Old Scots fairytale

Old Scots fairytale to commemorate the 325th Battle of Killiecrankie

An old Scottish faitytale will be performed by Scottish Youth Theatre at an event to commemorate the 325th Battle of Killiecrankie – the first Jacobite uprising where 2,000 Highland soldiers defeated 4,000 Government troops under the control of King William of Orange in 1689.

Family Storytime, Scottish Youth Theatre’s popular interactive storytelling sessions for 3-7 year olds and the whole family, will perform “Rashiecoats” about a bold and bonnie Scottish Princess called Heather, similar to Cinderella.

But that’s where the similarities to Cinderella end! There are no glass slippers, no pumpkin coaches and no fairy godmother! Heather is a fearless and feisty Princess. She loves to be free and run barefoot through the highland hills. However, her father, the King, wants her to marry for land, not love and there the big kerfuffle begins. She tries hard to explain true love but the King will not listen and one dark night, as the rain belts down, she runs away from her Castle home. Disguised as a kitchen maid she finds work in the kitchen of a neighbouring castle. Never does Heather think that true love is close by until the night of the ceilidh….

The Rashiecoats performance will take place on Sunday 27 July at 1pm and 3pm at the Battle of Killiekrankie Remembered, in Perthshire. The weekend of events will include Bonnie Dundee’s Cavalry, Government and Jacobite battle displays plus Battlefield tours, on the original battlefield, by the recently formed Soldiers of Killiekrankie Group. There will also be a Jacobite storyteller, Highland folk music, traditional Ceilidh with people taking a turn on the Saturday night and lots of stalls selling traditional arts and crafts.

James Rattray, Chairman, of Soldiers of Killiecrankie Group, at Explore Scotland, who is organising the anniversary event, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Youth Theatre is coming to perform at the 2014 Soldiers of Killiecrankie event. Scottish Youth Theatre brings something very special to our event. I know the youngsters from Highland Perthshire are very much looking forward to seeing the performance of Rashiecoats.”

Karen McGrady-Parker, Associate Director-Early Years at Scottish Youth Theatre, said: “The actors are gearing up for a busy Summer and are looking forward to sharing a Scots tale in a time when the spotlight is definitely on our homeland. Family Storytime is about bringing the audience on the journey with our actors to let wee ones experience the story. Children as young as three, get to participate in the performance alongside the actors so they become part of the story.

“When I was looking for ideas for Family Storytime I found an old book of Scottish fairytales. As soon as I read Rashiecoats I knew that children would love it. It’s seems particularly relevant to perform it at the anniversary of a Jacobite battle as Princess Heather is a fearless character who knows exactly what she wants from life. “

Throughout June, July and August, Family Storytime will be touring Scotland with Rashiecoats at Killearn Village Hall, Stirlingshire; Eastwood Theatre, Arc Resource Centre, Barrhead; Glasgow Green, as part of Commonwealth Family Zone; Aboyne Theatre, Aberdeenshire, Woodend Barn, Banchory and Killiecrankie.

For more information about Rashiecoats go to www.scottishyouththeatre.org.