World pre­miere stage ver­sion of old Scots poem in fes­ti­val

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCALNEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

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

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