancer when Dance Ihayami’s Seeing Differently arrives at Paisley Arts Centre next month. 

Incorporating film by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Krish Shrikumar and music by classical composer Ash Madni, Seeing Differently combines these two art forms with Indian classical dance, depicting its transformation from its roots to present day. Played out through the eyes of an Indian dancer, Seeing Differently blends rhythmic footwork and meaningful hand gestures to create an energetic, evocative and powerful dance spectacle. 

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Dance Ihayami’s skilful performers will treat audiences to a variety of Indian classical dance forms, Indian martial arts and yoga in this thoroughly modern interpretation of Indian dance.

Seeing Differently will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thurs 7 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Seeing Differently, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Loretta Reid swings back in to town!

Sell out singing sensation, Loretta Reid will return to Paisley Arts Centre this spring with a new show incorporating ‘Jazz ‘n’ Swing with a little bit ‘o’ Zing!’. Playing on Friday 1 March, she will be joined by a new line up of tremendous Scottish musicians for what promises to be another fabulous show! 

loretta_4471Loretta has a natural ability to sing and through her influences and determination, has developed her voice to produce an individuality that is hers today. From the earliest age, music has been a major part of Loretta’s life, with her father’s love of jazz, big band sounds and particularly Frank Sinatra. Coming from such a musical family where a day without music would be strange to say the least, creativity is a large part of Loretta’s persona. 

Loretta’s performances are always extremely popular, and we would encourage audiences to book early to avoid disappointment.

Loretta Reid will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 1 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Loretta, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Award winning black comedy SLICK to play Paisley Arts Centre.

Using remarkable sleight of hand and ‘human puppets’, multi award winning SLICK is a hilarious, dark and dirty exploration of greed, corruption and loss of innocence. The story is told through the eyes of Malcolm Biggar, a nine year old with a passion for his skateboard, a harrowing fear of his lunatic neighbours and a growing realisation that perhaps his parents don’t always have his best interests at heart. 

SlickImage2013Malcolm’s sole aim in life is to convince his neglectful parents to buy him a helmet for skateboarding. But one day that all changes when crude oil begins pumping out of the Biggar family bathroom. Elation soon turns to desperation as they attempt to keep their new found wealth a secret from their depraved landlord and outrageous next door neighbours; ultimately leading to an explosive showdown that little Malcolm gets caught in the middle of.

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First (2008) and a Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland (2008/2009), Vox Motus’ SLICK combines absurd comedy, visual storytelling, puppetry, object theatre and physical performance to create a unique ensemble show with comic-strip visuals.

SLICK will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tuesday 5 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking . Suitable for ages 14+

For further information on SLICK, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Inspired by a true event, new drama ‘In an Alien Landscape’ will play Paisley Arts Centre.

Birds of Paradise are back out on the road with their new production, In an Alien Landscape, by Liverpool writer Danny Start. 

In an Alien Landscape enters the world of brain injury, consciousness, memory and creativity and uses humour and irony to tell the story based on a true event. Albie is an ordinary man who experienced ‘a scuffle with death’ which unleashed his inner creative genie. He can’t stop painting since emerging from his coma. The extraordinary chaos of Albie’s life and the sound of a continuous rushing white noise in his head drives his compulsion to paint. What is happening to him? There’s no escaping who he was as his past still haunts him; but what lies ahead?

in an alien landscapeThe cast includes Paul Cunningham who plays the central role of Albie. David Toole plays Klang/Dad and Morag Stark plays Suze/Dr Jill. Scottish audiences will be familiar with both Cunningham and Stark’s work. Actor and dancer, David Toole, recently performed as part of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and has worked with a large number of theatre companies including the RSC.

This performance will be surtitled and an audio description programme will be available for the visually or hearing impaired.

In an Alien Landscape will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Tuesday 26 February at 2pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking 

For further information on In an Alien Landscape, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

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Showcase of star artworks in a ‘Delightful’ new exhibition at Paisley Museum.

A new exhibition, highlighting many of the treasures that make up Paisley Museum’s permanent collection, will be opening on 1 Feb. The exhibition, ‘Delightful’ will feature

Paisley Museumexamples of star artworks, including recent acquisitions that have never previously been presented. From David Roberts’ 19th century painting ‘Church of the Nativity’ to 21st century drawings and sculptures by Glasgow based contemporary artist Alex Frost, there is something to delight every visitor.

Delightful’ will run from 1 Feb to 12 April 2013 at Paisley Museum. Entry to this exhibition is free.

For further information on Delightful, future shows and events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

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Celebrating the life of Scotland’s bard: BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) at Paisley Arts Centre.

