Come awa in aboot an tak tent …

By bellmannews / August 22, 2021

… that’s the invitation from Mearns Writers

WORK from the South Aberdeenshire group is to form the backbone of a Nicht O Doric New Writing at Aberdeen Arts Centre.

Professional peformers will be presenting a selection of songs, poetry. short plays and monologues to reflect the area’s cultural heritage. Audiences can attend the Arts Centre’s socially distanced auditorium or stream the evening live online via a “pay fit ye can” ticket for the August 28th event (see below for link).

“We’re delighted to have worked with the Arts Centre in the creation of this evening celebrating Doric writing,” said group leader Alistair Lawrie.

“A number of us write regularly in Doric relishing its dry humour, the richness of expression and the lilt of the language. Not all of us are native speakers, indeed one of the writers featured is a native German speaker, but I would defy you to indentify which one from listening to the pieces.”

Mr Lawrie added that he’s particularly pleased at the professional cast of performers who will be bringing the group’s work to life on stage.

“We can’t wait to see them in action,” he said.

Performers include celebrated poet and storyteller Sheena Blackhall and actors Alec Westwood and Fraser Sivewright.

Organisers say they hope the project will encourag the  people of the North East to explore, discover and enjoy an increased knowledge of local history and traditions. They hope to bring audiences and community together through stories that have roots in the language and history of North East Scots.

Click the following link to obtain tickets for the event