The play will tour to rural venues across the Outer Hebrides in February The play has been written by London based playwright Toria Banks based on brand new research into the role of Hebridean women in the suffrage movement. The play presents the surprising narratives of several Hebridean women taking us out of Lewis to Serbia and back again to St Kilda featuring familiar places and names but telling some astounding, unheard of stories of bravery and resourcefulness that are anything but old fashioned. Focusing on stories of local woman including Helen MacDougal from Barvas, the Stornoway suffrage society and the herring gutters who took up the call of the munitions factories. The bilingual play will be directed by Muriel Ann Macleod who through the project hoped to make a piece of theatre for Island women, to encourage and inspire women today to engage with political and local representation and take action in their own communities. A small cast of three Hebridean and Scottish actresses will take on the variety of roles played out with a new Gaelic song and music commission from Mary Ann Kennedy and an almost entirely female production team.
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Kenna was born into a crofting family in the Skye township of Greepe on July 21, Her father was a great singer and Gaelic song was a feature of everyday life, being especially useful in accompanying chores such as churning butter. A good-going reel helped to turn the handle until the arm tired and the reel became more of a slow air. Later, aged six, she sang for Dame Flora Macleod at Dunvegan Hall, and growing up, she enjoyed ceilidhing with neighbours, absorbing songs and the stories behind them.
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