Sept 2006 Mick Andrew

General Information

Address: Rhinns Hall, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, Argyll PA47 7SG

  • Venue is on RHS of A847 as entering village from Bowmore. Small car park available.
  • Built in 1932 & upgraded in 1985. Originally a church hall from Mosspark, Glasgow & moved to Islay 1931/2.
  • Capacity approx 200 if small stage used, 150 if performing on floor. Non-interlocking plastic stacking chairs & church pews.
  • Mobile reception limited, payphone at shop in village (2 mins walk).
  • Portnahaven has a small general store, post office, bistro and pub with limited opening times. Hotels and petrol at Port Charlotte (7 miles). Banks and other services at Bowmore (18 miles).

Hall Details

  • Hall Dimensions: 16.76M (55’) long x 9.75M (32’) wide. Height at side walls 4.27M (14’) rising to approx 7.62M (25’) at apex. Strip lights @ 4.34M (14’3”) height and 4 roof trusses @ 4.57M (15’) height.
  • Stage: 6.4M (21’) wide x 3.05M (10’) deep (offset to Stage Right). Height above approx 3.66M (12’), height of stage 0.84M (2’9”). No crossover. Access treads off stage left & USR.
  • Décor: floor light wood with Badminton Court markings; walls and roof cream with steel roof trusses.
  • Get-in: reasonable, through FOH 2 sets of double doors with 90º turn. Flat, approx 20M van loading area to stage. 1.27M (4’2”) wide x 1.96M (6’5”) high.
  • Acoustics slightly reverberant.
  • Blackout partial. Windows have unlined thin curtains.
  • Heating by infra-red quartz red-glow heaters.
  • Upright piano available. Smoke Detectors unknown.
  • No access equipment.


  • Power: 100amp 3-phase incomer in lobby next to kitchen.
  • No theatre stage lighting, but 6 non-dim dichroic downlighters on stage.
  • No sound equipment.
  • Houselights are fluorescents or 12v dichroic downlighters, switched at lobby by kitchen.


  • Function/storeroom can be used as Dressing Room.
  • Kitchen available.
  • Separate backstage toilets.
  • Bar area FOH.