Poignant piece remembers life of Gaza activist

My Name is Rachel Corrie is performed at the Eastgate this month
My Name is Rachel Corrie is performed at the Eastgate this month

NEXT month marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American who was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she was trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes.

In a production by Mull Theatre featuring at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, My Name Is Rachel Corrie looks at her life through Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails.

Through her correspondence, edited by British actor Alan Rickman and Guardian editor Katherine Viner, the portrait is revealed of a messy, skinny, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain smoker, who left her home in Washington to support non-violent resistance to Israel’s military occupation.

This production was a sell-out success at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, in March 2010. Described as one of the most foremost touring theatre companies in Scotland, Mull Theatre makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of its own island community and throughout Argyll and Bute, as well as to the overall provision of theatre activity across the country.

A spokesperson for Mull Theatre said: “With a new production centre, we aim to be a hub of creative opportunity where exciting new work is produced, great projects conceived, skills acquired and nurtured, creativity encouraged, ideas developed, collaborations fostered and careers launched.

“The theatre provides an environment of creativity and exploration in the arts. It supports education and community theatre programmes, new writing initiatives, creative apprenticeships and a diverse range of opportunities for individuals and groups to release their creative potential.

“The company regularly commissions new work from some of Scotland’s leading dramatists. It also runs a playwrights’ workshop, a further-education drama course in association with Argyll College, and has a close involvement with schools and community groups.”

The theatre’s reputation is enhanced by comments from critics such as The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan, who described it as “one of Scotland’s success stories”.

Touring throughout the country, Mull Theatre often visits rural areas where there is little access to live theatre, and it also contributes to the programming of major venues such as Dundee Rep, Perth Theatre, the Byre, the Royal Lyceum, the Tron and the Citizens Theatre.

My Name is Rachel Corrie is staged at the Eastgate on Saturday, February 23, at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at £14 and £5 for under-16s. Anyone wishing to buy a brief should contact the box office by phone 01721 725777.