800th anniversary pageant - SMC118
were held in Kirkwall between the 29th of July and the 1st
of August 1937 to mark the 800th anniversary, or Octocentenary,
of St Magnus Cathedral. The 29th of July, St Olaf's Day, saw
a historical pageant take place.
The pageant was a play of eight scenes in length. It gave
an account of the history of Orkney from pagan times to Norse
times and included the martyrdom of St Magnus and the founding
of the Cathedral.
The pageant was co-written by Eric Linklater and J Storer
Clouston, and was performed by about 600 actors. There were
performances both in the afternoon and in the evening.