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Theatre - The Bench (Hawick)

A new play by award-winning Scottish writer Keir McAllister. Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations. For five minutes a day he finds a little peace alone on The Bench. Sandy is mourning the loss of his Maggie. The Bench is his memorial to her memory. So begins an epic conflict. A conflict that will change them both. A comedy about safe spaces and the people that fill them... Waiting for Godot meets Still Game.“McAllister's script twists elegantly” ****The List“McAllister’s writing is sharp [and] does a brilliant job of subverting any expectations” **** The ScotsmanDate:

Friday 21 June
Venue: Heart of Hawick
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £12

National THeatre Live - Small Island

National Theatre Live
Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson based on the novel by Andrea Levy

Date: Thursday 27 June

Venue: Wauchope Village Hall, Yetholm
Time: 7pm
Price: £12 plus £1.50 booking fee

**CANCELLED** An Evening with Ryan Giggs In Cardiff

This will be an evening to remember with a legend of the sport.
Ryan Giggs, one of the most decorated players in the history of football, having won 34 trophies during an incredible career that spanned over 2 decades. Complete and utter legend and hero.
Ryan will be reminiscing about his glorious football memories and giving a real life insight to the behind the scenes at Old Trafford and the Wales national team.


Date: Friday 5 July
Venue: Cardiff Vale Sports Arena, Cardiff
Times: 7.30pm ( VIP tickets 6.30pm, Gold tickets 6.15pm)
Prices: General ticket £40
VIP £85
Includes a professional photo with Ryan that will be printed out on the night.
Gold Ticket (30 available) £200. Professional photo With Ryan plus upgrade frame also a signed picture of Ryan and bring your own item to get signed
Tickets plus booking fees

Outdoor Theatre - Much Ado About Nothing

After the success of Hamlet last year, the hugely talented Shakespearean theatre troupe "The Three Inch Fools" return to perform their musical, humorous and brilliant interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing in the private grounds of Duns Castle. Masters of their craft, they will provide an evening of family entertainment and bring a vibrant, engaging and fresh approach to what is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors and do Shakespeare differently - a fast-paced, musically-driven style, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way.

Date: Wednesday 10 July
Venue: Duns Castle, Duns
Time: 6.30pm
Prices: Family (2+2) - £35, Adults - £12.50, Children £6.50. Under 5's Free Plus booking fees. Call for early bird tickets, available until 30 April

Last Minute Tickets may be available at the door on 10 July if space allows (£15 Adult, £7.50 Child, £40 Family of 4).



Access will be permitted from 5.30pm (pedestrians via Castle Street and cars via Main Entrance)
Spectators arriving on foot are advised to be onsite by 6.00pm

Outdoor Theatre - Gangsta Granny

Meet Ben, an 11-year-old want-to-be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at Granny’s. All she wants to do is play Scrabble and eat cabbage not exactly his idea of fun!
Hungry and bored, Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however, it contains Granny’s biggest secret…

A David Walliams’ best seller adapted for the outdoor stage. Join us, Ben, and his Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure full of forbidden fun. It could be very hungry work so come prepared with picnics and appropriate outdoor gear.Recommended age 7yrs+

Date: Thursday 11 July
Venue: Harmony Garden, Melrose
Time: 7pm
Prices Adults £14, Concessions £12, Children £9, Family £42

Talk - The Psychology of Serial Killers (Swindon)

Join expert Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics.

During this talk, you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between Lust like the BTK (Blind, Torture, Kill) Killer, and Visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Jennifer will explore the different categories, using case studies to illustrate.

Jennifer will also debunk common Serial Killer Myths – you may be surprised by what you learn!

Jennifer will discuss the typical differences between males and female serial killers, again, incorporating case studies to illustrate.

Date: Friday 12 July
Venue: Swindon Mecca, Swindon
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £19 plus £1.95 booking fee

Interviews with a Serial Killer (Peterborough)

Due to unforseen circumstances this Event  Is Cancelled,

Money will be refunded in full


Date: Thursday 18 July
Venue: Peterborough New Theatre, Peterborough
Time: 7.30pm
Price:

Talk - The Psychology of Serial Killers (Carlisle)

Join TV expert Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics.
During this talk, you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between Lust like the BTK (Blind, Torture, Kill) , and Visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Jennifer will explore the different categories, using case studies to illustrate.
Jennifer will also debunk common Serial Killer Myths – you may be surprised by what you learn!
Jennifer will discuss the typical differences between males and female serial killers, again, incorporating case studies to illustrate.
You will also investigate the phenomenon of Killer Couples such as Fred and Rose West and The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as well exploring the Folie à deux syndrome, a.k.a ‘shared psychosis’.
Why do women fall in love with known serial killers? Jennifer will discuss the clinical knowledge surrounding why serial killers gain admirers, fan mail, and even spouses in light of their atrocious crimes. Learn about Hybristophilia, and the astounding case of the Night Crawler’s trial.
How common are homicidal fantasies? Have you ever fantasised about killing someone? You may be surprised by the results of the research!
Identifying John and Jane Does – how are victims identified? You will watch a fascinating time-lapse video of facial reconstruction on the skull of a discovered body.

