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Sunshine On Leith  
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Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Sat 18th - Sat 25th May

Dumfries Musical Theatre Company are proud to present: 'Sunshine On Leith', showing at the Theatre Royal Dumfries from 18th - 25th May 2024.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Sho and the Demons of the Deep 
Sho and the Demons of the Deep

The Bridge, Dumfries, DG1 

Wed 22nd May 2024 7.00pm

Independent Arts Projects (IAP) in association with National Theatre of Scotland present

Shō and the Demons of the Deep
by Zoë Bullock, adapted from the work by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko
Directed by Shilpa T-Hyland
Designed by Claire Halleran

Shō's city has been plagued by nightmares for as long as she can remember, but hers are the worst of all. One day, Shō has had enough. She throws her nightmares away into the river, where they wash out to sea. Soon people start copying her; the city is rid of its nightmares, and everyone is delighted. But sixty years later, when the river becomes poisoned, Shō's granddaughter Hana must face her greatest fears in order to save her home.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Cairn Chorus presents The Galloway SangStreams 
Cairn Chorus presents The Galloway SangStreams

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Thu 23rd May 2024 7.30pm

Galloway SangStreams taps into the rich cultural legacy and vibrant creativity of this area with songs, music, words, soundscapes and images inspired by our landscape, heritage and changing climate.

Following on from the success of the Cairn Valley Song Cycle of 2015, Cairn Chorus - an accomplished community choir, based in Moniaive - will again stretch their many talents and build on their reputation for putting on a great show!

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Thornhill Old School, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 5DF

Fri 24th May 2024 7.30pm

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Raymond Wilson presents I Hope Your Flowers Bloom 
Raymond Wilson presents I Hope Your Flowers Bloom

The Studio Theatre, Moffat, DG10 9AH

Thu 23rd May 2024 7.30pm

Flitting between romantic obsession and botanical description, Raymond Wilson's semi-autobiographical show offers a raw, moving and genuinely funny exploration of healthy masculinity, self-worth and working-class access to nature. Through his friendship with Flo and her modern nomadic lifestyle, Raymond attempts to escape the greyness of the Glasgow scheme into Scotland's natural world. But when Flo leaves, so does Raymond's love of the wilderness. Inside and broken-hearted, he's forced to admit the things he has neglected in himself and with others, while attempting to reconnect to the outdoors.

Directed by Fiona Mackinnon, this 2023 hit of the Fringe is not to be missed.

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CatStrand, New Galloway, DG7 3RN

Fri 24th May 2024 7.30pm

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: I Am Loud Spoken Word Workshop 
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival:

The Stove Network & Café, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ

Fri 24th May 2024 1pm

Interested in trying out spoken word poetry or improving your skills? New and developing writers are invited to join the Loud Poets for a workshop on composing and performing spoken word, featuring writing and performance exercises and practical advice on building confidence onstage.

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I Am Loud - South of Scotland Spoken Word Slam Regional Heat 
I Am Loud - South of Scotland Spoken Word Slam Regional Heat

The Stove Network & Café, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ

Fri 24th May 2024 7.30pm

Join I Am Loud Productions for a thrilling poetry slam heat in their 2024 nation-wide Slam Series. Poets compete for a £200 prize and entry into the Grand Slam Final with a £3,000 prize. Sign up to compete by 10th May via www.iamloud.co/slam

Hosted as part of the 2024 Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.

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Working Lives' Walking Tour of Dumfries With local historian Ian Gasse 
Working Lives' Walking Tour of Dumfries With local historian Ian Gasse

 Dumfries Museum, Dumfries, DG2 7SW

Sat 25th May 2024 2pm

Meet at Dumfries Museum.

A chance to find out more about the lives of working people in Dumfries with local historian, Ian Gasse. Visit places connected with protests, strikes, food riots and Chartism. Discover the stories behind the struggles of the people of the past to achieve working rights and better pay, to guarantee their access to food and to the vote.

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Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen 
Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Crichton Central, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Sat 25th May 2024 7.30pm

These remarkable songs - stripped back, honest, naked and sensual.
 
'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in' Cohen's most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM. If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM.

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Neil Diamond Tribute 
Neil Diamond Tribute

Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, Dumfries, DG1 2DF

Sat 25th May 2024 7.30pm

Are you looking for a fun and entertaining night out? Look no further than the Neil Diamond tribute act! You'll be treated to a night of live music, featuring all of Neil Diamond's greatest hits like Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, Love on the Rocks, and Hello again. And to top it off, you'll enjoy a delicious four-course meal.

