Past Events at the Macphail

Past Events



Ray Bradshaw

23rd November

 Full of hilarious, revealing tales about growing up with deaf parents, Deaf Comedy Fam presents a very first for comedy, as each show will be performed by Ray simultaneously in both spoken English and British Sign Language – which just so happens to be Ray’s first language.

Two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist Bradshaw debuted Deaf Comedy Fam at Glasgow International Comedy Festival before moving to the Edinburgh Fringe for a critically acclaimed, sold out run – don’t miss the first ever comedy set to be spoken and signed by the comic themselves!

Adelaide Fringe Weekly Innovation Award 2018.

'Has a clear comedy gift' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

 ‘Captivating, funny and sharply executed’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby









Award-winning comic Scott Gibson was just 16 when he first tasted freedom and set off on a voyage of self-discovery. His destination? Kavos, of course. Where else?

Delivered in his breathlessly inimitable style, Gibson takes you on an epic odyssey that charts the choppy waters of youth. A blisteringly funny hour on the escapism and hedonism that travel promises, this is a story about friendship, love, pool parties, travel insurance and the Greek third-choice goalie.

Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2016.

“A big, bold, belter… riotously funny” «««« The Herald

“You’ll be howling throughout his set… gut-bustingly funny” ««««« Broadway Baby

Image by: Steve Ullathorne 



Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life

October 12th, Macphail Theatre 



'Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan’ - Sir David Attenborough

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family, with highlights from the most challenging assignments of his 35 years filming wildlife in the remotest places on Earth. Find out if snow leopards or leopard seals are the most scary; discover how to get close to the biggest fish in the sea and whether your eyeballs freeze at minus 50.

Born in Fife, Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a Scientist, research diver and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983. 

Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, specialising in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries. In his 35 year filming career, he's worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature.

This new presentation traces Doug’s personal journey as he discusses how he’s seen pollution and climate change affect the natural world. 

Copies of Doug’s book Freeze Frame will be on sale, as well as his colour prints of polar bears, penguins and seals.  


Suitable for all ages 

Running Times: 2 hours (inc 20 min interval and audience Q+A.)         -          





Macphail Theatre

Tuesday 2nd October



This Autumn, four brilliant singers and a pianist bring an engaging, live opera playlist to 17 venues across Scotland. Join them as they press 'play' on some of opera's greatest hits, as well as some lesser-known gems. 

Director Daisy Evans takes you on an emotional musical voyage with a programme that includes favourites from Mozart's The Magic Flute and Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore, and a new work from Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli. Through music and song, the four singers weave together a tale of one person's discovery of the profound power, emotion and drama of opera. There's something for everyone from seasoned fans to opera first timers, Opera Highlights promises a night of entertainment, laughter and good company.



My Mountain Life: Simon Yates

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position.

He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’ and the later film, both climbers became household names.

It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs. 




Tuesday 19th September

6:30PM Macphail Theatre

Family show suitable 5+ 

£6 Adult / £4 Child 

One Man Shoe, is a delightful show for children and families, performed by Jango Starr. When the headline act fails to show up, Jango, a bumbling theatre caretaker, is suddenly thrust into the limelight and embarks on a hilarious journey of highly crafted and heart-felt silent comedy, as he magically finds his way to realise his dream of transforming into a star!  Directed byGerry Mulgrew, designed by Becky Minto with original music byPhilip Pinsky. Jango Starr’s unique style of silent physical theatre includes contemporary circus clowning, slapstick comedy, puppetry, juggling and absurd magic, bringing laughter and joy to all ages! Produced by SC²ENE (

The Song of the Earth – Mahler in Miniature

Bach arr. Webern Ricercar a 6
Webern Symphony Op. 21
Stuart MacRae New Commission (World Premiere)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (‘The Song of the Earth’) arr. Cortese

Macphail Theatre

Wednesday 27 April 2016


Tickets: £15/£12/£5 

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Online through Ticket Tailor (no booking fee)


KarinaLucas  Luke Sinclair  Stuart MacRae
Karina Lucas                                         Luke Sinclair                        Stuart MacRae                                                
Mezzo-soprano Karina Lucas
Tenor Luke Sinclair
Conductor Tomas Leakey
The Mahler Players

The acclaimed Mahler Players pay their first visit to Ullapool with Mahler’s oriental-inspired Das Lied von der Erde. It is often cited as his greatest work and is a masterful synthesis of symphony and song. For this Everest of the repertoire the ensemble will be joined by Karina Lucasand Luke Sinclair.

In the first half the Mahler Players will perform Webern’s mind-blowing orchestration of Bach’s Ricercar from the Musical Offering as well as his own Symphony Op. 21. A new commission by Stuart MacRae, originally from the Highlands himself, will complete what should be an entertaining and thought-provoking evening.


‘Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’

‘The new commission by Stuart MacRae is supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation and the RVW Trust’

Press quotes:

The Mahler Playersa virtuoso performance” Inverness Courier, July 2015

Stuart MacRae

Here is a composer who knows how to write for orchestra: how to make its textures shimmer and growl and generally synthesise into more than the sum of its parts.

Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 2013





20 - 22 February 2015

Macphail Centre

Creative Writing Weekends in Ullapool are designed

for those who want to write more,

who may have written in the past,

or who have an idea or a project

which needs a little time, space and encouragement.

Tutor: Poet & Writer Stephen Keeler


Comments from our last weekend in November 2014

"supremely enjoyable" "varied and inspiring" "a very well designed course".

Cost: £64

For further information, please contact

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1900 - 1999

Baby photos of people connected with the Ullapool area

a commmunity exhibition

Summer 2012

The Pear Tree Project


This year (2011), Ullapool is celebrating the life and times of an ancient Worcester shire Black Pear tree which once grew in the grounds of the Old School House, Market Street. Its fruit was a bit on the hard side, but was well-know by local children for its excellent ammunition qualities!

Sadly, the pear tree had to be cut down to make way for much-needed new houses, but memories of the tree and related childhood experiences, were recorded and interpreted through a series of art and social history activities.

Ullapool Museum Trust (who spearheaded the project) and Ullapool High School collected pear tree stories for an exhibition and archive.

The Macphail Centre was the setting for Eleanor White's community workshops where people of all ages painted and decorated wooden pears.  These pears were then hung from trees in 6 different locations in Ullapool during May 2011.  They were supposed to be up for 3 weeks but there are still some hanging on a tree at the Ceilidh Place in West Argyle Street!

 Textiles artist Jan Kilpatrick made an  ambitious attempt to build a pear tree in only eight hours! The workshops took place at an talla solais, Ullapool's art centre and Jan was helped in this enterprise by a good number of Primary 6 pupils from Ullapool Primary School and a few intrepid adults from the community at large.

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FRINGE:  textiles from the edge of civilisation!

A Macphail Centre Community project working in partnership with Jan Kilpatrick, and exhibited at an talla solais, Macphial Centre and Gairloch Library in 2010.

These photos show a selection of items from the exhibition, illustrating the diversity and skills of the people involved.




Passing Places


This work commissioned by The Macphail Centre has been funded by the following:

Highland 2007

Highland Council; Leader+ ; Scottish Natural Heritage; Ulapool Tourism & Business Association

Past Productions

Further information on Past Theatre Events is available in the Past Production section.

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