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Scottish Opera Brass Ensemble

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

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
£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

  • 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
£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)


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

Date: 30/03/2019

Felt Hat Making Extraordinaire

Felt Hat-Making Extraordinaire 
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
£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

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

Date: 06/04/2019



An Illustrated Talk with Bruce Keith
Friday 12th April
£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.

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

Date: 12/04/2019

Edinburgh Quartet

The Edinburgh Quartet
Friday 19th April
£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’. 


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

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

Date: 19/04/2019


All or Nothing Aerial Dance
& Room 2 Manoeuvre
Saturday 20th April
£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)

  • 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
£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.

Mull Theatre, has taken more than 40 major projects to more than 300 venues – from Shetland, through Orkney, on almost every island off the west coast, down every highway and byway, on isolated peninsulas and in secluded glens – you name it, they’ve been there. 

“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)

26/05/19 Unspotted Snow Birnam Arts

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

Date: 26/04/2019


Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts presents

House of Mirth’s production of
Wednesday 8th May 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

There’s two rules. First, the person you choose must be dead. And second, you have to be dressed up to get in.

It’s Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing. Landlady Liz is run off her feet, whilst husband Barry struggles to get into his new costume. Elsewhere in London, a young woman from Edinburgh steps off a train, determined to make her dreams a reality.

Fast-paced and irreverent, Marie is a darkly comic new play inspired by the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but given a distinctly modern twist!

Created by Sarah MacGillivray
Directed by Phil Bartlett

… wonderfully mesmerising and darkly comic one-woman show... a joy to watch from start to finish'


  Book Online

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

Date: 08/05/2019

Les Fils Canouche

Les Fils Canouche
Thursday 9th May 8pm
£13/£11/£5 U26s

Gypsy Swing/Django/Jazz, LES FILS CANOUCHE blur the musical and temporal boundaries of gypsy swing…

This exuberant band of gypsy jazz explorers will transport you to their offbeat, unique universe of world music with the relentless rhythm of unleashed and sensual tangos, good old gypsy swing, Spanish rumbas, bossas and music from the east in a virtuosic, acoustic evening of pure pleasure!

Fronted by Xavier Margogne on rhythm guitar, LES FILS CANOUCHE, who regularly tour all over France and Europe, features the stellar French musicians Samuel Thézé on bass clarinet, Maxime Perrin on accordion and Stéphane Cozic on double bass.

This will be a brilliant night of top class world music – don’t miss!

09/05/2019 Les Fils Canouche Birnam Arts

  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£11.00)
  • General Admission (£13.00)

Date: 09/05/2019

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil
Horsehead Theatre
Saturday 18th May
£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”.

  • 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


Macbeth: Verdi 
Tayside Opera
Thursday 23rd May
£15/£7 U26s

Verdi’s MACBETH is a four act opera with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. Written for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, it was Verdi's tenth opera and premiered on 14 March 1847. Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage. Almost twenty years later, Macbeth was revised and expanded in a French version performed in Paris on 19 April 1865.

The first version of Macbeth was completed during the time which Verdi described as his galley years, which ranged over a period of 16 years, and one which saw the composer produce 22 operas. By the standards of the subject matter of almost all Italian operas during the first fifty years of the 19th century, Macbeth was highly unusual.


  • Children (School Age) (£7.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 23/05/2019

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

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

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


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