Swanson Gallery, Thurso 14 Feb to 14 Mar ~ Precious Cargo 2009 is Scotland's Year of Homecoming and the calendar's theme of migration, boats and the sea reflects this. The exhibition has been designed by Brodie Nairn and Nicky Burns from Glasstorm in Tain as an innovative installation of closed Cargo boxes, one of which opens every day over the festive period to reveal a new object or contemporary 'souvenir' of the Highlands which travellers to lands across the sea might have cherished to remind them of 'home'.
St Fergus Gallery, Wick To 14 Mar ~ Gray's School of Art Printmaking Department Portfolio Original prints combining the work of 4th year undergraduates, invited artists and staff. 21 Mar to 18 April ~ As Others See Us A selection of unique and engaging contemporary portraits of some of Scotland's best-known figures alongside their favourite pieces of poetry and song by Robert Burns.
Stellar QuinesTheate Company At Lyth Arts Centre 28 February 2009 - 8.00pm In "Baby Baby" by Vivian French Suitable for 13+ Contains strong language Pinky and April always see each other about town. They are both 15 but that's the ONLY thing they have in common.
Indigenous People present The !gubi Family 8.00pm Wednesday 10th September 2008 Mill Theatre, Thurso - Tickets £10.00 Booking Tel 01847 896956 The !gubi Family are a true family of 6 San musicians, ranging in age from 18 to 80, and are the keepers of a vanishing tradition of San Musical Culture. Their home is Corridor 18, in the Sands of the Kalahari Desert, Namibia.
Description Master Class Programme: 'Sources of Inspiration' Session 1: 5 - 13 July: 'Duo in Still Life', Bullseye Master Class with Deborah Horrell and Mel George. This class will use various mould making techniques, glass bodies (powders, frits, billets etc) and packing techniques to allow for both hollow ans solid cast vessels.
High school teacher turned comedian takes his successful "edu≠comedy" Edinburgh Fringe show on tour Former high school physics teacher Bruce Fummey will be performing his one man comedy show "About the Jacobites" at venues across Scotland this spring. In ninety minutes of fun filled laughter, Bruce will take you on a historical romp from Henry VIII, through Mary Queen of Scots, the Union of the Crowns, William of Orange, the Union of Parliament, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden, finishing up at the Highland Clearances.
SWINDLE & DEATH by Peter Arnott "Entertaining Scotland since 1707" Lth Arts Centre - www.lytharts.org.uk Mull Theatre in 'Swindle & Death' Time: 8:00:00 PM Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 2 hrs Interval: yes Age suitability : 11+ Tickets Ordinary £12 Members £10 OAPs £10 Children, students, unwaged £6 What is the secret behind this most long-lived and ridiculous theatre company? For years they have been touring their sentimental porridge of tartan and nostalgia around the Highlands... how do they manage to keep going with this Cullen skink of claymores and crudity, sgian dubhs and sexual innuendo? Marjorie, an intrepid spy from the Scottish Arts Council, infiltrates the company to find out.
I, Lear Directed by Cal McCrystal I,LEAR IS HEADING TO THE WEST END FOR AN EXTENDED FOUR-WEEK RUN: July 21st - August 16th But you have the chance to see it at Lyth Arts Centre on 19th June 2008 Lyth Arts Centre www.lytharts.org.uk The Black Sheep in 'I, Lear' Time: 8:00:00 PM Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 1 1/2 hrs Interval: yes Age suitability : 11+ Tickets Ordinary £12 Members £10 OAP £10 Children, Students, Unwaged £6 'I have never seen anything so funny in a theatre in my life. A fantastically original performance, with exceptional execution.
