Beacon Arts Centre

Friday 24 March, 7.30pm. Tickets £15

Actor Alex Norton’s career has been highly colourful and eventful beyond his wildest dreams. His journey from the streets of Glasgow’s notorious Gorbals to blockbuster Hollywood movies has rarely been smooth, but, in a career spanning six decades, he has pretty much seen it all – and done most of it. He has worked with Billy Connolly, Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson, Johnny Depp and Clint Eastwood; appeared in iconic movies and starred as DCI Matt Burke in Taggart. Uproariously funny and highly entertaining, he will go on an irreverent journey behind the scenes of a showbiz life very well lived.

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Saturday 25 March, 7pm. Tickets £7 (Concessions £5/ Groups of three or more £5 each)

How dangerous is it to stray from the path, and who is it dangerous for? The nurturing family and community of the wolf pack is set against the dangers of the big bad wolf, in a world that sways between littered and tidied, wild and domesticated. Performed by an inter-generational cast including older performers, teenagers and children, dance piece Wolves explores moral guidance given across generations, from morality tales told throughout history to cautionary tales of the present day. The Beacon’s Platinum Project 60-plus dance group are among the cast in this production by Barrowland Ballet. There will also be a curtain-raiser from two local Inverclyde schools who have been exploring the theme from Wolves and working with the Beacon dance team to create new choreographies.

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Friday 31 March, at 7.30pm. Tickets £20 (Concessions £18)

Sing and dance along with an all-star West End cast to the music of The Beatles, Hermans Hermits, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones. Cilla Black, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandy Shaw and many more... Twist And Shout is a non-stop feast of music that features a four-piece live band and a cast of six singers and dancers.

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Friday 31 March, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (Concession £10)

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairytale romance is now distilled for the stage. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies every-woman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

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Saturday 1 April, 8pm. Tickets £16.50

There is strong language in this show

Robert Florence and Iain Connell, creators of hit BBC sketch show Burnistoun, bring their hilarious live show Uncles to the Beacon. Get ready for some big laughs and foul-mouthed guidance from two men who know all the answers to everything.

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Sunday 2 April, 7.30pm. Tickets £22 (Concession £20)

The critically-acclaimed spectacular celebrating the music of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons makes a welcome stop at Beacon Arts Centre. The show revives the beauty of harmonies and songs that flew through the charts in the 60s and 70s.

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Thursday 6 April, 8pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concession)

The event is strictly for over-16s only.

Scotland’s Best Small Comedy Club (Chortle Awards) is back at the Beacon for a night of belly laughs and tear-jerking giggles with resident Scott Gibson (MC) and up to eight comedians with varying levels of “time served” on the UK circuit.

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Saturday 8 April, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (Concession £10)

Horse McDonald's one-woman show, as she goes on a journey from wearing two-tone velvet loons to being one of Scotland’s most celebrated singers and through those times when she had to be careful. Written by Lynn Ferguson and directed by Maggie Kinloch. Join Horse and Maggie afterwards for an audience question-and-answer session, plus hit songs from her illustrious career.

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Saturday 8 April at 7pm and Sunday 9 April at 3.30pm and 7pm. Tickets £9 (family discounts available)

Scottish Opera’s Connect Company, made up of talented young singers, players and stage managers aged between 16 and 21, present Purcell’s tragic tale of love and betrayal. Directed by Mary McCluskey, Scottish Youth Theatre’s artistic director, and designed by Finlay McLay, this exciting, fully-staged production gives a nod to the opera’s classical roots, with a 21st century edge. The company is joined by Shuna Scott Sendall as Dido, Sarah Power as Belinda and Paul Keohone as Aeneas.

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