Tickets for all events listed below (except films which are pay on the door) are online at http://www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall (10% booking fee per ticket), and in the Phoenix Stores (01309 690110) usually two or three weeks before each gig. Phone 01309 691170 for details of any event or for more ticket information. Phone 01309 690110 to actually book tickets at the Phoenix Stores after events are posted.
What began as a project for the Highland Festival almost 15 years ago, continues as one of Scotland’s top traditional bands. From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Blazin’ Fiddles has delighted audiences with their highlands and islands tunes and tales whilst embodying the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music. You hear pieces featuring the regional styles of each fiddler, then the bows, backed by guitar and piano, blaze away for a wonderful explosion of music — a fiery blend fit to raise the roof.
Performed by Scottish Dance Theatre, What on Earth!? choreographed by Sally Owen and Janet Smith, combines dance theatre and animation with a soundtrack from all around the world. You are taken on a curious night time journey full of surprise encounters with strange flora and fauna. This dynamic and playful adventure, with generous helpings of music, dance and animated worlds, creates a brilliant experience for all the family, inviting you into a world of dreams about Planet Earth. For children from 5 up and their families.
"Quickly (had) the young audience in fits of laughter….the multicultural soundtrack alone is a pure joy"The Scotsman
If you would like to see short video clips of the show click on the link below: vimeo.com/40581033
The filmmakers behind Daughters of Dolma: A documentary film about Tibetan Buddhist Nuns, are coming to the Universal Hall for a special screening of their documentary and for a Q&A session with the audience. The film takes you on a riveting journey revealing a distinctively female experience of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley, and brings to the screen not just Buddhist spirituality, but also the fun and unexpected eccentricities of living an ancient form of monastic life in a crazy, modern world
"a truly memorable sequence of superb story-telling“ Alistair Moffat, former Chairman, Scottish TV
A light-hearted, entertaining talk featuring film clips, photos and music about a 4-month, 4000 mile journey by two Scottish cyclists across the United States, from the east coast at Plymouth to the west coast at Seattle. With no support team and only tents for accommodation, a simple bicycle ride becomes a challenging adventure as they encounter bears, storms, empty prairies, intense heat, mechanical failures and a colourful set of characters along the road. Share the joys of the journey with two intrepid travellers and discover the real America in the small, friendly towns, the spectacular landscapes and the warmth and kindness of the people.
Bodysurf Scotland presents two of the world's best improvising dance performance artists at the Universal Hall. Back for the third year running. Michael Schumacher and Kirstie Simson create live improvised dance performances that are nothing short of brilliant in execution and style.
“We're used to improvisation in jazz and traditional music, whether on stage or in post-show sessions. We're used to improv and standup comedy and rap. But in dance, everything is choreographed, rehearsed, and polished with nothing left to chance. It's very rare to see improvised dance, and rarer still to see it done with the finesse, artistry and bubbling joie de vivre that Kirstie Simson and Michael Schumacher bring”. Jennie Macfie, Northings 2012
Pre-theatre dinner is available at the Blue Angel Cafe in the Universal Hall from 6.30pm
Tickets available at the Phoenix Stores only (not online) Phone 01309 690110. To make a reservation for dinner, please email
Titania is an innovative re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this engaging, amusing and participatory production, our much-loved Queen of the Night plays out events from her past, hosting nightly revels in an attempt to woo audiences off the path and back into the woods. A heady fusion of original music and vocal acrobatics, Titania is the Queen of the Faeries' tale with an amplified twist (and don't expect conventional Shakespeare) – a solo musical cabaret from the talented Anna-Helena McLean – exotic, delightful, and brilliant.
"… reconfiguring of Shakespeare plays like jazz variations, beautifully orchestrated."The Observer
If you would like to see a video of Moon Fool performing click here.
The award-winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra are perennial favourites, both with the Universal Hall staff and their loyal audience, and their visits usually result in a sell-out concert. They return to the Universal Hall with a concert of popular classics and this year the programme includes:
SCHUBERT 5 German Dances with Coda and 7 Trios
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K297b
BEETHOVEN Romance in F for Violin & Orchestra
SCHUBERT Symphony No 3
The show features Alexander Janiczek, director/violin; Robin Williams, oboe; Maximiliano Martin, clarinet; Peter Whelan, bassoon; Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn. Perfect entertainment for an early summer evening for all those who love having the best in classical music brought locally by some of the finest musicians in Scotland. “What poured out from the SCO all evening was some of the most utterly exhilarating orchestral playing you will hear anywhere from anyone.”The Herald
Price: £14 / £12 seniors/£5 Children, Students, Unemployed People and People with a disability (& accompanying carer) (concessions)