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Friday 28th October 2016


A story of new Scots on the path from the Holocaust to the Highlands, Jock Tamson’s Bairn comes to Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre this November.

An original play based on the life of Walter Kress, Holocaust refugee and adopted Aberdonian. His story explores his family’s experience of what it meant to be ‘new’ Scots in 1940s Aberdeen.

After six years in Aberdeen as an evacuee, Walter has adopted his new home wholeheartedly. Walter would appear to be your typical, sea-loving boy from north east Scotland. Except he is not.

The Kresses are Jewish Austrian refugees. His parents have spent the duration of the war interned in labour camps, and are deeply distrustful of their new country. So it comes as some surprise when - on meeting Walter - they are greeted by the thick Scots accent of a boy who wants nothing more than to work on boats.

A crisis ensues: his parents are suspicious of his new nationality, but to the locals he is suddenly not Scottish enough.

Walter finds some escape with friends and their hobby boat, but is he the boy they thought he was?

Jock Tamson’s Bairn is a story of identity, family and belonging.

Walter Kress’s fascinating account of his early years provides a remarkable insight to his experiences as an immigrant to Scotland and that which can be achieved by ‘new’ Scots.” — Alex Salmond MP MSP

Wednesday 09 November 2016

Saturday 12 November 2016

The Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen

Doors 10.30am & 7pm

Find out more…/jock-tamson-s-bairn

Press coverage of 'Marion's Journey' serious game

Saturday 2nd April 2016

The Gathering the Voices Association are delighted to see the recognition given in the local and national press to the serious game ‘Marion’s Journey’.

Great credit goes to the students and graduates of Glasgow Caledonian University for all of their hard work that went into producing the game.

You can view a selection of recent news cuttings by visiting the following link - Newspaper Articles.

Scottish Parliament - Photographs from the exhibition

Tuesday 1st March 2016

As part of the recent exhibition at the Scottish Parliament to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, Steven Anson from the Gathering the Voices Association was delighted to present a certificate of recognition to German Consul General Jens-Peter Voss (image on left) recognising the Consulates support of the Gathering the Voices project.

The image on the right shows Steven presenting a certificate to Stewart Maxwell MSP for sponsoring the exhibition.

Francine Christophe Shares Her Experiences and Memories

Sunday 18th October 2015

Born in 1933, Francine Christophe was deported with her mother at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Released the following year, she continues to share her experience and memories, particularly with the younger generations.


Supported and Funded By

supported by the heritage lottery fund
scottish government Glasgow Caledonian University
sense over sectarianism Glasgow City Council
German ministry of foreign affairs
  • Ethel Hoffman
  • Esterson Trust
  • Glasgow Jewish Community Trust
  • Queen’s Park Charitable Trust
  • Steven and Hilary Anson
  • David and Angela Shapiro
  • Claire and Howard Singerman
  • Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust
  • Ralph Slater Trust
  • The Alma & Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust‏
  • German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Saskia Tepe

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