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 2017 :

The 2017 McLellan Festival will run from Saturday August 12th to Sunday 10th September 2017.
Tickets for performances can be bought online (see below), at the Book and Card Shop, Brodick from Saturday 26th 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 and Supper & Storytelling, 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 August 11th to Monday August 14th

Arran Open Studios. Studios open around Arran.

For further info, click HERE

Saturday 12th August

Supper and Storytelling To celebrate Arran Open Studios. Supper and Storytelling. An evening of music, stories and delicious food.
Arran Lodge at Altachorvie. 7.30pm.
Tickets £16.00 (Children and young people at school free.)

Friday 1st September

Maura Dooley An evening of poetry and music with this year's Poetry Competition judge.
Corrie & Sannox Hall. 8.00pm.
Tickets £12.50 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 2nd September

Poetry Workshop. A Breath of Fresh Air : Maura Dooley 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. (01770 810640 or 01770 700464. Or Email : or
Tickets £10.00

Saturday 2nd September

Famous Festival Ceilidh Artists include Tim Pomeroy, The Drambusters, Angus Adamson on pipes and Biff & Co from the Arran Jazz Cafe Band.
Always a great night of music dancing and food.
Whiting Bay Hall. 7:30pm.
Tickets £12.50 Including Supper (Children and young people at school free.) BYOB

Sunday 3rd 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 summer school
Corrie Church. 12.00 noon
Free Event.

Sunday 3rd September

David Hunter
More Than Just 'The Archers'David Hunter, Executive Producer of Radio Drama at the BBC gives an illustrated talk about radio drama with some hints for writers along the way.
Brodick Library. 2.30- 4:00 pm
Free Event.

Sunday 3rd September

Arran Film
McLellan Arts Festival Film Night in association with Corrie Film Club. Films made on Arran, about Arran and by young Arran film makers including newly acquired footage of vintage film of Arran from the 1930s.
Corrie & Sannox Village Hall. 8:00 pm
Entry by donation.

Tuesday 5th September

An Arran Clamjamfry : Memories and Music
McLellan Arts Festival with The Saltire Society.
Sculptor, poet and musician, Tim Pomeroy talks about 7 images that have inspired him. A fascinating evening of memory, biography, music and drama.
Arran Lodge at Altachorvie, Lamlash. 8pm
Tickets £12.50(Children and young people at school free.)

Thursday 7th September

Jackie Kay and Burns
International Scottish poet Jackie Kay entertains as well as celebrating Burns and her Scottish heritage with poetry, music and song.
Arran Lodge at Altachorvie, Lamlash. 8pm
Tickets £12.50(Children and young people at school free.)

Friday 8th 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
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7:30pm
Tickets £12.50 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 9th September

Drama Live A welcome return of the talented drama students from The Royal Scottish Conservatoire performing their acclaimed work and new writing of 2017.
Corrie and Sannox Hall. 8pm
Tickets £12.50 (Children and young people at school free.)

Sunday 10th September

Beethoven Mass in C
Beethoven's 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 £12.50 (Children and young people at school free.)

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