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We are delighted to announce a full season of live events and films for the Autumn. Please note that there will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. We will, of course, respond to any changes in the Covid rules issued by the Scottish Government in the coming period.

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May 2019

Randolphs Leap (music), Sat 11th May, 8pm

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Adam Ross is the prolific mastermind behind the music of Randolph’s Leap. Hailing from Nairn, he has been steadily building up an eclectic back-catalogue of uplifting folk-pop – a mixture of solo home recordings and full-band studio epics. One of Scotland’s most versatile lyricists, Adam can deliver a riotous party when accompanied by his 7-piece full band, complete with brass section.  Randolph’s Leap’s sonic world is one of heart-bursting melody combined with funny and poignant lyrics.

“Masters of melody… lo-fi indie-pop gems”  The Metro

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Karine Polwart (music), Thu 16th May (doors time 7.30pm for start time 8pm)

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Karine Polwart is a six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of the Year. Karine’s seventh release, Laws of Motion, recorded alongside long-term collaborators Inge Thomson (accordion) and brother Steven Polwart (guitars), is the latest in an evolving series of collaborative projects combining music & storytelling with politics & environmental-societal issues. It was named Folk Album of the Year in Mojo.

“The music is dazzlingly inventive, swooping, soaring and turning abruptly on a sixpence from discord to sweet lullaby” Songlines

£20 plus booking fee

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Rant (music), Fri 17th May, 8pm

Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rant is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the  Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique  brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces  to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish  fiddle player. The band have recorded strings for Julie Fowlis and their latest release ‘Reverie’ saw them collaborating with Fowlis once more, and Scots singer Ewan McLennan.

“Sheer class”***** The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Little Top at Forres Town Hall (family theatre), Sun 19th May, 2pm

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by Starcatchers and SUPERFAN, Little Top is a magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months and their adults. At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality, and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience all the fun of the circus. Roll up for a gently thrilling performance which includes spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling. Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible. Please note that this event will be held at Forres Town Hall.

£7/£6 concs/£5 child

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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 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 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+ (language)

“… a true comic talent” Manchester Evening News

£16 plus booking fee

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Fara (music) Wed 29th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following their debut release Cross the Line in 2016, Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK to coincide with the October 2018 release of their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA will celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians – an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, whilst also pointing in new directions to celebrate the ever-expanding Orcadian folk tradition..

“Fantastic playing, clearly loving what they are doing … what more could you want in a show?” BBC Radio Scotland

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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June 2019

Còig (music) Wed 5th June, 7.30pm

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

With the release of the new album Rove, Nova Scotia’s powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world.  Rove is the group’s third album, after 2014’s Five, and 2015 seasonal favourite CarolsFive, won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.

“…every number is convincing and compellingly delivered…” FolkWorld

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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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 wanted to know about his weird and wonderful job but were afraid to ask! This fantastic event is run in partnership with Kendal Mountain Festival, who specialise in bringing adventure stories to life through film and intrepid speakers. We hope you can join us for a one of a kind evening!

£12 adult/ £8 U16’s

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra (music) Fri 14th June, 8pm

Friday, June 14, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia incorporating Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads. With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika creating an aural alchemy normally characteristic of far bigger ensembles. Accordionist Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain and Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. Playing together the orchestra deliver Balkan music with gorgeous skill and delicious humour.

“The music is magic in their hands”  BBC Radio 3

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Mike Vass – Save His Calm (music) Wed 19th June, 7.30pm

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

One of Scotland’s foremost musicians brings his remarkable new song cycle to Findhorn for the first time.
Mike Vass, previously a nominee in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award and winner in the Scots Trad music awards composer of the year category, creates music that draws influence from the neo-classical, indie-folk and electronic worlds. His songs run the gamut from darkly comic to heart-wrenching narrative and all with a terrific melodic sensibility. Much in demand as a producer and collaborator over the past several years, Mike has worked with the likes of Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter, Malinky, Runrig, Battlefield Band, Siobhan Miller and Findlay Napier – to name but a few.

“…an adept weaver of electronic and acoustic textures” The Guardian 

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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Moishes Bagel (music) Sat 29th June, 8pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Moishes Bagel’s music consists of driving klezmer grooves, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings, classical virtuosity and power, inspired Latin jazz flavours; all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka. Equally at home in concert halls, village halls and on festival stages – the Bagels have all the right ingredients to make an evening special. In the 15 years they have been together, the Bagels have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.

This fearless 5-piece emphatically puts the ‘class’ into ‘unclassifiable’ The Scotsman

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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July 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra (classical music), Fri 19th July, 8pm

Friday, July 19, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

EVENT NOW SOLD OUT

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is back with its annual (and now sold-out) concert.  The Orchestra’s superb principal Cellist Philip Higham is soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – a work that tips its hat to the eighteenth century, but is utterly Romantic at heart. The opening of Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker continues the genial high spirits and passion in Haydn’s final Symphony, written when the composer was staying in London.

Programme:

MOZART Symphony No 31 ‘Paris’

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme

HAYDN Symphony No 104 ‘London’

 

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August 2019

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Sat 3rd Aug, 8pm

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ALY HAVING TO HAVE EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY. HE IS RECOVERING WELL AND NOW ON THE MEND. IF YOU BOUGHT A TICKET AT THE PHOENIX STORES THEN PLEASE RETURN THERE WITH YOUR TICKETS AND THEY WILL REFUND. IF YOU BOUGHT ONLINE THEN YOU WILL BE REFUNDED AUTOMATICALLY TO THE CARD YOU BOUGHT  WITH.

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Dougie MacLean (music) Thu 8th Aug, 7,30pm

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and countless inspired performances. His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!

This event is now sold out

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Alexander Chapman Campbell (music) Fri 30th Aug, 8pm

Friday, August 30, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chart-topping local composer and pianist Alexander Chapman Campbell will be returning to the Universal Hall to launch his captivating new EP for solo piano, Contemplations. The audience is invited to lie on the floor around the piano in order to experience the contemplative journey of the music in a deeper way (limited floor space, but usual seating available). Some mats will be provided, but please bring what you need to be comfortable.
“Refreshingly original” Classic FM
“…neither classical, jazz or improvised, but a glimpse of something new”  Positive News

Entry is by donation and CDs will be for sale on the night.

