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, 5 July 2012

Angus on BBC Alba

Part of the photo wall in the Horse + Bamboo workshop
Debby Waldron from BBC Alba has emailed me:

"This is to let you know that the news item about Angus is due to air on An La tomorrow (Friday) night. That's on BBC Alba at 8pm.

I hope you're happy with the end result, I've used a few short clips of the rehearsals (and have made sure to state that we were filming the production IN rehearsal time). I've also incorporated some footage of Joanne Kaar making the props."

Rehearsals have continued - yesterday we managed to run with no unscheduled stops, but it was clear to me that everyone was very tired after a long, exhausting period. So today I suggested a run of the show late morning, before lunch. This paid off and although the run wasn't perfect it really did demonstrate that we have a coherent and potentially powerful show to tour. Esther, our Producer, sat in on it and was touched and delighted by what she saw. 

Tomorrow we play in front of a 'test' audience of friends and associates. 

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