October 2013



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October Newsletter

Hello TWTC fans, and welcome to our October Newsletter! 

It’s been a very busy month this month, with lots of exciting meetings, project development, rehearsing, writing…and of course, lots of innovative theatre all over Scotland! From Basil and Sybil Foulty being the most (im)perfect hosts, to spooky storytelling by a Victorian apple tree, to pirates invading Argyll, and Witchies going a-walkin’ in Aberdeenshire, we’ve got lots of stories to tell you! So sit back, relax, delve into the sweeties you have lined up for the trick-or-treat-er’s, and read on…!

Glen of the Red River

Our All Our Stories project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, has continued to be a roaring success this month! On the 3rd of October, Alana and Sadie from TWTC, along with Chef Alison Sykora and Weaver Susan Gaffney, joined the pupils of Kilmodan Primary at their Forest School for a Mesolithic Kitchen Extravaganza!

Our hardy pupils went foraging through the Glendaruel woodlands, helped weave some beautiful serving plates, cook some mesolithic recipes, and discovered what life was like for the early settlers in Glendaruel!

The pupils have also been focusing on their ‘Horrid History of Glendaruel Rap’: learning lines, rehearsing, identifying timeline costumes, and having a great time bringing history to life!

On Tuesday 29th of October, it was time to begin filming the rap! Alana was joined by Jean Donaldson of Powan Media, who came to film the pupils rap performance. The Kilmodan pupils were fantastic, with lots of energy and enthusiasm – and some great moves! Our filming will re-commence next week, and our film will be ready to debut on the website very soon!

The website is still in development, but you can visit at www.glenoftheredriver.com, and see some of the fantastic work collected and created by the Kilmodan Primary Pupils – with lots more to add!

Happy 450th, Shakers!

Celebrate the great William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday year in 2014 in style with TWTC! We will be touring our three Shakespeare adaptations – MacBeth’s Way, Conference of the Faeries (Midsummer Nights Dream), and Prospero’s Walk (The Tempest – throughout the UK ! Where would YOU like to see us perform?

Have any suggestions on where you would like to see TWTC perform next year? Visit our Facebook and Twitter sites and let us know!

To find out more about booking TWTC, contact Alana at TWTC HQ, on 01369 820 115, or by Email. 

Deadly Addictive Murder Mysteries!

Be sure to keep up-to-date with our devilish Murder Mystery Co, by finding them on Facebook, on Twitter, and visiting the website! A creepy crew, but they’re parties are to die for!

Yo Ho Ho, and a bottle of Rum!

The word on the high seas told our merry (hic!) pirates thar be treasure in Helensburgh…scattered and hidden in Duchess Woods! Our very own Jim ‘lad’ Hawkins led a hearty crew of 110 pirates through the woodland in search of the hidden treasure. The sound of pirate song filled the brisk Helensburgh air, as our intrepid hundred and ten kept a beady eye out for the glisten of treasure hidden in the woods. Along the way, we met a number of familiar faces including Ben Gunn and Long John Silver, hopped upon a pirate ship, found a message in a bottle and…the hidden treasure!

TWTC were thrilled to be invited back this year to perform at Duchess Wood. The performance was organised by The Friends of Duchess Wood and NHS Highland, to raise awareness for Mental Health Month this October. Encouraging audiences of all ages to come together, be active in the great outdoors, and have fun!

Walkin’ North!

TWTC were delighted to perform at Crathes Castle for the very first time this October, as our Witches walked all the way to Banchory for a spot of pre-Hallween spookifying! The stunning grounds of Crathes Castle were an ideal location for a spot of outdoor walking theatre, and we were thrilled to see so many new faces to join us on our theatre walks!

Many thanks to Crathes Castle for inviting us to perform – we hope we can visit again soon!

A Halloween Fright Night with TWTC!

On Halloween, Nigel the Ninja Witch Catcher was at Finlaystone Country Estate, where over 100 spookies and scaries had gathered for an evening of spooktacular events! Our Halloween adventurers were well fuelled following a tasty BBQ, and well warmed-up following some spooky games, and were ready for a walk through the grounds….like no other! Thank you to all our spooky revellers who joined our freaky friends on our Halloween theatre extravaganza!

November Calendar

1st Nov: Witchy Walk at Loch Lomond Shores Sold Out!

1st-2nd Nov: Audition with a Vampire – Murder Mystery Weekend. The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon

9th Nov: Bonfire Spooky Stories, FCS Sallochy Campsite

22nd-23rd Nov: Wicked Wild West – Murder Mystery Weekend, The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon

There is a hare in my soup!

Basil was once again up to no good, this time at The Argyll Hotel in Dunoon, on the 4th and 5th of October! Our hapless host was doing his best to ensure the weekend ran smoothly in his very fine establishment…however, not all quite went to plan! A spot of mystery, with a side of murder, would you believe!

Why not come along and join us on one of our freakishly fun Murder Mystery weekends at The Argyll Hotel? Visit us at www.murdermysteryscotland.com to find out which dates there is scheduled to be a murder in bonnie Dunoon!

Our Murder Mystery team were also found in Grangemouth this month, as Hector Plasm led his merry guests at the Leapark Hotel for a spot of haunting…where the dead and undead met face to face! A spectacular audience, who made the night even more hilarious than we had planned!

Storytelling at CowalFest 2013

Our Time Travelling Storyteller appeared at Glenfinart Walled Garden in Ardentinny to celebrate CowalFest this month. The stunning setting of the Garden hosts a plethora of hidden gems, including stories hidden right there in the stones of the walls, and the plants in the ground. Our Time Traveller uncovered these stories, and tales of faerie folk, nature, and life in the magical garden filled the air!


Frights in the Forest!

Halloween, halloween, makes you crazy, makes you screeeeeam!

Our busy walking witches have been flying in to a variety of freaky locations this October, including two Forestry Commission Scotland sites!

Our freaky broomstick tour began on the stormy eve of Friday 25th of November, where Mandy ‘the Mad’, our trainee witch, appeared at FCS Glenbranter, for a eerie, but aw’fy fun, Witchy Walk with some very mysterious looking friends! Along with the Witchy Crew, lurking in the undergrowth we heard some spooky stories from our very own Storyteller! Lots of fun had by all – a fantastic night to kick-start our Halloween extravaganza!

The next stop for our ghostly bunch was FCS Boden Boo! An astonishingly spine-tingling mass of wizards and warlocks, mummies and zombies, joined us on our two Witchy Walks through the wilds of Erskine, and stopped by to listen to the ghostly stories from our Storyteller lurking in the circle of glorious beeches!

A supernatural extraordinary start to our Halloween celebrations – thank you to our two Forestry Commission Scotland districts for hosting such spooktacular events! We’re already looking out our costumes for next year…mwahahahahha!

Until next month!

October may be over, but the fun just won’t stop! Tonight, our Witches are back out in force at Loch Lomond Shores, as are our blood-sucking maniacs, who will be “vamping” it up in Dunoon!

Make sure you keep up-to-date with all things TWTC by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and visiting our website!

Look forward to walking with you soon!

The Walking Theatre Company

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