Linda McLean's play Shimmer is a lyrical drama about three generations of memory and experience, as three women and three men take refuge from the weather in a Bed and Breakfast by Loch Lomond. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 30 July 2004.
The play takes place at a B&B in Tarbet, between Loch Lomond and Loch Long. Twenty-something Petal is seriously ill. She is on her way, along with her mother Missy, and her grandmother Hen, to the island of Iona, looking for a miracle. When their train is halted by floods, they are forced to stay at the B&B and contemplate different endings to their adventure. Also staying at the B&B are Jim, Guy and Sonny. Guy is determined to make his own adventure, but Jim and Sonny's experiences make them equally determined to shelter him and stop history repeating.
The Traverse Theatre production was directed by Lynne Parker and designed by Monica Frawley. It was performed by Hilary Lyon, Una McLean, Lesley Hart, Finlay Welsh, Paul Rattray and Iain Macrae.