New WW1 production coming to Bute

Mount Stuart was used as a military hospital during the First World War.
Mount Stuart was used as a military hospital during the First World War.

The Three Wee Crows Theatre Company has joined forces with Argyll and Bute Council and Mount Stuart to bring a free performance of a new work combining theatre, music, poetry and visuals to Bute.

‘Home Fires, Broken Sons’ portrays some of the events in the villages and towns of West Scotland during the First World War.

An intricate tapestry of tales of relatively normal domestic life on the home front – many of them actual events drawn from newspaper articles, books and memories - is interwoven with the stark contrast of life at the battle front and in the trenches.

Themes explored by the work include: the spirit and humour of communities, despite their isolation from the war, trying to continue as normal and finding ways to support the war effort; families coming to terms with the loss of loved ones; and the vital role played by auxiliary hospitals and convalescent homes such as Mount Stuart on Bute, and Dungallan in Oban.

The Three Wee Crows Theatre Company was formed in 2008 and have performed to great acclaim over 50 times throughout Argyll and elsewhere – historic houses, kirks, castles and heritage sites as well as theatres, village halls, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Scottish Parliament.

Their Bute performance is at Mount Stuart on Saturday, April 16. Entry is free but booking is essential - contact Mount Stuart on (01700) 503877 to ensure your place. Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.