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The Storm Watchers

By George Mackay Brown

Scotland Unwrapped

Thu 27 Jun
Film

The Storm Watchers

By George Mackay Brown

Scotland Unwrapped

A film created and produced by St Magnus International Festival
Director Gerda Stevenson
Film Editor James Alcock
Sound Designer Rob MacNeacail
Music Alasdair Nicolson
Additional filming Fionn McArthur [Startpoint Media]

Join us in St Pancras Room to watch a powerful and meaningful film inspired by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown’s piece The Storm Watchers.


A powerful and poetic piece by internationally renowned Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown, this film presents the lives, anxieties, regrets, fears and memories of women as they confront the anxiety of waiting with all their men out at sea and then the terrible aftermath of the storm they have watched. Filmed in 2021 during lockdown in Orkney, this project involved technology, remote rehearsal, mobile phone cameras and more as actors from the Orkney community brought this work to life performing in isolation. Originally written in the 1960s, the power of the imagery and narrative reflected a moment in time which had much contemporary resonance as many were lost.

Book Music Vitae: Storm Runes after film concert—Thu 27 Jun 

This event will last approximately 40 minutes, without an interval.


St Magnus International Festival

Founded in 1977 by a group including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and George Mackay Brown, St Magnus International Festival is at the heart of Orkney’s cultural life in the final weeks of June. Set against the backdrop of land, sea, sky, history and heritage, each year they stage a variety of events in music, theatre, arts, dance, literature, cabaret and folk music alongside community projects, education and learning opportunities, a diverse cultural offering to visitors from far and wide, as well as those who live on the islands – See more about St Magnus International Festival.

Date:Thu 27 Jun
Start time:6.30pm (Doors: 6pm)
Venue:St Pancras Room

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