Aberdeen Performing Arts to deliver a festive treat to online audiences

Aberdeen Performing Arts to deliver a festive treat to online audiences

Aberdeen Performing Arts to deliver a festive treat to online audiences

Aberdeen Performing Arts has teamed up with local creatives and a host of well-known artists to produce an advent calendar with a difference this festive season. While His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and the Lemon Tree remain closed for now, the charity’s festive offering this year will be moving online, to present Reid Robin’s Christmas Bosies, a digital selection box of fabulous performance treats, promising to entertain youngsters and their families in the lead up to Christmas.

Starting on Sunday, December 13 and running right through until Christmas Eve, a new video will be released via the Aberdeen Performing Arts social media channels each morning, to delight children and adults alike. Spanning multiple artforms and genres, each short video will last around 10 minutes, featuring a wonderful line up of musicians, storytellers, dancers, poets, actors and more, all bringing the magic of Christmas to life.
Each video will be introduced by the Lemon Tree’s resident Doric-speaking birdie, Reid Robin, who has been brought to life by the fantastic animators at Aberdeen creative agency Design and Code, and the North-east’s own Christmas star, writer and actress Joyce Falconer.

Panto favourites Alan McHugh and Elaine C Smith will both appear, alongside music from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, classical musicians Elena Urioste and Tom Poster, percussionist Owen Gunnell, and clarsach player Siannie Moodie. There will be delightful festive stories and poems from Aberdeen actress Danielle Jam, Mara the Storyteller, and Doric poet Jo Gilbert, and festive capers from the Polar Bears (Ivor McAskill and Fiona Manson), Shaper Caper Dance Company, and Ten Feet Tall Theatre and Frozen Charlotte.

Beloved actress and comedienne Elaine C Smith will kick off proceedings on December 13, putting her own unique Scots twist on fairytale classic The Princess and the Pea.

Other highlights include award winning children’s theatre duo Ivor MacAskill and Fiona Manson, better known as The Polar Bears. A regular sell-out with Lemon Tree family audiences, the advent calendar will see them entertaining fans with a Zoom party on December 15. Aberdeen lass Danielle Jam, best known for her role on Cbeebies’ hit show Molly and Mack, will feature on December 21, reciting Little Miss Christmas.

HMT favourite Alan McHugh will return to the HMT stage to perform an exclusive panto-themed rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas, before the prestigious BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra wrap up proceedings on Christmas Eve, with a perfect festive performance guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas Day.

Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Director of Programming and Creative Projects Ben Torrie: “Reid Robin has been busy gathering some amazing performances and treats for the Winter, and we’ve been thrilled to work with such a varied array of talented people on this wonderful project; we are very proud of it. There will be some familiar faces, and some really special moments along the way.

“After the year we’ve all had, there is something very comforting about seeing Alan McHugh in full panto dame costume on the HMT stage, even if we have had to do things a bit differently this year!”

“It’s been a lot of fun pulling it all together! It’s going to be a really positive, fun and varied contribution to the festivities – we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on!”

Aberdeen Performing Arts is responsible for some of the most beloved Christmas traditions in the North East, with His Majesty’s Theatre’s pantomime, the Lemon Tree Christmas Show and festive concerts at the Music Hall all ensuring that this is usually the busiest time of year for the arts charity.

Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Chief Executive Jane Spiers: “For many, the HMT panto, Lemon Tree Christmas Show or the festive Music Hall concerts such as The Snowman or Phil Cunningham’s Songbook are a staple of their Christmas traditions. This is usually our busiest time of year, and we just couldn’t let the festive season go by without making a contribution.

“We’ve been blown away by the support from our customers throughout this very challenging year, and we wanted to give something back and let everyone know that we are here and looking forward to the future.

“This special project gives us the chance to do what we do best and share some cheer with our audiences, who we are all missing so much this year.”

Find Aberdeen Performing Arts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to follow Reid Robin’s Christmas Bosies.

For further details please visit: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/reid-robins-christmas-bosies