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A MUSICAL comedy based on the “real life love story” of playwright and songwriter Noel Coward and actress Gertrude Lawrence is set to wow audiences at the Theatre Royal Dumfries.


The production – Noel & Gertie – is a revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years and has been crafted from diaries and letters between the pair. 2017 is the tenth anniversary of Morley’s death and so the play is being revived as a celebration of his life.


It is set to run at the Theatre Royal Dumfries on Thursday the 16th of March 2017.


Matthew Townshend, the director and producer, said: “This play encapsulates a real-life love story and the complex relationship between an extraordinary duo who were inseparable until Gertrude’s premature death from cancer.


“It epitomizes an era of sophistication and elegance and features songs, sketches and snippets of scenes from some of Coward’s most famous work.


“It also has a superb cast. It’s a show not to miss.”


Helen Power, who has previously appeared in Sunset Boulevard on the West End and appeared in the UK tour of Chess will play Gertie, while Ben Stock, whose credits include West End performances of Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play Coward. Musical direction is by the acclaimed Steven Edis and live piano accompaniment is provided by Johnathan Lee.


The musical, from Matthew Townshend Productions, showcases more than 20 songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and is set to be a sell-out success.


It has already met with rave reviews after being featured as part of Frinton Summer Theatre’s 2014 75th Anniversary season and over the next two months the production will tour the UK with 26 venues lined up.


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Lockerbie Jazz Festival 2016


There’s a host of new initiatives creating extra interest around this year’s Lockerbie Jazz Festival.


Alongside the Festival headliners – Rose Room, Hamish Stuart’s 360, Leroy Jones, Mike Zito, Blues n”Trouble, and Alan Barnes – the Festival is shouting out to young people to join the new Youth Singing Group. The Group, created at Lockerbie Academy on the initiative of the Jazz Festival, is hoping to attract and develop vocal talent in the same way that the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Jazz Orchestra does for instrumentalists.


The group is run by one of the country’s top Choir leaders, Elliot Murray, a great singer and band leader in his own right, and it’s open to school pupils from across the region. They’ve been holding rehearsals every Monday at 4pm, and will play their first concerts at this year’s Lockerbie Jazz Festival.


Whilst the spark for the idea has come from the Festival, it’s the funding support of the Holywood Trust, and the enthusiasm and drive of Bryony Ladd and Alison Menzies at the Academy that has got the project off the ground.


Bryony Ladd, (Drama Teacher and PT Creative and Aesthetic Faculty) said, “We are delighted that this is taking place and are looking forward to the group appearing at the Jazz Festival.”


Davie Wilson, Chair of Lockerbie Jazz Festival Steering Committee said: “After eleven years the festival continues to seek new ways of attracting audiences and excite festival goers.”


Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion said, “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing – but fortunately the Jazz Festival has swing and chutzpah in abundance – its a wonderful weekend of music and it always lifts the spirits.”

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Lockerbie Jazz Festival takes place from September 23-25. Dumfries and Galloway Council are providing a grant of £7000 from its unique Major Festivals and Events Strategy.


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National Football Tour Hits Dumfries

Dan Gray

Dan Gray

Football and literary fans from across Dumfries & Galloway are being given the chance to take part in a special ‘football night out’ as part of a campaign to highlight the positives of the ‘Beautiful Game’

On Wednesday 13th April at 7:30pm Palmerston Stadium will play host to cult football travel writer Daniel Gray and leading charity Nil by Mouth as they team up to host a special author and football quiz night. The event is part of a nationwide ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ tour which seeks to highlight the positive impact football makes on communities across Scotland. The event is also being supported by the Queens Trust and is free of charge with complimentary refreshments available.

‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ was launched last summer by Nil by Mouth and hundreds of people have taken part in events including quiz nights, school sports competitions, penalty kick competitions and online campaigns encouraging fans to post images of what make them love the game.  Support from the Scottish Government ensured all ten dates on the tour are free of charge.

Daniel Gray is the author of Stramash: Tackling Scotland’s Towns and Teams, a football travelogue which takes him across 12 Scottish towns and teams during a football season. Daniel also hosts STV Edinburgh’s People’s History Show. Last year Daniel was nominated for a prestigious Saltire Award in the Non-Fiction category for his book ‘This is Scotland’. During the event he will read from a number of his books and take questions from the audience about his adventures across Scottish towns and football clubs including Dumfries and Queen of the South.

Nil by Mouth was set up by teenager Cara Henderson after the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott as he made his way home from a football match in 1995. Since then the charity has campaigned to raise awareness of sectarianism on, and off, the pitch including a hugely successful education programme which has seen them work with schools in the D&G region, most recently Gretna Primary School. (more…)

Refresh – Alive’s Supporters Event and AGM

Refresh eventHere’s a great way to find out more about Alive. It’s an engaging event with a special contribution from two local seasoned broadcasters – Colin Colthart and Giancarlo Rinaldi from the BBC studios on Lovers Walk. Colin looks after the local radio news broadcasts and Giancarlo looks after the local online content for

Everyone is welcome and the formal AGM follows at 8.30pm for those who choose to stay.

No need to book – just come along!

Notice of AGM and supporters event

The AGM for Alive Christian Media Ltd. will be on Wednesday 16th March at 7pm in Kings. It will be preceded by an inspirational gathering of volunteers and other interested people, called ‘Refresh’, with a guest speaker from another aspect of local media – more details to follow.

The formal AGM would finish up the evening at the end (at around 8.30pm) and attendees can chose to stay on for the AGM or leave at that point.

