Packed programme at the Gardyne

Jacqui Dankworth, performing at bathgate regal theatre.
Jacqui Dankworth, performing at bathgate regal theatre.

The latest Gardyne Theatre brochure has been sent out highlighting the forthcoming season at the popular Dundee venue.

Alan Dear, theatre manager, explains it is now nearly two years since the theatre re-opened after major refurbishment work.

He said: “We have endeavoured to present a programme that contains events, both professional and amateur, that appeal to a wide audience.

“This forthcoming season sees our regulars return: amateur production by Dundee Schools Musical Theatre, ACT IV, Broughty Opera and Thomson-Leng Musical Society. Scottish Opera make a welcome return with Rodelinde, a brand new production that is touring Scotland.”

Jackie - The Musical, the Gardyne Theatre’s first own-produced professional production based on the iconic girls’ magazine, runs from September 19 to October 5.

Do you remember when there were no mobile phones, apps, texting, e-mails and twitter? When your only contact with other angst-ridden teenage girls was through the pages of the legendary Jackie Magazine?

In ‘Jackie the Musical’ we revisit those heady days of 40 years ago, and tell the story of a recent divorcée, who seeks advice once more from the pages of her old Jackie magazines on ‘how to get a boyfriend’.

Her journey is accompanied by a pulsating sound track of hits from the 70s – played live on stage - guaranteed to unleash a tidal wave of nostalgia over the entire show.

Thrill once more to the unmistakable sounds of Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, Marc Bolan and many others as the audience takes a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies.

The entertainment continues throughout October with a programme promising something for everyone.

From Roddy Woomble of Scottish rock band Idlewild to Rodelinde courtesy of Scottish Opera there is music to suit every taste.

Friday, October 11, sees Woomble take to the stage, with songs from his new album, The ‘Impossible Song and Other Songs’, Ildewild songs and favourites from his other solo works.

A change of pace on Saturday, October 19, when folk legend Watt Nicoll performs with some of the best musicians in Scotland. Hard on his heels is Lloyd Cole who brings his unique song-writing and performing talents to the stage on Sunday, October 20.

From Cole’s ‘Rattlesnakes’ to Rodelinde by Handel on Tuesday, October 22. Scottish Opera, under the direction of Chris Rolls and designer Oliver Townsend, pull out all the stops to present the composer’s most successful opera.

Jazz Toons and Screen Classics rounds of the month on Thursday October 24, with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith with special guest Jacqui Dankworth performing a family friendly selection of old favourites. Running alongside the musical entertainment at the Gardyne is comedy and a rare insight into the world of endeavour and achievement.

Big Walls and High Mountains: an evening with Doug Scott and Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite, on Tuesday, October 29, will have audiences on the edge of their seats and gripping the armrests. The duo, two of the world’s finest mountaineers and high altitude rock climbers, will relay tales of daring ascents all over the globe. For those who like their comedy with an edge, Mark Thomas offers a real treat with his ‘100 acts of Minor Dissent’ on Friday, October 18.

The Gilded Balloon Comedy Circuit offers a great night of top quality humour from Scotland’s leading comedy club on Saturday, October 12.