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....

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Calmac across the Minch

Hard to believe that in less than a week we'll be in the Outer Islands with 'Angus - Weaver of Grass'. It's been a long. long journey to get there - Calmac across the Minch will merely be the last small stride. 

Yesterday we ran the show - now for the fourth time. But for the first time I felt the stirrings and glimmerings of a story and the emotions within that story emerging. This is always a relief - I've been working on shows for a long time now but the doubt never goes; the doubt that this time it isn't going to happen, that for all everyones hard work it's never going to leave the stage and soar. 

Plenty still to do - making jobs to be completed, technical hitches to be ironed out, and scenes to be clarified and detailed. The show is running too long by at least 5 minutes, so one thing we'll have our eyes on is how to move things along a little faster. But, having seen the glimmer of life and soul in the show, now it will be just that tiny bit easier.

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