After the successful start to the new season, Lindsay Brown is delighted to be welcoming back Skraelings Theatre Company with The Sea Between Us for their second performance with Play Pieces.
“We opened Play Pieces lunchtime season with a wonderfully funny play which featured some outstanding Highland talent. Now we are moving a little further North and examining relationships, not only amongst ourselves but with our Nordic neighbours too. It’s also great to have Skraelings Theatre Company returning to work with us, supporting a Theatre company originating from Caithness.”
Director Iain MacDonald, currently studying at the Bristol Old Vic explained the intriguing new work with Icelandic writer Sólveig Jónsdóttir “I originally met Sólveig in the Pear Tree Pub, Edinburgh. I got talking to her at the bar about Norse mythology of all things! We spoke about Loki and Giant Ymir, whose body was used to create the world. Over the next few years, I loosely kept in touch with her - I knew she was a writer so when Play Pieces came along, I knew I had to ask her. I think it's important to draw on the cultural connection between Scotland and Iceland. The people in both places are similar and we both know all too well the power of the sea. I was keen for Sólveig to write something set in Iceland that could be culturally relevant to us in Scotland. The Sea Between Us is about life, death and nature - both elemental and human. It highlights the fact that on this planet, nature doesn't live alongside us, we live alongside it.”
As well as performing at Play Pieces in Inverness, the work will also be performed in Edinburgh and up in Lyth on Iain’s home turf. It’s a great opportunity for audiences across Scotland to see this work as it has far reaching appeal.
Does Lindsay think theatre has cottoned on to the popular Nordic Noir culture which has produced work such as ‘The Killing’ or influenced ‘Shetland’?
“This is a production which explores something very closer to Highlanders hearts - land and community as well as touching upon life and death. I think that is something every culture explores through nature but because a lot of our communities have that strong connection with the sea, it’s no coincidence we can look to countries like Iceland and Denmark for similarities and inspiration. Maybe someone will develop a Highland Noir murder mystery for the next Play Pieces season, that would be interesting.”
The Sea Between Us is on Saturday 1 June at The Spectrum Centre, Inverness. Tickets for Play Pieces can be bought in person at The Spectrum Centre, online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/playpieces/events or by phone on 0844 8700 887. Doors open 12:30pm with the performance starting at 1pm.