Curated online performance showcase events broadcast to communities across the Highlands & Islands on the 20th and 27th August.  A preview of what could be touring to our community post-COVID! These sessions are being hosted in conjunction with our Keep Rural Arts Live Crowdfund Campaign, which we urge you to support. DONATE NOW

The Spotlight Sessions are a series of showcase performances (2-3 performers per night).  Each performer will perform a short excerpt or snippet from their full show.  This will give audiences a flavour of the piece and help their local promoter decide if they’d like to book the performer when they hit the road next year!

We are delighted to have playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer Alan Bissett compering these events and thank him for his ongoing dedication to rural touring.

These online events have been curated and funded by The Touring Network for the following communities:

An Cridhe Isle of Coll

Argyll Arts Collective Lochgoilhead

The Birks Cinema Aberfeldy

Dramafish Lochaber

Eden Court Inverness

Oban Communities Trust Oban

SEALL Isle of Skye

Strathearn Arts Crieff

The Muir Hub Muir of Ord

Click the venue names above to head to Facebook and find out how to join the events.



Suffering from Scottishness

Kevin P. Gilday 

★★★★ – The Scotsman ★★★★ – The Wee Review ★★★★ – Everything Theatre ★★★★ – Corr Blimey HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AWARD – Fringe Review PICK OF THE FRINGE – Scots Wae Hae


Men with Coconuts

Men with Coconuts

“Intelligent, fast, fun to watch and very funny. A word is thrown out from an audience member and they are off.”
★★★★★ Scottish Field


Make Up


Make-up is a solo show that tackles equality, diversity and inclusion issues through the story of an old-school drag artist struggling to come to terms with a scene that she feels is leaving her behind. Lady Christina returns to the green room after another performance in another venue above another pub. The man behind the make-up is tired of her and tired of metrosexual audiences looking for something a little risqué that they can tell their mother’s about. It might be time to ditch the drag, but he’s been playing the part for so long he’s not sure where she ends and he begins. This acts as the trigger for Chris, and the play, to explore what it felt like growing up in a time and place where being gay was something you didn’t tell your parents about, Clause 28 meant that homophobia felt like it came with a government seal of approval and the biggest worry about losing in a limb in the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub was that your secret would come out. At a time when acceptance of diversity seems to be slipping, Make-up is a reminder of the prejudices the gay community faced in the not-too distant past, and an exploration of new identities forged under fire as a way of coping. Personal and political, moving and amusing, Make-up is premiering at Brighton Fringe in May and then moving on to other Fringe festivals throughout the summer. Andy Moseley – Writer/Director Moj Taylor – Actor

The Grandmothers Grimm

Some Kind of Theatre

Cannibalism, werewolf-trials, deceit, and murder: the origins of the Brothers Grimm’s stories are dark, dangerous, and female. In a tiny study in Kassel, Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are trying to edit the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost… What will be saved and what will be forgotten? The Grandmothers Grimm explores women’s role in the creation of the Brothers Grimm’s famous anthology. Discover a night of folk and fairy tales as you’ve never heard them before


Flying Solo

Horse McDonald

2020 the beginning of a year long nostalgia trip for Horse and her audience some of who have followed her throughout her career
The 30th anniversary of her first album The Same sky is June 13th 2020
In this show Horse will highlight songs from this album and a best of …
The woman described by Q magazine as having a “soul, deep purr….” “brilliant…
McDonald owns one of the finest voices of modern times, soul and intelligence combined”

The Sea and Me

Nicolette Macleod

In this witty, personal and moving show Nicolette Macleod talks about marine exploration, conservation and Scotland’s very own aquatic creatures and treasures. Armed with a guitar, loop pedal and her mesmerising clear voice Nicolette creates a beautiful seascape of sounds overlaid with arranged British isle folk songs, her originals and some popular classics. In candidly talking about personal challenges like whether or not to go to the great barrier reef alongside anecdotes about holidays by the sea. This show gives us the opportunity to think about our personal relationship with the sea, it’s creatures and what we are doing to preserve it and in turn, ourselves.

‘Genuine and by turns moving and funny, her voice blew the audience away.’ – Hannah Grist

‘Laughing doesn’t even begin to cover it, gasping for breath might. She is brilliant’ – Jono Clarke Logan

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