Date: Friday 19 July
Venue: Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer  Carlisle
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £19 plus £1.95 booking fee
 

Open-air Theatre - The Tempest

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero –until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater –his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?
In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise! Illyria are the only UK open-air touring company to have won no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best. 
Come and watch their performance in the stunning surroundings of Thirlestane Castle. Picnic on the lawn and immerse yourself in this classic with the castle as a stunning backdrop. Please bring your own rug or low-basked seating. Refreshments will be available on the night along with free parking. This event will go ahead in all weathers so please come prepared with waterproofs or sunscreen!

Date: Sunday 21 July
Venue: Thirlestane Castle, Lauder. Gates open 5pm
Time: 6pm
Prices: 
Adult £14, Child £8, Family £40 (2+2), no concessions. Ticket prices plus booking fees

National Theatre Live Screening: The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power directed by Sam Mendes
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.
On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.
163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.
This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.

Date: Thursday 25 July
Venue: Wauchope Village Hall, Yetholm
Time: 7pm
Price: £12 + £1.50 booking fee

Outdoor Theatre - Borders Youth Theatre - 'Alice through the Looking Glass (Bowhill)'

Borders Youth Theatre presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass'

Date: Thursday 1 August
Venue: Outdoors at Bowhill, Near Selkirk
Time: 6.30pm
Prices: Adult £7,  Concession £5,  Family (2+2) £20  

Borders Youth Theatre presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass' (Mellerstain)

Borders Youth Theatre presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass'

Date; Friday 2 August
Venue: Mellerstain House, Near Gordon
Time; 2pm
Prices: Adults £7, Concessions £5 and Family (2+ 2) £20

Borders Youth Theatre presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass' (Traquair)

Borders Youth Theatre presents 'Alice through the Looking Glass'

Date: Saturday 3 August
Venue: Outdoors at Traquair House, near Innerleithen
Time: 6.30pm
Prices: Adult £7,  Concession £5,  Family (2+2) £20  

Theatre - Clydebuilt Puppets - The Three Bears

The metal world of Goldilocks meets the lovely natural wooden world of 3 BEARS – the result, a very sticky adventure all round.  Happily they become friends and cook up the most wonderful porridgy recipe together.  The cook Steve, bakes in the kitchen and finds time to tell a wonderful warm story using kitchen implements in a very intriguing and unusual way.

Date: Wednesday 7 August 
Venue: Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk
Time: 3pm
Prices: Child £6 , Adult £8  , Family  £25 plus booking fees

Open Air Garden Theatre - The Secret Garden - Harmony Garden, Melrose

Join Chapetrhouse Theatre for an evening of outdoor theatre in Harmony Garden in Melrose
This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner... As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key?
 This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful outdoor venues. Relive this tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer.
Where is the secret garden? Mary Lennox must find the key...

Date: Thursday 8 August
Venue:Harmony Garden, Melrose
Time; 7pm. Doors open 6pm
Prices; Adults £16, Child £11 and Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £46

Civil War Re-enactment Weekend at Thirlestane Castle

Civil War Re-enactment Weekend

The oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, is coming back to Thirlestane Castle The oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot. They will be delving into what it was like in the 17th Century for both the military and ordinary people. Soldiers, muskets, pikes and drums in drill displays, life on the living history camp and a skirmish will be all part of the weekend. An education and an experience not to be missed. Entry includes admission to the castle.
 

Date: Saturday 10 August and Sunday 11 August
Venue: Thirlestane Castle
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: Adults - £9.50, Children - £5, Concessions £8.50 and Family (2 adults and upto 3 children) £25 plus booking fees

Theatre - Handlebards: Much Ado About Nothing

Welcome to the wild and wacky world of our annual outdoor Shakesperean Show. With their usual energy, charm and wit which demystifies Shakespeare, takes some hilarious liberties but never loses sight of the original, Handlebards will ensure you laugh all the way home.

Wrap up warm as this show takes place outside in Bowhill Gardens in all but the very worst of weathers. Get in early as we sell only 72 tickets in advance in case we absolutely must take the show indoors!

