ANGUS MCPHEE - Weaver of Grass

ANGUS MCPHEE or MACPHEE was a crofter from Uist who spent almost 50 years in a Highland psychiatric hospital. During this time he chose not to speak - instead he wove a series of incredible costumes out of grass. These he hung on trees in the hospital grounds.

This blog follows the progress of HORSE + BAMBOO THEATRE as they develop and tour a show about Angus....

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

In the hall

Above is Berneray Community Hall in the Borve township, where we're currently working on the Angus show. Here it's seen from across the machair that stretches all the way to the enormous and beautiful West Beach. 

I visited Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy this morning and met up with Joanne B Kaar to visit the new local history exhibition. We also met the director, Andy MacKinnon to see their slides of Angus's work, and to mull over the idea of an exhibition there to co-incide with a tour of our show. 

This afternoon Joanne and I worked in the hall; Joanne fitting her woven hats to my Angus McPhee mask, and I tidied the set (see above) in readiness for the arrival tonight of Alison, Jonny and Christina, and the work we'll be starting tomorrow. 

Loz, meanwhile, is staying in the house working on Gaelic songs for the show. Wise, given how windy it is. Mary telephoned Calmac in Uig to see if the MV Hebrides was delayed in any way but, no, it takes more than this to disrupt the island ferry. Let's hope the crossing isn't too rough.

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