Published: 07/02/2014 11:46 - Updated: 07/02/2014 11:57

Rantin about Scotland

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Kieran Hurley in a scene from 'Rantin'.
Kieran Hurley in a scene from 'Rantin'.

LOCAL voices will have their say on the state of Scotland in a new work that combines political theatre with ceilidh craic.

Rantin, created by writer and performer Kieran Hurley, is an intimate touring show which takes a look at Scottish identity.

Co-presented by the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) and the Arches in Glasgow, Rantin begins the NTS’s Dear Scotland 2014 season of theatre, debate and celebration.

During its national tour, a character in the show will specifically come from each town where the play is performed, including Lossiemouth, Wick, Kirkwall, Thurso, Tongue, Durness and Ullapool, and audiences throughout Scotland will see local references.

Part play and part gig session, Rantin uses storytelling and live music and draws on Scottish folk tradition, including many familiar songs.

It was originally presented as part of the NTS and Arches’ Auteurs project for the 2013 Behaviour festival.

Hurley, whose recently toured the UK with his award-winning one man show Beats, has worked in close collaboration with his co-performers, musicians Gav Prentice (one half of the duo Over The Wall) and Drew Wright (also known as singer and experimental vocalist Wounded Knee) and actor and theatre-maker Julia Taudevin, to create this production.

"I’m really excited to be taking Rantin on tour in 2014. We’ve got a great team, and I can’t wait to share the work with audiences across Scotland," Hurley said.

As with other productions in its Dear Scotland season, the NTS is inviting audiences to take part by not only by coming to events, but in sharing their thoughts about Scotland in 2014.

Audiences on tour will be given a postcard with the greeting line, Dear Scotland on which they are encouraged to share their rants and regrets, love letters or break-up sentiments, advice or demands, hopes and dreams, and then to send the postcard back for free to the National Theatre of Scotland.

The responses will be put together to create a living record of the year Scotland votes on independence.

• Rantin, created by Keiran Hurley, can be seen on its tour of the Highlands and Moray at The Warehouse, Lossiemouth, on Wednesday 12th February; the Assembly Rooms, Wick, on Thursday 13th February; Mill Theatre, Thurso, on Tuesday 18th February; Tongue Village Hall on Wednesday 19th February; Durness Village Hall, Sutherland, on Friday 21st February; and Ullapool Village Hall on Saturday 22nd February.

All performances begin at 7.30pm. Contact individual venues for ticket prices.

Rantin - in rehearsal from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.

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