The AGM section will be held in accordance with our Memorandum and Articles of Association, which, along with copies of accounts etc., can be found on:

Captain Jack Makes Directorial Debut As Part Of BBS16

A hard-hitting play about hackers performed by Dumfries Youth Theatre will mark the directorial debut for a young Kirkcudbright man.

Jack Finlay, aged 20, who is the first ever Creative Modern Apprentice in Dumfries and Galloway. He is based at the Electric Theatre Workshop, and has been working with a cast of 13 young people aged 12 to 14 from across the area.

The play, called Generation, provides an insight into the dynamic world of youth culture and playground politics in the 21st century. It also shows how technology can be used and abused, and the effect this can have on young people in schools.

Speaking about his first major director’s role, Jack said: “Generation explores the world of young hackers – how technology can be used and abused, and how none of our information is as secure as we like to imagine.

“Working with this cast has been uplifting. And having my first major director’s role has been a real pleasure.”

Dumfries Youth Theatre is hosted by Electric Theatre Workshop, and aims to give young people an opportunity to develop their skills in the performing arts whilst also making new friends and gaining experience of creative industries.

The show takes place as part of Big Burns Supper, the nine day festival of comedy, carnival, cabaret and theatre which takes place in Dumfries from 22 to 30 January.

It is being staged at the Electric Theatre Workshop, Munches Street, Dumfries, on the 28th, 29th, and 30th January at 6pm. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £5.50 for children.


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Queens Announce HUGE day of Music

Saturday the 4th June will see Dumfries based football club Queen of the South playing host to some musical giants who have become synonymous with the 80’s and  early 90’s. Sir Bob Geldof will be topping the bill alongside fellow band members in the Boomtown Rats.

The band who originated in Ireland in the late 70’s may have been eclipsed by the charity work of their knighted lead singer who raised awareness of a terrible famine in Ethiopia over 30 years ago, but for fans of this prolific rock act, they will get a chance to hear such classic hits as Rat Trap, I Don’t Like Mondays, Banana Republic and Someone’s Looking At You, all performed by the original line up.

Pop fans will also be transported back to the decade of big hair and even bigger mobile phones in the guise of Rick Astley who sold 40 million copies of his signature tune” Never Gonna Give You Up” which claimed the number one chart spot in over 25 countries. Far from being a nostalgic act Rick became an internet phenomenon when the video associated with Never Gonna Give You Up was discovered by a new generation, and people who clicked on the video link were said to have been Rickrolled. In 2008 Rick Astley was voted best act ever at the MTV music awards. He also holds a record for his first 8 singles reaching the top 10, fans of his music will also be familiar with songs like, Whenever You Need Somebody, Together Forever and When I Fall In Love.

Palmerston Park which is the home ground of Queen Of The South will also enjoy a performance from Martin Fry and his band ABC who first came to prominence in the mid 80’s, the sharp suited synth pop act stormed the charts with such memorable songs as Poison Arrow and The Look Of Love. ABC have continued to tour and make regular appearances at major music festival across the globe.

Club chairman Billy Hewitson commented “Last year we dipped our toe in the world of music promotions by bringing Status Quo to Palmerston on a Friday night, this was so well received that we decided to host a whole day of retro musical acts this summer whilst holding the tickets at the 2015 price of £45.”

Commercial manager Victoria Thomson added “Some of the things our audience really enjoyed about the venue last year was the fact that there was no mud and that they did not have to camp or stay overnight, it seems as if we have hit upon a line up and venue that offers both a rock and roll experience and a few creature comforts for our attendees. We felt after the success of our inaugural concert that the stadium is ideally suited for staging events of this type.”

The afternoon underbill will feature three other acts, two of which are already confirmed as The Stars From The Commitments and also The Rezillos.

The Stars From The Commitments are a gritty Dublin based nine piece soul band who feature some original cast members from the popular movie The Commitments. Following its release in 1991 it has since been voted as best Irish film of all time. Meanwhile the former cast members and other musicians have toured the world delivering a powerhouse soul set which has even impressed the likes of former American president George Bush. Event attendees can expect to hear classic tracks like Mustang Sally, Take Me To The River and Nowhere To Run.

Edinburgh punk rockers The Rezillos first appeared on the scene in the late 70’s and immediately stood apart from their more nihilistic contemporaries by performing an upbeat play-list which is heavily influenced by 50’s rock and 70’s glam. They once appeared on a prime time music television show called Top of the Pops ironically to perform their hit single also called Top of the Pops. Winners of the Tartan Clef Award and support act for The Proclaimers at Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay celebrations, it is fair to say that The Rezillos are fondly regarded throughout their native Scotland.

Original members Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife commented that” It has been a very long time since we played in Dumfries and we are so looking forward to appearing at Palmerston Park.”

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Classic TV game show looking for local contestants

Fifteen to OneAfter leaving our screens for a while, Fifteen to One is coming back and they’ve asked Alive 107.3fm to search out some potential contestants. If you’re interested, contact us, or use the details on the poster. You could win £40,000!

Davy Crocketts Hat – Dave Bass and Andy McMillan – live acoustic night in Kings

davy crockettIf you missed our live broadcast acoustic night in Kings Coffee and Books on Thursday 22nd October, with Davy Crockett’s Hat – Dave Bass and Andy McMillan – you can catch it again here:

Undoubtedly two of the region’s most impressive musicians, Dave and Andy thrilled the audience with their fun – filled performance.

Zoë Bestel live acoustic night at Kings on 24.09.15 – audio

Zoë BestelThis week’s live broadcast acousitc event from Kings Coffee and Books, was from local singer/songwriter, Zoë Bestel. Listen again to Zoë’s amazing performance, complete with build up and comment from Tom Armstrong and Melissa Gunn in the studio; Ali Donowho on the floor: