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Panto casting is complete!

Panto casting is complete!

We are extremely excited to get started on our next production – Camelot the Panto which will be performed at the Corran Halls from 4th – 7th December 2019.
Casting is now complete and here are our principals who will be ably supported by our amazing ensemble cast –
MORGAN LE FAY              Kate Bate
VALERIN                           John Robinson
VALERIN’S MUM              Kate MacGregor
KING UTHER                     Michael Wall
LAUGHALOT                     Richard Baker
PRINCE ARTHUR              Jack Anderson
GUINEVERE                      Katie Baker
NELL                                 Aimie Baker
CONNIE                            Roddy MacEachen
TEDDY                              Morven Wright
MERLIN                            Andy Crabb
YOUNG MERLIN              Finlay Brown
MARLON                         Ellie Cooper
BISHOP                            Peter MacArthur
Other parts and lines spoken by members of the chorus will be allocated in rehearsal.
We are at full capacity for on-stage performers but if you are interested in getting involved we are always looking for help in our production team, from costumes and props to tech crew.  Contact us by messaging us on our facebook page or use the contact us section of our website.
Rehearsals start on Thursday 15th August at the Rugby Club at 7.30pm. See you there for lots of medieval fun!
Live Theatre w/c 17th June

Live Theatre w/c 17th June

Ever wondered how to earn easy money in Germany, what happens in the change-over between security guard and receptionist in a bath company or what you’ll  find in your kitchen if you return home unexpectedly during the day?

Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club will give some ideas when they present three short comedies by John Finnemore in village halls between 18th and 22nd June. Red Handed, Hot Desk and English for Pony Lovers are plays from the Radio 4 series Double Acts, written by Finnemore  – who is also well known for the Radio 4 shows Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme.

Two of the plays were award winners in the Campbeltown, Lorn and North Lorn drama festivals  earlier in the year and they are being presented with the bonus of Red Handed.

The plays are being performed in
Seil Island Community Hall on 18th June, 7:30pm
Kilmelford Village Hall on 21st June, 7:30pm
Victory Hall, Benderloch on 22nd June, 7:30pm

Tickets are £7.50 / £6 (concessions) and are available on the door or can be reserved by calling 01631 770334

Live Theatre this Wednesday in Benderloch

Live Theatre this Wednesday in Benderloch

Wonderful performance of ‘Doorways in Drumorty’ coming to The Victory Hall, Benderloch, Wednesday 15th May 7.30

This has been touring throughout Scotland over the past few weeks to sell out audiences and standing ovations. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch this show and support live theatre in our village halls.

Born and raised in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, Lorna Moon was an author, poet and leading Hollywood screenwriter. For years, she was its highest paid female scriptwriter writing screen plays for movies starring the likes of Norma Shearer, Gloria Swanson and Lon Chaney Jr. Yet her book of short stories ‘Doorways in Drumorty’ was banned from the local Strichen library for 50 years because the town’s inhabitants were horrified at recognising themselves in the books characters! Set in a 1920s gossipy, rural Aberdeenshire community, this witty play is based on that same Lorna Moon book.

First produced in 2010, this new production of Mike Gibb’s hugely successful play, ‘Doorways in Drumorty’ will tour to 18 venues across Scotland between 18 April – 18 May 2019 with the kind support of North East Arts Touring and Aberdeenshire Council.
‘Doorways in Drumorty’ follows the story of Jessie McLean who seemed destined to become a spinster when at 16 the young man she fell in love with, left town never to return leaving her alone and unfulfilled. 35 years later, a young girl in a similar though more extreme version of her own circumstances, helps her discover an inner courage which she uses to foil the myopia of those around her. Set alongside Jessie’s tale, are six vignettes depicting the experiences of other characters in the town.

Laugh-out-loud funny yet steering through a sharply satirical observation of the personal agonies of the town’s inhabitants – particularly females – beset by the strict observance of moral codes and prohibitions. It is as moving as it is amusing.

Playwright and author Mike Gibb has produced a stream of Scottish-themed musicals and plays since the late nineties, including the internationally acclaimed Outlander the Musical.

