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The Winters Tale

The Winter’s Tale: The Royal Ballet (2015)
Sunday 19th August 7pm

Donation

Christopher Wheeldon excels in adapting Shakespeare’s classic story of love and loss for the Royal Ballet, with glorious designs by Bob Crowley and a stunning score by Joby Talbot. With principal dancers Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson and Sarah Lamb, Zenaida Yanowsky and Steven McRae, this production was lauded with high praise from all the major dance critics.

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 19/08/2018

Sporrans Away!

Sporrans Away! Family Ceilidh
with Tatties, Neeps and Karys
Saturday 25th August 7pm Doors
£8 Adult/£5 U16s/ £22 Family

Ceilidh Dance 

A fabulous family night out with Dunkeld’s very own Tatties Neeps and Karys ceilidh band – kick off the heels and have a right ‘hooligan’s jig’ around Birnam Arts John Kinnaird Hall.

To top it all off – stovies at the interval!
Veggie Stovies included! 

Family is 2 adults and 2 children

Prices:
  • Under 16s (£5.00)
  • Adult (£8.00)
  • Family Ticket (£22.00)

Date: 25/08/2018

Summer Madness Throwdown!

Summer Madness Throwdown!
Saturday 25th August
Drop in: 10.30-12.30pm 2pm-4pm
£6 with 1 firing 

Family

Hugely popular drop-in 15 minute sessions with Jakub the Potter from Camphill Corbenic Community, the chance to throw a pot and come up with your best effort à la Great British Throwdown! Be as inventive as you can be, or just throw something really simple – whichever way, you’ll have lots of fun and you’ll have your very own pot to take away with you once it’s been fired and you can paint it at home!

Price: Glazing & Firing £6.00

Date: 25/08/2018

Forbidden Stories

Forbidden Stories
Ludens Ensemble
Directed by Philippos Philippou
Cast: Adam Tompa, Persefoni Gerangelou, Jenny Logan, Isidora Bouziouri, Philippos Philippou, Vangelis Makriyannakis
Friday 31st August 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Theatre

FORBIDDEN STORIES is the third part of a trilogy on the themes of power and collective memory, created by Edinburgh-based theatre group Ludens Ensemble, a multimedia theatre performance that explores the theme of borders through true stories of solidarity, mutual aid and friendship that aim at transcending the current state of division in Cyprus. 

Six performers bring the voices of different characters on stage in a performance that incorporates storytelling with video mapping projections, live camera snippets and music. This performance focuses on the lived experiences of the local populace with the aim of creating a platform that will function as a bridge between the two communities.

 

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£10.00)
  • Adults (£12.00)

Date: 31/08/2018

September Serenades

Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera present
September Serenades
with Scottish Opera Emerging Artists
Sunday 9th September
2pm for 3pm
£15, includes a glass of Prosecco or Elderflower

 Following last year’s successful concert, we’re delighted to welcome Scottish Opera’s 2018/2019 Emerging Artists with a programme of operatic arias and duets, accompanied on the keyboard by Emerging Artist repetiteur Erika Gundesen. Lucy Anderson, soprano, Bethan Langford, mezzo soprano, and Alexey Gusev, baritone, will all be performing in Rigoletto for Scottish Opera later this year, but you can hear them first, here at Birnam Arts. 

The concert begins at 3pm, but do join us from 2pm onwards for a glass of fizz, and a fun raffle!

Price: Admission Fee £15.00

Date: 09/09/2018

The Blueswater

The Blueswater
Saturday 15th September
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

THE BLUESWATER rocked the house when they were here last year…  one of the busiest Edinburgh Blues bands on the circuit, they know their rhythm and blues music inside out - Chicago sound with earthy, droning grooves of Mississippi, thick guitar riffs and frenzied harmonica solos built around driving rhythms, creating high-energy performances that leave you wanting more and more.

