New theatre production for teenagers

Angus Arts is bringing an innovative show inspired by the London riots to Laurencekirk at the start of next month.

The Edinburgh-based Tortoise in a Nutshell Theatre Company will performing ‘Feral’ at the Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk on Saturday, March 1 and Angus Arts administrator Sue Waddicor said it will be no ordinary show.

She said: “‘Feral’ is a rare thing - a show aimed at teenagers, as well as adults of course. It’s also an innovative show, a cross art form piece that seamlessly blends film and live performance, puppetry and multimedia technology.

“The puppeteers manipulate and bring to life a tiny world, whilst simultaneously creating a live animation, as they follow its every breath via digital camera.

“Joe, the main character, looks back at the home of his childhood and traces its journey from idyllic seaside town to a community gripped by anarchy.”

The show is a response to youth dissolution within society and debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won huge audience praise, a Scotsman Fringe First and a nomination for a Total Theatre award.

A workshop session of between one and two hours will also be held before the show. Aimed at any schools, colleges or youth groups attending, it will explore the technology used in the production and allow students to get hands-on experience with making a piece of live animation theatre. Places should be booked in advance by Wednesday, February 26 at the latest.

Feral starts at 7.30pm at Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk and tickets costing £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £28 for a family of four can be purchased from Angus Arts on 01356 648669/01356 670304/07914 341525, by e-mailing or booked online at