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Absolute Classics: Peter Donohoe, piano 
Peter Donohoe, piano

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Thu 4th July 2024 7.30pm

Programme
Mendelssohn Sonata No.1 in E major Op.6
Albeniz Iberia Volume 2 Rondeña, Almeria, Triana

Interval

Mozart Sonata in D major K284
Liszt Remeniscences de Don Juan

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THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY  
THE MASSIVE TRAGEDY OF MADAME BOVARY

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July 7.30pm

Based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, presented by Ha Hum Ah Productions and The Minack Theatre

Emma Bovary is bored. She's bored with her boring doctor husband, bored with her boring provincial village and bored with her role as a dutiful wife in (boring) nineteenth-century France. But Emma reads novels. Lots of novels. And in novels, life is much more fun... Now, four actors battle hilarious mishaps and misbehaving props to tell the (massively) tragic story of Madame Bovary.

Laugh and cry in equal measure as Emma Bovary chooses the wrong husband. Lose yourself in mesmeric love scenes featuring a stupendous collection of devastatingly handsome men. Question the impotence of women in a patriarchal, Victorian society (if you want). There will be vermin, visual absurdity, wild animals and a nun.

Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary was published in 1856, prosecuted for obscenity and hailed as the greatest novel ever written. 

​Flaubert's complex novel is given a refreshing shake up in this irreverent, irrepressible, and irresistible play.

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Absolute Classics: Rossetti Ensemble 
Rossetti Ensemble

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Fri 5th July 2024 7.30pm

Programme 
Beethoven Piano Quartet op. 16 
Mahler Piano Quartet 

Interval 

Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor op. 2

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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 6th July 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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Ritz Duo 
Ritz Duo

Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, Dumfries, DG1 2DF

Sat 6th July 2024 7.30pm

Join us at the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries for a delicious four-course dinner and a lively evening of music with Ritz Duo. From pop to rock, soul to country, they'll be singing all your favourite hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond. 

Whether you're a fan of classic tunes or modern chart-toppers, there's something for everyone at this event. So why not grab a group of friends and come on down for a night you won't forget.

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THE COUNTERFEIT SIXTIES SHOW 
THE COUNTERFEIT SIXTIES SHOW

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Saturday 6th July 7.30pm

Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain's No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history, including: TV programmes, adverts and even clips from the original bands.

The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees - to name but a few - all recreated in this stunning show.

The band members have performed their unique tribute shows all over the UK and abroad, and have a wide range of experience in that field. The members of the band have individually worked with notable sixties' artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more.

Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia!

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Absolute Classics: Septura 
Absolute Classics: Septura

 Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

 Sat 6th July 2024 7.30pm

Programme 

Gershwin Three Piano Prelude 
Joplin Suite from Treemonisha 
Rob Keeley Septurissima 

Interval 

Florence Price Suite of Three Dances 
Copland Appalachian Sprin

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Absolute Classics: Opera Bohemia Tosca 
Opera Bohemia Tosca

 Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

 Sun 7th July 2024 4pm

Scotland's professional touring company Opera Bohemia returns to the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries with a reimagining of Puccini's masterpiece, Tosca. 

Directed by Douglas Nairne and designed by Kenneth MacLeod, the drama is plunged into a world of crime and passion, amidst the treacherous mafia underworld.

Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, Charlie Drummond, leads a star cast in the iconic title role, and the performance is accompanied by chamber orchestra under the baton of Alistair Digges.

This tale of love, lust and deception promises to be another special afternoon at the opera with Opera Bohemia.

Sung in English.

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The Tanner - Written & Performed by Alex McSherry 
The Tanner – Written & Performed by Alex McSherry
 

Greyfriars Church, Dumfries, DG1 1DF

Thu 11th July 2024 7.3pm 

Part of the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of the birth of Robert the Bruce.

The brutality, madness and fear of medieval, man-to-man, combat is brought into sharp focus in a play retelling the actual events of the battles fought by the Scots, commanded by Sir William Wallace, against the English invaders in 1295 - 1307. There are no blue painted faces; no fantasy French Princesses and no tartan anachronisms to be found in this presentation. The play follows the Tanner; a common man, drafted into the army of his country to defend his family & friends from the brutal incursion of the English King Edward. This play sticks to the facts - the blood - the screaming - the death - the loss of all he held dear. The cruelty and barbarism faced by and enacted on the men of the opposing armies is laid bare for all to see. This is not a play for the feint hearted or queasy.

The Tanner is a one man play about a violent historical period in Scots history; written and performed by Alex McSherry, adapted with permission from an original story by Stuart Hepburn. The play predates the Mel Gibson Hollywood epic 'Braveheart' by some years and does not indulge in the romanticising, glamourising, 'modern interpretation' of real events so well loved in the film industry. The play has been verified as historically accurate by the University of Edinburgh department of History and pulls no punches. The language used is rough and direct, as you would expect from a 'common' soldier and, therefore, could offend some of a more delicate disposition. It is therefore advised that the audience be restricted to 18+ (or teens in the company of a responsible adult). The play has received awards for performances in the UK and abroad and will be touring venues and communities all over Scotland during 2024.

"McSherry is a master storyteller, electrifying and mesmerizing. The tanner is crude, brutal, and defiant, bloodied, but unbowed, at times a twinkle in his eye, at times a tear." LA Theatre Review

There will be a Q & A session after the show, to discuss both the performance and the history behind it- including information on the life of Robert the Bruce.

