Acclaimed theatre at Woodend Barn

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Theatre goers are in for a treat at Woodend Barn, with the performance of two separate shows in as many days at the Banchory venue: one, a recent Edinburgh Fringe hit; the other a Shakespeare adaptation for ages 10 and over.

Novelist, playwright and Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year Alan Bissett performs his one-man show The Red Hourglass on Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm. The show enjoyed a string of glowing reviews at its recent Edinburgh festival premiere and was described by The Independent as “a real Fringe gem”. Bissett plays five parts: three male, two female, none of them human, locked up together in a mysterious facility. This is a dazzling, witty and erotic tour-de-force from one of Scotland’s most versatile talents, suitable for ages 16+.

Award-winning Scottish children’s theatre company Wee Stories will perform its Shakespeare adaptation A Dream on Midsummer’s Night on Friday 21 September at 7.30pm. The show came about as a result of Iain Johnstone, Wee Stories’ Artistic Director, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford last year.

“I’m fed up with kids telling me that Shakespeare is boring and this time we’re determined to prove them wrong!” says Iain. “Our adaptation is slimmed-down but not dumbed-down. We use Shakespeare’s language, just less of it, and find ways to make the story of confusion and mistaken identity crystal-clear for young audiences.”

Tickets for each performance are available from the Woodend Barn box office on 01330 825431 or online at

Prices for The Red Hourglass are £11, £9 concession in advance + booking fee or £12, £10 conc. on the door + booking fee. Prices for A Dream on Midsummer’s Night are £10, £8 concession £5 u16 in advance plus booking fee or £11, £9 conc. £5 u16 on the door plus booking fee.