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Please note that all public events (shows and films) in the Universal Hall are now cancelled at least until July. We will review the situation nearer the time to look at film screenings in the summer but this will be dependant on Scottish Government guidelines about social distancing. For refunds see below. Check here for latest updates- information may change at short notice. The Hall Office is now closed so we are not monitoring the phone. If you need to contact us use email and send to uhallpromo@gmail.com

Refunds

If you have already bought tickets for events in May (or before) then you can get a refund. Online refunds are actioned automatically and you can see which shows are cancelled by scrolling through the events below

Online tickets: The online seller wegottickets.com will automatically refund to the card you bought with.

Tickets bought in the Phoenix: Take them back to the Phoenix and they will refund. You do not have to get the refund before the date of the show.

 

Tickets held for future events

We are still not sure when we will be able to host events though do we have some ticket availability for much later in the year - see below.

If an event is cancelled you will get a refund as above. No tickets are available to buy in the Phoenix at present - see below for online options.

The Universal Hall Promotions Team  May 12th

 

 

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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, but also poses an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like? This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£10/£8 conc/£5 Under 26s

Tickets from: www.findhornbayfestival.com T: 01309 675333

 

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Northern Flyway​: Inge Thomson & Jenny Sturgeon (music and visuals) Sun 30th Sept, 8pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This musical journey explores the connection between people and birds. Set against a lush evocative skyscape of bird images it is an intense and visceral audio-visual experience. Inge and Jenny are joined by multi-instrumentalist Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow) and vocal sculptor Jason Singh. Fuelled by Sturgeon’s background as a biologist and Thomson’s home turf of the Fair Isle, Northern Flyway delves into the ecology and folklore of birds and birdsong and the themes of migration, and humanity’s relationship with nature. This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£12/£10 conc/£5 Under 26s

Tickets from: www.findhornbayfestival.com T: 01309 675333

 

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October 2018

Willy Wonders Splendid Hotel (theatre) Mon 1st Oct, 1pm

Monday, October 1, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This show is presented by the Eden Court CREATIVE Integrated Performance Group. Inspired by the pure imagination and characters of the Integrated Performance Group, and in homage to Roald Dahl, Willy Wonders Splendid Hotel is a journey of magic, mystery and wonder. Prepare yourself to travel through floors of trees and elves then underwater in a lift that moves sideways and backwards. You may even be one of the golden ticket holders; come and find out. Conceived by Ruby Worth who also co-directed with Amy Watt. (Show runs 1 hr) This event is part of the Findhorn Bay Festival.

£7/£5

Tickets from: www.findhornbayfestival.com T: 01309 675333

 

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Baghdaddies (music) Wed 3rd Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. They take themselves incredibly seriously so you don’t have to…

“…an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash meets The Beat.” Songlines

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

to see a video of the Baghdaddies click here

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Twelfth Day (music) Fri 12th Oct, 8pm

Friday, October 12, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

In Twelfth Day, Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift provide two distinctly different musical voices. Their fiddle and pedal harp build layer upon layer of a complex and ever-evolving sound, rich with rhythm, harmony and texture. Classically trained, they bring outstanding technical ability plus an adventurous mix of folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements.

“… suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship” fRoots

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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

to see a video of Twelfth Day click here

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Let’s Inherit the Earth (theatre) Wed 24th Oct, 7.30pm

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dogstar Theatre has teamed up with one of Sweden’s leading independent theatre companies, Profilteatern of Umea, to present the World Premiere of a new comedy Let’s Inherit the Earth by one of Scotland’s most original playwrights, Elgin-born Morna Pearson. Let’s Inherit the Earth is a dark, funny, absurdist take on human responses to climate change, from the arch materialist who denies it, to the prepper obsessed with getting ready for it, come hell or high water! This show went down a storm at the Edinburgh Festival this year and received a four star review from the Scotsman who described it as “… quite simply a show and a half, a bit much in all the best ways.” Read the Scotsman’s show preview here

£12/£10 concs/£8 U16s

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

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Clever Anaeet (theatre) Fri 26 Oct, 8pm at Moray Art Centre

Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An evening of Armenian Storytelling and Music from the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. Performed by singer Maryem Tollar, playing the Riqq, and storyteller Dawne McFarlane, the narrative combines with Arabic songs to transport us to the time and place of Anaeet, daughter of a shepherd. She gives a pitcher of water to a hot dusty traveller who falls in love with her. Please note that this event will be held in the Moray Art Centre and will now have an interval so please ignore the running time listed in our Good Gig Guide.

