September 2013


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September Newsletter

The leaves may be beginning to change, the temperatures may be beginning to drop, and it may be time to look out the soup recipes…but that won’t stop TWTC storming through Autumn by popping up to perform outdoors all over Scotland! Why not put the kettle on and delve into TWTC’s September Newsletter…

Mysterious Murders, all over the place!This month, there have been some very suspicious looking characters lurking at The Leapark Hotel in Grangemouth, and The Argyll Hotel in Dunoon!

From Ivor BigGunnovich to Hector Plasm, Lady LuLu to Nancy Boyz, it is safe to say, some madness, mayhem, murder, and mystery have most definitly been on the menu for TWTC this September!

Why not come along to one of our deadly addictive weekends, or host your very own Murder Mystery celebration? Visit our website for more details on where and how you can join a wickedly wonderful, and aw’fy naughty, Murder Mystery!

Murder Mystery Website
Rob Roy’s Aberfoyle Adventure!Friday 27th of September saw the re-opening of Forestry Commission Scotland’s David Marshall Lodge in Aberfoyle, and what better way to celebrate than with a spot of outdoor theatre!

Especially for the occasion, TWTC’s in-house playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain, created ‘The Drover and the Duke’ – Cattle Droving and Rob Roy himself, perfect for any occasion!

Thank you to our friends at FCS DM Lodge for once again being wonderful hosts – we look forward to our next Aberfoyle Adventure!

Glen of the Red RiverOur All Our Stories project is coming to an end, but we have had some fantastic developments this month, including the launch of our website!

The project, funded by Heritage Lottery, has created an online visitors centre for Glendaruel, and has been created by Kilmodan Primary School, and led by The Walking Youth Theatre.

The website is still very much in development, but we just couldn’t wait to show the world the fantastic work the pupils of Kilmodan have created, and the website they have shaped and helped design.

We still have a few workshops left, and can’t wait to get the website complete!

Actors Spotlight This month, Robert Howat has stepped into our Actor’s Spotlight to tell us all about his experience as a TWTC actor!

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

RH. Hectic, Loud, Fun!

Q2. Why do you like being a TWTC actor?

RH. No two shows are ever the same, performing in different places nearly every show and a neat amount of improvisation and ad-lib’s required!

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

RH. Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, that was kind of one of my life’s ambitions, great character in a great old story.

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

RH. In an ancient open amphitheatre in Greece or the like.

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

RH. Meeting a very bizarre B and B owner when on tour in Wales. Also last New Year’s Eve, standing behind a door listening to some very noisy guests. I was to burst in and open the show, I was terrified but when I did it the audience were fantastic.

Thanks Robert! Greece you say, wouldn’t that be nice! Catch Robert at Sallochy Campsite on November 7th for some Spooky Storytelling. Visit our website, or contact us for more details.

Dunollie Willow HallTWTC is proud to be leading a Creative Scotland funded ‘Talent Development’ Project, dedicated to highlighting the talent that is hidden within Argyll.

The creation of the ‘living structure’ was brought to life by both German and Scottish artists. With its growth and associated constant change and transformation, the Willow Hall is an architectural symbol of the modern church.

German artists from Sanfte Strukturen and local creatives from Argyll, have created such a fantastic project, which is open to the public, and well worth a visit!

On the 11th of September, Sadie and Alana from TWTC headed to Dunollie to see the Willow Structures for the first time, and were blown away by the stunning creations! This was also the day of the official naming ceremony for the Willow Hall Garden, ‘The Garden of Knowledge‘.

We were thrilled that representatives from the MacDougall Clan, Creative Scotland, and even the BBC, were in attendance at the Naming Ceremony. The day was caught on tape by BBC’s ‘Out of Doors’ radio programme, which was wonderful publicity for all involved!

