Following on from their Refresh Now commissions in early 2021, Shetland Arts are excited to announce six new commissions for We Are Live, across comedy, dance, film, literature and music. These commissions are supported by a second round of the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, through Creative Scotland.
The first event in We Are Live will be a free book reading and party for Myrtle an Meenie, hosted by Ann Marie Anderson, Dirk Robertson and The Revellers. The event will take place on Saturday 30 October from 2pm – 3.30pm at Mareel.
To celebrate the launch of her new book, Ann Marie Anderson is bringing her latest book Myrtle an Meenie to life on stage at Mareel, accompanied by illustrations from Dirk Robertson and music from The Revellers. Audiences can expect a fun, free family friendly book launch, celebrating Shetland dialect, art, performance and music.
Falling on Halloween weekend, bairns are encouraged to dress up for the event – there'll even be a prize for the winner. After the book reading, bairns can boogie around to a short set by The Revellers.
Free tickets for Myrtle an Meenie Book Launch are on sale here, in person at the Box Office at Mareel and ShetlandMade at Sumburgh Airport. Tickets can also be booked by calling 01595 745 500 (Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm).
Further We Are Live projects are outlined below, with more details to be announced soon.
Christie Williamson, Chris Stout & Catriona Mackay
Building on the recent success of sound work Da Flit, Christie Williamson and Chris Stout team up with Catriona Mackay to expand on the work into a longer movement.
Shetland’s improvised comedy group will take to the stage for an improvised musical pantomime during the Christmas season, with a live musical accompaniment.
The Shetland folk band will collaborate with Shetland Museum and Archive, Shetland Film Archive and the Kist o Riches (Tobar an Dualchais) archive to write and perform new music inspired by Shetland’s visual and aural history.
Kathryn Spence, JJ Jamieson, Liz Musser
Dancer and choreographer Kathryn Spence and filmmakers JJ Jamieson and Liz Musser will step into Shetland’s landscape to create a new work of screen dance, presented as an installation across multiple screens.
Liam Withnail, Rosco McLelland & Marjolein Robertson
Hosting two gigs, Da Gret Nort Gaff will see comedians Rosco McLelland and Liam Withnail perform in Shetland for the first time alongside Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson.