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Double Bill: Jenna Watt's Faslane and Kirsty Law's Urban Seascape

  • Dunmuir Hotel Newhouse Terrace Dunbar , EH42 1LG Scotland (map)

CoastWord Nights opens this year with a very special double bill of theatre and music from two of Scotland's most exciting new talents.

Faslane - Jenna Watt 

 Photo Credit: Miheala Bodlovic

Photo Credit: Miheala Bodlovic

                               "An extraordinary piece of documentary theatre." 
                                                         ★★★★★ - British Theatre Guide

Award winning artist Jenna Watt presents: Faslane, a hugely powerful and timely insight into the UK's current nuclear debate. Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident.
With her family having worked in Faslane with Trident all her life, and with her friends protesting at the gates, Jenna endeavours to understand her relationship to Trident, the wider nuclear debate and activism.   Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, including activists and MOD personnel, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, the protests, the peace camps and freedom of information requests to find out answers to the questions we should all be asking about our nuclear deterrent.

P R E S S  R E V I E W S


"An extraordinary piece of documentary theatre." 
★★★★★ - British Theatre Guide

"Faslane is a very contemporary performance, politically engaged" 
★★★★★ - Fringe Guru

"Jenna Watt performs with an intelligent creativity that keeps the audience gripped"
★★★★★ - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

"fascinating and completely gripping." 
★★★★  - The Scotsman

"Fiercely intelligent fairytale-like take on the UK’s nuclear defence system"
★★★★ - The Stage

"Illuminating... Watt makes you feel very close to the issues." 
★★★★ - The National Newspaper

"Watt’s show delicately pulls apart all of the complexities of the issue and puts them under her theatrical microscope. Her perspective is rare and fascinating." 
★★★★ - The Telegraph

"powerful exploration of Britain's continuing maintenance of nuclear weapons"
★★★★ - The List 

"Jenna Watt’s affecting exploration of Trident in Faslane...restores some much-needed humanity to an increasingly polarised body politic." 
★★★★ - All Edinburgh Theatre

"Quietly passionate... Watt creates a thoroughly absorbing perspective"
★★★★ - Edinburgh Guide

"If theatre should be challenging and thought-provoking, then this fits the bill perfectly" 
★★★★ - Across the Arts

"Watt manages to debate with herself and others with remarkable objectivity and clarity" 
★★★★ - Broadway Baby

"Entertaining, open-minded and clear-sighted."
★★★★ - Three Weeks

"Faslane needs to be spoken about. Jenna Watt needs to be heard."
★★★★ - TV Bomb


Kirsty Law's Urban Seascape 

'A rich Scots voice... deceptively simple, beautiful composition.' fROOTS Magazine

 Photo Credit: James Barlow 

Photo Credit: James Barlow 

Kirsty Law, CoastWord's first songwriter in residence, presents new work inspired by the Firth of Forth and Dunbar's relationship with her Urban Seascape. 

The Firth of Forth - that great river mouth at the edge of which Dunbar is situated - has for hundreds of years been a home, a hunting ground, a place to welcome visiting ships or defend ourselves from those less welcome. It has carried cargo, oil, oysters, emigrants, immigrants. It has worked its way into the songs and literature of its people.
But how do we engage with the Firth of Forth in 2016? What kind of relationship do we have with this Urban Seascape now?
Armed with my portable recorder, notebook and shruti box, these are just some of the questions I look forward to exploring in the year to come, seeing what new songs they will inspire.
- Kirsty Law from her CoastWord blog Posing questions on a Urban Seascape 

Kirsty Law is an innovative young vocalist and song-maker based in Edinburgh.

The mainstay of Law's musical education came from learning traditional ballads and Scots folk songs. Today she draws on this rich tradition in her own composition, often writing in a 'patchwork' style, layering and combining traditional and original melodies, poems and text. 

Working with artists of different mediums is the lifeblood of her work - performing alongside poets, storytellers and sound artists as well as responding to the work of contemporary visual artists.


'...a voice that commands our attention' The Living Tradition Magazine 

'Here's a discovery!...a singer with very much her own personality, both richly expressive and naturally conversational. She possesses a feisty, and entirely engaging, tone and manner, and is blessed with an exceptional command of phrasing and language. A keen and talented songwriter with an acute feel for historical and political subjects to which she's able to bring a thoughtful and fresh independent perspective. ' FATEA Magazine

''Shift' is a deeply atmospheric and highly evocative collection of self-penned songs and rearrangements of traditional tunes and poems throughout which Kirsty’s warm, full-throated vocals weave and soar...Kirsty Law has recorded an album which offers a rich and often heady brew of traditional and modern songs and sounds which retains a strong sense of its own identity.' Folk Radio UK -

'An incredible voice' Settle Storytelling Festival

'In Kirsty Law, it's a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such welcoming, earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs. Better still, she's complimenting traditional material with her own writing and research, and with a distinctive sense of theatre. Her wistful setting of the Marion Angus poem "The Wild Lass" acts as prelude to a feisty rendering of the ballad of The Twa Magicians, which, in turn, she begins, very convincingly, as a spoken word piece. It's evidence of storytelling at the core of Kirsty's music, and a marker of a young musician looking to do things her own way. The superb duo of BBC Young Trad Award winning fiddler Rona Wilkie and rhythmically inventive Swedish mandola player Marit Fält support the natural phrasing of Kirsty's vocals with elegant and uncluttered attention to detail, especially on Kirsty's beautiful song "Barefit Lassies". It's lovely stuff.' Karine Polwart, multi-award winning singer and songwriter

'Kirsty’s dedication to Scottish tradition shines through her singing - her voice has a rich, warm tone and her sensitive interpretation will touch your heart. Not to be missed!Margaret Bennett, acclaimed Scottish singer, tradition bearer and folklorist


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Earlier Event: May 19
Janice Galloway- Writing Workshop
Later Event: May 20
Magi Gibson and Support