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February 2018

Rich Hall’s Hoedown (comedy) Thu 22nd Feb 2018, 7.30pm

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

As Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show rolls into the Universal Hall, there has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers,…

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March 2018

Freagra (dance) Wed 7th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presented by Rob Heaslip Dance, Freagra is a playful, colourful performance of contemporary dance, suitable for all ages, with universal themes of community, conflict and harmony. Performed by five exceptional dancers, accompanied by an original music score and breathtaking lighting and costume design. “ ...by the end of the 50-minute piece, it has become increasingly hard to resist becoming caught up in its every nuance” The Times ★★★★ £12/£10 concs/£8 U16’s To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here…

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June 2018

Fred Macaulay ‘30 Years On’ (comedy) Sat 2nd June, 8pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In May 1988, a young(ish) Fred MacAulay made his stand-up debut at the Mayfest ‘So You Think You’re Funny” competition. Much of what Fred talked about that night was about his (very) young family coupled with his wry observations about society and politics. His observations have led him to success on television and radio, in such shows as QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week To celebrate his 30 years of stand-up, Fred is back touring.…

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September 2018

Scotland: The Big Picture (slides and talk) Sun 30th Sept, 2pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pine marten (Martes martes) youngster in pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK Although it’s easy to be seduced by the beauty of the landscape, Scotland has become one of the most ecologically depleted nations on Earth. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging – a place where nature works, and crucially, where people prosper. Photographer Peter Cairns of Wild Media Foundation, showcases some of Scotland’s top photographers and their stunning imagery,…

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March 2019

Simon Evans: Genius (Comedy) Tue 26th Mar, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But…

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April 2019

Heroes (aerial dance), Wed 10th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The new aerial dance show from All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre, Heroes explores the cult of celebrity and the fall from grace, the hidden heroes, superheroes and asks, who do we really, actually look up to? Light hearted with something for all the family, the show mixes aerial skills with dance theatre and contemporary circus.  Asking profound universal questions with humour, straight talking and lots of moving, we follow the journey of the two performers as they navigate…

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May 2019

Leah MacRae – My Big Fat Fabulous Diary (comedy) Sat 25th May 2019, 8pm

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control this concert has been cancelled. Online ticket holders will be refunded to the card used for purchase. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack (Comedy) Sun 26th May, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 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 funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved here. In this new show SASSY KNACK, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time North of Hadrian’s Wall. Adult themes and situations but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar…

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June 2019

Mike Dilger: A Wild Time in Scotland – Filming Adventures with The One Show (talk) Thu 13th June, 7pm

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 An entertaining and informative evening with ecologist, natural history presenter, writer and BBC1 The One Show’s ‘Wild Man’ Mike Dilger! Mike will join us for the opening night of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival,  to share highlights from over a hundred different trips in and around Scotland, filming everything from Bumblebees to Basking Sharks. Showing clips from some of the best wildlife films he’s made in the area, and he’ll reveal what goes on behind the scenes, spilling the beans on everything you ever…

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August 2019

Looping – Scottish Dance Theatre (Dance) Sat 31st Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

LOOPING: Scotland Overdub is a late-night dance, party, and politics experience where everyone is welcome. Led by the full Scottish Dance Theatre company of dancers and embracing the collective spirit of ceilidh dancing and Brazilian street festivals vibes, LOOPING is an immersive performance-party with a distinctively Scottish edge. Celebrating individual freedom and the collective right of revolution through text produced in collaboration with acclaimed writer Kieran Hurley and set to a fresh electronic dance score performed live by Torben Lars…

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September 2019

The Chosen – Company Chordelia (dance) Sat 28th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, The Chosen is an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. How do we choose to live in the face of the inevitable and how do we think about the final stage of our life cycle? The Chosen addresses our individual mortality from the shifting perspectives of ourselves and our loved ones. This is the world premiere tour from Scotland's acclaimed Company Chordelia - the winner of Sunday Herald…

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October 2019

Dancers of Damelahamid (indigenous dance) Wed 23rd Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hailing from British Columbia, The Dancers of Damelahamid are an Indigenous dance company. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and history of the many beautiful Canadian Indigenous cultures. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the company transform time and space, bringing the ancient into a living tradition. Running time: 1 hour. £12/£10 concs/£8 U16s To buy online tickets (10% booking fee) click here  

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November 2019

Tommy Tiernan – Paddy Crazy Horse (comedy) Fri 1st Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 1, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Back on the road again with his new stand-up show Paddy Crazy Horse, Tommy Tiernan rants and raves, he dances and acts. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep love for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Tommy Tiernan is the Star of Channel 4’s hit show Derry Girls and Live at the Apollo (BBC) writes a weekly newspaper column for the Sunday…

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March 2020

Endling (dance, music) Wed 18th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus prevention measure. See top of our home page.

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May 2020

Aquarela (film and talk) Fri 1st May, 7.30pm

Friday, May 1, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus  protection  measure.

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Scottish Dance Theatre – Antigone, Interrupted (dance) Sat 30th May, 7.30pm

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus prevention measure. See top of our home page.  

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October 2020

Tommy Tiernan – Tomfoolery (comedy), November 2021 (day tba)

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

TOMMY TIERNAN - TOMFOOLERY which was scheduled to take place on Saturday October 24th 2020 has now been cancelled. We intend to re-schedule for November 2021 but the exact date is not yet confirmed - check this listing for the new date which we'll post when we know it.  Purchases through wegottickets.com will be refunded automatically.  If you bought your ticket through Ticketmaster you can either request a refund directly from them, or wait for the new date to be announced…

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February 2021

Show Off (Contest open to all) Feb 15th to March 15th 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021, 8:00 am - Monday, March 15, 2021, 11:30 pm
Show Off

Are you a budding performer, musician, video-maker or photographer aged 16 or over (no upper age limit)? Would you like to be part of a professionally produced show at the Universal Hall (post Covid restrictions)? If so, all you have to do to enter is upload a 3 minute video to YouTube and send the link to this email: showofferup@gmail.com between Feb 15th and March 15th 2021. For full details click on the "ShowOff" tab at the top of this…

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September 2021

THE BIG SHOWOFF Sat 11th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This is the culmination of our “Show Off’ project to showcase new and upcoming, (or quietly established) performers from our region, and give them a chance to well…show off what they can do. It promises to be a fun evening of music, spoken word, and comedy on stage interspersed with video and photography projected onto our big screen. Each performer has worked with a professional mentor to help fine tune their work, and the show will use all the technological…

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March 2022

Suzi Cunningham’s Rules to Live By/Eidos (dance) – Wed 9th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 pm

photo credit Neil Nisbet Experience a visceral and powerful double-bill of dance, veering between anarchy, punk music, heroism, idolatry, and loss. In a raw and riotous movement-led tribute to Mark E. Smith (lead singer of The Fall), Rules to Live By was born out of a spontaneous tribute dance in front of 150 people on the night of his death. Featuring bold choreography set to thought-provoking tracks, the work is a glittery and rebellious aspiration to a hero’s punk anarchy;…

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