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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July 2017

Phill Jupitus (comedy) Tues. 25th July, 8pm

Tuesday, July 25, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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 addition he does live stand up shows all over the UK, and 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).

The show is suitable for ages 14+ (some strong language).

Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start

£16 plus £1 booking fee at the Phoenix Stores and 10% online – to buy online click here

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September 2017

Indigenous People (music and dance) Sat 2nd Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 2, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

With the same performers on stage as Friday night the emphasis will be on audience participation, in the dance which will be using western ‘free’ styles of moves learned with the Africans during the day’s workshops. (However it is not necessary to have attended the workshops to come to this evening event). Kakatsitsi are renowned for their accessible and funky dance grooves, so if you enjoy a good dance and like the idea of participating alongside some Bushmen from the Kalahari, this event’s for
you!

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

To see a video of Kakasitsi click here

To see a video of the !Gubi Family click here

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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Indigenous People (workshops & Sun. night event) Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd Sept

Sunday, September 3, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Drumming. Universal Hall Auditorium.

Learn to play a number of rhythms on the Kpanlogo peg drum of southern Ghana, similar to the Latin Conga in sound and technique. Drums will be supplied. Kakatsiti pay particular attention to teaching the techniques of ‘tone’, ‘bass’ and ‘tips’ to make sure students are producing clear and precise sounds. Students will starting by learning ‘Oge’, a relatively easy rhythm composed of three parts all played together with the cowbell. After ‘Oge’, students will move on to the three parts of ‘Fume Fume’ before finishing with the popular ‘Kpanlogo’ rhythm which while made of only two parts, involves the use of the ‘slap’ technique which is relatively harder to play than the ‘tone’ and ‘bass’ usually played by self-taught drummers. 

 

Dance. Universal Hall, Dance Drama Studio.

Learn to dance a number of traditional dances from Ghana including the popular ‘Kpanlogo’ social dance from southern Ghana as well as ‘Kule’ – a dance choregraphed by Kofi Adarwkah, principle male dancer in Kakatsitsi.  The dance involve a series of moves that correspond to drum calls performed by the master drummer. 

 

Dance and Song with San Bushmen of Kalahari. Universal Hall, Recording Studio

Learn to sing, clap and dance in the style of the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Namibia as taught by members of the !Gubi Family. A number of songs / chants will be learned as well as clapping and stamping patterns that are traditionally performed to accompany the singing.

Workshop Prices and Times. £10 a session. £20 a day. £40 for weekend ticket which includes Sunday night. £50 weekend includes ticket for Sat night and Sun night. Each of the three styles of workshops listed above will run three times on Sat and three times on Sun in the time slots listed below.

Sat 10.00-12.00. 1.30-3.30. 4.00-5.30

Sun. 11.00-1.00. 2.30 – 4.30. 5.00-6.00 everyone in Hall for practice.

Sun. 7.30. Performance in Universal Hall with all workshop groups.

Contact Universal Hall to book on universalhall@gmail.com or Tel 01309 691170.

Pay cash on the day.

Book concert tickets and get more info at www.universalhall.co.uk

With the Kaktsitsi Drum workshop we expect many people will want to come to the whole of Saturday as a block of workshops. We assume that if people only want to come to one workshop they will come to the Saturday morning workshop at 10.00. There will be a clear progression from learning techniques, to learning a simple rhythm to learning a more complex rhythm. On Sunday we would expect Kaktsitsi to review the work done on Saturday and then progress to teaching other rhythms. The goal of Sunday will be to reach a standard where the rhythms learned can be performed for dancing on the Sunday night. It could be possible for experienced drummers to join for the first time on Sunday morning if they are unable to join on Saturday. Do contact us if you wish to do this. The Sunday 5.00 practice for everyone is now considered unnecessary and instead we will continue in our separate groups till 5.00.

With the Kakatsitsi Dance workshop and the San Workshops in Dance and Song the Saturday and Sunday workshops will be self contained. We expect some people may for example want to do the San workshop all day Saturday and the Kakatsitsi dance workshop all day Sunday. Again however we recommend coming to the 10.00 workshop on Saturday or the 11.00 workshop on Sunday if you only want to do one workshop. The Saturday and Sunday workshops will again build towards informal performances on Sunday evening.  We would expect there to be people coming on Sunday night who have not attended the workshops. These people would sometimes just dance and sometimes watch. We would not expect people attending only on Sunday night to drum.

We expect the exact structure will be adapted to fit the participants. Kakatsitsi are very experienced workshop leaders and we look forward to an exciting weekend.

 

Children’s Workshops. Advance Booking essential

Children’s Drumming (Saturday only) 10.30-11.20. Children’s Dance 11.30-12.30.

Children’s Workshops by donation. Come to both as the dance goes with the drumming. Suitable for age 4-10. Venue: Sunshine Room, East Whins, The Park, Findhorn.

Contact Melissa Godbeer for children’s workshop booking only.

Tel. 07788 476230 or email: cyc@findhorn.cc

Special Offer: Book a 2/3 night stay in a caravan at the adjacent Findhorn Bay Holiday Park when you come to see the Indigenous People live in the Universal Hall and get a 15% discount. You must book through their website (click here) and enter the code: africa17 in the ‘voucher code’ box when you book
(Valid 1st /2nd /3rd September 2017)

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ParkFest Ceilidh (participatory dance) Sat 9th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 9, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Park of the ParkFest Celebrations on the 9th and 10th Sept, there will be a free ceilidh on Saturday night in the Universal Hall with live music from members of two great Scottish bands – Session A9 and Old Blind Dogs. This will follow a day of delicious food & drink, crafts, live music, woodland activities, comedy & entertainment at different venues all over the Park, Findhorn. The event is a collaboration between The Phoenix Stores, La Bohème, Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation, Findhorn Hinterland Trust and Moray Art Centre.

Free entry

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October 2017

Reflecting Fridas (storytelling) Wed 25th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines and forming a part of the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Frida’s loves, injuries and suffering were the subject for her work. She was an exceptional artist and she had a unique life which will be revealed in the story. Ana Maria Lines is a Brazilian storyteller and journalist. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and her family origins range from African to Brazilian and Portuguese. Please note: this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre near the Universal Hall.

£10/£8 concs /£6 U16s

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

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November 2017

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

Wednesday, November 22, 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

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

to see a video click here

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