Rural Nations is an artist led production company which commissions film, experimental theatre and strategic arts projects for Western Isles audiences.

The company develops  partnership working projects and employs artists from all over Britain in order to deliver our unique films and theatre performances reflecting contemporary Highlands and Islands environments, inspirational events, people, political issues and traditional cultures.

Our work regularly delivers Gaelic language performances, puppetry and creature make. Our artists continually explore humour, physical performance and devised theatre techniques.





Arts nan Eilean 

Western Isles Promoters Network

Arts nan Eilean promoters are programming a new Season of professional touring theatre and dance to visit rural Western Isles venues during the Spring of 2014:



Mull Theatre present a Double Bill of Doras Duinte  (Gaelic) by Catriona Lexy Campbell  and Rough Island by Nicola Macartey -

Monday 3rd March 2014 Clan MacQuarrie

Tuesday 4 March Leverburgh  Village Hall

Thursday 6 March Carinish Village Hall                                           



Big Telly Theatre Company with One Sandwich short of a Genius

Ridiculously normal family in absolute denial about the things they don't mention. Funny.

Monday 10 March: Carinish Village Hall North Uist

Tuesday 11 March: Ionad Na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost

Wednesday 12 March:  Bernera Community Centre,                        



Inside Scottish Dance Theatre

Discover how choreography, music and design come together to tell stories that transport audiences to other worlds.

Monday  24th  March Balivanich Community Centre

Tuesday 25th March Sir E Scott,  Tarbert

Wednesday 26th March Spòrsnis, Ness                                 more info



The Secret Life of Suitcases                     more info

by Lewis Hetherington and Ailie Cohen

Thursday  3rd  April 2014  Ionad Na Seann Sgoil Shawbost  Isle of Lewis at 2pm

Friday  4th April  Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris 2pm and 4.30pm

Saturday  5th April  Balivanich Community Hall, Isle of Benbecula, at 2pm



Farnham Maltings In Praise of Elephants - a celebration of the greatest animal on the planet and a touching story of a quiet man turning 60 trying to make sense of the world.

Wednesday  2nd April, St Peters Hall, South Uist

Thusday 3rd April  Clan McQuarrie Centre

 Friday 4th April  Breascleit Community Centre                      more info



Pirates and Mermaids Poorboy Theatre Company  more info

Pirates and Mermaids examines what distance really means and how much the footprint of place and personal history shapes who we are and what we do.

Wednesday  31 April  Castlebay Community Hall,   Thursday 1 May  St Peters Hall South Uist

Friday 2nd May Bernera Community Centre,  Saturday 3rd May Taigh Dhonnchaidh,  Ness                                                           







Digiheb young people's film making project meets at the Bridge Centre,  Stornoway on Monday nights between 7.00  and 9.30pm. 




Environment: Rural Nations is also concerned with raising awareness in environmental issues and all our projects carry a campaign or promotion relating to this.  Strategic projects which support our commitment to environmental issues include:  The Hebrides International Film Festival planned for September 2014. This unique film festival proposes to screen in a variety of Island venues high quality international films raising awareness and debate on issues of environmental sustainability.

Projects currently in development:

Arts nan Eilean The Western Isles Promoters network are planning their Autumn/ Spring  2014 Programme of professional touring performances. A call for professional work suitable for rural Island touring will be made in early April 2014

Hebrides International Film Festival a new Environmental film Festival planned for September 2014

Ravenspoint Saga : a contemporary short film being developed for Summer 2015 shoot in South Lochs, Isle of Lewis. A contemporary Hebridean wedding is interrupted by the mythology and events of the past and the brooding ancient landscape.

Deeds Not Words: Rural Nations plan to develop a new bi-lingual play reflecting on what happened when Hebridean women got the vote. A community research project is underway to collect stories, recollections and photographs  of women at work and experiences of women in the islands during the wartime period leading up to the 1918 elections. More information.


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Thanks to our Funders, their valued support enables Rural Nations to employ the artists and deliver these creative projects in the Hebrides.







© Rural Nations Ltd: 2013