Support our new play "So Long, Wee Moon"

A gripping family drama set near Crawfordjohn in 1924

Click the video to hear about it

Support our new play
"So Long, Wee Moon"

A gripping family drama set near Crawfordjohn in 1924

Click the video to hear about the show

Support our new play "So Long, Wee Moon"

A gripping family drama set near Crawfordjohn in 1924

Click the video to hear about the show

March, 1924. In a rundown cottage near Crawfordjohn, a wedding dress hangs on the wall. Nancy's life is as cold as the Clyde in winter, but she knows she's going to be a star.

Desperate to escape the poverty of her childhood, Nancy Gibbs dreams of being an actress. Her anxious, spiteful mother expects her to marry a farmer and take care of her family.

Nancy lives for romance and imagination. She's plotting to get away. But her mother has secrets of her own and they're gathering like wolves.

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March, 1924. In a rundown cottage near Crawfordjohn, a wedding dress hangs on the wall. Nancy's life is as cold as the Clyde in winter, but she knows she's going to be a star.

Desperate to escape the poverty of her childhood, Nancy Gibbs dreams of being an actress. Her anxious, spiteful mother expects her to marry a farmer and take care of her family.

Nancy lives for romance and imagination. She's plotting to get away. But her mother has secrets of her own and they're gathering like wolves.

so-long-wee-moon-house

March, 1924. In a rundown cottage near Crawfordjohn, a wedding dress hangs on the wall. Nancy's life is as cold as the Clyde in winter, but she knows she's going to be a star.

Desperate to escape the poverty of her childhood, Nancy Gibbs dreams of being an actress. Her anxious, spiteful mother expects her to marry a farmer and take care of her family.

Nancy lives for romance and imagination. She's plotting to get away. But her mother has secrets of her own and they're gathering like wolves.

"Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every part as it unfolded. The three actors brought it to life."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

"One of the most powerful, affecting theatre experiences I've ever had."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

"Haunting and beautiful. Very atmospheric and the Scots had me hanging on every word."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

PRAISE FOR "SECRET WRAPPED IN LEAD," JULY 2023

"One of the most powerful, affecting theatre experiences I've ever had."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

"Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every part as it unfolded. The three actors brought it to life."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

"Haunting and beautiful. Very atmospheric and the Scots had me hanging on every word."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

PRAISE FOR "SECRET WRAPPED IN LEAD," JULY 2023

PRAISE FOR "SECRET WRAPPED IN LEAD," JULY 2023

"One of the most powerful, affecting theatre experiences I've ever had."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

"Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every part as it unfolded. The three actors brought it to life."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

"Haunting and beautiful. Very atmospheric and the Scots had me hanging on every word."

AUDIENCE MEMBER

Help us bring this story to Clydesdale

What's the play?

The play is called "So Long, Wee Moon" and it’s a gripping and emotional family drama set in Snar, which is near Crawfordjohn, in the 1920s.

Where and when is it going to be on?

We’re making applications for funding to stage "So Long, Wee Moon." If we’re successful, the premiere will be in Crawfordjohn Village Hall in September 2024, then it'll come to Biggar and hopefully go on to tour many of the village halls we visited last time. In 2023 we went to Thankerton, Roberton, Crawford, Leadhills, Crawfordjohn and Symington.

Where did you get the idea?

Arthur J Govan was born in Biggar in 1895 and by his early twenties he was a theatre manager. In August 1920, Arthur sailed from Plymouth to New York. A young actress by the name of Nancy Gibbs was also on board. She was a rising star of musical theatre headed for Broadway. Arthur and Nancy met and married. Their names are on the Govan family's memorial stone in Biggar Kirkyard.

Braw Clan’s playwright, Martin Travers, was inspired to write "So Long, Wee Moon" after reading historical research about the cemetary by Ann Matheson and Brian Lambie. Our play is fictional and isn't about the real person Nancy Gibbs, but the idea was sparked by her story.

What can I expect to see?

You'll see three professional female actors telling a heart-wrenching story. It’s mainly in Scots although as with "Secret Wrapped In Lead," English is woven in so you don’t have to be a Scots speaker to understand and enjoy it. And there will be glamour, singing and dancing this time. It’s not a musical, but we get to see Nancy and her sister Wee Moon perform.

Why do you need support now?

Braw Clan is a charity. It’s especially hard to get funding for the arts at the moment - there’s not much money to go around. It helps if you can show you have support from audiences. If we can demonstrate to funders that people are interested in "So Long, Wee Moon," even at this early stage, that really strengthens our application.

What kind of support can I offer?

You can show support by pledging to come and see the play if it gets funded, and pledging to make a donation if we get the funding.

General Support
The first option is a great one - simply saying “I'm interested in booking tickets if it goes ahead” is very helpful.

Donation Support
The second way to show support is even better - that’s when you say “I’d love to come and see it, AND if it gets funded I’ll make a small donation towards the cost of putting it on.”

You can pledge any amount you like - £5, £10, £50 - and we’ll only ask you to actually make that donation if our funding application is successful.

