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2019 - Festival Programme

2nd - 5th August


43 studios on the Isle of Arran, will open their doors for the Open Studios Weekend - 2nd to 5th August. This dynamic event features new artists and makers every year, and you are invited to enjoy as many as you can.


Please see to see the wide range of artists, and select your favourites. Or pick up a leaflet in local shops and tourist centres from June.

Friday 30th August

McLellan Poetry Competition Prize-giving with Sean O'Brien

Arran Theatre and Arts Trust presents for the first time on Arran, poet Sean O'Brien

An evening with Sean O'Brien: the judge of this year's McLellan Poetry Competition reads from his own work and introduces this year's competition winners. 

Music with Arran Dawn, Arran's famous harp and whistle duo. 

Corrie and Sannox Hall


£12 / Children and young people at school free

Sean O'Brien USA 2016 (c) Gerry Wardle.j

Saturday 31st August

Poetry Workshop

Sean O'Brien 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.

Corrie and Sannox Hall

11am - 3.30pm

£12 including lunch

Booking Essential - Contact Cicely Gill:

01770 700464 or

Famous Festival Ceilidh

With music from The Drambusters and Tim Pomeroy. Angus and Robbie Adamson (Pipes), Bethany Walsh (Fiddle) and Stuart.

Always a great night of live music, dancing and food. 

Whiting Bay Hall


£12 including light supper. BYOB

Children and young people at school free

Sunday 1st 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


Free Event

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An Arran Clamjamfry

This year's Clamjamfry features broadcaster, journalist and writer Kirsty Wark, who will talk about her life through 7 images and then about her new book. 


Q & A and book signing to follow. 

Community Theatre, Lamlash



Children and young people at school free

Monday 2nd September

Arran on Film

in association with Corrie Film Club.

Another chance to see interesting vintage film of Arran from the 1930s to the 1970s, as well as Uncowed - the comedy set on arran, filmed on Arran and starring Arran actors. 

Not to be missed.

Corrie and Sannox Hall


Entry by donation

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Tuesday 3rd September

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My Name Is Irrelevant

Supported by The Touring Network, produced by Tortoise in a Nutshell

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fiction and what is reality. My Name is Irrelevant is a subtle and moving piece of new writing, blending spoken word with a live, original soundtrack. A poignant and intimate production, it layers humour and pathos in the exploraton of an intensely personal story of loneliness and isolation.

Following from a successful premier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this is a great opportunity to see new professional theatre on Arran.


Brodick Hall


£12 - Children and young people at school free

Thursday 5th September

A Scots Hairst

McLellan Arts Festival with The Saltire Society

A celebration of the Scots tradition in music, song and verse from North East to South West. The three performers from the North East are renowned Aberdeenshire fiddler and composer Paul Anderson, traditional singer Shona Donaldson and Bothy ballad specialist Geordie Morison. With local performers Sheila Gilmore and John Cruickshank. 

Whiting Bay Hall



£12 - Children and young people at school free


Friday 6th 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 of Music. This year is the special 10th year anniversary.

Community Theatre, Lamlash


£12 - Children and young people at school free

Saturday 7th September

Drama Live

New and exciting work from On the Verge Festival 2019. 

The welcome return of the talented theatre students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with their innovative and lively performance. 

Book early as numbers are restricted to 50.

Corrie and Sannox Hall


£12 - Children and young people free


Sunday 8th September

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The Messiah

Beautiful choral music with solo performances from The Royal Northern College of Music and McLellan Arts Festival Community Chorus.

Community Theatre, Lamlash


£12 - Children and young people at school free

Saturday 14th September

The Merry Widow (Lehár) - Opera Bohemia

Scotland's Opera Bohemia comes to Arran with the world's best loved operetta, featuring show stopping numbers like "Viljah', 'The Merry Widow Waltz', and Chez Maxim's'. Set in the romantic city of Paris, various suitors squabble to in the hand of recently widowed but very wealthy Hannah Glawari. A stellar professional cast includes Cationa Clark, Douglas Nairne, Marie Claire Breen and Andrew McTaggart. John Wilkie directs, Alise Kalyanove designs and the performance is accompanies by Andrew Brown (piano) an Dániel Mészöly (violin). 

Community Theatre, Lamlash


£16 - Children and young people at school free

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