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Scottish Ballet Fairy Godmother Competition

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

To celebrate their festive production of Cinderella, Scottish Ballet are offering the chance to win an extra-special night at the the ballet for you and your fairy godmother/father, dinner and an overnight stay in a luxury hotel!

It could be anyone from a family member or a best friend to a teacher or workmate. Maybe they surprised you with a wonderful gift, drove you to your dance classes or helped you prepare for an important job interview – any act of kindness which transformed your life.

How to enter:

For your chance to win, simply explain who your Fairy Godmother is and what makes them so special. How you tell your story is up to you – it can be a story, poem, video, photo, drawing or anything you like!

Send your entry including contact details and your chosen city to FairyGodmother@scottishballet.co.uk with ‘Fairy Godmother competition’ in the subject line, or if you would prefer to post your entry, please send it to:

Fairy Godmother competition
Scottish Ballet
Tramway
25 Albert Drive
Glasgow
G41 2PE

The closing date for entries is Thursday 2nd December 2010. Winners will be picked by Scottish Ballet’s own Fairy Godmother, with one winner in each city Cinderella tours to: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella opens at Theatre Royal Glasgow on 14 December and will run until 31 December before touring to Festival Theatre Edinburgh 12 – 15 January 2011, His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen 19 – 22 January, Eden Court Theatre Inverness 26 – 29 January 2011 and the Grand Opera House Belfast 2 – 5 February 2011.

Early Christmas shopping at Inver Cottage

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Yes, the Mafia are packing their trunks and hitting the road again! And my goodness, it looks like a wonderful trip…

Where and when?
This Sunday, the 14th of November, from 11.30 til 4.30, we’ll be rocking it Christmas-style at the wonderful Inver Cottage.  Pretty much all of your festive shopping can be taken care of in one fell swoop with a range of sellers offering jewellery, clothing, stationery, accessories and more.

Inver Cottage is well-known for its amazing food and beautiful surroundings, so dress warmly and make a day of it! You can find out more about Inver Cottage on their website: http://www.invercottage.com/

Who’ll be there?
Frayed at the Edges, The Rainbow Effect, Carrot Coriander, Asking for Trouble, Rosie’s Retro Styling and Glitterysah with be joined by two of Inver’s local suppliers, selling scarves and festive wreaths.

So come on down and choose handmade not high street this Christmas!

Mary, Queen of Shops

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Mary, Queen of Shops

If you follow any of our members on Twitter, you’ll know that on Monday nights at 9pm, a fair few of us are glued to the telly. We’ve been watching retail expert Mary Portas give advice to struggling outlets on how to improve the shopping experience for customers, and how to sell, sell, sell without selling out.

Although we only currently have one bricks and mortar retailer amongst our number, Rachael Albert, who you’ll find in Glasgow’s DeCourcey’s Arcade, the tips Mary gives can often be applied to online shopkeeps like us – as well as giving great advice to keep shoppers savvy, too.

There are a couple of extra special reasons to watch tonight’s episode, however, as the shop in question specialises in the gifts/handmade market AND features the work of two Glasgow Craft Mafia members. Keep your eyes peeled for the graphic design expertise of Much Too Fun’s Mhairi Mackenzie, and the sometimes graphic designs of Miso Funky – our resident cross-stitcher extraordinaire!

Why not settle down in front of BBC2 and pop over to Twitter this evening, follow @queenofshops for her thoughts and insights on filming as the episode unfolds, and join in the conversation!

Two More Members

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Bringing us up to 38 are our two newest members – let’s meet them!

blottedcopybook

Blottedcopybook is the brainchild of Vonnie Sandlan, whose passion revolves around repurposing, upcycling and recycling – although she’ll never say no to a nice ball of wool!

much too fun!

Much Too Fun! is a cool, creative outlet bringing you the very best in kitsch, fun jewellery and accessories including Bonnie Bling which celebrates the very best in Scottish slang with wearable plastic patter.

Want to join us? Check out how to Get Made.

Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Scottish Ballet

The curtain lifts on a dimly lit stage. Motionless figures are silhouetted against an illuminated backdrop, showing a street scene in Rome, overlaid with flickering images of Rome’s post-war landscape and people.  Welcome to Scottish Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet, a production as far away from tutus and romantic frippery as it’s possible to get.  Choreographed especially for Scottish Ballet, the only thing recognisable from traditional productions is the fantastic Prokofiev score played with joyous precision by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

In this modern retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story, the Capulets are a strutting, fascistic black-shirted force, the Montagues, left-wing agitators. The action spans three different time periods – the 1930s, 50s and 90s – underpinning the universality of the message, that in every time people find themselves torn between love and loyalty, old feuds and the unrealised possibility of reconciliation.

Throughout the taut first act, the story unfolds with scenes of high drama punctuated by points of exquisite stillness.  In one spine-tingling moment, the entire cast drops to the floor as one to reveal the lone figure of Juliet at the back – it’s our first glimpse of her, and utterly mesmerising.  Dressed in a short, gossamer-light dress emphasising the youth and innocence of her character, Sophie Martin brings out the vulnerability of Juliet, and transposes it into strength by the end of the ballet.

The familiar strains of the Montagues and Capulets theme (you know, this one ) is matched with strong, angular movements, macho leaps and posturing, expressing the power and intent of these warring families.  This contrasts with the delicacy of the pas de deux between Romeo and Juliet, the most astonishingly intimate of which is the bedroom scene at the start of act III.

Scottish Ballet

The ballet doesn’t sugar the pill of the tragedy of death, from harrowing real-life scenes on the screen to the stage deaths of Mercurio, Tybalt and, eventually, Romeo and Juliet themselves. Romeo’s pain is palpable as he returns to Juliet’s lifeless body again and again, lifts and carries her before placing her back on the bed and killing himself. When she stirs, half-pinned by Romeo’s prone form, it’s heartbreaking as she discovers her lover dead and takes her own life.  There’s no light relief from the emotional intensity; the grieving families leave the stage, unreconciled, and the curtain drops.

There’s still time to catch this terrific show! It plays in Glasgow until April 24th, then goes to Aberdeen, Inverness and Belfast.

www.scottishballet.co.uk