A new National Theatre of Scotland production, Ferry Tales, is set to pop up on the Ullapool and Stornoway ferry route from 21 to 25 April.

The musical production, part of Visit Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, will feature a local community cast, with open rehearsals for residents taking place in Stornoway from Thursday 5 March.

Ferry Tales will bring an enchanting musical tale, told using English, Gaelic, and BSL (British Sign Language), to three of the country’s major ferry routes, with the support of Caledonian MacBrayne.

Written by Isobel McArthur and directed by Lu Kemp, and featuring songs by Scottish folk singer Josie Duncan, Ferry Tales will draw inspiration from real community stories and experiences to create the short, immersive tales, told through storytelling and song by an ensemble of talented actors.

As part of the production, audiences will also be welcomed and immersed in inspiring local tales, where the ordinary becomes fantastical and the truth is funnier than fiction.

Local residents will also have the chance to be a part of the production’s community cast, with community engagement sessions in Stornoway allowing people the opportunity to come along and share their stories. Engagement sessions and rehearsals in Stornoway will begin on 5 March, and will take place at the Martin’s Memorial Hall every Thursday evening for seven weeks.

The rehearsals will be led by musician Ross Brown and local drama practitioner Laura Cameron Lewis, and any interested participants are encouraged to come along to the first session.

Prior to arriving on the Stornoway route, Ferry Tales performances will also take place on two further ferry routes: on Rothesay to Wemyss Bay sailings from 7 to 11 April, and on Oban to Craignure sailings from 14 to 18 April.