New Shetland Dialect Production on the Way ~ Kirsty & Da Snarravoe Njuggle
23 August 2011
New Shetland dialect production
on the way
An exciting new Shetland dialect
production is to go on the road around 24 Shetland schools at the
end of August/start of September. 'Kirsty & Da Snarravoe
Njuggle' stars young Shetland actress Hannah Uttley who returns to
Shetland having just completed a drama course at Stratford
"The production uses film, puppets and
live performances to create a spellbinding atmosphere" says the
Council's Creative Links Officer Noelle Henderson.
"It has been adapted for the stage by Izzy Swanson,
Drama Co-ordinator and Dialect Co-ordinator Bruce Eunson and is
part of the Dialect Development Project's work to offer young
people a chance to hear dialect in a contemporary setting.
The story is told in Shetland dialect and the idea behind it is to
introduce and dramatise some of the entertaining stories of
Shetland folklore. It's a great show and is suitable for all the
family especially those with children in upper primary. I'd
even say it's a little bit scary!".
Bruce Eunson sets the scene for the
play..... "It tells the story of 10 year
old Kirsty who is sent to stay with her granny. She is quickly
bored with life in the country and while searching for a signal for
her mobile she finds what appears to be an ancient brooch. Then she
meets, what she thinks is a friendly pony. It is no pony
though...it is actually the Snarravoe Njuggle! Kirsty makes
the mistake of getting on the back of the pony, who transforms into
a njuggle and in a second, with a flash of blue flame, runs with
Kirsty towards the loch of Snarravoe. The njuggle then dives into
the water, taking Kirsty down with her. If you want to find out
what happens next, you'll have to come along to see the
The play is appearing at:
24 schools across Shetland during the
week of 29th August and will form part of the Wordplay
festival at Islesburgh Community Centre on
Saturday 3rd September at 10.30am and Sunday 4th September at 11am.
Tickets are available through Shetland Box Office.
The production is part of the Dialect
Development Project funded by LEADER, Shetland Forwirds, Shetland
Islands Council, Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Arts.
The team behind the show would like to thank Scotland's Islands for
funding towards this production.
For further information please contact
Noelle Henderson, Creative Links Officer ~ Phone:
01595 744013; Mobile: 07919
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