Gilded Balloon presents Horse McDonald in Careful Written by Lyn Ferguson Directed by Maggie Kinloch
Friday 24th March, 7.30pm
The world premiere of Scottish singer-songwriter Horse McDonald’s autobiographical play, CAREFUL - a journey from a Kelpie Six in the Brownies to one of Scotland's most celebrated singers, and through those times when she had to be... careful. Growing up gay in Lanark in the 70s, when the reward was half a pack of fruit pastilles… when, later, the lady on the train tells you about the doctor you should meet…
Horse McDonald is iconic. She has few peers and her breath-taking stagecraft is utterly unique. Her voice has been described as a ‘finely honed instrument’, moving and uplifting. Having released eight albums over the years, her latest, Home, was released under Horse’s own label Randan Records. Horse has opened and toured with international artists such as Tina Turner, BB King, Bryan Ferry and Burt Bacharach.
Les Troyens: Berlioz: (2013) Sunday 26th March 6pm: 275 mins with interval
LES TROYENS is opera at its most epic, Berlioz’s largest work ever… the sheer scale of its story, music, passion, staging and performers make this one of the great Royal Opera events of the decade. Berlioz's great work is a tour de force, from fiery military marches to intense choruses and passionate soliloquies, with extraordinarily demanding roles for the principal cast.
“… the show is top-notch, with the chorus on coruscating form, Antonio Pappano bringing out the instrumental colour with exemplary clarity, and a line-up of soloists led by three outstanding voices”- (Antonacci, Westbroek and Hymel) The Independent
Come on, kids – put on your very best creative hat on and design a seed packet that might be a winning design to go on sale at Birnam Arts!... You’ll be working with the green fingered arts team to help design your very own seed packet – we’re looking for an explosion of colour in your flowers and veggies… and yes, a cauliflower can look pretty and colourful!
Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson’s NEW FOCUS is one of the most appealing, most beautifully realised projects to emerge on the Scottish jazz scene in recent years - The duo are creating superbly accessible, hauntingly memorable jazz for the 21st century.
Under 16s (£5.00)
Concession - Over 60s, Students, Unwaged, Disabled (£10.00)
Presented by Beyond Monday 3rd April 8pm Stand-up Comedy
Shappi Khorsandi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her arrival in Britain with her latest touring show ‘OH MY COUNTRY! FROM MORRIS DANCING TO MORRISSEY… she's reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land, and, all in the best possible taste, politely asks “please don’t come if you’re a skinhead, though naturally bald folk are welcome”.
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, Shappi’s the mistress of whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.
‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.’ The Guardian
New! Pay what you Decide! Come along, watch the show & pay what you feel is appropriate afterwards! Ages 3-8 yrs old
Introducing the very young to a foreign language in an accessible, fun way, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LAPIN is a heart-warming bilingual piece of theatre, narrated in English with puppets talking in French, especially aimed at non-French speaking children, with a fun dance session for them at the end – they’ll also be offered pieces of carrot to eat… read on!
How does your Garden Suitcase Grow? (Pre-show workshop) Tuesday 4th April 10am – 12noon £5 4 +
Come and grow a tasty garden like Tania from The Wonderful world of Lapin. We’ll provide everything you need, including suitcase or, if you have a particular one you’d like to show’case’, bring that along, too! The green fingered Arts Team will be on hand to advise layout and what goes with what and how to maintain and care for your edible garden.
Wildlife on your Doorstep With Adrian Davis Thursday 6th April, 7.30pm
Adrian Davis, Director of Wildoutdoors, and tonight’s presenter of Wildlife on your Doorstep is an ecologist and wildlife guide operating from his base here in Birnam… what he doesn’t know about wildlife in and around Birnam and Dunkeld probably isn’t worth knowing about!
One of our most popular, returning workshops, this is suitable for any level of ability, be it the complete beginner or the more advanced. Working with a live model, you’ll sculpt clay from your observations under the expert supervision of Birnam Arts’ ceramics tutor, Shona Leitch… if you’re new to clay sculpting, Shona will teach you the techniques you need, plus she’ll be with you every step of the way with useful tips. To book for this, contact Shona below:
Wednesday 12th April, 7.30pm Talk/Documentary/Live Music
Will Kaufman's Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin' is a captivating live documentary that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s.
