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....

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Carvings and animations

Alison's little puppet pile is growing larger - above are just some of the puppet parts waiting to be assembled. A puppet head of Angus's father is on the right; his sister in the middle, and on the left young Angus and an even smaller head of his dad. Carving continues with just a month now before rehearsal, and the limbs are beginning to be assembled. At the back in the photograph you can just make out several hands. 

I've a long job-list including new masks, simple puppets, and props for specific scenes. I'm also doing paintings and sketches for some of the animated sequences that will be projected onto the set as part of the story. Including the scenes when Angus begins to fall into schizophrenia:

These will be interpreted by film-maker Daniella Orsini, whose recent film 'Being Bradford Dillman' is picking up prizes everywhere. Daniella will be creating several animated film sequences for Angus - Weaver of Grass.

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