‘DG Arts Live’ Brings Top Entertainment to The Region This Summer

Scotland’s National Theatre returns to the region; a silent production of Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish king; a celebrated Dumfries and Galloway song project; and a big evening of swing all take centre stage over the next two months as DG Arts Live brings more quality performing arts to the region.


Drawing a parallel between the pioneering journey through space of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and today’s controversial topic of economic migrants, the National Theatre of Scotland presents Last Dream (On Earth) — an audio-sensory story of hope, dreams, beauty and sheer inhumanity told through music, words and outstanding stage performance.


Produced and directed by Kai Fisher in association with the National Theatre of Scotland, the audience will experience a unique and immersive soundscape through headphones as the story is created and performed on stage in front of them.


Last Dream (On Earth) comes to the Theatre Royal, Dumfries, on Friday, 22 July and to the Ryan Centre, Stranraer, on Saturday, 23 July.


Edinburgh-based theatre group Ludens Ensemble brings its silent stylised performance of Shakespeare’s tragic king to Dumfries in August.


Drawing from physical theatre, German Expressionism and the Brechtian Epic Theatre as well as silent cinema, the threatre company will present Macbeth: Without Words through a combination of projections, a live DJ set and surtitles.


The performance features three actors who impersonate all characters in the play. Dressed

in modern costume and in Pierrot-like make-up, the actors constantly switch characters.

Minimalist and cellophane covered sets, together with the aid of projections and the use of a

smoke machine, evoke the sensation of a dream on stage.


Macbeth: Without Words will be staged at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries, on Saturday, 6 August.


Tickets for both plays from the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383.


On Thursday, 7th July, Newton Stewart and Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival brings Macmath: The Silent Page to Glentrool Village Hall, supported by the Arts Live programme.


Celebrated Dumfries and Galloway musicians Emily Smith, Robyn Stapleton, Aaron Jones, Jamie McClennan, Claire Mann, Wendy Stewart and Alison Burns will once again take to the stage to perform a concert based on the life and work of the Stewartry’s unsung hero William Macmath.


Tickets from http://www.tradmusic.com/Thursday-7th-July-Festival-Concert.asp.


Regional big band, DGKollective gets together at the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries, on Saturday, 2 July, to deliver swing classics and other tunes given the big band treatment.


Further information for all shows and for a full list of performances in the DG Arts Live programme over the coming months can be obtained from www.dgartslive.org.uk


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