Dogstar in tune at Eastgate

dogstar Theatre Company make a return to Peebles with their historical, humourous, dramatic and musical production, The Captain’s Collection.

The biographical story revolves around Captain Simon Fraser, a dispossessed laird and empire soldier who attempted to win fans by publishing his Highland music, minus the Gaelic verses with its anti-Royal sentiments.

The play, directed by the suitably named Alison Peebles, meets Captain Fraser in his advanced age, when he is visited by the ghosts and dreams dwelling within the pages of his collection and is transported back through his turbulent existence.

Written in 1999, the play was adapted in four parts for BBC Radio Scotland. This production won the Golden Torc Award for Best Radio Production at the 2000 Celtic Film and TV Festival.

Originally known as The Collectors, the company was founded by Hamish MacDonald in 1998, with Matthew Zajac joining as joint artistic director.

The pair first worked together in 1986 as part of the team that created and produced the Faultline Festival, one of the Highlands’ first multimedia arts events.

The Captain’s Collection is at the Eastgate Theatre on Thursday, May 17, starting at 7.30pm. Phone 01721 725777 for more details.