MAY THE ROAD RISE UP by Rosemary Jenkinson, dir. Stephen Kelly (C21 Theatre)

Cast: Christine Clare

A one-woman dark comedy set in contemporary Belfast that is an energetic, funny and compelling tale of how easy it is, with the right (or wrong) combination of events, to slip into homelessness. It’s highly topical in its unflinching look at credit card debt, the benefits system, addiction to prescription drugs, and living on the streets  

Mia is a Tesco’s delivery driver.  However, she gets into credit card debt.  To relieve the stress, she begins to party too much and take recreational drugs at the weekend.  She injures her back at work from doing too much overtime.  She has to leave her job and she goes on benefits, trying to claim ESA, but, in being truthful, she fails to score enough points. 

Mia takes a range of prescription painkillers like Lyrica due to her back pain and, as she becomes hooked, her mind becomes fuzzier.   

She can’t manage to pay the rent, thanks to the bedroom tax, and the landlord evicts her.  She has nowhere to go, so she ends up sleeping on her friend Paddy’s sofa until his partner asks her to leave.  She tries to get in at a homeless hostel but it’s full and she has no choice but to live on the freezing streets with some failed asylum seekers.  She begs in order to buy enough prescription drugs to make her life bearable.   

Out of the blue, a year later, she meets her old friend, Paddy, in the street.  Paddy has cleaned up his act and has just opened a party planner business and is looking for someone to set up party venues.  Paddy reminds her of the fun times they used to have together and offers her a job.  As Mia attempts to lift herself from the streets, it strikes her that she has been through so much, she can no longer party herself but, in a poignant glimpse of hope for the future, she can focus on helping others to celebrate great times. 

Rosemary Jenkinson
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Kin and the Community

Musicians from the Feis Rois program have spent several months working alongside acclaimed fiddler and composer Duncan Chisholm to research a local story, create a film, and create an original sound track to their short film. The project has allowed the young people to explore cultural heritage and learn new skills in composition, film-making, research and ethnology. 
Fèis Rois enables people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the traditional arts and Gaelic language through a diverse programme of activities in Ross & Cromarty, across Scotland and beyond. 

Based in Dingwall, Fèis Rois is widely recognised as a national leader in the arts, particularly in music education. The organisation aims to give young people and lifelong learners the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture in a way that supports them in developing their social skills and inspires them to reach their full potential. 

Air Iomall

From Scottish duo Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach, and Filmmaker Hamish MacLeod, Air Iomall (Scottish gaelic for “On the Edge”) is a film and suite of new music, inspired by now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic- some of Scotland’s most remote, and remarkable places. Travelled aboard the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan, the duo visited and wrote music inspired by the histories, people, and landscapes of these mysterious, wild places. The film documents the duo on this once in a lifetime experience, providing a visually stunning, sensitive insight in to these under-documented and enigmatic landscapes. It culminates with a concert of their new music on St Kilda- the most remote part of the UK, on the 88th anniversary of the evacuation of its native population. Accompanying the film, is the duo’s release of a studio album of the same title, which features their live performance on St Kilda in its entirety.The project was supported by Help Musicians UK and Creative Scotland. 

National Highland Cattle Show


For centuries the Highland breed lived in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions that prevailed created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. The Australian Highland Cattle Society, in conjunction with the National Celtic Festival, will be hosting the National Highland Cattle Show on Sunday the 9th of June. This will include 60 cows and calves on site, judged by an international adjudicator from Scotland.