A co-production between GRID IRON and UNIQUE EVENTS
Written and Directed by Justin Young
2 May – 11 May 2003
A promenade performance around the village of Alloway, Ayrshire
The Houghmagandie Pack was commissioned as part of the Burns an a’ That Festival 2003 which celebrates the life and work of the poet Robert Burns.
Grid Iron were given free access to the village of Alloway, birthplace of Burns, and created a multi-site, outdoor promenade production taking the audience on a mile-long journey through the life of the poet. We visited the cottage of his birth, the atmospheric old graveyard where his parents are buried, paths and fields around the village and concluded at the famous Brig O’Doon.
The production was site-specific in the truest sense recounting a real-life story and real-life events in exactly the places where they would have occurred making it a quite extraordinary experience.
“Tremendously purposeful and vivid writing… a string of fine, well-focused performances… a technical triumph… this special combination of conventional drama and outdoor setting acquires an almost magical force”
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