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National Youth Jazz Orchestra Scotland

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Scotland (NYJOS)
Friday 19 July 8pm
£11.25 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

NYOS Jazz Orchestra continues to enjoy prestigious performance opportunities 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 Birnam Arts Centre and the state-of-the-art New Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Guest artists make an immeasurable contribution to the NYOS Jazz Programme and we are thrilled to welcome British-Bahraini trumpet and flugel player Yazz Ahmed. Her music, arranged for the Jazz Orchestra by Malcolm Edmonstone, will offer the orchestra and audiences alike the unique chance to immerse themselves in Arabic sounds and spirituality.

To complement Yazz’s music, Malcolm has also arranged a set written and inspired by female writers. From Billie Holliday and Mary Lou Williams via Alice Coltrane and Joni Mitchell to modern day composers like Nikki Isles, Esperanza Spalding and Norah Jones. Join us as we explore their captivating music.

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

 

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£6.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£11.25)

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 :)”

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

Date: 21/07/2019

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)

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

Date: 03/08/2019

Bear's Den

Beyond presents
Bear’s Den
Friday 16th August
Doors 7.30pm
Ages 14+, U16s to be accompanied by an adult

Standing Gig

Bear’s Den more than lives up to the promise of their first two albums with So that you might hear metheir extraordinary third long-player. The title is taken from a lyric in Blankets of Sorrow, the elegiac, wistful ballad that closes the album and perfectly encapsulates the theme that runs through So that you might hear me: the need to be heard, acknowledged, understood… that brief, simple sentiment which underpins all of the songs on the album expresses a universal desire that so often goes unspoken, but runs deep within us all - the primal, fundamental need for meaningful human connection.

“To me, it’s about trying to communicate with someone and feeling like you can’t reach them anymore” says Andrew. “That deeply resonated with me. Unwittingly, it became a theme of the album.” So that you might hear me is the follow-up to Bear’s Den’s, UK silver-selling debut, Islands, which earned them an Ivor Novello nomination in the UK and a devoted following worldwide, and 2016’s more expansive Red Earth & Pouring Rain, which went Top 10 across Europe. 2017 saw the band cap four, non-stop years on the road with the largest headline shows to date, from sold-out tours of the States to a 7000-capacity arena in Belgium, and sold-out hometown shows at London’s iconic Brixton Academy and the Hammersmith Apollo.

Price: General Admission £20.00

Date: 16/08/2019

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
10am-4pm
£25

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

On Our Way To Lisbon

Isoceles Theatre presents
ON OUR WAY TO LISBON
By Patrick Prior
With Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden
Directed by Jim Dunk

Friday 13th September 7.30pm

£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

“… a two-man play with a cast of thousands… physical theatre at its best… I felt the entirely enthusiastic audience could happily have stayed for more.” MAIL ON SUNDAY

Put on your scarves, dust off your passport and join the lads as they watch the Celtic boys steam-roll over the best teams in Europe to become the immortal Lisbon Lions - you don't need to be a football fan, just a lover of fabulous entertainment that puts a smile on your face!

This spectacular 2-man play, ON OUR WAY TO LISBON, celebrates Glasgow Celtic’s 1967 European Cup win, one of the great sporting legends of all time. Featuring just two actors, Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden, they play everything - players, crowds, commentators and managers, in a masterpiece of story-telling. Including some hilarious slow-motion sequences, the glory of the famous victory contrasts against the drab reality of their Glasgow existence… was Celtic’s victory the best moment of their lives? Theatre of dreams indeed.

The show has obvious appeal for football fans, but for those with little interest in the game, it stands as a stunning piece of theatre which has thrilled audiences as far away as the USA, gathering in its path rave reviews, standing ovations and awards. Just come and enjoy!

“A sublime mix of physical theatre, conversational dialogue and hilarious impersonation – the two actors never let up the pace until the explosion of that final whistle… excellent writing, expertly performed.” THE STAGE

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 13/09/2019

Budapest Café Orchestra

Budapest Café Orchestra
Thursday 19th September 7.30pm
£13/£5 U26s + Booking Fee

“… the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap…” THE TIMES

Led by the celebrated jazz violin superstar, Christian Garrick, The Budapest Café Orchestra create an awesome alchemy of sound characteristic of much bigger ensembles – this band really delivers!

Two of the country’s most revered international soloists are nestled at the heart of proceedings… accordionist exemplar, Eddie Hession, who’s accompanied the likes of Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Chris Rea, and Christian Garrick, whose CV boasts partnerships with Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth and Nigel Kennedy, to name but a few.

One of Russia's most enigmatic and masterly musical exports, Adrian Zolotuhin, plays the sultan and a variety of stringed instruments, whilst veteran bass-man, Kelly Cantlon, lays down the bass notes – Kelly found fame in the late 60s as a Vagabond with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

Great stuff!

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£13.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 13/09/2019

Hazel Findlay - The Climb Within

Speakers from the Edge present
Hazel Findlay – The Climb Within
Wednesday 25th September 7.30pm
£17.50 (includes booking fee)

One of the best young climbers in the world, Hazel Findlay presents a talk about her life and climbs, exploring how we can use a sport such as climbing to put us in hard places that push us beyond what we thought we were capable of and how, in this struggle, we can discover the way our minds work and how to ‘hack’ them, so that we can enjoy the experiences we want without being limited by fear.

Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 28 years, and started out trad climbing (with climbing ropes) on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She dabbled in competition climbing, having been the British junior champion six times, but at 16 yrs old decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock - especially trad climbing, her main passion.

Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, a technically challenging route, and repointed (free climb) El Capitan in Yosemite, which she has now done four times, and many other challenging climbs.

Hazel is particularly interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.

Price: General Admission £17.50

Date: 25/09/2019

The Stornoway Way

Dogstar Theatre Company in association with An Lanntair
presents
THE STORNOWAY WAY by Kevin MacNeil
Directed by Matthew Zajac
Friday 18th October 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 + £1 Booking Fee

“The best Scottish book since Trainspotting…full of wisdom, jokes, poetic language and mind-burning imagery.”  THE SCOTSMAN

Adapted by Kevin MacNeil from his best-selling novel, THE STORNOWAY WAY is a musical tragicomedy full of wit and wisdom, both a romantic evocation and a scabrous critique of the Isle of Lewis, “a great and symbolic chip off Scotland’s shoulder!”

Birnam Arts | The Stornoway Way | Friday 18th October

The play tells the story of Roman Stornoway, a struggling musician, and his best friend Eilidh. Both are disaffected underachievers, who use alcohol to fuel and delay their dreams of escape from the island.  They eventually manage to make their way to the city, where Roman is smitten by the mysterious Hungarian student Eva.

With a variety of voices from Lewis and a musical soundtrack featuring original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English, The Stornoway Way is irreverent, witty and honest, a bittersweet theatrical romcom, twisted, squeezed out and hungover, a story about the search for the ideal, the desire for happiness and the struggle to come to terms with who you are, versus who you want to be.

“Does for the Western Isles what Rankin and Welsh did for Edinburgh.”  THE TIMES

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 18/10/2019

Alan Carr: Work In Progress

Alan Carr: Work in Progress Tour
Plus Support
Thursday 24th October
Doors 7.30pm
Age 14+, U16s to be accompanied
Tickets £18 + booking fees

PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THURSDAY 18TH JULY AT TICKETMASTER: BIRNAM ARTS IS NOT SELLING TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW

Join Alan Carr for a night of work-in-progress comedy, along with support act, Kelly Convey - this is your chance to see Alan trying out new material in this work-in-progress tour!Carr’s unique style of humour and effortless stage presence has made him one of Britain’s most successful and treasured comedians.

Birnam Arts | Alan Carr | 24-10-19

With sixteen series of Channel 4’s Chatty Man under his belt, Alan has won a multitude of awards, including the publicly voted National Television Award for Best Chat Show Host, a prestigious BAFTA and a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

Kelly Convey is a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist and she was voted by The Metro as ‘1 of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for’ in 2017.

Book quickly – tickets will fly!

Price: General Admission £20.00

Date: 24/10/2019

Scouting for Girls

Beyond presents
Scouting for Girls
Thursday 14th November
Doors 7.30pm
Ages 14+, U16s to be accompanied by an adult
£23 + Booking Fees

PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE LINK BELOW

 During their last tour SCOUTING FOR GIRLS played to more people than they’ve ever played to before - they were celebrating ten years since they first released their 2007 self-titled debut, a record that went on to become triple platinum and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of She’s So LovelyElvis Ain’t Dead and Heartbeat. 2017’s accompanying Ten Add Ten record bundled that now-classic debut with ten new songs, proving that the band’s joy, energy and ability to write an instantly catchy chorus hadn’t gone anywhere.

“We had such a huge age range across the audience for that tour, from kids to people who’ve grown up listening to us,” explains vocalist Roy Stride. “It was such a lovely feeling. It almost feels like you’re playing to family. It was actually more fun than we’ve ever had before, but I find that with the band. The longer it goes on, the more fun it becomes.”

It was a chance to celebrate the journey they’ve been on, with people who’ve been on it as well. “Every time we do a tour, it’s special because we only do it every two or three years. It’s almost like a reunion, getting back together with a load of old friends.” Scouting For Girls didn’t need to remind people who they were though: they’re a British institution.

In the decade since ‘Scouting For Girls’, the band have released Everybody Wants To Be On TV (2010), The Light Between Us (2012), and Still Thinking About You (2015) plus the mega hit single This Ain’t A Love Song. They’ve picked up nominations for four Brits, an Ivor Novello and played everywhere from a sold out Wembley Arena to countless festival stages. Last year they released England I Still Believe as a cheeky, unofficial World Cup anthem, which is a very Scouting For Girls thing to do.

Price: General Admission £23.00

Date: 14/11/2019

Chris Difford: Up The Junction Tour

Chris Difford
Up the Junction Tour
Saturday 14th March
£16
Ages 14+

PLEASE NOTE: THIS GIG WAS ORIGINALLY SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST AND IS NOW ON SATURDAY 14TH MARCH 2020

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 £16.00

Date: 14/03/2020

 

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