Theatre at Victory hall – 19th November

Eden Court, Comar and Ed Littlewood Productions present:
Hector
by
David Gooderson
Scottish Hero – Military Mastermind – Victorian Idol – Media Martyr

 

The play tells the story of a crofter’s son, Hector MacDonald, who became a Knight of the
Realm and Queen Victoria’s favourite general. Kate Nelson directs and Steven Duffy plays
Scottish legend and fallen hero Sir Hector MacDonald and features a stellar cast including
Gowan Calder, Stevie Hannan, Raj Ghatak, Valentine Hanson and Kevin Lennon. The
Composer and Sound Designer is Pippa Murphy, Artist in Residence at the Scottish
Parliament, set design is by Ali Maclaurin and lighting design by Simon Wilkinson.
Based on new and extensive research Hector reveals the true story of Fighting Mac , Sir
Hector MacDonald, and is an exploration of the elitist English class system, the poisonous
influence of rumour and gossip and the devastating power of the global press. Rising from
humble beginnings, MacDonald was the son of a crofter, born and raised on the Black Isle to
Gaelic speaking, Presbyterian parents. After briefly working as an apprentice to a draper, he
joined the army and rose through the ranks to become an NCO.

As a result of distinguished service during the Second Afghan War he was offered either the
Victoria Cross or a commission. Unusually he took the commission and eventually rose to
the rank of Major General. He was knighted in 1901. Following his appointment as
Commander of Ceylon, allegations of scandalous liaisons surfaced, and he was forced to
return home under a cloud.

Sir Hector MacDonald is buried in Edinburgh, as are his wife and son. He did not have a
military funeral and despite the efforts of his family to have a private burial, 30,000 people
turned out to pay their respects. Today, in Scotland, he is still considered a hero and a
statue to commemorate his memory was erected in Dingwall in 1907 and an annual service
of thanksgiving and remembrance for his life of is still celebrated in Malbuie, his birth place.

Was he guilty? Or was he the victim of a plot fabricated by an English Establishment to remove a Gaelic-speaking upstart who got above himself? The only way to find out is to book now for an evening packed with suspense, tension and drama.

Contact Terry on 01631 720498 for tickets. £9 with £7 concession for students, unwaged and children.

Come and support them in the Victory Hall if you can.

November 10, 2015   Posted in: Arts and Crafts, Benderloch, Event

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