£10/£8 concs/£6 U16s

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

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Charlie Landsborough (music) Sun 28th Oct, 7.30pm

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Winner of ‘Best Songwriter’, ‘Best Song’, ‘Best Male Vocalist’ & ‘International Country Album’ Charlie’s talent and chart-topping records received the ultimate recognition in 2011 when he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame. Join us for a memorable evening of beautiful ballads, folk, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel and anthems with this immensely talented artist.

“If you like warmth, honesty and credibility in a show you will love Charlie Landsborough.” BBC Radio Ulster

£23.50 one price

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

to see a video of Charlie click here

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November 2018

Mànran (music) Wed 7th Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Mànran’s music has traditional Celtic roots, and features fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes which bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. The band was awarded the accolade “International Artist of the Year” at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.

‘Mànran play an engaging, boisterous set and win a lot of new fans in the process’  The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

to see a video of Mànran click here

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Dallahan (music) Wed 21st Nov, 7.30 pm

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences. Tender and delicate songs from Transylvania change to relentlessly punchy Irish dance tunes littered with funk grooves and everything in between. In 2015, the band was nominated for ‘Folk Band of The Year’ and their debut album shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

“the most exciting Irish music I’ve heard in a long time…” fRoots

£13/£11 concs/£9 U16s

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

to see a video of Dallahan click here

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Breabach (music) Wed 28th Nov, 7.30pm

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The unique musicianship of Breabach combines twin bagpipes, fiddle, mandolin, bass and guitar with Gaelic vocals and step dance, and has won them fans across the globe with tours packed full of European festival appearances. The end of 2016 saw them win the Scots Trad Awards, taking away two titles: Folk Band of the Year‚ and Album of the Year.

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

£17/£15 concs/£13 U16s

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

to see a video of Breabach click here

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The Karen Matheson Band (music) Fri 30th Nov, 8pm

Friday, November 30, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Widely recognised as the compelling vocals of Capercaillie, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration worldwide including the BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where she has filmed tracks with artists like James Taylor, Emmylou Harris and The McGarrigle Sisters. Her stunning rendition of ‘Ae fond kiss’ stole the show at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, to a televised audience of over a billion people. 

“..has the ability to inject pure emotion into a song. The kind of voice that can leave you shell-shocked’’   The Sunday Times 

£17/£15 concs/£13 U16s

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

to see a video of Karen click here

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December 2018

Nae Pasaran (film) Sat 1st Dec, 7.30pm

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

This award winning documentary explores the heroic stand of a few brave Scottish workers. 1974, Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He’s just told his colleagues that a Chilean Air Force jet engine has arrived in the factory for maintenance and he’s refusing to let it go through, in protest against the recent military coup of General Pinochet. He’s seen the images of people packed into football stadiums and the Chilean Air Force jets bombing Santiago, and now one of the engines from those very same planes is right there, waiting for inspection. Chilean documentary maker Felipe Bustos Sierra shows the impact of Fulton’s decision to keep the engines in Scotland. (screened with subtitles)

“… emphasises the fundamental decency of the men who took a stand.” The Scotsman

£5 pay on the door 

to see a video trailer click here

 

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Summer 1993 (Verano 1993) (film) Sat 8th Dec, 7.30pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. This is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world. In Catalan with English subtitles.  Runtime: 96 minutes No Rating

£5 pay on the door

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Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (film) Boxing Day, Wed 26th Dec, 7.30pm

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The follow up to the wonderful feelgood movie, again laced with Abba tunes. The original cast are back with the addition of Cher and Andy Garcia. This time the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Meryl Streep’s Donna is shown in her youth and the film depicts the events leading up to the ‘three fathers’ puzzle of Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie. Please note: the film will be screened in the sing-along version. Rating: PG Runtime: 114 minutes. (screened with subtitles)

£5 Pay on the door

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January 2019

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (film) NEW YEARS DAY Tue 1st Jan 2019, 7.30pm

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s life will change forever. Rating:12   Runtime: 123 minutes. (screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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Leave No Trace (film), Fri 11th Jan, 7.30pm

Friday, January 11, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a difficult journey back to their wild homeland. The highly rated and moving drama is directed by Debra Granik. Rating: PG Runtime: 109 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (film), Fri 18th Jan, 7.30pm

Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe this is a lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. It heralds a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink As Ant-Man struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities, he’s confronted with an urgent new mission. He must team up with The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Rating: 12 Runtime: 118 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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Adrift (film) Sat 26th Jan, 7.30pm

