Kenneth Steven and Pete Clark, 04 February 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 7.30pm. An evening of music and poems, an interweaving of words and tunes. Much of Kenneth Steven's writing is inspired by the wildscape and people of Highland Perthshire; his many poetry collections are celebrations of the world he's grown up in. Perhaps best known for his interpretation of the music of Niel Gow and other 18th Century fiddler-composers, Pete divides his time between teaching and performing. He is currently a tutor at the RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama) in Glasgow and runs a weekly fiddle class at The Taybank in Dunkeld. Much of Pete’s playing is with The Benachally Ceilidh Band. Admission - Tickets £6. Contact - BI Arts Centre, Telephone - 01350 727674.
Essential Scottish Opera, 07 February 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 8pm. Scottish Opera comes to Birnam with its popular tour of opera highlights. Four talented young singers and a pianist bring you an entertaining evening of stunning excerpts from well known operas, and some tantalising surprises from lesser known works. Essential Scottish Opera gives you the chance to experience live opera close up during a relaxed and informal evening. The show features a mixture of operatic styles, including duets from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Massenet's Manon, as well as music by Handel and Puccini. Admission - Tickets £10 (Concessions £5). Contact - BI Arts Centre Telephone - 01350 727674.
Starlab and Spaceshow, 13 February 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 2pm. The show is in two parts: Starlab, the first part, is in a portable planetarium, showing famous constellations and the myths behind them. It also covers the changing position of the stars at night and different stars that can be seen from various parts of the world. The second part, Spaceshow, takes place outside the planetarium - there you can examine factors affecting space travel, such as vacuum, extreme cold, no gravity and rocket propulsion - all using fun demonstrations! Suitable for ages 7+. Admission Tickets £4. Contact - BI Arts Centre Telephone - 01350 727674.
SCDA Festival, 25 - 28 February 2009. Birnam Institute, Birnam 7.30pm. The Scottish Community Drama Festival is coming to Birnam Arts, and will present a mix of one act plays from adult and youth drama groups throughout the Perthshire district. Saturday 28th February is when the competition winners will be announced but each night each play is given an adjudication by Ron Nicol, a highly respected playwright and adjudicator. Tickets £7 & £8 (Concessions £5) Contact - BI Arts Centre, Telephone - 01350 727674.
Rumba Caliente Afro Latin Soul Orchestra Tour, 12 March 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 8pm. Rumba Caliente are one of the UK's most exciting Salsa-Soul groups. Led by Salsa Celtica's Toby Shippey and featuring Lino Rocha on lead vocals, Rumba Caliente have a unique Afro-Latin/Salsa-Soul sound. Combining musicians from the heartlands of Salsa (Venezuela, Cuba and New York) with some of Scotland's most exciting Jazz and world music players, the group effortlessly move from Salsa to Soul, Latin-Jazz to Funk, Raga to Rumba and back to Salsa again. Admission - Tickets £12 (Concessions £10). Contact - BI Arts Centre Telephone - 01350 727674.
Fur Coat and Magic Knickers, 14 March 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 8pm. The clock is ticking... Maggie is a compulsive shopper with more cards than Hallmark. She just has to buy buy BUY! How far will she go to satisfy her obsession? Will Personal Shopper Jenny cope? She's at breaking point anyway and she might just be forced to suffocate Maggie, with a rather fetching 100% cashmere fuchsia pink v-neck... and matching belt! But then she still has Second Hand Rose to contend with. Rose's last new fashion buy was a set of thermals in 1994! Rose's daughter is getting married and she's been forbidden to go anywhere near a charity shop! Alarm bells ring but which one of our retail victims is about to crash the Emergency Exit? Admission Tickets £10 (Concessions £8). Contact - BI Arts Centre Telephone - 01350 727674.
The Niel Gow Festival, 20 - 22 March 2009, Dunkeld and Birnam. The 6th Niel Gow festival will feature some of Scotland's finest fiddlers as well as other top Scottish musicians. Contact The Taybank Telephone - 01350 727340.
Liz Lochhead, 26 March 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 7.30pm. Unmissable and thoroughly entertaining, this one woman show from Glasgow's Poet Laureate contains sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always lyrical and thoroughly accessible, poetry-in-performance. Also expect to hear, first-hand, from some men as 'angels in black and white', plus some very telling 'talking heads' monologues from the mouths of characters as diverse as a middle-aged transexual, a minister's wife at a Burns Supper, and a schoolgirl with a forbidden crush. And others.....! Admission Tickets £8 (Concessions £6). Contact - BI Arts Centre Telephone - 01350 727674.
The Bridge, 27 - 28 March 2009, Birnam Institute, Birnam 7.30pm.As part of the 200th year celebrations of the bridge at Dunkeld, designed by Thomas Telford, Birnam Institute Players present a One Act Comedy penned by local award winning playwright Bob Davidson. Come along and be informed, educated, but most of all entertained by this amusing history of Telford's marvellous bridge at Dunkeld. Admission - Tickets £6 (Concessions £4).Contact - BI Arts Centre Telephone 01350 727674.