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Transforming Scotland's Heartland

Friday  24th May
7PM – 9:30PM
£6.50 (towards the cost of refreshments)

Transforming Scotland’s heartland

Join John Muir Trust staff, trustees and members for a social gathering (a prelude to the Trust’s AGM the following day) over light refreshments including canapés, wine and local ale.


Renowned nature writer Jim Crumley will welcome us to the area before we hear from Liz Auty, the Trust’s land manager for nearby East Schiehallion and from some of the other organisations involved in the Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership. Award winning playwright Lesley Wilson will also treat us to a performance of her work, ‘The Land That Forgot’, before time to mingle and browse displays from local John Muir Award participants.

Photo Credit: Polly Pullar

Price: Free £0.00

Date: 24/05/2019

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged
Vanishing Point
Thursday 30th May 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Who’d have thought, that when we died, we didn’t die completely?
Our consciousness goes on a bit. It lingers on, discreetly.


THE DARK CARNIVAL: UNPLUGGED is an informal, rousing music and theatre show: with songs, storytelling and a free (though not compulsory!) glass of whisky for everyone, it tells the story of newcomers to the afterlife who are surprised to discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night.
But a mysterious event throws the lives of the dead into uncertainty - when news reaches the cemetery, an underground revolution begins, led by the stoical Mrs Mark and her band of necropolitans.


Based on the recent five-star theatre spectacular The Dark Carnival, this new ‘unplugged’ version features Biff Smith (lead singer of A New International  on acoustic guitar and narrator Robert Jack telling the story of the residents of Dickinsons Brae cemetery - a love story that spans life and death and a celebratory, heart-warming night out. 
Inspired by Weimar cabaret, danse macabre, Kurt Weill and Lionel Bart, the songs find themselves in a musical space somewhere in between Leonard Cohen and The Muppets.

Sponsored by The Famous Grouse

Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton
Songs and lyrics and music by Biff Smith
Created by Vanishing Point

… each and everyone sings out for the great refusal, and for the joy of life itself. ***** THE HERALD

  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 30/05/2019

Simple Sewing Products for You and Your Home

New sewing class with Roobedo
to help replace the need for some single use items currently in use.
Items will include coffee-sack scrubbers, cloth bowl covers, produce cloth bags, and snack packs.
Each evening you will be shown how to make an item to take home and use, to start conversations in the home and with friends about the need to reduce waste and encourage a change in our habits to start reusing more.   
All materials provided, recycled as much as possible and donated by TLC Laundry, Fishers Laundry, GlenLyon Coffee.
FREE (Booking essential call Ruth 0781 470 4256 / [email protected]
Monday evenings 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Birnam Arts Centre Studio space
This course is funded by the Enchanted Forest Community Trust Fund 2019

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 03/06/2019

Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres

Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres
Monday 10th June 7.30pm
Murthly Castle Chapel
£10/School Age: Free
Tickets available at Birnam Arts

Experience the magic of this phenomenal Canadian Celtic duo - fiddler PIERRE SCHRYER and guitarist ADAM DOBRES. Schryer & Dobres have just released a new album called Mandorla which features an eclectic array of musical gems from across the globe, including traditional and contemporary tunes in various styles from far reaching places such as Canada, Ireland, Algeria, Brazil, Quebec and more. The show will surely delight, as this duo is a tour de force of versatility, fine musicianship and technical dexterity. Together they represent two diverse and successful music careers laden with awards and nominations, including JUNO, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. A recipient of numerous titles and awards, including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Grand Masters Champion, Violoneux Championnat and North American Irish Fiddle Champion, Pierre truly captivates an audience with his energy and genuine warmth. His ability knows no bounds, covering styles from Irish, Scottish, Québecois and Cape Breton to Canadian Old Time, American Swing and more.

Adam Dobres is a highly accomplished guitarist with a natural ability to embody any style of music. He is equally at home with Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy, Country, Folk, Old Time, Rock, Blues and more. His love of the electric and acoustic guitar has taken him around the globe, performing throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The duo’s first connections were in Victoria BC through friends and collaborations on festival stages and recordings. Several tours and musical projects later, the duo continues to appear at national and international festivals, from the Pacific to the Atlantic and beyond.

You can find their recordings on iTunes and tour dates on Facebook:


  • School Age (£0.00)
  • General Admission (£10.00)

Date: 10/06/2019

Songs Without Frontiers

Songs Without Frontiers
Saturday 15th June 8pm
£10/£5 U16s


A joyful evening of singing featuring le Choeur à Couer (Choir of the Heart), with our own Just Singin’ and the Corbenic Music Ensemble.
Le Choeur à Couer was created twelve years ago in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, south-west France, as a celebration of community singing.  Originally formed to raise funds for a local hospital, their success has led their ensemble to venues across France and beyond, and now here, to Birnam in Scotland. 

Led by Odile Chauvin, a Professor of Song, and with a repertoire ranging from secular songs to sacred music, gospel, and many languages of traditional folk, SONGS WITHOUT FRONTIERS reaches out through the joyous power of the human voice to create a community of song wherever they go. Our friends at the wonderful Camphill Community at Corbenic have joined forces with Birnam Arts’ own Just Singin’ group to welcome the Choir of the Heart for what promises to be a magical night – please do join us for this good cause, and enjoy a welcoming glass of wine with after-show nibbles!

