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, 20 March 2012

Image for the poster

We had a great yesterday. It was the day Joanne B Kaar finally met up with us at the Horse + Bamboo workshop in Rossendale, having travelled down from Caithness. Mark Whitaker and Jonny Quick were also around, along with the H+B team, so we had a very concentrated day covering everything we could possibly think of that involved Joanne.  

One main objective was to try out the masks on Mark and Jonny (who will play Angus in the show), with the intention to find an image that we could use as a poster image - given real urgency by the fact that tomorrow is the deadline for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.

We looked at Jonny as a young Angus, as he might have been before going off to the Second World War:

The highlight was unveiling the swallow-tail coat and the 'sunburst' hat that Joanne has recently made, and Mark wearing them as the older Angus. We spent a long time photographing this - feeling it was the right image for the poster - and Christina Eddowes, our technical wunderkind added projected background of grass taken on Uist. The results were stunning:

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