The Hoolet Tour That Was

I am going to write a blog about the intense, fun, challenging and elightening experience that touring Hoolet nationally was, but for not, for the archive, here were our public dates and places. MUST REMEMBER EVERYTHING MUST NOT FORGET:

O is for Hoolet, toured in association with Feral Arts, made in association with The Arches.


You can book any of the dates on the list by clicking the hyperlink on the venue name.

Sat 23rd April 6.45pm – Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow

Sat 30th April 7.30pm An Cridhe, Isle of Coll

Thurs 5th May 7.30pm – Mac Arts, Galashiels

Fri 6th May 7.30pm – Eyemouth Hippodrome, Eyemouth

Wed 11th May 7.30pmKinross Parish Church, Kinross

Thurs 12th May 7pm – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Sat 14th May 7.30pm – Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Sun 15th May 7.30pm – Mill Theatre, Thurso

Wed 18th May 7.30pm – Drouthy Cobblers, Elgin

Wed 1st June 7.30pm  The Gaity, Ayr

Fri 10th June 7.30pm – Tynron Parish Hall, Tynron

Sat 11h June 7.30pm  – Swallow Theatre, Whithorn

Winner of the Arches and Traverse 2014 Platform 18 Award.


Language is personal. Nothing gets closer to our hearts. And yet, by its own nature, it’s always social. Who owns it? Who appoints it? Who governs it? And why?

In this one-woman show about the Scots language, Ishbel McFarlane presents collected fragments – stories, interviews, memories, characters and attitudes – to challenge and disrupt our expectations and prejudices about language. By interrogating the history of Scots, and the ways in which it is taught and subdued, the audience is invited to question the way forward for minority languages. Winner of The Arches Platform 18: New Directions Award 2014.


‘A witty, intelligent, and interesting discussion on the subject of language’ ★★★★★ Darrow

‘A passionate call to arms for the study and preservation of minority languages.’ ★★★★ The Times

‘McFarlane is engaging as herself and as the linguists, philosophers and writers she embodies.’ ★★★★ The Skinny

‘An engaging, heart-warming piece which is a lovingly made look at language as a living, pulsating, external thing as natural as breathing.’ ★★★★ The List

‘Heartwarming and cerebral, ‘Hoolet’ is a triumph of both style and content.’ Kirkintilloch Herald

‘A gorgeous, thinky, clever hour’ Kirstin Innes (Author of Fishnet)

Writer and performer: Ishbel McFarlane

Dramaturgy: Vanessa Coffey

Design: Lisa Sangster

Produced by The Arches


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