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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 Sylvest, you are invited to join us on the dance floor for a night out not to be missed!

All ages, genders and abilities welcome. Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility needs.

Please note: there may be loud music/flashing lights in this event.

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Workshop: Universal Hall Dance Studio 4.30 – 6.30pm on Saturday 31st August. Scottish Dance Theatre’s team will lead the pre-show practical workshop, designed to give participants an insight into the concepts of the performance and develop everyone’s engagement in Looping. No dance or theatre experience is required; just a willingness to have fun and try new things. £5 pay on the door but please reserve a place in advance by emailing uhallpromo@gmail.com

 

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September 2019

Old Blind Dogs (music) Wed 4th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs bounded into their 25th anniversary year with a cracking new album Room with a View. With a line-up from the world of Scottish folk music that is approaching superstar status, the band creates a sound which stands at the forefront of the Scottish roots music revival.  ‘Room with a View… could well be a contender for Scottish album of the year.’  Folk World  

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16’s

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Flook (music) Wed 11th Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.  Twenty-four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. With their new album ‘Ancora’ out in 2019, it’s plain to see that Flook, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, are holding fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.

“Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music”  Time Out

£15/£13 concs/£11 U16’s

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Down to Earth (film) Friday 13th Sept, 7.30 pm

Friday, September 13, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a screening of DOWN to EARTH with a facilitated dialogue after the film. A family of five embark on the journey of a lifetime. During five years on six continents, they seek out indigenous leaders never filmed or interviewed before. The film reveals the deep wisdom they found and its power to transform lives. We are at a time of great challenges on the planet and within our communities. DOWN to EARTH provides inspiration and insight for those seeking to make a difference in the world and return to living in harmony with each other and the earth. Come join us to unlock the Wisdom of the Earth Keepers.  

“We didn’t inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children” Chief Seattle  

£5 pay on the door 

Runtime 91 mins  To see a trailer click here

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Indigenous People – Kakatsitsi and Mbilou (music and dance) Sat 14th Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Making a hugely welcome return to the Universal Hall, Kakatsitsi have established themselves as one of the leading African drumming groups, renowned for the quality of their singing and their accessible, funky, danceable drumming grooves. For this performance they will be collaborating with Mbilou who is an Nganga – healer, musician and dancer from the Bwiti traditional religion of the forest regions of equatorial Africa, modern day Gabon. Bwiti is an ancient shamanic tradition, originally practised solely by the forest peoples of the central African rainforest. See below for details of associated workshops.

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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Workshops (all workshops are pay on the door and all are on Sunday 15th Sept)

Universal Hall  Auditorium, 12.30 – 5pm  Ghanaian Drumming for people with some experience. £30.

Universal Hall Dance/Drama Studio 12.30 – 2.30pm Ga and Bwiti chanting. £15.

Universal Hall Dance/Drama Studio 3 – 5pm Bwiti  Dance. £15.

Dancing Green behind Universal Hall 7.30pm Outdoor open participatory event with workshop participants. Free to all – will be held indoors in the Hall if wet.

To book a place on any of the workshops, please email: uhallpromo@gmail.com

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Martin Simpson (music) Sat 21st Sept, 8pm

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 – Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, Martin is also acclaimed as a brilliant slide guitar player, and a fine banjo-picker to boot. His solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.

“His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16’s

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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 Culture Awards Best Live Performance. 

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Stick by Me (family theatre) Sun 29th Sept, 2.30pm

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Produced by Red Bridge Arts this is a theatre show for children aged 3-6 years featuring a storyline about well – a stick, just a stick. But for one, all alone, this stick has something special. And soon the two are the best of friends. They run, play, hide and rest…and stick together when things get tough. Beautifully crafted, making treasure from everyday objects, Stick by Me is a joyful show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Originally commissioned by Gulbenkian 

“a joyful and funny show” ★★★★ The Guardian

 £7/£6 concs/£5 U16s

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October 2019

Outside the Box – a Live Show about Death (theatre) Wed 2nd Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award-winning burial ground owner. In this one-woman show she shares her unique insights and experiences from life’s finishing line. Funny, wise and taboo busting; Outside The Box confronts the trickiest of subjects with grace and humour, using a weave of untold and surprising stories, a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the funeral industry (from one who knows!). There will be an after show discussion with Liz and Jane Duncan Rogers (author of Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan)

“… empowers us, not in a wishy washy way, but with real concrete recipes for action.” Mike Kenney, Olivier Award Winning Playwright

£10/£8 concs/£5 U16s

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Peatbog Faeries (music) Fri 18th Oct, 8pm

Friday, October 18, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century by incorporating many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. From the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore itself. They tease unlikely combinations from the familiarity of instruments such as fiddle and highland pipes – blending with techno rhythms and soaring sounds and take this to another plane. The Peatbogs have released seven studio albums, have played to audiences all over the world, and won the award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Scottish Traditional Music Awards.  NB there may be loud music in this event and there will be dancing.

 “Powerful melodies …pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude…”  The Scotsman

Please note – this event is now sold out

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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

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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 Independent and hosts his own chat show on Ireland’s RTE 1 Age recommendation 15+

“There is a spirituality to Tiernan that makes him stand out.  The church’s loss is comedy’s gain…Imperious”  The Irish Independent 

£20 plus booking fee

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Fallen Fruit (theatre) Wed 6th Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Created and performed by Katherina Radeva, this is a one-woman theatre show that tells the stories of Katherina’s childhood experiences, as a 7 year old in communist Bulgaria, of the fall of the Berlin Wall back in 1989.  This is a beautiful and captivating story of love, breaking free and Europe, made all the more relevant by the thirty year anniversary of the fall of the Wall and the continuing saga of Britain’s relationship to Europe.

