Uig Community Centre, 3-5 September 2018
Kirsty Law at Uig Community Centre
Singer-songwriter Kirsty Law is currently developing a new piece of work exploring the sense of place found through folksong (particularly when listening to field recordings), and the sense of empowerment that can be found, in an ever-scarier global world, through the sharing of songs and the development of writing in a minority language. In September 2018 Kirsty spent three days in residence at Uig Community Centre, exploring these ideas in conversation with people from the area, and premiering her new songs as part of a live performance on Wednesday 5 September.
Kirsty says: ‘Gaelic culture has maintained a kitchen ceilidh culture in ways that the rest of the country hasn’t, I’m interested in what ways folk from the islands value this, especially in the context of contemporary culture. I’m interested in what the human experience of being in a marginalised culture is. And I want to ask : is there a sense of empowerment gained by living out that culture everyday in the knowledge of its marginalised status?”
Kirsty draws on Scots musical traditions while frequently collaborating with other artists. Her latest album project Young Night Thought is an audiovisual exploration of the ‘inner child’ concept through folklore, song and film.
Alan Bissett: Soil & Soul
An Lanntair, 14 July 2018, and in residence in Uig, 12-14 July
Alan Bissett at the famous Callanish stones
Alastair McIntosh’s book Soil & Soul describes how his early years as a ghillie on Lewis shaped his life’s work as a prominent land rights activist. It is now being adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright, novelist and performer Alan Bissett. In July 2018, Alan spent several days travelling around Lewis, from sruth-mara’s base in Uig, while on the island performing his hit show (More) Moira Monologues.
Alan visited the Callanish stones – which feature on the cover of Alastair’s book – and the Gearrannan blackhouse village, and spoke to numerous people who know Alastair, his book, and the culture it describes, both privately and publicly at a meet-the-writer event at An Lanntair.
Move ~ Gluasad
Belidna, Mairi and Anna in rehearsal at Uig Community Centre
Move ~ Gluasad is an ambitious new theatre work in Gaelic, English and other languages by award-winning theatre maker Julia Taudevin, 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.
In June 2018 sruth-mara supported a week of development at Uig Community Centre, with performers Beldina Odenyo, Mairi Morrison and Anna Porubcansky, culminating in two work in progress performances, in Uig and at An Lanntair in Stornoway.
Supported by open project funding from Creative Scotland, and presented in association with An Lanntair, with in kind support from Uig Community Centre.