Tag Archives: August

New Show Launches at the Caledonian Canal


We are delighted to share with you the news of our exciting new Walking Theatre historical piece, commissioned by Scottish Canals, which will delve into the past of the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus this July and August!

‘The Caledonian Canal significantly re-shaped lives and land in its forging and as a writer, I have been inspired by the journey through time, that the canal has taken me on. Momentous and epic are two words that spring to mind.’ – Sadie Dixon-Spain, Playwright and Artistic Director of The Walking Theatre Company shares her experience in delving into past of the Caledonian Canal, and writing this fantastic production.

Tickets for Waters of Time are available from the Caledonian Canal Centre, Fort Augustus.
Performances held on 25–29 July and 1–5 August.
Performance times: 11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and, 4.30pm.
Tickets £7 each, Under 5s free.

The Caledonian Canal Centre is open daily – grab and go and retail: 9am-5pm; café: 9am-4.30pm.

The Walking Theatre Company proudly introduce our ‘Waters In Time’ cast: Alfie WellcoatEuan Cuthbertson, and in her debut Walking Theatre role, Innes Anderson.

Thank you to Scottish Field for sharing this article which you can read by clicking here.

Actor’s Spotlight: Rebecca Bloom as Annie Fairbottom!

Now here is an offer…TWTC’s Core Company Actress, Rebecca Bloom, comments as she prepares for her role as ‘Annie FairBottom’ in TWTC’s adaption of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tomorrow night, 8th of August, at Dunollie, Oban!
For anyone who hasn’t seen my Bottom, all will be revealed tomorrow!! Come to Dunollie in Oban for The Walking Theatre Company’s adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream…CONFERENCE OF THE FAERIES!! 

A ‘Conference of the Faeries’ at TWTC HQ!

Today, the air around TWTC HQ was full of the word of Shakespeare, as our fantastic acting team comprising of Karen Bartke, Rebecca Bloom, Sadie Dixon-Spain, and Colin Little, were rehearsing TWTC’s adaption of ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’, in preparation for this Friday’s performance at Dunollie. Tickets still available, so grabs yours while you can, and join Annie Fairbottom on a magical (and somewhat chaotic) Hen Party like no other!

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#TheatreThursday – TWTC to return to Dunollie!

Happy #TheatreThursday, TWTC fans! Today we are joining in with the#ThrowbackThursday game, and have found this fantastic photo from our performance of ‘The Hidden Jewel’ at Dunollie, Oban, from 2009!


We are thrilled to be returning to Dunollie on Friday 8th August, to perform ‘Conference of the Faeries’ – TWTC’s magical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’!

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Tickets are available now! Email info@dunollie.org or call 01631 570 550, to book yours today!

Another Wednesday, another workshop!

Alana and Rebecca from TWTC headed along to Kilmodan Primary School in Glendaruel to host another exciting workshop for our Glen of the Red River All Our Stories project!

Today, we gathered more content for our pre-historic section of the website, and had lots of fun exploring what life would have been like in the Glen during the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods – including dressing up like our very hairy ancestors!!

We had great fun making sound-scapes using the stories the pupils had created the previous week, which are going to be available to listen to on the website!

Our next workshop will be in two weeks time, where we will begin exploring the Clashing Celts!


The White Rabbit’s Adventures in Aberfoyle!

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This weekend. 24th and 25th of August, The White Rabbit and the utterly mad bonkers Hatter will be at Forestry Commission Scotland’s David Marshall Lodge in Aberfoyle, taking braw audiences on a Treasure Trail through the forest!

Walks are suitable for all the family, so why not come along and create our very own Wonderland in Aberfoyle!

There will be two walks on Saturday, and two on Sunday – 12noon and 2pm!

Look forward to ‘walking’ with you there!

TWTC’s big weekend!

What a weekend it has been for The Walking Theatre Company!

Three diverse shows in three very different locations, over three fun-tastic days!

Our bonanza began on Friday 16th of August, when we travelled to Arduaine Gardens in Argyll, for a spot of Murder Mystery…but this time, it wasn’t over the dinner table!

Arduaine Gardens is a stunning National Trust for Scotland site south of Oban, which has stunning views and walks, perfect for a TWTC production!


Nancy has a vision…

An intrepid audience of over 60 were brave enough to walk with us through the ‘Haunted Garden’, where Hector Plasm and Lucy Fir were up to no good…what a surprise! We had such a fantastic time, and despite the rain falling the whole day, it managed to spare us for the majority of the walk!

One of our lovely audience members, Mr. Alexander Hamilton, said after the event:

“It is possible to die of gluttony, a surfeit of lampreys is an early marker for such, what you cannot do is suffer from a surfeit of The Walking Theatre Company. It is possible to die of stress bought on by excessive laughter, and I am surprised that there is not a disclaimer on the advertising, for excessive laughter is the likely consequence of seeing The Haunted Garden, as performed Friday night at Arduaine. Ever the masters of outlandish and outrageous characters, TWTC were in their element with this offering, it would invidious to single anyone out, but the lunatic Madam Rcarty character is a sublime caricature, and the voice affected for another role was teeth curingly awful. There will be those amongst you who have not yet seen a WTC production, how empty your lives must be!”