For more information on Dunollie, and on visiting The Garden of Knowledge, visit

Click here to see our photos of the Willow Hall!
A Flying (Kitchen!) visit to Lochgilphead!On Saturday, 28th of September, our World War Two gals packed up our ‘Flying Kitchen’ and headed to Kintyre, to join in the Harvest Food & Home Fayre, organised by West Coast Events!

Alison Sykora and Sadie Dixon-Spain got canny in the kitchen, and helped out wonderful audiences throughout the day to re-discover rationing fun!

Thanks to West Coast Events for inviting us along to be a part of such a great weekend event!

Panto-On-The-Go-Go!We are delighted to announce the launch of our first ever Panto-On-The-Go for the 2013 Festive Season!

Snow White is in danger, and needs your help to thwart the Wicked Queen and stop her succeeding in her evil plans!

Suitable for indoors or out, why not try a different kind of panto this year, and take a Winter Walk with TWTC!

That’s all, folks!That’s all for this months issue! October looks like it’s going to be another busy, albeit slightly spoooooky month for us here at TWTC…and we can’t wait!

Until next month!

Best wishes,


October Calender2nd Oct: Glen of the Red River Project – Mesolithic Flying Kitchen

4th Oct: ‘Live and Let Spy’ Corporate Murder Mystery, Glasgow

4th-5th Oct: Fawlty Towers Tribute Murder Mystery Weekend, The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon

12th Oct: Storytelling at Glenfinart Walled Garden, Argyll

19th Oct: Haunted Hotel Murder Mystery, Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

20th Oct: Treasure Island, Duchess Woods, Helensburgh

25th Oct: Witchy Walk; Hallowe’en at Glenbranter

27th Oct: Witchy Walk; Hallowe’en at Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire

White Rabbit’s Adventures at Mugdock Country Park!On a sunny September Saturday, The White Rabbit was hosting one of his famous ‘Walking Tours’ at Mugdock Country park, to a hole host of excited little Dormouse! The Mad Hatter was somewhat mad…isn’t that a surprise!
Congratulations, Boss!Our very own Artistic Director and In-House Playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain, has been awarded Highly Commended for her entry into the Tam O’Shanter Reboot competition!

Sadie’s work The Alloway Rap is a short play based on Robert Burns epic poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’, and was originally developed to work with the pupils from Kilmodan Primary School in Glendaruel.

The Alloway Rap was such a hit with the judges, that not only did it receive such great acclaim, it has also been put forward to be the basis of a film competition for Primary Schools Scotland-wide, to work with Sadie to create their own short film of The Alloway Rap!

Well done Sadie!

The Power Of Three The Walking Theatre Company are proud to announce our official tours for 2014!

Children’s Theatre

TWTC perform all over Scotland, all year round, but it’s time we met more audiences, made new friends, and engaged the whole UK with our outdoor walking theatre! The White Rabbit, Long John Silver, Green Jean the Eco Queen are just a few of our characters who will be walking all over Britain in 2014 – where would YOU like to join our merry three on a madcap adventure?!

Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

Dinnie worry Wullie, age is but a number! Join TWTC in celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in style, with a trio of ‘walking theatre’ adaptations of three of his great works! MacBeth’s Way, Prospero’s Walk (The Tempest), and Conference of the Faeries (Midsummer Nights Dream), could be coming to a forest or woodland near you in 2014…you wouldn’t want to miss out now, would you! It is a birthday party after all!

Canada, we’re coming for you!

Following TWTC’s success in Canada earlier this year, and our creation of the Canadian Walking Youth Theatre, we had no choice but to find a way to get back across the Atlantic, and perform for our Canadian fans! MacBeth’s Way, Selkirk’s New Nation, and Treasure Island are hopping across the Atlantic for the Fall and Summer seasons, to engage Canadian audiences with our high quality Scottish walking theatre!

For more information on TWTC’s ‘Power of Three’ Touring shows, contact us by calling 01369 820 115, or emailing Alana at TWTC HQ!


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