Over the past 9 months, film makers Beth Chalmers and Jassy Earl, along with researcher, Kerry Duncan, have been travelling around the region collecting stories and pin pointing key milestones that track the heritage of the Network as well as the wider history of touring performers coming to the region!

This is your Epic Stage Story.

Their travels have formed an incredible collection of stories and archive material, which are currently getting beautifully pieced together by Jen Kilgour to create a pop-up exhibition.

Stories about bus break-downs, unexpected audience participation, halls packed to the brim, cultural resonance and of course your communities!

Over the next year, we are inviting venues to host this exhibition for you and your communities or audiences to interact with. Its a super wee display, which folds out to reveal little interactive stories beautifully illustrated by Rosie Cunningham of Illustriation, etc and designed and assembled lovingly by Jen Kilgour. There will be a small screen (and headset) showing our film as well as plenty of fascinating archive materials on display – a playful, petite and informative exhibition, that will sit neatly in any venue.

This might just be the first time an exhibition about touring in the highlands and islands gets to tour the highlands and islands…  At the moment, we’re getting it ready, packing all it needs and now we need YOU to invite it into your spaces so we can plot its tour route.

All attendees of The Gathering will get to see it in real life when it launches on Thu 27 Sep, but for those who didn’t manage to get tickets or unable to attend – we will be publishing a call out shortly with more information and details, so keep your eyes peeled!

In the meantime, should you be interested in hosting the pop-up exhibition (note there is no charge for members looking to host the exhibition) please email Rhiannon to let her know.

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