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of a couple who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego without anticipating that they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find her partner Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. An unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. Rating: 12 Runtime: 120mins  (Screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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February 2019

The Breadwinner (film) Fri 1st Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Breadwinner is an inspiring animation about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.  Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. With undaunted courage, she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Runtime: 93 minutes (Screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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Waterboys (film) Fri 8th Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Waterboys tells a humorous and moving story of the evolving relationship between a crime novelist and his cello-playing son. The pair go on holiday from their home in Netherlands to Scotland – the novelist hoping to spend some bonding time with his son as he promotes a new book. However the trip becomes increasingly turbulent as their domestic troubles come to light. Soundtrack and special appearance by Mike Scott and the Waterboys. Runtime 93 mintues In Dutch and English with some English subtitles.

£5 pay on the door

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The Escape (film) Fri 15th Feb, 7.30pm

Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper); her young son and daughter; and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, and armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city – but walking out on your life isn’t so simple. The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself. Rating 15, Runtime 102 minutes

(Please note: there are no subtitles available for this film)

£5 pay on the door

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Mary Magdalene (film) Fri 22nd Feb, 7.30pm

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

Set in the Holy Land in the first century, a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it. Same director and actress as the film Lion which opened our film season last year Rating 12 Runtime 120 minutes (screened with subtitles)

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March 2019

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc (music) Fri 1st Mar, 8pm

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

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise three master fiddle players from three different and very distinctive Nordic regions. Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers’ Bid, Boys of the Lough and Session A9) hails from Shetland; Olav Luksengard Mjelva is an award winning fiddle player from Norway and Anders Hall is an acclaimed exponent of the Swedish fiddle tradition. Together they skillfully weave the many components of their three musical cultures and traditions together in a hugely atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure.

“…a shimmering display of accurately pitched, highly skilled musical accomplishment”  The Scotsman

 £14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

to see a video of the band click here

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Faces Places (Visages, Villages) (film) Sat 2nd Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Together they collaborated to make this wonderfully creative documentary. Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France. Rating PG  Runtime 90mins In French with English subtitles.

£5 pay on the door

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McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle (Music) Wed 6th Mar, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2019. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie. With their recently released album, ‘The Wishing Tree’ this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time

“It takes a lifetime of playing to sound as effortless as these guys.” The Herald

£14/£12 concs/£10 U16s

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

to see a video of the band click here

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Leaning into the Wind (film) Sat 9th Mar, 7.30pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This documentary is a vibrant journey through the many layers of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and the exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world. Rating: PG Runtime: 93 minutes

please note: subtitles not available for this film

£5 pay on the door

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Kathy Bullock (music) Sat Mar 16th, 9.30am (workshop) & 8pm (performance)

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 pm

Dr. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, Kentucky, USA is a world expert and one of the most sought after teachers of African-American songs. She has been to the Universal Hall four times before and has been a huge success with previous participating audiences. Kathy is an amazing singer, leader and pianist, and brings a deep love and extraordinary passion for this music to her teaching.  Kathy Bullock will lead both a Gospel song workshop and evening participatory performance.

SONG WORKSHOP

Kathy presents the song workshop from: 9.30am – 4pm. Attendance at the workshop includes free entry to the evening event. This is suitable for anyone who loves to sing and especially if you like Gospel and African-American music. An inspirational and uplifting event where all are welcome and no experience necessary.

Workshop cost: £45/£35 concs

 

EVENING PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE

This evening event will feature many songs led by Kathy and with lots of audience participation.

Evening event cost: £12/£10 concs

For more details email Bill Henderson (billhendersonmusic@gmail.com) or phone 07876 213576

TICKETS: online for both workshop and evening event (no booking fee) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4051789 (click on link) and at the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn

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Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton – Symbiosis (music) Wed 20th March, 7.30pm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Following on from the success of their debut album ‘Symbiosis’, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton released their second album ‘Symbiosis II’ in spring 2018 to huge critical acclaim. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018. The full 4-piece touring band incorporates skilfully played guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes in their music. Between them, Ross and Ali have played in many leading Scottish bands including Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty and Capercaillie. The music they create is both exciting and beguiling with an undeniable synergy that can only be forged from a lifetime of friendship.

