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DNA - We Know What You're Thinking: Live UK Tour

Beyond Presents by arrangement with Industry Live Agency
DNA: WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING
LIVE UK TOUR
Tuesday 5th March,Doors 7:30pm

 

Following their astounding appearances on the eleventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, mind reading duo DNA are taking their brand new show called We Know What You’re Thinking out on a UK tour from 6th February – 29th March 2019.

Andrew and Darren, best known as mind reading double act DNA, took the nation by storm when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 with their incredible telepathic ability known as "The Gift". Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers at home, the duo went on to reach the live finals of the hit ITV talent show. Their first audition has reached almost 10 million YouTube views alone.
Performed completely live, they can ask volunteers to concentrate on the name of celebrities, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a word in a book, the name of the street they grew up on, a relative’s name... literally anything. With devastating speed and accuracy, the pair are then able to reveal what that name, number or word is, every time.

Price: General Admission £13.50

Date: 05/03/2019

The Way of the Drum

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers presents
The Way of the Drum
Saturday 9th March
7.30pm
£15/£10 U16s

FREE WORKSHOP AT 4.30PM FOR TICKET HOLDERS!
(limited places - needs to be booked in advance)

"This latest show is something else. … drumming as theatre… exhilarating to behold. Even if you've seen them before, you'll be gobsmacked." THE HERALD

 

The Way of the DrumThe MUGENKYO TAIKO DRUMMERS create a fusion of primal rhythm, energy and choreographed movement with an infectious humour, captivating to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Performing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues with TV and film appearances, touring across continents, and collaborating with different musicians from countless genres, members of Mugenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko drumming with a lively and entertaining concert, performing an array of traditional Taiko, whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a dramatic but intimate show.

Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko – Japanese drumming - in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain a unique insight into the world of this powerful art form.

Lighting up the stage, this show is an incredible experience of rhythm, movement and good humour – prepare to be wowed!!

Prices:
  • Students (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 09/03/2019

Jocelyn Pettit, Gillian Stevenson, Seán Heely, Suzanne Fivey

Friday 15th March
The Royal Dunkeld Hotel
7.30pm-10.00pm

Tickets: £15/£5

Join Jocelyn Pettit, Gillian Stevenson, Seán Heely and Suzanna Fivey at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel.

Prices:
  • Children (School Age) (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 15/03/2019

Pete Clark plays Niel Gow's Fiddle

Saturday 16th March
Little Dunkeld Church
10.00am-10.30am

Tickets: Donation at the door

Join Pete Clark as he plays the fiddle which was once Niel Gow's favourite...

Prices:
  • Children (School Age) (£0.00)
  • General Admission (£0.00)

Date: 16/03/2019

Kist of Musick

Saturday 16th March
The Birnam Arts Centre
11.00am-1.00pm

Tickets: £15/£5

A tribute to Nathaniel Gow with Alastair J. Hardie & Friends

Prices:
  • Children (School Age) (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 16/03/2019

The Saturday Afternoon Concert

Saturday 16th March
The Birnam Arts Centre
2.00pm - 5.00pm

Tickets: £15/£5

Join Seán Heely, Colin McGlynn, Greg Mannion, Iain Macfarlane, Ingrid Henderson & Allan Henderson.  

Prices:
  • Children (School Age) (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 16/03/2019

Saturday Night at Birnam Arts

Saturday 16th March
The Birnam Arts Centre
7.30pm - 10.00pm

Tickets: £15/£5

Join Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira, Ryan Young & Chris Amer and The Sandy Brechin Trio for some sensational tunes at the Birnam Arts Centre.  

Prices:
  • Children (School Age) (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 16/03/2019

The Sunday Morning Concert

Sunday 17th March
The Birnam Arts Centre
11.00am - 1.00pm

Tickets: Donations accepted at the doors.

Join Pupils of Perthshire Schools & The Blackford Fiddlers.  

Prices:
  • General Admission (£0.00)
  • Children (School Age) (£0.00)

Date: 17/03/2019

The Sunday Afternoon Concert

Sunday 17th March
The Birnam Arts Centre
2.00pm - 5.00pm

Tickets: £15/£5

Join the Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society, Hannah Fisher & Sorren Maclean and Lesley Thompson & Innes Watson.  

Prices:
  • Children (School Age) (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 17/03/2019

Scottish Opera Brass Ensemble

Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera presents
Scottish Opera Brass Ensemble
Introduced by Donald Maxwell
Sunday 24th March
3pm
£15 

Birnam Arts is thrilled to welcome an all brass ensemble in a recital of Opera Music gems featuring the 3 principal brass players from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Jason Lewis (Trumpet), Sue Baxendale (Horn) and Cillian O Ceallachain (Trombone). They are joined by trumpet player Andrew Connell-Smith and Craig Anderson on tuba

Well-known Scottish baritone Donald Maxwell introduces this box of musical treats, brought to us by Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera.

