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Hello and welcome to the LAC Culture Fix, your regular roundup of recommendations from LAC!
LAC might be closed at the moment, but we want to stay in touch and share as much arts, culture and creativity with you as we can. We hope you’re all staying safe and well, and can’t wait to see you all again soon!
This week the Caithness Young Company are having a watch party and all tuning into the National Theatre at Home screening of ‘Treasure Island’. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story of murder, money and mutiny brought to life in this thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery (one of Charlotte’s favourite playwrights!). Suitable for ages 10+ the show looks set to be a rip-roaring adventure for the whole family.
In normal times, we would have been hosting our first ever film festival this weekend. Our Thriller Weekend celebrated the premiere of local film ‘Playhouse’ alongside the 60th Anniversary of Hitchcock’s classic ‘Psycho’. We also had Caithness writer Colin Macdonald lined up to deliver a special ‘Writing for Screen’ workshop. Luckily, we can still get the chance to experience Colin’s great writing skills as his new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s final novel ‘Weir of Hermiston’ airs this weekend! Even more excitingly, the Radio 4 adaptation also features Thurso actor Helen Mackay, star of ‘Playhouse’!
Tune in on Radio 4, Sunday 19th April at 3pm or catch up on iPlayer here.
Our top music pick comes from Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach ‘Live in Concert’ featuring tracks recorded live at their gig here Lyth Arts Centre in November 2019. The album is released on a pay what you can afford basis, in the hope that the music may provide some enjoyment and escapism in these turbulent times – and oh boy does it provide some solace.
You can download the album here.
2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and to celebrate our wonderful and rich coastline LAC is putting together a Marine Mosaic and we would like your help! All you need to do is create a 5” x 5” piece of art inspired by the Caithness coastline. We want as many square tiles as we can get and we have plenty of time right now to be creative. When we have enough, the tiles will be pieced together to create a huge county wide collaborative art work, the Marine Mosaic.
Projectroom2020.org is a collaborative online gallery project devised by Art North, the visual arts magazine published from the NW Highlands of Scotland. The online gallery aims to support artists in showing work during the public health crisis caused by ‘Covid-19’ and the need for ‘social-distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’. With current exhibitions from Gemma Petrie and Sophie Morris, we recommend a leisurely online stroll across the gallery’s four floors!