National Theatre of Scotland Hits Falkirk Nightclub with Reasons to Dance

The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to announce the venue and final performance details for Reasons to Dance.  The culmination of a seven month project, which has seen an embedded creative team engage with and collect stories from over 1000 people from Falkirk and surrounding area, the Reasons to Dance show is a unique theatrical experience, running from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st March at Falkirk’s City Nightclub.  A press performance will take place on Wednesday 28th March.

Reasons to Dance invites audience members to immerse themselves in a world of Falkirk dancing memories from the last 100 years, as a large scale community cast from a broad range of ages brings stories to life through movement, storytelling and dance, their performance enhanced by City’s state-of-the-art video, projection, sound and lighting systems.  Guests will meet a range of characters; the bandleaders and bouncers, the DJs and players, the lovers, the fighters, the weird and the wonderful. On a journey through dance halls, school halls, bedrooms, cloakrooms and beyond, the audience will taste dancing triumph and disaster, learn the unwritten rules and routines of a night out, discover tips on dress, footwear and beauty across different eras, and maybe even pick up a few new moves…

Gillian Gourlay, Director Reasons to Dance, National Theatre of Scotland said:
“The excitement and realisation of what we have been able to achieve here in Falkirk over the months is beginning to hit home and, now that the tickets are on sale, I would encourage anyone who doesn’t want to miss a night to remember, to book their tickets now.  How often do you get an opportunity to see the real life stories of people from your own community brought to life in such a unique and entertaining way, and in such an unusual venue for a theatre event? Why have a night in, when you could have such a great (and free!) night out?”

Ann Loughrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower said:
“At ScottishPower we are committed to supporting the arts in Scotland and we are proud to sponsor the National Theatre of Scotland in its long awaited theatrical finale to Reasons to Dance.”

Created in partnership with Falkirk Community Trust

Sponsored by ScottishPower with support from the Scottish Government

Listings

Location:             City Nightclub, 8-12 Princes Street, Falkirk
Dates:                Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st March 2012
Times:                Doors open 6.45pm; Event commences 7pm
Saturday matinee:     Doors open 2.15pm; Event commences 2.30pm
Prices:               Tickets free (£3 deposit, refundable on evening of performance)
Tickets:              Falkirk Town Hall Steeple Box Office, Tel: 01324 506850
Box office open Mon – Sat, 9:30am – 4:45pm
Ages:                 Recommended for age 8+
Accessibility:        Venue is fully accessible
Press:                Press performance Wednesday 28th March (doors 6.45pm, start 7pm)
     Join us for refreshments after the show.

Location:             City Nightclub, 8-12 Princes Street, Falkirk

Dates:                Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st March 2012

Times:                Doors open 6.45pm; Event commences 7pm

Saturday matinee:     Doors open 2.15pm; Event commences 2.30pm

Prices:               Tickets free (£3 deposit, refundable on evening of performance)

Tickets:              Falkirk Town Hall Steeple Box Office, Tel: 01324 506850

Box office open Mon – Sat, 9:30am – 4:45pm

Ages:                 Recommended for age 8+

Accessibility:        Venue is fully accessible

Press:                Press performance Wednesday 28th March (doors 6.45pm, start 7pm)      Join us for refreshments after the show.

For further information on Reasons to Dance, visit www.nationaltheatrescotland.com and facebook.com/reasonstodance.  The team can also be contacted directly at reasonstodance@nationaltheatrescotland.com or by calling 0141 227 9230.

Creative Team

Gillian Gourlay (Director), Philippa Tomlin (Director), Fiona Manson (Assistant Director), Tim Reid (Video Designer), Claire Halleran (Costume and Set Designer), Paul Claydon (Lighting), Michael John McCarthy (Sound Designer)

PRESS CONTACT

FOR FURTHER PRESS INFO/IMAGES/INTERVIEWS/FOOTAGE, CONTACT:

Adam McDougall, Marketing and Press Officer, National Theatre of Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 141 227 9231 E: adam.mcdougall@nationaltheatrescotland.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.  Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating over 137 productions in 125 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The company has performed to almost 600,000 people, across three continents.

2. For box office information and updates visit www.nationaltheatrescotland.com and / follow us on twitter.com/NTSonline; facebook.com National Theatre of Scotland and   http://www.youtube.com/user/NTSonline

3. Falkirk Community Trust is a new charitable company set up by Falkirk Council to deliver culture, library, recreation and sport services on its behalf from 1 July 2011. For further information please contact trust@falkirk.gov.uk;

Reasons to Dance forms part of the Falkirk Community Trust Dance & Drama Development programme. For further information regarding the programme please contact drama@falkirk.gov.uk

4. ScottishPower/National Theatre of Scotland - Between 2006 and 2010, the partnership between ScottishPower and National Theatre of Scotland supported the creation of sixteen Transform projects across Scotland reaching and engaging school pupils and community members in creative and practical tasks that not only supported the Curriculum for Excellence but also gave them hands on experience in all aspects of creating theatre. 

ScottishPower continued its support of the National Theatre of Scotland through the sponsorship of three new community and education projects throughout 2010, 2011 and 2012: 99…100, Truant and Reasons to Dance.

99…100 was a major arts project that explored and celebrated the stories of Fife. The 99…100 team of artists and participants embedded themselves in Fife during 2010, seeking out local stories through a series of live arts events involving dance, music, performance, flashmobs, exhibitions, forest and beach walks, haircuts and football. The project culminated in a large scale theatre event at Silverburn Park, Leven, Fife, in November 2010.

Truant was a piece of theatre exploring modern parenting and the social consequences of rule-making and rule-breaking in Glasgow families. Set in Glasgow and inspired by its people, Truant was the result of interviews with a diverse range of people from communities across Glasgow exploring responses to questions about family values, the challenges of modern parenting and the place of children in society.

Reasons to Dance is a major new arts project taking place in Falkirk from September 2011 to March 2012. The project will explore why people dance, their memories of dancing and traditions associated with going out dancing. Reasons to Dance will combine true tales of dancing with drama, music and visual art in events across Falkirk.

http://www.scottishpower.co.uk

5. We would like to make a request for your support: Corporate sponsorship of the National Theatre of Scotland is crucial to its future. As arts supporters yourselves we hope you will help us in maintaining this important portion of our income and healthy relationships with sponsors by mentioning them in your coverage. This makes a real difference to the National Theatre of Scotland. Mentions are counted and used as an evaluation of projects. Please credit our sponsors. 

Contact: ADAM MCDOUGALL
Phone: 01412279231
Email: adam.mcdougall@nationaltheatrescotland.com
Website: http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com