A committed collective of artists, writers, actors and performers have combined their talents to create Falkirk’s first locally produced art festival.
For Falkirk’s Sake takes place in the Alehouse at Behind the Wall, Melville Street, from July 27 to August 2 and features a little bit of everything - from children’s authors to sophisticated jazz, live theatre to award-winning films.
And it is all delivered by a real who’s who of local talent – people who all call Falkirk their home or those born in the area.
Actor and film maker Grant Thomson said: “For Falkirk’s Sake will bring theatre, spoken-word, music, film and an art exhibition to the town.
“It’s the result of a collaboration between four local performers and artists – myself, Dickson Telfer, Katie White and Craig Allan – with the aim of showing off local talent and producing an artist-led multi-arts festival.
“We wanted to create an event that would showcase the diverse talent Falkirk has to offer and we’re pleased we have got such great talent appearing – we are proud all the performers are either Falkirk-based or originally from Falkirk.”
Here’s the full line-up appearing at For Falkirk’s Sake 2014
Sunday, July 27
(1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.) Stuart Reid ‘Reading Rocks’ – award winning author Stuart presents a show a Barry Manilow sized bogie of a show featuring his characters Gorgeous George and Grandpa Jock.
Monday, July 28
(2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.) Film Falkirk – a showcase of short films from Falkirk film makers Gordon Robertson, Adam Stafford, Alan McLaughlan, John McPhail, Richard Watson, Barry Frame, Jonathan Mortimer, Lee Crompton, Katie White, Dickson Telfer and Sonja Blietschau.
Tuesday, July 29
(2 p.m.) Tryst Theatre presents ‘Spark of the Celestial Fire’ – from the writer of ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ comes an engaging play about the all too short life of Rabbie Burns; (7.30 p.m.) The Barony Players present ‘The 39 Steps’ – mystery and mayhem abound in this adaptation of Buchan’s beloved actioner.
Wednesday, July 30
(2 p.m.) Film Falkirk – another chance to see the short film showcase first shown on Monday; (7.30 p.m.) ‘Alan Bissett’s Greatest Hits/Untitled Presents’ – Award winning author Alan presents a compilation of the best bits from his books and plays, including excerpts from ‘Boyracers’, ‘Pack Men’ and ‘The Incredible Adam Spark’ followed by readings from the cream of Falkirk writing talent including Gordon Legge, Janet Paisley, Dickson Telfer, Bethany Ruth Anderson, Samuel Best, Karyn Dougan, Paul Cowan and Paul Tonner.
Thursday, July 31
(2 p.m.) Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) present a showcase of mixed media designed to inspire, raise awareness and entertain; (7 p.m.) Bill Wells’ National Jazz Trio of Scotland – an evening of smooth sounds led by Falkirk-born musician and composer Bill. Support comes in the fine form of local troubadours Will Treeby, Adam Donaldson and Robbie Lesiuk.
Saturday, August 2
(10 a.m.) Art and Photography exhibition – paintings and sculptures on display from Niciak Marcina, Mandy Gray, Ana Sawicz, Gordon Brown and Steven McCrystal.
Grant said: “There is a range of shows that will amuse, challenge and entertain all ages and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our home for the festival, Behind the Wall, which we thank for its generous support. We’re confident local people will enjoy some great arts and culture during the festival.”
Tickets to all the shows are available from The Steeple box office on (01324) 506850. Visit www.forfalkirkssake.wordpress.com for more information.