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Thu, 23 Jun


Cairndow Village Hall

'Into The Weeds' by An Tobar, Mull Theatre and Arch 468

In The Weeds is a Hebridean thriller about a marine biologist who falls in love with a sea monster.

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'Into The Weeds' by An Tobar, Mull Theatre and Arch 468
'Into The Weeds' by An Tobar, Mull Theatre and Arch 468

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23 Jun 2022, 19:00 – 22:00

Cairndow Village Hall, Village Hall, Cairndow PA26 8BN, UK

About the event

Exploring island identity and our troubled relationship to the natural environment, this new commission from award winning playwright Joseph Wilde asks how remote communities can survive the dangers created by the tourism they rely on.

In The Weeds examines our relationship to the land we live on, its heritage and who it belongs to. A gothic thriller, the play follows Kazumi, a Scots-Japanese taxonomist and marine biologist on a quest to find and classify the rare water creature that he believes drowned his family. Arriving on a remote Hebridean island, he meets Coblaith, a local woman whose family have lived there for generations. But there's something strange about Cob's obsessive affection for the lochs and something even stranger about the way the other islanders treat her. Suspicious of his new lover, Kazumi begins to fear that she is the lethal creature he has been searching for, but when he confronts her, he discovers that she is a different kind of monster entirely. The housing crisis on Scotland's islands has dramatically worsened as people have fled the urban centres seeking refuge from the Covid-19 Pandemic and on Mull, the tension between wealthy new comers and locals who cannot afford to buy a home is at breaking point. In The Weeds explores the difficult question of who gets to claim ownership of the land we all live on.

A taught two hander with an all-Scottish cast, the play is set on and around the waters of Mull. Directed by Mull Theatre Artistic Director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord.

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