'Dramatising Scotland's Past' at Scotland's History Festival 2014
Published: Friday, 14 November 2014 16:46
Actor and Gaelic singer Dolina Maclennan began this event at Scotland's History Festival 'Previously...' with a reading from her recently published book, ‘Dolina: An Island Girl’s Journey’. http://www.theislandsbooktrust.com/store/books/dolina-an-island-girls-journey/
Maclennan read a passage about her memories of touring the Highlands and Islands in 1973 with the huge theatrical success of that time ‘The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil’ , a play about the Highland clearances, and land rights. Dolina recalled the audience member who rose to her feet to deliver a Gaelic curse to the actor playing land agent Patrick Sellar; rolling up the gaffa tape on a pencil to use it again; travelling with pots and pans and taking £5 from the cast each Thursday to feed them for the week. She linked the tumultous reception the play received in its tour across Scotland to a surge of nationalism which sent 11 SNP MPs to Westminster a year later.
James McArdle and Gordon Kennedy. Photo: Manuel Harlan
History? James McArdle (James I) and Gordon Kennedy (Murdac Stewart). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Dramatising Scotland’s Past: free event at Scotland’s History Festival, ‘Previously...’ Adam House on November 19, 2014.
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The Silence of the Nos
Published: Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:41
By Jackie Kemp, From the website Wake UP Scotland, 16 September 2014.
There is a strange case of the silence of the Nos in Scotland at the moment.
I have been pointing out what I see as the flaws in the independence plan on social media for a week and I know I am losing friends. I have been accused of falling for “scaremongering”; of behaving “just like a mum”; of exhibiting conduct that is “unbecoming”. “Stop being a fanny and just vote Yes” one person wrote.
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