  • U16s (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£10.00)

Date: 15/06/2019

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War

Wonder Fools presents
549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War
Sunday 16th June 8pm
£12/£5 U26s 


1936: In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining.

People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions; spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade.

2017: The country is divided. In a small pub in Prestonpans, East Lothian, four millennials are told a story; the true story of four local miners who, 80 years ago, travelled from the streets of Prestonpans to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything that was familiar: for a land that was not, for a people they had never met and for a cause they believed was right. 

549, a play with songs and storytelling is a timely and important insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

Please note: Strong language, re-enactment of war, loud noises, 14+ 

There is a special thrill in seeing the play performed, this week, in Prestonpans Town Hall, a building these men would have known well, in front of the kind of local audience, reliving part of their own history, that has been thin on the ground in Scottish theatre since the demise of 7:84 Scotland and Wildcat 


  • U26s (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 16/06/2019

Grupo Magnético

Grupo Magnético
Thursday 20th June 8pm
£16/£8 U26s

Hailed as one of the most exciting new voices in Latin music, GRUPO MAGNÉTICO started their journey in Edinburgh over 10 years ago when musicians from Salsa Celtica and other UK based salsa and jazz musicians were drawn together by a mutual love of classic 1970’s salsa, and an obsession to play homage to the music of their heroes. 

Directed by Toby Shippey, the band started out with a regular Edinburgh gig and, in what became a legendary 10 year residency, developed their own set and sound.  As their reputation grew, they were fortunate to work with an incredible collection of musicians, including singers Lino Rocha and Ricardo Fernandez Pompa and members of the iconic bands who had first inspired them.

Grupo Magnético’s debut album Positivo, tracked live in Scotland and then mixed in New York by Grammy award-winning producer Aaron Levinson, was released in 2018 on the highly acclaimed Scottish label Athens of the North. The album has been met with universal love and respect from DJs worldwide, including Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles and has been included in many music critics’ Latin and salsa highlights of 2018. Tracks including Vampiras and their cover of Papa Was a Rolling Stone have become hits in salsa clubs as far afield as New York and Cali, Colombia.

Wow. Sounds like '74 downtown NY Fania Records... Absolutely brilliant…  BBC Radio 6 Music: Gilles Peterson

…. a scintillating, salsa-focused cover of ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ by Scotland's Grupo Magnético…   BBC Radio 6 Music: The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show

NB: Limited seating – please request by phone if needed.

  • U26s (£8.00)
  • General Admission (£16.00)

Date: 20/06/2019

Strathbraan Documentary

Strathbraan Documentary, with John Martin and Ann Lindsay
Sunday 30th June

Free entry – donation welcome

Building upon an earlier audio guide which local Dunkeld author Ann Lindsay produced, Cambridge-based film-maker John Martin has been working with Ann to produce a documentary about Perthshire’s beautiful STRATHBRAAN, a place that holds a fascination for John.

The strath’s famous River Braan runs from Loch Freuchie to Dunkeld and has many a story to tell, which Ann has previously told in words and music, but now John has teamed up with Ann to re-tell the story in video and pictures.

With stunning drone and camcorder footage of the strath, filmed in 4k Ultra High Definition, plus music provided by Pete Clark and others, this will be a wonderful opportunity for locals and anyone with an interest in Perthshire’s Strathbraan to see it from a perspective never seen before.

Both John and Ann will be present at the showings and look forward to answering any questions. John has generously donated the film to Birnam Arts and asks for any donations made on the way out to go towards the upkeep of this community centre.

See two trailers of the film at:

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 30/06/2019

Jack Dee: Work In Progress

Off the Kerb Productions and Beyond presents
Sat 6th July Doors 7.30pm
£18.50 (includes booking fee)
Ages 14+: under 16s to be accompanied

Join Jack Dee as he takes to the road with his WORK IN PROGRESS UK tour.

“In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack.
Back in the day, disillusioned with a lack of progress in his pursuit of being a comedian, Jack was ready to quit when he took to the stage with a grumpy, 'couldn't care less attitude' which, to his surprise, won over the audience… in that moment he found his voice – and a career!

Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, as well as chair of the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Other credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two and being the star of C4’s, The Jack Dee Show, Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo… “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve appeared in every single TV show with my name in the title”

Price: General Admission £18.50

Date: 06/07/2019

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Scotland

Friday 19 July 8pm
£15 Adult  £10 Conc. £6 Under 26s

Guest Artist: Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Yazz Ahmed
Music Director/Piano & Keys: Malcolm Edmonstone
Principal Conductor/Drums & Percussion: Andrew Bain

19.7.19 NYJOS Birnam Arts

Year in and out, NYOS Jazz Orchestra continues to enjoy prestigious performance opportunities, both nationally and internationally, under the directorship of Malcolm Edmonstone and Andrew Bain, and this year is no different, with the orchestra making its debut appearance at the Sligo Jazz Festival, as part of a tour to Northern Ireland and Eire.

