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51 Pegasus First Night Report
5 September 2002
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Production Goes On The Road 2 September
51 Pegasus will tour
throughout Scotland from 4 September to 5 October,
including three nights at the Traverse in Edinburgh and two at The Arches
in Glasgow. The opening night will be in Thurso High School on 4 and
5 September and the Press Night will be in Eden Court Theatre on
Sat 7 September.
John James and Billy McPhee meet outside a Highland dance hall on a summer’s night. The stars are in the sky. As “Granny’s Heilan Hame” drifts across the Kyle the physics student and the lobster fisherman spar and tease, drink vodka and re-kindle their life-long friendship.
Ever had that feeling of just wanting to get away? Is the village too small or the Universe too big? Or is it the other way round?
51 Pegasus explores the concept of scale and the distances between people and between planetary bodies in our Universe.
The play examines the tensions faced in a small village by young and old alike when faced with the dilemma of leaving to study and work or staying put and facing the monotony of everyday life. An emotionally gripping journey from the north coast of Sutherland to the farthest star.
Ian McDonough is the second playwright to emerge from Grey Coast’s “Playharvest” scheme, which was set up to encourage new playwrights from the Highlands. Bess Ross’s play Farm Land, which toured Scotland in the spring, was the first.
Ian McDonough hails from Brora in Sutherland and currently lives in Edinburgh. An established poet, he is the convenor of Edinburgh’s “Shore Poets” and co-edited their anthology “The Ice Horses”, which was published in 1998. In 1999 he received the Scottish Arts Council writers bursary. His poem sequence “Rising Fever” was published in 2000. Chapman 2002 published his critically acclaimed anthology of poems, The Clan McHine, earlier this year.
In keeping with Grey Coast’s educational tradition, artist Sue Jane Taylor will again be working with two schools, Golspie and Farr, holding workshops with pupils to produce pieces of art work which are relevant to the production.
The theme and basis of the workshop is taken from the play’s focus on the “tinker”. The other important element is the mapping of the skies. Arthur Dutch, a retired tinsmith, who has worked for Historic Scotland and National Museum of Scotland, will give practical advice. This is an invaluable way of involving the local children. All of Grey Coast’s work incorporates this and community work to some degree.
Timothy Neat, author of “Summer Walkers” will give a talk to the two schools involved and people from the community who want to participate. A well-known tinker elder will also speak to the group.
51 Pegasus will be directed by Tom McGill and designed by Moley Campbell. Music composed by Andy Thorburn of Blazing Fiddles.
Visit To Keiss Primary School 31 January 2002