Pibroch - Benbecula

05may7:00 pm9:00 pmPibroch - Benbecula OrganiserPibroch ProductionsBalivanich Hall, Balivanich, Benbecula, HS7 5LA7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event TypeCultural, Arts & SocialThemeClimate Justice,Communication & Storytelling,Energy & Renewables

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Pibroch is a one-act play performed by writer and spoken word artist John Bolland, exploring our Climate Emergency and the need for an urgent but just transition from the current extractive economic system and the parallels with the Piper Alpha disaster of 1988.

The performance explores the experience of oil & gas workers involved in numerous offshore industrial catastrophes (e.g. Piper Alpha, Alexander Keilland, Macondo) and examines the personal and social experiences of finding oneself on a ‘burning platform’ with a pressing need for change.

Developed from the author’s own experiences working in the offshore oil and gas industry between 1980 and 2014 and subsequent involvement in Climate Activism through Extinction Rebellion between 2018 and 2020, the production is based on a poetry collection – Pibroch – which expands upon and develops the texts used in spoken performance.

Co-directed by Mark Thomson, former Artistic Director at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, it has been crafted by an outstanding team of theatre professionals; John Bolland’s words are complemented by Fraser Fifield who provides live musical accompaniment to the performance.

There will also be a post-show discussion and Q&A session.



(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Balivanich Hall

Balivanich, Benbecula, HS7 5LA


Pibroch Productions

Pibroch explore the parallels between our Climate Emergency and the Piper Alpha Disaster of 1988.

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