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....

Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Preview!

No An La for some reason - but a truly memorable preview performance of 'Angus - Weaver of Grass' last night. We invited about 20 people, many of them colleagues from other theatre groups, to gather at the Boo. So a friendly but experienced and critical audience. 

Reactions were pretty universally positive, and very emotional. Several people were in tears and clearly moved by the story. I stayed up discussing later it with Kay over a dram, and went to bed feeling delighted by how things have ended up, and feeling a lot of pride in the company for getting us to this place. 

I note that the BBC News website has a couple of features about Angus and our tour:

So today it's a slightly later start, and a discussion about the feedback from last night. Then a run and a photo session with Ian Tilton. Something similar Sunday morning, and then it's 'the pack'; on Monday we head north....

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