My first murder mystery,and it was amazing. The Walking Theatre Company are brilliant. Acting was so convincing that I actually thought Simon was russian. Really good storyline and very very funny. Lovely people. They had a chat with everyone after they finished.thanks for a great weekend. Will definately come to see you all again.
‘Gillian Renfrew ‘Spying Tonight’ Argyll Hotel Dunoon’ 2013
Kids had a ball today at Loch Lomond Shores. Cant wait for the next one: ‘Hoodie in The Woods’ Tracy Thompson 2013
‘Hoodie in The Woods’ Loch Lomond Shores April 2013
‘I cant say how amazing that was! – your team are fabulous, the whole thing was so much – I am bursting with happiness’. Clare Gemmell, Centre Manager, Loch Lomond Shores: www.lochlomondshores.com - 2013
Some great stories in the press about Electric Glen, starring three of TWTC’s fantastic acting team, portraying some wonderful characters from Rouken Glen Park’s history! Feb 2013
Dear Sadie and Co – thank you so much for such a fun time last night at Kilmartin House Museum. How four people can keep 44 others so well entertained is amazing. We are all looking forward to developing a night at Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre, can’t wait I think it will be equally as good. Thanks again xxxxxx Beth Campbell, ‘Spying Tonight’ Kilmartin House Museum 2013
The Community Woodlands Association would like to thank you for providing a wonderfully energetic, fun-filled workshop for our 2012 conference in Newtown St Boswells. Delegates thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the feedback was brilliant. You more than exceeded our expectations; successfully entertaining and educating adults, children and cynical foresters! We look forward to working with you again, and wish you all the best for the future. ‘Ros Mills’(CWA, Woodland Advisor) Conference 2012
I know that our chairman, Stewart Campbell, has already expressed appreciation to you and to the Walking Theatre for the success of the performance of A Midsummer-Night’s Dream in Duchess Wood last Sunday. However, I’d like to add my thanks as well. Despite the weather, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the imaginative in the way it was organised was impressive. The actors were also very clever at interacting with both children and adults. Many thanks to all concerned.
Alastair Macbeth (Secretary, Friends of Duchess Wood):
Conference of the Faeries Helensburgh 2012
Just returned from another fab weekend at The Argyll Hotel in Dunoon, last visit was great – Haunted House – but this one was absolutely manic “Fawlty Towers Tripute” what can I say every cast member terrific, and a very gifted Chris performed a truly great performance as Manuel, Sadie bravo on SYBIL! and of course BASIL was utterly believeable. Thank you for a fab time and look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards “Andre” s wife alias the Johnstons
Went last night to see TWTC’s version of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ at Arduine Gardens. Fortunately the rain held off and only piddled and widdled and drizzled between showers. WHAT A GREAT NIGHT! An anticipatory crowd was met by a female Bottom, played with just a hint of one of Catherine Tate’s caricatures, only much nicer. She proceeded to browbeat and brutalise everyone into the right frame of mind, great fun. A deliciously camp Puck, flitted in and out of the under growth, treading iambic pentameter underfoot as he did so. The willing band of mortals trailed about the gardens in the deepening gloom led by Bottom or Puck depending on the plot device. Oberon, splendidly languid and world weary, but peevish at not getting his way, loomed out of the darkness to great effect, summoning Puck to plot his revenge on Titania. Ah! Titania, as Fairy Queens go, last nights was everything any mortal and indeed Fairy Prince could possibly want. A hugely appreciative audience gave the brilliant cast a ‘standing ovation’ at the end. Shakespeare would not have been turning in his grave; he would have been capering on top with delight.
‘Conference of the Faeries’ (The Dream) At Arduine Gardens, Argyll: Sept 2012:
We all had a fantastic time on saturday. My dad was overwhelmed and had an amazing time. You were all brilliant and I can honestly say that I did not think it would be as fantastic as it was. You all did a wonderful job and if we ever need to book entertainment for a works do, you will be first choice. Thanks once again x
Jane Dawe: GBA Services: Lancs (Highland Wedding-Killcreggan Hotel)
Just to say that the team were amazing again today at the Lodge (David Marshall). A very happy Audience! Your Robin Hood is a great play, really enjoyable, well written youse. Stephen Gillen. Forestry Commission Scotland
Cowal & Trossachs Forest District
this was a fantastic weekend which would not have been the same without the walking theatre company, they are brilliant at what they do. we were at the argyll for my sisters birthday with a group of friends we would do this again and would recommend anyone to try this experience, thanks sadie, liam and crew.
Dave Graham and crew Spying Tonight Argyll Hotel dunoon
Hello to you,
This is just a note to say how much we enjoyed your presentation and interaction with the gathered throng at Stanley Mills on Friday 24Th Sept. We thought it was an excellent addition to Historic Scotland’s Stanley Mills and we congratulate them for having the fore site to employ The Walking Theatre who added an extra dimension to the experience. You involved the gathered throng and by doing so held there attention and understanding of the working of the Mill in the past. Well done and we hope to see you all sometime in the future, Thank You and Good Luck. David Manson, and his three companions.
