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Ferry passengers to be treated to special performances

Passengers on the Isle of Mull ferry will be treated to a special performance.
Passengers on the Isle of Mull ferry will be treated to a special performance.

Passengers on CalMac ferries will be treated to a performance which celebrates the waters surrounding the Western Isles and the people who travel on them.

With the help of local communities and world class artists, Ferry Tales will bring a musical tale, told using English, Gaelic, and sign language, to three of Scotland’s major ferry routes.

Travellers from Oban to Craignure, Ullapool to Stornoway and Wemyss Bay to Rothesay will all have the chance to enjoy the show.

Ferry Tales will feature songs by Scottish folk singer Josie Duncan, who is originally from Lewis and known for songs in Gaelic, Scots and English.

A spokeswoman for the National Theatre of Scotland said: “Written by Isobel McArthur and directed by Lu Kemp, and featuring songs by Scottish folk singer Josie Duncan, Ferry Tales will draw inspiration from real community stories and experiences to create the short, immersive tales, told through storytelling and song by a three-strong ensemble of talented performers.”

In amongst the red plastic chairs and bolted-down tables, audiences can enjoy pop-up performances and chance encounters with magical characters.

Ferry Tales opens on the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay route from April 7-11, with three performances on different sailings per day.

The following week it will arrive on the Oban to Craignure ferries from April 14-18, with performances twice a day, and three performances on April 15 and 17.

Ferry Tales will arrive on the Stornoway to Ullapool return route from April 21-25, with one performance per day alternating between sailings leaving from Ullapool and Stornoway.

All performances are free for Calmac passengers with a valid ticket for that sailing.

Local residents in all three areas will have the chance to be a part of the production’s community cast, with engagement sessions and rehearsals taking place in Rothesay, Tobermory, and Stornoway.

The evening community sessions will run for seven weeks, to find out more visit nationaltheatrescotland.com/production/ferry-tales or e-mail ferrytales@nationaltheatrescotland.com

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