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ANGUSalive Annual Report 2022/23: Theatres & Venues Case Study

ANGUSalive’s Annual Report 2022/23 was delighted to see the Theatre & Venues space come back with a bang! Let’s check them out, shall we?

After such a long lay-off, it was great to have people back in our venues again. We’re delighted that we’re able to put on a wide variety of shows right here in our wee county of Angus, delivering knockout performances.

During the 2022/23 year at ANGUSalive, we were very proud of who we welcomed in. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Jack Dee

BAFTA nominated Jack Dee took to the stage in October 2022, where we featured as part of his “Jack Dee Off the Telly” new stand-up tour. His star-studded career has saw him sell-out high profile venues including the London Palladium and he Hammersmith Apollo and later, Jack Dee Live at the Apollo – which is still currently running today as “Live at the Apollo”. He was also the winner of the first Celebrity Big Brother Series in 2001.

People Huv Tae Know

In November 2022 we were thrilled to have some of Craglang’s finest making the trip to the Webster Memorial Theatre as Boabby, Winston, Navid, Tam and Isa – who done a great job in telling everybody all about it! – as the audience chuckled away at an evening in their company.

Still Game” hit our screens back in 2002 and is a firm favourite across the country. It has since gone on to win a host of awards including Scottish BAFTA’s and 21 shows at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

It was brilliant to get some of them away from the Clansman to share their stories with the adoring public.

Janey Godley: Not Dead Yet Tour

Janey began her stand-up career back in 1994, she made a range of TV appearances including “River City”, “Have I Got News for You” and Traces”. Despite having being in the spotlight for two decades, Janey came to much of the public’s attention in 2020 as she kept people’s spirits up during the pandemic with spoof voiceovers of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid updates, which helped her win Scots Language Awards’s ‘Speaker of the Year’ Award.

In November 2021, Janey released that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and although she was cancer free in June 2022, her cancer had returned and required further chemotherapy.

It was on Wednesday 1 February at our Webster Memorial Theatre that Janey made her comeback to the stage in an emotionally charged performance, met with a standing ovation. Her daughter Ashley also accompanied her on the night.

Giovanni Pernice – Made in Italy

Dancing heart-throb Giovanni shot his way to stardom in 2015 as he appeared as a professional dancer in “Strictly Come Dancing” where he has gone on to perform in every series since. His dance partners include Laura Whitmore, Faye Tozer and Michelle Visage.

He eventually won the competition in 2021 with Eastenders actress, Rose Ayling-Ellis – the first deaf contestant to appear on the show. He also currently holds the record for the most “tens” awarded.

The “Made in Italy” production featured an outstanding ensemble of some of he best dancers and singers from the ballroom and promised a fantastic night to those who attended in Arbroath.

Having fun with the audience throughout the night, it’s easy to see why Giovanni was in such huge demand on the night!

Axel Blake – In Style

Axel Blake got the seal of approval from Simon Cowell when the Britain’s Got Talent judge slammed the golden buzzer to put him straight through to the semi-final in the 2022 edition of the show.

Axel made lightwork of it, winning the public vote before repeating the feat in the final! His observational comedy paired with witty charm saw him win the hearts of the judges and audience, securing his slot on the Royal Variety Show and has since embarked on his own comedic journey.

We were delighted to welcome Axel as part of his first ever tour which he of course delivered…

…”In Style…”!

You can view the full Annual Report here.

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