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Easter activities for all the family at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums.

With the Easter Weekend and the school Spring Holidays fast approaching, what better way to keep the kids entertained than by paying a visit to Paisley Museum or catching a performance at Paisley Arts Centre.

Starting on Good Friday and running throughout Easter Weekend, Paisley Museum will embark upon its annual Easter Egg Hunt around the galleries and Observatory with help from Museum mascot ‘Easter Buddy’. Plus, visitors can create their very own masterpiece by decorating an egg to be added to our growing Easter Tree or submit an entry for our new Buddy the Lion drawing competition. All Easter activities at Paisley Museum are FREE. The Museum will be open 11am – 4pm on Good Friday, 30 March and Easter Monday. Open 2pm – 5pm Easter Sunday.

Beyond Easter Weekend, our arts programme at Paisley Arts Centre is jam-packed with eggsellent, boredom-busting performances guaranteed to entertain spring chicks. Easter marks the start of the Puppet Animation Festival, the country’s largest performing arts event especially for children. Paisley Arts Centre will be hosting two events in conjunction with this festival; glow-in-the-dark puppet adventure ‘Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl’ on April 10, plus a matinee showing of the hand-crafted, animated film ‘A Cat in Paris’ on April 13. Then, for ages 8+, we have the swash-buckling superhero adventure ‘The Mark of Zorro’ swooping on to the stage on April 4.

The Mark of Zorro is on 4 April at 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 8 +, tickets cost £5. Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is on 10 April at 2pm. Suitable for ages 4+, tickets cost £4. A Cat in Paris (PG) will be screened 13 Apr at 2pm. Tickets cost £4 (£2 concession). Tickets can be booked online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

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

 

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Enjoy hit Edinburgh Fringe 2012 show ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ at Paisley Arts Centre.

Upcoming theatre performance, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ will make you question what you thought you knew about one of the world’s most recognisable and worshipped brands.

Both hilarious and harrowing, the piece is described as an ‘emboldened, passionate diatribe’ originally written in 2010 by American monologist Mike Daisey. Despite its author being an Apple fan and an admirer of the corporation’s late, legendary leader Steve Jobs, the tale looks into the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China and explores Daisey’s own, growing misgivings about the way in which our beloved iPhones and Apple products are built.

In this production, brought to Paisley by Gilded Balloon Productions, Daisey’s part is played by talented actor Grant O’Rourke. Mixing light-hearted humour (O’Rourke’s gadget geek character confesses to smelling his new technology!) with disturbing tales of armed guards and the toxic effects of hexane within the factories, ‘Agony’ certainly packs a punch that might not be enough to topple an empire, but will certainly give it a righteous shove.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Fri 12 April, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 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 The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs , future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Sell-out kids show Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl makes a return trip to Paisley Arts Centre.

The future of the ocean rests firmly on the shoulders of one brave little mouse in this colourful children’s show. Performing at Paisley Arts Centre on April 10, this is another Oscar escapade by Mousetale Puppets that is sure to capture the imagination of the audience – young and old alike!

Oscar and his friend Fin the fish will be swept into an exciting underwater mystery this Easter where they encounter the wicked Emperor Gritsklyter and a power which controls the whole sea. Can they rescue the Deep Sea Pearl and save the ocean from the evil Emperor’s iron rule?

Fast-paced, energetic and extremely funny, this firm family favourite has been produced in Mousetale Puppets’ distinctive glow-in-the-dark style with the cast made up entirely of fluorescent rod puppets that glow under the ultraviolet light.

Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is suitable for children aged 4 and above. The performance will take place Wed 10 April, 2pm at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets cost £4. To book call the Box Office on 0141 887 1010 (or 0300 300 1210 if booking after 18 March) or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Come and lock swords with masked superhero Zorro at Paisley Arts Centre this Easter.

 

Brought to you by Glasgow-based company Visible Fictions, The Mark of Zorro is a swash buckling theatre performance for children aged 8+, taking place at Paisley Arts Centre on Thurs 4 April at 1.30pm.