Compelling… a captivating performer.” The List

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Slug (family theatre) Sat 9th Nov, 2pm

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Visible Fictions presents Slug – a comic clowning adventure with no words for all aged 7 and up. Slug is munching through your prize winning cabbages eating your roses and leaving slimy trails all over the lawn. Slug is taking over your thoughts and tormenting your dreams. Slug needs to be stopped. Slug doesn’t care! Join us for the battle of the century as gardener vs slimy foe fight to reclaim the garden. Devised and Directed by Dougie Irvine and Melanie Jordan. Running time 50 mins, no interval. The show is performed by two actors and a musician and is a wordless piece and suitable for deaf audiences.

£7/£6 concs/£5 U16s  

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Hope and Joy (theatre) Fri 15th Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 15, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A co-production between Stellar Quines and Pearlfisher, Hope and Joy is a seriously funny play that explores love and loss in a changing environment. Hope’s labour is unusual and uneggspected.  But nothing fazes Joy, the hospital cleaner who supports and befriends her. When Joy is sacked for letting human-bird hybrids escape out the window, Joy moves in with Hope and her swan-boy son Magnus. Their lives collide in chaos. Recommended age 12+ 

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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Woman at War (film) Fri 22nd Nov, 7.30pm

Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An Icelandic woman, Halla, is known as The Mountain Woman. She wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland landscape that is under threat. Funny, moving and utterly unique, Woman at War follows Halla as she juggles the adoption of a beautiful little girl whilst planning her final act of industrial sabotage. 101 mins Rating 12A screened with English subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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The BFG (film) Sat 23rd Nov, 7.30pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A tale of a young girl and a benevolent giant known as the BFG, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. This 2016 remake minimises the darker elements of Roald Dahl’s classic in favour of a heart-warming and visually stunning family-friendly adventure. Directed by Steven Spielberg Rating PG Runtime 115 mins

Entry: donations accepted on the door
Charity Fundraiser: All proceeds to support Ecologia Youth Trust

 

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Wild Rose (film) Fri 29th Nov, 7.30pm

Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wild Rose is a heart-warming and feel-good new film that tells the story of a free-spirited young singer Rose-Lynn Harlan (played by Jessie Buckley) who is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. But will she escape the shackles of Glasgow and her roots to follow her dreams of Nashville? Also featuring Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo 101 mins Rating 15 Screened with subtitles

£5 pay on the door

 

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December 2019

Yesterday (film) Fri 6th Dec, 7.30pm

Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

 After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. A feelgood film directed by Danny Boyle written by Richard Curtis. 112 mins Rating 12A Screened with subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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Sometimes, Always, Never (film) Thu 26th Dec (BOXING DAY), 7.30pm

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Alan, a stylish tailor, has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. A lovely comedy with Bill Nighy and scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce 91 mins Rating 12A Screened with subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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January 2020

Fisherman’s Friends (film) Wed 1st Jan 2020 (NEW YEAR’S DAY), 7.30pm

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate fish out of water as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families  112 mins Rating 12A. Screened with subtitles.

£5 pay on the door

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A Minuscule Adventure – Valley of the Lost Ants (film matinee) Sat 4th Jan 2020, 3pm

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In a peaceful little valley, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. At stake – a box of sugar. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one of the black ants, and helps him to save the anthill from the assault of the red ant warriors. An epic journey at ground level… 89 mins Rating-U No words A lovely film suitable for children and adults alike.

£5 adults/£3 children pay on the door

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Girl (film) Fri 31st Jan, 7.30pm

Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In Belgium a determined 15-year-old, Lara, is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realises her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy. A London Film Festival’s First Feature Competition Winner.

100 mins Rating 15 screened with subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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February 2020

Booksmart (film) Fri 7th February, 7.30pm

Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The story follows Amy and Molly, two school swots and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night of excess. A laugh out loud story, directed by actress Olivia Wilde and written by an all-woman team, about the meaningful bonds we create.

Rating: 15 Runtime: 105 minutes screened with subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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Eaten By Lions (film) Sat 15th February, 7.30pm

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Omar and Pete are half brothers. When their parents are eaten by lions in a freak accident they embark on a journey to find Omar’s real father. What follows is a funny, heart-warming journey of self-discovery for both boys and set amongst the bright lights of Blackpool. The Choudray family represents a truly contemporary example of modern multicultural Britain – but what will the brothers make of their eccentric newfound family? Will they be going to Mecca or Mecca bingo? In contrast to the old fashioned stereotypes about Blackpool, the comedy is sharp, current and non-stop.

Rating: 12 no subtitles

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Pain and Glory (film) Fri 21st February, 7.30pm

Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s: the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s. In recovering his past, Salvador finds his salvation. This thinly-disguised autobiography directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar, is both moving and beautifully acted (especially by Antonio Banderas) and is one of  Almodóvar’s best films. 

Rating: 15 Runtime: 112 minutes In Spanish with English subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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Shooglenifty (music) Fri 28th February, 8pm

Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

A ray of light for a long winter night, Shooglenifty will get you on your feet with their electric new tunes and a full-on set of old favourites. The band celebrates 30 years together, and for this anniversary tour they have a brand new fiddler in the shape of Eilidh Shaw. The Shoogles arrive at Findhorn with their brand of Scottish traditional music following a midnight show at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. There will be dancing at this event.

“Shooglenifty, self-styled as “Acid Croft”… summon their audience to a world ceilidh. ****”  The Scotsman

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s

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

(If the event starts showing as sold out online then there will be some non-seated ‘dancing only’ tickets sold on the door on the night).

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Honeyland (film) Sat 29th February, 7.30pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova is last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers. Her peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Despite being welcomed, they decide they are going to sell their own honey and this causes a conflict that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, exploitation and sustainability and threaten Hatidze’s very means of survival.

85 mins Rating: 12A screened with subtitles

£5 pay on the door

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March 2020

Breabach (music) Fri 6th March, 8pm

Friday, March 6, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

2020 marks a very special year in the life of Scottish folk favourites Breabach, their 15th anniversary no less. Through 15 years Breabach have always looked to acknowledge and respect the origins of both the music they play and the roots of the band. With 6 albums under their belt, a multitude of awards and a consistently full touring schedule, quite literally across the world, they look set to stay right in the top tier of Scottish folk bands.

