Encounters Motherwell, Newarthill and New Stevenston

Workshop of the Empire – Photographs of North Lanarkshire Industries
1 October – 31 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday Closed
Free (no booking required)
An opportunity to view rarely seen photographs from Archives and Local Studies industrial collections. Featuring period photographs of interiors and exteriors of industrial workplaces in North Lanarkshire, the exhibition will introduce visitors to the workers and their workshops, the machinery and the products created.

Baby Bookbug
Mondays 2, 9, 23, 30 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
1.45pm – 2.15pm
0 – 18 months
Free
Story, song and rhyme sessions for adults and babies.
No booking required

Laura Gaiger
2 – 30 October
Mon – Fri 9am – 4.45pm, Saturday and Sunday Closed
Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre
Glasgow School of Art graduate, Laura Gaiger, works with semi-abstract forms. She says, “My work deals with the internal contradiction of painting as both decoration and as an academic pursuit – I see my paintings as the point where the language of abstraction, ‘serious’ meets the language of craft and decoration, ‘trivial’ ”. She makes use of incidental objects within her domestic spaces and her studio as a starting point from which to work. The resulting paintings are intensely colourful and playful in response.

3D Printer Demonstration
Tuesday 3 October
New Stevenston Library
10.30am – 1.30pm
16+ years
Free
Drop in session
Heard about 3D printing and feeling curious? Drop in to see a demonstration about this new way of printing.
No booking required

Bookbug
Tuesday 3, 10, 24, 31 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
12.30 – 2.30pm
0 – 5 years
Story, song and rhyme sessions for adults, babies and toddlers.
No booking required

Heritage Tots
Wednesday 4 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
1.30 – 2.15pm
2 – 5 years
£2 per child
Toddler fun for adult and child. Stories, songs and crafts with a weekly theme. (First Wednesday of every month) This is a drop-in activity – no booking required.

3D Printer Demonstration
Thursday 5 October
Motherwell Library
11.30am – 2.30pm
16+ years
Free
Drop in session
Heard about 3D printing and feeling curious? CutureNL’s Logintolearn centres now have this new technology so drop in to see a demonstration about this innovative way of printing.

In conversation with Val McDermid **SOLD OUT**
Thursday 5 October
Motherwell Library
7pm – 8pm
16+ years
Free (ticketed)
CultureNL are delighted to welcome best-selling author Val McDermid to this year’s Encounters. Val is one of the of the biggest names in the world of crime fiction with more than 27 crime novels including The Mermaids Singing which won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year and Wire in the Blood which was adapted for the highly successful television dramas starring Robson Green. Val will be in conversation with Stuart Kelly, literary editor for The Scotsman for this event discussing among other things her pounding, suspenseful new novel Insidious Intent. When charred human remains are discovered in the driver’s seat of a burning car, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill are brought in to investigate. They soon discover that what appeared to be a terrible accident is, in fact, murder. We look forward to welcoming an author of Val’s outstanding pedigree and would advise that you book your place early.

Follow @valmcdermid on Twitter.

This event is free, but please book by calling 01698 332626 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

In The Mood
Thursday 5 and Friday 27 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
1.30pm – 3pm
Adults only
£2.50 (includes refreshments)
Join us for an informal sing along with some favourite tunes from the 1950s, 60s as well as some Scottish traditional music.

Places are limited – call 01698 274 590 to book or email museums@culturenl.co.uk.

Cinema Days Memorabilia Display
Saturday 7 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
11am – 3pm
Free
Drop in to see a selection of photos and memorabilia from local cinema halls.

This is a drop-in activity – no booking required.

Big Draw Animated Saturdays
Saturday 7, 14, 21 and 28 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
11am – 3pm
5 – 12 years
£2
Every Saturday in October we will be celebrating the Big Draw with some animation related arts & crafts and traditional cartoons featuring children’s TV favourites.

