What Country Friends Is This

Directed by Shakespeare.scot’s Artistic Director and produced by Open Road Ltd, What Country Friends is This? is a performance and community engagement project that focuses on a visit by the King’s Players to Aberdeen in 1601. This moment in Aberdeen’s history forms the historical framework for the performance project which weaves scenes from Twelfth Night, with stories inspired by verbatim testimonies from the city’s Polish community around their experiences of migration and arrival in a foreign land. 

Performers: Josh Whitelaw, EmmaClaire Brightlyn, Ewan Somers and Esme Bayley.
Photographer: Simon M Scott

What Country Friends is This? is a partnership with the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen who aim to create a long term research project with ambitions towards an international conference. 

Further project development includes building relationships with people of Scottish heritage in Gdańsk as well as the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and festival. 

The development of this project has been supported by Creative Scotland