This is the perfect opportunity to gather your friends and family for a night of good food, good music, and good company. Whether you're a die-hard Neil Diamond fan or just looking for a fun night out, this tribute act is sure to deliver.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Authentic Artists Collective presents When Mountains Meet 
Authentic Artists Collective presents When Mountains Meet

Castle Douglas Town Hall, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AE

Sat 25th May 2024 7.30pm

A breath-taking blend of gig theatre, storytelling and striking visuals. When Mountains Meet is a captivating, cross-cultural tale telling the true story of musician Anne Wood, as she meets her father, family and heritage for the first time. An international cast of storytellers and musicians set forth on an unforgettable voyage from the Scottish Highlands to the Himalayas.
"Fascinating...richly enjoyable... tells a very personal story with great skill" Joyce McMillan

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Cirqulation 
Cirqulation

Crawick Multiverse, Dumfries & Galloway, DG4 6ET

Sun 26th May 2024 1pm

A special outdoor extravaganza is heading to the Crawick Multiverse this year! Showcasing new work presented by leading national and emerging local circus artists, come and enjoy an incredible selection of acts featuring daring aerial feats, amazing acrobats, skilful jugglers and fire, in this 45-minute show designed for everyone in the community to enjoy.

"The best of professional contemporary circus" Broadway World

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Also on at Lochside Park, Castle Douglas Sat 25th May 1.30pm & 4pm


Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: The Galloway Consort presents Our Most Special Servant 
The Galloway Consort presents Our Most Special Servant

The Usual Place, Dumfries, DG1 1BZ

Sun 26th May 2024 2.30pm

 'Our Most Special Servant....'

Mary, Queen of Scots to Elizabeth ,Queen of England. 1560

David Riccio, is one of history's most famous victims, having been murdered in the royal Palace of Holyrood in the presence of his Queen. Musician, secretary, diplomat and prominent courtly presence - this programme explores how he may have earned this fond description, as well as how he brought about the hostility that led to his violent death.  Though the medium of 16th century music and a freshly contrived text, The Galloway Concert seek to summon up the youthful joy and lurking danger of the Scottish Renaissance court in Mary Stewart's brief reign.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Aaron Jones & Rachel Walker With support from young local artists. 
Aaron Jones & Rachel Walker With support from young local artists

 The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 6BT

 Sun 26th May 2024 7.30pm

Together Rachel Walker and Aaron Jones bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and musicianship to their partnership. Since their first collaborations back in 2007 both have spent the intervening years writing, touring and recording with many of the biggest names in traditional music.


They re-united in earnest to write and perform again on Rachel's critically acclaimed solo release 'Gaol' in 2020 and their combined passion for song and the exploration of the wide repertoire across the tradition, in Gaelic, Scots and English cemented a new partnership which culminated in their debut collaborative release, the EP 'A Happy Place' in 2021.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Chrys Salt and Richard Ingham present Weavers of Grass 
Chrys Salt and Richard Ingham present Weavers of Grass

The Faed Gallery, The Mill on the Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 2HS

Mon 27th May 2024 7.30pm

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries, DG2 7BE

Wed 29th May 2024 7:30pm 

In a multi-media performance award winning poet Chrys Salt and acclaimed saxophone player Richard Ingham explore the fascinating stories of Angus MacPhee and Ötzi the Iceman - two weavers of grass separated by 5000 years.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: James Rowland Piece of Work 
James Rowland Piece of Work

Moffat Town Hall, Moffat, DG2 7BE

Mon 27th May 2024 7.30pm

The Print Room, Wigtown, DG8 9HN

Tue 28th May 2024 7:30pm

Glencairn Memorial Institute, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ

Wed 29th May 2024 7:30pm

Age: 14+
James has been touring his storytelling theatre shows for half his adult life. This tour was different though. Returning home after his first stint away, he received a letter that exploded his life, and the tour became a search: for the person who sent it, for a sense of where he comes from, and to maybe save a life.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: A Play, A Pie and A Pint ROOST By Laurie Motherwell 
A Play, A Pie and A Pint ROOST By Laurie Motherwell

Theatre Royal, Dumfries, DG1 2JH

Tue 28th May 2024 1:00pm & Wed 29th May 2024 1:00pmMillenium Centre, Stranraer, DG9 7JP

Thu 30th May 2024 1:00pm

Moffat Theatre, Moffat, DG10 9AP

Fri 31st May 2024 1:00pm & Sat 1st June 2024 1:00pm

A heartfelt play about pigeons, home and the power of hobbies by acclaimed playwright Laurie Motherwell. Part of the wildly successful lunchtime theatre phenomenon A Play, A Pie and A Pint.

