PAST EVENT: Leith Doctors and Dockers

A double bill of new plays celebrating the triumphs and hardships of life in the port of Leith during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Leith Dockers Club, 17 Academy Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7EE

About the plays

With the support of Scotland's Urban Past (SUP), the Citadel Arts Group have created two new one-act plays featuring history-based scripts created by members of the Citadel Arts Group. One is based on living memory, the other on almost-forgotten history.

These plays are part of the 2016 Leith Festival.

The double-bill performances will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 24 June, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 26 June, 2:30pm
  • Sunday 26 June, 7:30pm

 

Tickets: £8/£6
Call 01875 340 717 or email ftennick@hotmail.com to reserve tickets.
Also available on the door.

The Guid Doctor

Based on the achievements and struggles of Thomas Latta. This neglected 19th Century medical pioneer was born in Newhaven, honed his skills on a whaling ship, practised medicine in Leith and developed the intravenous drip for treating cholera victims.


 

Written by: Elaine Campbell
Directed by: Mark Kydd
Cast: Nick Cheales, Jonathan Durie, Derek McGhie and Andrea McKenzie
Sound and set: Stewart Emm
Lighting: Allan Ryhnas
Stage Manager: Maggie Brown
Costumes: Susan Chaney 

A black and white photograph of a doctor looking a vile.

Leith Docks: A Way of Life

Taken from many real life stories of 1960s Leith Docks and inspired by the French onion sellers ('Ingan Johnnies') who travelled to Leith every year, becoming well-loved figures in the community. One of them, Pierre, befriends a docker's family facing a crisis. His solutions surprise them.


Written by: Laure Paterson
Directed by: Liz Hare
Cast: Helen Cuinn, Gregor Davidson, Mark Kydd and Derek McGhie
Sound and set: Stewart Emm
Lighting: Allan Ryhnas
Stage Manager: Maggie Brown
Costumes: Susan Chaney 

A photograph of a man with onions, surrounded by buildings beside the water.