2019 is the 90th anniversary of Lorna Moon’s novel ‘Dark Star’ which provides one of the stories for the play.
Running time | approximately 2 hours including interval

TICKET PRICES | £12 / £10 Box Office | 01631 720498

Mull Theatre at Victory Hall 16/04/19

Mull Theatre at Victory Hall 16/04/19

Mull Theatre production, Unspotted Snow by Peter Arnott is coming to The Victory Hall in Benderloch on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30. Tickets £10 or £8 under 26 years. Tickets available from Terry Donovan on or 01631 720498 or on the door.
A melodrama in two parts, with music, commissioned by Mull Theatre directed by Alasdair McCrone, production design by Alicia Hendrick. A new work based on the tale of the ill-fated Franklin expedition to discover the North-West Passage and it’s extraordinary 170-year legacy. This light-hearted romp is a play of two halves… the first set on the barren ice floes of the Arctic and the second in the equally inhospitable environment of Lady Jane Franklin’s drawing room. Unspotted Snow is a bold and adventurous tale of tragedy, mishap, folly and arrogance, of starvation and madness, of scurvy and cannibalism. It is a cautionary tale, with some jolly tunes, of true-blue British heroism and ruthless news management.
Beth Marshall as Lady Jane Franklin and an Inuit woman                 
Alan Steele as Dr John Rae and Chalmers, a Scottish sailor
Alan Mackenzie as Lt. Frank McLintock and Lt. Fleming, both naval officers

Kirsty Findlay as Miss Sophie Cracroft and an Inuit woman 
Alasdair McCrone as Professor Hopkins, a noted hydrologist, and a mysterious guest
In 1845, Sir John Franklin and 129 men sailed off in search of the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific by way of the North coast of Canada. They were never seen again…
After nine years, news of the expedition was at last brought to London by the remarkable Orcadian explorer and physician John Rae, who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The news he brought was both tragic and grizzly. Unfortunately for Rae, this was the wrong story – true, but wrong, and very much not the story that Victorian England wanted.
The tale of the expedition itself has fascinated the general public, scientists and explorers for over a century and a half. From early findings of frozen corpses and a few artefacts to the very recent discoveries of the expedition’s boats, the Erebus (found 2014) and the Terror (found 2016), successive generations have been enthralled by the ambition and derring-do of the explorers and by their terrifying, macabre fate.
Here’s a link to the 2019 Arctic Return expedition, and an article from the BBC website which will give some background to the storyline of Unspotted Snow:

Fiddler Tickets on sale now

Fiddler Tickets on sale now

We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale at the Corran Halls for our upcoming musical, Fiddler on the Roof.  Pop in to see them or call 01631 567333 to get your tickets now.

The show previews on Wednesday 20th February followed by performances on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February at 7.30pm.  Tickets for the preview show are all £6 and the following performances prices are from £6.50 up to £36 (family ticket).

So don’t miss out on this much-loved show when it comes to Oban in February.

Merry Christmas

We hope you all have a very merry festive season!

We are so excited to bring our next musical Fiddler on the Roof to the Corran Halls from 20th-23rd February.  Tickets go on sale from the box office on 7th January but if you can’t wait till then click here and select your choice of seats.   Use discount code FIDDLER10 at checkout for 10% off your booking (excludes preview night on 20th Feb)


Cinema’s monthly musicals!

Did you know that the cinema in Oban has started a new event called monthly musicals?  Once a month on a Sunday they are showing popular musical films.  Amazing right?!

The first one was a great success so lets do our bit to support this. The next one is Grease on Sunday 28th October at 5pm.

Don’t need much more of an excuse to have a singalong with like-minded folk!

See you there.



Earlybird tickets now on sale for Fiddler on the Roof

After the triumph of recent shows including Monty Python’s Spamalot and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes we return to bring you the moving tale of Tevye and his family in the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof.

This much-loved show tells the tale of milkman Tevye, a firm believer in traditional Jewish values.  The time has come for his elder daughters to find husbands but they have different ideas than their father on who would make an appropriate match.  This family tension is mirrored by a nation on the brink of revolution with anti-Semitism growing in Russia under the Tsar. Although set at the turn of the 20th century this tale resonates today with the plight of refugees around the world.

With hits including Tradition, Matchmaker and If I Were A Rich Man this heartfelt story has something for everyone.

The show runs at the Corran Halls from Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd February 2019 with a preview performance on Wednesday 20th February. Doors open at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets will go on sale at the Corran Halls in January however secure the best seats by buying using our earlybird offer available now with prices from £6. Small transaction fee applies.  Use promocode FIDDLER10 to receive 10% discount (excludes preview night and applies to online sales only).

Book now

If you would like to make a group booking or pay by cash or cheque, please contact us at

31st May – rehearsal cancelled

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that unfortunately we’ve had to cancel tonight’s rehearsal for the summer show as the Rugby Club is being used tonight.  Our apologies for the short notice.

We will back to normal next Thursday!

Kind regards