Events - Festival 2018

Orcadians: Seven Impromptus

Tuesday 7 February, 10:00 - Saturday 1 April, 22:00
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Level 4 Gallery

Artist Simon Manfield responds to the work of the poet George Mackay Brown

This series of paintings and drawings by artist Simon Manfield illustrates the poem 'Orcadians: Seven Impromptus' by George Mackay Brown, which was published in his first collection, The Storm, in 1954. Brown’s vision of an Orkney community fuses stillness with drama and the characters of Orkney's people are described with wit, anger, suspicion and melancholy, much like in the telling of a tale or saga. The collection visualises Brown’s depictions and is a celebration of the poet, the poem and Orkney itself. It is accompanied by a limited edition book published by Kettillonia.

In association with Kettillonia. Supported by EventScotland and part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Participants: Simon Manfield


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 4 Gallery

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close off South Street

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...