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There is always something happening at the Centre. We have storytelling, theatre, music, art exhibitions, kids events, free events, craft fairs, workshops and festival events to showcase the best of Scottish culture. Network Members Note: please choose the Network Members concession. Discount is no longer automatically applied.

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CAMPBELL'S CEILIDH

Tue 6 Dec
Price: £8.00

Inspired sessions of story, song, music & dance bring the true spirit of a Scottish ceilidh, led by Mairi Campbell with occasional special guests. A different experience...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 7 & 21 Dec
Price: £5.00

From social & energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couple dances from France,...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Fri 9 Dec
Price: £12.00

What are the skills, experiences & inspirations that drive contemporary storytelling? Ruth Kirkpatrick and Beverley Bryant open a discussion on the arts of oral...

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THE DARK HAND OVER ONION STREET

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Dec
Price: £8.50

by Sam SiggsMalevolent forces have a hold over the young inhabitants of Onion Street. Will Christmas ever be the same again?Performed by the Strange Town Friday 11-14s youth...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Fri 9 Dec
Price: £8.00

The series continues with Ruth Kirkpatrick and Beverley Bryant sharing an evening of their favourite stories, with plenty of midwinter charm.Drawing on their experiences and...

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BABES IN THE WOOD

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Dec
Price: £8.50

by Duncan KiddIf you go down to the woods today, you’re sure to find… no-good robbers, star-crossed lovers, a tone-deaf girl band, mischievous fairies & a misplaced cow...

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THE STORY KIST: INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING

Sat 10 Dec
Price: £5.00

Whatever the weather outside, we're going to make our very own wee snowstorm at the Storytelling Centre! Come along for some icy stories, cosy tales and multisensory Christmas...

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THE FROG PRINCE

Sat 10 & Sun 11 Dec
Price: £8.50

by Tim PrimroseThe Prince has been transmogrified into a frog! Everyone knows how to turn a frog into a prince, right? But who'd kiss a frog? Yuck!Performed by the Strange Town...

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TINY TALES: WINTER TAILS

Tue 13 Dec (SOLD OUT)
Price: £5.00

Join the festive fun with Anne Pitcher's winter stories for wee ones. Meet all sorts of creatures big & small along with her many puppets, props & songs. All rounded off...

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES

Tue 15 Nov & Tue 13 Dec
Price: £0.00

A relaxed session of stories, songs, laughter & reminiscence in the Storytelling Court. Hosted by the Life Stories group, who specialise in sharing stories with older people...

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24 DOORS OF ADVENT

Thu 15 Dec
Price: £0.00

The Scottish Storytelling Centre encompasses two 15th & 16th century houses and a contemporary (2006) arts centre designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects.Introductory talks at...

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CAFÉ VOICES: MIDWINTER TALES

Thu 15 Dec
Price: £5.00

Join storytellers from the Centre’s apprenticeship programme for stories, songs and poems to warm the heart on a cold winter’s night. The Centre's monthly storytelling session,...

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STEP INTO CHRISTMAS

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Dec
Price: £6.00

Join Step It Up Dance for creative Christmas storytelling & dance fun! You & your dancing tot will take the lead as the main character of our story, heading off on an...

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PUPPET SHOW & STORYMAKING WITH LE PETIT MONDE

Sat 17 Dec
Price: £6.00

Join Lapin and his French speaking puppet friends in their Christmas adventure! The show will be followed by a bilingual storymaking session where children and grown-ups can...

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STORIES ROUND THE TREE

Fri 23 & Sat 24 Dec
Price: £5.00

Join storyteller and puppeteer Sylvia Troon for a magical Christmas afternoon of wintry tales, all gathered round the Centre's Christmas tree.If you are a Storytelling Centre...

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FOLK DRAMA: PLAY IN A DAY

Sat 26 Nov, Fri 30 Dec 2016 & Sat 21 Jan 2017
Price: £5.00

A series of community-led plays, based around traditional folk drama, featuring the all-star Netherbow Mummers. Celebrate inclusive folk traditions by creating and performing a...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sat 26 Nov, Fri 30 Dec 2016 & Sat 21 Jan 2017
Price: £5.00

Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances and sing well-known songs. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the...

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GUID CRACK: THE DAFT DAYS

Fri 30 Dec
Price: £0.00

'Let mirth abound, let social cheer, invest the dawning of the year...' (Robert Fergusson, 1772)Party pieces wanted! Songs, jokes, monologues, cutlery balancing, hand shadows......

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EXHIBITION: 100 SMALL WORKS 2016: SCOTTISH STORIES

Wed 30 Nov – Sat 7 Jan
Price: £0.00

Space Artworks was set up in 2012 to provide a diverse & creative arts space & to support artists in Scotland living with a disability or long term illness. Scottish...

