Ferry Tales



Ferry Tales celebrates the waters surrounding Scotland’s western isles and the voyages across them made by thousands of locals, workers and visitors each year.

With the help of local communities and world class artists, Ferry Tales brings a heartfelt story, told using English, Gaelic and BSL (British Sign Language), to three of Scotland’s major ferry routes: Wemyss Bay – Rothesay, Oban – Craignure and Ullapool – Stornoway.

Aboard the ferries you’ll find a world all its own, a ‘journey time’ where all bets are off and anything can happen. In amongst the red plastic chairs and bolted-down tables, you’ll discover pop-up performance and chance encounters, designed to delight old and young alike. Here the ordinary becomes fantastical and the truth is funnier than fiction.

And as you disembark, you’ll receive a local welcome fusing magical music, sounds and voices. These bespoke community performances will find meaning in the mundane and romance in everyday life, reflecting the warm spirit of Scotland’s coastal communities.


On CalMac ferry routes: Wemyss Bay – Rothesay, Oban – Craignure and Ullapool – Stornoway from 07 to 25 April 2020

Free to those onboard

Exact times to be confirmed


#FerryTales #YCW2020

Written by Isobel McArthur. Directed by Lu Kemp. Music and Lyrics by Josie Duncan.

Ferry Tales is a National Theatre of Scotland Production. Supported by EventScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters Events Fund with the support of Caledonian MacBrayne & their ferries.

How To Get Involved

There are two ways you can get involved:

1. Share your stories

We would like to collect your experiences and stories about ferry travel, from the strange to the wonderful to help inspire short, pop-up, on-board live performances.
To do this, we’ve created a quick online form you can fill out here

2. Community Performances

Perhaps you are in a local choir, part of a local band, society or club? We’re looking for people to get involved in our community performances welcoming people as they disembark from the ferries on to the islands, please email ferrytales@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Accessible performances available:

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

Recommended Age Guide:

All Ages - Family Friendly

Creative team

Ferry Tales at Celtic Connections

A selection of songs from Ferry Tales will feature at Coastal Connections Day at Celtic Connections.

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The National Theatre Of Scotland reserves the right to alter casts, performances, seating or ticket arrangements.