A Trio of Talking Heads
...iconic, dramatic Masterpieces from the legendary pen of Alan Bennett (Lady In the Van; The History Boys).
Join us for intimate performances of these hugely successful, BAFTA award-winning monologues. On screen with stellar actors such as Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and of course, Alan Bennett himself, they were wonderfully reprised by the BBC in 2020 with Martin Freeman, Jodie Comer and Lesley Manville amongst others.
Performed in the semi-round, BIPs will be taking on the challenge of:
Bed Among the Lentils
Susan is a vicar’s wife suffocated by the expectations from her 'position' through her husband, and his over-zealous, passive-aggressive parishioners. She has a penchant for the odd sherry - and the communion wine, she starts going further afield for refills because she now 'owes a bit on the side' with the less-than-impressed local shopkeeper. When the Leeds off-licence owner, Ramesh, takes the time to talk, she begins to discover something about herself and God in the process...
A Chip in the Sugar
Middle-aged Graham, has a history of mental health issues, and finds life becoming complicated as his mother, Vera, with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame. Graham becomes progressively disturbed when Frank - whose outspoken and right-wing opinions conflict with Graham's muddled liberalism - becomes an ever-increasing influence on Vera. And so, Graham's old insecurities rear their ugly heads…
Her Big Chance
Meet Lesley, an actress who knows a lot about personality (there's a chapter on it in the book she's reading). You might have seen her in Crossroads (she played woman in a musquash coat)? She's also just filmed a video 'targeted chiefly on West Germany' in which she plays Travis, a career girl with her own briefcase, who enjoys life on a yacht, but strangely spends a remarkable amount of time topless. Oh yes, and she shot a man last week …
Links to our Cafe, opening times and directions.Visitor Information >
Open periodically throughout the week | Book online 24/7
Wed-Sun | 10:00 - 16:30
Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.
Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!
Birnam Arts has made such a difference to Birnam since its redevelopment 20 years ago, and attracts an incredible variety of high-quality arts performers. It's also a great Community space. We're very happy to make a contribution to such an asset.
Murthly Estate | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located in the heart of Birnam Arts, our café is the meeting place and gathering space for everyone, from local friendly faces to new visitors from far and wide.
Wed-Sun | 10:00 - 16:30
The food scene in Dunkeld and Birnam is becoming a go-to for food lovers and we're proud to be part of the that story.
We really enjoy visiting the Arts Centre when we are walking in the Birnam area, and our family loved the Puppet show at Christmas.
Anne Stuart | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
BA Shop has a unique selection of gifts sourced both locally and from throughout Scotland. With a range of design, jewellery and craft items there’s a little something for everyone.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
We pride ourselves in supporting emerging and established makers alongside contemporary brands such as Harris Tweed, and offer a range of books on Perthshire, as well as V&A Stationery and gifts for the wee ones.
What a warm and lovely welcome for this Yorkshire author. Thank you. Birnam Book Festival, author
Rose George | Birnam Book Festival 2018
Birnam Arts delivers a programme of monthly exhibitions showing work by artists at varying stages of their careers within both solo and group exhibitions.
We continually develop new opportunities to support the practice and development of Scottish based artists, whilst also bringing work that is inspiring, creative and different to the contemporary art scene in rural Perthshire.
Great exhibition and performance spaces. Lovely terrace and indoor seating with lots of light. Great food and drinks and even a garden next-door for a stroll afterwards. Like
John Kirkwood | Google Reviews
Located upstairs of the original Victorian part of Birnam Arts, our Visual Arts and Performing Arts studios are where much of the creative magic at Birnam Arts takes place.
Birnam Arts is at the heart of community life here.
Fiona Ritchie | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
At the heart of Birnam Arts is a highly versatile space, otherwise known as the John Kinnaird Hall, our home for live music, film, theatre, public meetings, conferences and private events.
Spacious Hall, New Tech
We’ve always enjoyed Birnam Arts and all it has to offer - lovely venue, library and classes and a great friendly cafe.
Donella Kirkland | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Within this dedicated space celebrating Beatrix Potter, her much loved characters and historical ties to the area, there is something for both kids and adults alike.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
One of the most wonderful weekends of my life. Thanks to all at the Birnam Book Festival, Guest of Honour, author and musician.
Peggy Seeger | Birnam Book Festival 2018
Cafe Update - 1st & 2nd of April 2023
Please note that our cafe will be serving the Soup of the day with a choice of Aran Bakery Sourdough bread or Oatcakes, there are no sandwiches or toasties available today.
Or if you just fancy a hot drink and a something sweet, we have plenty of cakes baked in-house!