Treasure Island last Sunday was absolutely brilliant! We were very lucky in that the rain held off during the actual walk and the children (and adults!) were all entranced.
Craignish Community Company. (Ardfern Festival summer 2011)
We would like to tell all your company we had a fantastic time in the Argyll Hotel in Dunoon at the weekend. Our group fell in love wih you all (can you come to our house for a party?). Had heard about your company beforehand but had no idea how diverse you actually are. Can’t wait to be entertained by you again. Still laughing. All the best.
Alison & Danny (Haunted Hotel, Argyll Hotel Dunoon)
Hi Sadie, we would just like to say a huge thanks for the fantastic weekend we had at the Argyll Hotel this week. Yourself and your talented team made the whole thing extra special and totally exceeded my expectations. This was our first time and wont be the last. The interaction of the evening gave everyone at the table lots to talk and laugh about and we all got on superbly well because of this. We have all decided to get together again next season when you include the Vampire evening. Donna and I might manage to make it in Dec for the Spying tonight. Your actor who played Hector was hilarious and done a great job sending me up. All the very best to you all
Derek Ross. (Haunted Hotel, Argyll Hotel Dunoon)
Thank you so much for Saturday, which I think wildly exceeded our best expectations. Here are some quotable feedback comments from the day’s visitors:
‘Inspirational and innovative’
‘Fun, interesting, creative & entertaining’
‘Good presentation, very entertaining that involved the audience’
‘Great fun, brought the museum to life’
The Auchindrain Trust
Can I say a very big Thank you for yesterday’s performance. Reading the questionnaires last night the visitors all clearly stated that they had enjoyed the performance immensely and specifically asked for more!! You all worked so incredibly hard to make this such a magical event for the visitors and their reactions tell all – thank you so much. Here’s to many more performances in the future
The Education Team
Kilmartin House Museum
Having never worked with actors before I didn’t know what to expect. I
was incredibly impressed in the first place when I received the draft
play text through the post. I couldn’t believe that someone could take
the pile of information about a place and turn it into something so
creative, engaging and fun. When it came to holding the walks I was
blown away by the professionalism, enthusiasm, energy, commitment and
quality of the work that the Walking Theatre Company delivered. As a
professional, I would say that they delivered a fantatstic event that
breathed life into a special place and it gave the public what they
wanted. On a personal note, I was very proud to have been involved in
this event. I was also very moved to see moments in time and characters
from the past that belong to this special place brought to life before
my eyes. Wilsontown Ironworks means a lot to me personally and I am
grateful to the WTC for what they have created.
Scottish Lowlands Forest District,
Forestry Commission Scotland,
Wilsontown Homecoming 2009
We’ve been to a few Walking Theatre productions now and, quite simply, they rock. Our kids are transfixed for months afterwards and tonight the adults are glowing after an evening with Lady Macbeth. What a truly wonderful investment. The forest comes alive – even those of us who love it anyway, are drawn in further. Not only are the WTC superb entertainers, their eagerness and enthusiasm to socialise with the group (whatever age) afterwards, never ceases to amaze me and inarguably adds to their impact. Please lets have lots more from Sadie and Co …
Macbeth, Glenbranter, Halloween 2009
We thought you’d be rained off. We thought you’d probably rush things along. We thought the magic might be lost. We were totally wrong! Keeping your audience spellbound, on probably the wildest and wettest night of the year so far, is a great testament to your team’s magic.
The Witchy Walk at Glenbranter Halloween 2009
“The Walking Theatre Company deliver every time and on every front! Sadie Dixon-Spain wrote and directed a wonderful play for us in The Hidden Jewel for our Year of Homecoming event, and we are all still buzzing from the excitement of seeing the story come alive in the spectacular landscape of Dunollie in Oban. To have superb professional theatre in such a setting was a joy and a privelage – and all of it a genuine Argyll product! As soon as we are able, we will be bringing them back for more.”
Catherine Gillies, event manager for the Year of Homecoming for the MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust.
I’m writing to say thanks for the wonderful theater production at Dunollie during the Homecoming events in July It was one of the high points of our trip to Scotland. My wife and I are theater-goers and enjoy everything from Broadway, to summer stock, to college and community theater. Although we aren’t professional, or avocational, critics, we believe that what Duke Ellington said about music applies equally to the stage: there are two kinds of performances – good and bad. Yours was the good kind. Bravo.
Dr. Art Dingley
“I thought The Hidden Jewel was fantastic, combining excellent acting with the story of the jewel and the families involved with it. And it was very entertaining – the evening passed very quickly.
” Alison Bell, director of PR company Small Creek Communications.
