Arran Theatre and Arts Trust

McLellan FestivalRobert McLellan was the most important Scottish dramatist and short story writer to work in living Scots in the Twentieth Century and his influence on the world of Scottish writing has been crucial. From 2004 - 2007, the McLellan Arts Festival sought to raise awareness of the importance of Robert McLellan, an Arran resident for most of his life, in the annals of Scottish literature and theatre in preparation for the celebration of his centenary in 2007. Since then, the aims of the festival have been to honour McLellan's memory by not only performing McLellan's work, but providing the means of creating new work in Scottish writing by running poetry and playwriting competitions, helping to develop the creative skills of young people, developing the visual arts, including film, running a music school on the island and forging cultural links with other rural and island communities.

McLellan Arts Festival 2019 :

This year's McLellan Festival will run from Friday 30th August to Saturday 14th September 2018.
Tickets for performances can be bought online (see below), at the Book and Card Shop, Brodick from Saturday 25th August or at the door. (All online ticket prices include online booking fee.)


A Festival season ticket which entitles entry to all events (except Poetry Workshop on 31st August, and Opera Bohemia on 14th September) can be purchased online or at the Book and Card Shop for £42. A massive saving for all festival goers (10 paying events).

Children and young people at school free at all events. To buy tickets for this year's events, click the relevant "buy tickets here" box below and it will take you to the online ticketing section.

Friday 30th August

Arran Theatre and Arts Trust presents for the first time on Arran, poet Sean O'Brien. An evening with Sean O'Brien: the judge of this year's McLellan Poetry Competition reads from his own work and introduces this year's competition winners.
Music from Arran Dawn, Arran's famous harp and whistle duo. Corrie & Sannox Hall. 7.30pm.
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 31st August

Poetry Workshop. Sean O'Brien leads a workshop designed to let new ideas take wing. Whether you have been writing for many years or are new to it, come along, shake off the dust and begin - or begin again. at Corrie and Sannox Village Hall.
11.00am - 3.30pm. Lunch included. Booking essential. (Cicely Gill 01770 700464 or
Tickets £12.00

Saturday 31st August

Famous Festival Ceilidh With music from The Drambusters and Tim Pomeroy. Angus and Robbie Adamson (Pipes), Bethany Walsh (Fiddle) and Stuart.
Always a great night of live music, dancing and food.
Whiting Bay Hall. 7:30pm.
Tickets £13 Including Light Supper (Children and young people at school free.) BYOB

Sunday 1st September

McLellan Arts Festival at Corrie Church
Sacred music and service with the talented music students from the Royal Northern College of Music attending this year's Arran Summer School
Corrie Church. 12.30pm
Free Event.

Sunday 1st September

An Arran Clamjamfry.
This year's Clamjamfry features broadcaster, journalist and writer Kirsty Wark, who will talk about her life through 7 images and then about her new book.
Q & A and book signing to follow.
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7:30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Monday 2nd September

Film Night
Arran on Film Another chance to see interesting vintage film of Arran from the 1930s to the 1970s as well as Uncowed – the comedy set on Arran, filmed on Arran and starring Arran actors. Not to be missed.
Corrie & Sannox Village Hall. 7:30 pm
Entry by donation.

Thursday 3rd September

My Name Is Irrelevant
Supported by The Touring Network, produced by Tortoise in a Nutshell
In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fiction and what is reality. My Name is Irrelevant is a subtle and moving piece of new writing, blending spoken word with a live, original soundtrack. A poignant and intimate production, it layers humour and pathos in the exploraton of an intensely personal story of loneliness and isolation.
Following from a successful premier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this is a great opportunity to see new professional theatre on Arran.
Brodick Hall. 7:30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Thursday 5th September

A Scots Hairst
McLellan Arts Festival with The Saltire Society.
A celebration of the Scots tradition in music, song and verse from North East to South West. The three performers from the North East are renowned Aberdeenshire fiddler and composer Paul Anderson, traditional singer Shona Donaldson and Bothy Ballad specialist Geordie Morison. With local perfomers Sheila Gilmore and John Cruickshank.
Whiting Bay Hall. 7:30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Friday 6th September

Opera Gala Night
McLellan Arts Festival with Arran Summer School.
A night to remember with the outstanding young musicians from the Royal Northern College. This year marks the 10th anniversary.
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7:30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 7th September

Drama Live New and exciting work from On The Verge Festival 2018.
The welcome return of the talented theatre students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with their innovative and lively performance.
Book early as numbers are restricted to 50.
Corrie and Sannox Hall. 7:30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Sunday 8th September

Handel - The Messiah.
Beautiful choral music with solo performances by the students of Royal Northern College and with the McLellan Arts Festival Community Chorus
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7.30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 14th September

The Merry Widow (Lehár) - Opera Bohemia
Scotland's Opera Bohemia comes to Arran with the world's best loved operetta, featuring show stopping numbers like "Viljah', 'The Merry Widow Waltz', and Chez Maxim's'. Set in the romantic city of Paris, various suitors squabble to in the hand of recently widowed but very wealthy Hannah Glawari. A stellar professional cast includes Cationa Clark, Douglas Nairne, Marie Claire Breen and Andrew McTaggart. John Wilkie directs, Alise Kalyanove designs and the performance is accompanies by Andrew Brown (piano) an Dániel Mészöly (violin).
Community Theatre, Lamlash
£17.50 - Children and young people at school free

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