Hull Truck Theatre, Oldham Coliseum & New Vic Theatre


by Compton Mackenzie

Adapted by Philip Goulding

Directed by Kevin Shaw

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Hull Truck Theatre, Oldham Coliseum & New Vic Theatre

Whisky Galore

by Compton Mackenzie

Adapted by Philip Goulding

Directed by Kevin Shaw

 It’s 1955 and the Pallas Players, an all-female theatre company, are putting on a play… Whisky Galore

They take us back to 1943 and the Scottish islands of Great Todday and Little Todday, where disaster has struck! The whisky supply has dried up because of the War and tensions are running high. 

Mysterious Mr Brown arrives, saying he is a tweed salesman but asking lots of questions about their lack of patriotism, whilst parents are unhappy about romances blossoming in the younger generation. 

Relief comes when a ship carrying 50,000 cases of whisky is wrecked just offshore. Then it’s every islander for themselves as they try to ‘save’ as many bottles as possible before snooty Mr Waggett of the Home Guard can put a stop to their fun. 

This new adaptation is a tribute to the feisty all-female touring theatre companies of the post-war years. Join the Pallas Players as they breathe fresh life into the hilarious characters of Compton Mackenzie’s comedy classic. 

Pay What You Can: Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
Post-show Q&A: Wed 9 May, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance: Thur 10 May, 7.30pm

Captioned performance: Fri 11 May, 7.30pm
Relaxed performance: Sat 12 May, 2pm 

Dinner and a Show package available for this performance. More information here.

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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 here.


Sally Armstrong

Flora Bellerby

Lila Clements

Aileen McCormack

Isabel Ford

Bea Cornford

Christine Mackie

Win Hewitt

Alicia McKenzie

Juliet Mainwaring

Joey Parsad

Doris Sanderson

Shuna Snow

Connie Calvert

‘enjoyably bright and breezy’

The Stage

‘joyful sense of mischief’

The Reviews Hub

‘outstanding visual humour’

Remote Goat

‘impressive and enjoyable’

Manchester Salon