TOONSPEAK, which offers opportunities in theatre and the arts for young people in Glasgow, is set to premiere its latest production, Time Oot.

Described as a “fun-filled 80s-inspired musical, packed with unforgettable songs and non-stop action,” the show is set in 1985, at a Live Aid school dance fundraiser.

A spokesperson said; “Time Oot transports audiences back to a world of shoulder pads and banging synth beats as they meet various groups of teenagers and see how tensions rise between the Punks, New Romantics, Populars, the Geeks and the Lone Wolf.

“Toonspeak’s largest-scale show yet will bring a visually colourful and vibrant production to the stage, touching on themes of acceptance and being different and true to yourself which are as relevant now to generations engaging daily with social media, as they were to kids of the 80s.”

Time Oot is co-created by the members of Toonspeak who work with professional artists. It will premiere at Platform in Easterhouse on July 26 and 27 July.

Endangered sounds

SOUND has released highlights of the 2019 festival. Continuing its focus on “endangered instruments” this year soundfestival showcases the oboe, with performances by leading oboists including Christopher Redgate and Nicholas Daniel, who will be Artists in Residence

The festival will open with the World Premiere of a commission from sound’s second Composer in Residence, Aillie Robertson. Performed by vocal ensemble Exaudi with local singers, the piece will explore notions of Motherhood. An associated exhibition will run at the Suttie Art Space during the festival.

The festival will also include a concert with acclaimed French string quartet, Quatuor Diotima, which features a performance on the revolutionary Howarth-Redgate oboe.

Sound Director, Fiona Robertson said; “This year’s collaboration with our musical friends from France and the Netherlands is particularly apposite, starting as it does less than a week before the UK is due to leave the EU.”

Soundfestival 2019 will run in venues in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire from October 23 – November 3.

The full programme for the 2019 Soundfestival will be released in late August.

Open minded

MIND reading comedy magician Mandy Muden, a Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, is premiering a new show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

A spokesman said; “As ever, her illusions, sleight of hand and audience participation will be stylishly delivered and accompanied by the rich repartee for which she is known across the world. On top of that she’ll also be displaying her psychic abilities”

Muden can’t wait to appear at the Fringe. “I’ve been developing my mind reading skills as part of the new show and can now look so far into people’s minds that I can discover secrets and desires they don’t even know about themselves.”

The Magic Circle Gold Star entertainer with the occasional Tommy Cooper-style fumble has been described as a pioneer for female magicians. She also enjoys taking a humorous swipe at sexism and the way that when women reach middle age they somehow become invisible.

As the show title Mandy Muden Is Not Invisible suggests, she won’t let that happen to her. Indeed, one of her favourite tricks is to appear out of thin air.

The Gilded Balloon, the Teviot – Balcony, from July 31 and dates in between until August 26.