 “As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set. The Scotsman ★★★★★

£16/£14 concs/£12 U16s

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

To see a video click here

 

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The Biggest Little Farm (film) Sat 7th March, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all with a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Rating: PG Runtime: 91 minutes Will be shown with subtitles if available

£5 pay on the door

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Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti (music) Wed 11th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti unites India, Bangladesh and the UK in its powerful incarnation expanding on the mystical Bengali Baul folk tradition. Scottish classical guitarist/composer Simon Thacker unites with Bangladeshi Baul singer Farida Yesmin, Indian singer and khomok virtuoso Raju Das Baul, and tabla player Kolkata’s Sunayana Ghosh for an evening of gorgeous World Music.

“…a major statement in the co-evolution of Indian and Western music.”  Songlines Magazine

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

To see a video click here

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Judy (film) Fri 13th March, 7.30pm

Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”

Rating: 12 Runtime: 118 minutes Will be shown with subtitles if available

£5 on the door

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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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2040 (film) Fri 20th March, 7.30pm

Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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

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Fantastic Fungi (film) Thu 26th Mar, 7.30pm

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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

However you can pay to see it online and participate in the live stream interviews by clicking here:

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April 2020

The Selfish Giant (puppet theatre for families) Sun 5th April, 2.30pm

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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

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Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie (music) Wed 8th April, 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 8, 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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Rapunzel (puppet theatre for families) Sun 19th April, 2.30pm

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 2:30 pm - 3:30 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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Learning to Fly (family show) Sun 3rd May, 1pm

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

 

 

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Thunder and Rain (music) Sat 9th May, 8pm

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This event is now cancelled as the band have made the decision to cancel their UK tour due to coronavirus situation. See top of our home page for refund information.

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9Bach (music) Fri 22nd May, 8pm (SHOW CANCELLED)

Friday, May 22, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to “unforseeable circumstances” 9Bach have had to cancel their whole tour. The gig listed in our printed Good Gig Guide will not now be happening. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

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Madison Violet (music) Wed 27th May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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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June 2020

Dunedin Consort – Purcell: Songes & Ayres (classical music) Fri 5th June, 8pm

Friday, June 5, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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

 

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SCO Wind Soloists (classical music) Thu 11th June, 7.30pm

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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

 

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The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (theatre) Fri 12th June, 7.30pm

Friday, June 12, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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

 

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The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (theatre) Sat 13th June, 7.30pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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

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July 2020

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham (music) Fri 31st July, 8pm

Friday, July 31, 2020, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This event is now cancelled as a coronavirus prevention measure. See top of our home page for refund information. We intend to reschedule to next year but will post here when we have full details.

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August 2020

Emma (2020) (film) Sat 15th Aug, 7.30pm

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is postponed – see top of our home page. Watch this space for more information.

 

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And Then We Danced (film) Sat 22nd Aug, 7.30pm

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is postponed – see top of our home page. Watch this space for more information.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (film) Sat 29th Aug, 7.30pm

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is postponed – see top of our home page. Watch this space for more information.

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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 and use the original booking for the new date in 2021.

 

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November 2020

In the Flow – Storytelling with Peter Vallance, Margot Henderson and Carol Scorer Fri 13th November 2020, 7.30pm

Friday, November 13, 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
As part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Universal Hall Promotions has produced a video of three local Moray storytellers which will be premiered on YouTube this Friday 13th November at 7.30 pm!
 
You can watch for free here: http://bit.ly/ITFlow13thNov
 
The show will last one hour and fifteen minutes. There is a chat function on YouTube and it would be great if when you join, you could put in your name and where you are watching from.
 
If you cannot watch the video on the night there will be an opportunity from Saturday 14th onwards to watch again here: https://bit.ly/Flow14thOnwards
 

Peter Vallance regularly tells stories at Celtic Festivals that celebrate the seasons and as his Grandfather ran away to sea at the age of 12 he has always been fascinated by the lure of the ocean. As Artistic Director of Universal Hall he has hosted storytellers such as Stanley Robertson, Sheila Stewart, Laura Simms and Brother Blue.

Carol Scorer is a storyteller, performer, percussionist and teacher born in the North East of England and has lived in the North East of Scotland for the last 26 years. She tells stories from around the world and is particularly interested in the spark of the oral tradition. Her stories are often interwoven with rhythm and music.

Margot Henderson is a Scots Irish poet, storyteller and community artist. Her work weaves together poetry, song and story, celebrating culture, roots and heritage, affirming our belonging to the natural world. She has performed widely in the UK and elsewhere creating performance pieces for festivals, conferences and cultural events including The Wild World Over, Is This It and Tae Absent Friends. She has produced a number of poetry collections and cd’s of poems, songs and stories.

 

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December 2020

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (film) Sat 5th Dec, 7.30pm

Saturday, December 5, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this movie, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour. Rating: PG Runtime: 108 minutes Screened with English subtitles

Covid prevention measures will include the auditorium being set up for social distancing with a one way system.  Regarding face coverings we will follow the Scottish government guidance namely – it is mandatory to wear face coverings in cinemas, although there are exemptions for certain people and it is a reasonable excuse to remove a face covering when you need to eat and drink. If you wear a face visor/shield you are asked to also wear a face covering as a visor is not considered to offer sufficient protection.

Universal Hall is in Tier 1. Customers should not travel from Tier 3 or 4. Check here for your tier Coronavirus postcode checker . Please follow travel guidance. Travelling to a cinema is not essential travel. 

If you are coming as separate bubbles please book your tickets separately. For example if you have 4 tickets in one booking we will sit you all together. Please let us know (via uhallpromo@gmail.com) if you have access issues. If necessary we can seat people on the floor area without having to negotiate steps.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SCREENING IS NOW SOLD OUT

 

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January 2021

Misbehaviour (film) Fri 1st Jan, 7.30pm (now postponed)

Friday, January 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please note; this event has been postponed until Moray comes out of Tier 4 lockdown. Ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to tickets until the film is rescheduled and the date of that very much depends on Scottish government announcements. Ticket holders can also claim a refund if they choose. The earliest possible date for rescheduling would be Sat 23rd Jan 2021 – but check here for confirmation and keep an eye on government announcements.

