August 2013

 

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August Newsletter

Summer may have come to an end, and the typical Scottish Autumn weather descended, but that won’t stop The Walking Theatre Company exploring the great outdoors and having fun performing whatever the weather! August has been a fun-filled month for TWTC, enjoying the last of the Summer sunshine performing in some fantastic outdoor locations all over Scotland! So sit back, relax, and find out what we have been up to this month!

TWTC kicked off August with two performances at Loch Lomond Shores to celebrate National Parks Week!

On Thursday 1st of August, the only way was the Whisky Way! There was word on the water that Highland smugglers were hiding at Loch Lomond Shores, and the Revenue men were on their way to stamp out illegal stills, and stop those sneaky Highlanders from making their infernal home brew, ‘uisge beatha’ whisky!

On Saturday 3rd of August, Puck the Eco Sprite led a troupe of merry eco-warrior through the woodland that surrounds the bonnie bonnie banks, on a mission to discover the ‘Keeper of the Trees’! Queen Titiania was aw’fy grumpy…as always!

Both shows are original works exclusive to TWTC, and were written by our very own Artistic Director and In-House playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain!

TWTC will be back at Loch Lomond Shores for a slightly spooky Witchy Walk on Friday, 1st of November. Tickets will be available online via itison.com – visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on when tickets become available!

TWTC were thrilled to be invited to perform at Finlaystone Country Estate, for a spot of ‘Shakespeare in the Park’.

On the evening of Sunday 18th of August, a Conference of the Faeries was held in the grounds of the Estate, as TWTC took audiences into the magical, mysterious world of Shakespeare’s classic Midsummer Nights Dream!

Our team had a fantastic, moonlit evening with a wonderful, enthusaistic audience!

 

The White Rabbit and that mad bonkers hatter could be found in Aberfoyle last weekend, 24th-25th of August, as they hosted walking trails to celebrate to re-opening of David Marshall Lodge, run by the Forestry Commission Scotland!

Taking audiences on a treasure hunt through the stunning woodland, the jovial pair explored Wonderland, highlighting the fun-filled natural playground that surround us in Scotland’s woodlands and parks!

TWTC will be back at David Marshall Lodge in September for the official launch of the Lodge – we can’t wait!

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Something very strange mad bonkers occurred at Greenbank House in East Renfrewshire over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of August!

The Festival of Frolics rolled in to town, and TWTC were thrilled to be a part of the madcap adventures!

Produced by our friends at Culture Creative, who are also to thank for the spectacular Electric Glen events at Rouken Glen Park, The Festival of Frolics was a weekend of pure fun, craziness, and lots of laughter!

Cookie, the cookiest cook you ever did meet, and Robbie the Rockin’ Rocket took Festival goers on a magical mystery bus tour into the impending riot of frolics and fun that awaited them at Greenbank Gardens!

The two day event was a whirlwind of comedy, performance, colour, laughter, and above all, a lot of people having a lot of fun!

Now, has anyone seen Cookie recently…?!

Tarbert Harbour Authority celebrated their Centenary this month, and to celebrate, held a wonderful day of events, including a debut performance of ‘Two Thirds Fish‘.

Written by Sadie Dixon-Spain, ‘Two Thirds Fish’ takes audiences back in time through the history of Tarbert and the heritage of the harbour.

Despite the typical West Coast weather making an impromptu cameo role, the event was a great success, and we had a fantastic audience who really helped us bring the history alive!

Thanks goes to Tarbert Harbour Authority for inviting us to be a part of their special day! Here’s to the next 100 years!

That’s all the news for this month!

September is set to be another great month for TWTC, why not visit our website and find out where and when you can join us on an outdoor theatre adventure, or on a wickedly wonderful Murder Mystery!

For more information on TWTC, and to book, call the team on 01369 820 115, or email us !

Until next month!

Best wishes,

The Walking Theatre Company

 

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On Sunday, 11th of August, The Poetry Kitchen flew into Shettleston for the Shettleston Community Growing Projects Family Fun Day 2013!

The Poetry Kitchen, hosted by TWTC’s glamorous duo Sadie Dixon-Spain and professional chef Alison Sykora, is a cullinary and literary feast where fresh food is prepared while we explore the world of prose that has influenced, and influences, such recipes!

Our team had a wonderful time in Shettleston, and even got to prepare some of the recently harvested produce from the Growing Project itself!

There were some might spooky goings on in Arduaine Gardens on Friday 16th of August, as Hector Plasm and the gang mysteriously and murderously dwelled amongst the flowers!

The Haunted Garden allowed guests to experience the beautiful National Trust for Scotland site in a brand new way, where torches led the way, and screams filled the air!

This madcap evening adventure received some wonderful feedback, and we were thrilled to be back performing at Arduaine!

Here’s hoping we can have another fright night soon!

Now that the new school year has begun, so have our Glen of the Red River Workshops!

The Glen of the Red River project is a part of the All Our Stories scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our project will see the creation of an online visitors centre for the rural Argyll community of Glendaruel, which also happens to be the site of TWTC HQ!

Our Walking Youth Theatre team have been working with the pupils of Kilmodan Primary School to gather information and create visuals for the website, and we couldn’t wait for school to restart and get back working with the talented youth!

So far this term, we have hosted two workshops, both focusing on Mesolithic and Neolithic life in the Glen! Activities have included authoring stories, dressing up in Mesolithic style clothing, learning about the similiarities and diferences between life today and life for the Early Settlers, and of course, having a lot of fun playing some great educational games!

The website is set to be launched very soon – keep a look out!

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