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How you can feel festive in 2020!

How you can feel festive in 2020!

What’s more Christmassy than going to the panto!

Although going to the theatre can’t happen this year, we are excited to announce we are bringing a filmed version of our 2015 panto Puss in Boots by Ben Crocker to the Oban Phoenix Cinema on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December.

Puss in Boots tells the tale of penniless Jack Miller and his faithful cat, Puss. Jack falls for the beautiful Princess Esmerelda but the wicked ogre Grimgrab has plans to wed her himself.  He employs the services of bad fairy Pernicia to oversee her kidnapping by Jack’s hapless brothers Jasper and Jethro.  Luckily Pernicia’s sister, the good fairy Priscilla, is never far away to ensure things don’t get too out of hand.  Attempting to help, but often unknowingly hindering Jack and Puss, are Queen Wendy, King Wally and Bobbie the Royal Page.

Panto regulars Roddy MacEachan, Kevin Baker, Morven Wright and Fran Melville share the stage with a 30-strong talented cast including Stephen Glen-Lee as the King, John Robinson as Jasper, Richard Baker as Jack with Nicole O’Brien as Princess Esmerelda, Aimie Baker and Ellie Cooper as the good and bad fairies, David Johnston as Grimbag, Stevo Finlayson as Bobbie and Sue Baker as our fearless talking cat who knows how to rock a pair of boots!

Will Puss save the day from a cat-astrophe?  Showings are at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th Dec and 1pm and 4.30pm on Sunday 13th Dec.  All tickets cost £2 and are available from (social distanced seating system in place).  Don’t miss out, get your tickets now for a purrfect festive treat.


Future show schedule

Dear Spotlighters, we hope you are all doing well in these strange times.

We wanted to check in and let you know that following a committee meeting this week, it has been decided that we plan to stick to our usual show schedule.

This means that we will perform our main show in Spring 2021 and a panto in December 2021. The concert raising funds for the Phoenix Cinema will also go ahead with dates to be confirmed.

This is understandably subject to some movement if the government advice regarding social gathering recommends some delay.

More information will follow in due course.

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to treading the boards with you all when the time comes.

EGM – cancelled

EGM – cancelled

Dear Members
Due to the current restrictions on group gatherings we will have to cancel next week’s EGM on choosing a show – If you have any proposals that you would like us to consider please email to

On behalf of the Board of Trustees

Fundraising concert for the cinema – May 2020

Fundraising concert for the cinema – May 2020

Interested in performing in a musical theatre concert? Want to make a difference in your community? We are producing a concert to raise funds for the next stage of development of the Oban Phoenix Cinema. The concert will be performed on Saturday 16th May at the cinema. To bring the show to a wider audience we are also perform at Appin Village Hall on Friday 15th May.

This concert is in association with Spotlight Musical Theatre Group (Spotlight MTG) and the lead production team are Louisa Hyde, Ellie Cooper and Stephen Day. For insurance reasons all cast will become temporary members for the duration of this production. Spotlight MTG is usually only open to 16+ but this is an opportunity for younger budding stars of the future to get involved and tread the boards.

We are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm at the Guide Hall in Oban to share more information and work out the rehearsal schedule. If you are interested in performing or helping out backstage please email so we can gauge interest in the project.

Thank you


Looking for a helping hand!

Looking for a helping hand!

Dear members and friends of Spotlight MTG,

We are currently having difficulty finding skilled joiners to volunteer to help us construct our set for the 2019 pantomime.

Do you know anyone in your circle of friends and family who would be willing to help us? The set has all been designed, we just need someone to construct it.  This could probably be completed within a weekend in November.

If you know a joiner who would be keen to help could you please ask them to contact Sally by emailing or PMing us on Facebook

Thank you

Sally Orr, Stage Manager – Camelot – the Panto

Panto tickets now on sale

Panto tickets now on sale

It’s October so what does that mean? Time to think about panto !!

We are excited to say that tickets are now on sale for Oban’s 2019 panto: Camelot – the panto!

They will be on sale from the Corran Halls from 23rd October but why not get in the festive mood now and book your tickets online at (small transaction fee applies to online sales).

If you are a group wanting to book seats email us at

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:

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