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In-person, Exhibition

EXPOSURE

This exhibition will be on display in the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Sat 11 Sep - Sun 10 Oct. No tickets required. EXPOSURE is a collaboration between musician, sound artist and photographer Giles Perring and filmmaker and painter Andy Metcalf, carried out, principally, on the Isle of Jura. This work explores the brute nature of landscape, the vulnerability of human expression and the critical importance of sociality in shaping our creations. Born on the wild and beautiful Isle of Jura through a creative dialogue between Perring and Metcalf, Exposure harnesses video, painting, 35mm and medium format photography, text, sound installation and performance in order to depict the many facets of the uneasy experience of a human relationship with a harsh island environment – be that emotional, existential, ecological, or elemental. This work brings together two perspectives. The Isle of Jura, for Metcalf, is farflung, whereas for Perring it is the centre of his world, his normality, his everyday. The dialogue sparked by these two creative responses begs questions around what defines our sense of ‘remote’. This exhibit also features the sounds of the newly launched, World Organ - an outside sound sculpture created by Giles Perring, located on the Isle of Jura. It is built to listen to, respond to and shape the sound of the landscape that surrounds it. The result is a generative piece of music and which Giles has streamed live, 24/7, since he launched this project in August 2020. Produced by Helm Arts, this exciting exhibition will tour across Scotland from Summer 2021. View the work and find out more visit www.exposure.exchangeart.co.uk Please be advised the exhibition space is also being used by the Scottish Storytelling Cafe - Please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing during your visit.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Book Launch

Stairwell Books In Scotland

Stairwell Books in Scotland Launch Event | Fri 17 Sep | Netherbow Theatre Our two-day festival focusing on Scottish authors kicks off Friday 17 September with author readings. Yvonne Hendrie’s book celebrates empowered women living in rural West Scotland, with a touch of magic. Rebecca Smith’s novel features 12-year-old twins visiting family: is there a Big Cat prowling the Highlands? Bob Beagrie ends the night with beautiful, powerful poems. Stairwell Books In Scotland Book Fair | Sat 18 Sep | Storytelling Court All-day book fair on Saturday with five small presses. Books include non-fiction, literary fiction, children’s books, story collections and poetry. Joining us are Guardbridge Books, Red Squirrel Press, Fly on The Wall Press and Shoreline of Infinity. Friday nights £5 entry is a £5 voucher toward books on Saturday. Saturday is free and non-ticketed. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Season of Mists

Join us for another online version of the Centre's monthly storytelling session! This month's guest storyteller is Bob Pegg who offers a handful of autumnal tales, verse and music, with a riddle or two for good measure. Based in the Scottish Highlands, Bob has led a hugely varied career as a folk musician, storyteller and author with an extensive reportoire told in his lovely, conversational storytelling style. Guid Crack is also an open-floor section for anyone else to share a story if they wish. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Live Storytelling

Thicker Than Water

On the anniversary of the execution of Deacon Brodie, when 40,000 good citizens of Edinburgh turned up to be entertained and enthralled by his demise, we similarly invite you to delight in tales of blood, bones and dastardly deeds. As the nights draw in, courie into the warm hearth of the Storytelling Court and join storytellers Anne Hunter, Ruaridh Mackintosh and Bob Mitchell as they reach into the dark corners of the story world, uncovering the grim and the gruesome, whilst contemplating the many different ways you can find yourself on the wrong side of the grass. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporters please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Book Launch, Online Live

Sepia Time & Blue Space

Raised in a family of sea-faring Glasgow Highlanders, Archie MacAlister’s love of stories began in boatyards and sail-lofts. Wartime years in Argyll broadened his horizons as he listened to grandparents and local worthies such as the shoemaker ‘with a mouthful of segs’. Others showed him the landscape of Diarmuid and Grainne, told him of ancient times, sang songs and handed on the traditional wisdom of the Gael. As a student of architecture in Edinburgh, he was drawn to Patrick Geddes’s interpretation of the environment and a ‘scholarship placement’ in Central Europe set him on his way to explore global culture. Margaret Bennett invites you to the fireside to share a conversation with Archie MacAlister, whose compelling story-telling will lure you to the dockyards, the deck, the construction site or the pub. Bring your own glass and together we’ll launch Sepia Time and Blue Space. This event has different pricing levels depending on whether you wish to purchase a signed copy of the book. Ticket & Signed Book (Posted UK/EU): £16 Ticket & Signed Book (Posted World): £22 Ticket & Signed Book (Collect from SSC): £13 Ticket Only (pay what you can): £0-5 Please note that signed books to be posted will be sent out in the days following the event. There may still be postage delays, so we thank you for your patience. Collection will be available from Tue 6 Oct. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Storytelling, Mental Health, Online Live

