#epicstagestory

2018 is the 20th Anniversary of The Touring Network. We are gathering stories from promoters, visiting performers and audience members which tell the history of live events in the Highlands and Islands – from the 1970’s right up until the present day.

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#EPICSTAGESTORY celebrates the lives of those who have transformed, connected with or programmed in our communities over the past 20 years and more. As part of our Anniversary year we are gathering stories from promoters, visiting performers and audience members which tell the history of live events in the Highlands and Islands – from the 1970’s right up until the present day.
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Do you have stories to tell of performers touring the region, or of hosting them in your communities? Did you go to a particularly special gig, theatre, comedy or dance performance in one of our remote venues across the Highlands and Islands?  Are you a performer who has a story to tell of your rural touring adventure? An epic journey against the odds to get to your show? A wonderful community who were incredible hosts?
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If you have a story to share or want to explore our story so far, scroll down...

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CONTACT OUR RESEARCHER

BY POST

Kerry Duncan,
An Lanntair,
Balblair,
Black Isle,
Dingwall
IV7 8LH.

All archive will be treated with care and returned once it is photographed or scanned.

BY PHONE

01349 888182

BY EMAIL

heritage@nullthetouringnetwork.com

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MEMORY SHARE PORTAL

Share your EPIC STAGE STORY / memorabilia / pictures and any other documents relating to touring in the Highlands and Islands since 1970 ⇒HERE⇐

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Share your story now by posting words and pictures on social media and adding 

#EPICSTAGESTORY

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SOCIAL MEDIA

You can follow and take part in the #EPICSTAGESTORY as it unfolds on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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MEMORY SHARING WORKSHOPS

Kerry Duncan, our Heritage Researcher has started hosting memory-sharing workshops across the region.  To take part, keep an eye on our news pages and social media.  If you would like to host one, let us know

SHORT FILM COMMISSION

We have commissioned two film makers to create a short film which focuses on the people, places and events within the Highlands and Islands

touring 'museum of memorabilia'

A roaming museum of all the findings gathered from this project will tour the network of rural venues across the Highlands & Islands From September 2018-2019.   If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please get in touch.

The gathering

Our Annual Gathering will play host to both the premiere of our film commission as well as being the launch pad for our touring musem  Come and celebrate our 20th anniversary with us!

THE

EPIC STAGE STORY

SO FAR

“I went to 7:84; ‘The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black oil’, when I lived in Edderton. It was completely wonderful, unforgettable, inspiring and so energising. In my experience it was the first thing of its kind in the Highlands. It just felt so engaging. The audience were…electrified by it.”

Lizzie McDougall

Highland artist, storyteller and promoter since 1983

“We started promoting with the ‘Scottish Mime Theatre’…During the 80’s, they went on to become the ‘Crazy Cat Theatre Company’ and ‘The Clown Jewels’…Having this constant stream of musicians, actors, and clowns; people passing through, has just given our lives a real, extra dimension…it ‘lifts our lives’ here on Skye.”

Polly MacInnes

wife of Duncan MacInnes from Skye Events for all (SEALL), Duncan has promoted over 1800 events in the last 27 years

“Michael Marra… he was legendary for playing a small keyboard on an ironing board…if you could get a well-tuned piano in for him, he just thought that was fantastic. March 2012…he was very ill that night he came…but he did (go on), and we hired a piano especially for it.”

David Gilbert

from Resolis Community Arts reminiscing about memorable performances at Resolis Memorial Hall

John Saich’s #EPICSTAGESTORY

Meet John Saich, Freelancer in the world of music as well as Arts Programme Manager for Craignish Village Hall in Ardfern for almost 2 years. Read on to hear about him, his community and of course his #EPICSTAGESTORY

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Connecting Creative Communities / Interview with Jo McLean

We asked our CEO Jo what our new Connecting Creative Communities Project is all about – see what she has to say, and how you can get involved now, in this video. Deadline for applying/expressions of interest 10 Nov 2017

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Clod Ensemble’s The Red Chair – Podcast Available

Did you miss out on seeing Clod Ensemble’s The Red Chair this month? Click here to listen to a podcast version of the show.

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Edinburgh Fringe / Go See Reviews

In August a group of Touring Network Promoters travelled to Edinburgh to attend the Fringe. Find out which shows stood out for them this year.

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Creative Scotland / Arts Strategy 2016-17

Jo highlights the general themes of the new Arts Strategy, which outlines Creative Scotland’s key direction over the next 2 years and beyond.

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THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN KINDLY FUNDED By

 

Image Credits

Capercaillie Poster – Skye / Billy Bragg Poster – Skye / Living Daylights Puppets Poster – Skye / Scottish Ensemble Poster- Skye / Young Promoters Pack 1 – cartoons produced by Chris Tyler, commissioned by Duncan MacInnes / Tea break at the Gathering, Cromarty / Let’s Circus at the Gathering Ardfern / Mull Theatre audience Carnegie Hall, Clashmore / EPIC STAGE polaroids / Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern

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