Robert Burns was a dramatic figure. The events of his life are the stuff of theatre. His humble beginnings as a plough lad, his acceptance by Edinburgh society, the women he loved (and lost) and who loved and lost him, his fiery championing of the underdog are in themselves remarkable. Add to this is talent for finding true expression in the Scots tongue, and you have a man whose life story cries out to be told, over and over again.
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Written in rhyming Scots, BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) is a whirlwind of a play, celebrating the life of Scotland’s bard through hilarious comedy, beautiful song, stirring passion and heart-rending tenderness. Two actors play all twenty roles, moving seamlessly across age, gender and class to portray the people and events that shaped the poet’s life and works. Including a dramatic recital of Tam o Shanter, the play is packed with excerpts from many of the bard’s poems and songs so there is plenty on offer for the Burns enthusiast as well as the newcomer. 

BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 22 February at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Burns! (Your Bard, By the Way), future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Something for everyone: Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for Spring 2013.

Spring has arrived early at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, bringing with it a wonderful selection of dance and drama performances, museum exhibitions, music gigs and film screenings, as well as a superb range of regular activities and classes for everyone from creative kids to talented tea dancers.

renfrewshire artsOur ever popular array of regular classes kicks off proceedings and places can now be booked for Saturday Art Classes, Creative Art Classes, Fashion Design workshops and Club Animate. Run by our fantastic Outreach Team these classes offer kids the chance to make their own movie, devise a stylish outfit or create their very own masterpiece. Plus, firm family favourites Playdays! @ the museum and themed Baby Discos will be back once again.

Movie time begins in March at Paisley Arts Centre bringing you a great selection of family favourites old and new. Disney and animation fans in particular will enjoy Brave and A Cat in Paris on the silver screen.

On the music scene there will be folk performances from Karine Polwart, Heidi Talbot and the critically acclaimed Southern Tenant Folk Union, a little bit of jazz from Loretta Reid and a tribute to the magic of The Eagles courtesy of Scottish group, Hotel California.

On the stage, hit Edinburgh Fringe show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will test our social conscience with a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale about our beloved iPhones. Or if it’s a laugh you seek there will be plenty to smile about at How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, I Spy Mrs Peery and new comedy show Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway.

This season we will once again be embracing Refugee Week to help celebrate diversity in Scotland and raise awareness of refugee issues. A Refugee Week Film curated by the African Association of Communities in Renfrewshire will be screened at Paisley Arts Centre where you will also be able to view Spirit, an inspiring photography project launched in partnership by the Scottish Refugee Council and Streetlevel Photoworks.

Paisley Museum will also play host to a number of not to be missed exhibitions this season, beginning with a beautiful display of some of our star artworks as part of Delightful in February. Plus our Alexander Wilson exhibition promises to delve into the social and natural history behind the famous Paisley poet and highly respected ornithologist.

The Guide for Spring 2013, complete with details of our arts programme in full is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre and Paisley Museum or can be downloaded online by visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts & Museums by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts), logging on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or sign up to our weekly e-news service by emailing ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at paisley.org.uk or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

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Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with Paisley.org.uk was a no brainer!

Paisley.org.uk has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk or via Facebook www.facebook.com/WhatsOnRenfrewshire

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Views of Paisley available to buy now in 2013 Calendar

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to announce that the new calendar, ‘A Tale of Two Decades’, is now on sale.

This fascinating calendar showcases a selection of nostalgic photographs of Paisley, dating from 1960 to 1979. Featuring well-known locations such as the Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and The Watermill Hotel, this year’s calendar is sure to evoke memories for locals who lived in the town during or around that period.

Each of the photographs originate from the archive collection held at Paisley Museum. This collection comprises of over 20,000 historical images dating from the 1850’s up to the present day and features pictures relating to Paisley and other parts of Renfrewshire.

Earlier in the year, when preparations for the 2013 calendar first began, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums enlisted the help of their Facebook followers to help shortlist the huge selection of pictures we had to choose from. As a result, the image of the Christmas Lights over the River Cart from 1979 emerged as the clear favourite and the perfect choice for the front cover of the calendar.

The archive collections are available to view in either Paisley Museum or Paisley Central Library. Copies of images from the historical photographic collection are available on request. A range of postcards and prints are also available to buy from the Museum shop.

A Tale of Two Decades’ is available to buy from Paisley Museum and Paisley Arts Centre now, priced £7.99. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Paisley Events

Please come and support this event at Paisley Arts Centre tomorrow night. Tues 23rd. It will be an interesting film and after show discussion will address film makers perspective, dance, pressures of celeb culture and ‘suicide’

red-shoes-tt0040725THE RED SHOES
Renfrewshire
Film
Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948, 133m, U

A beautiful landmark of dance cinema, The Red Shoes is a cautionary tale about creative obsession. The film stars Dunfermline’s own Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballet dancer manipulated by a Svengali figure. One of Martin Scorsese’s favourite films, the screening will be followed by a dance performance from Reid Kerr students.

Venue Information
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Event Information
Tue 23rd
Free
Free / No booking required – Information: 0141 887 1010
7 – 9.30pm

http://www.mhfestival.com/

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