“Terrific set of blues songs… Great night out.” Ian Rankin

“Definitely a band to watch!’Blues in Britain

 

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adult (£12.00)

Date: 15/09/2018

Calum Stewart Trio

Calum Stewart Trio
Thursday 20th September
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

A concert that will leave a lasting impression! - leading Uilleann Piper, Calum Stewart’s powerful and lyrical playing style is rooted in the traditional music of his native northern Scotland. His distinct musical voice has been developed through collaborations within the Scottish, Irish and Breton traditions.

In addition to his concert schedule, Calum is in demand as a recording artist, with recent work including recordings and performances with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

“An astounding Uilleann Piper … Music that runs as pure as a Highland stream.”

ACOUSTIC Magazine.

“Seriously class playing.” BBC Radio Scotland.

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adult (£12.00)

Date: 20/09/2018

Charpentier's The Decent O' Orpheus

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE:
Charpentier’s The Descent O’ Orpheus Tae The Underwarl
Saturday 29th September
7pm
£10

An exciting and unique production of the opera The Descent O’ Orpheus Tae The Underwarl, by Charpentier, translated into Scots Language, breathing new life into this baroque chamber opera.

Price: General Admission £10.00

Date: 29/09/2018

Charpentier's The Decent O' Orpheus Course

Community Opera Course
With Scots Opera Project:
Charpentier’s The Descent O’ Orpheus Tae The Underwarl
Sun 23rd – Sat 29th of September
£75

We are looking for chorus members of all voice types and all levels of experience to be involved in an exciting and unique production of the opera The Descent O’ Orpheus Tae The Underwarl, by Charpentier, translated into Scots Language, breathing new life into this baroque chamber opera.

Rehearsals and sessions in vocal technique, singing, acting and movement will be held at Birnam Arts, with chorus rehearsals taking place in the evenings and weekends, culminating in a public, staged production on the last day.

A unique, rewarding and fun! opportunity to learn vocal techniques and dramatic interpretation from professional musicians and singers, the production will be fully staged, costumed and accompanied by piano. If you would like to be involved in this course, please express your interest by contacting perthshireopera@gmail.com and let us know your voice type (if known) and any previous experience.

Price: Course Fee £75.00

Date: 29/09/2018

Dancer: Sergei Polunin

BALLET FILM: DANCER: SERGEI POLUNIN (2017)
Sunday 30th September
7pm
Donation (suggested £5) 

Documentary about the astonishing Ukranian dancer, Sergei Polunin, the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal, who walked away from dance at 25yrs old, at the peak of his success. Now, back dancing – and dabbling in other art forms – watch how Sergei has reinvented himself and come back stronger than before. Includes the viral live performance of Take Me to Church.

“… captures the breathtaking precision and physicality of Polunin at the top of his game.” The Guardian

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 30/09/2018

Shackleton's Carpenter

Shackleton’s Carpenter
By Gail Louw
Starring Malcolm Rennie
Directed by Tony Milner
Thursday 4th October
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Shackleton's Endurance sank in Antarctica leaving 28 men stranded.

The carpenter, Harry McNish played a vital role in saving them.

McNish, brilliant carpenter and shipwright, defied Shackleton, but went all the way with him and played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved.

But, for all his bravery and ingenuity, McNish was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal.

Now, ill and destitute, he challenges the Boss on the dockside. Can he lay his ghosts to rest?

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adult (£12.00)

Date: 04/10/2018

Thriller Dance Workshop

WORKSHOP: THRILLER DANCE WORKSHOP
Wed/Thurs 10th/11th October 10am-1pm £15


We need as many students right across the school from 7-teens to take part in our Thriller dance to get the right effect – you’ll dance on the floor with video projected onto the stage, you’ll have theatrical lighting, and you’ll play to an audience of your family and friends… but we need lots of you to make this work! Dress in black and bring a drink and a mid-workshop snack.

We’re aiming high with this workshop – make an impression, showcase your contemporary skills!

