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Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, with the support of Caledonian MacBrayne and their ferries, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale, is a new short digital artwork celebrating the waters surrounding Scotland’s western isles and the voyages over them made by thousands of locals, workers and visitors each year.

It will be streaming from Wednesday 20 October 2021 on the National Theatre of Scotland website and social platforms.

Inspired by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Ferry Tales project in 2020, the performance of which was sadly not able to go ahead due to COVID 19, filmmaker Seth Hardwick has made a new short film Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale, featuring some of the original artistic talent.

Having found what she was looking for, Mairi takes the last ferry home and a community folds its arms around her. Hopeful and uplifting, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale ebbs and flows through a journey of loss, understanding and acceptance.

Filmed on a Cal Mac ferry in the West of Scotland, Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale features the stirring, authentic music of Scottish folk singer Josie Duncan. 

Josie Duncan’s song Carry Me Home, which features in the soundtrack, was commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland for the original on-board theatre production in 2020 and featured in a lockdown musical recording from BBC Alba last year.

Seth Hardwick is Video Producer for the National Theatre of Scotland having made over 600 trailers, promotional films, and behind the scenes videos. He was Director of Photography for the recent critically acclaimed film Distance Remaining (Helen Milne Productions). He has created video design and content for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Good Chance Theatre, 7:84 Theatre Company, Hackney Empire, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, and Action for Children. 

Viv Gee is an award-winning stand-up comedian, a performance poet, actor and writer. She has performed worldwide and was co-writer for the BBC Radio Scotland sitcom The Gates. Viv also created the popular stand-up comedy course for the University of Strathclyde and has been teaching comedy and poetry skills for over 20 years.

Josie Duncan is a folk singer and songwriter from the Isle of Lewis. Having been immersed in Glasgow's fast moving traditional music scene for the past few years where she studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Josie's crystal-clear voice is equally at home in Gaelic, Scots or English. In 2017, Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente. Following the release of the duo’s debut album ‘The Morning Tempest’, the pair have toured extensively across the UK and beyond.

Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale is supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, coordinated by EventScotland. In 2021, Scotland continues to celebrate its coasts and waters with a programme of activities and events which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills, and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life.

Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale premieres online on 20 October and is free to view on the National Theatre of Scotland website - www.nationaltheatrescotland.com