Mind You

First-person stories of lived experience mental health with traditional storytelling narratives. An online storytelling sharing event with Lily Asch from Real Talk and CAPS volunteers. Lily will lead an evening of first-person mental health stories from new storytellers, interspersed with traditional tales and with moments of reflection. The perfect blend of contemporary and traditional wellbeing tales, Mind You asks us to look out for ourselves but also the importance of conversation and sharing our stories. This event is led by the Scottish Storytelling Forum, supported by CAPS.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Storytelling, Development

Talking Statues Online Storytelling Skills Workshop

Take part in the Talking Statues storytelling skills workshop to get all the top tips on how to tell a good story. If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Bring along a story you have researched in relation to the above statement and learn how to perfect telling it before ahead of the Talking Statues Story Exchange on 27 October. Tickets here. Join professional storyteller Mara Menzies as she teaches us how to engage an audience, how to use voice, dramatic gesture and animation to tell a captivating story and to bring your statue to life.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Talking Statues Story Exchange

If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Is it your granny who did something great for the community and needs a bit of recognition or a person you feel has been unfairly written out of history? If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight…now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story. Join the Talking Statues story exchange by sharing a story or simply tuning into listen. Stories and discussions led by storytellers Mara Menzies and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Let’s get sharing, let’s get talking statues. Book for related Workshop on Sat 20 Oct.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor, New Writing

Home: A Project for New Writers

“Home” is a collection of 4 new, 15-minute plays by Edinburgh’s brightest young playwrights. Each play challenges perception, presenting a version of “Home” that reflects each playwright’s unique style. Join us for an evening of exciting new work from Scotland’s writers! Produced by Framework Theatre in association with Vanishing Point. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre, Live Indoor, Being Human

Placeholder

Fronteiras Theatre Lab in association with CECTON presents Placeholder. What does then and there have to do with the here and now? Wrestling with the ugly reality that the voiceless and nameless were anything but, Catherine Bisset explores the meaning of space and spectacle when the politics of visibility come into play. Set in motion by academic research carried out by members of the Colonial-Era Caribbean Theatre and Opera Network, a cross-institutional endeavour chaired at St Andrews, Bisset delivers an engaging new work. Hoping to turn silence into speculation into reclamation and attestation, Placeholder takes as its starting point the idea that the gaps in the archives, the lacunae in texts, and the holes in the narrative are themselves acts of violence and suppression. Written and performed by Catherine Bisset Dramaturgy by Jaïrus Obayomi Directed by Flavia D'Avila

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry

Harry Baker: I am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. From winning his school's Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry's love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew's 21 seconds. He's got 99 problems but maths ain't one. 'The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1) ‘his poetry is a masterpiece, both in rhythm and content. The wordplay is so clever it takes the audience a couple of lines to notice, but when we do, we’re gasping with both disbelief and laughter’ ***** (Wee Review) 'Ferociously intelligent' **** (Scotsman) ‘The show does exactly what it says on the label, and it does it better than you can possibly envision: this man is not a world champion for nothing.’ **** (Broadway Baby) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Gaelic

Gillebrìde MacMillan: Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots

Performing self-penned songs from his highly acclaimed album Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots, South Uist born singer - and bard of Outlander - Gillebrìde MacMillan deals with a range of personal, cultural and political issues, linking Gaelic song with contemporary rhythms and arrangements. For this performance Gillebrìde is joined by a stellar cast of musicians - Fraser Fifield on whistle and kaval, Ewan MacPherson on guitar and Donald Hay on percussion. 'An enormously significant album... breathtakingly accomplished' (Folk Radio UK) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporters please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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On Demand, Online Performance

Replay Past Events

Head over to Crowdcast to watch a selection of our past events on demand. Replay Past Events Scotland Online: A Directory of MusiciansThis event features special pre-recorded performances by Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Maeve Mackinnon (with Ali Levack & Luc McNally) and David Foley & Jack Smedley (with Jenn Butterworth). Supper with Robert Burns, by David CampbellJoin storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Robert Burns.Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow. Leaving IonaJoin storytellers Heather Yule and Donald Smith for this special performance, as they follow the inner and outer journeys of Colmcille/Columba on the 1500th anniversary of his birth.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Online

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Online Pre-recorded, Comedy, New Writing

The Laird Strikes Back

Perthshire maverick Gussie McCraig joins No.10 as a Scottish adviser. Mayhem ensues, Gussie spills the beans, is sacked, and emerges as Boris's not-so-hidden hand for COP26. Can nothing halt the irresistible rise of Scotland's greatest sleazebag in Brexit Britain? Christopher Craig returns, rampant in a Donald Smith script. Enjoy a recorded performance from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 on YouTube, available on demand until Fri 17 Sep 7pm. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Online

