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Sunday 15th August 1pm-3.30pm

With two of Royal Ballet's top stars, Matthew Ball as Romeo and Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows the company at its dramatic finest. Sergey Prokofiev's famously evocative score is the driver for some of the most ardent pas de deux and powerful set pieces in ballet history. The vibrant crowd scenes, with magnificent designs by Nicholas Georgiadis, vividly recreate the colour and bustle of 16th-century Verona.

To seat everyone safely, please book a place by emailing arts@birnamarts.com

GIG N THE CARPARK with Good Guy Hank
Saturday 21st August

Dunkeld & Birnam Recreation Club Carpark
Booking is essential: walk ups on the day cannot be admitted
Outdoor, standing event – bring your own fold up seat and dress appropriately for the weather!Good Guy Hank with Donny, Theo and Pepi - brilliant The gig will take place outside and standing in a socially distanced setting, to allow you to relax and enjoy live music in a safe setting, but feel free to bring your own fold up seat and, of course, wear appropriate attire in the case of dodgy weather!

Booking is essential and walk ups on the day cannot be admitted – this is to allow us to make the event Covid safe. Please book online by midday on the Thursday before the event - this allows a safe plan to be put into place for the set-up of a socially distanced audience whilst allowing households and bubbles to stay together.Capacity is limited, so if you cannot make the event, please let us know, thank you. To book, visit the Birnam Arts website/What’s On/book through the link.

Please be patient entering the club carpark – a queuing system will be in place… hand sanitiser stations will be situated at the entrance and at various points on the site, you will be asked to complete Track and Trace, and remember to bring masks with you for entry and exit and for any movement around the audience space.
Toilet facilities will be available in line with Covid Guidelines.

To access the Club carpark, please walk past and beyond the doctors’ Craigvinean surgery – we’re sorry, but if you have to drive to the event, you’ll need to park elsewhere as you won’t be able to park at the Recreation Club. The address, for those who don’t know where the club is situated is: The Clubhouse Carpark | Little Dunkeld | Dunkeld | PH8 0AA



Friday 10th September
Birnam Arts

“… the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap…” THE TIMES
“The music is magic in their hands.” SEAN RAFFERTY: BBC RADIO 3

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

The BCO is a music-driven phenomenon - they'll sweep you off your feet,  journeying from one emotional pole to another: from evocative heart-rending ancient Jewish melodies to a fiery and exuberant dance from Romania or Russia. Once heard, the Budapest Cafe Orchestra will stay in your heart forever!!

Christian Garrick - violin
Eddie Hession - accordion
Kelly Cantlon - double bass
Adrian Zolotuhin - guitar, saz, balalaika, domra


Saturday 30th October
£11 + Booking Fees

Standing Event


With all band members hailing from Scotland, THE CARLOWAYS take their love for Americana and fuse it with a rock core to create tunes that are infectiously catchy. Originally formed by a bunch of school friends, the group is  not only very well known within their local music scene in Perth, but they’ve since made their mark by touring extensively  all over Scotland, including multiple appearances at Belladrum Festival, Eden Court Inverness, Stornoway and as far south as Cornwall, 19 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017… they even landed a touring gig with the SNP’s Alex Salmond after the SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh heard them play at a fundraising gig while she was the MP for Ochil and South Perthshire. 

In April 2018 the band recorded their debut E.P. with producer Paul McInally (Florence and The Machine, The Lapelles) at 45 A-Side Studios in Glasgow. This was released on July 1st 2018 and the track "Crawlin' Back" was used as Belladrum Festival's 2018 soundtrack. The band have recorded their first ever album  – watch out for tracks from that in tonight’s concert. This is a band to watch! 



THE M.R. JAMES PROJECT: Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad &
The Ash Tree. 

Two ghost stories by M.R. James 
Performed by R M Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre Company
**** "Lloyd Parry catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality" THE TIMES

M.R. James is acknowledged as the master of the English Ghost Story. Robert Lloyd Parry first conceived the M.R. James Project as an initiative to bring back to life the eeriest and most entertaining of these enduringly brilliant tales, many of which were originally written to be performed by the author to his friends, in his rooms in King’s College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve. Now Parry has brought two of these unforgettable spine-chillers back to life. 

Oh, Whistle, And I’ll Come To You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be James’s masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.



Joanne Shaw | Solo Show

Opening Friday 23rd July 2021
Last Day Sunday 8th August 2021
*Free entry

An installation of portraits in oils featuring and celebrating the residents from Corbenic Camphill Community by artist Joanne Shaw. Details of opening will be shared via our social channels.



Adults ‘Ballet for Wellbeing’ continues on Monday mornings from 10.30am-11.30am via Zoom (spaces available)

Summer Ballet classes commence on Monday 5th July – please check for availability
To find out more or register your place, email ballet@birnamarts.com

Please note: All children should arrive for classes ready in their ballet uniform - crossover cardigans and legwarmers may be helpful, as the studio doors will be open during classes for ventilation.
The Birnam Arts Ballet school is led by Royal Academy of Dance Registered teachers Emma Gray and Kelly McCole. For further information, or for those wishing to join the school, please contact Emma Gray by email on: ballet@birnamarts.com


Thursday Mornings from 1st July to 12th August
Kids (primary aged) are invited to join artists for child-centred arts workshops exploring everything from painting to ceramics!
Sessions will be bookable in blocks and will adhere to all Covid-related safety measures. For more information or to sign up, please email kate@birnamarts.com.


4 x Wednesday sessions 10.30 to 12.30
£25 per session*
To book, email kate@birnamarts.com

Join artist Grigorios in this exploratory art workshop on Wednesday mornings at Birnam Arts. You will start with a guided visualisation to help you relax, tune in with Nature and inspire your imagination with the necessary 'fuel' to start exploring and expressing your innate creativity. Through a series of linked exercises you will work with simple, accessible and clean materials (pens, pencils, markers, pastels, cut outs) to explore line, texture and colour in a playful and imaginative way. No previous art experience is required, just an open mind and an open heart.


Summer Weekend block

Join Ellen MacFarlane for an intensive weekend of pottery this summer where you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at a range of different ceramic techniques and finishes. There will be 4 pottery wheels and a hand building station to work with. Email askthekilncreative@outlook.com to find out more and sign up.

The current block of Monday evening sessions is in progress and is fully booked. If you would be interested to sign up to our waiting list, email askthekilncreative@outlook.com


Thanks to artist and Creative Kids tutor Helen O’Brien, the P7’s from Dunkeld Primary School were joined by The Mobile Foundry at Birnam Arts last month. The group worked with pattern making, sand moulding and bronze casting. We hope to have The Mobile Foundry return to BA in the near future – keep your eyes peeled via our Facebook and Instagram for details of this.

*Those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. To find out more or to claim ahead of booking, please email kate@birnamarts.com with valid proof of eligibility.