Theatre in Schools Scotland brings performances of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s powerful production Lifeboat, by Nicola McCartney, to primary schools on the Isle of Lewis sponsored by The Scottish Salmon Company and supported by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Theatre in Schools Scotland tours world-class theatre and dance performances to primary schools across Scotland and is bringing Lifeboat by Nicola McCartney, presented by award-winning Scottish theatre company Catherine Wheels to P5 - P7 pupils in Lewis on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February 2020.

Lifeboat will be in Laxdale School with two performances for pupils from Laxdale School, Uig School, Bernera School, Tong School, Sgoil nan Loch and Pairc School on Thursday 20th February and in Stornoway Primary School with two performances for pupils from Stornoway Primary, Sgoil an Taobh Siar and Shawbost School on Friday 21st February.

Lifeboat tells the extraordinary true story of 15-year-old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, who spent 19 hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. Set in World War II, it is a fantastic story of courage, survival and enduring friendship. This acclaimed production for children and young people has toured worldwide and was the first Scottish production to appear at the Sydney Opera House.

Theatre in Schools Scotland is a pioneering initiative developed and produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate creating opportunities for schools to host live theatre and dance performances in their school halls. Bookings are subsidised and an annual programme of shows tours throughout Scotland, with accompanying resources for teachers and children.

Lifeboat is one of six productions touring schools throughout Scotland this year. Since launching three years ago, Theatre in Schools Scotland has toured 14 productions to every local authority in Scotland, bringing inspiring, powerful performances to over 52,000 children and young people in schools from Shetland to the Scottish Borders.

Theatre in Schools Scotland is delighted to be receiving sponsorship from The Scottish Salmon Company for this year’s programme. This support helps performances reach schools in remote and rural communities across Scotland.

Su Cox, Director of The Scottish Salmon Company, says: "We are very proud to have sponsored the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme since its inception, and it has been of enormous benefit to children across the country.

"With a commitment to bringing the arts to rural communities, the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme closely mirrors our own values of supporting cultural activities in remote and rural areas of the west coast and Hebrides, where our staff live and work.”

Donald Macleod, Education, Skills & Children’s Services Department, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, says: “We are delighted to be working again this year with the Theatre in Schools Scotland project and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company to bring a new performance to our schools. We have been consistently impressed with the quality of the productions and our children have been so fortunate to benefit from the ability to access high-quality theatrical productions within their own community. We look forward to bringing the production of Lifeboat to the island this week and I’m sure the poignant story will resonate with many.”

The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading producer of quality Scottish Salmon with operations exclusively in Scotland, with 60 sites across the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides. The company is fully engaged in all stages of the value chain from smolt production through freshwater and marine farming to processing, as well as sales and marketing activity. We are dedicated to producing the highest quality Scottish Salmon, exporting globally to 26 countries from North America to the Far East.

All of the Scottish Salmon Company's Farms and processing facilities are audited and approved by the internationally acclaimed GLOBALGAP accreditation scheme, which includes excellence in fish husbandry and animal welfare. The Scottish Salmon Company is the UK’s first salmon producer to be awarded a 3-star Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certification. Internationally recognised, BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme.

The Scottish Salmon Company supports the development of sport in the local communities where its staff work and live. The company’s total staff numbers over 650 people. The main office is in Edinburgh: www.scottishsalmon.com

Photograph: Lois Mackie in Lifeboat by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Jassy Earl Photography