On the 22nd May 1915, at Quintishill near Gretna, the worst train disaster in British railway history left over 200 men from the 7th Royal Scots dead. This 'Leith Battalion' trained at the Drill Hall which later became the focus point for families looking for information after the disaster. Working in this same building 100 years later, Active Inquiry and Strange Town Young Company have researched and devised a piece of promenade theatre which guides the audience around the Drill Hall and enables them to catch glimpses of stories of Leithers 100 years ago saying goodbye to sons and brothers, hearing the news of the crash and coping with the aftermath.
Persevere is part of the Gretna 100 project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to enable Leithers to connect with this disaster that devastated the community 100 years ago.
Fore more information, please visit http://www.outoftheblue.org.uk/gretna100project/
Part of the Forest Fringe 2015 programme.
When & Where
Out of the Blue & Drill Hall Arts Cafe
36 Dalmeny Street
EH6 8RG Edinburgh
Out of the Blue
out of the blue is a multi-arts venue committed to providing space for a range of community arts activities including exhibitions, classes, rehearsals, special events, meetings, performances, markets and festivals.