This is a drop-in activity- no need to book

Funbox presents: Underwater Adventure
Sunday 8 October
Motherwell Concert Hall
1pm and 3.30pm
Tickets £13, Family of 4 £48, Groups 10 or more £11, Babes in arms £2
Anchors away with Anya, Gary and Kevin (formerly the stars of The Singing Kettle) for their all new show for 2017 – Underwater Adventure where they voyage beneath the waves to the bottom of the ocean. There’s somefin fishy going on in their latest singalong tail – the Funbox is locked and the gang will have to cause a splash because their magical keys are all tucked up in the sea bed. Can they find them all in time? Fluffy and Flossie the Funsters will be diving in to lend a hand and of course everyone’s favourite salty sea dog; Bonzo will be joining the aquatic action – but has he packed his trunks, snorkel and rubber ring? Packed with familiar favourites like ‘My Father Went To Sea, Sea, Sea’, ‘The World Must Be Coming To An End’ and ‘Hole At The Bottom Of The Sea’ as well as brand new songs, Underwater Adventure is the perfect swimalong singalong treat for kids of all ages – from nought to ninety! Dress up for the sea and join in the fun – dress as a mermaid or come as a fish – you’ll have a whale of a time. You may even get to help on stage!

To book call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Real Diamond Show – Neil Diamond by Request
Sunday 8 October
Motherwell Theatre
7.30pm
£21 / £21 Concession
Neil Diamond is now in his 50th year as singer-songwriter superstar and John Hylton is in his 25th year as a professional Diamond Tribute artist. Let’s all celebrate together as Real Diamond perform a “by request” tour.  Just deliver your sealed envelope to the box office with that special request anytime before the date of the show, telling us why that song is so special to you and remember to include your name and seat number.

To book call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Introduction to Coding for Adults
Wednesday 11 October
Motherwell Library
11am – 1pm
16+ years
Free
Coding isn’t just for kids. Let us introduce you to some computer programming activities to challenge your brain and get your problem solving skills working in new ways. No experience is necessary, in fact, no experience of coding is encouraged for this session. However, knowledge of using a mouse and a keyboard would be helpful. Places are limited so book early.
To book, please call 01698 332626 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

Dramatic Animation
Wednesday 11 October
Motherwell Theatre, Meeting Room
6.30pm – 8pm
13+ years
£4.50
Come and join one of CultureNL Youth Theatre groups and get all dramatic in an animated sort of way! Dip your toe into the world of film making and work with an experienced animation artist in this short evening workshop. Create backdrops and characters and bring stories to life through the animation process that includes sound and music.

Advance booking required as places are limited. Call 01236 632828 or email arts@culturenl.co.uk

Spooky Drama Hallowe’en Workshops
Wednesday 11 October
Motherwell Theatre, Meeting Room
5 – 8 years (4pm – 5pm), 9 – 12 years (5.15pm – 6.15pm)
£4.50
Why not join in on one of our regular children’s drama classes and give acting a go. It’s a great way to find out if you’d like to become part of our Children’s acting theatre family. During this spooky week we will be having all sorts of ghoulish good fun!

No booking required

3D Printing Workshop
Thursday 12 October
Motherwell Library
10am – 12.30pm
16+ years
Free
Are you curious about 3D printing? This is a rare opportunity to see this new way of printing demonstrated and then have a chance to try some basic design of your own. Using some free online software, you will be able to create a basic 3D print (which may have to be collected at a later time due to the time printing can take). No printing experience is necessary however knowledge of using a mouse and a keyboard would be helpful. Places are limited so book early.

To book, please call 01698 332626 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

Business records and your family history
Thursday 12 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
2pm – 3pm
16+ years
Free
Join our archivist to find out how to use industrial and business records to explore your family history. This talk includes an opportunity to view original North Lanarkshire business records from the archives.

Places are limited so please call to book on 01698 274590 or email museums@culturenl.co.uk.

Martin Stepek: The Buddha As The World’s First Psychotherapist
Thursday 12 October
Motherwell Library
6.30pm – 7.30pm
16+ years
£5/£2.50 concession
Mindfulness at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival in Lanarkshire.
Martin Stepek is one of Scotland’s most respected Mindfulness teachers. Author of two books on the subject and writer of a weekly column on the subject in the Sunday Herald, he is also a prize-winning poet, and the recipient of the prestigious Polish award, the Gold Cross of Merit. His wide-ranging studies have included Buddhism, East Asian Poetry, and the neuroscience of happiness and peace of mind. He serves on the Choose Life group, the pan-Lanarkshire suicide prevention body.

To book call 01698 403120, or click here.

