It’s summertime and the livin’ is Eastgate Theatre

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There’s a bright and breezy feel to this summer’s Eastgate Theatre programme, with music, dance and drama arriving from the far corners of the world.

Home-grown activities will also be spilling out of the theatre into the open air.

International visitors include: Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Betty and the Boy, as well as Sheesham and Lotus & Son – who made such an impression with their brilliant music and weird and wonderful instruments last year.

Canada provides the setting for Stellar Quines’ production of The Deliverance, which completes the powerful trilogy of plays by Jennifer Tremblay that began with The List and The Carousel. The Deliverance is the story of a woman’s struggle to fulfil her dying mother’s wish to see the son torn from her at a young age.

Mull Theatre presents the hilarious, delightful Stones in his Pockets, the story of an Irish community in County Kerry and its invasion by Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Mutxiko Elkartea, a colourful troupe of musicians and dancers from Hendaye in France, are Stepping Out, Basque Style at the heart of the Peebles Arts Festival. Two other arts festival events at the Eastgate are the Music in Peebles concert by the phenomenal pianist Young-Choon Park playing music by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert, and an evening talk from Lord Smith of Kelvin presented by Tweeddale Society.

Screenings from the National Theatre include Everyman, which has been rewritten by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and stars Oscar-winning Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).

Offerings from Covent Garden include ballets Romeo and Juliet and Frankenstein, and the operas Boris Gudunov and Le Nozze di Figaro.

Summer season brochures are available from the Eastgate Theatre, at www.eastgatearts.com