Whats On at the Macphail


Please note some dates and performances may be subject to change 


Saturday 31st August

The Chosen

Macphail Theatre


Tickets £10/£8


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World premiere tour of the new show from Scotland's acclaimed Company Chordelia (Dance Picks Of The Year The Guardian and The Telegraph ; Winner Sunday Herald Culture Awards Best Live Performance; ***** The Guardian, The Stage; **** The Scotsman, The Times, The List), The Chosen is a deeply personal reflection on how we experience the time left to us. Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, The Chosen is an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. How do we choose to live in the face of the inevitable and how do we think about the final stage of our life cycle? Increasingly, as medicine advances, knowledge of imminent death has become a reality for everyone.  A reference to The Rite of Spring, the “Chosen One” is to be sacrificed, but also revered and honoured - Company Chordelia’s The Chosen addresses our mortality from the shifting perspectives of ourselves and our loved ones.   




12th September 


Tickets £10/£8

'Poet of the Impossible' is a beautifully crafted weaving of magic and spoken work created by Scots-Italian magician and playwright, Lorenzo Novani.  This intimate show, which has been touring the UK over the last year with stops at Brighton Fringe, Carlisle Fringe, EdFringe, and most recently, the International Magic Festival, has been acclaimed for its originality and stripped-back simplicity which makes its magic seem all the more incredible.

You really haven't seen anything like this. 

Prepare to be spellbound, his works enchant and his magic defies explanation and gravity.



Saturday 21st September

Macphail Theatre


Tickets £15 & £5 (Under 26) Available from Thursday 27th June


The venue is confirmed, and the guest list is complete. The decorations are ordered, and the entertainment has been booked for a very special garden party. This Autumn, four singers and a pianist bring you an evening of Opera Highlights, with music from some of the world’s most celebrated composers, including Britten, Donizetti and Mozart, alongside new work from Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli.

We’re touring venues up and down Scotland with a celebration of all that is opera. Now all we need is you!


Macphail Theatre

Friday 11th October


Further details to follow

“The Power of Compassion” tour by the monks
features masked dances, traditional Tibetan musical
instruments, the sound of sacred mantras, and
elaborate, colourful costumes. Mudras – symbolic or
ritual gestures - are used to generate wisdom,
compassion and the healing powers of enlightened
beings. Every mask, costume, colour, sound and
gesture has spiritual significance. Only since the
diaspora of the Tibetan people have outsiders and lay
people been able to witness these secret arts. The
performance is accompanied by explanations of the
significance and meaning behind the dances and
prayers, and provides a fascinating glimpse into an
ancient cultural tradition far removed from modern
Western society.
A psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums & cymbals

The Times

A rich tradition of sacred dance music and song

The Guardian

Majestic and Atmospheric

Songlines Magazine

Festival favourites whenever they venture from their exile base in southern India

Financial Times

A magical universe of reincarnation and release

The Independent



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