Date: Sunday 1 September
Venue: Bowhill Theatre, Bowhill, Selkirk
Time: 6.30pm
Prices: Adults 
£14.  Under 18s, £10 plus booking fees

Psychology of a Serial Killers (Isle of Man)

Join TV expert Jennifer Rees to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics.
During this talk, you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between Lust like the BTK (Blind, Torture, Kill) , and Visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Jennifer will explore the different categories, using case studies to illustrate.
Jennifer will also debunk common Serial Killer Myths – you may be surprised by what you learn!
Jennifer will discuss the typical differences between males and female serial killers, again, incorporating case studies to illustrate.
You will also investigate the phenomenon of Killer Couples such as Fred and Rose West and The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as well exploring the Folie à deux syndrome, a.k.a ‘shared psychosis’.
Why do women fall in love with known serial killers? Jennifer will discuss the clinical knowledge surrounding why serial killers gain admirers, fan mail, and even spouses in light of their atrocious crimes. Learn about Hybristophilia, and the astounding case of the Night Crawler’s trial.
How common are homicidal fantasies? Have you ever fantasised about killing someone? You may be surprised by the results of the research!
Identifying John and Jane Does – how are victims identified? You will watch a fascinating time-lapse video of facial reconstruction on the skull of a discovered body.

Date: Thursday 5 September
Venue: Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino, Isle of Man
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £25 plus £2.50 booking fee

Kelso Folk Festival 2019

All roads lead to Kelso for the 2019 Folk Festival Friday 6 - Sunday 9 September. A busy weekend of music for everyone to enjoy.

Friday
Opening Concert 7.30-10.30 pm, Old Parish Church featuring Fara and Hannah Rarity Trio. £15 Adults, £7.50 Under 16

Saturday
12 - 2pm Free lunchtime Borders showcase concert Old Parish Church -
3-4 pm Swing and gipsy jazz from Viper Swing with dancers from the Edinburgh Swing Dance Society; Tait Hall £10 Adult, £5 Under 16
7.30-10.30 pm - Concert featuring Seamie O'Dowd and Old Blind Dogs, Old Parish Church £15 Adult, £7.50 Under 16

Sunday
1-2.30pm  Lunchtime concert featuring Eryn Rae & Scott Turnbull and Rachel Walker & Daniel Abrahams The Cross Keys £5 Adult, Under 16 £2.50

Dates Friday 6 - Sunday 8 September
Times - Various times
Venues - Old Parish Church, Tait Hall and Cross Keys Hotel, all Kelso
Prices - Weekend Adult £35, Under 16s £17.50; Different prices for individual events
 

Music - Sarah Jayne's Dolly Parton Experience with Country Superstars

The Country Superstars Experience: As Seen in London’s West End and featured on Sky TV – “Europe’s Leading Dolly and Kenny Impersonators” as said by Kenny Rogers on his website. 

This truly unique show is hosted by Sarah Jayne who has been performing as Dolly Parton for over 25 years and is Europe’s Leading Tribute to the Queen of Country - Dolly Parton. Sarah Jayne and Award Winning Vocal Impersonator Andy Crust take us on a journey back through time meeting some of the most influential icons who shaped Country music history. The show features Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks, John Denver and Glen Campbell. The show also includes The Tennessee Allstars Band.

Date; Friday 6 September 2019
Venue: Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
Time: 7.30pm
Prices: £18 early Bird until 31 March, £20 from 1 April

An evening with SAS speaker Robin Horsfall (Middlesbrough)

SAS speaker Robin Horsfall
A bullied young man from a broken home, to the army, to serving with the SAS as part of the team that stormed the Iranian Embassy in 1980. However, that's only part of the extraordinary story.
His mission in the Falklands war was a one way mission to destroy enemy aircrafts that got cancelled at the last minute.
Robin is the author of best selling  book 'fighting scared'

Date: Friday 13 September
Venue: The Dormans Club, Middlesbrough
Time: 7.30pm General; 6.45pm VIP
Prices: General ticket £20, VIP ticket £35 with picture. Plus booking fees

An evening with SAS speaker Robin Horsfall (Cardiff)

SAS speaker Robin Horsfall
A bullied young man from a broken home, to the army, to serving with the SAS as part of the team that stormed the Iranian Embassy in 1980. However, that's only part of the extraordinary story.
His mission in the Falklands war was a one way mission to destroy enemy aircrafts that got cancelled at the last minute.
Robin is the author of best selling  book 'fighting scared'

Date: Saturday 14 September
Venue: Cardiff Vale Sports Arena, Cardiff
Time: 7.30pm General; 6.45pm VIP
Prices: General ticket £22, VIP ticket £27 with picture. Plus booking fees

National Theatre Live Screening: One Man, Two Guv’nors

One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

Date: 26 September
Venue: Wauchope Village Hall, Yetholm
Time: 7pm
Price: £12 + £1.50 booking fee

