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LAC Spring Programme Announcement

Posted 02/03/22 by Calvin Wilson

It’s been almost two years since we held a live performance in the theatre at LAC, so we’re looking forward to the Spring programme with lots of excitement and a small amount of nerves. Returning to a live schedule of touring performances hasn’t been easy, juggling rescheduled shows from the last two years with brand new offers created in spite of the pandemic. Hopefully, the next few months present a diverse and varied season that entices you back to LAC this Spring with a line-up of the best musicians, artists and performers from Scotland, the UK and internationally. 

 

 

From Scotland, we have a particular focus on new Scottish theatre with several shows stopping for not one but three performances across the county. We’re particularly excited for The Metamorphosis: Unplugged from Vanishing Point. You might remember them as the company that bought us the incredible The Dark Carnival: Unplugged in 2019. This new show is based on Franz Kafka’s famous tale The Metamorphosis – expect a raucous, cabaret style night out with catchy tunes and interesting moves! We also have a return visit from Company of Wolves who were last here with their heart-breaking adaptation of Achilles. They return this May with another classic retelling, this time of Julius Caesar, like you’ve never seen it before. Another company coming back to LAC is Superfan. They were last here with hit baby show Little Top but are back this Spring with a hilarious show for adults called Like Animals. We first saw this piece at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2019 and were totally taken in by the heart-warming comedy about what’s said and not said. We also have dance from Highland based Julia McGhee, who presents What Moves You? as part of We WANT Women’s Health Festival in Thurso and a special screening of National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

The Metamorphosis: Unplugged will take place in Latheron, LAC & Reay!

 

There’s plenty on for children and young people too  including the super sweet Nettles in the Garden – a shadow puppet show for ages 2+. There’s more incredible puppetry with a visit from Cat Sith, a larger than life cat puppet visiting Wick and Thurso town centre with a very important message. Those of you who came to Unicorn Dance Party in the Summer will be pleased to know that your two favourite clowns are back with Two in a Barrel this Easter holidays. We’re also very excited to bring The Hope River Girls to LAC. An adaptation of another hit show that we caught at the 2019 Fringe, The Hope River Girls is a gripping coming of age tale with amazing choreography for ages 10+. Finally, at the end of the Season in June we are delighted to welcome Frozen Light back to Caithness. Frozen Light specialise is making incredible sensory experiences for audiences with Profound and Multiple and Learning Difficulties. They’re back with 2065, a futuristic adventure for ages 13+. Don’t forget to check out Caithness Young Creatives and our regular workshop programme too for more opportunities for young people to get involved. 

 

Cat Sith will take place in both Wick & Thurso

 

As ever we have a brilliant music programme from folk to funk, with the return of old favourites and emerging artists. International duos Bowker-Myslek Duo and Cordes en Ciel both bring innovative chamber music to the programme and  Budapest Cafe Orchestra return to Caithness with their blistering Balkan beats. James Brown is Annie are back for a funky weekend of home-coming gigs – both nights are guaranteed to sell out so book early! Project Smok, with a stellar line-up many of you will recognise, will present their exciting and progressive take on Scottish traditional music. Pianist James Ross will shed new light on the writing of Neill Gunn and LAC favourite Jenny Sturgeon presents her stunning audio – visual reinterpretation of the works of Nan Shepherd. Indeed, for any music and film fans, we recommend you don’t miss out on the screening of Iorram. The first ever cinema documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic, ​​the original score for the film was written by award winning musician Aidan O’Rourke, who also is part of the band Lau. We’re also very excited to welcome Edinburgh’s Blue Rose Code to Caithness for the first time.

 

Budapest Cafe Orchestra play LAC and The PPP in Wick!

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website and social media too for updates about our year round programmes and projects like the Unexpected Garden and CAIR: Caithness Artists in Residence. We really can’t wait to welcome you back. We’ll still have some Covid-19 safety measures in place, including encouraging mask wearing, social distancing and limited capacities. But you can absolutely expect the warm LAC welcome, complete with a well-stocked bar and top quality artists and performers from around the world. 

See you soon! 

Charlotte & The LAC Team