 

 

 

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February 2021

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

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

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 website.

Project supported by Creative Scotland

 

photo: Dominik Kielbasa

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Breabach (virtual tour) Tue 23rd Feb, 8pm (online event – music and film)

Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dùsgadh (n. awakening) is an exciting new collaboration between Scottish Bafta winning animator Cat Bruce and multi award winning folk group, Breabach. This unique project takes the form of an animated film with original score. It features a soundtrack comprising five new pieces of music, one from each of Breabach’s five members. The hour long ‘evening with’ presentation features behind the scenes footage and unseen live performances as well as a Q & A hosted by BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster and musician Anna Massie. Breabach are; Megan Henderson (Fiddle, Vocals, Step Dance), James Lindsay (Double Bass, Moog, Percussion, Vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (Highland Bagpipes, Whistle, Bouzouki, Vocals), Conal McDonagh (Highland/Uilleann Bagpipes, Whistle, Flute, Vocals) and Ewan Robertson (Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Vocals, Cajon).

Ticket sales will be split between the artists and the individual venues/festivals, so you can be confident that your purchase will not only support Breabach, but also the Universal Hall in what has been a difficult year. So, although this is an online event, please book the Universal Hall date if you want to support us. 

Tickets £12 only available online. To register with MyPlayer and then buy for the Universal Hall click here (registering is a necessary part of the process)

To see a trailer click here

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April 2021

THE SELFISH GIANT Wed 7 April. Online show available for 24 hours.

Wednesday, April 7, 12:00 am - Thursday, April 8, 12:00 am
Presented by TESSA BIDE PRODUCTIONS & SOAP SOUP THEATRE this show for children aged 3+ and their adults is inspired by the touching story The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. Bristol’s two leading family theatre companies use powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of audience interaction to explore an unusual friendship and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes. Tessa Bide Productions and Soap Soup Theatre make high quality theatrical experiences to inspire and excite children and their families. Duration 55 mins – watch online in your own home.
To see a trailer click here:
Price £5  or you can choose a venue supporting price of £10 if you intend to watch with at least one adult and child. Choose what you pay. After you book with WeGotTickets.com you will receive an email on 6th April with a link and password to watch the show any time between midnight April 6th to midnight April 7th. 

To buy a ticket click here:

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McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle at HOME this Spring (music) Fri 9th Apr 2021, 8pm

Friday, April 9, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle have recorded a very special show to be streamed straight to your laptop, tablet or TV. Following on from their successful Christmas tour the trio will perform some old favourites that anyone who has seen them in the flesh will recognise.

Best known for their work with Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and BBC Transatlantic Sessions as well as artists including Solas, Capercaillie and Kate Rusby, the multi award winning trio have recorded a 45 minute set. Each show is different and at the end, questions submitted from the audiences of each venue and festival make for some unique moments.

Ticket sales will be split between the artists and the individual venues/festivals, so you can be confident that your purchase will not only support McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle, but also your local venues, promoters and festivals.

What happens now:

To buy a ticket go to http://myplayer.uk/mcgoldrickmccuskerdoyle and look down the list of dates to find the link for the performance at the Universal Hall (you will be required to register with MyPlayer, first). Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive an email with information about how to watch the show in the comfort of your own home. Your ticket will allow one more screening within a 7 day period. Tickets are only valid for one device at a time and cannot be shared.

To see a video of the trio click here

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May 2021

Misbehaviour (film) Fri 28th May, 7.30pm

Friday, May 28, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This film screening can now go ahead due to Moray moving to level 2 today. – Universal Hall Team, May 21st.

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage of the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head. Rating 12, Runtime 106 mins, screened with subtitles

Covid prevention measures will include the auditorium being set up for social distancing with a one way system.  Regarding face coverings we will follow the Scottish government guidance namely – it is mandatory to wear face coverings in cinemas, although there are exemptions for certain people and it is a reasonable excuse to remove a face covering when you need to eat and drink. If you wear a face visor/shield you are asked to also wear a face covering as a visor is not considered to offer sufficient protection. In our auditorium we don’t allow food and drink other than water so please only remove a mask if you are sipping water. If you are coming as separate bubbles please book your tickets separately. For example if you have 4 tickets in one booking we will sit you all together. Please let us know (via uhallpromo@gmail.com) if you have access issues. If necessary we can seat people on the floor area without having to negotiate steps.

Tickets £7 full, £5 U16’s These must be booked in advance  – click here to purchase

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June 2021

Summerland (film) Fri 4th June, 7.30pm (event moved from May 21st – see below)

Friday, June 4, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This event was postponed from May 21st but now can be screened due to Moray moving to level 2.  Existing ticket holders can use their tickets for this new screening date. Universal Hall Team May 21st

As World War II rages across the channel, a reclusive Englishwoman opens her heart to a young evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him. A moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship. Written and directed by Jessica Swale and starring Gemma Arterton, this is a real gem of understated poignancy; about summers as lovely as they are fraught. A tale of love lost and found, told with wit and charm, it maintains an impressive balance between realist and romantic as it slips back and forth in time. Rating: PG  Runtime: 99 mins

Covid prevention measures will include the auditorium being set up for social distancing with a one way system.  Regarding face coverings we will follow the Scottish government guidance namely – it is mandatory to wear face coverings in cinemas, although there are exemptions for certain people and it is a reasonable excuse to remove a face covering when you need to eat and drink. If you wear a face visor/shield you are asked to also wear a face covering as a visor is not considered to offer sufficient protection. In our auditorium we don’t allow food and drink other than water so please only remove a mask if you are sipping water. If you are coming as separate bubbles please book your tickets separately. For example if you have 4 tickets in one booking we will sit you all together. Please let us know (via uhallpromo@gmail.com) if you have access issues. If necessary we can seat people on the floor area without having to negotiate steps.

Tickets £7 full, £5 U16’s These must be booked in advance. Click here to purchase

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Aquarela (film) Sat 19th June, 7.30pm – EVENT CANCELLED

Saturday, June 19, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please note: due to licencing issues this film has been cancelled and a substitute film “Minari” will take its place. Details posted below. Ticket holders for “Aquarela” will be notified by email and offered either a refund or the chance to come to “Minari” with the same ticket.

