Angus Arts to host ‘Whisky Galore’ at Glenesk Retreat

The Retreat in Glenesk is the place to be on Thursday, May 22, for both whisky and theatre fans alike as local charity Angus Arts host ‘Whisky Galore’ at this delightful rural venue.

This is not, however, the vintage 1949 black and white film that many of you will already know and love, but a brand new live theatre adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s book by the highly acclaimed Mull Theatre.

Sue Waddicor, administrator of Angus Arts, explains: “Mull Theatre is touring the show as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 Whisky Month. The show is a riotous comedy featuring four hapless but frightfully nice actors in evening dress. They gather in a 1940s BBC drama studio where they use their skills, wit, ingenuity and 100 unlikely sound effects and props to recreate the hilarious story of the valiant people of the Island of Todday.

“The story of course is about the aftermath when the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground near the island and the crew has to abandon the cargo – 50,000 cases of the best quality export whisky! A reviewer in the Scotsman described the show as ‘Brilliant … one of the most purely enjoyable evenings a modern Scottish theatre audience could wish for”.

“The show starts at 7 p.m. but The Retreat is offering free pre-show stovies to anyone attending, served between 6 to 6.30 p.m.

“We really need people to pre-book for this though so we know the numbers. The bar will also be open before and after the show and during the interval. The show runs for two hours including interval.”

Angus Arts would like to thank NEAT (North East Arts Touring), supported by Creative Scotland, for making this event possible.

Whisky Galore has an age guide of 8+ and starts at 7 p.m. on May 22. Tickets cost £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £28 for a family of four. Tickets can be purchased from Angus Arts on 01561 298173 / 01356 648669, by emailing or booked online with NEAT at Tickets also available from Hugo’s in Laurencekirk and from The Retreat.