Winter 2017/18

Details of some of the concerts and films in winter 2017/8 are now posted below - scroll down to reveal.  All films will be £5 entry (one price) and all will have subtitles in English as a policy for this season – even those shot in English. This is to give access to those with some hearing loss and to a sizeable minority in our audience who have English as a second language. But of course we encourage those of you with normal hearing to attend and support this inclusive plan. If you have feedback about this experiment let us know uhallpromo@gmail.com  More details will appear soon of the 2018 season of concerts and public events which start in February 2018. Details of the highly recommended Rich Hall gig are already listed. A reminder for regular visitors: to ensure our future as a venue please consider becoming a 'Supporter' - click on the 'Supporters' tab at the top for more details. And don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area - click on the 'Get Newsletter' tab at the top and enter your email address in the space provided

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November 2017

Akong – A Remarkable Life (film) Wed 8th Nov, 7.30pm

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:00 am - Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 10:00 pm

This is an inspiring and award-winning documentary film about the life of Akong Rinpoche, one of the founders of Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire.  As a young man, Akong Rinpoche became a refugee, fleeing his Tibetan homeland in the wake of the Chinese army invasion and violence that ensued. Akong was both a Kagyu Buddhist Lama and a traditional Tibetan doctor, as well as an author, teacher and humanitarian. He went through much personal suffering and hardship to go on to become abbot of Samye Ling, the oldest Tibetan centre and monastery in Europe, and Drolma Lhakang, a monastery in the Kham region of Eastern Tibet. He also founded the charity Rokpa International, an NGO that gained acclaim through its work in Tibet and around the world. This film maps the course his inspiring  life and the impact he has had around the world. There will be a Q&A session with Vin Harris, the executive producer, after the film.

To see a trailer click here

Tickets on the door. All proceeds will go to the Akong Memorial Foundation

£5 (or a donation of more if you wish)

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Lion (film) Fri. 1st Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:00 pm

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Truly inspiring. Rating: PG Runtime: 120 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Aquarius (film) Fri 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:00 pm

Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings of character left that in a rapidly changing seaside neighborhood in Recife, Brazil. Now that other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, Clara is pressurised to move on. But she is a woman of strong will and conviction, and will engage in a battle with the developers to keep a home that has been a silent witness to her entire life. The resulting confrontation is mysterious and nerve-wracking, giving Clara’s most familiar routines the tension of a thriller. Starring Sonia Braga in one of her finest performances. In Portuguese with English subtitles Rating:18 Runtime: 142 minutes

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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The Big Sick (film) Tue 26th Dec (Boxing Day), 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 8:00 pm

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the film tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who meets grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to face the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. Forget the title – this is really a film about hope. Rating:15 Runtime: 119 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Girls Trip (film) Mon 1st Jan (New Years Day). 7.30pm

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - Monday, January 1, 2018, 8:00 pm

When four lifelong friends: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough wild behaviour to make the Big Easy blush. Very funny and quite outrageous. Rating:15 Runtime: 122 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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Elephant Sessions (music) plus Kitty Macfarlane Sat. 18th Nov, 8pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Nominated as Live Act of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, fiery Highland five-piece Elephant Sessions are a musical powerhouse, welding  grooves and guitar attack with quicksilver fiddle/mandolin melodies. The group fuses rich folk and trad influences with rock, funk and electronica in an instantly captivating danceable blend. Renowned for breathtaking live shows throughout the UK and Europe  with appearances at Glastonbury, Denmark’s Tønder and a sold out headline show at Celtic Connections 2017. 

“Outstanding levels of innovation and inventiveness” FolkWords

The band will be supported by Kitty Macfarlane – a singer songwriter from Somerset. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries. Kitty’s songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. From questions of global belonging and rights to land, to songs of the anecdotal everyday; music that reflects today’s environmental issues and the clockwork passage of humans, creatures, even drifting continents, across our planet. Her debut EP, Tide & Time, received outstanding reviews and national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s show on BBC6Music, and Kitty has been selected by PRS as a recipient of the Lynsey de Paul prize for 2017. 

‘Exciting young talent’ – The Guardian

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16s

to buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here

to see a video click here

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The North – Joan Clevillé Dance (dance theatre) Wed. 22nd Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

After their acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance return with The North; the bleak yet whimsical story, told in dance, of a young man’s journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. It’s a place we all know, but we have never been… a forest, a desert of ice. The land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime… Joan Clevillé Dance are based in Scotland and create work that challenges the conventional boundaries between dance and theatre. There will be a free post show talk after the performance. Recommended age 11+

“Ridiculously entertaining and chillingly dark… Utterly more-ish” The Herald ★ ★ ★ ★

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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December 2017

Paths of the Soul (film) Fri 5th Jan, 7.30pm

Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:00 pm

This beautiful and moving docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet. The journey covers 1,200 km on foot, in a continuous repetition of prostrating one’s self on the ground. Over 10 months, we see the simplicity of human relationships and the nature of family, suffering, and resolve all set against the snowy and often awe-inspiring landscape of Tibet. No rating but suitable for all except younger children. Runs: 117 mins. (Tibetan with English subtitles).

£5 (one price) pay on the door

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The Shack (film) Fri 12th Jan, 7.30pm

Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00 am - Friday, January 12, 2018, 10:00 pm

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips, played by Sam Worthington, spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. There he finds important truths that will transform his life. Rating: 12 Runs: 132 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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January 2018

A Quiet Passion (film) Fri 19th Jan, 7.30pm

Wednesday, January 3, 8:00 am - Friday, January 19, 8:00 pm

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry. Rating: 12 Runs: 126 mins (Screened with subtitles)

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