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Minari (film) Sat 19th June, 7.30pm

Saturday, June 19, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family in the move to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Rating: PG-13 Runs:1h 55m. Oscar winner in 2021 for Best Supporting Actress. Screened with subtitles.

“The best movie you’ll find anywhere about what it means to be a family.” Good Morning America

Covid prevention measures will include the auditorium being set up for social distancing with a one way system.  Regarding face coverings we will follow the Scottish government guidance namely – it is mandatory to wear face coverings in cinemas, although there are exemptions for certain people and it is a reasonable excuse to remove a face covering when you need to eat and drink. If you wear a face visor/shield you are asked to also wear a face covering as a visor is not considered to offer sufficient protection. In our auditorium we don’t allow food and drink other than water so please only remove a mask if you are sipping water. If you are coming as separate bubbles please book your tickets separately. For example if you have 4 tickets in one booking we will sit you all together. Please let us know (via uhallpromo@gmail.com) if you have access issues. If necessary we can seat people on the floor area without having to negotiate steps.

Tickets £7 full, £5 U16’s These must be booked in advance. Click here to purchase

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CANCELLED – Ross Ainslie & Tim Edey – Live At TPot Studios (Virtual Live Music) Tue 22nd June, 8pm

Tuesday, June 22, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A CLASH WITH THE SCOTLAND v CROATIA FOOTBALL MATCH, THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Ross & Tim will not be hosting a stream from the Universal Hall on the 22nd June so please book an alternative date on the MyPlayer site.

Come and join award-winning musical geniuses Ross Ainslie and Tim Edy – two old friends who are also two of the best musicians of their generation – as they come together for a rare virtual performance filmed at TPot Studios in Perthshire. 

Ross and Tim will join every venue on their virtual tour for a 15 minute Zoom call after the show, to answer any questions that you may have. For the Universal Hall gig, the Zoom call will take place after the performance at 21:45 on the 22nd of June and you will find the Zoom link in the event description on MyPlayer when purchasing tickets. (Please note that whilst the performance will be available to watch for one week from the date of 22nd June, in order to participate in the Zoom chat afterwards you would need to do so at 21:45 on the 22nd!)

Tim is a former BBC Musician of the Year (BBC Folk Awards 2012) , winning best duo with Brendan Powers in the same year. He is The Chieftain’s guitarist and accordionist of choice, alongside a long standing solo career. Rated by many to be one of the best guitarists and melodeon players in the Celtic folk scene, he has recorded and toured with everyone from Christy Moore and Altan to Natalie MacMaster.

Ross is a 3 times nominated Musician of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards 2013, 2016 and 2018, and has also won best duo with Ali Hutton in 2017. He won Composer of the Year in 2015 at the Scots Trad Awards. He performs with numerous bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Dougie MacLean and many more. Ross has released 4 solo albums to date: Wide Open (2013), Remembering (2015), Sanctuary (2017) and Vana (2020).

Tickets £10

To purchase tickets for for an alternative date please head to the MyPlayer site here (if you haven’t already registered you will need to do so first) 

 

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Brian Ó hEadhra and Fionnag NicChoinnich (Music – Live & Livestreamed) Sat 26th June, 7.30pm

Saturday, June 26, 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Join acclaimed Highland singers Brian Ó hEadhra and Fionnag NicChoinnich for an intimate performance of traditional and contemporary songs from the Highlands of Scotland, Ireland, and beyond.  Their latest album Càirdeas was recently released to high critical and public acclaim and focuses on the importance of family, friends, and intergenerational transmission.  If you are seeking to reconnect and find solace following a long lockdown then this is the event for you.
 
There will be a limited number of tickets to watch this show live, with a socially distanced seating arrangement. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served-basis so if you want to catch the performance live, book now! 
 
Please note that the show will run for 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission. Unfortunately the Phoenix Cafe is not going to be open before the event, so there will be no refreshments available on the night.
 
Tickets £10 Full £5 U16’s
To buy a ticket (10% booking fee) please click here
 
To see a video please click here
 
To watch the show livestreamed* (by donation) please head to Eventbrite to book here
*The show will be available to watch for 7 days after the live event
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July 2021

Nomadland (film) Sat 24th July, 7.30pm

Saturday, July 24, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A woman embarks on a journey in her campervan through the modern American West after losing everything during the recession. Exploring an unconventional life as a modern-day nomad, Fern discovers a resilience and resourcefulness unlike any she’s known before. Starring Frances McDormand, this film won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress awards in this year’s Academy Awards. Rating 12: Runtime: 108m Screened with subtitles.

Covid prevention measures will include the auditorium being set up for social distancing with a one way system.  Regarding face coverings we will follow the Scottish government guidance namely – it is mandatory to wear face coverings in cinemas, although there are exemptions for certain people and it is a reasonable excuse to remove a face covering when you need to eat and drink. If you wear a face visor/shield you are asked to also wear a face covering as a visor is not considered to offer sufficient protection. In our auditorium we don’t allow food and drink other than water so please only remove a mask if you are sipping water. If you are coming as separate bubbles please book your tickets separately. For example if you have 4 tickets in one booking we will sit you all together. Please let us know (via uhallpromo@gmail.com) if you have access issues. If necessary we can seat people on the floor area without having to negotiate steps.

£7 adults, £5 U16’s tickets must be bought in advance online. Click here to buy.

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EVENT CANCELLED The Swings (free outdoor interactive event) Wed 28th July, 12 noon

Wednesday, July 28, 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Please note that ‘The Swings’ event will not be taking place. Sorry folks, but we’ve had to make the decision to cancel today, due to the current weather conditions and the forecast for the rest of the day ⛈️

 

‘Life was never better on a swing, the higher the better!’

Come and join All or Nothing ADT and enter their world of The Swings!

They love playing and swinging about on their giant swing set and would love you to have a go too. Watch as their aerialists swing, climb, play and perform for you.

Then the Swings are open to experience. Your swinging will activate a soundscape full of memories of being on a swing!