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EXHIBITION: ALASTAIR MCNAUGHT: WAYPOINTS

Wed 11 Jan - Sat 4 Feb
Price: £0.00

An exhibition exploring the notion of landscape in the abstract. Alastair McNaught's work is produced by manipulating the properties of mixed media; allowing the paintings to...

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STORIES, STONES AND BONES: MAKING HERITAGE LIVE!

Sat 14 Jan
Price: £24.00

A day for everyone interested in the creative presentation of history, heritage and archaeology, exploring live site-based interpretation, heritage projects and tours.Be guided...

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TINY TALES: COSY TALES

Tue 17 Jan
Price: £5.00

Join Nicola Wright for songs, rhymes, riddles and tales of sneezy princesses, fat cats and snow, all finished off with a wiggle and a waggle to warm up your winter’s day. Please...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 18 Jan, 1 & 15 Feb, 1, 15 & 22 Mar
Price: £5.00

From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couple dances from France,...

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CAFÉ VOICES: IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT

Thu 19 Jan
Price: £5.00

Welcome the stranger on a cold winter's night to the hearth of tales and songs, with guest storyteller Jean Edmiston. The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open...

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TAM O’SHANTER: TELLING THE BIG TALE

Fri 20 Jan
Price: £15.00

Explore Robert Burns’ master narrative and learn how to recite this most mighty of tales. Donald Smith shares his lifelong quest to understand the poem and do it justice in that...

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THE NEW MOVEMENT IN SCOTTISH NARRATIVE DOCUMENTARY

Fri 20 Jan
Price: £8.00

Beginning with a screening of Lou McLoughlan’s film 16 Years Till Summer, writers and film makers discuss why so much of Scotland's storytelling is finding a voice in creative...

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WASSAILING

Sat 21 Jan
Price: £8.00

Carols are an important part of Christmas and Yule. But why should we be wassailing in orchards and gardens when the New Year is underway? Jane Lewis explains why, and...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: BURNS CELEBRATION

Tue 24 Jan
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems & stories celebrating Scotland national poet Robert Burns. Held in the...

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SUPPER WITH BURNS

Tue 24 & Wed 25 Jan
Price: £25.00

A seasonal favourite! Join us for an alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful setting of the Storytelling Court, serving up a delicious 3-course Scottish dinner – with the...

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GUID CRACK: RAMBLIN TAMBLIN LASSIES

Fri 27 Jan
Price: £0.00

Claire McNicol celebrates the ramblin tamblin lassies who loved rantin rovin Rabbie Burns. Songs and stories connected to the women in the life of Scotland's beloved national...

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IT’S IN THE BAG

Sat 28 Jan
Price: £5.00

‘It's in the bag’ are an award-winning company who delight in taking children's imaginations on a storytelling adventure. Rhymes, songs, drama, creative games and puppets bring...

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KENN ADAMS: IMPROV MASTERCLASS

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jan
Price: £120.00

Improv Academy, in association with Men With Coconuts, is delighted to announce Kenn Adams - creator of The Story Spine and author of How to Improvise a Full Length Play - is...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS & FRIENDS

Sat 28 Jan, 25 Feb & 25 Mar
Price: £8.00

The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are joined by new and established improvisers and sketch comedians as they present two hours of off-the-cuff scenes and original...

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HAMISH HAWK & THE NEW OUTFIT

Thu 2 Feb
Price: £8.00

Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter. Performing regularly throughout Scotland alongside the likes of King Creosote, Withered Hand and James Yorkston, Hawk is an...

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CELEBRATING BRIDE

Fri 3 Feb
Price: £12.00

Why is February the season of Bride? And how can we celebrate that in story, song, poem and dance? Déirdre ní Mhathúna introduces the poems and blessings, Susanna Orr Holland...

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WEAVING IMBOLC: WILLOW AND WORDS

Fri 3 Feb
Price: £0.00

Join volunteers from the Beltane Fire Society to mark the Celtic festival of Imbolc with stories of the changing seasons and to have a go at making decorations using traditional...

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FLINT & PITCH PRESENTS: THE TOLL BY LUKE WRIGHT (+ SUPPORT)

Fri 3 Feb
Price: £10.00

A new spoken word/theatre experience from Flint & Pitch Productions with acclaimed headline acts in full-length shows and support by two local, emerging spoken word artists....

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FINDING YOUR FEET AND FEELING THE BEAT

Sat 4 Feb
Price: £15.00

What do you need to get people dancing to your music? This workshop, led by Mairi Campbell and Amy Geddes brings together fiddlers and dancers in joyful collaboration. Learn...

