Angus Arts secure Edinburgh company for no ordinary show

Local charity Angus Arts are proud to be bringing yet another first class theatre experience to North East Scotland
Local charity Angus Arts are proud to be bringing yet another first class theatre experience to North East Scotland

An Angus charity group specialising in arts, is set to bring a new theatre experience to Laurencekirk on Saturday, March 1.

Angus Arts has revealed that an Edinburgh-based company is to perform at Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk.

Susan Waddicor, administrator for Angus Arts, has said that the Tortoise in a Nutshell Theatre Company will put on a show like no other.

Ms Waddicor 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 it’s 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.

“Directly inspired by the London Riots, the show is a response to youth dissolution within society.”

“Feral debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a run away success, winning huge audience praise, a Scotsman Fringe First and a nomination for a Total Theatre award.

“The Times review said it was ‘Bespoke – and quite brilliant’ whilst The Scotsman said ‘Technically, visually, aurally and politically, it’s a tremendous show.’ It really is a show not to be missed!”

Not only is the theatre group performing, but they are also set to run workshops before hand as well.

Ms Waddicor said: “We’re also excited to announce that Tortoise in a Nutshell is offering a pre-show one to two hour workshop.

“This is particularly aimed at any schools, colleges and youth groups attending the show and will explore the innovative technology used within the production, allowing students to get hands on experience with making a piece of live animation theatre.

“Do please contact Angus Arts if you’re interested in the workshop at all as we have more information about it and please note that it’s essential that you book your place in advance and by Wednesday, February 26, at the latest.

“We won’t be able to run the workshop unless we have sufficient numbers, so please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn from the professionals.

“Just one thing we do need to point out is that, due to some of the content, both the show and workshop have a suggested age guide of 13+.”

Angus Arts is well known for the wide range of arts experiences it offers, bringing top quality theatre, music, puppetry, films, 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.

Feral starts at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk and tickets cost £9 adults, £7 concessions and £28 family of four and can be purchased from Angus Arts on 01356 648669 / 01356 670304 / 07914 341525, by emailing or booked online with NEAT at

The Feral Workshop is at 4.30 p.m. on the same Saturday, also at Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk.

Tickets cost £4 and must be pre-booked. Booking details as above.