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Drama + Main House Later + Camden Fringe


1813. The Scottish Highlands. The beginning of the end.

“Somethin’ is shiftin’. Oor lives are aboot tae change here.”

Cianalas / (key-an-a-lus) / noun – A deep seated sense of belonging to the place where your roots lie. There is no sadness or melancholy in cianalas, only the realisation of what is truly important in life.

Set over the span of two years in the 19th century Scottish Highlands, Cianalas tells the story of a community’s resistance to mass evictions during the Highland Clearances – one of the darkest moments of Scotland’s history. 

With its traditional live music and use of the Gaelic language, Cianalas explores the themes of belonging, legacy, power, the evolving role of women, and the unsettlement that comes from uprooting communities from their land.


Writer | Niamh O'Donnell

Director | Anna Millington

Producers | RamPage Theatre - Lauren Lewis, Rachel McKay, Niamh Deasy

Sound and Stage Manager | Daisy May Ellison

Lighting Designer & Programmer | Eloise Rowlinson

Intimacy Director | Imogen Frances


Clara Doherty

Elizabeth McNally

Eoin Quinlan

Joshua Urquhart

Katie Rough

Mark Moore

Ned Cooper

Niamh O'Donnell

Peter Jefferies

Ticket Price

£10 - £20


30 - 31 July


King's Head Theatre



Running Time: 90 mins

Content Warnings: Contains references to death, strong language, use of weapons and adult themes.

Age Guidance: 15+


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