City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Gaelic Whisky Galore - Uisge-Beatha Gu Leòr - Touring Scotland in Spring 2015


By Irene Brown - Posted on 17 March 2015

A new Gaelic, stage adaptation of Compton MacKenzie's story Whisky Galore/Uisge-Beatha Gu Leòr is coming to Edinburgh this Spring. The play is a joint venture that combines the talents of The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), Robhanis, the new Gaelic language theatre company, and A Play, A Pie and A Pint.

The play has been adapted for the stage by Gaelic playwright and writer Iain Finlay Macleod from the original novel by Compton MacKenzie. It was based on the true story of the S.S Politician and its wrecking on the Hebridean island of Eriskay.

MacLeod’s adaptation is set on the present day island of Todday. His modern re-telling of this charming comedy that was made famous by the 1949 Ealing film features a host of colourful characters, heart-warming stories and of course - whisky galore! Adult audience members will be offered a dram courtesy of Skye company Praban na Linne – The Gaelic Whiskies as part of the evening’s or lunchtime’s entertainment.

A programme of Whisky Galore related events will run alongside the tour including screenings of the 1949 classic film Whisky Galore at Glasgow Film Theatre, Edinburgh's Filmhouse and the Eden Court Cinema, Inverness, with each followed by a post film discussion.

In Glasgow and Edinburgh, these programmes will be led by NTS Artistic Director Laurie Sansom along with journalist and film critic Hannah McGill. Roger Hutchinson, author of Polly, The True Story Behind Whisky Galore will take part in post-show discussions in Skye, Eriskay and Glasgow.

The five handed 50 minute long piece will be directed by Guy Hollands who has experience in directing Gaelic theatre with work from Calum MacKinnon and Seonag Monk.

This World Premiere of Whisky Galore/Uisge-Beatha Gu Leòr marks the launch of Lewis based Robhanis and will be the NTS’ most fully-realised Gaelic language theatre production to date.

It will be performed almost entirely in Gaelic, with English surtitles for non-Gaelic speaking audiences.

The production will tour village halls and art centres across Scotland. (see full list below)

Whisky Galore On Tour
Unless indicated otherwise online tickets available from www.ticketweb.co.uk/whiskygalore

  • Sunart Centre, Strontian: Friday 10th April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: 01397 709228 ticketsource.co.uk/sunartcentre/events
  • A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor, Glasgow:
    Monday 13th – Sat 18th April 2015, 1.00pm (doors 12.00pm)
    Ticket Prices: £10 - £14
    Box Office: 08444 77 1000
    Post show talk with Roger Hutchinson and Rosemary Ward: Thursday 16 April from 2.15pm to 3.15pm. Free but ticketed.
  • Glasgow Whisky Galore screening at GFT & post screening discussion with Laurie Sansom & Hannah McGill
    Date and booking: Sunday 12th April at 16.30 glasgowfilm.org and ticketweb.co.uk.
  • St Columba's Hall, Edinburgh: Monday 20th April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (Hub Tickets): 0131 473 2000 hubtickets.co.uk
  • Edinburgh Whisky Galore screening at Filmhouse & post screening discussion with Laurie Sansom & Hannah McGill
    Date and booking: Sunday 19th April at 15.10. Tickets: Filmhouse
  • The Corran Halls, Oban: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: 01631 567333
  • Castlebay Community Hall, Barra: Friday 24th April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (A C Mclean): 01871 810291
  • Eriskay Community Hall: Saturday 25th April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (Eriskay Shop): 01878 720236
    Event: Post show talk with Roger Hutchinson
  • Carinish Village Hall, North Uist: Monday 27th April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (Bayhead Shop): 018765 10257
  • Leverburgh Village Hall, Isle of Harris: Wed 29th April 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (An Clachan): 01859 520370
  • An Lanntair, Stornoway: Thu 30th April 2015, 8.00pm
    Ticket Prices: £10/£9/£8
    Box Office: 01851 708480 anlanntair-tickets.co.uk
  • Ullapool Village Hall: Saturday 2nd May 2015
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (The Ceilidh Place): 01854 612103
  • Uig Village Hall, Skye: Tuesday 5th May 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: (Uig Filling Station Shop): 01470 542774
  • SEALL at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye: Wednesday 6th May 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £9 (£4)
    Box Office: 01471 844 207 seall.co.uk Event: Post show talk with Roger Hutchinson
    Plockton Village Hall: Friday 8th May 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: Plockton Stores 01599 544 263
  • Strathpeffer Pavillion: Saturday 9th May 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £10
    Box Office: 01997 420124 strathpefferpavilion.org
  • Eden Court, Inverness: Monday 11th May 2015, 7,30pm
    Ticket Prices: £12(£10)
    Box Office: 01463 234 234 eden-court.co.uk
    Whisky Galore screening at Eden Court Cinema & post screening discussion with Roger Hutchinson
    Date and booking: Sunday 10th May at 13.30 booking as above
  • ACT Aberdeen: Wednesday 13th May 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £10(£8)
    Box Office: 01224 641122 www.aberdeenperformingarts.com
  • Strathearn Artspace, Crieff: Friday 15th May 2015, 7.30pm
    Ticket Prices: £8 (£6)
    Box Office: 07889 145899/ 07748 600130 strathearnartspace.co.uk