Drift-St Cyrus

Drift-St Cyrus

Visual theatre company, Vision Mechanics, brings its new production, Drift – Betty Mouat story, to Eigg in August. Featuring soundscape and sculptures on the beach, Drift is inspired by Shetland crofter, Betty Mouat and her lone voyage adrift at sea. below is a bit more information about Betty.


The true story of Shetlander, Betty Mouat


In January 1886 Miss Mouat, aged 61, was the only passenger on the coastal cutter Columbine which left Grutness, bound for Lerwick.  She had with her a large bundle of knitting to sell. Shortly after setting sail the captain and two crew were lost overboard, leaving the Columbine crewless and drifting.  Lifeboats were launched but Miss Mouat was presumed lost at sea. On the eighth day the Columbine grounded on Lepsoy in Norway; to everyone’s amazement Miss Mouat had survived.  She returned to Shetland to live in her croft for another 30 years, a folk hero celebrated in her local community.

The production is on from 6-9 August 2015 and is open from 9am-9pm.  It is located at Laig Beach, Isle of Eigg, PH42 4RL (Priority will be given to day trippers between 12-4pm) Admission is by donation, no pre-booking is required.  Admits one person every 5 minutes.  It takes approximately 40 minutes to go round. Not suitable for young children.


“a beach trip like no other” ***** Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide.com

“offers a rare opportunity to merge into the landscape for a while”**** Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman


Drift, Betty Mouat story is a co-production with Nordland Visual Theatre, Norway.  For more information please visit www.visionmechanics.org



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