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JOE PASQUALE: THE NEW NORMAL - 40 YEARS OF CACK 
JOE PASQUALE

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Friday 19th  July 7.30pm

The New Normal - 40 years of Cack... continued! 

Joe Pasquale has been showing off on stage for over 40 years! He's bringing his favourite things for another airing to show that things have never been normal. If you have ever wondered why chicken breasts don't have nipples? Then this is the show for you...  

2024 shows include a Q&A. 

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MACFLOYD 
MACFLOYD

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Saturday 20th July 7.30pm

MacFloyd bring their new show  "All That Is Now" to Dumfries Theatre Royal for 2024. It promises to be an unforgettable journey through the timeless music of Pink Floyd spanning five decades of classic songs with a great light and visual display. Join them on their journey for over two hours of great music and an experience to remember. Don't miss it!

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PALM TREE FILMS PRESENTS RED ROSE 
PALM TREE FILMS PRESENTS RED ROSE

Theatre Royal, Dumfries 

Sunday 21st July 7.30pm

AD1792. Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, falls in love with an aristocrat's wife. Denounced as a republican sympathizer, four years later he is dead.

Robert Burns overcomes his upbringing as a farm labourer to become the national poet of Scotland. Love comes his way in the form of Jean Armour but his attempts at securing a happy relationship are blighted by Jean's father who disapproves of Burns. Finally, Jean and Robbie are married and Burns tries to settle down to a happy married life, but the success of his literary career brings with it many temptations and he is unable to resist the attention of the aristocratic women who fawn upon him.

Finding difficulties in supporting his growing family of children, Burns seeks work as a local tax and excise officer in the port of Dumfries as Britain is threatened by the spread of the French Revolution. He meets and falls in love with married aristocrat Maria Riddell, and he is unwittingly exposed to rumour and innuendo. Siding with the sentiments of the revolution, his republican stance provokes retaliation from the aristocracy. Walter Riddell, Maria's husband, circulates false rumours to ruin his reputation. Systematically Burns is ousted from all polite society, and reduced to poverty by his government employers. Only his wife Jean and his friend Lewars stand by him.

Burns, blighted by illness since youth, bids to ease his suffering by giving in to the cures of Doctor Maxwell, who wrongly prescribes mercury. Faced with death, Burns reaffirms his love for Maria, and comes to terms with his powerlessness to right his many affairs and the tragedy of his marriage to Jean as he fights to make sure his work is not destroyed.

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IRELAND THE SHOW 
IRELAND THE SHOW

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Tuesday 23rd July 7.30pm

Now seen by a live audience of over 250,000 to nightly standing ovations and rave reviews join an all-star Irish cast of highly talented singers and performers accompanied by the fabulous Keltic Storm band and world champion Gael Force Irish dancers from an unmissable "Ireland the Show "that will take you on a rip roaring journey through the decades of a globally loved culture. The show will feature all the well-known ballads and singalongs like the Fields of Athenry, the Irish Rover, Galway Girl, The Black Velvet band, Danny Boy and Whisky in the Jar to name but a small few from iconic artists like the Dubliners, the Pogue's, Makem and Clancy, Luke Kelly and Christy Moore Add to that a string of hilarious stories and jokes from our award winning comedian Gary Gamble and his surreal impressions of Daniel o Donnell, topped off with energetic reels and jigs from our fiddling maestro and the talented Keltic voice of Donegal singer Elaine Boyle ,if it's all things Irish you like then this is the one stop show for you that's guaranteed to take you to Ireland and back in one night!

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Kolin Grainger 
Kolin Grainger

Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, Dumfries, DG1 2DF

Sat 27th July 2024 7.30pm

Looking for a delightful evening filled with music and entertainment? Look no further than Kolin Granger's tribute to the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. With his soulful voice and charming stage presence, Kolin will transport you to a bygone era of music and style. You'll find yourself tapping your feet and humming along to classic hits like "Fly Me to the Moon", "That's Amore", and "Mr. Bojangles", among others. So come on down and enjoy an evening that's sure to leave you feeling happy and nostalgic.

After dinner the music is more up tempo as Kolin performs his own Cabaret spot with hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Tom Jones and the Drifters.

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Illyria Theatre presents Romeo & Juliet 
Illyria Theatre presents Romeo & Juliet

The Crichton, Dumfries, DG1 4ZE

 Sun 28th July 2024 7pm

Two wealthy families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are at war. Their feud has been long and bitter. But when Romeo, Montague's son, gatecrashes Capulet's party in disguise, everything changes. There he meets Juliet, Capulet's daughter, and the pair fall into an intense, forbidden love that sets in motion a chain of events leading to a devastating conclusion.

From a secret rendezvous in a moonlit garden to a fateful duel under the scorching Verona sun, Shakespeare masterfully explores the enduring power of love, revenge and fate in one of his best-loved stories. But the surprising thing about this iconic tragedy is that it's extremely funny too!

Performed by Illyria in the great outdoors, this fast-paced, polished, beautifully spoken production has been created using only the First Folio text, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare's plays. Illyria first performed this terrific play more than two decades ago to critical acclaim worldwide. This summer it returns for a third time: passionate, poetic, and utterly gripping!

Running time (approx): 2hrs 20min (inc 20 minute interval)
Suitable for all ages.


Please bring your own seating/rug, suitable clothing and a picnic.
Well-behaved dogs on leads are permitted. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets available from Midsteeple Box Office