Lyth Jazz Exchange June '08 featuring Jacqui Dankworth, Ian Shaw & The Caithness Big Band Lyth Arts Centre www.lytharts.org.uk - 4th June 2008 Ticket prices include a cold buffet served at 8.40pm Ordinary price £24.00 Members £20.00 OAPs £20.00 Children, students, unwaged £8.00 limited to 50, only available by postal application and prepayment This will be a gala evening of jazz featuring two of Britain's top jazz vocalists and the 17-piece Caithness Big Band. For this tour Jacqui, daughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth will have two guitarists Mike Walker and Chris Allard as an intimate backing to accompany her choice of standards - "In the Mood for Love".
21 May 2008 This unique tour brings together three duos consisting of fiddle players with contrasting styles from different countries together with their musical partners. The three fiddle players are Bruce Molsky (USA), Gerry O'Connor (Ireland) and Mike Vass (Scotland), all well-respected and highly talented.
The Scottish Arts Council (SAC) has announced that as from April 2009 it will cease to fund Lyth Arts Centre, the only dedicated professional arts venue in Caithness. The Council has funded the Centre on an annual basis since it first opened in 1977.
Edinburgh based Theatre Crave and The Emotional Tramps Theatre Co. come together to bring Brian Friel's 'Lover's - Winners & Losers', to Thurso's Mill Theatre later this month.
Lyth Arts Centre - 23 April 2008 Time: 6:00pm Length: 1 hour Age suitability : 4+ "We are proud to play host to one of Scotland's most successful children's theatre companies which is to give eight performances of a delightful work about friendship and trust. Over 400 children from rural schools in the east of Caithness and Wick will see the show during the week but we are adding an extra family performance on Wednesday at 6pm.
Club Tromolo is a nine-strong team from Glasgow presenting wonky cabaret, music and dancing. Described by The List as "The most original club night in years ", acts include madly eccentric and surreal characters like ferret-juggling Frank Percy OBE, Mystic Martin, Suzie Sparkle, static acrobat troupe The Flying Frumpingtons, the Govan Seer and many more.
Prime Productions with The Byre Theatre, St.Andrews present Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Adapted by Jo Clifford Directed by Ben Twist Sound Design by David Fennessy Designed by Monika Nesbit Thursday 6th March 2008 Charles Dickens' classic story of love and mystery makes terrific theatre. Pip longs to be a gentleman, but he is haunted by the memory of the mysterious Magwitch.
Exhibition at The Swanson Gallery, Thurso From Sat 19 Jan to Sat 16 Feb 2008 M, T, W - 1 to 5.30pm Fr - 1 to 8pm Sat - 10am to 1pm Closed Thurs and Sun Admission Free City of the Immortals by Michelle Lord The City of the Immortals is based upon the Jorges Luis Borges short story 'The Immortal'. In a narrative series of photographic images, the fictional city Borges describes is reconstructed for the camera to represent an unbuilt, literary environment Presented by The Highland Council Swanson Gallery 01847 896357 Area Cultural Officer 01349 885114 (NB No Exhibition at St Fergus Gallery, Wick in January due to staff absence.
Mackays Hotel, Wick once again will be welcoming one of the liveliest bluesmen travelling around Europe. He will be at Mackays Hotel with his steel guitar on Saturday 27th October from 9.00pm.
Held in the stunning Lyth Arts Centre near Wick, Caithness, the Carole Sutherland Saxophone Course offers the opportunity for saxophonists of all ages and levels the chance to learn and perform with others in a supportive and relaxed environment. To attend the Course you don't have to be a whizz kid on the saxophone although some playing experience would be helpful! The Course will begin on Friday 28th September at 8pm with a short recital given by Carole Sutherland (saxophone) and Laura Baxter (piano).
Thurso Players take to the stage again later this month in what has been one of their busiest years for amateur productions. The latest offering, 'Educating Rita', directed by Iain MacDonald, is a play for two characters and is set entirely in a lecturer's office at a Liverpool University.
Lyth Arts Centre brings the wonder of Puppet Theatre to Caithness for children over 5 and families. Indigo Moon theatre group specialises in this art form and is wonderfully entertaining.