Rural Nations is a community interest company based in Stornoway. The Company currently operates on a home working basis with pop up offices and cinemas spaces created on the Islands for specific projects when required.

We work on a project to project commission basis and have a cost effective interactive administration with partners working via skype and other social networks. Carbon monitoring of all travel, filming and touring of work is important to us. The company have a commitment to offering volunteering opportunities alongside our creative processes and events, plus training opportunities and employment for local creative makers.


The Board of Directors


Muriel Ann Macleod  -  Creative Director & Board Member

Muriel Ann Macleod has been commissioning, producing and directing bi-lingual and Gaelic language theatre and film from the Highlands and Islands for the last 17 years. Notable projects include, Portrona a community play for Stornoway, An Clo Mor by Henry Adam, Callanish Stoned by Kevin MacNeil, The Sked Crew by Iain Stephen, Na Daoine with John Wright, Lostbost for MG Alba  and more recently delivered the hebridean suffrage show  Deeds not Words and the film & performance project Eve Vs Lucy.

Her work has a strong comedy base and visual imagery and film are also important elements in her theatre work.  For over eight years Muriel Ann worked as the part time Projects Development Co-ordinator for The Highlands and Islands Theatre Network where she developed the Drama Na h ‘Alba Theatre Festival for Inverness in 2007/8 Northern Connections (skills exchange project with artists in Northern Sweden)  and also the highly successful consortium partner project the Northern Scottish Touring Fund (NSTF)  2011/2013. Muriel Ann is also an experienced TV puppet designer and maker specialising in large scale creature builds.  

 From September 2019 she has been based in Paisley where she is the Place Partnership Producer for Renfrewshire Leisure. Muriel Ann also currently programmes and makes the funding bids for the annual Hebrides International Film Festival. 


Margaret Smith: Board Member

Maggie is a freelance community arts worker working with a remit to co-ordinate small scale arts, theatre and film events in community spaces in the Western Isles. Maggie supports locally based writers and performers to bring Gaelic and English plays to over 60's groups on the Islands. She co-ordinates craft workshops in rural communities, music and new song events as part of the group Cabraich. www.cabraich.org. Maggie also develops recordings of oral history and traditions, in danger of being lost and presenting the information in radio shows and exhibitions. Maggie is also a Gaelic language consultant and translator.

 Associate Producers:-


Ruaraidh Urpeth : Event Producer HIFF2019


Associated Artists:

David Walker : Actor & Producer

Artair Donald : Actor, Director & Producer

Victoria Banks - Commissioned writer of Deeds Not Words

Ruaraidh Urpeth - Filmmaker and DigiHeb Tutor

Peter Urpeth - Digiheb Tutor

John Mackinnon - Digiheb Specialist Tutor

Alex Patience - Storyteller and Collaborator on Wild

Tom Hogben - Cameraman & Editor on the Eve Vs Lucy Project


Contact Us:

Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC

Registered Office: 57 Westview Terrace,
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, HS1 2LD

Email: [email protected]

Mob: +44(0)7789 117740

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RuralNations




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