Written by on May 14, 2014

This year Scotland’s premier open studios visual art and craft event has teamed up with the Dumfries and Galloway Art Festival to bring visitors a superb selection of live evening entertainment.

Among the highlights will be Wee Betty, an outdoor production especially for young people, which has been created by actor Catherine Major.

A very personal creation, it has been devised from conversations with people all across the region. The main character is 16 year-old Beth who feels lost and stuck, wondering what the future might hold, and if she should stick around or escape to the city. Jimmy’s stories help her find her path.

Catherine said: “Wee Betty is about giving a voice to the rural communities of Dumfries & Galloway. This region has a rich history and I believe that we also have a very exciting future ahead of us. Wee Betty is about empowering the next generation to go out and shape the future they want for their rural community.

“It’s been an absolute joy speaking to people about their experiences of living in D&G. I’ve travelled from Langholm to Stranraer to get a full picture of what’s happening in the region. It’s been touching to have total strangers trust me with their stories.”

The Spring Out events take place from 23 to 25 May (overlapping with the Spring Fling weekend of 24 to 26). They offer some great things to do after this year’s record-breaking 95 participating studios have closed for the day.

Leah Black, Spring Fling Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with another of Dumfries and Galloway’s top events to offer lots of live entertainment during the Spring Fling weekend.

“Wee Betty promises to be something which the whole family can enjoy and that will offer an entertaining and fun insight into Dumfries and Galloway life.

“We have also collaborated with the festival to bring a rich mix of story, song, live music and performance art to the weekend – so there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.”

Peter Renwick, Programme  Director of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, added: “It is great to collaborate with Spring Fling. There is a natural crossover between Spring Fling’s open studios during the day and our evening live arts programme.

“It provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase home grown talent. There is a real strength and diversity to what artist’s based in D&G are offering. So we can offer a programme that includes everything from  the Song Of Oak and  Ivy’s symphonic harp journeys, to Hugh McMillan’s tour to force of  D&G’s stories  myths and legends, via Ocean All Over’s incredible costumes and  Butoh inspired physical theatre.”LittleBetty_090514_009

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