Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC is an artist led production company based in Stornoway which commissions film, experimental theatre and strategic arts projects.

Working across a broad portfolio of arts initiatives Rural Nations CIC delivers the annual Hebrides International Film Festival and produces our own Island originated professional theatre and short film projects in partnership with artists and organisations based across the UK and from other countries.

Rural Nations facilitates the Arts nan Eilean rural venue promoters network bringing in to the Islands small scale touring live performance (theatre & dance) including schools and community workshops with visiting practitioners.  In the last few months we have also been piloting a rural venue film club project called Heb Cinema.

Currently we are developing two new workshop programmes: 

  • Digiheb a young people's film-making project in collaboration with An Lanntair Arts Centre.
  • Adult acting workshop programme for emerging and established actors based on the islands,  this project is also delivered with An Lanntair.  

Currently the company is entering a new phase of research and development where we are looking at digital innovation using theatre and storytelling presented in the context of gaming and virtual space.


WW1 Cooks - image from the National Army Museum.

Deeds not Words by Victoria Banks our new Hebridean suffrage play is being developed for touring in August/September 2017



Deeds not Words

Rural Nations are currently developing a new play from the Western Isles, Deeds not Words which is the story of what happened when Hebridean  Women got the vote in 1918.


Stadsschouwburg Theatre central meeting place for IETM Amsterdam 14-17 April 2016 - Live Art in Digital Times.

Find out more ablout IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts)

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