Buaireas anns an Uisge / Trouble the Water

(working title)

‘She is the high wild country. The road from Perth to Braemar, veering off to Lochnagar, where each stream is a pioneer, carving a path, wanting to be a river. She is no defect of birth, no credit to carnal cruelty, no catastrophe of the collision of tongues. She is my child, and she came forth when I made her mother laugh.
She is a child on the road to a great, great bounty.’

A young woman born to a Jamaican father and a Scottish mother is travelling from Scotland to North America. Searching for the truth of her ancestry, she finds she must untangle it from the knotted history of the British Empire she was never taught.

Entwining dance, music, and myth, this play will explore Scotland’s role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade from a Gaelic perspective, posing some of the most pressing questions we are now facing about the legacies of slavery and colonization.

First developed with Glasgow Life in association with The Gaelic Books Council, National Theatre of Scotland, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Subsequently supported in development as part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Starter for Ten Programme.  

Elspeth Turner is currently under commission from Theatre Gu Leòr with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, to write Buaireas anns and Uisge/ Trouble the Water (working title). We are very excited to be collaborating with Elspeth on this project and look forward to supporting a final development week in 2019 which will also supported by the National Theatre of Scotland. 

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 Photography at Rockvilla: Beth Chalmers

Photography at Rockvilla: Beth Chalmers


Work to date on Buaireas anns an Uisge/Trouble the water:

Development week at Tramway:

Supported by Glasgow Life
In association with Gaelic Books Council, National Theatre of Scotland, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Writer / Director: Elspeth Turner
Sound and Video: Rob Jones
Photography at Tramway: Geewhiz Digital Photography

Cast:
Natali McCleary,
Erick Valentin Mauricia,
Jennifer Fouchè,
Jermaine McClure,
Toby Mottershead,
Kenny Lindsay.

Starter for ten at Rockvilla:

Supported by National Theatre of Scotland through Starter for Ten Programme

Writer / Director: Elspeth Turner
Sound and Video: Rob Jones
Photography at Rockvilla: Beth Chalmers

Cast:
Natali McCleary,
Cassie Ezeji,
Beth Frieden,
Toby Mottershead.