July 28 - August 8: Aberdeen International Youth Festival www.aiyf.org
Tuesday, August 1: NMN Comedy's Pre-Fringe Blowout Venue: Venue Detail: Upstairs @ The Blue Lamp 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1BU Time: Doors 8pm, Show Start 8.30pm Finish 10.30pm Details: A free monthly comedy night dedicated to developing and showcasing local comedic talent. Want to see comedians testing and honing their craft but can't afford (or be bothered) to travel to Edinburgh and pay extortionate prices for everything? *Have no fear as we have you covered. We have the very best local acts Beta Testing their material. Come along and have a laugh. Opening Days and Times: Tuesday 1st August Doors 8pm, Show Start 8.30pm Finish 10.30pm* REE ENTRY https://www.facebook.com/events/1953334011615788 Venue Detail Upstairs @ The Blue Lamp 21 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BU Performing Arts,Theatre & Shows, Stand-up, Comedy, live shows, culture, humour, standup, local, comedians, professional, amateur, free, Comedy Organiser: Marc Christie Admission charge: FREE Tickets from: Website: https://www.facebook.com/newmaterialnight Public telephone: 07599751377
Wednesday, August 2: Dramatic Troop for Artistic Creation (Morocco) and Jamaican Youth Theatre come together for a double bill as part of AIYF. Black & White by The Dramatic Troop explores different types of conflict in the world through a fiercely competitive fight for the love of a mysterious woman. Jamaican Youth Theatre's piece called Jamaica Drum chronicles the importance of the drum through the history of Jamaica, +, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 7pm. Tickets £6.60 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Thursday, August 3: As part of AIYF, Dance Studio Light (Czech Republic) and Jamaica Youth Festival present a double bill. Dance Studio Light return to AIYF with two new pieces of choreography that explore migration, identity, isolation and acceptance. Jamaican Youth Theatre presents Jamaica Drum, which chronicles the importance of the drum through the history of Jamaica, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 7pm. Tickets £6.60 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Thursday, August 3: The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland will perform as part of AIYF, with a programme, inspired by The Americas theme, that includes “American in Paris” from George Gershwin and “Symphony No 3” by Arron Copeland, in His Majesty’s Theatre at 7.30pm with 9.30pm finish. Tickets £18.50 - £12.50 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
August 4: Tor Na Coille Whisky Club Venue: Tor Na Coille Hotel, Inchmarlo Road, Banchory, AB31 4AB Time: 7pm-9pm Details: This is not your father’s whisky tasting. There will be no corduroy, cardigans or chin-stroking. Just good whisky. And lots of it. *Join whisky connoisseurs Sandy Kenneway and Steven McConnachie for a guided tour of Scotland’s national drink, sampling malts from across the country and learning about what makes good whisky. For just £20 per person, you can sample several whiskies in some of the most beautiful surroundings on Royal Deeside on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August. Or, for those keen to visit all sessions, get four for the price of three with a block booking. With decades of experience in the whisky industry between them, Sandy – who has led tastings at festivals across Scotland – and Steven – a whisky expert from renowned bottler Murray McDavid – will debunk the myths surrounding the whisky making process and highlight the subtle differences between different regions and expressions. Sitting amongst acres of private wooded ground, the four-star Tor Na Coille Hotel offers stunning panoramic views of Royal Deeside. Each of the Victorian country house hotel’s rooms and suits is uniquely decorated, giving them all a distinct personality of their own. The Tor Na Coille Whisky Club will run from 7pm on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August at £20 per person. Block book all four sessions and pay just £60. Visit www.tornacoille.com for more information about the hotel, and email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01331 822242 to book. Organiser: Tor Na Coille Hotel Admission charge: £20 per person per session, or £60 to block book all four sessions
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Friday, August 4: Y dance, Scotland’s national dance agency for young people once again bring some of the brightest talent from across Scotland to AIYF for an evening of new contemporary dance. With guest choreographers from the UK and abroad the young dancers are challenged by some of the best professional artists in the business and create exciting and innovative dances for audiences of all ages, in The Lemon Tree Studio, West North Street, Aberdeen, at 7pm. Tickets £6.60 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Saturday, August 5: The AIYF International Variety Gala offers a celebration of the wide range of both local and international performers attending AIYF this year. Showcasing many of the best in dance, theatre, music and song performances that have entertained audiences over the previous nine days. The gala will see groups taking part from Jamaica, Czech Republic, USA, Ghana, Russia, Italy and many more including from across the UK, in His Majesty’s Theatre at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £28.50 - £13.50, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Tuesday, August 8 – 12: The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to Aberdeen. Christopher, 15 years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world, in His Majesty’s Theatre at 7.30pm with 2pm Thursday and 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £32 - £13, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Thursday, August 10: Aberdeen Performing Arts hosts a Practitioner Training event in collaboration with Touchstone and the National Theatre inspired by the award-winning production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. This event is a unique training workshop with Touchstone and will be followed by two Curious Incident Insight Sessions led by Kim Pearce (National Theatre Resident Director on both UK tours), which will explore the making of the production. The day will conclude with the performance of Curious Incident itself, and catering will be provided throughout, in His Majesty’s Theatre from 10am, with performance at 7.30pm. Full day £50, ½ day £40, ¼ day £25, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Thursday, August 10: This National Theatre Insight Session: Inside the Rehearsal Room offers an overview of how the creative team worked collaboratively to bring The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time to life, as well as practical demonstrations of how the actors and directors work together in rehearsals to unlock the script!, in His Majesty’s Theatre at 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets £5, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Thursday, August 10: This National Theatre Insight Session: Technical in Focus offers a multi-media insight into the processes used by the design team when imagining The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time for the first time. It will explore how the audio/visual elements have evolved in line with the staging of the production, and offer you an understanding of the stagecraft displayed on stage, in His Majesty’s Theatre at 5pm to 6pm. Tickets £5, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
