Bearsden Festival 2022: Our Story
Summer 2022 was the Year of Stories. Thanks to funding from Museums and Galleries Scotland, we were delighted to take part in this national celebration. The local story that we chose to tell was all about the Bearsden Shark. This 330 million year old internationally important fossil was discovered in the Manse Burn 40 years ago in 1982. Here is how we told the story!
The Bearsden Shark Show
We commissioned Scottish theatre maker Hannah Justad to work with actor and storyteller Raymond Wilson and cellist and improvisor Simone Seales to create our show.
They created a combination of live action, poetry, storytelling and music to tell the tale of a pair of time travelling fossil hunters who discover the Bearsden Shark.
The show toured to all 9 local primary schools, 2 care homes, and a sheltered housing complex and was seen by nearly 1600 local people over 16 performances.
A Summer of Filmmaking
Working with Felix Gilfedder of the Glasgow Mobile Film School, we devised four filmmaking strands to engage with all ages in the community.
Family Animation Day
After a fun morning learning about animating, the family teams created their own unique films starring the Bearsden Shark.