Reviews

‘A bloody good start’ – and more to come

They’re not messing about this time. In Shetland series six, death, grief and terror are the order of the day from sunrise. Maybe that’s what happens when you have to shoot prime-time TV drama during a pandemic, as was the case here. The result? A bloody good start actually, and in more ways than one. […] Shetland News …


Wordplay 2021: Identity, creativity and a strong sense of place

THE LATE Orkney writer, George Mackay Brown once wrote that “the imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves; a return to reality.” Over the last year reality for many has been a challenging place to be but Brown’s words remind us that the power of the imagination […] Shetland News …


Welcome back to Screenplay – ‘we’re still here!’

ALTHOUGH the 2021 festival is shorter in duration than in previous years, it makes up for it in the quality and substance of the films; bringing the voices of peoples from across the world, uniting a global community centred upon cultural uniqueness and diversity. After a year of lockdowns and Covid scares, it is indeed […] Shetland News …


Exploring what makes us who we are

AT THE end of April, the Garrison doors opened once more to Islesburgh Drama Group as they rehearsed and then performed and filmed their latest play You Made Me: Oliver. Written by Stephenie Pagulayan and directed by Morag Mouat, the play centres around the eponymous Oliver and his various relationships with four key women in […] Shetland News …


‘The truth didn’t really matter at all’

I read something the other day which made me laugh: “April 1: the only day of the year that people critically evaluate things they find on the Internet before accepting them as true.” Funny, but something I’m sure we can all agree is in fact the case. Why so? Because we bring what knowledge we […] Shetland News …


Couper brothers bring much needed feel-good factor

“HOW cool is this?” beamed Ross Couper as he and brother Ryan took to the Mareel stage on Saturday lunchtime. Midway through Shetland’s first proper-gig-with-a-crowd since March he spoke of it being “such a buzz” to play live again, though it’s fair to say the brothers’ demeanour had already given that away. Their hour-long set, […] Shetland News …