BANA-GHAISGICH / HEROINES

BY MAIRI MORRISON

The premiere of a site-specific, new Gaelic drama, with live music in Studio Alba, will take place on the Isle of Lewis on 27th, 28th and 29th December 2018, as part of the Iolaire Centenary Commemorations, after previewing at the Finborough Theatre, London.

Mairi Morrison will perform the play along with live music from the hugely talented musician and composer Mike Vass and will involve members of the community, when performed in Lewis.


A little about the play…

1918. A Hogmanay that shapes the future of the Isle of Lewis forever.

Hundreds of servicemen are returning home from the South of England to the North-West of Scotland, the Isle of Lewis. The ‘Sheila’ mail-boat cannot cope with all the men arriving in Kyle of Lochalsh so HMY Iolaire is deployed to help 284 men, mostly from the Royal Naval Reserve, make their final journey home.

Metres from land, their hearts rejoicing, HMY Iolaire veers off course and strikes the renowned rocks, Beasts of Holm, causing 201 men to drown on their own doorstep. This was the worst peacetime maritime disaster involving a British vessel, since the Titanic.

This new play explores grief, judgement and solidarity through the eyes of their women as their hardest challenge lies ahead. The performance will include live music and songs. The play is performed in Scottish Gaelic. A free programme with a short synopsis of the play in English will be available.

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london preview

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED

Monday, December 17th - 7.30pm

TICKETS AVAILABLE on 01223 357 851 or ONLINE HERE


Stornoway

Studio Alba, 54a Seaforth Road, HS1 28Q

Thursday, December 27th - 7.30pm
Friday, December 28th - 7.30pm
Saturday, December 29th - Matinée Performance 2pm

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AND ONLINE HERE


Cast

Mairi Morrison - Peggy, Colleen, Elaine, Maggie and other characters

Mike Vass - Iain


Creative team

Writer - Mairi Morrison

Dramaturg - Douglas Maxwell

Director - Muireann Kelly

Music/Composition: Mike Vass

Costume Designer - Donna MacLeod

Lighting Designer - Benny Goodman


Production team

Technical Stage Manager - Morag Smith

Marketing design: Niall Walker

Marketing assistant: Alice Walker


Supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland

Script developed with support from Playwrights’ Studio Scotland