Whats On at the Macphail






 Please note some dates and performances may be subject to change






Saturday 27th April 


£10/£8 conc.


Set partly on the barren ice floes of the Arctic and partly in the stultifying drawing room of Lady Jane Franklin, Unspotted Snow is a “ripping yarn” - a bold and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly, arrogance, madness and betrayal, Victorian heroism … and ruthless news management.

Come along with Mull Theatre to explore and discover the hazy, crazy half-truths, rumours and scandals which besmirched the unspotted snow of the great white north. 

A new play based on the tale of the ill-fated Franklin expedition to discover the North-West Passage and it's extraordinary 170-year legacy.









This performance is based on Robert Service’s
famous poem, set in the snow-bound north, which
appeared in Service’s book of poems, first published in
1907, Songs of a Sourdough (a ‘sourdough’ was someone
who had spent an entire year in the Yukon).
Christine Hanson’s wonderful musical compositions
accompanying what is probably Service’s best-known
poem make full play with the poetry’s different colours,
nuances, tones and range—varying from traditional jigs,
reels and country waltzes to southern swing and frosty
musical soundscapes which perfectly evoke the bizarre,
tragicomic setting of Service’s poem.




Macphail Theatre

Friday 17th May


Tickets £8/£6


Brexit means Brexit! is a duet choreographed by Palestinian choreographer
Farah Saleh, exploring the nationalism and racism expanding all around the
world today, reflecting on ways of working together to build collective resilience.
Within this work, Farah Saleh and collaborating researcher Professor
Victoria Tischler are investigating the collective mental health of the residents in
the UK after Brexit.
They are interested in what led to that vote, but more importantly in what is
happening right now: the fear, anger, polarization of the society, the explicit
racism and even more in what will happen next. They are trying to understand
the famous endlessly repeated phrase by Teresa May Brexit means Brexit!
What does that exactly mean?
Where is the threshold between democracy, dictatorship and fear led
What does Brexit entail on a personal level for the 'remoaners' who have been
branded liberal hysterics, and for artists currently residing in the UK, who
consider themselves citizens of the world, but also for those who voted to leave?
Do you feel targeted?
Are you feeling the tension of Brexit?
How does that fear manifest itself, physically, emotionally and socially?
This 25-minute duet was commission and produced by PS/Y for Hysteria 2018,
with its first research period working with Candoco dance company.

25 minute performance + 30 min discussion


Macphail Theatre

Monday 20th May







Tuesday 28th  May, 7PM

Tickets £12




A ceilidh through Scotland’s past – and present

This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over the centuries.

From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out.

Following 2015’s hugely successful restaging, this new version of The Cheviot takes the story back to its roots, visiting intimate art centres and community spaces, echoing the play’s original 1970s tour by 7:84.

Come and experience the ‘Story that has a beginning, a middle but, as yet, no end…’

Recommended Age Guide: 14+

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre, Newcastle. Based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre.



TICKETS £21.50


Friday 21 June 2019 


Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Tickets £18 & £15 conc

On sale now from Macphail Centre

'A Theatr Mwldan Production'.

This sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita - delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship.

Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances. Following the huge success of their debut release, their long-awaited second album 'SOAR' released in April 2018. The album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, on its innate and epic journey of endurance. 

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Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience.

"an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together"
5* Robin Denselow, The Guardian
" ... SOAR is about as near to perfection as is possible."
5*, Dave Haslam, RnR Magazine

Some Youtube clips here:

Clarach:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urnm8Aync5s

Bach to Baïsso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5_VfQIMR7w

Térangah-Bah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4OSAQeVBw0

Spotify link:



“You could listen to this 1,000 times and still find something new”

4* David Hutcheon, MOJO August edition

 '...worth every moment of the wait - a truly inspired second act from the duo'

Keith Ames, lead review in summer edition of the Musicians Union Magazine

"an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together"

5* Robin Denselow, The Guardian (Live review, Union Chapel, 12 May)



Wednesday 10th July

11AM and 1:30PM

Tickets £11.50/Family £40 (2 adults/2 children)

Join Hansel and Gretel as they go on an adventure deep in the woods….Along the way you’ll meet a rather beguiling witch and her mysterious raven, before arriving in an enchanted gingerbread house filled with dancing treats and toys that come to life.

This specially adapted 50 minute show is the perfect way for young children and their families to discover the magic of ballet.




Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UN, 01854 613336. macphailcentre@highlifehighland.com

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