Thanks to another great audience member, Laura Gray, for sharing her photos from the event!

Mz. Lucy Fir. What are you up too!

Mz. Lucy Fir. What are you up too!


On Saturday 17th of August, our team headed to Tarbert, Loch Fyne, to debut original TWTC piece, ‘Two Thirds Fish’, as part of the Tarbert Harbour Authority’s Centenary celebrations! Written by TWTC’s very own Artistic Director and In-House Playwright Sadie Dixon-Spain, ‘Two Thirds Fish’ explores the history of Tarbert Harbour to life, introducing the audience to iconic characters from the area’s past.

Sadie Dixon-Spain, Colin Little, and Dougie Walker rehearse ‘Two Thirds Fish’, with the stunning Tarbert Harbour in the background.


Rebecca Bloom in character as Rose Blair!


Our weekend bonanza of outdoor theatre concluded last night, Sunday 18th of August, at Finlaystone Country Estate in Langbank, where TWTC hosted a ‘Conference of the Faeries’ and delved into the world of Shakespeare! Our fabulous audience joined us on a journey around the Estate like no other, as TWTC brought to life a ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’, in true Walking Theatre style! Queen Titania could be heard singing in the treetops, and Puck appeared from dwelling in the undergrowth!

Karen Bartke as Titania, Queen of the Faeries

Karen Bartke as Titania, Queen of the Faeries!

Some of our lovely audience members commented the following on our Facebook page:

Alison Russell: “Just had a fantastic evening at Finlaystone Estate with my 2 daughters watching/taking part in A Midsummer Nights Dream. It was fantastic, we had so much fun!”

Katherine Egerton Montgomery: “Great night tonight! had a fantastic time thank you! Kids loved it and we will definitely make a point of seeing you again

Puck lurking in the woods at Finlaystone!

Puck lurking in the woods at Finlaystone!


Lots of theatre, lots of fun, and lots of the great outdoors! Did you come along to any of our shows this weekend? Why not get in touch and tell us what you thought!  You can comment on this blog, find us on Facebook, or send us a tweet!

A weekend of fun with TWTC!

We have a jam-packed weekend full of outdoor theatre events in store for you! Read on to find out where you will find TWTC this weekend, and how YOU can join us on our adventures!

Tomorrow night, Friday 16th of August, there will be some mysterious and murderous goings on in Arduaine Garden, Argyll, as the hapless Hector Plasm leads a merry romp amongst the roses!


For more info, contact Arduaine Gardens on 0844 493 2216

On Saturday, 17th of August, we are hopping on the ferry, and delighted to be a part of the Tarbert Harbour Authority’s Centenary celebrations, as we debut an exclusive TWTC piece “Two Thirds Fish”, written by our very own Artistic Director and In-House playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain! The performance explores the history of Tarbert Harbour, and along the way, we will meet iconic people from the Harbour’s past! Our performance starts at 15:30hrs, and is a part of a whole host of celebratory events taking place this Saturday! Fun for all the family!

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For more info, contact Tarbert Harbour Authority on 01880 820 344

Sunday 18th of August will see TWTC delving into the world of Shakespeare, as we head to Finlaystone Country Estate to host a ‘Conference of the Faeries’, TWTC’s very own adaptation of ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’! Join Annie FairBottom on a Hen Party like no other, and see the beautiful grounds of Finlaystone in a whole new light!


For more info, contact Finlaystone Country Estate on 01475 540 505

! Remember, TWTC perform outdoors whatever the forecast, so dress for the weather – umberellas very welcome! For evening performances, why not bring a torch to help us light the way!

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Tarbert Harbour Authority’s Centenary Celebrations

Untitled 2UntitledTarbert Harbour Authority are celebrating the Harbour’s Centenary in style with a whole host of events on Saturday 17th of August, 2013!

With everything from arts and craft workshops, a ceilidh, music from the Tarbert Music Group, a BBQ…and of course, a spot of walking theatre!

TWTC will be performing ‘Two Thirds Fish’, a brand new play exploring the history of the Tarbert Harbour, written by our very own Artistic Director and In-House Playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain!

Step back in time with TWTC and find out what life was like when Tarbert Harbour Authority was founded!

For more information, download the leaflet for the event: Tarbert Harbour Authority Centenary Leaflet

We look forward to walking with you there!


How do you make healthy eating fun? Fly TWTC into your event, of course!

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Our Poetry Kitchen flew into Shettleston this weekend, to take part in the Shettleston Community Growing Project’s Family Fun Day!

During a great day full of lots of fun things to do, Sadie & Alison from TWTC could be found cooking up some delightful tasty treats, and sharing some beautiful prose as a side dish!

Thanks to the members at SCGP, the team had some wonderful fresh fruit, veg, and herbs to create with, and thrilled audiences with food demonstrations and tantalising treats to sample!

The Poetry Kitchen was a huge hit, and we’d like to thank all the aspiring Chefs who joined us, and of course, to the Shettleston Community Growing Project themselves for inviting us along!

For more information on the project, visit http://www.shettlestongrowing.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @shettlestongrowing!

To find out more about TWTC’s Flying Kitchens, email us info@thewalkingtheatrecompany.com, or call us today on 01369 820 115!