May 152015

By Duncan Harley.


Rapid Departure cast members.

Rapid Departure is the latest production by Moray-based Right Lines Productions the team responsible for theatrical comedies such as Who Bares Wins and The Accidental Death of an Accordionist.

Opening on Eigg on Sat 16th May, the 90 minute production will tour venues as far afield as Knoydart and Portmahomack before swinging south to Daviot Village Hall on June 3rd, and Kemnay Village Hall on June 4th.

Supported by Creative Scotland, Arts and Business Scotland and SEPA the play’s action takes place against a backdrop of freak flooding which plunges the local community into an ever deepening crisis.

The village hall becomes a designated rest centre and as the floods rise, the village hall itself comes under threat.

A hero is clearly needed to save the locals from a watery end!

Right Lines team Dave Smith and Euan Martin can always be relied upon to make a drama out of a crisis and in this evening of immersive comedy the main characters desperately struggle to keep their heads above water as the Flood Emergency Plan is literally swept away before their very eyes.

As with all Right Lines productions there are deeper messages.

Says co-writer Euan Martin:

“Rapid Departure is very definitely a comedy, but the issues we explore in the play – global warming, climate change, renewable energy, re-wilding and the impact of flooding – are important matters for everyone. It has to be stressed that this is a very serious subject with flooding having a catastrophic effect on people’s lives and livelihoods, so we were very conscious of this when writing the play.”

Rapid Departure is a very accessible show for all ages except very young children. The production features some original music and song. There is no strong language.

Tickets from and Kemnay Library.