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.
In collaboration with The Bridge Centre in Stornoway the company artists deliver the weekly workshop programme Digheb - a young people's film making project.
Currently we are focusing on supporting the emergence of our Western Isles promoters network through the Arts nan Eilean project. These volunteer promoters are developing local audiences for live work and film in their rural venues and Island cultural life is being enriched.
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 more info
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, more info
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 4 April Breascleit Community Centre more info
Pirates and Mermaids Poorboy Theatre Company
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 2 May Taigh Dhonnchaidh, Ness
Saturday 3 May Bernera Community Centre more info
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 Spring / Summer 2014 Programme of professional touring performances.
Hebrides International Film Festival a new Environmental film Festival planned for September 2014
Ravenspoint Saga : a contemporary short film being developed for Summer 2014 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: A new bi-lingual play reflecting on what happened when Hebridean women got the vote in 1918. The work will open in An Lanntair and tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in Scotland prior to the Independence election in September 2014.
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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