Actors wanted for Clearances performance

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Organisers of the McLellan Arts Festival have issued a call for actors of all ages to take part in a play that tells the story of the Arran Clearances.

The play, written by Whiting Bay poet and playwright Cicely Gill, is based on the events which took place leading up to and following the Arran Clearances and it will tell the story using actual and fictional characters.

The subject is very topical at the moment with many recordings of these events in The Book of Arran, a monument in remembrance to those who left, in Lamlash, an extensive exhibition in Arran Heritage Museum, a recent book by Jim Henderson and, even more recently, moving and fascinating talks by John Sillars who is an authority on the subject and who wrote about it in his epic drama of the history of Arran, The Land and the People.

It was hoped that the play would be performed two years ago but the Covid-19 pandemic prevented it from happening.

The intention is to perform it as part of the McLellan Arts Festival this year on Thursday and Friday August 25 and 26.

Anyone who is interested in taking part, on or off stage, is invited to get in touch. All ages are welcome, however, children will need to be at least eight years old.

There will be a meeting for all those interested on Sunday May 29, at 3pm at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick.

Anyone who is interested, but who cannot be at that meeting, should phone Heather Gough on 302670 (mobile or text 07960 309158) or email