Author, Composer, Soldier-of-a-sort

A celebration of the friendship between the First World War poet and composer, Ivor Gurney, and musician and pioneering female music critic, Marion Scott.

Wednesday 2 October : 7.30pm

Thursday 3 October : 7.30pm

Tickets : £12.50

Friends of The Swallow Theatre can save £1 per ticket by booking at least 28 days before the show.
Recommended for age 12+ (contains description of war)
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
This event is presented as part of the Wigtown Book Festival
Wigtown Book Festival Logo
Written and performed by Jan Carey. Directed by Michael McCaffery

A celebration of the friendship between the First World War poet and composer Ivor Gurney, and Marion Scott, musician, writer and pioneering woman critic.

Gurney sent Scott his music and poetry from the trenches. The horror of the Great War, contrasted with his love for his native Gloucester, coloured his writings. After he was gassed at

Passchendaele, Gurney’s friendship with Scott, despite their different backgrounds, withstood war, illness and despair, as well as triumph, madness and joy.

Written and performed by Jan Carey and directed by Michael McCaffery, the story is brought to life through the rich material of Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott’s memories, poems and letters, interweaved with some of Gurney’s most loved songs from the recordings of Ian Partridge, tenor and Jennifer Partridge, piano.

Duration : Approximately 60 minutes
A delicate and very moving piece of storytelling … heart-breaking
★★★★ The Stage