Donald Maxwell hails from Perth and has sung with all of the leading British opera companies, as well as La Scala, Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, amongst others.

 Between these 6 performers, this group have a wide and varied pedigree of performance experience, working in orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK, joining together here in a collective love of all things operatic.

In a programme designed to thrill and delight, they take us through the intricate brass writing of Jan Koetsier, via operatic highlights performed with baritone Donald Maxwell, before closing with a celebration of the operatic beauty of Bizet’s Carmen.

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of the very best of operatic music played by a stellar Scottish Opera Orchestra brass ensemble – a recital to savour.

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 24/03/2019

Rouse Ye Women

Townsend Theatre Productions presents
Rouse Ye Women: Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers.
A Folk Opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick
Thursday 28th March
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

 In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focused the world’s attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers involved in the ‘home-working sweated industries’, hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes, with their babies and children, for 5 shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week. Led by the charismatic union organiser and campaigner, Mary Reid Macarthur, hundreds of women laid down their tools to strike for a living wage. The success of the ten-week strike more than doubled their earnings and helped to make the principle of a national minimum wage a reality.

Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the horrors of the sweated labour, Mary Macarthur’s stunning national campaign to expose the perpetrators of this appalling employment, the universal sympathy for the workers, the flood of donations, and the events that led to a final victory.

★★★★ “A powerful story, powerfully told.” Clare Brennan, THE OBSERVER

GUARDIAN readers ‘top favourite shows’ 2017

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

Date: 28/03/2019

Andrew "Finn" Magill with Sean Gray

Andrew Finn Magill with Sean Gray
Saturday 30th March
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Traditional Irish, Jazz, Brazilian Bluegrass, and Old-Time

Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina Andrew “FINN THE FIDDLER” MAGILL grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers. Finn’s built his career on Irish music, having performed with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes, amongst many other Irish luminaries.

Finn’s appearing at Birnam Arts with the brilliant Ayrshire musician, Sean Gray on guitar and flute.

“Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!” (on Canto, Violino)

 

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

Date: 30/03/2019

Felt Hat Making Extraordinaire

Felt Hat-Making Extraordinaire 
Adult
Saturday 30th March 10am-5pm  £55

If you’re into wearing hats and you’d like to have something totally individual to wear, then this is the workshop for you – master felter, Ewa Kuniczak, will provide the materials you need and show you step by step in this lovely relaxed and engaging workshop how to make your extraordinary hat. If you have any accoutrements that you want to incorporate into your hat, then do bring them along – otherwise, Ewa will provide you with everything you need. A Soup & Sandwich Lunch is included in the price of the workshop.

 

Price: General Admission £55.00

Date: 30/03/2019

Simon Evans

Off the Kerb Productions and Beyond present
Simon Evans: Genius
Wednesday 3rd April
Doors 7.30pm
£14.50 (includes £1.50 booking fee)
Ages 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by adult)

Advisory: Likely to be adult content/swearing. 

“A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close” ***** THE SCOTSMAN 

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

“Super-sharp wit” TIME OUT

"… reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent" **** THE TIMES

Price: General Admission £14.50

Date: 03/04/2019

Salt House

Salt House
Saturday 6th April
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Songs are central to SALT HOUSE - new songs that sound as if they’ve always been here, ancient ballads woken up, poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Singer, guitarist and harmonium player Jenny Sturgeon is described by R2 Magazine as “a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill.” Her songs are earthy and wise, sung with both beauty and power.


Singer and guitarist Ewan MacPherson brings to Salt House a wealth of understanding and experience gained from Fribo and Shooglenifty, with poetic songs sung plaintively and straight from the heart.
Fiddler, viola player and vocalist, Lauren MacColl, Rant and The Rachel Newton Band, is a prolific and award-winning soloist, her arrangements demonstrating a rich, deep darkness filled with warmth, wisdom and soul.

"A gentle lulling delight" THE GUARDIAN

***** FROOTS

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

Date: 06/04/2019

Bridgescapes

Bridgescapes

An Illustrated Talk with Bruce Keith
Friday 12th April
7.30pm
£10/£8/£5 U26s 

Bridge enthusiast, BRUCE KEITH, has a keen interest in Scottish history and in promoting Scotland’s rich heritage and the achievements of its people – to this end, his recent book BRIDGESCAPES celebrates the long and illustrious history of bridges within Scotland, and the contribution Scottish engineers have made to bridges around the globe. Many of these bridges are not only significant engineering achievements - they also make a major statement in terms of architectural design and form part of Scotland's cultural and landscape heritage.

With a foreword by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Bridgescapes, the book, is illustrated by an up and coming young Scottish photographer, Lewis Matheson, and supplemented by archive material. Join us for this fascinating journey through Scottish bridges!

