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


Performances in August 2014:

Alexandria Patience and Donald MacNeill

Perform a relaxed and entertaining evening of spell-binding storytelling and brilliant music

Friday 1st August The Old School Cafe, Balallan 7.30pm

Tickets by donation on the door



Alex is a natural storyteller who allows the inner feel of the work to guide the telling. She tells some of the big traditional stories, but told from a woman’s point of view, and tops and tails heart tugging drama wi a bit o a laugh and an occasional song. Alex has a great love of all things about the sea, about coastal and island communities and their lives with stories of the second sight, selkies, connections made between traditional stories and our contemporary lives.

Alex has extensive experience in theatre, fine & community arts. She is a performer, storyteller, director, interdisciplinary artist and cultural event creator.

Donald is a multi-instrumentalist - keyboard, guitar, mandola, banjo, fiddle, creating original jazz to folk style music to texture the storylines.






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.



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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.






Page artwork by Jane Harlington (Blue Pig Studios, Lewis) and David Peter Kerr Dundee

© Rural Nations Ltd: 2014