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, 28 June 2012

Ready to run

The punctuation (see previous blog) has been added. Tomorrow we'll run the whole and see how the page now reads. The past four days have been very, very useful - not only four technical days, adding sound, light and video cues, but also days in which we've run substantial parts of the show and found time to rework them when necessary. 

Tomorrow Debby Waldron from BBC Alba is arriving here to film for part of the day. We'll be able to dedicate a limited amount of time to this, and I also hope to go through the remaining job list, and start work on those (many) parts of the show that need detailed rehearsal work on them.

Alison painting a puppet head
We now have completed versions of Daniella Orsini's first two films, and the opening 45 seconds of her third and final animation. Work on puppets continues, mainly now painting (above), and I've a number of key props to complete. Other than that we're well positioned to use the last week to run in and get used to our show. A week tomorrow we have the first audience - a small group of friends who will, we hope, give us feedback before the last day or so of rehearsal and the start of the tour of Scotland.

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