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News Spring 2023

Britannia Panopticon

 The Glasgow International Comedy Festival has been back in Britannia Panopticon with the first full programme of events since 2019 and we are pleased to say that with social distancing no longer necessary we are back to being able to accommodate 100 people for all of our shows. Drag-Opticon is back, along with our monthly Comedy Club. Laurel and Hardy films return with the Sons of the Desert on the 5th April and on Thursday May 4th (May the 4th be with you) we will have our annual screening of the classic silent sci-fi, Metropolis, complete with live band and foley artists providing the sound effects. We are also pleased to announce our new monthly market Second-hand Rose’s Second-hand, Vintage and Handmade Sale, which is the third Saturday of every month from noon – 5pm. The Panopticon Team are also planning sing-along movies, family events and much more, so keep an eye on our What’s On page and social media for updates and if there is anything you would like to see us do, please drop us a line to [email protected].

Dragged Tae the Steamie goes on Tour

After last year’s sell out success of Dragged tae the Steamie, the steamie crew will be dragging themselves across Scotland on tour. Dragged Tae The Steamie is the official authorised Drag adaptation of The Steamie written by Tony Roper with Songs by Dave Anderson and with the characters portrayed by actors in drag. Sadly, Lucky Jim, who played Dolly in 2022, is unable to join the tour, but we are delighted to announce that Darren Brownlie who is known for, The James Gang, Dregs, Meet the Magoons, Being Victor and of course, River City, will be taking on the role. If you would like to be a sponsor or buy advertising space in the Dragged Tae the Steamie tour programme, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

The songs in this touring production will be pre-recorded by Lisa Le Grove and Margaret Woods with Dorothy Paul.


We have some fantastic new merchandise now available in the Music Hall. Designed and made by Debbie McCall, they are a wonderful addition to our merchandise stall and a great way to support the ongoing work of the Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. The tee shirts will soon be available in various sizes and the tote bags are fantastic quality. If you wish to purchase online, please pop an email to [email protected]


We are desperately trying to fundraise for a Stair climber and a disabled toilet so that wheelchair users can access the music hall in comfort. This is no small expense, so if you have a few bob to spare, please donate using the purple “Support Us” button in the bottom left hand corner of this page and click on Donate. We are also constantly fundraising to keep the bills paid and the music hall open, so please, continue to support us by visiting, donating, subscribing, buying tickets, and purchasing merchandise. Every penny counts.

 Please come back again soon for updates and news. Meanwhile, we hope that you will enjoy reading this interview with Judith Bowers which was recently featured in the last ever edition of Living Magazine. You can also listen to Judith on the Jasami Podcasts available online at Judith recorded two podcasts with Michele from Jasami, so look for the podcasts called Britannia Panopticon and Britannia Panopticon 2. Part 3 is coming soon.