The Walking Theatre Company gains a new recruit
Torrential rain quite literally washed out events throughout Scotland last Saturday however undeterred by mud and huge puddles, The Walking Theatre Company donned their wellies and delighted a VIP audience in Strathclyde park. Cowal’s own theatre company had been invited to take part in the gala day and to launch their new work ‘The Ghosts of Glencoe’ as part of the Lanarkshire Highland Games. First Minister Alex Salmond gamely took part in the action as ‘Cousin Jamie’ as he was called upon to help support a distraught ‘Wullie Macdonald’ who quaked with fear at the arrival of Campbell of Glenlyon and the Argyll Militia.
Despite the rain the first minister took his time talking and walking with members of the public clearly enjoying the event and despite the rain FEBA made a success of what really was a great family fun day out.
The whole day was the first Gathering in aid of FEBA (Forward Edge of the Battle Arena). This charity was founded by former Queen’s Own Highlander Tommy Moffat. Its aim is to provide ex-service men, women and their families with practical and emotional support to help them successfully cope with the transition following retirement from active service into civilian life.
Gathering chief, Clive Fairweather of Combat Stress commented, “the Walking Theatre 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’! High praise indeed from such an eminent public figure.