Songs of Stage and Screen
Friday 13 October
Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre
7.30pm
£12 / £10 Concession
Join Colin Scougall and his 8 piece band as they take you on a musical trip through classic songs from movie soundtracks and popular musicals. You will be treated to polished performances of iconic tracks from James Bond to The Commitments and foot tapping easy listening compositions from Guys & Dolls to Sunset Boulevard and beyond. Colin’s special guests are The Grace Notes choir who will soothe you with their beautiful harmonies. An evening of charming vocals coupled with a wicked sense of humour is sure to be thoroughly entertaining, spent in the company of a gentleman who takes his craft seriously but not himself.

“Colin is a gifted vocalist” – Cat Harvey (Sunday Mail)

“Wows audiences” – The Sun

“A polished act” – Glasgow Herald

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

The Dolls Abroad
Sunday 15 October
Motherwell Concert Hall
6pm
16+ years
£22
The biggest comedy hit in Scotland since Mrs Brown’s Boys. After two sell-out tours of Scotland including three sold out dates in Motherwell), the girls are back for one final tour of “The Dolls Abroad”. Starring Louise McCarthy (Only an Excuse?) and Gayle Telfer Stevens (River City), The Dolls Abroad is the must-see comedy for 2017. Having scrubbed toilets and pubs across Scotland, The Dolls are in need of a holiday. And this year a wander down Dunoon promenade just isn’t going to cut the mustard! Fasten your seatbelts as The Dolls take you on the gutter budget trip of a lifetime, with comedy banter,  sing-alongs and all the fun that fans have come to expect from Scotland’s favourite Scrubbers.

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Rockin on Heaven’s Door
Sunday 15 October
Motherwell Theatre
7.30pm
£23.50
A breathtaking roller-coaster ride back to the heady days of the very first teenagers – fabulous ‘50s and the swinging ‘60s. This is a real, live wire show, quite rightly referred to in The Stage & Television Today as “A classic slice of social history”. Featuring stunning portrayals of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran and the King Himself, Elvis Presley and backed by a superb rock ‘n’ roll band.

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Spooky Arts & Crafts
Monday 16 to Friday 20 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
11am – 3pm
5 – 12 years
£2
Halloween themed arts & crafts to make and take home.

This is a drop-in activity – no need to book

Ice Age and The Croods Family – Film Screenings
Monday 16 and Friday 20 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
10.30am
Free
An informal screening of “Ice Age” (Monday) and “The Croods” (Friday)

This is a drop-in activity – no need to book

Spooky Storytelling
Tuesday 17 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
11am – 11.30am
Free
£2 per child (accompanying adults free)
Some local folk law, fairy tales and ghost stories.

This is a drop-in activity – no need to book

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon
Tuesday 17 October
Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre
2.30pm
Tickets £10 and £8.50 concessions (Family of 4 £36.00)
My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly. Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me… Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart, can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse? Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike. As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show. “A heartwarming story full of love, laughs and sing along songs, this is perfect entertainment for adults and children alike – and brilliant fun!” – The Guide

For adults and cool kids of all ages (not recommended for under 2s)

Run time roughly 60 minutes.

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Try your Hand at Casting
Wednesday 18 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm
5 – 12 years
£5
In Victorian times casting was a common technique to make iron objects from moulds. We will teach you how to make a mould and cast a perfect reproduction of your chosen object. Then you can take the cast home to keep!

Please book on the day at reception

Margaret Henderson presents: Granny’s Stories
Thursday 19 October
Motherwell Library
7pm – 8pm
16+ years
Free (ticketed)
We welcome local author Margaret Henderson to Motherwell Library for the local launch of ‘Granny’s Stories’, a series of short life stories of to be gleaned from tales of adventure, remarkable journeys, and interesting people. Margaret’s intention was to inform and inspire her granddaughters, and to leave  them with an image of her as something more than the old woman they knew and loved. Born before World War II into a miner’s family in Law Village, the author left home on completion of six year’s study at secondary level. With money earned as a waitress, she took off to France to an “au pair” position in a chateau in the Loire valley. After a year and with a fluency in French she secured a job as translator in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. McCarthy’s doctrines had seeped into British society and meant that her job and whereabouts had to be kept secret. Her work took her to the USSR and across Siberia to China. 1958 saw her in South Sudan; she went from there to Upper Egypt on an arduous low budget voyage on the Nile. A period living and working in Scotland interspersed with many travels culminated in a choice of early retirement and further employment in Africa and the former Soviet satellites.

