Whats On at the Macphail


Please note some dates and performances may be subject to change 












Masked dance and sacred chant from a Tibetan Monastery.

Macphail Theatre

Friday 11th October


Tickets: £12/£10


Free public access to watch a Peace Mandala being made by the monks. It is constructed out of millions of grains of coloured sand, placed into an intricate pattern. Construction will begin with a dedication prayer at

2:30PM Thursday 10th October in the Coigach Room of the Macphail Centre and will continue the following morning from 9AM (Friday 11th October).  Once the mandala is complete the monks perform a prayer of blessing  and release Manjushri to return to his own realm, and then ritually destroy the mandala Friday 11th October at 3:30PM. Traditionally some of the sand is placed into running water to spread its blessings as far as possible, while people attending the ceremony can take small bags of the sand away with them.

"The Power of Compassion" tour by the monks features masked dances, traditional Tibetan musical instruments, the sound of secret mantras, and elaborate, colourful costumes.  Mudras - symbolic or ritual gestures - are used to generate wisdom, compassion and the healing powers of enlightened beings.  Every mask, costume, colour, sound and gesture has spiritual significance.  Only since the diaspora of the Tibetan people have outsiders and lay people been able to witness these secret arts.  The performance is accompanied by explanations of the significance and meaning behind the dances and prayers, and provides a fascinating glimpse into an ancient cutural tradition far removed from modern Western society.
A psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums & cymbals

The Times

A rich tradition of sacred dance music and song

The Guardian

Majestic and Atmospheric

Songlines Magazine

Festival favourites whenever they venture from their exile base in southern India

Financial Times

A magical universe of reincarnation and release

The Independent





IT’S YOUR ROUND – Pub Quiz Cabaret

Saturday 19th October, 7:30PM, Tickets £10/£8

Age 12+

Join Quiz Mistress and Pub Landlady PAT PINCH as she takes

over your local with live music, prizes, audience participation and, of course, a few drinks! Test your team with rounds such as:

- How local are you? So down with your town you can almost taste it...?

- Jumping Juke Box! Movie and music rounds - with a difference.

- Plus general knowledge, photo and bonus rounds!

Whether you’re a liver-bashing barfly or a strict abstainer, a quiz master-mind or an absolute beginner, PAT is waiting to treat you to six of the best pub quiz rounds EVER! Scary Little Girls specialise in presenting intelligent entertainment in a totally accessible format - expect our unique take on the picture and music rounds and enjoy the literature, movie & general knowledge rounds coming to life in a way never before seen in a pub quiz!




Friday 8th November, 7PM, £12/£10


A haunting exploration of love, loss, belief and sacrifice, Faith Healer is often funny, passionate and tender. It will take you to the heart of what it means to love, struggle and believe.

Brian Friel is one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights. Author of Translations, Dancing At Lughnasa and Philadelphia, Here I come, Faith Healer is considered his masterpiece.

Starring George Costigan who is best known for portraying Bob in the 1987 film Rita, Sue and Bob Too as well as his recent role in Happy Valley.

29th November
Tickets £18/£16 conc. & £5 (Under 26's)
Further details to follow soon.


Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UN, 01854 613336. macphailcentre@highlifehighland.com

The Macphail Centre is overseen by the Macphail management committee and

receives support from High Life Highland and Creative Scotland



Venue for theatre, conferences, meetings, training and the performing arts