|The Yellow On The Broom|
based on the novel by Betsy Whyte
“An eloquent new Pitlochry production… and an exquisite central performance”
“Funny and poignant” The Courier
“Richly evocative… vibrant and gutsy performance that forms the shows heart” The Herald
Berry picking, neep pulling, basket making: Scotland’s travelling folk stayed close to the land, following the changing seasons from place to place, sleeping beneath the stars, selling the wares they made. But by the mid-1930s, this centuries-old culture - and an entire way of life - was under threat . . .
Yet Bessie turns out to be an excellent student and, encouraged by a sympathetic teacher, becomes a candidate for a high school scholarship. But if Bessie is to fulfil her potential, the Townsleys may have to abandon life on the road for good. For her parents, it’s a sacrifice worth making. Others, however, will do anything to stop a “dirty tinker” from succeeding . . .
Warm-hearted, funny and passionate, Anne Downie’s superb adaptation of Betsy Whyte’s classic tale of travelling life uses music and traditional song to take audiences on an enthralling journey along the rural roads of pre-war Scotland and recreate a now vanished world.
“rich, enchanting and moving play… the lyrical lilt, the variety and vividness of character and scene make for memorable theatre.” The Scotsman
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"… John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.