November 8-11 2000 Sandfield Theatre Presented by an integrated company, part of The Nottingham Youth Theatre 'Ye who love a nation's legends Love the ballads of a people Listen to this Indian legend To this song of Hiawatha' Longfellow wrote the song of Hiawatha in 1855, drawing on the beautiful traditions of Native Americans. This Indian "Edda" describes the life and adventures of a noble hero, yet a year earlier Chief Seattle had made his oft-quoted speech - "There was a time when our people covered the earth". Here then lies the dichotomy, tales of great adventure against a backdrop of the decimation of the native people. This lively production by an inclusive company of young people, some with special educational needs, create through dance, drama and music a telling tale of legend and reality. Longfellow was less interested in the reality of life for the Native Americans and indeed he confused many of the legends. There was a person called Hiawatha who in the late 14th century had been instrumental in the formation of the Iroquois League of Five Nations, and elements of his life do permeate the story. Hiawatha is the group's 11th production and has been adapted from the original by David S. Stewart. Nottingham Threatre Inclusive Company was set up in 1990 to provide opportunities for young people. It has gained a national and international reputation.