All tickets include a pie plus a drink (alcoholic or soft).

"Just a fantastic concept " The Guardian

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: With the Devil's Assistance Workshop 
With the Devil's Assistance Workshop

Eskdalemuir Hub, Langholm, DG13 0QJ

Tue 28th May 2024 3:00pm

Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall, DG6 4AA

Wed 29th May 2024 3:00pm

With the Devil's Assistance - Community Workshop

If you were to assess the spiritual health of your high street on a scale from 'fiery abyss' to  'seraphic civic center', where does it currently stand?
Join storyteller and facilitator Shona Cowie in a two-hour community consultation like no other. The participatory workshop  blends gentle yet impactful creative exercises and structured collective discussions, to explore the shared narrative of our public space, poke about in the high street's power dynamics, and cast forward to a better future. Brace yourselves for an experience transcending time, saving our souls and revolutionizing the urban blueprint!

The facilitator will provide biscuits.

This workshop was created alongside "With The Devil's Assistance" a storytelling and live music performance, examining the state of Scotland's high streets through the 17th legend of an Ayrshire Witch/entrepreneur.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: Shona Cowie & Neil Sutcliffe With the Devil's Assistance 
Shona Cowie & Neil Sutcliffe With the Devil’s Assistance

Eskdalemuir Hub, Langholm, DG13 0QJ

Tue 28th May 2024 7:30pm

Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall, DG6 4AA

Wed 29th May 2024 7:30pm

Age: 14+
There is a legend from my hometown, Ayr that a 17th-century witch built a house on the high street in just one night with the Devil's assistance. Today, a quarter of the shops on Ayr high street are empty - the town holds one of the highest shop vacancy rates in Britain. The plot that the witch was said to have built on has always done alright though, Number 82 - Marks and Spencer.


With the support of Ayrshire Historian Halima Cambell, I've been unpacking this legend and discovered that, surprisingly, some of the story is true. It has at its centre a real woman, a 17th-century entrepreneur named Maggie Osbourne, who built and ran a successful business on that plot.


Maggie was responsible for bringing significant wealth and employment to (what was then) one of Scotland's richest towns. Her skill, power, and the fact she was a woman didn't go unnoticed, though, and she was executed as a witch on the high street just opposite her business, number 82.


The Legend has deep roots - Burns himself knew of Maggie. Halima has found a rare link from Yale Library, citing Maggie as the inspiration for Nancy the Witch, who chases Tam o'Shanter across the Doon River. It also has great resonance today, linking to the treatment of alternative thinkers and how many local community groups and councils struggle to understand and support innovative local business.


Maggie's story deserves reconstruction. By doing so we will reckon with some major issues around the denouncement of the label 'witch', the treatment of women and those considered 'other' who gain power, corruption in business & governance, as well as genuinely asking the audience; what do you want from your highstreets and public centres?

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: The Willow Trio - The Swan of Salen 
The Willow Trio The Swan of Salen

The Swallow Theatre, Whithorn, DG8 8DR

Tue 28th May 2024 7:30pm

Johnstonebridge Community Centre, Lockerbie, DG11 1ES

Wed 29th May 2024 7:30pm

The Swan of Salen is a multimedia folk ballet created by The Willow Trio and production company Ballet Folk. The Swan of Salen Project is a multimedia adaptation of the heartbreaking tragedy of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the parallel Gaelic legend, Eala Shàilein.

Featuring a unique blend of Tchaikovsky's iconic music and traditional melodies played live by The Willow Trio, enchanting footage of ballet dancers performing stunning choreography by Deborah Norris of Ballet Folk will be projected behind the musicians as they perform, transporting audiences to another time and place.

The Swan of Salen came together due to a shared passion for bringing classical art forms to rural and disadvantaged communities, those that would not always have access to ballet and live music, as well as placing Gaelic culture on an equal platform. By fusing the classical version of these art forms with those that are rooted in Scottish Tradition, we are excited to share this incredible, heartbreaking story with international audiences.

