Dates and Times
Tue 27 - Wed 28 Feb at 7:45pm
Presented by Thunderstruck Productions
Thunderstruck is possibly the greatest heavy metal guitar riff of all time. Our play centres around the man who decided that bagpipes should be able to play it but the Thunderstruck play is about so much more than a bagpiper from Perth. It’s about what happens when we are confronted with genius, a genius so monumental that it potentially undermines all of our own achievements. It’s about our Nations relationship with alcohol and the harm it causes to Kings and commoners alike. It’s about Scotland and the most maligned instrument in all history, the Great Highland Scottish Bagpipe (No cats are strangled during the making of this production!).
Narratively, it’s about a wee boy from Fife whose life was turned upside down after he heard the piping of Gordon Duncan. As the bagpipe rulebook was being rewritten and its traditions burnt to the ground, he finds himself in the middle of a musical revolution where the future of Scotland’s national instrument is at stake. This is the untold story of working class genius, obsession and heavy metal bagpipes.
About the company
Writer David Colvin achieved great success in the original cast of National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch, he is also a four-time World Champion Bagpiper.
Director Tom Freeman is an actor and dramaturge who has worked for most Scottish theatre companies, including performing with the Royal Lyceum, Citizen’s, Traverse and 7:84.
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Image credit (c) Julien Pierrefeu