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One of the finest Scottish acts to emerge in recent times, Rura, simply haven’t looked back since bursting on to the folk scene in 2010. Announced as winners of a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival 2011 and as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the powerhouse five-piece line-up of Rura has already performed across the UK, Europe and most recently in the U.S.A.

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Lewis Coastal Film Festival

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Digi Heb

Rural Nations are collaborating with the Bridge Centre / YM Youth groups to develop a new film workshop called DigiHeb that aims to facilitate groups of young people in the Western Isles between the ages of 14 and 18 to make their own films and increase their understanding of all aspects of filmmaking.

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We Have won the land

Rural Nations in collaboration with the Islands Book Trust and Community Land Scotland presents a new play about land ownership and communities.

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We Have Won the Land

The Islands Book Trust
and Rural Nations


We have won the land {PDF Download}

Rural Nations in collaboration with the Islands Book Trust and Community Land Scotland presents a new play about land ownership and communities.

Designed to inform on the significance of community land ownership in Scotland today this bi-lingual (mostly English with some Gaelic) performance  seeks to tell the sometimes controversial story of community land buy out in the North of Scotland from the people's perspective exploring issues of rurality, sense of belonging, tradition and community empowerment relating to ownership of land as perceived today.

The performance will be devised by a company of experienced theatre performers working with director Muriel Ann Macleod, dramaturg/writer Toria Banks (London) and designer Philippa Thomas (Bristol). The company are working with factual material collected from historians and key people and communities in Scotland who were or are involved in processes of buying their land.

Using humour, physical theatre, new music, soundscape, and film  Rural Nations are presenting a high quality close theatre performance experience that has been created for Scottish rural communities.
Scottish Performers include: David Walker (Uist), Ruth Tapp (Ayrshire), Cameron Mowat (Aberdeen), Hazel Darwin Edwards.(Edinburgh) and Hector MacInnes (musician, Skye).
New Music commission from Hector MacInnes
Lighting design from Ali Ross, and  stage management from Pete Sheridan
Green Touring:
Rural Nations are piloting an eco lighting rig with this tour and also monitoring the rural tour for carbon usage.

"when communities own or aspire to own the land on which they live and work, there is a release of energy and ambition which leads to long term reinvigoration of that community". Community Land Scotland

Premiere performances September 2012 :
The work will showcase in the Balallan Community Hall  as part of the Islands Book Trust Conference - Recovering from the Clearances.
Thursday 6th September: premiere performance  8pm
Friday 7th September:  8pm
Saturday 8th September : 2pm and 8pm

Tickets for the Balallan performances : £8.00, £6.00 (Concession) available online from or on sale from Events (North Beach St,  Stornoway).

Scottish Tour 2012

Leverburgh Village Hall. Harris Tues 11th September
Carinish Village Hall North Uist Wed 12 September.
St Peters Hall, South Uist  Thur 13th September
Edinbane Village Hall, Isle of  Skye  Fri 14th September
PlocktonVillage Hall, Isle of Skye Sat 15th September

Knoydart Village Hall, Monday 17th September
Lochinver Village Hall, Wed 19th September
Melness Village Hall Thursday 20th September
Abriachan Village Hall 21st and 22nd September

Isle of Eigg Village Hall, Monday 24th September
North Connel Village Hall, Wednesday 26th September
Dervaig Village Hall, Isle of Mull, Thursday 27th September
Craignure Village Hall, Isle of Mull, Friday 28th September
Kames Recreational Hall, Tighnabruach, Saturday 29th September

Scottish Storytelling Centre Edinburgh 2nd and 3rd October
Glasgow Life, Lesser Hall Woodside Partick, Glasgow, 4th & 5th October

Luss Village Hall, Sat 6th October

The company will host after show discussions in each community with assistance from the local community buy out organisations.
 online tickets at or check local posters and press for details . Times and ticket prices may vary.

Contacts :

Muriel Ann Macleod, Creative Director Tel: 00 44(0)1851 700475,  
Mob:0044 (0) 7789 117740 email: 

Animisha Holley McCoy, Administrative Manager
Rural Nations is a company Limited by Guarantee SC No. 344858,  VAT No. 983229204.  57 Westview Terrace, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, HS1 2LD

Website Links:
Islands Book Trust link to Islands Book Trust's annual conference in Balallan, Lewis - Recovering from the Clearances.
Community land Scotland -



© Rural Nations Ltd: 2012 
Photographic Credit: The Assynt Foundation