Leith Moves

Leith Moves is an Out of the Blue Heritage Lottery Funded education project investigating the historical significance of Leith docks. It follows the successful format of our recent Gretna 100 project, namely a participatory research project integrating with exhibition and theatre groups. The project will include many events as opportunities to further involve the Leith community in exploring their history.

For more information contact Lisa Arnott, Leith Moves Project Coordinator
Email: Lisa.arnott@outoftheblue.org.uk

Leith Moves Film Screening and Exhibition Launch
Friday 11th August 2017
(Exhibition until Friday 25th August and film will be screening daily (10am – 5pm) on a loop until Monday 21st August)

6pm – 8pm

We are showcasing a magnificent film and exhibition from the investigative project, with a launch event on August 11th, 6pm – 8pm. All welcome.


Filmmaker Ray Bird has been documenting the project. His investigative filming style/ approach has enabled him to build on the work of the groups to further elaborate on many of the captivating stories of Leithers and their history.

Photography Exhibition

Gathering the stories of Leith today, photographer Craig Maclean, collaborated with local community group and business enabling them to create the ‘Slice of Leith’ exhibition of images which shared their stories of migration and how food has been a way to share their culture with the wider communities of Leith.

Augmented Reality Photography Exhibition

Discover interactive content by downloading the free app CreativMuse. Open the app and scan the exhibition photographs to watch interviews and film content.


The Waves on the Seas (theatre performance) 

Following on from the success of last year’s Tales from the Hanging Captain, Active Inquiry Flashback Drama Group, Strange Town Young Company and writer Duncan Kidd join forces again to continue to tell the story of Leith Docks. Following three generations of Italian immigrants the play explores how Leith has affected the lives of all those who have come and gone over the years and the mark that they have made.

“this excellent ensemble cast keep the action tight and focused, ensuring an engrossing view of Leith that certainly doesn’t outstay its welcome”
  –  Broadway Baby, June 2017  

Performances are at the The Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th August 2017
All performances are at 8pm 

For audiences 16+

Tickets standard price £7.50/£4
Please visit outoftheblue.eventbrite.co.uk



A Slice of Leitha slice of leith 600 x 350

There is a long history of people from all over the world arriving and settling in Leith. Leith Docks has a long history of food being imported through the docks. Oranges, limes, grain and sugar have all contributed to the production of whisky, biscuits, ice-cream, bread and cordial.

Out of the Blue’s Heritage Lottery Fund supported ‘Leith Moves’ project would like to gather the stories and ingredients which make your favourite recipe so special within your community, culture, religion or family life.

Do you have a recipe which has been handed down through generations?
Are there ingredients which are unique to your family and culture?
What are the ingredients you use in your cooking?
What are the ingredients which contribute to making a Leither?

The stories gathered will contribute to ‘A Slice of Leith’ – a film and guidebook exploring the ingredients which have made Leith what it is today, and recipes for its culinary future.

For more information contact Lisa Arnott, Leith Moves Project Coordinator
Email: Lisa.arnott@outoftheblue.org.uk



Tales from the Hanging Captain

Following on from the hugely successful production of “Persevere”, part of Out of the Blue’s Gretna 100 Project, “Tales from The Hanging Captain” saw Active Inquiry and Strange Town join forces again to explore the history of Leith Docks. This inspirational play revealed some of the hidden stories and voices of Leith Docks. Set in the fictional Leith pub, ‘The Hanging Captain’, the audience is taken on a voyage through time, as stories of the Dockers involvement in the whaling industry, the ‘Darrien Scheme’, and the strikes of 1913 unfold.

The first performances of Tales from the Hanging Captain were on the 16th, 17th & 18th June 2016 at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall with additional sold out dates during 2016 Forest Fringe on the 13th & 14th August 2016. 


To get involved or to find out more information, contact lisa@outoftheblue.org.uk

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