GREENOCK Venue Unveils Busy Programme Of Entertainment

9 July, 2024 | Local

BEACON Arts Centre, Greenock, has announced a packed programme for the rest of 2024, featuring top musicians, theatre and comedy.

Music fans are in for a treat as some of the industry’s best-known faces -– and voices -– come to Inverclyde for intimate live music and chat.

Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays, Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan and ABC heartthrob Martin Fry will all be on the Beacon stage for In Conversation With…’ events throughout October.

There will also be the chance to catch the king of Scottish jazz, Tommy Smith, in a live show with former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, Peter Johnstone.

In August, there will be top quality traditional songs from Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.

Laughter is high on the agenda with the return of Graham Mackie, Chris Forbes, Cubby, and Raymond Mearns as part of A Scottish Comedy Collective, while in September, BBC Breaking the News star Jay Lafferty will bring her trademark wit.

Stand-up star Susie McCabe will also bring her award-winning comedy to Greenock in September and there will be a performance from three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean. Janey Godley will play two dates at the venue in October, as she celebrates winning the Sir Billy Connolly Spirit of Glasgow comedy award.

Scottish singing superstar Barbara Dickson will perform an intimate show to celebrate her record-breaking career in October.

The Beacon is presenting two shows with leading Scottish theatre company, Vanishing Point. The stage production of Imogen Stirling’s acclaimed poetry cycle Love The Sinner starts its Scotland-wide tour at the Beacon, a co-production with Beacon Arts Centre and Shetland Arts, with a performance at the end of August.

It will be followed by the award-winning show Love Beyond in September, brought to the Beacon as a Raw Material & Vanishing Point co-production in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts. Both shows are supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. 

Other highlights include Crown Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and a discussion from actress-turned-cultural-historian Elizabeth Sharkey, who delves into the history -– and mystery -– of British pop music. Sleeping Warrior Theatre Company stage their new musical, To Save The Sea, inspired by a real-life Greenpeace protest.

Lesley Davidson, co-director of Beacon Arts Centre, said: “We are proud of the wide range of performances we are able to offer to the people of Inverclyde every year.

“Our work staging national productions in drama, music, dance and comedy means we can offer something for everyone and light up lives with new and exciting shows.

“We hope that our audiences will be intrigued and enthused by everything we have to offer. Away from the main performances, we also have our year-round programme of exhibitions and a range of activities that people can get involved in, like the Beacon Youth Theatre and Platinum Dance Classes.”

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