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Birnam Arts might not be able to show anything live for the moment, but we've gathered together a selection of bites from across the Arts spectrum - there should be something for everyone under the various headings, so dig in, sit back and enjoy!


Gaynor's baby music: Mondays, 10am-11am
For babies to approximately 3yrs of age, join this group through Zoom by following this link

Wee inspirations: Starcatchers, from the ages of 0-5yrs
Starcatchers are a Scottish pre-school arts and early years organisation. Wee Inspirations are fun, creative ideas to engage little ones at home without a lot of kit, stress, nor pressure to ‘achieve’ anything. They are inspired by artists who work across Starcatchers’ different areas of work.
To get started, download Welcome to Wee Inspirations.

Fever!: Scottish Opera
Scottish Opera's first online opera for kids and you can do this at home! There are 5 songs in Fever! and each one has a set of exciting activities to work you through them. Aim to go through 1 a week and in 5 weeks, you'll learn the whole thing! 

First Encounter: King Lear: Royal Shakespeare Company
For children ages 7-13yrs, the perfect introduction to Shakespeare, part of a series of RSC school age first tastes of Shakespeare's plays, a cut-down King Lear


 Theare for the grown-ups - from full length pieces to bite sized delicious shorts.

My Beautiful Launderette: Curve Theatre
Although their doors remain closed, The Curve Theatre is delighted to share the dress rehearsal archive recording of My Beautiful Laundrette, their acclaimed 2019 Made at Curve, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse co-production. 

Hanif Kureishi’s iconic and Oscar-nominated screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette was brought to the stage in Autumn 2019 and directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster. The drama also includes original music from composers Tennant/Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys. My Beautiful Laundrette was nominated in three categories at the WhatsOnStage Awards this year – Best Regional Production, Best New Play and Hareet Deol was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Play.
(Contains strong language and adult themes.)

Richard 11: Globe Theatre
Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away, Richard reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.

Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton direct the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as we leave the European Union. Richard 11
Meet the directors

Scenes for Survival: National Theatre of Scotland  in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films.
Scenes for Survival is a new season of digital short artworks, exceptionally created by a quarantine creative team, connecting remotely, made up of a performer(s), writer and director and filmed by the performers, from their personal spaces of isolation. Over 200 leading artists and creatives have collaborated to create and release fifty-five unique films.

Don't stop the Flames: Home and Staying in: Tricky Hat Productions
Tricky Hat is a Glasgow-based theatre company; The Flames is Tricky Hat's performance company for creative people aged 50+ The company has established itself in Scotland as an innovative leader working with older people. They also run projects with people with mental health issues, carers and young people.
Here, 2 short films created during Lockdown; Home and Staying In

Rapture Theatre: Various
Michael Emans of Rapture Theatre has been busy during lockdown sending out weekly shorts - dip in and enjoy!
Henry V with Greg Powrie
Poem from Rumi's Music with Pauline Turner
Hamlet: 'To be or not to be' with Jack Lord
Dr Faustus with Sarah McCardie

This Camera is Broken: New Creatives
‘This Camera is Broken‘ follows an ageing director as she makes her final film; one delving into her past. Face to face with the embodiment of her younger self, the line between her present reality and the film’s blur. New Creatives is supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts. 

Manipulate Digital Festival: 27TH Jan-7th Feb 2021
Annual festival presenting the very best of international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. The Festival aims to engage and challenge our audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.

Puppet Animation Scotland’s annual celebration of innovative puppetry, visual theatre and animated film for adult audiences, will be presented digitally for 2021, with the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film. The Festival aims to engage and challenge audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.


Dracula: Northern Ballet
The legendary vampire's insatiable thirst for blood knows no bounds. Until he encounters Mina. Bram Stoker’s gothic romance is brought to life on stage in this gripping ballet, performed by the exceptional dancers of Northern Ballet to music by Schnittke, Rachmaninov, Pärt and Daugherty. Choreographed by David Nixon OBE and recorded at Leeds Playhouse on Halloween, 2019. Dracula.

The Nutcracker: Russian State Ballet and Opera House
Presenting The Nutcracker ballet performed by National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Mari El with music by Tchaikovsky. A highly accessible ballet, it continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of all generations across the world. It is a truly captivating piece of theatre and a wonderful introduction to ballet, whilst retaining its appeal for anyone who is familiar with it. 

Swan Lake in Rehearsal: The Royal Ballet
A fascinating look at the Royal Ballet rehearsing their 2020 production of Swan Lake which premiered at the Royal Opera House at the beginning of March. For anyone who's interested in seeing how a ballet develops in rehearsal, this will provide a wonderful insight to how it's shaped and directed.

Giselle: Royal Danish Ballet
A gorgeous production by the Royal Danish Ballet, Giselle the ultimate romantic ballet, was first performed in Paris in 1841 - realms of mystery, beauty, danger and death unfold in a tale of innocence, love and desertion. The role of Giselle is one of the most demanding and technically challenging roles in the world of ballet. 


Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges: Vopera (available until 16th December, thereafter by paid streaming service)
Sung in French with English subtitles. The Birnam Arts stage is in this production - see if you spot it! Lee Reynolds conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a specially reduced arrangement of L’enfant et les sortilèges, alongside a cast of over 80 singers all recorded in isolation from home. VOPERA has enabled over 135 freelance musicians, artists, creatives, technicians, producers and administrators from around the world to be able to do their jobs again and to receive a fee. If you have enjoyed watching, VOPERA would be very grateful for any donation you feel able to make to help them support the artists, creatives and technicians involved in making this film: https://justgiving.com/campaign/VOpera

Opera gala: the greatest arias from Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and others.
Beautiful arias by Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and other famous composers. In May 2016, international stars like Roberto de Biasio, Ingeborg Gillebo, Robin Johannsen and Simone Kermes performed these famous Arias at the 5th opera gala in Bonn. 

La Boheme: Puccini: Opéra de Monte Carlo 
Opéra de Monte Carlo's production of Puccini’s beloved opera, with Jean-Louis Grinda’s sumptuous staging reflects on Puccini’s romantic glorification of the precariousness of the human condition. Streamed on OperaVision on 28 August 2020 and available for 6 months.

Don Giovanni:Mozart: Teatro La Fenice
Recorded at Teatro La Fenice, Venice in 2018, one of Mozart's most famous operas, the fabulous Don Giovanni, stars Alessandro Luongo as the Don, Francesco Dotto as Donna Anna, Carmela Remigio as Donna Elvira and Omar Montanari as Leporello Conductor - Stefano Montanari Director - Damiano Michieletto

Recorder Concerto in C major RV 443: Vivaldi: Cappella Gabetta
The virtuoso Maurice Steger, Baroque recorder and conductor maestro is accompanied by Cappella Gabetta with Andrés Gabetta, Violin and Leader in Vivaldi's famous recorder concerto

Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor W C73: JC Bach: Jean Rondeau
This wonderful harpsichord concerto by JC Bach, one of the mighty JS Bach's sons, features the French superstar harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, accompanied by  Sophie Gent and Louis Creac’h (violin), Fanny Paccoud (viola), Antoine Touche (cello), Thomas de Pierrefeu (bass) and Evolène Kiener (bassoon)

Toccata & Fugue in D minor: J S Bach: Sinfonity
This version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue is something you'll either love or hate - it's certainly different, give it a go!

Exploring Beethoven's Seventh
Premiered to rapturous applause on its first outing in 1813, so much so that the 2nd movement was immediately encored. Join the Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon in this exploration of Beethoven's 7th Symphony 


The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution: BBC
A film that looks at the genius of JMW Turner in a new light. There is more to Turner than his sublime landscapes - he also painted machines, science, technology and industry. The programme examines nine key Turner paintings and shows how we should re-think them in the light of the scientific and Industrial Revolution. Includes interviews with historian Simon Schama and artist Tracey Emin.

When Art Meets Power: BBC
Afua Hirsch traces a proud 3,000-year Ethiopian history  in When Art Meets Power, as significant as any civilisation in the west. A beacon for the black diaspora, Ethiopia’s story is one of defiant independence, of kings and communists, of a country that has survived catastrophe but bounced back, underpinned by a culture inspired by an ancient faith and devotion. 

Abstract Expressionism: Miriam Beerman: Perspective (YouTube Arts)
In her more than 60 years as a ground-breaking artist, she has overcome personal tragedy to inspire friends, family, peers, patrons, and students about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. At 90 years old, Miriam still generates compelling and forceful art. This film is a memorable profile of an artist who has elevated her empathy for the plight of the world’s castoffs into powerful portrayals of dignity. 

Howard Goodall's Story of Music: The Age of Discovery: BBC

Howard Goodall, composer, examines the history and development of music, from its first faltering steps which show that music was as important in the late Stone Age as it is now, to several centuries later when medieval musicians painstakingly put together the basics of what has become termed harmony, and then added rhythm - the building blocks of the music the world enjoys today. All 6 episodes of the series are available on YouTube.

How deaf people experience Beethoven's 9th Symphony: DW Music
Using Beethoven's Ninth symphony as an example, Paul Whittaker, a deaf since birth musician, shows us how deaf people can feel music. Beethoven, afflicting by increasing deafness, and completely deaf at the end of his life and had to rely on his inner ear when he composed the Ninth Symphony. 

Count Basie through his own eyes: BBC
Told in Count Basie’s own words, this documentary reveals for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist. Basie’s musical achievements were remarkable - he was the first African-American musician to win a Grammy, he brought the blues to the big band podium, and he became a unique link between jazz and America’s turbulent social history.


A chance to reminisce with a selection of artists who've played at Birnam Arts in the last few years!

A New International: (from Vanishing Point's Dark Carnival)

Elles Bailey (Elles was due to play at Birnam Arts in late March this year)

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Karine Polwart

Ali Affleck

Karen Marshalsay

Les Fils Canouche

National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland

The Blueswater

Edinburgh Quartet


The Maxwell Quartet

Tide Lines

The Waydown Wanderers

Bear's Den

Yolanda Brown

The Saw Doctors (full Live in Galway concert)

Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas and Eduardo Martín (full concert)










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