St Magnus Festival – Telling The Truth Beautifully

The Trial of James Kirkness

An exciting new piece of theatre, commissioned by the Festival, takes us back in time to the 19th century and the infamous case of illegal gin smuggling in Kirkwall and the trial of James Kirkness, grocer.

By DUNCAN McLEAN
Directed by MARILYN IMRIE
Sound Designer PIPPA MURPHY

The play tells the tale, through music and theatre, of the infamous 19th century case of gin smuggling in Kirkwall and the trial of a local grocer. Appropriately, it is written by well-known Orkney writer Duncan McLean, current wine merchant in the town. All the events and characters in the play are closely based on real events and people.

Actress Kirstin McLean is best known for her roles on BBC Two Scotland’s Limmy’s Show which features a series of observational, surreal, dark and bizarre sketches. “Limmy’s Show has been great to work on,” she says. “Brian Limond is really inspiring, and just so talented.” She has also appeared in River City, Doors Open, and Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights. Since graduating from the RSAMD 10 years ago she has landed a range of theatre and TV roles.and just so talented.” She has also appeared in River City, Doors Open, and Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights. Since graduating from the RSAMD 10 years ago she has landed a range of theatre and TV roles.

Shetland actor John Shedden has a long and distinguished career in broadcasting and theatre and his television appearances include Annals of the Parish, What Every Woman Knows, Weir of Hermiston, Taggart, Still Game and Rab C. Nesbitt.

Award-winning Alasdair Macrae is an actor, sound designer, musician, musical director and composer. Born in Ayrshire, he was brought up singing and playing with the world famous band the Macrazies, before playing for ceilidhs with The Tattiehowkers and later The Oatcakes. He studied drama at Glasgow’s Langside College and did street theatre with Borderline, but only integrated his music and acting after joining Vanishing Point’s production of Invisible Man when the director spotted him busking on Sauchiehall Street.

Nicky Elliott is an actor and singer who appeared with Eddie Izzard in Kitchen for Ecosse Films, Lip Service for BBC3 as well as I Keano and Life of Riley for the BBC and Fair City and The Big Bow Wow for RTE Television.

Caroline Deyga is from Carnoustie and studied Acting and Performance at The Space, Dundee College. She has recently graduated from the Acting for Stage and Screen course run jointly between Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier Universities. She’s been acting as part of Dundee Rep Ensemble including a one woman show, The Shape of a Girl, a one-woman show examining a young girl’s battle with inaction.

All five actors will also be performing as part of Greenvoe in Stromness Town Hall on Sunday 21 June at 2.30pm.

Telling the Truth Beautifully has four shows at MagFest venue Fusion nightclub between the 18th and 20th of June including its world première on Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm.

Telling the Truth Beautifully is directed by Marilyn Imrie, an award-winning producer and director including of Radio 4’s hugely successful Rumpole of the Bailey starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tickets priced £15 and £11 are available from the Box Office.

Telling the Truth Beautifully: 18 June   19 June   20 June (matinee)  20 June