June 2013

 

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June Newsletter

The Walking Theatre Company

Happy Summer TWTC fans! Another fun-filled, exciting month here at TWTC, full of pirates, faeries, Shakespeare…and even a spot of murder & mystery! Ooo err!

“Talav Dunadd: The Land Beneath Kings”The Walking Theatre Company were thrilled to be a part of the Iona 2013 celebrations at Kilmartin Glen on Sunday 16th of June 2013!

Inspired by the great Fort of Dunadd, The Walking Theatre Company took audiences on a journey to the past, stepping back in time to the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. This original piece, “Talav Dunadd” was written by TWTC’s very own Sadie Dixon-Spain - A tale of Clans, Kings and land, with a guest appearance by the celebrated monk, Columba!

We had wonderful audiences full of Brave Celts throughout the day, who joined us on the walk up to the Fort, and crowned their new King!

Murder, Mystery, and a whole lot of fun!
There were mysterious murders happening all over Scotland this May, from Oban to Dunoon, Elgin to Nethy Bridge, Stirling to Inverness! A mixture of fun-filled celebrations, team-building, and even a wedding!

For more information on our wickedly wonderful Murder Mystery parties and events, visit our website:

www.MurderMysteryScotland.com

Contact us for more details on our deadly addictive events!
Wicked WeekendsOur Murder Mystery events are perfect for a night out, or a weekend away! Isn’t it about time you spoiled yourself, and indulged in a weekend of fun, frolics, and a little bit of mystery!

Murder Mystery weekends are available at  The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon, and The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth, with different themes taking place throughout the year!

For more information on when our next murderous weekend adventures will be taking place, and how you can book your place, get in touch with your chosen hotel!

The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon –

01369 702 059

The Leapark, Grangemouth –

01324 486 733

Our Canadian Adventure continues…in Scotland!

On Wednesday 26th of June 2013, The Walking Theatre Company and The Canadian Walking Youth Theatre  joined forces in the capital city of Edinburgh, to debut ‘Selkirk’s New Nation’ on Scottish soil!

The cast of 25 strong Canadian Youth were joined by TWTC’s very own Sadie Dixon-Spain and Colin Little, performing to a wonderful audience in Committee Room One of The Scottish Parliament.

The unforgettable night began with a pre-performance reception, where guests were able to mingle with the cast, and get to know our young performers. To perform at Holyrood with the support of Scottish MSP’s is an extraordinary boost to the project, and our event was very kindly supported by Mr. Mike MacKenzie MSP, who gave a wonderful encouraging speech prior to the performance! We were also thrilled to have the musical talents of Mairi Campbell throughout the night, and the stunning backdrop to our performance provided by Graeme Murdoch, who kindly provided a photography exhibit uniting Canada and Scotland in pictures.

Selkirk’s New Nation went off with a bang, as we were transported back in time to 1811, as the booming voice of Miles MacDonnall (Colin Little) filled the room to tell us of Lord Selkirk’s plans for the New World, and the endless opportunities that await the young men with the right skills across the Ocean!

Our youth cast were extremely professional in their delivery, weaving in and out the audience with grace and confidence, interacting with those who had travelled to Edinburgh to see them perform!

Our cross-national partnership has brought Scotland and Canada closer together, allowing people on both sides of the Atlantic to reconnect with and rediscover their heritage, new friendships have been created, and memories made that will last forever.

Both The Walking Theatre Company and the Canadian Walking Youth Theatre will be performing Selkirk’s New Nation on the Western Isle of Lismore on Sunday, 30th of June 2013, a ‘walking’ theatre production, beginning outside the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre at 14:30hrs.

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There were pirates raoming Loch Lomond Shores on the afternoon of Sunday, 23rd of June, for a very special adventure to ‘Treasure Island’ with Walking Theatre Company!

We were accompanied by some very brave sea farers, who joined Jim ‘Lad’ Hawkins on an adventure across the Pirates Island, to help find the buried treasure, and escape from Long John Silver!

What a fantastic audience we had, who braved the icy wind on the Bonnie Banks, and helped create an unforgettable adventure!

