"Children of the Clearances"
April 1998 and August 1994

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Upper left: Callum and Morag
Upper right: The 1994 cast of "Children of the Clearances"
Below: The 1998 cast of "Children of the Clearances"

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This piece of 'fiction based on fact' deals with a dark period of Scottish history. Following the decision of the London based land owners of the Highlands to graze highly profitable sheep on the land, rather than let the Crofters eeck out a living there, a group of children are left orphaned and homeless. Into what seems a hopeless situation comes the local priest, with an idea that to some, answers their prayers. The chance of a new life in a new country - Canada. The children travel to Fort William, via the Monument at Glenfinnan, to catch the boat that will take them to their dreams. Tragedy strikes at the end, when one of their number falls foul of the locals.
When the company decided to perform in their home town at Easter '98 for a change, this show was the obvious choice. As the casting calls for a younger age group, it also gave our very talented but usually unused members a chance to shine. The cast and the show  was very well received by the Edinburgh audiences.


WHAT THE PAPERS SAID

"... the music is strong, particularly the choruses and the story has bite"
Times Educational Supplement, August '94

"...this must be the most remarkable achievement on the Fringe"
The Scotsman, August '94

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