Published: 24/09/2014 17:32 - Updated: 25/09/2014 10:38

Highland war stories behind new drama at Fort George

The CREATIVE group behind the performance and exhibition.
The CREATIVE group behind the performance and exhibition.

THE story of two Skye brothers who fought in the Great War – revealed by letters in a Highland attic – is featured among many in a new theatre production and exhibition at Fort George on Sunday.

A Century Untold is written and performed by the Eden Court Collective, explores poignant personal stories in the wake of conflict. And the company of 16-25 year olds, assembled from Eden Court CREATIVE youth theatres all across the Highlands, has been working with the Highlanders’ Museum to research their own families’ war stories.

The resulting production is an exploration of personal tales previously unheard and lost to history.

From a resident’s tale of the bombing of Bank Row in Wick to the new medical practices developed in field hospitals by a local great grandfather, this unique event tells tales of human insight.

And there are also quiet moments of humour among the great losses.

As part of the project – which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Young Roots programme – the collective has also produced an exhibition which will be launched on the same night.

The exhibition features original copies of the letters that formed the basis of the production.

And there will also be historical images and photographs, as well as information about the cast members and their connection to the stories.

The ticket to the performance includes free entry to the exhibition.

The Fort George Highlanders’ Museum will also continue to host the exhibition for the coming months.

Situated on the Ardersier peninsula, Fort George remains a working MOD barracks providing a backdrop that resonates with the history of the tales being shared.

The performance takes place at 7.30pm on Sunday at Fort George.

All tickets to the event are free and can be obtained in advance from the Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George and via the Eden Court Box Office. Demand will be high and the numbers are limited so early booking is recommended.

Katyana Kozikowska, Eden Court CREATIVE manager said: "The company members have been deeply inspired by the history and tales they’ve uncovered. Based on the work so far, they will also be creating online resources for schools as well as a documentary of the project which will be available online from January 2015."

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