The Buke of the Howlat

Close up of hand with quill and ink writing on paper.

Thursday 27 September - Monday 1 October

£12 / £10 / Family Ticket £35 / Under 26s (YOYP) £5

Book Tickets

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Brodie Castle, NTS
IV36 2TE

World Premier

Written by Morna Young and Directed by Ben Harrison

Granted; we are but songbirds.
Though Nature has charged us wi a task –
Tae cerry forward these forgotten wurds,
An we’re duty bound, alas.

Findhorn Bay Arts presents a new promenade adaptation of The Buke of the Howlat, a 15th century epic Older Scots poem by Richard Holland written at Darnaway Estate, Moray.

The show begins at dusk as four songbirds gather amidst the trees to celebrate the poet, and his patrons the Douglas family, with comic disagreement and beautiful harmonies. Follow them on an outdoor musical adventure around the woods as they transform into different characters and tell you all about the Howlat (a young owl) who believes himself to be ugly and blames Mother Nature for his misfortune.

Under the stars we’ll join the Howlat to see the Peacock-Pope, head of the forest, and his summoning of the great birds to hear the Howlat’s plea. But it becomes clear that Mother Nature has had a plan all along…

A team of actor-musicians, a choir and a community cast featuring talented young people, work with an award-winning creative team to bring you this very old and very local story of wealth, power and creativity.

Kresanna Aigner Creative Producer
Ranald McArthur Original Music / Music Director
Becky Minto Designer
Graeme Roger Projection Designer
Ruby Worth Movement Director

Produced and created by Findhorn Bay Arts.

The Buke of the Howlat is supported by the Year of Young People Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.