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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

Available Spaces: 0

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.

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

Date: 20/06/2019

Strathbraan Documentary

Strathbraan Documentary, with John Martin and Ann Lindsay
Sunday 30th June
2pm/4.30pm/8pm

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: http://www.strathbraan.net/

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 30/06/2019

Jack Dee: Work In Progress

Off the Kerb Productions and Beyond presents
JACK DEE – WORK IN PROGRESS
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

Available Spaces: 0

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Scotland (Early Bird Offer)

Friday 19 July 8pm
(Early Bird Offer lasts until 28th June) 
£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

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

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 (£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 :)”

Prices:
  • 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
£16
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)

Prices:
  • 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
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

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

 

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