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....

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

In Edinburgh

Yesterday Esther and I went to the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to see their Netherbow Theatre and check our whether the Angus show would fit onto their lovely, but for us rather shallow, stage (below).

It's a great place - with a great cafe too - and we really want it to work for us. Their offer is 10 days at the Edinburgh Festival, and in such a centrally placed venue it would be a perfect opportunity to show Angus. After just a little um-ing and aw-ing, and deft use of a tape measure, we came to the conclusion that we could make it work, especially given the fact that the venue does provide some storage facility; important because, as anyone who knows anything about the Festival knows, we'll be sharing the stage with several other companies, and so having to reset the show up anew every day.

Then, to make my morning, our friend and colleague in Caithness, Joanne B Kaar, mailed me a photograph of the hot off the weaving press Rashin Coatie...

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