The nation’s largest puppet will star at a major festival supported by Scotland Loves Local this weekend.
Storm – a 10-metre-tall mythical goddess of the sea created from recycled materials – will feature at Fringe By The Sea in North Berwick on Sunday (August 15).
Created by East Lothian-based theatre company Vision Mechanics, she will walk around the streets of North Berwick as part of a free outdoor theatrical performance, celebrating coasts and waters and the need to protect them.
She will survey the natural beauty of the East Lothian coastline while promoting greater understanding and care for the environment.
And with her eyes the colour of oyster shells and her hair made from thick strands of kelp, she’ll be accompanied wherever she goes by a soundscape created by Scottish folk singer Mairi Campbell.
Storm’s team has been preparing for Sunday’s show at the National Museum of Flight at nearby East Fortune, where visitors have been captivated by rehearsals.
Fringe By The Sea got underway on Friday (August 6) and will feature more than 200 events by the time it concludes on Sunday.
Live audiences are being entertained in Covid-secure environments. The festival is being held throughout the town in several new venues such as the Belhaven Big Top, SSE Renewables Envirozone, Glenkinchie Lowland Stage and Marine North Berwick. A map with all the festival venues has been designed by Artist in Residence Eilidh Muldoon.
The packed programme of events includes music, comedy, family shows, environmental issues, well-being and talks.
Among the performers are Lulu, Basement Jaxx, Gail Porter, Irvine Welsh, Ed Byrne, Reginald D Hunter, Janey Godley, Lemn Sissay OBE (reading from his book ‘My Name Is Why’ which has just won The Indie Book Awards 2021 prize for non fiction), Eddi Reader and Vince Cable.
The event featuring Storm on August 15 is fully booked, but people can watch it live via the Fringe By The Sea and Vision Mechanics Facebook pages. Storm will be touring Scotland this autumn.
For the full festival programme, go to www.fringebythesea.com.