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Curtain up on ONFife’s new season of shows and events

24 December 2019

New Year is just about here so start making your entertainment plans for 2020.

ONFife has just released its brochure for the new season and it’s packed with nearly 60 shows, exhibitions and events in Dunfermline and Lochgelly.

Musicals, drama, comedy, art, family events in libraries, museums, live music and movies – you’re going to have a busy diary ahead if you’re a culture vulture.

From the soaring melodies of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Viennese Gala (January 10) to Herman’s Hermits 55th Anniversary Tour (March 15), and from the drama of The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns (February 1) to the comedy of Gary Faulds (May 16), there’s a packed programme at Carnegie Hall.

Add to that The Skids Unplugged (April 19) and the ever-popular HM Band of Royal Marines new season of performances, and you will be spoiled for choice.

And returning once again are the monthly Comedy Cafes, bringing top names and new talent to ever growing comedy audience who have discovered these great shows on their doorstep.

At Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, there will be a whole series of activities, including children’s events, a family ceilidh, Twilight Talk and a ‘Boozy Burns Bash’, tied in with the new Tae A Bard Robert Burns exhibition, which opened on December 7 and runs until April 19.

Coming in March is the fantastic contemporary art exhibition Lines From Scotland, which explores some of the varied ways that Scottish artists and designers communicate their thoughts and ideas (March 7- May 10).

Weekends With The Family days continued with Harry Potter Book Night: Triwizard Tournament (February 1) and Celebrates From the Deep Dark Wood (May 9).

At the Lochgelly Centre the exhibition Jennie Lee: From Lochgelly to the Lords looks at the life of the town’s own pioneering 20th century MP and Minister (on until March 6). To mark the end of the exhibition there will be rehearsed reading performance of a new play, Jennie Lee: Tomorrow is a New Day, which explores the political life of the famous Fifer (March 5).

On the music front, Lochgelly will be presenting as diverse shows as A Tribute to Ariana & JoJo (February 13) and Something About Simon – The Paul Simon Story (February29).

The Great Fife Road Show 50th Anniversary Concert (January 18) is a special night not to miss and will be bringing together members of the star-studded folksong-based troupe who first got together in 1969 – including Maureen (Chalmers) Blyth, Davie Craig, Barbara Dickson, Noel Farrow, Cilla Fisher, Jim Herd, Jimmy Hutchison, Brian Miller, Rab Noakes, Davey Stewart and Artie Trezise.

There will be fun galore for our youngest audiences with The Whirlybird (ages 3-7, February 15) and Anonymouse (ages 0-5, April 17).

Spontaneous Potter (May 8) might sound like it’s for children but this smash hit improvisation comedy play – described as “Totally jaw-dropping…improv at its best” – is for over 16s only.

Further afield in Fife, one of the biggest highlights on the musicals front is the much anticipated Oor Wullie (March 9-11, Adam Smith Theatre), which has been winning rave reviews. Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar and the rest of the Sunday Post gang are back in a new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary as Scotland’s beloved comic strip.

At the other end of the music offering, The Met Opera Live Screenings will be bringing world-class productions from around the globe to the Adam Smith Theatre, including Porgy and Bess (February 5) and Tosca (May 1).

Strictly fans are in for a treat with Ian Waite and Vincent Simone…Act Two (April 17) which promises another wonderful evening of dance, comedy and song.

Meanwhile the National Theatre Live screenings, which have been building a strong audience, continue with the Noel Coward classic Present Laughter (January 16), starring Andrew Scott, and Cyrano de Bergerac (March 15), which sees James McAvoy return to the stage in this inventive new adaptation. There will also be a Branagh Theatre Live screening of The Winter’s Tale (January 17), starring Judi Dench. Drama is also on stage with The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Munro (May 30), a stunning production taking us back to the last day in the life of the Hollywood icon.

The new season also has some more unusual shows, including Worn (May 2), an emotive new dance production, and The Psychology of Serial Killers (May 8), a talk on the dark underbelly of murder.

The brochure also has full details of the ONScreen movies, from Judy (January 24) to The Personal History of David Copperfield (March 26).

For the first time ONFife has introduced a multi-buy offer, applicable to more than 60 shows, offering up to 20 per cent off ticket prices.

You can pick up a copy of the new brochure at any ONFife venue or library. Alternatively, you can find out more and book tickets at www.onfife.com.

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For further information please contact: Sheona Small, Press Officer, tel 07809 727 989 or 03451 555 555 ext 445046, or email: sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors:

· Fife Cultural Trust (ONFife) manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information about Fife Cultural Trust can be found online at www.onfife.com