*H A N S E L a n d G R E T E L*
at Loch Lomond Shores
Saturday, 3rd of July 2016 @ 14:00hrs
The Walking Theatre Company proudly presents ‘Fairy Tales Walking’, our 2016 season at Loch Lomond Shores. Productions created by Argyll playwright, Sadie D.Spain.
*Hansel & Gretel, lost and sad.*
*A Wicked Witch, who’s aw’fy bad.*
*Into the woods, a tale to tell;*
*Magic, danger, and a fairy spell…*
** M U R D E R M Y S T E R Y K L A X O N **
*Brand New Murder Mystery Weekend Debuting July 2016! *
*Resistance is in the air, as the soldiers march into town. Step back in time to German occupied France, for a rip-roaring ‘listen very carefully, I shall say zis only once’ “Allo, Allo,” Tribute Murder Mystery Weekend!*
*Join the hunt for the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies and look out for Herr Flick. Listen very carefully as, simply everyone has something to hide! *
*Murder Mystery weekend at The Argyll Hotel in Dunoon. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre performance commences on Friday 15th of July, concluding on Saturday 16th of July. A fantastic fun-filled weekend ‘doon the watter’!*
*Contact the hotel directly for more details, and to book!
Call 01369 702 059 TODAY!
Why not come along to TWTC’s Teddy Bears Picnic this Easter Holiday, for some fun in the sun with our Teddy Two, and your favourite cuddly companion! Tickets still available online, visit: https://www.itison.com/Glasgow/events/teddy-bear-picnic-loch-lomond
Look forward to walking with you there!
Happy April, TWTC fans! We have a variety of exciting performances for you this month including;
4th – 5th – Haunted Hotel Murder Mystery Weekend at The Argyll Hotel, Dunoon
13th – Treasure Island at Loch Lomond Shores
16th – Teddy Bears Picnic (Debut Production!) at Loch Lomond Shores
21st – Wiz Around Oz at Forestry Commission Scotland Ardentinny Picnic Site
23rd – Highland Wedding Murder Mystery, World Book Night Celebrations, at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
27th – John of the Trees (Debut Production!) at Duchess Wood, Helensburgh
Wednesday, 4th of December 2013 will see the debut performance of TWTC’s very first Panto, Sno on the Go! Telling the tales of Sno, a bonnie lass, who has had an aw’fy tough time since her Step-Mum came on the scene! Sandbank Primary School will be the setting of our debut performance…here’s hoping the audience aren’t Sleepy, or Dopey, or Grumpy, or Sneezy…
What a weekend it has been for The Walking Theatre Company!
Three diverse shows in three very different locations, over three fun-tastic days!
Arduaine Gardens is a stunning National Trust for Scotland site south of Oban, which has stunning views and walks, perfect for a TWTC production!
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!
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.
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!
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…“
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!
Last night, Wednesday 26th of June 2013, The Walking Theatre Company and the joined forces in the capital city of Edinburgh, to debut ‘Selkirk’s New Nation’ on Scottish soil!
The cast of 25 strong Canadian Youth were joined by TWTC’s very own Sadie Dixon-Spain and Colin Little, performing to a wonderful audience in Committee Room One of The Scottish Parliament.
The unforgettable night began with a pre-performance reception, where guests were able to mingle with the cast, and get to know our young performers. To perform at Holyrood with the support of Scottish MSP’s is an extraordinary boost to the project, and our event was very kindly supported by Mr. Mike MacKenzie MSP, who gave a wonderful encouraging speech prior to the performance! We were also thrilled to have the musical talents of Mairi Campbell throughout the night, and the stunning backdrop to our performance provided by Graeme Murdoch, who kindly provided a photography exhibit uniting Canada and Scotland in pictures.
Selkirk’s New Nation went off with a bang, as we were transported back in time to 1811, as the booming voice of Miles MacDonnall (Colin Little) filled the room to tell us of Lord Selkirk’s plans for the New World, and the endless opportunities that await the young men with the right skills across the Ocean!
Our youth cast were extremely professional in their delivery, weaving in and out the audience with grace and confidence, interacting with those who had travelled to Edinburgh to see them perform.
While Selkirk’s New Nation was written by TWTC’s Artistic Director and in-house playwright, Sadie Dixon-Spain, it was shaped by the Powerview School pupils own heritage and cultural references.
The play explores the impact of Lord Selkirk’s ‘Scots’ Settlers upon Canada, its First Nations and particularly the Métis whose status has only recently been affirmed by the Canadian Government through its recognition of the 1870 land treaty.
In May 2013, Sadie travelled to Manitoba along with TWTC’s own , to work with the pupils, rehearse and perform the play to the community of Pine Falls-Powerview, with plans and hopes for the students to return to Scotland, and perform their work to Scottish audiences.
And last night, this dream came true! Our youth team adorned their 1800s-style costumes, and became stars!
The applause that followed the performance rang through Holyrood, and the smiles on our acting team lit up the whole room! To make the night even more special, we were thrilled that Lord Selkirk and his son travelled from London to make the event, and followed the performance with an inspirational speech, which will stay with the Youth Team forever.
Our cross-national partnership has brought Scotland and Canada closer together, allowing people on both sides of the Atlantic to reconnect with and rediscover their heritage, new friendships have been created, and memories made that will last forever.
Both The Walking Theatre Company and the Canadian Walking Youth Theatre will be performing Selkirk’s New Nation on the Western Isle of Lismore on Sunday, 30th of June 2013, a ‘walking’ theatre production, beginning outside the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre at 14:30hrs.
We would be thrilled if you would join us on our adventure to the past!
For more information on the project, or for our upcoming performance on Lismore, contact Alana at TWTC HQ by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 01369 820 115.