A BRILLIANT ‘must see’ play had its world premier in Balallan community Centre earlier this month as ‘We Have Won The Land’ explored the topic on land buy-outs in Scotland.
Set on the imaginary island of Murg, the play tells the complex story of the Murg community buy-out in an engagingly simple, funny and highly entertaining way; and the swift changing scenes and numerous characters – cleverly executed – add to the fun.
‘We Have Won The Land’ is now touring the Highlands and Islands, but it’s launch in Lewis – during the Islands Book Trust conference ‘Recovering from the Clearances’ – harks back to history.
The number of communities buying their land when it comes up for sale has increased dramatically throughout the Highlands and Islands over the last twenty years or so.
But this so-called community land ownership begun in Lewis way back in 1923 when the Stornoway Trust was set up and took control over almost seventy thousands acres of the island.
And one of the key triggers for community buyouts can be traced back to the Pairc Deer Raid – planned in Balallan School in 1887!