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REMEMBERING BRIGID

Sat 4 Feb
Price: £10.00

Singer and storyteller Susanna Orr Holland will be joined by storyteller Kate Walker and violinist Morag Brown in a unique ceilidh, sharing tales of Brigid in ancient myth...

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CAFÉ VOICES: RED HEARTS & BLUE ROSES

Thu 9 Feb
Price: £5.00

Lovely stories to celebrate the feast of St. Valentine, with Bea Ferguson.The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 11 Feb
Price: £24.00

A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller and librarian Bea Ferguson leads this participatory session for anyone curious...

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TINY TALES: SEASONS CHANGE

Tue 14 Feb
Price: £5.00

Join Julie Bannatyne for a lovely morning of stories and sing-along action songs relating to the changing seasons and temperamental Scottish weather!Tiny Tales is the Centre's...

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GIFTING EVERY CHILD: LOCAL SONGS

Fri 17 Feb (Glasgow), Fri 7 Apr (Inverness)
Price: £0.00

Gifting Every Child aims to provide every child in Scotland with a core repertoire of traditional songs, tunes, stories and dances. It is a free online resource and TRACS is...

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HERBAL MAGIC AND POTENT POTIONS

Fri 17 Feb
Price: £5.00

Ever wondered if real plants live up to the chronicled claims in stories? Fascinated by potions? Here's your chance to discover the place where magical tales and helpful herbs...

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A LIFE WITH THE BEATLES

Fri 17 & Sat 18 Feb
Price: £12.00

In 1961, 19 year-old Neil Aspinall joined The Beatles as their driver. He served the Fab Four for 46 years, latterly as CEO of Apple Corps, their corporate conglomerate. A Life...

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CHOOSING A SONG FOR YOU

Sat 18 Feb
Price: £24.00

How do we select songs to learn and sing? Do songs, in fact, choose us? This workshop led by Jo Miller will look at ways of using and combining sources. By trying out songs...

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ADVENTURES, AMBUSHES AND CLIFFHANGERS

Sat 18 Feb
Price: £5.00

Children's author Lari Don is passionate about creating strong female characters and sending them on dangerous magical quests. Come and meet heroines like Molly in the...

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HOW DARE SHE? AN AUDACIOUS WOMAN SPEAKS

Mon 20 Feb
Price: £6.00

What does it mean to be an audacious woman? Is it speaking out against the violence, injustice or inequality women experience? Nadine Aisha, practitioner, educator, activist,...

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FEELING FRAGRANT? MEMORIALISING AUDACIOUS WOMEN

Wed 22 Feb
Price: £6.00

Join Sara Sheridan, a historical novelist who writes the lost stories of women and campaigns to memorialise them. She recently launched a new Scottish brand, REEK. Perfume,...

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A MONSTROUS REGIMENT? POWERFUL WOMEN AND THE CHALLENGES OF RULING

Thu 23 Feb
Price: £6.00

How are powerful women judged by history? Join Catherine Hokin as she discusses her debut novel Blood and Roses, a feminist re-telling of the shadowy French Queen Margaret of...

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STORYTELLING IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM

Fri 24 Feb
Price: £15.00

Whether you are using traditional folktale myths and legends, or jokes and spontaneous anecdotes, the art of storytelling holds within it a wealth of possibility for a language...

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GUID CRACK: CROFTERS, DROVERS & COWBOYS

Fri 24 Feb
Price: £0.00

Join Margaret Bennett for an evening of tales and songs of the men and women who travel the land. Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night, currently held in the Circus Café, St....

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CONNECTING: STORYTELLING NETWORK DEVELOPMENT DAY

Sat 25 Feb
Price: £24.00

Fair Maid's House, 15-19 North Port, Perth PH1 5LUThis year's Development Day will focus on audience development, support for sustaining local groups and developing local...

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EXPERIMENTAL STORIES: LIFE THROUGH A LENS

Sat 25 Feb
Price: £3.00

Join a storyteller and scientists to find out how a lens makes you see everything differently! Robert Hooke discovered that a glass lens could help you to see a fascinating...

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DARE TO BE LOUD! SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

Sat 25 Feb
Price: £10.00

Spoken word artist Katie Ailes guides you through creative writing and performance exercises, sharing stories and giving handy tips about performing them. Everyone will have...

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ST ANDREWS TO IONA: A SCOTTISH CAMINO?

Sat 4 Mar
Price: £16.00

This day explores proposals for new pilgrim routes in Scotland, in particular linking Iona and St Andrews. Speakers John Henderson, Richard Frazer, Donald Smith and Isabel Smyth...

