Music and theatre events at Universal Hall
Sat 18th May, 8pm
A former resident of Findorn and Forres, US-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Rogers returns to the Universal Hall on 18th May at 8pm, after several years of touring and travelling. Starting out in opera,moving to jazz and eventually settling in the folk genre, Liz often gets compared to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, bringing stories from her own life into her songs. Liz has produced two, critically-acclaimed solo albums: One Fine Day and Breathe and Begin, both partially recorded here in Moray. Her pure voice and fine guitar work are a treat not to be missed. Tickets are £12 and £10 concessions with an £8 price for the U16s available from the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn (01309 690110) and online (plus 10% booking fee) from
Waterboy Mike Scott said of her first album, “…terrific – boy has she got a good voice! Fine productions, performances, everything. I’m really impressed!”
See www.elizabethrogers.com for more info.
Be Silent or Be Killed – Sun 19th May, 7.30pm
Alves-based theatre company Right Lines Productions, are touring a powerful new play throughout Scotland in May and they bring it to the Universal Hall, Findhorn on Sunday 19th May at 7.30pm. Be Silent or Be Killed, written by Euan Martin and Dave Smith, and is based on the true story of Roger Hunt as told in his book by Roger Hunt and Kenny Kemp.
A production of intense, dramatic theatre, Be Silent or Be Killed concerns the impact of international terrorism on the individual and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. The production is a multi-media project, with the audio/visual aspects being an integral part of the process from the outset. In November 2008, Roger, a North East businessman, set off from his home in Macduff destined for Mumbai, to set up a new project for the Royal Bank of Scotland in the country’s financial capital. However, little did Roger know that this routine business trip would turn into an extraordinary, life-changing experience. Shortly after his arrival in Mumbai, Roger became caught up in a deadly terrorist attack which claimed the lives of many innocent people. For 40 hours, Roger lay hidden and alone in his hotel bedroom as terrorists moved from floor to floor seeking Western targets. Amazingly, he was able to communicate via his BlackBerry with colleagues at RBS headquarters in Edinburgh, and it was this support, along with Roger’s calculated decision-making, personal resilience and determination to survive that led to his eventual rescue. The fourth anniversary of his ordeal was in November 2012. The play is directed by Ian Grieve, Set and Video Design is by John McGeoch, Sound Design by Dave Martin and costumier is Kay Smith.
Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions with an £6 price for the U16s available from the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn (01309 690110) and online (plus 10% booking fee) from www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall.
Wed 22nd May, 7.30pm
There will be a welcome return to the Universal Hall on 22nd May for Blazin’ Fiddles – one of the finest fiddle bands on the circuit today. What began as a project for the Highland Festival almost 15 years ago, continues in the ‘Blazers’ 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 ansensitivity 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 as they almost did at the Universal Hall last time they played. Guaranteed to entertain anyone with an interest in fiddle music, the tickets are £14 and £12 concessions with a £10 price for the U16s, available from the Phoenix Stores, Findhorn (01309 690110) and online (plus 10% booking fee) from
The show starts at 7.30pm.
Source: Universal Hall