A HOST of entertainment will be on offer at an East Renfrewshire theatre this year to bring much-needed relief to residents during the Covid pandemic.

Among those signed up to perform at Eastwood Park Theatre, in Giffnock, are all-female ‘funky folk’ band Heisk, who will take centre stage on Sunday, March 5, as they showcase their debut album.

Then, on Wednesday, March 16, Elio Pace and his band will perform two classic Billy Joel albums – Streetlife Serenade and 52nd Street.

Folk music from Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton will be on offer on Friday, March 18, before Down for the Count Swing Orchestra perform songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald on Saturday, March 26.

There will be more nostalgia to enjoy on Saturday, May 14, courtesy of tribute act Just Beatles.

And another tribute show will be staged on Sunday, July 10, with Buddy Holly and the Cricketers in action.

For theatre lovers, The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns offers a comedic twist on classic tales by Scotland’s Bard. Featuring some of his most famous poems, it takes place on Friday, February 11.

Those who prefer a darker theme can enjoy The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with performances on Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24.

Staged by Blackeyed Theatre, this play is full of murder, mystery, love and betrayal, all set in the foggy streets of 19th-century London.

Following rave reviews and a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, actor and comedian Jack Docherty – of Scot Squad fame – will visit the Giffnock theatre with his critically-acclaimed play Nothing But, in which he grapples with lost youth, infatuation and fatherhood. It takes place on Saturday, March 12.

There is also plenty of entertainment for families to enjoy, including new interactive musical You Choose, based on the book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt, which takes place on Saturday, February 5.

And youngsters who enjoy comedy are in for a treat on Sunday, March 27, courtesy of The Hilariously Funny World of James Campbell.

This is aimed at those aged over six who like their laughs without rude words.

For full details of this year’s programme, including ticket prices, visit www.ercultureandleisure.org/whats-on.