The Walking Theatre Company will be returning to Loch Lomond Shores on Sunday 21st of July, performing ‘The White Rabbit’s Treasure Hunt’. Tickets will be available online via itison.com – check our Facebook page for updates on when they go on sale!

A Midsummer Nights Dream…literally!

During Midsummer weekend 2013, The Walking Theatre Company could be found celebrating in true Shakespearian style, as our very own ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ took place at Laggan Forest.

TWTC travelled North to the stunning Laggan Forest, Inverness-shire, where a ‘Conference of the Faeries’ took place on Friday 21st of June, starting at 19:30hrs. A Father had planned a wedding for his daughter, and love was in the air! Or was it?  Oberon, King of the Faeries, appeared, telling all he had lost the love of his Queen – and what were his loyal subjects to do, but aid their loyal Monarch as he searched for his lost love!

As mortal and Faerie worlds began to collide, a night of mayhem, magic and fun commenced!

Many thanks to The Laggan Forest Trust for inviting us to host our ‘Conference of the Faeries’ in their space, where a fun-filled adventure took place, and some very fancy faerie costumes were worn!

My Name is Macbeth…what’s yours?During the mystical, magical, (midge-filled!) MidSummer Weekend, the ultimate Scottish play was performed on a walking adventure around Bishopton House and Christ Church Grounds  in Lochgilphead, as part of West Coast Events MidSummer County Fair.

The ultimate Scottish play had, of course, a TWTC twist, as our wicked Lady took control, and led her Lord on a merry dance! In an exciting adaption of this truly Shakespearian great, our merry troupe took the audience through a trail of magic, dark arts, murder, treason, intrigue, monarchy…and even a little Gaelic!

With Rebecca Bloom as MacDuff, Sadie-Dixon Spain as Lady Macbeth, and Andy Paterson as Lord Macbeth himself, our team received rave reviews, and despite being eaten alive by the Highland midge, had a fantastic night performing for such an enthusiastic audience!

During the day of the 22nd, Green Jean the Eco Queen and Puck the Eco Sprite could be found taking audiences of all ages on Eco Trails around the MidSummer fair, and uncovering some hidden treasure! I’ve heard the Treasure was edible…and I am very upset no one saved any for me!!!

Thank you to West Coast Events for bringing a spot of outdoor theatre to their Midsummer Event – and congratulations on such a successful weekend!

Lady Macbeth, MacDuff, and our Lord. Photo courteousy of fabulous audience member, Alexander Hamilton.

Actors Spotlight

This month, the boys are back in town, as the fabulous Simon Linnell steps into the Actors Spotlight, and tells us what life is like at TWTC!

Q1. If you could sum up TWTC in three words, what would they be?

SL: “Always something different!”

Q2. Why do you like being a TWTC actor?

SL: “Actors never normally meet the audience. Met now so many of them and learnt so much more from the experience of meeting them both on- and off-stage…It’s always a bit scary doing this stuff but fear can turn into fun then friendship in a moment!”

Q3. What is your favourite role to play, and why?

SL: “There are a couple of Priests I am rather fond of. There’s also Ivor in Spying Tonight. And a whole host of others who’s names I can’t remember, but we had good fun at the time! Rather worryingly, they all seem to possess barking mad qualities…unlike the Mad Hatter, who is a beacon of reason…”

Q4. If you could perform with TWTC in any location, where would it be and why?

SL: “Skipness…was there a couple of years ago and thought YES! It’s a fantastic location, surrounded by so much history, with a Green Lady who has prevented the Castle being taken by making marauding armies forget why they came there, so they just go home…”

Q5: To date, what has been your most favourite moment at TWTC?

SL: “Prospero, in a howing gale, calling out to Miranda across the Loch, and a second later the echo comes back…”

Thanks Simon! Skipness…what a good idea!

This month in the Actors Spotlight, we have the wonderful Simon Linnell!
That’s all folks!



Make sure you check out our website and social networks for updates on where we are, what we’re doing, and how you can get involved!



We look forward to seeing you at our performances throughout 2013!



Until next month!



Best wishes,



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