Upcoming Creative Pathways Performance in Edinburgh

Wed 13th November 2013


A pioneering initiative at Previously… Scotland’s history
festival has brought together The School
of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, The National Archives and city charity Impact Arts to
create a unique dramatic invocation of a 128 year old murder, trial and

‘We Had A Story, We
Had A Life’, November 23rd at Adam House is a collaborative
performance piece, drawing on the life and death of Francis Cockburn, a
nailers apprenticed hanged in 1828 for the murder of his employer.

history researchers data-mined Scotland’s
archives to unearth the tragic story surrounding the crime and resulting trial
of 17 year old Francis.

Arts, who work with
young people to help them increase their future
life prospects, were presented with this research, and have created a dynamic
performance piece to bring Francis and the people who surrounded him back to

Susan Morrison, director Previously…Scotland’s history festival said
“This project is what our festival is all about. We brought the University, the
Archives and Impact Arts together to create a new way of looking at history.
The university postgrads did us proud in the National Archives to bring out
this tragic story, and the young people of Impact Arts just ran with it. Don’t
forget, these are young people the same age as Frances when he was sent to the
scaffold. The resonances between the past and the present are almost

Spokesperson Impact

Jay McAllister, Regional Manager at Impact Arts said “The
opportunity to work with Previously Scotland’s History Festival has been
fantastic for the young people involved in our Creative Pathways Theatre Arts
course. Creative Pathways is an employability programme supporting young people
to develop skills for employment in the cities creative industries. Everyone
has been incredibly supportive during the development of the performance – the
participants have not only created a unique piece of theatre they have also
created fabulous sets and costume. We are very much looking forward to bringing
history to life”

Spokesperson University of Edinburgh

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