During 2016-2017 Rural Nations artists are working on the development of a film / animation and theatre performance initially inspired by the Northern traditional story of The Eagle Who Stole the Baby. The work will focus on the importance of wild land, rewilding and the growing raptor populations in the The Hebrides and the North of Scotland.
Working on two platforms, theatre and film/animation this project aims to look at digitisation and particularly whether Mixed Reality can provide a new performance environment - mix between real and virtual worlds to produce new environment.
Alongside the theatre mix performance a short film will be created with specially designed puppets utilising digital forms. Locations in North Harris including Glen Meavaig and Northton Beach will be used as well as close up of Hebridean natural peat environments. This environmental short is being developed to raise awareness in the characteristics of Golden Eagles and their habitats in wild land regions of the Hebrides. (The project is being developed within the advice and assistance of the North Harris Trust Ranger and the resident Western Isles RSPB conservationist and raptor specialist Robin Reid).
Na Pùpaidean, Dreach na Stèidse agus na deilbh beo le Muriel Anna NicLeòid (Eilean Leòdhais)
Puppet, Set design & animation by Muriel Ann Macleod (Isle of Lewis)
Storyline & Soundscape: Alex Patience (Portskerra)