Before that, the orchestra will, of course, be performing in Scotland, including their annual participation in the Fèis an Eilein on the Isle of Skye, followed by its second visit to the state-of-the-art New Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Guest artists make an immeasurable contribution to the NYOS Jazz Programme and we are thrilled to welcome trumpet player Yazz Ahmed to inspire our students with her exceptional musicianship and flair.

 “The outstanding ability of every musician was more than evident as the orchestra played to the enchanted audience” Aberdeen Press and Journal


  • Under 26s (£6.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 19/07/2019

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing
The Three Inch Fools
Sunday 21st July 8pm
£12 adult/£6 U18/£30 family (2+2)/Free for under-10s

Presenting an inventive take on Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - a rip-roaring comedy of quarrels, deceptions and a frustratingly stupid man called Dogberry, The Three Inch Fools are an innovative touring theatre company, acclaimed for their fast-paced and musically driven approach to Shakespeare.

With a reputation for staging bold and vibrant productions, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way, The Three Inch Fools soundtrack moves between folk music and world music to classical, rock, pop and opera - and everywhere in between!

Birnam Arts | Sunday 21st July | 8pm

Inspired by the tradition of a travelling troupe of players, performing at interesting, historic and quirky locations across the land, The Three Inch Fools are in their fifth year of touring, having so far performed at over 100 venues, and to almost 35,000 audience members, including castles, gardens, stately homes, historic barns, National Trust properties, village greens, churches, museums, arts centres, and this year, at Balmoral and Sandringham… to the Fools, all the world really is a stage.

Hamlet by The Three Inch Fools - totally worth getting totally soaked for :)”

  • Under 10s (£0.00)
  • U18 (£6.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)
  • Family (2+2) (£30.00)

Date: 21/07/2019

Chris Difford: Up The Junction Tour

Chris Difford
Up the Junction Tour 2019
Saturday 3rd August 8pm
Ages 14+

sometimes I do gigs on my own, sometimes I do them with a band called SQUEEZE

 CHRIS DIFFORD is a rare breed, co-founder of SQUEEZE, Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist, who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite for over 40 years.

With his collaborator, Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love, Tempted and many others. Squeeze returned with a new album The Knowledge in October 2017, followed by extensive world-wide touring into 2018.

Apart from this extensive UK solo gig tour, setting aside Squeeze, Chris also hosts song-writing retreats, and has done so for over 25 years, some in prisons, some in rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation. He is one of the country's most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who's who of the industry.

Enjoy, enjoy!!

Price: General Admission £16.00

Date: 03/08/2019

Nancy Sleekit and Howard's Revenge

Splinters Productions present
Nancy Sleekit and Howard’s Revenge
By Donald Campbell
With Anna Hepburn and Finlay McLean
Friday 9th August 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

A double-bill of captivating Victorian entertainments, NANCY SLEEKIT, played by Anna Hepburn, is not a woman to be meddled with… recently widowed, she regales us in colourful, expressive Scots with tales of her three husbands - and of their many failings and untimely ends, while HOWARD’S REVENGE, played by Finlay McLean, tells the story of Irish actor-manager JB Howard, who is engaged by the Theatre Royal to perform the role of Rob Roy MacGregor – but behind the scenes lurks a conspiracy, and a story of skullduggery soon surfaces!


Anna Hepburn has worked in TV, film and with various theatre companies throughout Scotland, including Dundee Rep, the Byre Theatre, The Lyceum, Perth Rep, Prime Productions and Stella Quines, and toured Ireland and Canada with her Fringe First one-woman play, Consider the Lilies.

Finlay McLean has worked extensively in theatre, including Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, the Byre Theatre, The Arches, numerous TV productions, including Rebus, Taggart, Waterloo Road, Burnistoun and Scot Squad, and a number of films including Senseless, Regeneration and Hector.

… a spellbinding performance… THE HERALD (on Anna Hepburn, Consider the Lilies)
Finlay McLean’s performance… is convincing and accomplished THE STAGE (on Wendlebury)

  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 03/08/2019

A Chorus in a Day: The Armed Man Choral Suite

A Chorus In a Day!
The Armed Man Choral Suite by Karl Jenkins
With Colleen Nicoll and Andrew Johnston
Saturday 17th August

A must for anyone who loves choral singing, or for anyone who just likes to sing fabulous music in a group situation - you don’t need to be especially musical, or able to read music, but just enjoy making music! Karl Jerkins’ ARMED MAN, subtitled A Mass for Peace, is one the most loved pieces of modern choral repertoire, with beautiful haunting melodies and exciting harmonies - it’s a treat to sing for experienced singers and for those wishing to try choral singing for the first time.

Come and explore this beautiful music with professional musicians and workshop leaders, soprano Colleen Nicoll and pianist Andrew Johnston. This will be a great day for either experienced singers who want to develop their technique, or for those who just fancy giving it a go. There will be a short performance for family and friends, and for any member of the public who wishes to attend, at the end of the day at 3.45pm.

A soup and sandwich lunch is included in the day: Please book well ahead for this workshop.

Price: General Admission £25.00

Date: 17/08/2019


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