Birnam Institute Players present a full-length play with songs about the famous writer.
Every October, a young Beatrix Potter is sad to leave the family’s Highland Perthshire idyll and return to London. For four months each year she has been immersed in nature and local folk tales.
This comes to an abrupt halt, the year she is 16. A decade later she returns for two summers, now a published illustrator and a promising mycologist. In three remarkable days she makes a worthy scientific contribution, and writes the first drafts of the Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher books.
And the rest is history...
This one-off performance tells the story of Beatrix Potter's precious and influential time in Perthshire, with some very special cameo appearances from those characters we know and love.
This is Pitlochry musician Tom McEwan's first full-length play, piecing together her Perthshire experience each childhood summer, and how the local flora and fauna stayed with her on her return to London.
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Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.
Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!
I have played at Birnam Arts as part of Blow and Blast for a number of years and never cease to be amazed by how many activities take place there - too valuable to lose!
Kenneth MacKenzie | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located in the heart of Birnam Arts, our café is the meeting place and gathering space for everyone, from local friendly faces to new visitors from far and wide.
Daily | 10:00 - 16:00
The food scene in Dunkeld and Birnam is becoming a go-to for food lovers and we're proud to be part of the that story.
We have great memories of our Wedding day at Birnam Arts. Brilliant venue.
Gemma Strachan | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
BA Shop has a unique selection of gifts sourced both locally and from throughout Scotland. With a range of design, jewellery and craft items there’s a little something for everyone.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
We pride ourselves in supporting emerging and established makers alongside contemporary brands such as Harris Tweed, and offer a range of books on Perthshire, as well as V&A Stationery and gifts for the wee ones.
A wonderful local facility, always welcoming and friendly. Me and my girls have so many happy memories of ballet classes and shows here - we need to keep the magic going!
Jane Pasteur | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Birnam Arts delivers a programme of monthly exhibitions showing work by artists at varying stages of their careers within both solo and group exhibitions.
We continually develop new opportunities to support the practice and development of Scottish based artists, whilst also bringing work that is inspiring, creative and different to the contemporary art scene in rural Perthshire.
Birnam Arts has been host to great memories and moments, from dancing my heart out at weddings to speaking at conferences to enjoying wonderful music ... this place does it all and is an important hub. We look forward to the time we can enjoy BA to its full once again.
Susanna Thomson | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located upstairs of the original Victorian part of Birnam Arts, our Visual Arts and Performing Arts studios are where much of the creative magic at Birnam Arts takes place.
As a past Chairman of Tayside NADFAS/Arts Society, I have enjoyed so many of our lectures in Birnam's wonderful hall and the hospitality which has accompanied it.
Virginia Cardwell-Moore | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
At the heart of Birnam Arts is a highly versatile space, otherwise known as the John Kinnaird Hall, our home for live music, film, theatre, public meetings, conferences and private events.
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Great exhibition and performance spaces. Lovely terrace and indoor seating with lots of light. Great food and drinks and even a garden next-door for a stroll afterwards. Like
John Kirkwood | Google Reviews
Within this dedicated space celebrating Beatrix Potter, her much loved characters and historical ties to the area, there is something for both kids and adults alike.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
You really are the heart of our community and we can’t afford to lose you. Thank you to everyone working so hard to protect our village treasure.
Cave Family | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020