Incorporating clever sets and prop design, plenty of fancy footwork and a trio of very talented actors; The Mark of Zorro has been devised to teach young audiences all about justice and heroism. Written by Davey Anderson, the play is based on the 1919 story ‘The Curse of Capistrano’, which later became known under the masked superhero ‘Zorro’ name thanks to countless film and TV adaptations. In this interpretation, young theatregoers should watch out for the tell-tale flurry of a cape, the glint of a sword and Z’s scratched in to the ground – all sure signals that a thrilling escapade is about to begin!

The Mark of Zorro will arrive at Paisley Arts Centre fresh from a tour of theatres in New York, and is sure to go down just as well with audiences here as it did Stateside.

The Mark of Zorro will gallop in to Paisley Arts Centre on Thurs 4 April, 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 8+, tickets to the show cost £5. Please note that this performance will be followed by a Q&A session. To book call the Box Office on 0141 887 1010 (or if booking after 18 March call 0300 300 1210) or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on The Mark of Zorro, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

Discover the superhero behind the mask at our Spring Creative Camp! Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ award winning Outreach Team are set to assemble like the Avengers to bring you a 4 day programme of activities at Paisley Museum.


Taking place during the schools’ Easter Holidays, this year’s Creative Camp is all about Superheroes, battling against baddies and unmasking your inner hero self. Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts and crafts, the four-day camp will be packed with fun filled, interactive activities designed to develop superpowers and inspire children to stand up for what they believe in.
Plus, participants can seek further inspiration from masked crusader Zorro as they attend Visible Fictions’ fantastic children’s theatre show, ‘The Mark of Zorro’ on Thursday 4 April at Paisley Arts Centre. On the last day, children will have the chance to show off their superhero themed creations to parents, friends and families at a special guest showing at Paisley Museum, 2 – 3pm.
Our Spring Creative Camp: Behind the Mask will take place from Tues 2 – Fri 5 April10am – 3pm at Paisley Museum. Each place costs £31 per child, per week (£23.50 concession for those in receipt of full working tax credit). Price includes a free ticket to see ‘The Mark of Zorro’. Suitable for ages 8 – 14, maximum of 25 places available.
To book call our Box Office on 0141 887 1010. For further information on our Spring Creative Camps, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Enjoy puppetry and fairytales when Each Peach Pear Plum arrives at Paisley Arts Centre.

“Tom Thumb’s in the cupboard, Mother Hubbard’s on the stairs, Where are the three bears?”

Adapted from the book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum is a game of ‘I spy’ for small children and their families. With a little help from songs and music, this production features children’s favourite nursery rhyme characters brought to life by a range of wonderful puppets, all on their way to Mother Hubbard’s for some plum pie.

Each Peach Pear Plum is presented by Edinburgh based Puppet Lab. Since it was founded in 1984, the Puppet Lab has been introducing children and adults to puppetry through its beautifully crafted and imaginative productions, including Funnybones which was a huge hit with audiences when it visited Paisley in spring 2012.

There will be two performances of Each Peach Pear Plum on Tues 26 March, 10.30am & 1.30pm at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets cost £3. To book call the Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Each Peach Pear Plum, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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NLP Theatre presents ‘How to Make a Killing in Bollywood’.

Join us at Paisley Arts Centre on March 22 for a brand new comedy full of life, laughter, colour, dance, music and tragedy.

make-killing-bolywoodFrom the theatre company that brought us ‘Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim’, How to Make a Killing in Bollywoodfollows Scottish based actor Raza Khan as he is turned down for yet another acting job. Faced with the stark reality of a lifetime serving chips and cheese to local neds in the family takeaway, Raza resolves to give his acting ambition one last try. A last ditch attempt to make it big. And where better to hit the dizzying heights of fame and fortune? Bollywood! 

Join in the laughter as Raza and fellow actor friend Gurjit set out on a journey that will change both of their lives forever.

How to Make a Killing in Bollywood will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Fri 22 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visitingwww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

You can find out more from following this link www.nlptheatre.co.uk

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Southern Tenant Folk Union at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 16 March.

One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass outfits in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union will bring their unique and enthralling fusion of folk and bluegrass sounds to Paisley Arts Centre next month.

