Deeds not Words tours in Feb

The play presents the surprising stories of several Hebridean women who were active in the suffrage movement.''Image courtesy of the Council of the National Army Museum.
The play presents the surprising stories of several Hebridean women who were active in the suffrage movement.''Image courtesy of the Council of the National Army Museum.

A new play based on the role of Hebridean women in the suffrage movement will tour the Islands this month.

Deeds not Words is produced in Lewis by Rural Nations Scotland CIC in partnership with An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway.

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.”

Both English and Gaelic singing and speech combined with newly created and archive audio visual elements will be used to tell these remarkable true stories.

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.

Deeds not Words evokes valiantly the 100th year of women’s suffrage in 2018.

The play received funding from the Scottish Government, CNES, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Point and Sandwick Trusts and LEADER as well as being supported through local contributors and sponsorship from 17 local businesses.

The opening night of Deeds not Words will take place at An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway on February 15th followed by evening and schools performances before touring Lewis, Harris, the Uists and Barra.

To find out more about the play and to book tickets log on to: http://lanntair.com/events/event/deeds-not-words/

Rural Performances

Bernera Community Centre, Lewis Monday 19th February 7.30pm; Leverburgh Village Hall, Harris Tuesday 20th February at 7.30pm; Carinish Hall North UistThursday 22nd February 7.30pm; Stoneybridge Hall, South Uist Friday 23rd February at 7.30pm Castlebay Hall,Isle of Barra Saturday 24th February at 8pm.