18 Greenvoe

, Start Time: 14:30 Stromness Town Hall Church Road, Stromness KW16 3BA

First performed at St Magnus Festival in 1998, this re-working was commissioned by BBC Scotland for radio and the concert platform. This year's Festival Poet Stewart Conn has beautifully distilled George Mackay Brown's first novel into a microscopically concentrated little drama for narrator and four actors with a constant backdrop of evocative and illuminating music by Alasdair Nicolson.

Greenvoe is a village, a close-knit community on the fictional Orkney island of Hellya, and has existed unchanged for generations. It has a strong history from ancient times and an extraordinarily diverse set of highly individual inhabitants. But Operation Black Star requires the island for unspecified purposes (possibly nuclear power or waste) and threatens the islanders' way of life.

A whole host of acutely observed characters are vividly brought to life in this sparkling mixture of prose, poetry and music. The story and its characters are set in contrast to an ongoing ritual at The Bu (the farm) which takes us back to the ancient world and its mystical rites and rebirths. 

STEWART CONN Words (after George Mackay Brown)
ALASDAIR NICOLSON Music
Musicians and actors of THE ASSEMBLY PROJECT
ALASDAIR NICOLSON Conductor
JAMES RUNCIE Director

This event is dedicated to the memory of Archie Bevan co-founder of the St Magnus Festival, its Chairman between 1980 and 1990, Honorary Vice-President of the Festival and literary executor for George Mackay Brown. Archie was instrumental in the first meeting between Peter Maxwell Davies and George Mackay Brown which was to provide a source for so much work at the early Festivals. 

Approximately 1 hour 10 mins 
Tickets £17, £14, £10 Concessions £13, £11, £8 

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Stromness Town Hall

Church Road KW16 3BA

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