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I was commisioned by Pitlochry Festival Theatre to write the score for Heritage a play by Nicola McCartney which was directed by Richard Baron and shown for the summer season in 2019. It was very well recieved by the public and press.

Heritage was orginally premiered at the Traverse in 1998. The story is set in Canada in the early 20th century and follows two immigrant families who find that Northern Ireland’s sectarian divide follows them into their new lives. The show had not been proffesionaly re-staged until Richard Baron of Firebrand Theatre company requested to direct it at Pitlochry with his team; lightning designer Wayne Dowdeswell and costume/set designer Ken Harrison.

When I first read the script I was struck by the amazing poetry in the language and the reaccuring poetic and dramatic themes. Working together with Richard before the rehearsals I created sonic themes for the different dramatic and poetic motifs that came out.

There needed to be a reference to the musical traditions that had been carried from Ireland but there was also an invitation for some lyrical and dramatic orchestration to support the text. With some beautiful authentic instruments from Spitfire audio I created the score. I wanted to create something that seamlessly worked with the text like a good film score you almost don't notice it but it is very much there.

You can read an interview with Nicola McCartney about Heritage on The Scotsman's website.

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