Rally & Broad ‘Ye Dancin?’! Sunday 22nd May 2016, Stereo, Glasgow. With Karine Polwart! Christopher Brookmyre! Denise Mina! TV JOY! Michelle Fisher! All photographs by Chris Scott.
We hope this finds you very well. This is a very special announcement from Rally & Broad Towers!
Over the past four years, Rally & Broad has been showcasing the best of Scotland-based spoken word, new authors, new voices and more lyrical delight and musical goodness than we could possibly quantify, and we have been utterly delighted to do so.
But, ladies and gentlemen, it befalls us this fair morning to announce that this will be the last ever Season of Rally & Broad. Our June shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow will see Rally & Broad’s last cabarets – and we’re going out with a BANG!
We have seen Rally & Broad grow from humble beginnings at the Counting House in 2012 to stellar monthly shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield; growing our wonderful team; delighting in seeing the audiences come back month after month; and being so thrilled to be able to provide a platform to some of the best Scottish and international artists out there. We’ve laughed, cried, swooned, and eaten a lot of biscuits along the way. It’s been wonderful.
We wouldn’t change a single thing about the last four years (except that night we did shots of cherry bourbon after the December 2014 show. Brutal, brutal times….), but the time has come to hang up our matching kimonos and say adieu to Rally & Broad. We want to bring Rally & Broad to a glorious close, riding high. We – Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum – will both be pursuing different passions in and for the spoken word scene in Scotland, which we so thoroughly adore. Also, Broad and Rally would dearly love to go for a long walk up a beautiful hill before lying down in the long grass to eat peaches (for a few years, at least).
However! We ain’t going quietly, lads…our final shows are absolute firecrackers!
See the lineups below and get yer tickets bought now (click through the links…). Oh come, do come along…
And for our last shows – OUR VERY LAST SHOWS – we’ll be doing it ‘Once More, With Feeling…’
(With an After-Party in Glasgow after the show, of course… ;))
We will also have one last Rally & Broad Masterclass weekend, with the incredibly talented poet, performer and playwright Caroline Bird on 25th – 27th November at the beautiful Moniack Mhor – see details and booking here . We’re also both delighted to be part of the fantastic, ambitious and wonderful Scottish Schools Poetry Slam project, brought to you by the team at Confab, which will be running September and October 2016. (More info here)
Phew! Well. Aye. There you go. So. Aye.
We’d like to thank you, lovely, awesome audiences; everyone who has ever performed on the Rally & Broad stage; and our wonderful R&B team for all your support over the last four years. We couldn’t have done it without you; we wouldn’t have dreamed that we could. It’s been quite a time, lads, quite a time.
Please do come join us and toast Rally & Broad, and all who have sailed in her. We hope to see you at some of the last shows.
All our love. All of it. Really.
Rachel & Jenny