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Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7.30pm

at Leverburgh Village Hall

DEEDS NOT WORDS

100 YEARS OF THE VOTE FOR ISLES WOMEN

UNCOVERED IN NEW HEBRIDEAN PLAY

The story of remarkable Hebridean women in the struggle for equality and the vote.

 

Script by Toria Banks

Directed by Muriel Ann Macleod

New music & songs by Mary Ann Kennedy

 

Deeds not Words is a new Hebridean play being produced in the Isle of Lewis by Rural Nations in partnership with An Lanntair. The play will tour to rural venues across the Outer Hebrides in February 2018. 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. 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.

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