Price: Workshop Fee £15.00

Date: 10/10/2018

Teen Ballet Camp

 WORKSHOP: TEEN BALLET CAMP
Wed/Thurs 10th/11th October 2pm-4pm £12 or £24 for both workshops


Following on from the Thriller Dance Workshop, or a complete workshop in itself, this is purely for the older ballet students – focusing principally on improving technique, strength, flexibility and fitness. Those students who are attending both this and the earlier class are welcome to bring to bring a packed lunch and have it here in the arts centre – we’ll make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit with your friends and eat your lunch together.

 

Prices:
  • Workshop Fee (£12.00)
  • Teen Ballet Camp & Thriller Workshop (£24.00)

Date: 10/10/2018

Literary Analysis

WORKSHOP: LITERARY ANALYSIS
Thursday 8th October 2pm-4pm for 6 weeks
£30


A course for any literary aficionado interested in delving into the fascinating world of analysis. Examine the form and content of poems, part classic novels and plays in a relaxed, easy-going class. The course aims to provide the reader with a greater appreciation of the methodology authors use to convey their goals - the setting, plot, characters and imagery of their work.

With David Stock, retired English teacher. Bring pen, paper and a love of English literature!

Price: Workshop Fee £30.00

Date: 11/10/2018

Osprey Project

Osprey Project
Dr Tim Mackrill
Friday 19th October
7.30pm
£10/£8/£5 U26s

In 2017, the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, along with Birds of Poole Harbour, began a project to restore a population of Ospreys on the South Coast, after an absence of almost 200 years. A joint fundraiser for the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Birnam Arts, we’re delighted to welcome Osprey expert, Dr Tim Mackrill, of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, Tim used to work for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust managing their Osprey project, and has recently completed a PhD on Osprey migration.  

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£8.00)
  • Adult (£10.00)

Date: 19/10/2018

Maxwell Quartet

Maxwell Quartet
Saturday 20th October
7.30pm

£12/£10/£5 U26s

 

1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, performing regularly across the UK and abroad.

The Quartet's debut CD, featuring string quartets by Haydn, alongside their own compositions based on Scottish traditional folk music, is due for release in early 2019.

 “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating”

The Scottish Herald

 

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£10.00)
  • Adults (£12.00)

Date: 20/10/2018

La Bohéme: Puccini

OPERA FILM: LA BOHÉME: PUCCINI: (2010)
Sunday 21st October
7pm

Donation (suggested £5)

A second outing for the popular La Bohéme, Giacomo Puccini's immortal, tragic opera, brought to life in a big budget feature-film version, directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm, and starring two of opera’s biggest stars, the dream team of soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón, a beautifully filmed, handsome production. 

“breathtakingly dramatic and emotional... full to the brim with some of the best vocal talents of today'' Opera Now

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 21/10/2018

Let's Inherit the Earth

Dogstar Theatre Company (Scotland) and Profilteatern (Sweden)
Present
Let’s Inherit the Earth
World Premiere
By Morna Pearson
Directed by Ben Harrison

Thursday 25th October
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Global warming, environmental destruction, mass extinction. This is the life!
  Award-winning Dogstar (The Tailor of Inverness) teams up with Sweden’s Profilteatern, to create a punk musical comedy - eighty minutes of theatrical mayhem on the greatest existential threat outside The White House!

With a brilliant Scottish and Swedish ensemble, Sarah McCardie, Lina Hognert, Jan Karlsson, Tobias Morin and Matthew Zajac.

“…One of the freshest, most fearless and taboo-busting voices to be heard anywhere right now.” The Herald (on Dogstar)

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£10.00)
  • Adults (£12.00)

Date: 25/10/2018

A Castle of Stone and Sea

A Castle of Stone and Sea - The Life, Songs and Stories of a 19th-century Breton Woman
Marthe Vassallo
Saturday 27th October
7.30pm
£10/£8/£5 U26s 

One of Brittany’s most acclaimed traditional voices, Marthe Vassallo, retraces the life, song and personality of an ‘obscure’ 19th century woman, Maryvonne Le Flem, via a treasure trove of documents.

