TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE STEEPLE BOX OFFICE IN FALKIRK HIGH STREET FROM THURSDAY 10TH JULY – IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE: 01324 506850. OPENING HOURS MON-SAT 9.30am – 4.45pm. ANY UNSOLD TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR ON THE DAY OF THE PERFORMANCE.
ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD UPSTAIRS IN BEHIND THE WALL (ALEHOUSE), 14 MELVILLE STREET, FALKIRK, FK1 1HZ
Sunday 27th July
FOR (THE KIDS OF) FALKIRK’S SAKE PROUDLY PRESENTS . . .
STUART REID – READING ROCKS! UNIDENTIFIED UNSINKABLE UNDERPANTS, PART 2!
1.30-2.30pm and 3.30-4.30pm. FREE ADMISSION
Reading Rocks! Books are brilliant! Award winning author Stuart Reid presents his new book show about bums, beasts, bogies, porridge, pee and pirates! With favourite characters Gorgeous George and Grandpa Jock. It may get yucky, you have been warned!
During this all new show, Stuart will be reading from his brand new book Unidentified Unsinkable Underpants, Part 2, which he is launching at this event and will be available to buy afterwards. A must for all fans of Gorgeous George and Unidentified Unsinkable Underpants, Part 1! Suitable for ages 5-11.
“The most exciting, entertaining and inspiring author event ever!” Primary Times
Visit Stuart’s website here
Monday 28th July
2.00-4.00pm and 7.30-9.30pm. £7 / £6 (conc)
A showcase of short films from Falkirk filmmakers, featuring:
Gordon Robertson; Adam Stafford; Alan McLaughlin; John McPhail; Richard Watson; Barry Frame; Jonathan Mortimer; Lee Crompton; Katie White; Dickson Telfer & Sonja Blietschau.
For film titles and genres, click here
Both showcases will include an Audio Horror performance, involving headphones . . . and frights.
Tuesday 29th July
SPARKS OF CELESTIAL FIRE, a radio play by the Tryst Theatre
From the writer of Edinburgh Fringe hit play The Lockerbie Bomber and starring Brian Paterson as Rabbie Burns, this engaging radio play will go down like the proverbial wee dram. Visit the Tryst Theatre’s website here
THE 39 STEPS, a radio play by The Barony Players
Award winning local theatre company The Barony Players present a radio play version of their hit production of John Buchan’s classic tale. Expect mystery, mayhem, laughs and spills . . . and someone at a table in the corner doing all the sound effects. Visit The Barony Players’ website here
Wednesday 30th July
2.00-4.00pm. £6 / £5 (concs)
Another chance to see a showcase of short films from Falkirk filmmakers (see Monday 28th July for details). JUST ANNOUNCED After the screening there will be a Q+A with filmmaker Adam Stafford and writer Janet Paisley, who collaborated to make No Hope for Men Below, a short film about the Redding Pit Disaster.
ALAN BISSETT’S GREATEST HITS + [UNTITLED] PRESENTS . . .
And as if that wasn’t enough, Alan will be followed by performances from the cream of Falkirk writing talent, hosted by Craig Allan, founder of Falkirk arts magazine [Untitled]. On the bill is Rebel Inc’s Gordon Legge and award winning author Janet Paisley, as well as Dickson Telfer, Bethany Ruth Anderson, Samuel Best, Karyn Dougan, Paul Cowan and Paul Tonner. All this for only £7!
For further information about these authors, click here. For Alan Bissett’s website, click here
Thursday 31st July
FDAMH’S MIXED MEDIA SHOWCASE – ‘LIGHT IN A DARK PLACE’
Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) present a showcase of mixed media designed to inspire, raise awareness and entertain. The association promotes arts and performance as a positive means of helping to deal with mental illness. This entertaining showcase will include comedy sketches, poetry and singing. Visit the FDAMH website here
BILL WELLS’ NATIONAL JAZZ TRIO OF SCOTLAND (+ SUPPORT)
7.00-10.15pm. £9 / £8 (concs)
Led by Falkirk-born musician and composer Bill Wells, For Falkirk’s Sake are delighted to have the National Jazz Trio of Scotland headline the festival’s music night. Don’t expect the kind of jazz mocked by The Fast Show though (Nice!). There will be no over the top ‘look how well I know my scales’ competitions or that falling down the stairs whilst trying to build a bookcase type sound . Expect shimmering instrumentation and graceful melodies from this acclaimed trio, whose recent album Standards Vol. III (released earlier this month) has been described by Mojo as being “chock-full of elegiac, beguiling earworm melodies.” Featuring Aby Vulliamy and Kate Sudgen, this is jazz where the space plays as much of a role as any instrument or voice. There will also be some improvised collaboration with Falkirk author Dickson Telfer on the night. In 2012, Bill Wells and Falkirk’s Aidan Moffat won the Scottish Album of the Year Award for their collaborative record Everything’s Getting Older.
Supporting the National Jazz Trio of Scotland are three stalwarts of the Falkirk music scene:
Will Treeby. Multi-instrumentalist, actor, busker and host of Music Scene Sundayz at Cheerz Bar, Will has dabbled in many a musical style over the years, ranging from heavy rock, lo-fidelity and power ballads to traditional Scottish, Euro-pop and film scores. His diversity and musical flexibility has made him a regular and popular fixture in Falkirk’s growing music scene.
Adam Donaldson. Adam was chief organiser of the Falkirk Rocks music festival, which ran across three days and eight venues at the end of June. He also regularly hosts and performs at open mic nights in Falkirk, Stirling and Linlithgow. Influenced by Damien Rice, Neil Young and Tom McRae, Adam’s melodic and sometimes melancholic delivery is effortless and captivating. His E.P. Lie of the Year is available on iTunes.
Robbie Lesiuk. Previously a member of Y’all is Fantasy Island, Robbie now writes and performs as a solo artist. His musical style is based around delicate (and not so delicate) fingerpicking to compliment his songs of doomed love affairs, haunted shipwrecks, roman archaeology and robots. Robbie features on Adam Stafford’s album Imaginary Walls Collapse, which was longlisted for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award. Last year he released his debut solo album Nobody’s Listening, which is available from all good online download sites and has been described by The Skinny as an “accomplished album which gives an insight into an intriguing musical talent that deserves recognition.” Visit Robbie’s website here
Saturday 2nd August
FALKIRK ART EXHIBITION
12noon-4.00pm. FREE ADMISSION
Come along and see local artists’ paintings and sculptures in this free exhibition, with work on display from Agniesaka Niciak Marcina, Mandy Gray, Ania Sawicz and FDAMH’s Gordon Brown and Steven McCrystal.