Oir Nan Speur

Oir Nan Speur | The Edge of the Sky is a bilingual theatrical adaptation, in Gaelic and English, of Roberto Trotta’s acclaimed short book, in which the Italian astrophysicist tells the history of the Universe in only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language.

The project had its first public performance at An Lanntair on Friday 18 February 2022 as part of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, and we are currently developing it towards a full production in 2024.

Adapted and directed by Laura Cameron-Lewis, and starring Elspeth Turner and Daibhidh Walker.

As part of the project, sruth-mara has commissioned Peter MackayElspeth Turner and Rody Gorman to create new pieces of writing in Gaelic, each inspired by Roberto Trotta’s book and, wherever possible, restricting themselves to only the 1000 most commonly used words in Gaelic. The commissions were supported by funding from Bòrd Na Gàidhlig.

Roberto and Laura discuss the project in this podcast for the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.

The Edge of the Sky | Oir Nan Speur is supported by Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.