This is a story of poverty, pride and mysterious islands, celebrating the power of speech and song: Maryvonne never knew how to read and lived a thankless life of poverty, yet what is striking about her is her love of expression and her strength of body and mind… share in Marthe’s emotions and awe of this remarkable woman.

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£8.00)
  • Adults (£10.00)

Date: 27/10/2018

cua

cua
Sunday 28th October
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Irish band cua’s music grabs you by the scruff of the neck and demands attention – it’s an invigorating and inspiring mix of trad folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical and acapella, defying listing in any handy compartment.

 “… this Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk, and even that description sells it a little short.” Americana UK

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£10.00)
  • Adults (£12.00)

Date: 28/10/2018

Stuff

Sylvian Productions present
The world premiere of
STUFF
By Sylvia Dow
Directed by Muriel Romanes
Thursday 1st November
7.30pm

£12/£10/£5 U26s

We are what we build around us 

Stuff is about the hoarding of memories, emotions and things. Today the Council is coming to clear Magda’s house. She must find a way to deal with the constant shifting of stuff in her house and her head, as she revisits the past and struggles with the present to find a way to face the future. Told with humour and tenderness, this will resonate in its view of our attachment to things, and our need for attachment to each other.

Supported by Creative Scotland

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£10.00)
  • Adults (£12.00)

Date: 01/11/2018

Scottish Winter Climbing Adventures

Scottish Winter Climbing Adventures
With Simon Yearsley and Malcolm Bass
Thursday 8th November
7.30pm

£10/£8/£5 U16s

Renowned climbers Simon Yearsley and Malcolm Bass have been climbing together for well over 25 years. They have a heightened enthusiasm for exploratory climbing which, over the years, has led them as far as the Himalayas and to remote Scottish winter cliffs, driven by the thrill of finding new lines or reaching unclimbed summits.

Tonight’s talk is a compelling insight into the perseverance and passion required to make first ascents of climbs in Scotland’s harsh winter environment… a must for any adventure lover – don’t miss!

Prices:
  • Under 26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (Over 60's, Disabled, Students, Unwaged) (£8.00)
  • Adults (£10.00)

Date: 08/11/2018

The Voyage of Hector: Ensemble Weekend Workshop

THE VOYAGE OF THE HECTOR: ENSEMBLE WEEKEND WORKSHOP
Sat/Sun 17th/18th November
10am-6pm
£75
Lunch & refreshments included. 

The Hector Ensemble weekend is a wonderful opportunity for amateur, intermediate musicians to experience the thrill of playing together in a giant instrumental Scottish folk orchestra.  

Based around a suite of music depicting the legendary 1773 voyage from Ullapool to Nova Scotia, of the ship Hector, composed by leading Scottish accordionist, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland lecturer, composer and band musician (Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica and a host of other bands) John Somerville, you’ll be expertly guided through the arrangements and parts written for Fiddle, Border Pipes, Whistle, Guitar, Piano, Accordion and Clarsach/Harp, but other instruments are welcome. A reasonably good degree of sight reading, or ability to play easily by ear, is necessary.  

 

Price: Workshop Fee £75.00

Date: 17/11/2018

Dallahan

DALLAHAN
Thursday 29th November
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

One of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene today, Dallahan call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique seamless montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical, all delivered with dazzling virtuosity.

Touring extensively in the UK and abroad, highlights include collaborations with Dougie MacLean , the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and representing  Britain at the Bicentenary Celebrations of British/Nepalese relations at the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

"Some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years" 

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • Adult (£12.00)

Date: 29/11/2018

From Page to Stage

FROM PAGE TO STAGE
Birnam Arts Ballet
Friday 30th November 5.30pm
Sunday 2nd December 4pm
£6

This year’s Birnam Arts Ballet Christmas show is an exciting departure from its usual format – instead of a single, themed story, it will feature a collection of dances inspired by the students’ favourite poems – from page to stage.

