Commemorating the Great War

Simon MacQuarrie (left) was the first man from North Uist to lose his life in World War I
Simon MacQuarrie (left) was the first man from North Uist to lose his life in World War I

The Gaelic Arts Agency, Proiseact nan Ealan (PnE) is close to finalising the five community drama productions and exhibitions that island communities will host to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

The events entitled ‘Gairm nan Gaidheal’ will include drama, music and song, piping and an exhibition.

Later on in the year, five larger, stand alone exhibitions will feature across the Western Isles and then will be gifted to each community to be used as they see fit.

‘An Cogadh Mòr’ Project coordinator Chrissie Macrae said: “We are hugely grateful to the five host communities – they have embraced these events with real enthusiasm and we all hope that this commemoration will be fitting and appropriate.”

Five writers and dramatists have been commissioned to add their own dimension to the events: D.S. Murray, Kenny Macrae, Alison Lang, Chrisella Ross and Margaret MacNeil.

Each exhibition will consist of wartime pictures, stories, memorabilia and artefacts collected from each relating community and further plans are underway to produce a book that will encapsulate the Western Isles’ contribution to the Great War.  

The PnE events are supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Community Production dates:

Castlebay Community School – Barra, 15th March

Sir E. Scott School – Harris, 21st March

Point Primary School – Point, 28th March

Caranish Hall – Uist, 29th March

An Lanntair – Stornoway, 27th June