Straw meets glitter. Folk meets disco. Traditional meets contemporary.
Strawboys is a vibrant and energetic new outdoor pop-up performance, blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music.
Featuring luminous straw dancers whirling to Balkan inspired beats, the work is a unique spin on the cultural tradition of ‘The Strawboys’, also known as Mummers, Guisers, Burdie Boys and Skekklers; identified by their ornate straw costumes while out rambling streets, fields, towns and parks, parading their merriment to the joy of onlookers.
Composers Zoe Katsilerou and Eilon Morris infuse lively Balkan vibes to match the colour popping costumes and woven masks of Costume Designer Alison Brown.
With support from Creative Scotland and In partnership with Shetland Arts, Lyth Arts Centre, Kristin Linklater Voice Centre, Eden Court, NEAT and the Barn, Strawboys is touring to all kinds of unexpected places across Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, The Highlands and Aberdeenshire in July and August 2021.
Concept & Choreography
Jack Anderson, Joanne Pirrie, Tess Letham, Taylor Han
Zoe Katsilerou & Eilon Morris
Costume Designer & Wardrobe Supervisor
Cleo Rose McCabe
Hilary Haman, Lise Bech, Anne Aitkenhead
Lorna Brown at Blessed Unrest
Francesca Fenech - Tabone
Digital & PR Manager
TOUR DATES 2021