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Jacqui’s two Hamefarin plays

Shetland drama group Serpentine are busy rehearsing two plays to be performed as a double bill during two nights at the Hamefarin event later this month.

Will Shu and Shetland in 60 Minutes are both written by local playwright Jacqueline Clark, who won the MacLellan Award for plays written in Scots in 2007 and 2009.

Will Shu is set in the local village of Firth during the year 2000 exactly one hundred years after the Delting fishing disaster, in which 22 lives were lost when four boats the men where fishing from were caught in a severe north westerly gale.

The story of the disaster is married with the story of a young woman called Jess.

When Jess was a girl she took her little sister Freya paddling at the beach on her birthday. They then played a game of hide and seek which went horribly wrong.

Twelve years later and Jess is haunted by both memories of the past and her own more recent personal ghosts. The past and the present mingle as Jess contemplates her future in her home community.

Ms Clark’s new comedy Shetland in 60 Minutes is set in a spoof game show and features two teams battling to share their knowledge of Shetland.

The teams promise that the audience will find out everything one would ever want to know about the islands, including Viking invasions, dowries, castles, nasty lairds, socks fit for a queen and cabbage white butterflies.

She said: “Will Shu was a very important play for me to write having grown up in Mossbank and it has been really exciting to have revisited the play after a time away from it.

“It’s very apt that the piece is being performed as part of the Hamefarin celebrations as hopefully some of the visitors will have connections to the Delting disaster!”

The plays will be performed at the Garrison Theatre on Wednesday 23 June and Thursday 24 June starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets and further information is available from the Shetland Box Office, telephone 01595 745 555.


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