SOLD OUT - Monday, August 14: Making a Murderer - A Conversation with Steven Avery’s former Criminal Deference Attorney Jerry Buting will be an evening of conversation with one of the most compelling figures featured in the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £19.80 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Friday, August 18: Neil Hilborn is a bestselling author, and with over 100 million views to his credit, he is the most-watched poet ever. See him in his element in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £11 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Saturday, August 19 – 20: Anchors away with Anya, Gary and Kevin (formerly the stars of The Singing Kettle) for their all new show for 2017 – Underwater Adventure where they voyage beneath the waves to the bottom of the ocean. There’s somefin fishy going on in their latest singalong tail - the FUNBOX is locked and the gang will have to cause a splash because their magical keys are all tucked up in the sea bed. Can they find them all in time? Find out in His Majesty’s Theatre at12pm & 3pm. Tickets £16 | family ticket available, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122Saturday, August 19: Kintore Church Organ Recital by Philip Berg MVO FRCO ARCM Master of the Music, The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, London playing a varied & inspiring selection of music Kintore Parish Church donations will be welcomed
Saturday, August 19: Approaching their 20th year in 2018, Blazin’ Fiddles are undoubtedly one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Since the late ‘90s, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once. This legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Wednesday, August 23 – 26: Lyric Musical Society’s Anything Goes tells the story of the hilarious antics on an ocean liner on its way from New York to London and the lives and loves of the characters on board. Come along and join The Lyric to celebrate their special birthday in style as they cast off and set sail on a voyage of fantastic music and song! in His Majesty’s Theatre at 7.30pm with 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £32.50 - £26.50 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
August 26 - September 25: TechFest, Aberdeen
Saturday, August 26: Groove Cruise are Aberdeen's premier party band playing an irresistible mix of dancefloor classics from the 60's to the present. From Stevie Wonder to Bruno Marrs from Pink to Paloma, Groove Cruise are guaranteed to have you shaking your stuff on the dancefloor all night long, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 8pm. Tickets £11 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Monday, August 28 – Saturday, September 2: Following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre, the classic story of the trailblazing Jane Eyre is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms, in His Majesty’s Theatre at 7.30pm with 2pm Thursday and Saturday matinee. Tickets £31.50 - £12.50 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Tuesday, August 29 – Tuesday, November 14: APA Engage! Senior Youth Theatre (S5 +_S6) participants will develop skills in performance, theatre making and staging a performance. Participants will work as an ensemble alongside theatre professionals to create a production which will be fully staged in The Lemon Tree for two nights at the end of Term 3. This course takes place at His Majesty's Theatre Education Studio. There is a priority booking period for attenders of the previous term, this class may have limited availability prior to going on sale. Classes take place every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 9pm and places cost £80 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Tuesday, August 29 – Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Project Band is a course unlike any other, where you will work towards a showcase in The Lemon Tree at the end of the academic year. It offers the chance to fine tune your song writing skills and get a foot up in the music industry. Workshops will be offered in areas including sound recording, event planning, marketing, as well as plenty of time to develop practical music skills. This course takes place across three terms, on Tuesday evenings from 7pm – 9pm, in His Majesty’s Theatre Education Suite. Places cost £70/term or £210 in advance, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Wednesday, August 30 – Wednesday, November 15: APA Engage! Intermediate Youth Theatre (for S3 + S4) will hone your performance skills and further develop your understanding of how to stage a performance. You will work as an ensemble alongside theatre professionals to devise a production which will be fully staged in The Lemon Tree Studio for two nights at the end of Term 3. Throughout the three terms you will explore a range of theatre styles and techniques and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of skills workshops lead by industry professionals. This course takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, in His Majesty’s Theatre Education Suite. Places cost £75/term, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Wednesday, August 30: All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £11 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.
Thursday, August 31 – Thursday, November 16: APA Engage! Mega Maestros is an opportunity for children of Primary 4-7 age to develop a love for performing, build on their confidence and develop skills in singing and music making. In Mega Maestros we explore different genres of music, develop musicianship skills through games and creative exercises and perform a sharing of work at the end of term for friends and family. This course takes palce on Thursday afternoons from 4pm – 5.30pm, in His Majesty’s Theatre Education Suite. Places cost £70/term, from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122
Thursday, August 31: Providing unstoppable grooves since 2010, award-winning Federation of the Disco Pimp are Scotland’s premier exponent of modern funk. Combining elements of Old-School Funk, Disco, Psychedelic and Jazz, this 7-piece band of Scots are legendary for their endless energy and blistering live sets, in The Lemon Tree Lounge, West North Street, Aberdeen, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £11 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or tel 01224 641122.