Shetland on migration

The words for the performance Migrants; A Shetland Response have been penned by poet and author Donald S Murray. Photo Carol Ann Peacock

A ONE-OFF performance highlighting the struggles of the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe is due to take place in Lerwick this month.

Migrants; A Shetland Response will be held at the town’s Baptist Church in Quoys on 17 June at 7pm as part of the nationwide Refugee Festival Scotland.


The event is being coordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council and will use the environment of Shetland and the north of Scotland to focus on the “disturbance and destruction” caused by conflict.

The show will also highlight the plight of some individuals living in war-torn cities such as Syria’s Aleppo, including Imad Noureldin, a hospital worker and friend of one of the participants.

Musical composition graduate Pauleen Wiseman has created a soundtrack for the performance, with Donald S Murray penning the words.

Whalsay singer Marie Williamson will perform some songs, while BBC Radio Shetland’s Mary Blance and Mike Grundon will be involved in the reading alongside some “surprise appearances”.

The event follows an evening of prayer organised by Shetland Inter Faith at Lerwick’s St Magnus Episcopal Church that was held last month for those affected by the conflict in Syria.