Edinburgh fringe performance for Murray’ production
Following a national tour earlier this year, Sequamur, the Gaelic World War One theatre production written by Quarff resident Donald Murray will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
DoThe Gaelic Arts Agency, Pròiseact nan Ealanhave also announced that the production will stage performances at the East Belfast Arts Festival in Northern Ireland, the Platform Theatre, London, before concluding the tour with a special performance in Ypres, Belgium.
Sequamur, tells the poignant story of William J. Gibson, who was Rector of the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway between 1894 and 1925.
The play portrays the grief and guilt felt by Gibson who encouraged his pupils to fight in the conflict.
An enlightened and charismatic teacher, Gibson believed in the power of progress through education. He genuinely believed that service in the war would bring a new enlightened age to Britain – but endured personal turmoil following the death of 148 of his own pupils.
The 60-minute play is performed in Gaelic but is accessible to all, with live simultaneous translation via headphones.
Erica Morrison, Creative Director at Pròiseact nan Ealan said: “The international audiences which attend the Edinburgh Festival will discover a thought-provoking drama which transcends language boundaries.
“The play echoes events which occurred in our Gaelic community, yet it mirrors similar events which were happening in communities across Europe.
“Using dramatic performance to allow the audience to share in the sense of grief and loss highlights the important role of the arts in understanding our history.”
Sequamur will be staged in Edinburgh from 18th to the 24th of August.