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St Michael's Historic Churchyard Tour 
St Michael's Historic Churchyard Tour

St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, DG1 2PY

Wed 29th May 2024 7pm - 9.30pm

St Michael's is the oldest church in Dumfries. Surrounded by an historic graveyard, its most famous inhabitant is Scotland's National Poet - Robert Burns. Award-winning storytellers Mostly Ghostly, aim to highlight some of the fascinating, lesser-known accounts connected with these ancient stones, along with insights into graveyard symbolism.

Among the interesting characters and events from Dumfries's rich history; the life and times of a dedicated bellringer, a prophetic dream with life-changing consequences, and a tale of life-long love...

*The tour lasts up to 2.5 hours and includes a post-tour visit to magnificent St Michael's Church.

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VALTOS Supported By Dlù & Tiderays 
VALTOS Supported By Dlù & Tiderays

Loreburn Hall, Dumfries, DG1 2HP

Thu 30th May 2024 7.30pm

Three great bands appearing only at the newly reopened Loreburn Hall!

Valtos are Skye natives Daniel Docherty and Martyn MacDonald, and they have taken the Trad and Electronic music worlds by storm. Since their debut shows in December 2021, they have captivated audiences at festivals and sold-out venues nationwide.

Their music has been described by Folk Radio UK as "like nothing you've heard before," blending influences from electronic and folk music. Inspired by artists like Martyn Bennet, Peatbog Faeries, Odesza, Madeon, and Bicep, Valtos creates a unique and genre-defying sound.

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Performing Arts Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Artists' Showcase 
Performing Arts Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Artists' Showcase

Theatre Royal, Dumfries, DG1 2JH

Fri 31st May 2024 3pm 

Come and enjoy a celebration of the creativity and skills of some of the talented and brilliant Dumfries & Galloway based performing arts practitioners we have supported in 2024 through our Support for Ambition Fund and Rough Mix collaboration with Magnetic North.

As well as sharing their creative ideas and explorations, there will be an opportunity to talk with them about their work.

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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival: 45th Festival Celebration 
45th Festival Celebration

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Fri 31st May 2024 7pm

Join us at our celebratory Concert to mark 45 years of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival with a variety of performances from some of the incredible local artists who have played a pivotal role both in our festival and in creating a thriving and vibrant performing arts industry across the region over the past four decades.

With a little something for everyone, come and raise a glass with us and toast our history and heritage, as well as to a happy and bright future for the performing arts industry in Dumfries & Galloway.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for a full line up announcement soon!

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The Summer Country Show 
The Summer Country Show

Ryan Centre, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 7AP

Fri 31st May 2024 7pm

Back by popular demand "The Summer Country Show " returns for another night of hand clapping and foot stomping magic with 3 of Irelands finest acts on the music scene all on one super show. The stellar line-up includes the multi talented instrumentalist and singer from Co.Down Stephen Smyth and his band who is enjoying great success at the moment playing to packed houses all across the UK and Ireland. Stephen has a wealth of experience in the music scene having worked with a host of top American and Irish stars including Glen Campbell, Philomena Begley and Dominic Kirwan to name but a few. The other acts on the bill are the popular Pat Jordan and his band Finians rainbow who is originally from Wicklow but now residing in Manchester with the final act non other than Big Chief Geronimo Raymond Kelly who fronted the Legendary Indians showband for many years playing to packed houses all over the UK and Ireland. All 3 of the stars will perform many popular Country and Irish songs on the show making this one Summer Country gig you wont want to miss!

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A FESTIVAL OF NEW WRITING 
A FESTIVAL OF NEW WRITING

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June, Friday 7th June & Saturday 8th June 7.30pm

Short plays by local writers will be performed script-in-hand in the informal atmosphere of the theatre's Studio.

The Festival has grown out of successful play readings at the Guild of Players' Friday night events in the Studio. This provides acting opportunities for members unable to commit to a full Main House production.

Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June

"In Memorium" directed by Rachel Reekie

"For the Greater Good" directed by Liz McGuiness

"Shamus Macbeth" directed by Ali Donawho

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th June

"Paborski" directed by Jordan Kingstree

"The Invisible Woman" directed by Sandy McDougall

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