Move ~ Gluasad

Work in progress performances
Uig Community Centre, Fri 29 June 2018, 8pm, £6/£5 – TICKETS ON DOOR
An Lanntair, Stornoway, Saturday 30 June 2018, 8pm, £6/£5 – BOOK NOW
Open rehearsals
Uig Community Centre, Tues 26-Fri 29 June 2018, 1-3pm, FREE

sruth-mara juliaJulia Taudevin. Photo by Alex Aitchison

In many parts of the world, death is as much women’s responsibility as birth. In many traditions women are the composers and singers of powerful, sophisticated, mischievous and scathing oral lament poetry, providing a musical and verbal accompaniment to individual and communal grief. We know this in Scotland as keening, or caoineadh.

Move ~ Gluasad is an ambitious new work in Gaelic, English and other languages, by award-winning theatre maker Julia Taudevin, with collaborators Mairi Morrison and Anna Porubcansky, exploring themes of migration and loss: our loss of loved ones, loss of home, loss of identity, loss of faith and loss of empathy for those other than ourselves.

Julia, Mairi and Anna will be in residence at Uig Community Centre at the end of June 2018. During this ‘open rehearsal’ process, Uig residents and visitors are warmly invited to come along, listen, and share songs and stories. 

Throughout Move’s development, Julia is working as a composer and playwright, incorporating musical styles as diverse as Gaelic psalm singing, Swahilli lullabies, and Epirus Polyphony to create a sonic space into which stories of loss and migration are dropped like the ebb and flow of the ocean – a space to celebrate our shared humanity and mourn our losses at a time when insularity and xenophobia are on the rise.

Alan Bissett: Soil & Soul

Uig and across Lewis, 12-14 July 2018
An Lanntair, Stornoway, Saturday 14 July 2018, 5pm, £5/£4 – BOOK NOW

sruth-mara Alan BissettAlan Bissett. Photo by Neil Thomas Douglas

Alastair McIntosh’s vivid, inspirational book Soil & Soul describes how his early years as a ghillie on Lewis shaped his life’s work as a prominent land rights activist; sruth-mara is now developing a stage version by playwright, novelist and performer Alan Bissett. As part of his research, Alan will be travelling around Lewis in July from sruth-mara’s base in Timsgarry, and is keen to talk to people about both the book and the island culture it describes.

We would love to hear what you think about a theatre production of this incredibly rich and evocative book, and what it means to you. If you have thoughts to share, or would like to meet Alan while he’s on Lewis, you can email sruth-mara at

Further events to be announced soon!

Supported by open project funding from Creative Scotland, and presented in association with An Lanntair.
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