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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

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

Interventions & Puntin' Double Bill

Twelve Twelve Theatre presents
Interventions and Puntin'
Friday 15th November
7.30pm

£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

 Two comedies from Edinburgh-based new writing theatre company Twelve Twelve Theatre, who have recently completed their first programmed year of twelve plays in twelve months!

INTERVENTIONS, by Andy Robertson
A horrible breakup… Phil can’t deal with it so he crawls into the bottom of a bottle… any bottle, as long as it doesn’t make him think. Unfortunately, he’s got two best friends with the best of intentions and the worst of intelligence. Can Johnny and Callum bring Phil back down to earth with the help from Lisa, the one woman he prayed never to see again?
Some wise words from the three of them and a very handy tool hammer will do... no? 

The second play PUNTIN', by John Gerard Crossan and Michael Dallas, is a show about fighting schoolies, stabby das and puntin gear.

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

Date: 15/11/2019

Karine Polwart - Words & Music

Birnam Book Festival presents
Karine Polwart - Words & Music
Saturday 23rd November 7.30pm
£18 + £1 Booking Fee

Last November, the very first Birnam Book Festival was a sparkling success.  Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger.  The next full festival weekend will take place here at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May, but to mark the first anniversary of its inauguration, the Festival is hosting a very special day of events including readings, interviews and workshops for readers of all ages.

We are delighted to be welcoming songwriter and musician Karine Polwart, curating an event exclusively for the Birnam Book Festival. The six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Folk Singer of the Year in 2018, is also a spoken-word performer, storyteller, theatre-maker and published essayist. Karine will host a one-off solo evening of songs with literary connections, conversation storytelling. This is a rare opportunity for an intimate audience with an artist who is very much in demand.

"One of our most lyrically striking, and significant, artists." The List

This concert is made possible in part by Golden Decanters in support of the Woodland Trust Scotland.

More information on daytime events and authors will be announced in October – so remember to check our website at www.birnambookfestival.com

Price: General Admission £18.00

Date: 23/11/2019

A Wee Bird Was Watching

Birnam Book Festival presents: KATE LEIPER & KARINE POLWART ~ A Wee Bird Was Watching ~ a family friendly interactive workshop
Saturday 23rd November 11-12 am
£5 + £1 Booking Fee

Last November, the very first Birnam Book Festival was a sparkling success.  Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger.  The next full festival weekend will take place here at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May, but to mark the first anniversary of its inauguration, the Festival is hosting a very special day of events including readings, interviews and workshops for readers of all ages.

More information on daytime events and authors will be announced in October – so remember to check our website at www.birnambookfestival.com

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 23/11/2019

THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS, with TOM MOLE and Guests

Birnam Book Festival presents
The Secret Life of Books... with Tom Mole and guests
November 23rd 4-5.30 pm 

Tickets £10 + £1 Booking Fee

Birnam Book Festival 23-25th November

Birnam Book Festival is very excited to welcome Tom Mole, author of the bestselling 'Secret Life of Books' to kick off a fabulous launch event on Saturday 23rd November at 4pm.

Tom's witty and knowledgeable work explores how books transform us as individuals, how books – and readers – have evolved over time, and why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power to change our lives. He's looked at everything from binding innovations to binding errors, to books defaced by lovers, to those imprisoning professors in their offices, to books in art, to burned books, to the books that create nations, and to those we’ll leave behind.

Followed by a panel discussion with Tom, and a trio of highly successful locally based authors who just happen to be the patrons of our Book Festival - Fiona Valpy, Magnus Linklater, and Jamie Jauncey.

More information on daytime events and authors will be announced in October – so remember to check our website at www.birnambookfestival.com

Price: General Admission £10.00

Date: 23/11/2019

Disorder in Court - Thursday 28th November

Birnam Institute Players present
Disorder in Court!
By Stewart Auty
Thurs 28th November 7.30pm
£10/£6 U16s/U5s Free + Booking Fee

A Family friendly Panto with the very best of panto ingredients – great fun for everyone and the kids will love this, too!

DISORDER IN COURT is a story of 2 halves – the first one is – oh no! – about Goldilocks being put on trial for breaking and entering the 3 Bears’ home and the second one is – oh no, no! – all about Mr Big Bad Wolf’s trial for his destruction of the Three Little Pigs’ property.

What will happen? You’ll have to come and see!

Prices:
  • U16s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 28/11/2019

Disorder in Court - Friday 29th November

Birnam Institute Players present
Disorder in Court!
By Stewart Auty
Friday 29th November 7.30pm

£10/£6 U16s/U5s Free + Booking Fee

Prices:
  • U16s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 29/11/2019

Disorder in Court - Matinee 2pm Saturday 30th November

Birnam Institute Players present
Disorder in Court!
By Stewart Auty
Saturday 30th November, 2pm

£10/£6 U16s/U5s Free + Booking Fee

Prices:
  • U16s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 30/11/2019

Disorder in Court - Saturday 30th November 7:30pm

Birnam Institute Players present
Disorder in Court!
By Stewart Auty
Saturday 30th November, 7:30pm

£10/£6 U16s/U5s Free + Booking Fee

Prices:
  • U16s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 30/11/2019

The Gingerbread Man - Clydebuilt Puppets

Clydebuilt Puppets presents
The Gingerbread Man
Saturday 14th December 11am

£6 (+ £1 booking fee per ticket)

It’s Santa Day and Clydebuilt Puppets are back with a visual feast specially devised for younger children aged 3 + years.

