World premiere stage version of old Scots poem in festival
A world premiere stage production of a 15 th Century Scots poem will be one of the main attractions at a Moray arts extravaganza.
A theatrical version of The Buke of the Howlat, which was written in the late 1440s by Richard Holland, who was chaplain to the Earl of Moray, will be staged amongst the shrubbery at Brodie Castle for the Findhorn Bay Festival.
The biennial six-day event featuring theatre, music, dance and exhibitions will begin in September and will take place in unusual and scenic locations across the region.
Yesterday, organisers launched the programme for the extravaganza.
Tourism bosses believe the event has now become a “cornerstone” of the region’s cultural offering.
Festival director Kresanna Aigner said: “We’ve got a line-up of award-winning, renowned artists from across Scotland and local artists from Moray too. The programme aims to offer something for all tastes and ages.”
The Buke of the Howlat, which tells the story of a young owl who asks a peacock for help to become beautiful, has attracted fresh attention since it was released as a book two years ago.
Award-winning fiddle musician Duncan Chisholm will open the festival on September 26 with a concert at St Laurence Church in Forres.
Folk singer Karine Polwart will perform her only Scottish date with other musical attractions including Scottish Opera.
Guided walks will be run along the coastline to spot some of the region’s feathered residents.
Meanwhile, Culture Day in Forres will return for the fifth year with exhibitions and performances across the town.
The festival runs from September 26 to October 1. The programme can be viewed online at www. findhornbayfestival.com
Findhorn Bay Festival director Kresanna Aigner with some of the acts