March 2013


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March Newsletter

The Walking Theatre Company

Spring has Sprung! But will someone please tell the weatherman?! March has been such a busy month for The Walking Theatre Company, sending our Newsletter was delayed a few days! (We promise it had nothing to do with us eating all our Easter Eggs early…) However, as March was a fun-filled month for us, we have a lot to tell you, so fetch what’s left of the Easter Egg stash, and read on for all things TWTC!

Above: Green Jean the Eco Queen awaits in the foliage!
Below: Puck the Eco Sprite stands proudly on Windyhill, where it was indeed, a very windy hill!

Robin Hoodie:
Loose at the Loch!

Robin has lost Maid Marion, and Maid Marion has found the Sheriff…who needs saving from whom?

Calling all Merry Men and Merry Maid to save her, or him, or they?

A fun-filled adventure of silliness and laughter for all ages, taking place on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond Shores on Sunday 14th April, starting at 14:00hrs

Above: Alana & Sadie from TWTC network at the Social Enterprise Exchange!
Below: The Walking Theatre Company’s Stand at the 2013 #SocEntEx

The fabulous Karen Bartke as Deirdre of the Sorrows.
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“The Poet and The Mouse”

TWTC ventured to the beautiful, medieval Abbot House in Dunfermline to perform a specially commissioned Spring Show “The Poet and The Mouse”. The performance took place on Saturday 30th March.

Written by TWTC’s very own Artistic Director, Sadie Dixon-Spain, The Poet and The Mouse explores the works of Dunfermline’s own National Poet Robert Henryson, along with Aesops Fables.

A lovely day was had by team TWTC, which included a debut performance by our wonderful new member of the company, Allan Scott-Douglas. Welcome to TWTC Allan, let the fun begin!

Behind the Scenes! Sneak peek at our rehearsals at Abbot House!
Has anyone seen our Time Traveller?!

Our very own Time Travelling Storyteller made his way to Sallochy Campsite on March 30th, to share some folk tales and spooky stories by the Camp Fire! 

Where, and when, will he appear next?

& TWTC!!

As this Newletter makes it’s way to your email inbox, our Artistic Director, Sadie Dixon-Spain, is on her way to the hustle and bustle of New York City! Sadie is away on a Trade Mission, developed by Scottish Development International, where she will network with entrepreneurs from both Scotland & North America, and meet with number of potential collaborators and clients in the New York area, where we hope one day TWTC will be able to perform! Sadie will also be visiting Toronto later in the week, for more networking and business events! Safe travels Sadie, send us a postcard!

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,

The Walking Theatre Company

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TWTC goes Green!

Green Jean the Eco Queen and Puck the Eco Sprite, paid a visit to Renfrewshire this March, sharing her delightful eco-messages with local Primary School groups, and encouraging them to help her convince Baron CantBeBothered to be more green, and Power Down! 

Organised by the Forestry Commission at Windyhill in Johnstone, the school groups walked with TWTC and joined in with the Power Down Play, ending with pupils taking part in planting trees at Windyhill, which they will be able to visit and watch grow throughout their lives! 

Many thanks to the Forestry Commission for allowing TWTC to be involved in this great project, and to the pupils who, over the course of three days, helped Green Jean & Puck encourage Baron CantBeBothered to be bothered! Well, for now at least! 

Social Enterprise Exchange 

On Thursday 21st March 2013, TWTC headed to the SECC in Glasgow to be a part of the Social Enterprise Exchange event. The TWTC team had a great time, and could be seen from miles off with our bright orange stand, for which we received many compliments!

It was great to network with so many fellow Social Enterprises, and learn about the work they do and products they offer, from Scotland and beyond! 

The TWTC team made some really useful contacts, and we look forward to working with many of our fellow social enterprises in the near future! 

Meet our acting team, one by one!


This month, another fabulous actress from The Walking Theatre Company has taken the time to share with you her experiences with TWTC, and what it’s like to be a part of the TWTC Core Company! The wonderfully talented Karen Bartke has been with TWTC since 2010, and has performed in numerous shows including The White Rabbit’s Treasure Trail, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Tipsy Towers, and also entertained audiences at this years Electric Glen as “Little Red Rouken Glen”. We are thrilled to have Karen as a valued member of TWTC, and we wanted to show her off! Enjoy!


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

KB: Crazy, sexy, damp.

Q2. Why do you like being a TWTC actor?

KB: It’s a brilliant company to work with.  The company is full of really talented, kind, generous and fun actors and we all thoroughly enjoy working together, both in rehearsals and on the night.  Plus we get to perform such a wide range of shows for audiences from 1 to 100.  As our shows always involve a strong element of audience interaction, every single performance is an adventure and I’ve found myself dying to laugh lots of times when a member of the audience comes out with a killer ad lib.  Sadie also makes a corking lunch when we are rehearsing.  Plus, we get to rehearse in the grounds of a ruined castle – it’s awesome!

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

That’s really hard – like trying to pick my favourite child.  I love playing the Red Queen in the White Rabbit’s Treasure Trail.  My costume as Bonnie Belle Bottom is a personal favourite too.  I had a fantastic time at Urquhart Castle too – I loved my big quarter staff.  I think, though, my favourite show is probably Gangster, where I get to play both Mrs Fetuccini and the cop.

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

Ooooh – I’d love to do a historical piece in Herculaneum, based around the last days of the town before the eruption of Vesuvius.  I studied archaeology at University, so Pompeii and Herculaneum are on my bucket list.  Or a historical show in the States would be fantastic too.

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

KB: I really enjoyed our trip to Muck where we performed our Treasure Island show for the residents.  The sight of the children getting “hurlies” round the island in wheelbarrows was priceless. 

Thanks Karen! Look out for next months Actor Spotlight…who will it be?!

Walking (theatre) all over the world!


TWTC are excited to announce our first international performance will be taking place in Canada in May! 


A team from TWTC will be travelling to Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada at the end of April, for a two week project with Powerview School, working on an interactive performance project with the pupils. The play, “Selkirk Settlers”, written by TWTC’s Sadie Dixon-Spain, tell stories of the Scottish emigrants who chose Manitoba as their new home in the new world. TWTC will work alongside the youth group on the performance, resulting in a number of exciting showcase events at the school, and in the community.


The youth team will also be travelling over to Scotland in the Summer to do some exploring of their own, and of course to continue working with TWTC, performing the piece at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, and on the Isle of Lismore! 


This is a very exciting opportunity for both TWTC & Powerview School, and we are thrilled to be working with the international students in the creation in what is sure to be a fun-filled project! 

Upcoming Shows and Events

Spring has sprung, and here at TWTC, we are preparing for some April fun and frolics! Here’s what’s in store:

April 2013

1st April: Pirates Easter Treasure Hunt: Forestry Commission Ardentiny

12th – 14th April: Haunted Hotel: Murder Mystery at The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon

14th April: Robin Hoodie in the Woods: Loch Lomond Shores

27th April – 11th May: Selkirk Settlers, Canada Youth Project: Manitoba, Canada

We look forward to seeing you there!

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