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....

Thursday, 8 September 2011


I very much like this photograph (taken from Joanne B Kaar's blog). It shows just how large Angus's woven jacket is, as Joanne looks round - almost as if it just touched her on the shoulder. There's also Joyce Laing (back to us) taking her own photograph of Joanne, and then we get a glimpse of a cheery looking Angus MacPhee himself in the upper left. 

Over the next few weeks the Horse + Bamboo team will be heading north. Esther for a number of meetings with potential promoters of our show, and myself to visit Joanne and other contacts in Caithness, as well as to film more material for the film elements of the production. 

All of this is in preparation for us putting in grant applications to enable the rest of the work, including the tour itself, to happen. We'll need the support of Scottish partners to help us with this; even small grants and partnerships will strengthen the case that we'll have to make to fund the tour. 

Donnie Munro wrote: "Very nice to receive your letter on your plans for the touring show (about) Angus McPhee which is fantastic news. It is such a fascinating story and one which I always felt should really be explored in film. I am delighted however that this will now be done as a piece of theatre and look forward to having the opportunity of seeing the production somewhere along the way."  He goes on to say that he felt Sabhal Mor could well be a host for the touring production.

It is this kind of support that will be crucial in the coming weeks and months.

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