What does the world of work mean to Scots today? Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ Work-in of 1971-72, present-day Clydesiders were inspired by Jimmy Reid’s ideas and oratory to create a dramatic community performance next to the site of John Brown’s Shipyard in Clydebank.
Scotland changed forever after the Act of Union, or did it? Contemporary Highlanders, including army veterans and new recruits, will explore the Union’s legacy and the implications of the rebellions against it, by forging metal emblems to represent their present-day identities.
St. Columba’s conversion of the Picts to Christianity is one of the turning points of Scottish history. Young people on Skye will investigate sites on the island associated with the Saint’s mission and assess whether such a change of belief could be possible in Scotland today - whilst staging their own miracles.
The religious wars of the seventeenth century were bloody affairs leaving graves and monuments scattered on the moors and hills of southwest Scotland to mark these ‘Killing Times’. Local young people will examine this divisive conflict by investigating these sites, how this era shaped our nation, and how it mirrors present-day conflicts around the world.
Migrants from across the world who live in Scotland will describe their experiences in this country by creating songs which fuse traditional idioms from their homelands with Scottish folk songs. Collaborating with musician and songwriter Drew Wright (aka Wounded Knee), they will be inspired by singers and songs from the regions visited by the first four parts of the project.