When will we know if it's going to happen?

We should know if our funding application is successful in April 2024.

What if I say I'll make a donation but my circumstances change?

No problem, we understand and there's nothing binding.

Help us bring this story to Clydesdale

What's the play?

The play is called "So Long, Wee Moon" and it’s a gripping and emotional family drama set in Snar, which is near Crawfordjohn, in the 1920s.

Where and when is it going to be on?

We’re making applications for funding to stage "So Long, Wee Moon." If we’re successful, the premiere will be in Crawfordjohn Village Hall in September 2024, then it'll come to Biggar and hopefully go on to tour many of the village halls we visited last time. In 2023 we went to Thankerton, Roberton, Crawford, Leadhills, Crawfordjohn and Symington.

Where did you get the idea?

Arthur J Govan was born in Biggar in 1895 and by his early twenties he was a theatre manager. In August 1920, Arthur sailed from Plymouth to New York. A young actress by the name of Nancy Gibbs was also on board. She was a rising star of musical theatre headed for Broadway. Arthur and Nancy met and married. Their names are on the Govan family's memorial stone in Biggar Kirkyard.

Braw Clan’s playwright, Martin Travers, was inspired to write "So Long, Wee Moon" after reading historical research about the cemetary by Ann Matheson and Brian Lambie. Our play is fictional and isn't about the real person Nancy Gibbs, but the idea was sparked by her story.

What can I expect to see?

You'll see three professional female actors telling a heart-wrenching story. It’s mainly in Scots although as with "Secret Wrapped In Lead," English is woven in so you don’t have to be a Scots speaker to understand and enjoy it. And there will be glamour, singing and dancing this time. It’s not a musical, but we get to see Nancy and her sister Wee Moon perform.

Why do you need support now?

Braw Clan is a charity. It’s especially hard to get funding for the arts at the moment - there’s not much money to go around. It helps if you can show you have support from audiences. If we can demonstrate to funders that people are interested in "So Long, Wee Moon," even at this early stage, that really strengthens our application.

What kind of support can I offer?

You can show support by pledging to come and see the play if it gets funded, and pledging to make a donation if we get the funding.

General Support
The first option is a great one - simply saying “I'm interested in booking tickets if it goes ahead” is very helpful.

Donation Support
The second way to show support is even better - that’s when you say “I’d love to come and see it, AND if it gets funded I’ll make a small donation towards the cost of putting it on.”

You can pledge any amount you like - £5, £10, £50 - and we’ll only ask you to actually make that donation if our funding application is successful.

When will we know if it's going to happen?

We should know if our funding application is successful in April 2024.

What if I say I'll make a donation but my circumstances change?

No problem whatsoever.

Choose your support option

Supporting "So Long, Wee Moon" is fast and easy. Choose an option below, click the button and follow the instructions.

General Support

No donation but count me in - I'd be interested in booking tickets to see the show

Donation Support

I'd be interested in booking tickets AND I'll make a donation to help fund the show

Choose your support option

Supporting "So Long, Wee Moon" is fast, easy and improves our chances of receiving funding. Choose an option below, click the button and follow the instructions.

General Support

No donation but you can count me in - I'd be interested in booking tickets to see "So Long, Wee Moon"

Donation Support

I'd be interested in booking tickets AND I'll make a donation to help fund "So Long, Wee Moon"

We tell spell-binding stories, in your village hall.

You know how almost no plays in Scots are put on in Scottish theatres?

Well, what Braw Clan does is make new theatre in Scots, inspired by the people of Clydesdale, and we tour it to rural communities in the south of Scotland. We bring world-class performers and powerful local stories to your village hall so you can enjoy them with your family and neighbours.

In fact, someone who came to a Braw Clan performance said “After watching the play, I feel re-energised about my village and sharing our stories."

Pay what you decide, after you've seen the show.

Braw Clan's theatre tickets are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis.

There's no up front cost - you book in advance as usual, but without making a payment. After you've seen the show, you decide what you think it's worth. This removes any risk of paying for something you might not enjoy. If you haven't enjoyed the show at all, you don't have to pay anything.

All money collected (you can pay by card or cash,) helps Braw Clan make more plays, so we hope you'll give generously.

We tell spell-binding stories, in your village hall.

You know how almost no plays in Scots are put on in Scottish theatres?

Well, what Braw Clan does is make new theatre in Scots, inspired by the people of Clydesdale, and we tour it to rural communities in the south of Scotland. We bring world-class performers and powerful local stories to your village hall so you can enjoy them with your family and neighbours.

In fact, someone who came to a Braw Clan performance said “After watching the play, I feel re-energised about my village and sharing our stories."

Pay what you decide, after you've seen the show.

Braw Clan's theatre tickets are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis.

There's no up front cost - you book in advance as usual, but without making a payment. After you've seen the show, you decide what you think it's worth. This removes any risk of paying for something you might not enjoy. If you haven't enjoyed the show at all, you don't have to pay anything.

All money collected (you can pay by card or cash,) helps Braw Clan make more plays, so we hope you'll give generously.