Performance times: 12 noon, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Please note that the slots for the public to use the swings will be allocated on a firstcome-first-served queuing basis between the performances. One family/group (up to 4 people) will be allocated a swing for five minutes, then it will be wiped down before being handed on to the next group.

Limited seating will be available on the green, but we’d advise bringing along whatever you need to be comfortable (blanket, camping chairs, etc) whilst you watch the performance and wait for your turn!

Accessible swings are available but these must be booked in advance. Please email us at uhallpromo@gmail.com by Monday 26th July indicating if an adult or child accessible seat is required. These slots will be pre-booked so we will advise you of your (approximate) time slot by return email.

This event will be taking place on the green in front of the Moray Art Centre, The Park, Findhorn, IV36 3TA

 

 

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August 2021

Strawboys (pop-up performance) Wed 25th Aug, 3pm

Wednesday, August 25, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dance Artist Rob Heaslip presents Strawboys, a vibrant and energetic new outdoor pop-up performance, blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music. Featuring luminous straw dancers whirling to Balkan inspired beats, the work is a unique spin on the cultural tradition of ‘The Strawboys’, also known as Mummers, Guisers, Burdie Boys and Skekklers; identified by their ornate straw costumes. Composers Zoe Katsilerou and Eilon Morris infuse lively Balkan vibes to match the colourful costumes and woven masks of Costume Designer Alison Brown. With support from Creative Scotland and in partnership with Shetland Arts, Lyth Arts Centre, Kristin Linklater Voice Centre, Eden Court, NEAT and the Barn, Strawboys will perform outdoors on the dancing green – one performance of 25 minutes.

This is a free outdoor event open to all. Masks are not required.

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September 2021

Budapest Café Orchestra (music) Wed 1st Sept, 7.30pm

Wednesday, September 1, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Led by Christian Garrick, the BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest tunes ever written by the classical greats.  With just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika to dazzling effect. Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists and has played with the likes of Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis and Nigel Kennedy.

“…Budapest Café Orchestra embraces an encyclopaedia of music and mischief.”  The Scotsman

£16 full/£14 concs/£12 U16’s

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

To see a video of the band click here

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

Please note that due to staff shortages, the cafe will be unable to open for the intermission for this show. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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THE BIG SHOWOFF Sat 11th Sept, 7.30pm

Saturday, September 11, 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 skill that the Universal Hall team can provide. We are deliberately making it a very affordable event and there will be a chance to pay more at the end of the show – but only if you feel you’ve had a great night out, and we’ll leave that choice entirely up to you.

£5 adults / £3 U16’s (please prebook because the show may sell out)

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

The Big ShowOff will be available on livestream from the night of the event and for a period afterwards. The link to view is here. Access to the livestream is free.

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

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Twelfth Day (music) Fri 24th Sept, 8pm

Friday, September 24, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Twelfth Day are Catriona Price and Esther Swift, two young Scottish virtuosos who offer a musically ground- breaking amalgam of chamber music, Scottish folk music, jazz-funk and electronica. Their latest album ‘Face To Face’ was nominated in the ‘Innovation in New Traditional Music’ category in the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music. Twelfth Day have folk roots, their classical training, but this duo are more than a simple product. It is their inherent curiosity and experimentation that drives their unique, genre-bending music.

Esther and Catriona will be joined on stage by bassist, Andrew Robb and drummer, Owen Williams.

“…genre-blending style that is both edgy and inventive. . . .” ★★★★ The Guardian

Tickets £14 / £12 conc /£10 U16’s

To encourage a return to the Universal Hall, we are offering a special 2 for 1 deal for the wonderfully talented Twelfth Day! Buy one ticket online and your name and online reference will admit two people at the door. We will collect Track & Trace information for the second person at the Box Office on the night if they are from a different household.

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

To see a video of Twelfth Day click here

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

 

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October 2021

First Cow (film) Sat 2nd Oct, 7.30pm

Saturday, October 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich — but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a landowner’s prized dairy cow. Celebrating the milk of human kindness Kelly Reichardt’s offbeat gem about an unlikely friendship founded on biscuits is a satisfying fable of America’s past and present.
 
“It is touching, tender, original, entrancing”  The Spectator
 
“Reichardt, also the co-writer, delivers a patient and earnest parable about environmentalism, American destiny and the value of friendship.”  The Times
 
Rating 12a 124 mins. English with Subtitles.
 
 
Please note that masks must be worn throughout the film unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water. If Scottish guidance changes this listing may be updated.
 
Film trailer here
 
Tickets £6 plus booking fee (£6.60 total)
To book tickets online (10% booking fee) Click here
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Breabach (music) Wed 6th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 6, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Scottish firebrands Breabach are one of the most talked about bands on the folk scene. Their innovative celtic style, blending double bagpipes, flute, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance brings to the stage flare, excitement and diversity. They have previously been voted ‘Live Act of the Year’, ‘Folk Band of the Year’ and most recently, ‘Album of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards, and this promises to be a fantastic night!

Breabach are in an electrifying new phase – one that illustrates the band’s strength and interest in experimentation. Exhilarating, energetic and accomplished…” Songlines ★★★★

Tickets £16 Full / £14 Conc / £12 U16’s

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

To see a video of the band click here

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

 

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Judas & the Black Messiah (film) Fri 8th Oct, 7.30pm

Friday, October 8, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An electrifying dramatisation of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice — and a major triumph for its director and stars. FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?
 
“As a political statement, Judas is powerful, a quite relevant revisiting of an American past that, as William Faulkner would have observed, isn’t even past.”  America Magazine
 
Rating 15.  126 mins. English with Subtitles.
 
Please note that masks must be worn throughout the film unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water. If Scottish guidance changes this listing may be updated.
 
Film trailer here
 
Tickets £6 plus booking fee (£6.60 total)
To book tickets online (10% booking fee) Click here
 
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The Grandmothers Grimm (theatre) Wed 13th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 13, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Some Kind of Theatre present this critically-acclaimed production exploring women’s role in the creation of the Brothers Grimm’s famous anthology. Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, and murder: Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are trying to edit the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost… What will be saved and what will be forgotten? Discover a night of folk and fairy tales as you’ve never heard them before.