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In-person, Exhibition

EXPOSURE

This exhibition will be on display in the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Sat 11 Sep - Sun 10 Oct. No tickets required. EXPOSURE is a collaboration between musician, sound artist and photographer Giles Perring and filmmaker and painter Andy Metcalf, carried out, principally, on the Isle of Jura. This work explores the brute nature of landscape, the vulnerability of human expression and the critical importance of sociality in shaping our creations. Born on the wild and beautiful Isle of Jura through a creative dialogue between Perring and Metcalf, Exposure harnesses video, painting, 35mm and medium format photography, text, sound installation and performance in order to depict the many facets of the uneasy experience of a human relationship with a harsh island environment – be that emotional, existential, ecological, or elemental. This work brings together two perspectives. The Isle of Jura, for Metcalf, is farflung, whereas for Perring it is the centre of his world, his normality, his everyday. The dialogue sparked by these two creative responses begs questions around what defines our sense of ‘remote’. This exhibit also features the sounds of the newly launched, World Organ - an outside sound sculpture created by Giles Perring, located on the Isle of Jura. It is built to listen to, respond to and shape the sound of the landscape that surrounds it. The result is a generative piece of music and which Giles has streamed live, 24/7, since he launched this project in August 2020. Produced by Helm Arts, this exciting exhibition will tour across Scotland from Summer 2021. View the work and find out more visit www.exposure.exchangeart.co.uk Please be advised the exhibition space is also being used by the Scottish Storytelling Cafe - Please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing during your visit.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Book Launch

Stairwell Books In Scotland

Stairwell Books in Scotland Launch Event | Fri 17 Sep | Netherbow Theatre Our two-day festival focusing on Scottish authors kicks off Friday 17 September with author readings. Yvonne Hendrie’s book celebrates empowered women living in rural West Scotland, with a touch of magic. Rebecca Smith’s novel features 12-year-old twins visiting family: is there a Big Cat prowling the Highlands? Bob Beagrie ends the night with beautiful, powerful poems. Stairwell Books In Scotland Book Fair | Sat 18 Sep | Storytelling Court All-day book fair on Saturday with five small presses. Books include non-fiction, literary fiction, children’s books, story collections and poetry. Joining us are Guardbridge Books, Red Squirrel Press, Fly on The Wall Press and Shoreline of Infinity. Friday nights £5 entry is a £5 voucher toward books on Saturday. Saturday is free and non-ticketed. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Season of Mists

Join us for another online version of the Centre's monthly storytelling session! This month's guest storyteller is Bob Pegg who offers a handful of autumnal tales, verse and music, with a riddle or two for good measure. Based in the Scottish Highlands, Bob has led a hugely varied career as a folk musician, storyteller and author with an extensive reportoire told in his lovely, conversational storytelling style. Guid Crack is also an open-floor section for anyone else to share a story if they wish. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Live Storytelling

Thicker Than Water

On the anniversary of the execution of Deacon Brodie, when 40,000 good citizens of Edinburgh turned up to be entertained and enthralled by his demise, we similarly invite you to delight in tales of blood, bones and dastardly deeds. As the nights draw in, courie into the warm hearth of the Storytelling Court and join storytellers Anne Hunter, Ruaridh Mackintosh and Bob Mitchell as they reach into the dark corners of the story world, uncovering the grim and the gruesome, whilst contemplating the many different ways you can find yourself on the wrong side of the grass. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporters please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Book Launch, Online Live

Sepia Time & Blue Space

Raised in a family of sea-faring Glasgow Highlanders, Archie MacAlister’s love of stories began in boatyards and sail-lofts. Wartime years in Argyll broadened his horizons as he listened to grandparents and local worthies such as the shoemaker ‘with a mouthful of segs’. Others showed him the landscape of Diarmuid and Grainne, told him of ancient times, sang songs and handed on the traditional wisdom of the Gael. As a student of architecture in Edinburgh, he was drawn to Patrick Geddes’s interpretation of the environment and a ‘scholarship placement’ in Central Europe set him on his way to explore global culture. Margaret Bennett invites you to the fireside to share a conversation with Archie MacAlister, whose compelling story-telling will lure you to the dockyards, the deck, the construction site or the pub. Bring your own glass and together we’ll launch Sepia Time and Blue Space. This event has different pricing levels depending on whether you wish to purchase a signed copy of the book. Ticket & Signed Book (Posted UK/EU): £16 Ticket & Signed Book (Posted World): £22 Ticket & Signed Book (Collect from SSC): £13 Ticket Only (pay what you can): £0-5 Please note that signed books to be posted will be sent out in the days following the event. There may still be postage delays, so we thank you for your patience. Collection will be available from Tue 6 Oct. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Storytelling, Mental Health, Online Live

