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, 15 March 2013


The process of replacing Frances Merriman for the 2013 tour of 'Angus' has started. After a day of drafting out details and deciding on an audition date, I've posted these on our new website for anyone interested to read and, if they wish, follow up with an application. 

The details can be found on this page -

It's a complex role. Fran played Angus's sister Peigi (above), and also Angus himself as a young teenager; both roles in masks. The replacement of course needs to be physically suited to both these roles. In addition Fran played an important part in the many puppetry scenes, and we need someone with a high level of skill in this area. Finally it's through the interventions of the puppeteers/performers that the story unfolds, so the role also demands stage presence and narrative awareness. 

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