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The singing of a ‘Celtic coven’ will be heard round the halls of Mull and Oban in March and April as An Tobar tours its production Our Carnal Hearts: ‘a brilliant, grubby, morally questionable celebration of our darkest impulses to compete and conquer’.
Written by award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars, with original music by Louise Mothersole, this choral piece is ‘a gleeful, thrilling and murky celebration of envy, competitive spirits and all the times we screw each other over’.
This new Hebridean co-production with An Tobar and Mull Theatre reimagines this contemporary classic through a Gaelic lens, rooting a primal ritual to all consuming envy in the aesthetic traditions of ancient Britain.
Directed by the artistic director of An Tobar and Mull Theatre and Arch 468 Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, it’s a show ‘filled with women unashamed to show us their ugly bits’, its publicist says.
‘The show features a Celtic coven singing hymns to the powerful urge to win and dancing round the fires of jealousy that rage when we don’t; four glorious singers join in a raucous cacophony of surround sound, calling on the gods for advantage and crowing over the bodies of the losers.
‘Audiences can expect a joyous confession of everyone we’ve ever wanted to be and everything we’ve ever wanted to own. Our Carnal Hearts is a place to whoop at our own fragility and delight against our better nature, a toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly gutter-tramping parts of our souls. It is a show that seeks to prove envy makes us better.’
Director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord added: ‘Rachel Mars is one of this generation’s most innovative theatre writers. Her work captivates the audience with cleverness and delight before leaping out from behind a curtain to make us squeal in surprise.
‘She has a knack for capturing the essence of our complicated modern existence and distilling it into stories that feel infused with ancient knowledge that will resonate for years to come. Having worked with Rachel for more than a decade, I’m honoured to be granted the opportunity to direct this first major revival of her work.’
Our Carnal Hearts performs at Mull Theatre in Tobermory from March 24 to March 26, Dervaig Village Hall on March 28, Salen Church Hall on March 29, Bunessan Hall on March 30, Oban’s Rockfield Centre on April 1, Lochgoilhead Village Hall on April 2 and Mull Theatre again on April 13.
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Caption: Written by award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars, with original music by Louise Mothersole, the choral piece Our Carnal Hearts is ‘a gleeful, thrilling and murky celebration of envy, competitive spirits and all the times we screw each other over’. From March 24 to April 13, it tours to various venues in Argyll and Oban, including Druimfin, Kilmore, Torosay, Bunessan and Rockfield Brae.