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.

Want to get involved?

The Drama Group
Monday Evenings from 16th January 2017
6pm – 8pm

This informal and friendly group will bring together stories from across the generations of Leith to create a brand new Play for performances in the Leith Festival and Forest Fringe 2017. This group is for anyone over 18 with an interest in creating innovative theatre that entertains and challenges. No previous acting experience necessary.
For more information contact Gavin at ‘Active Inquiry’ on 0771 4321 629 or gavin@activeinquiry.co.uk

The Research Group
Meeting dates are;
Sat 21st January 2017
Sat 4th & 18th February 2017
Sat 4th, 18th March 2017
Sat 1st April 2017

10am – 12noon
This free, informal and friendly group will play a vital role in exploring the history of the movement of people to and from Leith. If you are interested in taking part and finding out more, just turn up at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall cafe on the dates listed above.
For more information contact Lisa Arnott, Leith Moves Project Coordinator
Email: Lisa.arnott@outoftheblue.org.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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