Signed copies of Bruce’s book will be on sale at the talk, priced at £15.

Prices:
  • Students (£5.00)
  • Concession (£8.00)
  • General Admission (£10.00)

Date: 12/04/2019

Edinburgh Quartet

The Edinburgh Quartet
Friday 19th April
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

THE EDINBURGH QUARTET has long been celebrated as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, touring extensively in the UK and abroad and frequently featured in radio broadcasts for the BBC and other stations. The Quartet has always been a champion of new music and has worked with many important and prolific composers of our age including James MacMillan, Michael Tippett and Howard Blake. They have an extensive discography, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews in The Scotsman for their ‘Postcard from Nalchik’ and their James MacMillan disc ‘Visions of a November Spring’. 

Programme:

Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 No.6

Dvořák’s String Quartet in E flat Major

Selection of Armenian and Danish Folk Tunes

 

“… perky and pristine… gutsy and attitudinal… richly considered, rigorously balanced and, ultimately, a musical treat.” KEN WALTON, THE SCOTSMAN

Supported by Creative Scotland

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

Date: 19/04/2019

Heroes

Heroes
All or Nothing Aerial Dance
& Room 2 Manoeuvre
Saturday 20th April
7.30pm
£12/ £10/ £5 U26s

HEROES is a stunning new show combining breathtaking aerial acrobatics with dance, theatre and contemporary circus skills, effortlessly showcasing the performers’ expertise. Centering around a theme of idolatry, Heroes features two artists at the top of their game – Jen Paterson and Tony Mills of ALL OR NOTHING AERIAL DANCE COMPANY and ROOM 2 MANOUEVRE, with the collaboration of fellow performer and facilitator Beverly Grant.

All or Nothing, founded by Jen in 2006, is Scotland’s leading aerial dance company, considered the foremost industry specialists, with a reputation for excellence, whilst Room 2 Manoeuvre, a fresh and dynamic Edinburgh dance theatre company, embraces a multi-disciplinary approach appealing to a wide range of audiences and have a string of world-wide appearances.

Book now to have a go in a free pre-show aerial workshop.

(very limited places, for ticket holders only)

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

Date: 20/04/2019

Unspotted Snow

Unspotted Snow
By Peter Arnott
A Mull Theatre production
Friday 26th April
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

A light-hearted theatrical romp from Mull Theatre featuring starvation, scurvy, cannibalism… and some jolly tunes! UNSPOTTED SNOW is based on the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition to discover the North-West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific and its extraordinary 170-year legacy. Set partly on the barren ice floes of the Arctic and partly in the stultifying drawing room of Lady Jane Franklin, Unspotted Snow is a ripping yarn - a bold and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly, arrogance, madness and betrayal, Victorian heroism ... and ruthless news management.

Join us to explore and discover the hazy, crazy half-truths, rumours and scandals that besmirched the unspotted snow of the great white north.

“Yet rarely in Scottish theatre can there have been a more perfect match between company and script; and if you simply want a good theatrical night…they finally send the audience off into the night with the warm feeling of having had a memorably good laugh”

Joyce McMillan THE SCOTSMAN (On Whisky Galore)

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

Date: 26/04/2019

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil
Horsehead Theatre
Saturday 18th May
8pm
£12 adult, £10 concession, £5 U26s

*Warning – this play contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.  Suitable for age 14yrs+ only.*

A TALE ETCHED IN BLOOD AND HARD BLACK PENCIL - when a double murder reunites the classmates of St Elizabeth’s Primary School, scores are settled, debts are repaid and alliances forged.  Twenty years have passed, but will those bonds still hold fast?  

In this hilarious Scottish black comedy, Horsehead Theatre takes a nostalgic look at school days filled with psycho teachers, class jokers and playground feuds - all set to a cracking 70s/80s soundtrack!

Following their 2017 sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and at Bloody Scotland, the international Crime Writing Festival, Horsehead Theatre are touring award-winning Chris Brookmyre’s A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil in 2019… Brookmyre is a fan of Horsehead’s show, calling it an “utterly brilliant adaptation”.

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (65+) (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)

Date: 18/05/2019

Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack

Off the Kerb Productions and Beyond present
Phill Jupitus – Sassy Knack
Sunday 19th May
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £18.50 (Includes £2.50 booking fee)
Age 14+: likely to be swearing and adult content. 
 

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved there. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian’s Wall. 

Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly.

"… a true comic talent" - Manchester Evening News

Price: General Admission £18.50

Date: 19/05/2019

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War

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

COMRADES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE: YOU CAN GO PROUDLY. YOU ARE HISTORY.
YOU ARE LEGEND.

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 

★★★★ JOYCE MCMILLAN, THE SCOTSMAN

 

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

Date: 16/06/2019

 

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