Pleasantly Surprised!

For years I travelled back and forth from Saudi and somehow developed an idea that not a lot really happened around my locality. True the countryside is lovely and the coastal views stunning!

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Having a wee walk along ‘my’ beach!

However, it always seemed to be that when I visited other places there always seemed to be interesting ‘cultural’ things going on there, but I was never aware of anything close to home. Now that I’ve been home for 2 years I have been very pleasantly surprised to find I was very wrong with my initial impression. There are some very good and interesting things happening locally and by some very talented local people.

Last Saturday was one of those. A play written in Doric, the local vernacular by a woman from the next village was performed at the local Warehouse Theatre. Entitled ‘Netting’ it was her second play about the effect the loss of a fishing boat can have on its community. IMG_4625

Netting by Morna Young

Having been brought up in a fishing family in a fishing community the play definitely resonated with me and I’m sure many others in the audience. It was a very powerful and emotive production which held me transfixed throughout. I was so glad that our small local theatre had organised the 2 showings and I had been able to attend. Before being performed in Lossiemouth ‘Netting’ had been on tour to various venues around Scotland, hopefully being enjoyed just as much as I did.

Today I noticed a poster for ‘Robert Burns- The Musical’ which is being produced by the  Rock Academy  which is a dance and drama school situated in Lossiemouth. It was written by the owner of the school based on an idea by Michael Jackson and David Gest! It has already received acclaim and been performed in many of the big theatres around Scotland.

So I was definitely wrong to think nothing very ‘cultural’ happens in my own backyard!

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2 thoughts on “Pleasantly Surprised!

  1. Great post, and lovely photo of you on ‘your’ beach. I think Scotland is really good at “grass roots” culture. My friends on the Western Isles have been rocked by the recent tragic sinking of a fishing boat near Barra. People know that fishing is a very dangerous profession, and yet every time there is an accident, people take it very, very deeply.

  2. Thank you Christine. Yes, hearing about the loss of the boat just after seeing the play really brought the whole ‘fiction’ into ‘fact’. Also, one of the previous performances had been in Barra just a few weeks ago. Really tragic for all those touched by this latest fishing disaster.

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