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STORIES ON THE WAY

Sat 4 Mar
Price: £8.00

An evening of stories from our apprentice storytellers, inspired by the theme of spring. Scotland has a vibrant group of new storytellers, honing their skills, developing their...

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DARK TALES

Tue 7 Mar
Price: £8.00

Join David Campbell, Mara Menzies and Daniel Allison for an evening exploring the dark side of story. From the forests of Africa to the icy wastes of Siberia, our ancestors...

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EXHIBITION: VOICES OF EXPERIENCE

Fri 10 Mar - Sat 8 Apr
Price: £0.00

An exhibition of images and audio from photographer Jim Mackintosh that explores our social history by celebrating the lives, experiences and achievements of the older members...

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FLINT & PITCH PRESENTS: SHOW ME THE MONEY BY PAULA VARJACK (+ SUPPORT)

Fri 10 Mar
Price: £10.00

A new spoken word/theatre experience from Flint & Pitch Productions. Acclaimed headline acts in full-length shows, supported by local, emerging spoken word artists. In March...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 2

Sat 11 Mar
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills, with leading storyteller Fiona Herbert. This participative session takes you a step further in developing...

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BODY ELOQUENCE

Sat 11 Mar
Price: £8.00

What stories do our bodies tell? Marion Kenny, Janis Mackay and Claire McNicol explore body image, sharing ancient tales and creating new, empowering stories, taking ownership...

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TINY TALES: SPRING TIME GINGERBREAD TALES!

Tue 14 Mar
Price: £5.00

Jane Mather leads a delicious morning of stories in the Storytelling Bothy, full of fun and imagination for little ones and their adults.Please book in advance.A booking fee of ...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH

Tue 14 Mar
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Held in the relaxed setting of the...

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DEICH BLIADHNA BHUAITHE

Wed 15 Mar
Price: £6.00

It's been ten years since the end of the Great War. At a kitchen ceilidh in Cape Breton a group of emigrant Highlanders share songs and memories of the old country. This new...

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RICHARD III (A ONE-WOMAN SHOW)

Wed 15 & Thu 16 Mar
Price: £10.00

Richard III. An Audience. Anything can happen. What part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater presents their multi-awardwinning show...

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CAFÉ VOICES: ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Thu 16 Mar
Price: £5.00

Join storyteller Alexander Mackenzie for an evening of Irish tales celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for...

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Sat 18 Mar
Price: £16.00

If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to an afternoon workshop held in the Storytelling Centre with prize-winning author Janis Mackay (Magnus...

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SCOTTISH FOLKTALES FOR CHILDREN

Sat 18 Mar
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Judy Paterson and illustrator Sally Daly for an afternoon of stories and art activities to celebrate the launch of their new book, Scottish Folktales for...

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TALL TALES OSCAR

Sat 18 Mar
Price: £8.00

Hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous - listen to tall tales, ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by Scotland's finest tellers, then you decide who wins...

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MIND WELL

Mon 20 Mar & 3 Apr
Price: £0.00

A relaxed, social session of stories, songs and laughter in the Storytelling Court. Hosted by some of our loveliest storytellers, with tea, coffee and biscuits included. Come to...

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JOSEPHINE SILLARS: RIPPED FROM THE WIRE SPINE

Thu 23 Mar
Price: £10.00

A coming-of-age story about growing up in the Highlands and navigating adulthood in the central belt. Mixing music, storytelling, film and poetry, the show explores the Scottish...

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THE PEOPLE'S PARISH

Sat 25 Mar
Price: £18.00

The People's Parish is a new initiative from TRACS to support communities to explore, shape and creatively use their local assets - stories, traditions and history - to say...

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MAIRI CAMPBELL - PULSE

Thu 30 Mar
Price: £15.00

Plus live concert performanceA homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling - this is the story of award-winning musician Mairi Campbell's quest to heal...

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GUID CRACK: TALES FROM THE WILD EDGE

Fri 31 Mar
Price: £0.00

Meet wolves, witches & wee folk seldom glimpsed. Go feral for the night; let our senses sharpen in the darkness and howl with delight as a wild yearning is satisfied....

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WORKSHOP: ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Sat 1 Apr
Price: £12.00

Mara Menzies and David Campbell open a discussion on the arts of oral storytelling for storytellers of all kinds.What are the skills, experiences and inspirations that drive...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Sat 1 Apr
Price: £8.00

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mara Menzies and David Campbell.Enjoy an evening of their favourite tales alongside their experiences and inspirations from...

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SCOTT GIBSON: LIFE AFTER DEATH

Thu 20 Apr
Price: £10.00

This show tells the story of the three weeks that changed Scott’s life forever. On returning from a stag weekend in Blackpool, Scott’s brain exploded – he had suffered a massive...

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