History Brought To Life

On a warm, sunny evening in May
over 200 people gathered in An Talla
to watch Tiree’s West End Players’ presentation
A re-enactment of ‘The Napier Commission Enquiry

Mabel Macarthur
Mabel Macarthur

The play was written, directed and produced by Mabel Macarthur
and is based on transcripts of the evidence given to Lord Napier
and his fellow commissioners by the people of Tiree.

Lord Napier played by Will Wright
Lord Napier played by Will Wright

The Napier Commission Enquiry
was held in Kirkapol Church, Tiree
on 7th August, 1883.

The stage is set
The stage is set

After an informative prologue by Mabel Macarthur
the scene opens in Kirkapol Church in 1883
when Lord Napier hears evidence from
various island representatives.

Clerk to the Court played by Bill Welstead
Clerk to the Court played by Bill Welstead

The second scene took the form of three cameos.
Here history was brought to life in dramatic fashion.
We were witnesses to the cruelty of the factor John Campbell.

Factor, John Campbell played by Ian Tainsh
Factor, John Campbell played by Ian Tainsh

Here the events of the 1840s came to life.
It was a time when the factor’s word was law
Each cameo revealed the cruelty of these hard times.

It was a hard time for all, especially for those widowed.
A point made most effectively by widow, Flora MacKinnon.
This part was played with great feeling by Jessie Grey.
(Jessie appeared in the original production in 2006)

Widow Flora MacKinnon
Widow Flora MacKinnon played by Jessie Grey

All the actors, adults and school children brought a valuable contribution.
One actor however was booed off the stage.
The sub-factor Hugh MacDiarmid.
But not for his performance!

Sub-factor Hugh MacDiarmid played by Gordon Scott
Sub-factor Hugh MacDiarmid played by Gordon Scott

Thanks for an excellent and informative evening.
One aspect of Tiree’s history brought to life.
Thank you all.

THIS IS LIFE ON TIREE

The end of an evening when history was brought to life
The end of an evening when history was brought to life
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