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Mad 12 Hours

Sunday 29th June, Garrison Theatre

Are you 16 or over?

Do you love to make theatre?

Do you have a spare 12 hours?

Stomping Ground and Shetland Arts are working in partnership to produce a brand new devising project.  At 9am on Sunday 29th June we’ll be opening the doors of the Garrison Theatre to anyone aged 16 or above, to come together and make a brand new piece of theatre, all in the space of 12 hours.

You will be working with John Haswell and Sian Thomas, who will provide a stimulus for the project, facilitate the devising process and take the lead in directing the final result. However, the creative onus is on you to generate ideas and work together to develop this new piece of theatre.

The emphasis of this project will be on promoting creativity in an inclusive and fun environment. We want to bring together anyone interested in acting and creating new work, to operate as a team and ultimately be part of a chaotic yet captivating community project.

At the end of the 12 hours you will be performing to an audience. Instead of charging a set price for tickets, we want to ask the audience to pay what they think it’s worth. So if you’re not sure about taking part this time around, come along and see what you think!

Pre-booking is essential and places will be limited. £12 per participant.

You can book online here:


Or by calling 01595 745555

We hope to see you there!


Earth Hour

Saturday 29th March 2014 @ 8pm (lights off at 8.30pm)

You can see the film of our Earth Hour event here:


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On 29th March 2014 we created a pop up, promenade performance for Earth Hour. The event featured our Beginners drama group, Aestaewast community drumming group and Shetland musicians Sheila Henderson, Donald Anderson and Alan McKay.

At 8.15pm we took over Mareel, with singing, dancing and torchlight!


Alex Wright performed a great role as an authoritative Duty Manager, putting Alan in his place with his “illegal” use of an electric guitar!


Our Beginners group were dotted around the café bar, and began our performance by springing up with solo lines, before being joined by the rest of the company and moving into the auditorium


We stopped off in the foyer for some singing and dancing


Before leading everyone outside for a final countdown to Earth Hour!



We arrived outside the building in time for the countdown to Earth Hour, after which everyone returned inside for poetry by candlelight. A massive thank you for everyone who participated, what a fantastic community event!

Earth Hour is an annual global initiative and is the largest of its kind as a mass participatory event. 152 counties turn as many lights off as possible for one hour, to highlight issues surrounding climate change.




Writing the North

We collaborated with Shetland Museum and Archives to create four brand new short films for Writing the North, a project which explores writers from past and present who have connections with Shetland and Orkney. You can read more about the full project here:


We worked with four schools to reflect upon writers from Shetland’s past, specifically Hugh MacDiarmid,  Robert Alan Jamieson, Sir Walter Scott and John J Graham. We discovered their world through their writing and through exploring how life would have been for them in Shetland. We visited relevant locations, spoke to local communities and re-enacted parts of the writers’ works.

Using this information as well as drawing from our own creative instincts, we created four short films in response to our writers’ work, lives and the world in which they lived. Our films will be shown in Spring 2014 as part of the Writing the North exhibition at Shetland Museum and Archives, and will also be available to view online.

Here are a few photos of the project …

Aith Junior High School: Shadowed Valley (John J Graham)

A few photos from our location shoot at a croft in Walls. The group re-enacted an extract from Shadowed Valley, the story of the Weisdale clearances.

An eviction notice being served by Da Sodger


Peerie Tammy being forcefully evicted from his home


Inside the croft we used for our location – it was a fascinating journey into the past


Brae High School: Thin Wealth (Robert Alan Jamieson)

Incomers enjoying leisure time during the oil boom in 1977


Albert and Clemmie relaxing mid shoot

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Whalsay High School: Various works by Hugh MacDiarmid

Creating stop motion animation

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Recording a radio play version of “With the Herring Fishers” by Hugh MacDiarmid

recording poem

Rehearsing a tour guide character

rehearsing tour guide character

And our tour guide on location at a house where Hugh MacDiarmid did some of his writing…it was very windy!

whalsay on location