Whisky Galore

Theatre (drama)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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1942. WW2. The Todday islanders are in despair – no whisky! It's being exported to pay for the war. But when a shipload of whisky runs aground, can the thirsty islanders "rescue" it without attracting unwanted attention from the army stationed on the island? In their 80th year, EPT are delighted to bring back Compton Mackenzie's world-famous immortal tale. He expressed his warm approval of this stage version, which was first performed at the 1966 Edinburgh Festival Fringe by the Edinburgh People's Theatre.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp (Stair Lift)

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Daniele Clementi 41 days ago

I had the most amazing time and it was the best way to spend my Saturday afternoon! Sometimes I forgot that I was watching a play with actors and actresses instead of a real group of Hebridean islanders bickering about whisky and weddings!
Everybody was cast perfectly, nobody was out of place and the acting chemistry and comedic timing was off the charts
Make sure you brush up on your Scots and Gaelic before you go (still amazed by how some of the cast were using different accents than their own in real life!)

Jane Morris 44 days ago

Old fashioned enjoyment in a packed church hall with an appreciative audience. The older women in the cast were super, and amongst the younger actors Callum Philp as Captain Odd kept the energy of the comedy moving forward. Only a few nights left to catch this fabulous performance

Nichola Flatman 46 days ago

Sit back and relax into island life. The stellar acting and beautifully painted sets bring this Scottish classic to life. Whether they are delivering an impassioned monologue or sharing a joke at the back of the party, every member of the cast gives it their all throughout the performance. Although details of the plot may differ slightly from the films, this only acts to entice fans old and new to the story. The only thing missing is a glass of the good stuff!

Melanie 46 days ago

A lighthearted show with delightful acting from everyone involved. I loved the Post Office scene with Ellie Cannon (Peggy Macroon) and Calum Philp (Sergeant Major Odd), comedic timing was perfect. The performance was quite long but there was a 15 interval after the first act. Story was easy to follow. Well done to everyone who participated, a lot of hard work and effort. Good luck with the rest of the performances.

Tom F 46 days ago

A brilliant show, with lighthearted jokes, loveable characters, and a great balance of character types. The amount of rehearsal time and talent for such a large amount of dialogue was mighty impressive. Well done everyone, clearly a lot went into this. Slàinte Mhath!

Malcolm Hinson 46 days ago

An Absolute Delight! Whisky Galore is a classic and I’m happy to say this performance was both faithful and Refreshing. with solid acting and classy humour that had me chuckling and smiling all the way through.

Special mention too Ronnie Millar (Duncan Ban Macroon) / David Mcbeath (Archie MacRurie)/ Calum Philp (Sergeant Major Odd) / Lizzie dell (Mrs Campbell)- who were my personal standouts providing me with my loudest laughs

This performance is telling a nuanced story that has deeper themes including romance as-well as family struggle with witch I was very impressed by

In essence this play to me captures the spirit of the fringe a humble yet beautiful performance of a loved classic 5/5

In regards to the run time the show I believe it was beautifully paced although because the show was sold out ( rightly so ) the intervals will a tad longer to accommodate the return of the guests to their chairs so close to 3 hours for you time in total witch is completely reasonable in my opinion

My last friendly bit of advice is that due to church hall venue the room became a tad warm near the end so make sure to remove that snazzy cardigan to be at your most comfortable while enjoying this fantastic performance

Marion 46 days ago

Really really disappointed in Whisky Galore. It was dull dull dull. Anyone who has enjoyed the original movie, or even the 2016 remake and expected similar is in for a shock. It bears little resemblance to them. Goes on for a tedious 3 hours despite being advertised in brochure as 2 hours. The whole of Act 1 was pointless. Too much emphasis on Captain Waggett and Brown. There is an actor in it who looks Wilf Bramble/ Albert Steptoe. I would be hard pushed to give it even a 1 star review. Can only advise Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. One of our group had the right idea and left at the interval. I wish I had done same.

Glyn Dodson 48 days ago

A superb gentile comedy, beautifully acted. Really impressed with the range of accents and characters portrayed. From the young lovers to the battle axe of Mrs Campbell the cast weave a delightful tale.

Eden hazani zion 49 days ago

Sometimes hard to understand the very thick Scottish accent. Apparently it is a Scottish classic. Well played and preformed but a little too long

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

The ensemble is packed with beautifully judged performances

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