Please come along and enjoy the wonderful efforts of dance teacher Emma Gray and the students of the Birnam Arts Ballet School in this exciting panoply of feature dances!

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 30/11/2018

Jack and Billy

JACK AND BILLY
Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre
Saturday 8th December
11am-12 Midday
£6 (no discounts)
ages 4+

 

It’s Santa Day and Birnam Arts presents 2 shows in one – Jack (And the Beanstalk) and Billy (Goats Gruff)!
No introduction needed here. Three Billy Goats Gruff have their tussle with a grumpy Troll, who is determined to stop them crossing the bridge. Lots of trippety-trap and fun with these beautifully made cloth puppets.

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 08/12/2018

The Emperor's New Clothes

Bips presents
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
By David Foxton
Wed/Thurs/Fri 12th/13th/14th December
7.30pm
£8/£6 U16s/£5 Corbenic 

Panto-style fun for the whole family!!

Book your tickets early for Bips’ Christmas rendition of the Emperor’s New Clothes – no need to leave Birnam to see a panto this year – Birnam Arts has got it all – get your santa hats out, kids you can stay up late!

Prices:
  • Corbenic (£5.00)
  • U16s (£6.00)
  • General Admission (£8.00)

Date: 12/12/2018

Lateshift

LATESHIFT
Saturday 15th December
Doors 8pm
£12

Christmas Party Night

Christmas starts tonight with Lateshift! 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… get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!!

Price: General Admission £12.00

Date: 15/12/2018

Festive Fa-la-la-la-la

Blow & Blast and the Birnam Fundraising Team present
FESTIVE FA-LA-LA-LA-LA!
Thursday 20th December
7.30pm
£10 

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

After last year’s massive success, join Bob Davidson, the Blow & Blast musicians, community group members and Birnam Arts staff again for a heart-warming evening of Christmas music audience participation. 

Santa hats and jingle bells at the ready, 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: 20/12/2018

Leo Houlding

Speakers From The Edge present
Leo Houlding: The Spectre Expedition
Friday 15th February
7.30pm

£15 

Leo Houlding is one of Britain's top climbers, world renowned for audacious ascents of epic faces and free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world, as documented in award-winning movies, such as The Asgard Project, The Wildest Dream and The Last Great Climb.

Twenty years of extreme adventures have taken him from BBC 2’s Top Gear to the top of Everest, from devastating injury to major world firsts, and from terrifying BASE jumps to glorious summits of the most remote and difficult peaks on every continent. In 2014, Leo took on and fronted a major Discovery TV adventure series, Lost Worlds.

In this new show, he talks about his life of climbing, the first climb to link three Bugaboo summits in 24hrs, and his incredible expedition to summit the most remote mountain in the world, Antarctica's Spectre. 

“You don't have to be crazy to do what I do - you'd have to be crazy not to”

from The Independent

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 15/02/2019

DNA - We Know What You're Thinking: Live UK Tour

Beyond Presents by arrangement with Industry Live Agency
DNA: WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING
LIVE UK TOUR
Tuesday 5th March,Doors 7:30pm

 

Following their astounding appearances on the eleventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, mind reading duo DNA are taking their brand new show called We Know What You’re Thinking out on a UK tour from 6th February – 29th March 2019.

Andrew and Darren, best known as mind reading double act DNA, took the nation by storm when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 with their incredible telepathic ability known as "The Gift". Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers at home, the duo went on to reach the live finals of the hit ITV talent show. Their first audition has reached almost 10 million YouTube views alone.
Performed completely live, they can ask volunteers to concentrate on the name of celebrities, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a word in a book, the name of the street they grew up on, a relative’s name... literally anything. With devastating speed and accuracy, the pair are then able to reveal what that name, number or word is, every time.

Price: General Admission £13.50

Date: 05/03/2019

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