Tales From The Hanging Captain Theatre Production – Stories From Leith Docks…

18th May 2016

PRESS RELEASE: 18th May 2016

Tales From The Hanging Captain
An exuberant theatre production – made in Leith for the people of Leith- and beyond!

Part of Leith Festival 2016

Stories from Leith Docks, of voyages, misadventure, struggle and solidarity.

Devised by Active Inquiry’s Flashback Drama group and Strange Town Young Company

Following on from the hugely successful production of “Persevere”, part of Out of the Blues Gretna 100 Project, this new play, “Tales From The Hanging Captain” sees Active Inquiry and Strange Town join forces again to explore the history of Leith docks.

Joyce McMillan in her 2015 review of the “Persevere” production said;

“difficult not to be moved and shaken by the profound sense of place, time and continuity conjured up by this fine 24-strong community company” (June 2015)

Local people involved in the production also commented that;

“It was a great experience to be part of a project which engaged with the history of our local area, whilst simultaneously engaging with the community that lives here now”

As locals gather in the fictional Leith bar ‘The Hanging Captain’, auld Sandy takes the audience on a voyage through time and shares the stories of the Dockers involvement in the whaling industry, the ‘Darien Scheme’ and the strikes of 1913.

This is the first part of ‘Leith Moves’ project – an Out of the Blue Heritage Lottery Fund supported project examining the history of Leith docks. From September 2016 as more stories are gathered, the Leith Moves project will devise a new and exciting theatre production about the people of Leith Docks which will be performed late 2017.


Listing Information

‘Tales from the Hanging Captain’ performances are at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG


Friday 17th June 3pm – Free to community groups and organisations. Followed by group discussion
Saturday 18th June 3pm – Free to community groups and organisations. Followed by group discussion


Thursday 16th June 7.30pm Preview
Friday 17th June 7.30pm
Saturday 18th June 7.30pm


Tickets standard price £6/£4
To purchase tickets, please visit outoftheblue.eventbrite.co.uk
Download a copy of the Tales From The Hanging Captain flyer.

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