Talk: Psychology Of Serial Killers (Whitehaven)

Join TV's expert Jennifer Rees you will discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between Lust like the BTK (Blind, Torture, Kill) Killer, and Visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)? Also the phenomenon of Killer couples (Tag Crime Fans)

Date: Friday 27 September
Venue: Whitehaven Golf Club, Whitehaven
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £19 + £1.95 booking fee

Music - Peter Gill's Comedy Songbook

Some of the funniest songs of the last 100 years presented by one man and his piano. Timeless classics such as Billy Connolly’s D.I.V.O.R.C.E and Bernard Cribbins’ Right Said Fred, will have appeal for anyone old – or young- enough to have a sense of humour!

Date: Thursday 10 October
Venue: Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk
Time: 7.30pm
Prices: Tickets £12.  Under 16s £10
Prices plus £1.50 booking fee

Theatre - Girls Night Oot


Insideout Theatre Productions Ltd proudly present GIRLS’ NIGHT OOT!
Join the girls on a hen night that you won’t forget with a smash hit retro soundtrack…Songs from 60’s,70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Now!
To prepare for a marriage all a girl needs are her friends and a guid old hen night!
Banterous and Bootyliciously good fun!

Songs include Hot Stuff, Girls Just wanna have fun, I'm Every Woman and many more!

*Starring Donna Hazelton(Chicago), Natalie Tulloch(The Steamie), Lauren Ellis-Steele(Wicked), Alison Rona Cleland(Legally Blonde)
Written and Directed by Paul Harper-Swan Musical Directed by Alison Rona Cleland

Over 18s only

Date: Saturday 19 October
Venue: Town Hall, Hawick
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £20

Comedy - Susie MacCabe - Born Believer

The fastest-selling act at Glasgow International Comedy Festival three years running is back with a brand-new show! In her 40th year, Susie has decided to leave cynicism behind to be an all-new positive Susie (optimistic at best, positive at pushing it). Join the former 'Scottish Headliner of the Year' and Glasgow favourite for what will no doubt be another barnstormer of a show.
"A genuine stand-up, highly recommended." Kevin Bridges

"The ever-reliable Susie McCabe delivers plenty of chuckles." The Scotsman

ate: Thursday 24 October
Venue: Mac Arts, Galashiels
Time: 8pm. Doors open 7.30pm
Price: £13 plus £1.50 booking fee

Music - AC/DC UK

A welcome return to Galashiels for AC/DC UK and part of their busiy 2019 tour. Support band for the evening are Borders based Dark Horse. Proceeds to Erskine Charity. Over 18s only

Date: Saturday 26 October
Venue: Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, First band on 7.30pm
Price: £12.50 plus £1.50 booking fee. Tickets on the night £15

Music - John Watterson: An Evening Without Jake Thackray

Jake Thackray was a uniquely talented individual with an irreverent but always human approach to life and all its ups and downs.  John Watterson, himself quite a character, is a leading champion of Jake’s works.  In this show he performs some of the 15 songs written by Jake Thackray but never released, and combines them with stories of Jake’s life in a fun filled tribute to one of the world’s greatest wordsmiths. 

Date: Tuesday 12 November 
Venue: Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk
Time: 7.30pm
Prices: £12 Adults, £10 Under 16s plus booking fees

Music - Just Beatles

Just Beatles have firmly established themselves on the tribute band scene in their native Scotland and have received invitations to play at Beatles festivals all over the UK and Europe, including the world famous Liverpool Beatleweek. During their two hour multi media show expect all the hits and more from the early days of “Love Me Do” and “She Loves You” through to the psychedelic masterpiece of “Sgt. Pepper” to classics such as “Let It Be” and “Get Back.” 

Every aspect of their performances have been perfected in their quest to emulate the Beatles, earning them rave reviews and making them one of the best tribute bands out there.

Together with authentic instruments, costumes and equipment, they really capture the look, feel, and most importantly the sound of The Beatles in concert.

Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Venue: Victoria Hall, Selkirk
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £17.50

Theatre - Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre: Lost Bear at Christmas

LOST BEAR finds himself in a world that is full of Lost things, Lost Toys, Lost Hats, and Lost Umbrellas.
Lost Bear travels to try and find his way home, his journey takes him through Lost Worlds, the Seaside, the Jungle and a trip to the Moon.
Along the way he meets other Lost Toys, Scary Shark, Mischievous Monkey and Polar Bear. He travels on trains and an adventurous Rocket, all the way to the North Pole. Suitable for over 3's

Date; 7 December
Venue: Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk
Time: 3pm
Prices: £8 Adults, £6 Children, Family (2+2) £25 plus booking fees