Conventionally known for his championing of the poor white Dust Bowl migrants, Guthrie also left an extensive body of songs condemning ‘Jim Crow’ segregation, lynching and race hatred. Most of these songs were never recorded, but they are the legacy of a remarkable journey that eventually brought Guthrie into the fellowship of Lead Belly, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Paul Robeson.
Hard-hitting Guthrie songs such as Vigilante Man, Pretty Boy Floyd and I Ain't Got No Home are brought into conversation with other relevant songs - from Joe Hill's The Preacher and the Slave to Brother, Can You Spare a Dime, seamlessly blending Woody’s music and radical politics together.
Under 16s (£5.00)
Concession - Over 60s, Students, Unwaged, Disabled (£8.00)
Idiots’ Guide to Paper Making Sunday 23rd April 10am-4pm £40 Adults
Making your own paper for creative projects is so satisfying… you can make paper for cards, booklets, for printing or painting on, for drawings, for table place settings – or for anything that uses paper! You’ll learn how to make paper pulp, how to layer different colours of pulp, embed designs and inclusions such as flowers, leaves etc, and how to dry it. With Ann Ross.
Wednesday 26th April (Thursday Showing Below) 7.30pm
£10 12+ recommended
And Then Come The Nightjars – ****Time Out **** The Daily Telegraph **** The Evening Standard **** The Guardian
South Devon, 2001. Jeff is a vet with a problem. Michael is a cattle farmer who is a problem. The two men have a begrudging respect for each other and a blossoming friendship based on sharing a fag, a nip of whisky and boisterous banter. But when Foot and Mouth sweeps through the British countryside, throwing communities into chaos with the slaughter of thousands of cattle, Michael watches the shooting of his own beloved cows in grief stricken disbelief… he also watches his friend brandish the gun.
½ hour bookable sessions £10, including firing and glazing between 1pm-3.00pm
A run-away success, we’re repeating this workshop for anyone who didn’t get to have a go at throwing a pot, or for anyone who wants to make a more advanced piece, there’s a chance for a half hour bookable spot.
Mozart:Ü (2016) Sunday 30th April 7pm 178 mins, including interval
Mozart’s DIE ENTFÜHRUNG tells the tale of the young Spanish nobleman, Belmonte, as he attempts to rescue his fiancé, Konstanze, from the seraglio (harem) of Pasha Selim, a Turkish despot. Sally Matthews, Edgaras Montvidas and Tobias Keher dazzle with the Glyndebourne Chorus and Robin Ticciati conducting The Age of Enlightenment Orchestra.
“… mesmerising, sensitive, outstanding… exquisitely acted and sung, featuring a Konstanze and a Belmonte sung with finesse and bravura, and a sensationally voiced Osmin.” The Guardian
A gentle, introductory class to Yoga with Beth Beazley. Spring is the perfect time for trying something new that will make you feel good, so what could be better than trying out yoga?! Come along and learn some gentle postures to help you to feel grounded in this season of new beginnings. We will finish the class with some relaxation. Please bring along a mat (if you have one) and a blanket.
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 funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it…adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly!
Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, Phill also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1).
On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clueand The Unbelievable Truthand was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.
Having toured the world as frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, acclaimed songwriter RODDY WOOMBLE recently toured the UK in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of their debut solo album, My Secret Is My Silence.
Growing up between America, France and the UK, and having lived in Glasgow and New York City, Roddy now lives on the Isle of Mull, from where he hosts the annual Iona Village Hall Music Festival.
He’s recently published Instrumentals, a collection of words, lyrics and photographs from tours fronting Idlewild, critically acclaimed solo albums and from Roddy’s life in the Scottish Hebrides.
Having established himself as a leading voice in the thriving British contemporary indie folk music scene, with his anticipated new album 2017 will see Roddy take a darker more lo fi direction, held together by Woomble’s trademark poetic lyrics… ‘evocative vocals and consummate gift for a tune’.