The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 4 April 2011

South Ayrshire Council launches entertainment programme at Ayr Town Hall

An exciting evening of entertainment marked the official launch of the 2011 events programme at Ayr Town Hall as a number of forthcoming acts took to the stage for a special showcase feature event.

[Pictured: singer Nicola Cassell with South Ayrshire Council's new entertainment brochure.]

The event marked the rebirth of Ayr Town Hall as a major entertainments venue in Ayrshire with art, dance, drama, music and song topping the bill in the coming weeks and months both at the High Street venue as well as the Citadel Leisure Centre.

Over the coming months, the programme offers a variety of live entertainment, exhibitions and events featuring many well-known artists as well as the best of our home-grown talent, including:

Sidesplitters Comedy Club (1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 8 July)
Ayr Concert series (6 April – Scottish Chamber orchestra)
Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra (23 April, 25 June)
Dominic Kirwan (24 and 25 April)
Die Fledermaus (29 April)
Rock at Ayr Town Hall Band Nights (30 April, 21 May, 11 June, 23 July)
Lunchtime pipe organ concerts (from 9 May)
Derek Acorah (14 May)
Burns an’ a’ that Festival (25-30 May)
Tony Christie (11 June – Citadel Leisure Centre)
Lady Boys of Bangkok (21 July – Citadel Leisure Centre).

For the first time, the programme also includes a number of interactive workshops for adults including Glass Fusing, Drawing with Confidence, Textiles Transfer Printing, and Animation. The workshops start in April and are held on Monday or Tuesday evenings and run for six weeks, costing £60 for the course.

Songwriting workshops for young people begin on 20 April and run for eight weeks, with a final performance on Friday 17 June at Ayr Town Hall. The workshops are run by Jamie McGeechan, alias ‘Little Fire‘, who was the winner of 2010 Battle of the Bands. The workshops run on Wednesday evenings with two age categories: 10-13 years and 14 years +. The cost is just £24 for the course.

The exciting Shining Stars Stage School for children and young people begins on Wednesday 20 April and runs for eight weeks with sessions for young people aged 4-7 years, 8-11 years, 12 years +. Groups cover dance, drama and singing and participants will take part in a final grand performance in Ayr Town Hall on Friday 17 June. The cost is £48 for the course.

Harry Garland, South Ayrshire Council’s Executive Director for Children and Community, said: “We have a fantastic programme of entertainment and events in Ayr over the coming weeks and months featuring music, drama, art, song, dance and everything in between, offering something for everyone.

“This marks a new beginning and a very vibrant future for entertainment in South Ayrshire and if the launch event was just a flavour of what we have ahead, I really can’t wait to see what’s next.

“This is an important step in the wider development of the arts and culture scene in South Ayrshire and will help put all our venues firmly on the map.

“We’re also giving local people the chance to develop their own skills with a variety of interactive workshops for the budding artists and stage stars of tomorrow, which I’m sure will prove very popular indeed.”

For further information on the programme, or to make a booking, call the Box Office on 01292 269793 or TicketWeb on 0844 477 1000. Alternatively, log on to or

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