This event is free, but please book by calling 01698 332626 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

 

Charlie Landsborough
Saturday 21 October
Motherwell Concert Hall
7.30pm
Adults £20 / Concession £18.50
This remarkable singer/songwriter has played all over the world, becoming one of the all-time biggest selling artists in Irish country music history. Charlie’s reputation as a top class entertainer continues to grow and he has won about every possible award in country music including Best Male Vocalist at the British Country Music Association Awards three years in a row. Most of his 25 albums achieved the No1 spot and he is well on his way to selling 2,000.000 units which has resulted in him being inducted into The British Country Music Hall Of Fame. He regularly tours Australia, Ireland and the British Isles playing to sell out audiences. Charlie’s songwriting blends easy on the ear folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content, mixed with his wit and repartee, which has led to a winning formula which has made an impact on so many professionals and fans alike. His successful songs have led to his work being covered by several artists including Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Foster and Allen, George Hamilton IV and Daniel O’Donnell.

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Girl’s Night Oot
Saturday 21 October
Motherwell Theatre
7.30pm
Over 18’s only
£13 / Concession £12
The hilarious sequel to the smash hit I WILL SURVIVE.  Join the girls on a hen night that you won’t  forget, with a smash hit retro soundtrack… Songs from 60’s,70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Now! To prepare for a marriage, all a girl needs are her friends and a guid old hen night! Banterous, Balshy and Bootyliciously good fun. Songs include Hot Stuff, Girls Just wanna have fun, I’m Every Woman and many more!

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Animation with Lego
Saturday 21 October
Motherwell Library
11am – 3pm
Under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult
£3 per child (carer/parent free)
Animation with Lego is always a winner with the kids and our 40-minute sessions make a great family focussed activity. Our experienced staff will give you a super-fast introduction to animation and show you how to put a brief story together then leave you to create your own ‘wee’ animation. The results will be posted on Vimeo for you to view and download at home.

No booking required. Drop in activity.

Emily Dodd
Saturday 21 October
Motherwell Library
11am – 12noon
Free
Join author and storyteller Emily Dodd for an adventure with Ollie and the Otter. Ollie is an Osprey and he loves catching fish and sharing them with his friend Rory the Otter. This colourful book brings to life the loveable birds and animals of the Scottish Highlands. Emily loves stories and songs and especially audience participation. This will be a fun event for the whole family.

For more information, call 01698 332626.

No booking required

Claire North presents: The End of the Day
Tuesday 24 October
Motherwell Library
7pm – 8pm
16+ years
Free (ticketed)
‘At the end of the day, death visits everyone. Right before that, Charlie does’. Join award-winning author Claire North as she guides us through her latest novel ‘The End of the Day’, which takes her unique literary style to new heights and is set to build on her current following. Claire is also the author of ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’, which was one of the fastest-selling new science fiction titles of the last ten years.

Follow @ClaireNorth42 on Twitter

This event is free, but please book by calling 01698 332626 or email encounters@culturenl.co.uk.

Hive of Industry: The Heyday of Industrial History Remembered
Thursday 26 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
10.30am – 11.30am
Free
A talk from our Local History Officer on local industries.

No booking required

Cha Cha Cha Tea Dance
Thursday 26 October
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Adults only
£5 (includes refreshments)
Come along and enjoy an afternoon of dancing, with live music and refreshments.

Places are limited so please call the centre to book on

01698 274 590 or email museums@culturenl.co.uk.

The Elvis Years
Saturday 28 October
Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre
7.30pm
Tickets £22 and £21 concessions
Celebrating 10 years on the road this year, The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ – Elvis Presley. With a top line-up of actormusicians, multiple costume changes and nostalgic film footage, this glittering two-hour production charts the musical and emotional highs and lows of Elvis’ amazing journey from poor truck-driving teenager from Tupelo, Mississippi through the army, Hollywood and finally the  legendary Las Vegas concerts. Taking in all the biggest hits including Always On My Mind, (recently voted the UKs all-time favourite Elvis song), That’s Alright Mama, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy as well as Hollywood favourites Bossa Nova Baby and Viva Las Vegas, you will leave the building on cloud 9!!

To book, call 01698 403120 or visit culturenl.co.uk

Magical Mozart by Candlelight
Friday 3 November
Motherwell Theatre
7.30pm
£18
An evening of Mozart masterpieces with beautiful settings, costumes, lighting, and of course candles. The European Baroque Ensemble and world class opera singers transport you back to the sumptuous past.

To book, call 01698 403120