“Just a quick note to say how much we all enjoyed the performance last night. It was absolutely stunning and a completely new experience altogether. I think the children have never, and probably will never again have, such a happy and meaningful history lesson. It is some thing that will stay with all of us for a long time.”
audience member – The Hidden Jewell 2009
“Congratulations on a wonderful production, and all the hard work in getting
Dunollie ready for the expectant hordes.We don’t get many nights out and we have just had a
fabulous time, as has our guest. Brilliant on all levels, and hope this is the first of many more similar events. One a month through the season would be lovely !!!”
audience member – The Hidden Jewell 2009
“It was remarkable and truly a gem for the Homecoming Scotland project.”
member of VisitScotland staff – The Hidden Jewell 2009
“Great show and a good turn-out. Spectacular setting and no rain! A great addition to the national Homecoming celebrations.”
Torquil MacLeod, Homecoming Scotland team – The Hidden Jewell 2009
hope you don’t mind of doing this through facebook, but I just wanted to congratulate your team on a magical afternoon. Our 6yr old is away with her crystal to travel to fairyland in her dreams … as instructed by Titania! The walk was great and the time and attention paid to the children afterwards just gave that special touch … My only problem is A wants to go fairy spotting again next weekend … Looking forward to walking with you again …
Enchanted Celtic Forest, Glenbranter June 2009 – Forestry Commission Walk
Dear Hilary and Sadie
Thank you for a fantastic workshop.
The day just flew in with lots of practical easy tools to use as aids for a more enjoyable presentation.
I am looking forward to presenting at my next meeting with more vavavoom!
The Small Business Club
Advanced presentation skills workshop – Glasgow April 2009
Just a quick note again to say thank you so much for a truly wonderful and very memorable evening on Saturday!
Yourself and your colleagues were fantastic in character and all of the girls were raving about the evening after you all left! We all had an absolutely wonderful time and I am sure that some of them will be in contact in the future when arranging their hen weekends! I will need to get married again so that I can have another one!!!
May I take this opportunity to give my heartfelt recommendation to any other hen weekend organizers who wish to have a hilarious and interactive evening that creates absolutely unforgettable memories for both the hen and those lucky enough to take part!
Many thanks again,
‘The Walking Theatre Company’s unique style of theatre provides a refreshing and educational experience to many of Scotland’s historical episodes. The atmosphere generated using outdoor locations as backdrops for each story combined with the excellent acting skills, only adds to the delight of the show bringing the audience closer to the story than you might imagine.
If you haven’t seen WTC at work then do so – a feast of surprises awaits!”
First Minister Events
Your Company’s spirited performance in front of First Minister Alex Salmond and other high profile political figures (in a dripping marquee) was the highlight of the day. It was, by turns, gripping, ghoulish, wise and witty-yet highly informative. Despite the mud squelching and clashing music from the main arena tannoy, you could have heard a pin drop, as we swiftly were entranced by a slice of compelling Scottish history. Even the politicians held their tongues for once-albeit only briefly!
Clive Fairweather ‘The Glencoe Ghosts’
Strathclyde Park Highland Gathering
Your Company’s performance at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park’s evening at Holyrood immediately engaged the audience in a vibrant, interactive event that brought to life and included them in a slice of Argyll’s history. It was exciting, atmospheric, dramatic, funny, gory in places and very very entertaining ! Thank you so much for adding a special and distinctive flavour to the evening!
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority Board
……’my congratulations again on a spirited
and engaging performance of Highland clan drama at the Loch Lomond and
Trossachs National Park evening at the Holyrood parliament’.
The Scotsman “The Campbells Are Coming Hurrah”
“Your preformance was highly entertaining and our delegates loved it. The
drama really added a spark to the evening and our Danish delegate was
particularly proud to be crowned King Malcolm of Scotland”
We all thought it was great and it’s still being talked about now!
Elaine Hill ‘Macbeths Way’ pre-supper theatre
People & Places
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Your course was a huge success! Everyone was raving about it.
Actual Reality Learning and leadership Company Ltd
Castle Toward Outdoor Education Centre
“Confident Hand Heart & Head – leadership skills”
Following on from your excellent performance at our Stepping Out Anniversary, I just want to thank you again for making it such a great event.
The feedback that we have received since about the innovative use of
theatre, combined with a walk, using the local environment and making
reference to local features, traditions and events has been tremendous.
Yennie van Oostende
Bute Healthy Living Initiative “Prospero’s Walk”
….thank you for your fab contribution to
proceedings, you have a lot to offer and the knack of winning
over an audience with the wild Highland looks to match
Ross and Cromarty “Lamonts Lament” & “Historical Interpretation”
I experienced this play as part of the Lamont Clan gathering. It came as a surprise to all as we were gathered into a room but not knowing why. The play was the highlight of the evening, partly as it was a great form of entertainment and to the performers strong portrayal of the characters. I thought it a powerful presentation and wish it could be presented to all Campbells.
Clan Lamont Society of N.A.
James M. Meikle – Sec/Treas “Lamonts Lament”