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Angus Weaver of Grass - “stunning like sunbursts”

October 2013: We are bringing many events - each inspiring and magical - “Physical, emotional and aural beauty… their collective artistry is awesome” (The Stage).

Have you ever seen a stranger sight than Angus MacPhee knitting with grass.

Sealladh as boidhche na chunna sibhse riamh? Aonghas Mac-a-Phi a’ fighe le feur.

Angus Weaver of Grass is about Angus MacPhee's life - a poignant tale of lost traditions, casualties of war and magical hats of grass, "stunning like sunbursts". Raised on South Uist, and deeply affected by WWII, Angus spent 50 years in a psychiatric hospital in Inverness. He did not speak; instead he wove remarkable costumes from grass which feature in the Collection de l'Art Brut, Switzerland. Featuring beautiful Gaelic singing and grass replicas by Joanne B Kaar. Using sounds,songs and images of the Outer Hebrides, this theatre production is his tale.

Physical, emotional and aural beauty... their collective artistry is awesome.’ (Stage).

ANGUS WEAVER OF GRASS: DOUBLE BILL  (for ages 12 and up) 

Thu 17 October 2013  7.30pm – 9.30pm,  Fri 18 October 7.30pm – 9.30pm,  Sat 19 October 2pm – 4pm      

Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus MacPhee by Director, Nick Higgins and

Angus Weaver of Grass by Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company 

Presented by WMT, in association with RMHAFF and The Royal National Mod, experience the award-winning creative documentary film, Hidden Gifts, followed by the exquisite, moving performance of Angus Weaver of Grass -  incorporating drama, masks and puppetry, and featuring beautiful narrative and song, with grass replicas by Joanne B Kaar. 

Touring Scotland  to sell-out audiences and rave reviews, this is a performance not to be missed. 

Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ £5 

To make the most of this chance to bring the Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company and their wonderful Angus Weaver of Grass production to Paisley, WMT decided to programme relevant pieces around the showing, collaborating with interested parties - the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film FestivalThe Royal National ModClyde Muirshiel Regional Park and Luminate Festival.

We have - for your delight:


Wed 9 Oct     12.30 - 1.30pm     Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, Paisley PA1 2BA    FREE       Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (RMHAFF), in collaboration with Weaving Musical Threads (WMT), is talking about the festival and showing the film Hidden Gifts - an award-winning creative documentary, directed by Nick Higgins, that explores the mystery  of art and mental illness - reflecting the poignant story of Angus MacPhee


Wed 9 - Thu 10 Oct  10am - 6pm  The Workshop, 34 Old Sneddon St, PA3 2AL  FREE              Come and learn 'weavings' inspired by the work of Angus MacPhee, Weaver of Grass. Joanne B Kaar - internationally renowned Scottish artist - will teach and give demonstrations. Includes display of woven pieces demonstrating different techniques. Stay for as long as you like.


Thu 10 Oct     12.30 - 1.30pm     The Spiegeltent, Paisley PA1 1BP     FREE Join us at your lunch break for readings from 'The Silent Weaver: The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus MacPhee' by the author Roger Hutchinson. Also featuring live music and exhibition of woven art, with renowned artist, Joanne B Kaar.  A book signing will take place following the event


Fri 18 - Sat 19 Oct 11am -12.30pm The Workshop, Paisley, PA3 2AL  Free  - please book, limited number of spaces

Come and learn how to articulate puppets. Workshops facilitated by world class puppeteer, Mark Whitaker from Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company. Fun for all ages!

Booking: Tel: 0141 882 4520 or email us

One the day Angus MacPhee rode out of his village in Uist - now we have talks, song, drama, workshops, puppetry, looping, literature, film - in memory of a man who created such beauty in silence.

Angus Weaver of Grass  - in Paisley - is more than a production, it is an experience.



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