Preview: Eastgate Theatre winter programme

Nuala Kennedy and her band will play together with Himmerland at the Eastgate Theatre on 27 Jan
Nuala Kennedy and her band will play together with Himmerland at the Eastgate Theatre on 27 Jan

Once the Christmas and Hogmanay festivities are over, those first few weeks of the new year can sometimes feel a little flat.

But not so at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles which has launched a winter programme full of theatre, film, live music, talks and other shows.

There are so many highlights to look forward to, not least a special evening that sees James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail and Withered Hand – between them, three of Scotland’s leading singer/songwriters – perform together on January 15. The three recently wowed audiences at Celtic Connections, as did Nuala Kennedy whose band will play together with Danish roots fusion outfit Himmerland on January 27.

Later in the year, traditional music fans will be treated to sets by multi award-winning Scottish five-piece Breabach (March 2), legendary Irish band The Fureys (March 15) and the exciting Blazin’ Fiddles (March 18).

For those who like a bit of drama in their lives, the most popular event in February is likely to be Tweed Theatre’s production of Sunshine on Leith (February 18-20).

Meanwhile, Netting, a play about love and loss in a north of Scotland fishing community, promises a powerful evening of theatre on March 17.

Film lovers also have much to look forward to with more than 100 screenings over the coming year, all on a new cinema screen that debuted with showings of Spectre in December.

For the winter season, the Eastgate will show three different films on Film Sundays – a children’s movie in the afternoon, followed by two different features. The triple showings begin on January 3 with The Good Dinosaur, The Lady in the Van and Brooklyn.

Sunday feature films are just one of the many cinema series shown each season. Others include live and encore screenings from the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and National Theatre, bringing the finest opera, ballet and theatre performances from the London stage directly to Peebles.

And there will be yet more great films at the second Peebles Outdoor Film Festival (January 22–24).