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An Treas Suaile (Third Wave)

About this event


Late on New Year's Eve 1918, HMY Iolaire set sail from Kyle of Lochalsh carrying nearly 300 seamen home to the Isle of Lewis after the war. But the ship was lost at the entrance to Stornoway Harbour and 201 servicemen perished in one of the worst maritime disasters in modern British history.

A deeply reflective audio-visual performance, The Third Wave is a suite in three movements featuring newly composed music, traditional material and archive recordings with onstage visuals and projection mapping. The title and central concept refers to John Finlay MacLeod, who leapt overboard from the stricken Iolaire with a rope and was carried on to the rocks on the third wave. Half of those who survived, did so by means of this rope. 
Co-commissioned by 1418 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary and An Lanntair.

Venue Location
  • Empire Theatre
  • Eden Court Theatre Bishops Rd
  • Inverness
  • United Kingdom