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Arts / Strawboys return for dance tour around isles

Rob Heaslip’s Strawboys. Featuring dancers (left to right) Jack Anderson and Tess Letham. Photo: Amy Sinead

AN EYE-catching performance featuring ‘straw dancers’ is touring Shetland over the coming days.

The pop-up Strawboys show previously visited Shetland last year.

The first performance of the 2022 tour is today (Tuesday) at midday at Mareel, moving to the Scalloway pool at 3pm.

On Wednesday the show will take place at the Sandwick pool at 5pm, while on Friday there will be two performances at the King George V Park in Lerwick at 11.30am and 2pm.

On Saturday there will be a show at the Whalsay Leisure Centre at 2pm, and on Sunday folk can watch the dance at 12.30pm and 2.30pm at the Yell Leisure Centre.

The tour will head to the Unst Leisure Centre on Wednesday 20 July at 2pm.

The dancers will be at the Brae leisure centre at 12.30pm on Thursday 21 July, and the West Mainland Leisure Centre at 3pm on Friday 22 July.

The final performance is being held at the Skeld caravan park on Saturday 23 July at 1pm and 3.30pm.

Strawboys, from Rob Heaslip, explores rituals of death, life and birth amongst the Gaels, the people on the north-western edge of Europe.

The work is said to be a unique spin on the cultural tradition of ‘The Strawboys’, also known as Mummers, Guisers, Burdie Boys and Skekklers.

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