Fri 13 Aug 21
Rising first at North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea, Storm will tour Scotland from August - October, celebrating our coasts and waters and the need to protect them
Storm will visit: North Berwick, Alloa, Anstruther, Burghead, Nairn, Oban, Dundee, Irvine, Wick, Dumfries and Edinburgh.
Created for the opening of Celtic Connections 2020 by Edinburgh-based visual theatre company, Vision Mechanics, Storm will once again rise from the oceans to walk on land. Storm is a legend come to life, emerging from the sea and coming to Scotland to tell us that the oceans are in crisis. This free, outdoor theatre spectacle is funded by EventScotland through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund and has been developed in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.
Aided by ten puppeteers, Storm – Scotland’s largest puppet – will travel Scotland’s coastlines and urge care and protection for our oceans and environment as she takes in the natural beauty found all across her home nation.
Made from entirely recycled and natural resources Storm is ten metres tall and weighs around 500 kilos. Her eyes are the colour of oyster shells, her hair thick strands of kelp, her voice the chorus of the waves. She is accompanied wherever she travels by a beautiful soundscape created by the pioneering Scottish folk singer Mairi Campbell.
Storm will first rise at North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea, Sunday 15 August. Pre-registration for North Berwick is already fully booked, but audiences can still follow Storm through the Vision Mechanics livestream. Her journey will continue in: Alloa, hosted by Alloa First, Saturday 21 August; Anstruther, Anstruther Harbour Festival Sunday 5 September; Burghead at Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, Saturday 11 September; Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Sunday 12 September; Oban hosted by Love Oban, Saturday 25 September; Dundee, hosted by Sustainable Dundee, Sunday 26 September; Irvine, Scottish Maritime Museum Saturday 2 October; Wick, Northern Lights Festival produced by Lyth Arts, Monday 11 October; Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Saturday 16 October; and a meet and greet in Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Gardens, Saturday 30 October - more details for this date to be announced in the autumn.
Storm’s journey is free to witness, but audiences must pre-register in advance in order to maintain covid-safe numbers. Information on how to do this will be available on the Vision Mechanics website. Exact times and route maps for Storm’s journey in each location will be shared with pre-registered audiences before she arrives. Each walk will also be live streamed across the Vision Mechanics social media channels. Audiences can check in each day of the tour to follow her route across Scotland.
Vision Mechanics Artistic Director, Symon Macintyre said: “Like many of us, Storm has been resting at home since early 2020, lying in wait to begin her journey across Scotland. We are delighted to be able to assist Storm in her journey to some of Scotland’s most beautiful coasts and waters. We believe strongly in her message of environmental care and are proud to be able to share it with people all across Scotland. From North Berwick, to Wick, to Dumfries - Storm is a striking vision to behold against the landscape of this beautiful country.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “It is wonderful to have Storm rise again and return to Scotland to tell her story. We are living in a climate emergency and Storm’s journey along our country’s beautiful coastlines will help draw attention to the role we all have to play in protecting our oceans and environment.
EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Storm through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund and in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.”
Storm is the latest production from Edinburgh based visual theatre makers Vision Mechanics. Previously they toured the giant puppet Big Man Walking across Scotland, transformed Drummohr House into the world of Oz, and installed Giants in the Forest across the UK. Their work invites people to celebrate and participate in creating memorable and interactive productions on huge scales. Storm is their most ambitious, challenging, and politically resonant project yet.