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....

Friday, 11 May 2012

Music and film

Two chicken puppets for Angus - Weaver of Grass

I've had a couple of days consolidating the film and music elements in the production script. As the artists working on the show are beginning to focus on their work the need to touch base about the different elements begins to get more important. So yesterday I met with Christina to decide of which bits of the footage I took in the islands last year we'll need have available for rehearsal; and also with Ellie Chaney about her ideas for her section of film - the part when Angus sets off on his horse to go, apparently, to war. 

Then this morning I had a long meeting with Loz Kaye to discuss the preliminary ideas for the music and the sound world. In this production having Mairi Morrison in the cast creates a lot of exciting opportunities, as Mairi brings her knowledge of Gaelic song and, of course, her singing. There's also Kirsty Blackhall, who we auditioned in Glasgow and is now working with Loz to create samples for use in the music tracks. Following on from this discussion I talked again with Daniella Orsini about the three animated sections she is working on, sending her  photographs of Angus and discussing Loz's ideas as to pace and mood because, of course, the films and music will work very closely together.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Bob, The idea of this show sounds absolutely stunning and can't wait to see it one day. The Mairi Morrison video is brilliant.

    Came across this blog indirectly via a mad circuitous Dave Pearson route from a Byzantium & Beyond link and the moving film Byzantium on youtube.

    Very impressed on all counts, keep up the great work.