Falkirk Town Hall attracts the stars for new season

Ruby Wax will be in Falkirk in May
Ruby Wax will be in Falkirk in May

A packed new programme of drama, comedy, music, dance and song will grace the stage at Falkirk Town Hall this year.

Huge names for the world of entertainment including dancing sensation Pasha Kovalev, American star Ruby Wax and Scottish comedian Des Clarke all feature in the future shows scheduled for the coming months.

There’s also well-known, traditional acts such as Foster and Allen, Mike Denver, The Kilkennys and Absolute Elvis, as well as super shows and entertainment for children.

There are also a few surprises in store, including an entire weekend dedicated to food and drink and the dismantaling of a piano live on stage.

Julia Harkness, venues manager at Falkirk Town Hall, said she was thrilled by the varierty on offer for audiences this season.

Julia said: “We are really excited, and we’re really pleased that we have such a great mix of events. There are some really big names in there, and of course, getting Ruby Wax was a real coup.

“There’s also some very interesting acts in there too.”

One such event is ‘Anatomy of a Piano’ with pianist and entertainer Will Pickvance.

The evening, booked for April 30, will explore the physical, emotional and spiritual anatomy of the piano and the instrument will also be dissected.

Julia said: “The show sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festval in 2013 just because it was so quirky.”

For younger audiences, a highlight will be ‘Hup’ on May 2, a production from Starcatchers working with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Created by Hazel Darwin Edwards and Abigail Sinar, the story uses violins, a cello and a raccoon to tell the tale of a very important tree.

It’s aimed at very young children up to 24 months and is being tipped as the perfect way to bond with baby.

For food fans, and to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, a themed weekend will be held in June which will feature ‘The Edibles’ children’s show.

There are also plans for a ‘Great Bake off’ style competition where residents will be invited to submit their cakes which will be judged by a professional chef. The Callendar House Cake Challenge will be held on June 14 and is open to all ages.

Julia added: “I’m hoping that people who have never given FTH a go will be enticed in - we’re a great local venue with fantastic staff and a modern cafebar. Why go to Edinburgh or Glasgow when there’s entertainment on your doorstep.”

The new programme will hit the streets next week.