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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

Woody Guthrie – Old Man Trump with Will Kaufman

Woody Guthrie – Old Man Trump
with Will Kaufman
Friday 18th January 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Friday 18th January

In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved his family into a new apartment in Brooklyn’s Beach Haven. His new landlord it turned out, was none other than Fred Trump, father of the US president. Over 60 years later, Donald Trump would proclaim on the campaign trail: “My legacy is my father’s legacy” - Woody had his own, very strong opinions on what would be Fred Trump’s legacy.

In 2014 Will Kaufmann discovered, buried in the archives, Guthrie’s previously unpublished song lyrics and other writings on his perception of Fred Trump - he’s now turned these discoveries into a music and spoken-word presentation.

Kaufman – singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Professor of American Studies, is recognised as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie. He is the author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (2017) and Mapping Woody Guthrie (forthcoming 2019).

In WOODY GUTHRIE AND “OLD MAN TRUMP” we hear Woody Guthrie speaking and singing from beyond the grave, bringing to life all the heartfelt anger and contempt that he felt.

“No one can understand the American people without listening to Woody Guthrie. Will Kaufman's doing important work here”. TOM PAXTON

 

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

Date: 18/01/2019

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns
by Gillian Duffy, starring James Mackenzie and Morna Young
Wednesday 23rd January
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Heartbroken author Ariel Winters takes herself away to her aunt’s old cottage in Ayrshire to get over her cheating ex. As she celebrates Burns night alone, wishing that the right man would show up, she gets a visitation slightly different than what she’d hoped for. The ghost of Rabbie Burns appears to give her some dating advice – and he knows what he’s talking about!

Featuring the great songs and poems of Burns, such as ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Charlie is my Darlin’ and of course ‘Auld Lang Syne’, this hilarious new comedy proves that love and relationships haven’t changed that much in 200 years after all.

 

“Gillian Duffy’s writing takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion” Goodreads.com

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

Date: 23/01/2019

Whiskey Shivers

Whiskey Shivers
Saturday 2nd February, 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

A diverse group of masterfully talented musicians who stand out like a sore thumb from the traditional bluegrass world, WHISKEY SHIVERS have made a name for themselves with a genre-pushing sound that the Washington Post called “Apocalyptic Americana”. Frontman and fiddle master, Bobby Fitzgerald’s exuberance is contagious, and it bleeds through… crowds notice this lot. Fitzgerald says “Whiskey Shivers isn’t just the five of us on stage, it’s everybody in the room.”

The band members also landed a role in the film Pitch Perfect 3, which hit cinemas in December 2017, appearing both in acting and musical roles, alongside a returning cast that included Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld and Rebel Wilson. The big screen is the perfect place for Whiskey Shivers - an eclectic, charismatic gang of characters, they had their first major breakout when their horror-movie influenced music video went viral.

“The fierce inertia of Old Crow Medicine Show, the ramshackle folk punch of Felice Brothers and the punk energy of a pre-sobriety Deer Tick.”  ROLLING STONE

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

Date: 02/02/2019

Baroque at Dusk

Baroque at Dusk
Saturday 9th February
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s 

Following on from the success of last year’s Handel by Candlelight, we’re delighted to welcome back three of Scotland’s rising stars, local soprano COLLEEN NICOLL, Ayrshire tenor DAVID DOUGLAS, and pianist ANDREW JOHNSTON to perform some of the most glorious soprano and tenor arias and duets from the wonderful Baroque repertoire.

The trio delve into the darker side of opera from the Baroque era with plenty of well know tunes, as well as some hidden gems. The programme will include music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Gluck and Rameau. A visually stunning and emotive performance for both classical music lovers and those new to the genre, we guarantee you’ll be bowled over by the sheer beauty of the music and its emotional intensity. 

“If any couple have the voice to suit music of this genre and the skill to deliver it to perfection, it’s them”  GARRY FRASER, THE COURIER

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

Date: 09/02/2019

Generation Science - Space Base: The Secrets of Space

Space Base: The Secrets of Space
With Generation Science
Wednesday 13th February
11am
£6
Ages 7-12yrs

SPACE BASE: SECRETS OF SPACE is a planetarium show that explores the wonders of our solar system, the scope and scale of the universe and our place within it. Starting with the movements of the sun across the sky, you’ll find out how scientists historically observed the movement of stars and planets to create theories about the formation of the solar system.

After exploring the solar system in more detail - our solar system’s structure has a star (our sun) at the centre, with planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets and satellites all moving in approximately circular paths around it -  we’ll then look at how scientists observe celestial bodies today. Lots of interesting facts and interesting things to look at!

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 13/02/2019

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

The Way of the Drum

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers presents
The Way of the Drum
Saturday 9th March
7.30pm
£15/£10 U16s

FREE WORKSHOP AT 4.30PM FOR TICKET HOLDERS!
(limited places - needs to be booked in advance)

"This latest show is something else. … drumming as theatre… exhilarating to behold. Even if you've seen them before, you'll be gobsmacked." THE HERALD

The MUGENKYO TAIKO DRUMMERS create a fusion of primal rhythm, energy and choreographed movement with an infectious humour, captivating to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Performing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues with TV and film appearances, touring across continents, and collaborating with different musicians from countless genres, members of Mugenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko drumming with a lively and entertaining concert, performing an array of traditional Taiko, whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a dramatic but intimate show.

Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko – Japanese drumming - in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain a unique insight into the world of this powerful art form.

Lighting up the stage, this show is an incredible experience of rhythm, movement and good humour – prepare to be wowed!!

Prices:
  • Students (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 09/03/2019

Sue Baxendale and Brass Ensemble

Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera presents
Sue Baxendale and Brass Ensemble in Recital
Introduced by Donald Maxwell
Sunday 24th March
3pm
£15 

Birnam Arts is thrilled to welcome an all brass ensemble featuring Sue Baxendale, Section Principal Horn for the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and fellow Scottish Opera brass players, in a recital of Opera Music gems. Well-known Scottish baritone Donald Maxwell introduces this box of musical treats, brought to us by Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera.

 

Sue Baxendale joined the Scottish Opera Orchestra in 1996, but has worked extensively in the UK, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of others. Donald Maxwell hails from Perth and has sung with all of the leading British opera companies, as well as La Scala, Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, amongst others. Join us for a Sunday afternoon of the very best of operatic music played by a stellar Scottish Opera Orchestra brass ensemble – a recital to savour.

Programme to be announced.

 

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 24/03/2019

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