project 2018

The Buke of the Howlat

Written by Morna Young | Directed by Ben Harrison  | Produced by Findhorn Bay Arts

World Premier during the Findhorn Bay Festival 2018 in the grounds of Brodie Castle

“Granted; we are but songbirds.
Though Nature has charged us wi a task – 
Tae cerry forward these forgotten wurds
An we’re duty bound, alas. “

As part of the Year of Young People, Findhorn Bay Arts present a new and unique promenade adaptation of The Buke of the Howlat, a 15th century epic Old Scots poem by Richard Holland written at Darnaway Estate, Moray.

The show begins at dusk as four songbirds gather amidst the trees to celebrate the poet and his patrons the Douglas family, with comic disagreement and beautiful harmonies. Follow them into the woods as they transform into different characters and tell you all about the Howlat (a young owl) who believes himself to be ugly and blames Mother Nature for his misfortune.

The production, led by a team of team of professional actor-musicians, will feature a community cast of talented young and local people.


Interested in acting, movement, music making & being part of a world premier promenade performance?

We are looking for volunteer community participants to be birds, aristocrats, soldiers and music makers in a stunning outdoor show. Performers must be available in the evenings during the Festival Wednesday 26 September to Monday 1 October and to rehearse on some evenings and weekends in August & September. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a professional production – come along to our Community Casting to find out more and to get involved!

Community Casting
Saturday 26 May, 2pm – 5pm
Masonic Hall, Forres

Wear comfortable clothing to take part in DRAMA and MOVEMENT workshops.
MUSIC MAKERS bring instruments – specifically we are looking for fiddle, acoustic guitar, brass & woodwind players.
Suitable for 16 years +

Register to attend by contacting info@findhornbayarts.com | 01309 673137


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