 £15/£13 concs/£11 U16s

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

To see a video of the band click here

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Alpha (film) Sat 23rd Mar, 7.30pm

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

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other in order to find their way home before winter arrives. Rating: 12 Runtime: 97 minutes (screened with subtitles)

£5 pay on the door

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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 which filter? Hmmm… Age guidance 14+ (swearing and adult content)

‘Super-sharp wit’ Time Out

£13 one price plus booking fee.  To book online (10% booking fee) click here

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Pied Piper (Family Theatre) Sat 30th Mar, 2pm

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance… Presented by Norwich Puppet Theatre this new humorous and irresistible one-person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling which will entrance audiences young and old. As one of England’s leading companies Norwich Puppet Theatre have been producing brilliant productions for the past 30 years.  For children aged 3-7 years and their adults. Runs 45 minutes. Part of the Puppet Animation Festival 2019.

“Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Fantastic! An example of excellent touring puppet theatre.” The Guardian

£7/£6 concs/£5 child  To buy tickets online (10% booking fee) click here

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April 2019

A Ladder to the Stars (family theatre) Sat 6th April, 2pm

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Way up in the deep blue night sky, a twinkling star hears a little girl’s birthday wish . . . Presented by Visible Ficitons and told through a magical mix of puppetry, music, light and imagination, this is a heartfelt and humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams. For the past 25 years Visible Fictions has been creating innovative and dynamic theatrical productions for young people of all ages and their adults. For children aged 5 and under and their adults. Runs 50 mins. Part of the puppet Animation Festival 2019.

“A gift of a show for wee ones.The Herald

£7/£6 concs/£5 child

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

To see a video trailer click here

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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 their way through the world of idolising and being idolised. Advised age 7+  For details about the associated workshop see below.

£12/10 concs/8 U16’s

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

To see a video trailer click here

WORKSHOP

There will be an Aerial Workshop at Dyke Village Hall Tues 9th April 2019 from 6.30 – 8.00pm

Come and be your own Hero! Fly through the air on aerial hoop with a workshop from the cast of the show. The workshop will focus on aerial hoop and movement from the show and look at the themes surrounding the work. We’ll begin with a warm up on the floor before progressing onto the equipment, learning basic moves and tricks and the odd spin in there too! Suitable for all levels – from the absolute beginner to those more experienced. The workshop is free but participants need to buy an online ticket to the show to book their workshop place.

Please buy ticket here https://www.wegottickets.com/event/460972  and email universalhall@gmail.com to reserve your place

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Claire Hastings Band (music), Sat 13th April, 8pm

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Glasgow based folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made a name for herself on the folk scene since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015. She has toured throughout the UK, Europe and New Zealand as a solo artist, and with The Claire Hastings Band, sharing the stage with the likes of Lulu, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Her much-awaited second album ‘Those Who Roam’, released at Celtic Connections 2019, features traditional and original songs under the theme of journeys. Her band, including guitarist Jenn Butterworth, will join Claire for this wonderful evening of songs and stories.

Claire does more than simply sing a song, she takes you to the story and sits you comfortably right beside the singer FOLK RADIO UK

£14/12 concs/10 U16’s

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

To see a video of Claire and the band click here

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The Tailor Of Inverness (theatre), Sat 27 April, 8pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Written and acted by Matthew Zajac, and based on the life of his father, this extraordinary play tells the story of the tailor’s life and his son’s discoveries about his father using music, poetry, storytelling, and video projection.  It reveals the impact of war on ordinary people and families, and how a life and an identity can be reconstructed as the tailor journeys from Poland across war-torn Europe and settles in Inverness. The tailor’s life spanned most of the 20th century, and the journey he took was made by thousands of Poles during the Second World War. His was a forced migration, subject to the brutal vagaries of war. Live violin weaves its way evocatively through the piece, with traditional and original songs and tunes from Scotland, Poland and Russia.

“Matthew Zajac’s moving performance is a triumph of evocative staging and storytelling.” The Observer

 £12/10 concs/8 U16’s

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

To see a video trailer click here

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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

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

To see a video of the band click here

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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!

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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 

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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January 2020

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

Wednesday, January 1, 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.

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

Saturday, January 4, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

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Shooglenifty (music) Fri 28th February, 8pm

Friday, February 28, 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

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(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, 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

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March 2020

Breabach (music) Fri 6th March, 8pm

Friday, March 6, 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

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

Saturday, March 7, 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

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

Wednesday, March 11, 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

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Judy (film) Fri 13th March, 7.30pm

Friday, March 13, 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, 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, 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, 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.

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April 2020

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

Sunday, April 5, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Saturday, May 30, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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