The incredible tale of Angus MacPhee

Angus - weaver of grass.
Angus - weaver of grass.

The tale of Angus MacPhee - artist extraordinary - has been much told; in song, book, documentary, even a tapestry.

Now for the first time there’s a theatre show about him by theatre company Horse + Bamboo and, as part of Angus Heritage Week, local charity Angus Arts are bringing the show to Stracathro Hall, Inchbare on Friday (September 20).

Sue Waddicor, administrator for the charity, explains more about this fascinating story.

She said: “The tale of Angus MacPhee’s life is one of illness, lost traditions and magical hats of grass, stunning like sunbursts. He was raised on South Uist and, deeply affected by his experiences during WWII, he subsequently spent 50 years in a psychiatric hospital in Inverness.

“He didn’t speak; instead he wove remarkable costumes from grass which feature in the Collection de l’Art Brut (‘Outsider Art’) in Switzerland. The show is a wonderful multi-media event and features film, animation and projection mixed with live performances, mask and puppetry, and beautiful Gaelic singing as well as some fantastic grass replicas of Angus MacPhee’s work. This promises to be a very different kind of story telling, and we just can’t wait to see it! We’ve also recently learned that Perth Museum & Art Gallery are currently featuring an exhibition of Angus MacPhee’s work, so it will be fascinating to visit that to see what inspired the show.”

Angus Arts is well known for the wide range of arts experiences it offers, bringing top quality theatre, music, puppetry, workshops and other events to a rural audience, and once again they would like to thank NEAT (North East Arts Touring), supported by Creative Scotland, for making this event possible.

“Angus – Weaver of Grass” starts at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at Stracathro Hall, Inchbare by Edzell.

Tickets cost £8/£5 and can be purchased from Angus Arts on 01674 850842/01356 648669/01356 670304, by emailing or booked online with NEAT at Angus Arts was founded in 2000 with a commitment to encouraging creativity in everyone through performances, workshops,and active participation in the arts.