Imagine a world made entirely of biscuits: trees, houses and stars in the sky!

Into this beautiful world comes THE GINGERBREAD MAN, creating havoc wherever he goes. He meets a majestic cow, a stubborn goat and an opportunistic bird. 

But… can GINGERBREAD MAN outwit the dastardly FOX?!!

With a foot tapping ‘Yummy Chase’ soundtrack, reminiscent of an old movie and minimal language this is a tremendously popular story.

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 14/12/2019

Festive Fa-La-La-La-La

Blow & Blast and the Birnam Fundraising Team present
Festive Fa-La-La-La-La!
Friday 20th December 7.30pm

£10 + Booking Fee 

Christmas Fundraiser Sing-Along with festive mini-buffet and mulled wine

A continuing success, and a thoroughly enjoyable seasonal sing-song, join the Blow & Blast musicians, Just Singin’ and community members again for a heart-warming evening of Christmas music audience participation. 

Best Christmas bib and tucker, or come as you are, and sing along to a mixture of traditional carols, Christmas songs and seasonal interludes!

Fundraising raffle with lots of great prizes, plus mini buffet and mulled wine.

Price: General Admission £10.00

Date: 20/12/2019

Lateshift

Lateshift
Saturday 21st December
Doors 8pm
£12 + Booking Fee

Lateshift Christmas Party Night!

You know the drill - best party gear on, lots of sparkle, and join Dave Amos, Pete Caban and the rest of the band for an all-out Christmas knees-up…

As always, get your tickets early to avoid disappointment – the Lateshift tickets fly!

Price: General Admission £12.00

Date: 21/12/2019

The Moira Monologues: Double Bill

The Moira Monologues: Double-Bill
Written and performed by Alan Bissett
Directed by Sacha Kyle
Saturday 18th January 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + Booking Fee

 "A near-perfect series of new monologues, both howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic." 5***** THE SCOTSMAN

THE MOIRA MONOLGUES - WINNER: FRINGE FIRST 2017
SHORTLISTED: BEST NEW PLAY, CRITICS AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND (CATS) 2018

Meet the hardest woman in Falkirk!
The ‘most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade’ (***** The Scotsman), Moira Bell is the rip-roaring, chain-smoking, nae-messin’ heroine from Alan Bissett’s original and classic ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues, now touring for the first time as a double-bill with its award-winning sequel, More Moira Monologues.

Moira’s a single mum and a cleaner, who can’t wait to light a fag and tell her bestie Babs all about the teacher she fancies, cleaning posh folks’ hooses, her thoughts on Brexit, and, of course, how she protects her darlin’ dug, Pepe, from Diesel the rottweiler. You’ll laugh ‘til you cry. No-one ever forgets Moira!

“Bissett writes with eagle-eyed vim and not a word is wasted.”
4**** THE INDEPENDENT

“Moira Bell is a legend. A hilarious, but subtly smart work that takes society slowly apart”
4**** THE SKINNY

 

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

Date: 18/01/2020

Karen Marshalsay

Karen Marshalsay
Saturday 25th January
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee 

Rescheduled from last year, a concert with a difference - one of Scotland’s leading harpers, Karen Marshalsay, has just released a new album of traditional harp music and original compositions, The Road to Kennacraig on Cramasie Records.

Karen’s a master of all three Scottish harps – the warm sounding modern gut-strung Lever Harp which is her workhorse, the clear ringing wire-strung Clarsach of the Highlands and Gaelic culture and the Baroque Bray Harp with its buzzing sitar-like effect – and she features each of them across the Kennacraig album.

In a recent interview with London Jazz News, Karen said she “wants listeners to be moved… absorbed by the music and leave uplifted”, and described the pieces as a “variously sad, thoughtful… strong and celebratory, and a bit mischievous at times.” – Karen will be featuring the album songs in this gig… a real treat for anyone who appreciates Scottish traditional music.

In addition to this concert, Karen will be taking her harp to the local school to encourage children’s interest in the instrument – date TBA.

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

Date: 25/01/2020

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

Elles Bailey

ELLES BAILEY
Thursday 19th March 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

2019 has been a hell of a year for the super smoky-voiced, hard-working and far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey.

With a 2nd album in the UK Country & Americana charts, No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart and 1.3 million streams since its release, Elles is a featured artist at key festivals and on international stages, including taking to the high seas for the Joe Bonamassa Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise alongside the man himself, Joe Bonamassa, King King, Samantha Fish, Walter Trout and many more.

As a self-confessed rolling stone - Elles genuinely does call the road home with her continual headline touring and she has, by dint of prodigious talent and sheer hard work, smashed through and past much bigger artists and bigger industry players - not least major record labels.

Like its chart-topping predecessor, her 2nd and latest album Road I Call Home features co-writing contributions from high calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio powerhouses The Black Keys) on the infectious  Little Piece of Heaven track.

When Elles lands in Birnam, don't think twice, just get here… a great evening and a long musical friendship will be waiting!

“Absolutely Superb” BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2

 “Nothing short of phenomenal” BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

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

Date: 19/03/2020

 

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