Drift (Summer 2016)
SEA, SAND, SOUNDSCAPE and SCULPTURE
Photos above taken by Daniel Lacasta Fitzsimmons at Pettycur Bay.
In one of our most ambitious projects to date, Vision Mechanics is taking our new production, Drift, to beach locations across Norway this summer. Drift is inspired by the true story of Betty Mouat, a crofter from Shetland, who spent eight days drifting alone in the North Sea. Artistic Director, Symon Macintyre uses soundscape and installations to recreate the feelings of being adrift, alone at sea.
The true story of Shetlander, Betty Mouat
In January 1886 Miss Mouat, aged 61, was the only passenger on the coastal cutter Columbine which left Grutness, bound for Lerwick. She had with her a large bundle of knitting to sell. Shortly after setting sail the captain and two crew were lost overboard, leaving the Columbine crewless and drifting. Lifeboats were launched but Miss Mouat was presumed lost at sea. On the eighth day the Columbine grounded on Lepsoy in Norway; to everyone’s amazement Miss Mouat had survived. She returned to Shetland to live in her croft for another 30 years, a folk hero celebrated in her local community.
Drift is produced and directed by Symon Macintyre
Script & Libretto: Judith Adams
Music Composition: Eddie McGuire
Sound Design: Nik Paget-Tomlinson & Niroshini Thambar
Vocals: Gerda Stevenson
Drift is a co-production with Nordland Visual Theatre, Stamsund, Norway.
We have been overwhelmed by the really positive and heartfelt response to the show so far. Here is a small sample of comments from audience members:
“Drift is superb dont miss out on a chance to experience it. Today’s haar gave a perfect backdrop for an emotional feast of sound, sight, touch & imagination.” Chas (Nairn)
“A wonderful theatrical experience on Nairn beach…Director, Symon Macintyre has orchestrated the work of artists and musicians to deliver an emotional, immersive experience which cleverly explores new dimensions of Betty’s solitude. The songs and tunes on the production’s mp3 player were beautifully performed and the visual art was varied and imaginative.” Elizabeth (Nairn)
“Thoroughly enjoyed this production. The walk in, the outdoor environment and set participation all added to living the story along with Betty. Drift is a journey.” Stacia (Pettycur Bay)
“I went today. It’s brilliant. Loved the atmosphere it creates and how it pulls you in – completely. I didn’t know though that you could turn the mobiles in the captains booth. So I want to go again. Go if you can. Everyone should know about Betty Mouat.” Alison (Pettycur Bay)
Drift, Pettycur Bay Burntisland, Review | Edinburgh Guide ***** by Irene Brown
The Scotsman review of Drift, Burntisland **** by Joyce McMillan
Drift is touring to Norwegian beaches this summer.
The dates are as follows:
Stamsund Teaterfestival, Stamsund 25-28 May 2016
Arctic Art Festival, Harstad 21-25 June
Fossekleiva Kultursenter, Berger 2-3 July
Traena Festivalen, Traena 7-10 July
Drift has been made possible through the generous support of Creative Scotland
Nairn performances are supported by Davidson (Nairn) Charitable Trust