An Tobar offer up feast for the senses

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Did you miss the sell-out screening of the beautiful Cailleach last week at An Tobar, on Mull?

Good news, Cailleach is available online to watch at your leisure.

Cailleach is a theatrical film that blends circus with the ancient tradition of storytelling and focuses on one of the most inspirational women of Celtic folklore – Cailleach.

Filmed on Mull and in New Zealand, Cailleach fuses the beauty of the two landscapes as the backdrop and playground for the story.

An An Tobar spokesperson said: ‘Beneath a veil of mystery, the Cailleach lives on. Plunging us deep into the darkness, she reigns over our winters. But Bride, the Goddess of Spring, bides her time, ready to bring new life and light back to us. A seasonal battle. Rooted in our landscapes and scattered through our folklore, the strength, energy and mythology of these goddesses inspire this acrobatic re-imagining of their legends, with storytelling at its heart.

‘Breathing new life into some old art forms, Sonder Circus reconnects to the outdoors to bring you face-to-face with these deities. The tales of our ancestors. The land of our generations – past, present and future. The theatre of now.’

An Tobar and Mull Theatre have introduced a new, fairer pricing policy. You can now choose what to pay on a ‘pay what you decide basis’ which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen a show.

Another digital event sees Young Scottish Musician of the Year finalist Jack Badcock take to the stage. Jack is the singer with multi-award winning world/folk band Dallahan.

Performing for the cameras in An Tobar, he is joined by reigning Scottish Musician of the Year Michael Biggins on piano and together they create a seamless and dramatic sound to accompany Jack’s perceptive songs and storytelling. Featherlight guitar and fulsome piano behind an outstanding voice captured by Lunaslive and An Tobar.

You can watch the event on An Tobar’s digital channel tonight, Thursday September 2, at 8pm Facebook Live, Vimeo and YouTube.

Donations welcome.

An exhibition will open on Saturday September 4 at An Tobar Gallery.

Sam Ainsley, Eileen Cooper and Pinkie Maclure’s group exhibition of narrative art, in stained-glass, prints and paintings is on show until Friday November 19.

The exhibition brings together three eminent women artists. The approach each of the artists takes varies greatly and for this group exhibition they present work in different two-dimensional media. There is a common thread in that each artist uses figuration, narrative and symbolism and a strong female perspective.