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Eden Court in Inverness teams up with theatre company Raw Material to bring The Stamping Ground – a new musical featuring the songs of Runrig – to the Highlands

By Gregor White

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The Stamping Ground is a new musical featuring the songs of Runrig.
The Stamping Ground is a new musical featuring the songs of Runrig.

The brand new musical will be staged at Eden Court next summer.

The Stamping Ground is billed as a new musical, featuring the songs of Runrig, about love, life and the land.

Set in a rural Scottish community it tells the story of Euan and Annie who have newly returned home but find themselves lost in a place now filled with more tourists than residents.

The heart of their community, the local pub, is for sale and tensions are rising about the future of the place they call home.

It’s also the hottest summer in years and as the temperature rises, tensions flare within their family.

Their teenage daughter is growing up too fast and an old flame comes back into Euan’s mother’s life.

The Stamping Ground is written by Morna Young from a concept by Alan B McLeod and features musical direction and arrangements by John Kielty, directed by Luke Kernaghan and with design from Kenneth MacLeod.

It will be staged at Eden Court in July next year then tour nationally in 2023, supported by Creative Scotland.

Susannah Armitage, Eden Court senior producer, said: “The Stamping Ground is a story of home and community.

"It is a story rooted in contemporary Highland experience and is underpinned by Runrig’s beautiful, evocative and well-loved songs which provide the rhythmic and lyrical backbone to the musical.

"It is fitting that we are creating this production in the Highlands and that this ambitious, exciting and warm-hearted new musical marks Eden Court’s renewed commitment to creating more producing opportunities for Highland artists and Highland audiences.

"We are delighted to be working with Raw Material Arts to bring The Stamping Ground to audiences in Inverness next summer.”

Margaret-Anne O’Donnell and Gillian Garrity of Raw Material said: “We are thrilled to be working in a co-producing partnership with Eden Court on this new large-scale musical, The Stamping Ground, featuring the songs of seminal Scottish band Runrig.

"It is a privilege to work with the rich creative legacy of writers Calum MacDonald and Rory MacDonald and to empower some of our best theatre artists to create work at scale with a story and musical production that we are sure will delight and entertain audiences across Scotland.

"As independent producers we are acutely aware of the need for high quality Scottish productions that can perform on some of our largest stages and reach audiences that love live theatre.

"The past few years have been challenging across all parts of our sector and we look forward to heralding the return of our creative artists to venues and stages and sharing this new play with theatre and musical audiences."

The Stamping Ground is at Eden Court from July 18-30th

Tickets go on sale from midday today.

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