Mind You

First-person stories of lived experience mental health with traditional storytelling narratives. An online storytelling sharing event with Lily Asch from Real Talk and CAPS volunteers. Lily will lead an evening of first-person mental health stories from new storytellers, interspersed with traditional tales and with moments of reflection. The perfect blend of contemporary and traditional wellbeing tales, Mind You asks us to look out for ourselves but also the importance of conversation and sharing our stories. This event is led by the Scottish Storytelling Forum, supported by CAPS.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Storytelling, Development

Talking Statues Online Storytelling Skills Workshop

Take part in the Talking Statues storytelling skills workshop to get all the top tips on how to tell a good story. If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Bring along a story you have researched in relation to the above statement and learn how to perfect telling it before ahead of the Talking Statues Story Exchange on 27 October. Tickets here. Join professional storyteller Mara Menzies as she teaches us how to engage an audience, how to use voice, dramatic gesture and animation to tell a captivating story and to bring your statue to life.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Talking Statues Story Exchange

If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Is it your granny who did something great for the community and needs a bit of recognition or a person you feel has been unfairly written out of history? If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight…now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story. Join the Talking Statues story exchange by sharing a story or simply tuning into listen. Stories and discussions led by storytellers Mara Menzies and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Let’s get sharing, let’s get talking statues. Book for related Workshop on Sat 20 Oct.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor, New Writing

Home: A Project for New Writers

“Home” is a collection of 4 new, 15-minute plays by Edinburgh’s brightest young playwrights. Each play challenges perception, presenting a version of “Home” that reflects each playwright’s unique style. Join us for an evening of exciting new work from Scotland’s writers! Produced by Framework Theatre in association with Vanishing Point. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre, Live Indoor, Being Human

Placeholder

Fronteiras Theatre Lab in association with CECTON presents Placeholder. What does then and there have to do with the here and now? Wrestling with the ugly reality that the voiceless and nameless were anything but, Catherine Bisset explores the meaning of space and spectacle when the politics of visibility come into play. Set in motion by academic research carried out by members of the Colonial-Era Caribbean Theatre and Opera Network, a cross-institutional endeavour chaired at St Andrews, Bisset delivers an engaging new work. Hoping to turn silence into speculation into reclamation and attestation, Placeholder takes as its starting point the idea that the gaps in the archives, the lacunae in texts, and the holes in the narrative are themselves acts of violence and suppression. Written and performed by Catherine Bisset Dramaturgy by Jaïrus Obayomi Directed by Flavia D'Avila

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry

Harry Baker: I am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. From winning his school's Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry's love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew's 21 seconds. He's got 99 problems but maths ain't one. 'The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1) ‘his poetry is a masterpiece, both in rhythm and content. The wordplay is so clever it takes the audience a couple of lines to notice, but when we do, we’re gasping with both disbelief and laughter’ ***** (Wee Review) 'Ferociously intelligent' **** (Scotsman) ‘The show does exactly what it says on the label, and it does it better than you can possibly envision: this man is not a world champion for nothing.’ **** (Broadway Baby) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Gaelic

Gillebrìde MacMillan: Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots

Performing self-penned songs from his highly acclaimed album Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots, South Uist born singer - and bard of Outlander - Gillebrìde MacMillan deals with a range of personal, cultural and political issues, linking Gaelic song with contemporary rhythms and arrangements. For this performance Gillebrìde is joined by a stellar cast of musicians - Fraser Fifield on whistle and kaval, Ewan MacPherson on guitar and Donald Hay on percussion. 'An enormously significant album... breathtakingly accomplished' (Folk Radio UK) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporters please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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On Demand, Online Performance

Replay Past Events

Head over to Crowdcast to watch a selection of our past events on demand. Replay Past Events Scotland Online: A Directory of MusiciansThis event features special pre-recorded performances by Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Maeve Mackinnon (with Ali Levack & Luc McNally) and David Foley & Jack Smedley (with Jenn Butterworth). Supper with Robert Burns, by David CampbellJoin storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Robert Burns.Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow. Leaving IonaJoin storytellers Heather Yule and Donald Smith for this special performance, as they follow the inner and outer journeys of Colmcille/Columba on the 1500th anniversary of his birth.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Online

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Online Pre-recorded, Comedy, New Writing

The Laird Strikes Back

Perthshire maverick Gussie McCraig joins No.10 as a Scottish adviser. Mayhem ensues, Gussie spills the beans, is sacked, and emerges as Boris's not-so-hidden hand for COP26. Can nothing halt the irresistible rise of Scotland's greatest sleazebag in Brexit Britain? Christopher Craig returns, rampant in a Donald Smith script. Enjoy a recorded performance from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 on YouTube, available on demand until Fri 17 Sep 7pm. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Online

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