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O is For Hoolet by Ishbel McFarlane in association with Feral

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.

We suggest an age suitability of 14+.

‘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

Cast and Creatives//
Written, Performed and Directed: Ishbel McFarlane
Producers: Jill Smith & Kathryn Boyle (Feral)
Designer: Lisa Sangster
Stage Manager: Sarah Wilson
LX Designer: Martin McCulloch

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O is For Hoolet