Suitable for audiences 14+

“The Grandmothers Grimm is an involving, thought-provoking and extremely enjoyable hour.” All Edinburgh Theatre

Tickets £10 Full / £8 Conc / £6 U16’s

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

There will be no social distancing in upcoming events at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the show unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

 

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Alexander Chapman Campbell – For the Love of Life (music) Sat 16th Oct, 7.30pm

Saturday, October 16, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 

 

Please join us to celebrate the worldwide release of ‘For the Love of Life‘, the new album for piano, strings and voice by one of Scotland’s most captivating young composers. Alexander will be joined at the piano by four members of the highly acclaimed Scottish chamber group, Mr McFall’s Chamber, and the soul stirring voice of Hannah Rarity, BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The new album is an emotive and touching ‘celebration of the essential beauty of the human spirit and its capacity to overcome adversity.’

“Beautiful” BBC Radio Scotland

Tickets £14 / £12 Conc / £10 U16’s

Please note that the in-person audience ticket numbers for this show are limited to 150.

To book tickets (10% booking fee) click here

To book tickets for the live stream of the show click here

Please note: there will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

 

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Peatbog Faeries (music) Thu 21st Oct, 8pm

Thursday, October 21, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries bring Celtic Dance music into the 21st century by incorporating many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. From the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore itself. The Peatbogs have released seven studio albums, have played to audiences all over the world, and won the award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

Please note: we intend to have dancing at this event and it will be loud and include flashing lights. Current guidance is that dancers do not need to wear masks while dancing but those seated will need to wear masks unless they are exempt or whilst drinking. Please note only water can be drunk during the concert. 

 “Powerful melodies …pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude…”  The Scotsman

£16/£14 concs   click here to buy tickets online (10% booking fee)

To see a video click here

The show includes strobe/flashing lighting effects.

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Two of Us (film) Fri 22nd Oct, 7.30pm

Friday, October 22, 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them. How refreshing to watch a film in which the sexuality and desire of women in their 70s is portrayed not as a novelty but simply part and parcel of their lives; and since this French movie is a lesbian drama, there’s two of them – even better.    
 
“Delicate but daring, adding dimension to its older lesbian characters and allowing their desire to blossom, Two of Us is a stirring portrait of love that wears its heart on its sleeve.”  Emily Maskell. WeLoveCinema
 
Rating 12.  99 mins. French with English Subtitles.
 
Please note that masks must be worn throughout the film unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water. If Scottish guidance changes this listing may be updated.
 
Film trailer here
 
Tickets £6 plus booking fee (£6.60 total)
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November 2021

The Langan Band (music) Fri 5th Nov, 7.30pm

Friday, November 5, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Unhinged and musically extravagant, The Langan Band have become famous for performing an invigorating yet tight and precisely executed show. Their material draws from progressive folk, jazz influences and world music combine to create a modern and exhilarating sound very much rooted in modern traditions. It’s hard to pigeonhole but one thing is sure; the band always manages to combine brilliant musicianship, catchy tunes and beautiful lyrics.

Tickets £16 Full / £14 Conc / £12 U16’s 

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

To see a video of the band click here

There will be no social distancing in upcoming concerts at Universal Hall but masks must still be worn throughout the concert unless you are exempt. Masks can only be removed when drinking water.

Please note that the Phoenix Cafe are unable to open for this event due to current staffing shortages.

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Adam Ross with support, Man of the Minch (music) Event CANCELLED (see below) Fri 12th Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 12, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event now cancelled. Due to staff having to self-isolate we are cancelling the Adam Ross concert this Friday 12th Nov.  Although we are not obliged to cancel, we are doing so as a precautionary measure. We are confident that next week’s concerts will be able to go ahead.

Online ticket holders for Adam Ross will be automatically refunded to the card with which they bought the tickets. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

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The East Pointers (music) Thu 18th Nov, (EVENT CANCELLED)

Thursday, November 18, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Event now cancelled. Due to the band experiencing transportation problems at the last minute we are cancelling the East Pointers concert this Thursday 18th November. 

Online ticket holders for East Pointers will be automatically refunded to the card with which they bought the tickets. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and for the lateness of this message.

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Jenny Sturgeon – The Living Mountain (live performance with audio-visual) Sat 20th Nov, 8pm

Saturday, November 20, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Living Mountain is an evocative, uplifting and compelling audio-visual performance inspired by the celebrated book of the same name, written by Aberdonian Nan Shepherd in the 1940s and still hugely relevant today. 

Devised and performed live by musician Jenny Sturgeon, The Living Mountain considers human connections with wild places through lyrical and melodic interpretation of the novel, and interweaves song with visuals from the Cairngorm Mountains National Park; filmed by videographer Robyn Spice, rewilding advocacy group Scotland The Big Picture and with archive imagery from the National Library of Scotland.

The meditative qualities of the combined audio and imagery provide a soothing and poignant exploration of what it means to connect with a landscape, and to find a sense of place. It marks a bold and significant step in Jenny Sturgeon’s development as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters.

Sturgeon’s songcraft is at the centre of her engaging and honest performance. She accompanies her lyrics with a specially built guitar ‘The Nan Taran’ (made entirely from reclaimed Scottish wood and built by Rory Dowling of Taran Guitars), piano, shruti box and dulcimer and with her own field recordings from within the Cairngorms.

Sturgeon is “a wonderful singer who can change the atmosphere in the room with her affecting delivery” (Boo Hewerdine).

Music – Jenny Sturgeon

Film projection – Shona Thomson

Featuring field recordings by Jenny Sturgeon, Jez Riley-French and Magnus Robb, and footage of the Cairngorms by Robyn Spice and Scotland: The Big Picture.

Supported by Help Musicians UK

Tickets £14 full, £12 conc, £10 U16’s

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

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Salsa Celtica – Gran Reserva 25 Tour (music) Event CANCELLED (Thu 25th Nov, 7.30pm)

Thursday, November 25, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Event now cancelled. Unfortunately due to the ongoing difficulties in travel and touring, Salsa Celtica have regretfully made the decision to cancel their November 2021 dates. Ticket holders will be refunded to the card used to purchase tickets.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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