The Edinburgh based, six-piece acoustic band features vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle and double base to create a sound that has earned them strong praise in The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Independent plus plenty of live sessions on television and radio, notably with Mark Lamarr on BBC Radio 2 and ‘The View’ programme with Irish broadcaster RTÉ.
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This acclaim is surely set to continue in 2013 as January saw the release of their fifth album ‘Hello Cold, Goodbye Sun’; a collection of new and original material written by five of the collective’s members. With a more difficult and emotionally charged pre-production process than on previous albums, the band have developed a new set of songs that build on some of the soundscape folk from their well-regarded fourth album ‘Pencaitland’ as well as showcasing the growing songwriting, instrumental and vocal talent from within the band.

Join Southern Tenant Folk Union at Paisley Arts Centre as part of their fifth album tour. The gig takes place Saturday 16 March at7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or logging on towww.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Southern Tenant Folk Union, 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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One night in Bollywood: learn new dance techniques at our brand new workshop.

Paisley Arts Centre will play host to our very first Bollywood Dance Workshop on Tuesday 12 March.

Led by professional dancers from Scotland’s premier Indian dance company Dance Ihayami, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the art of Bollywood dance and recreate some of the moves that have become so familiar thanks to the growing presence of the genre on the silver screen as well as on television.
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The highly rhythmic and energetic Bollywood Dance blends together traditions of folk and classical dance from India. The workshop is a great way to improve concentration levels and boost overall physical fitness while having fun and learning new dance moves set to very catchy Indian music. In this session, the music comes from the Bollywood classic, Devdas. 

Take part in our workshop and watch Devdas on the big screen afterwards for free.

Our Bollywood Dance Worksop will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Tues 12 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (£5.50 conc)and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking. Suitable for ages 11 + and no previous Bollywood Dance experience is required. The screening of Devdas will start at 7.15pm.

For further information on this workshop, 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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Oscar nominated animation kicks off Film Season at Paisley Arts Centre. 

From big screen romances to tartan clad heroines, we have a fantastic line up of films to suit all tastes this spring from 3 March – 18 June.

This season we are teaming up with Refugee Week Scotland, an annual programme of exciting events designed to celebrate diversity and raise awareness of refugee issues. Plus, our new cafe provider Beangrinder will be providing new children’s lunch bags which will be available to purchase from the Paisley Arts Centre cafe before all of our 2pm screenings.

First on the bill on 9 March, 2pm is no less than an Oscar-nominated animation. Disney-Pixar’s Brave (PG) features Merida, a hot-headed daughter of royalty who is determined to make her own way in the world. That is, until she defies a custom that brings bedlam to her kingdom, forcing her to use her bravery and archery skills to undo the horrid curse.

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This is then followed by Devdas (PG), a classic Bollywood romance based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhye. Set in the early 1900s, it tells the story of Devdas as he makes his way home to India, where his ex-love Paro still lives. Previously engaged to be married, does Paro still love Devdas? This film will be shown on 12 March at 7.15pm.

On April 13 at 2pm, the beautifully hand drawn caper A Cat in Paris (PG) follows the tale of Dino, a cat that leads a double life on the shadow drenched alleyways of Paris. This showing is part of the larger Puppet Animation Festival, dedicated to transporting children and families to magical worlds of make-believe via puppetry and performing arts events.

J.M Barrie’s 1904 book inspired our June 22 (at 2pm) screening, the 1953 version of the classic, Peter Pan (PG). Join the young boy who refuses to grow up, his hot-tempered pal Tinker Bell and the Darling Children as they soar away to the mysterious Never-Never Land.

Created for Refugee Week Scotland, our final Refugee Week Scotland Film has been curated by the Association of African Communities in Renfrewshire as part of the annual week-long programme of events. This film will also be followed by a short performance provided by Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities.

Tickets to Brave, Devdas, A Cat in Paris and Peter Pan all cost £4 (£2 concession). Admission to the Refugee Week Scotland Film is free.

For further information on any of the films on at Paisley Arts Centre this season, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.