• Whisky Galore

Event Details

Tue 24 Apr - Sat 28 Apr

Time: 7.30pm, matinees 2pm Thursday & 2.30pm Saturday

Running Time: 2 hours 20 mins (including interval)

Venue: Main House

Ticket Information: £30.50 - £14.50

Book Tickets


Producer: Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre

Writer: Compton Mackenzie

Adapted by: Philip Goulding

Directed by: Kevin Shaw

Designed by: Patrick Connellan

Lighting Designed by: Jason Taylor

Sound Designed by: Lorna Munden

Whisky Galore

The islanders of Great and Little Todday are dismayed to find their whisky supply dwindling as the UK government diverts the precious stuff to the Americans, in an attempt to bribe them into supporting the British war-effort. When the whisky runs out completely it seems like the end of the world...

But then a 50,000 whisky bottle cargo is shipwrecked close by the islands, and welcome relief seems to be at hand.

Conflict is guaranteed, however, once stuffy Paul Waggett of the Home Guard takes it upon himself to try to reinforce discipline and prevent the thirsty islanders from taking advantage of their apparent good fortune.

Meanwhile, as in the finest of Shakespearian comedies, two weddings are planned: one hinges on timid George Campbell finally finding the (Dutch?) courage to stand up to his disapproving mother; the other involves an English Sergeant’s love for the daughter of a leading whisky filcher.

This new production, set in 1955, is a tribute to the feisty, fearless all-female touring theatre companies of the post-war years. Under the dogmatic direction of the redoubtable Flora Bellerby, witness the Pallas Players - Win, Doris, Flora, Bea, Aileen, Connie and last-minute replacement Juliet – as they play all the hilarious and diverse characters from Mackenzie’s comedy classic, in an innovative and beguiling adaptation that breathes fresh life into a well-loved, internationally acknowledged masterpiece.

"Retains its joyful sense of mischief." - The Reviews Hub

“Enhanced the hilarity inherent in the original novel.” ★★★★ Remote Goat

Audio Described: Saturday 28 April 2:30pm

Illustration based on a book cover design by Birlinn Ltd, which features an illustration by Paul Bommer.
Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie is available in a gift book edition from Birlinn Ltd.  https://www.birlinn.co.uk/Whisky-Galore-9781780270920.html

  • Alicia McKenzie, Shuna Snow, Isabel Ford and Joey Parsad
  • Isabel Ford and Christine Mackie
  • Lila Clements and Sally Armstrong
  • Lila Clements, Shuna Snow, Alicia McKenzie, Isabel Ford, Christine Mackie, Joey Parsad and Sally Armstrong
  • Shuna Snow and Sally Armstrong
  • Shuna Snow, Christine Mackie and Sally Armstrong