Doric dialect play comes to the Broch

The cast of Spectretown: Mark Wood, left, Bridget McCann, top, and Elspeth Turner, bottom
The cast of Spectretown: Mark Wood, left, Bridget McCann, top, and Elspeth Turner, bottom

A successful Edinburgh Fringe play with a unique Doric language and inspired by bothy ballads of the North East is coming to Fraserburgh.

Spectretown is a ‘haunting story told in Scots dialect that spans centuries’ and will be performed at the Dalrymple Hall & Art Centre on Friday 18th September.

The show was well received at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, where the local Doric tongue was exposed to an international audience.

It has been put together by the Scottish theatre group Stoirm Og, who debuted the show in their native Cumbernauld.

Spectretown is written by Elspeth Turner, who spent time in the North East.

She became inspired by local bothy ballads, songs sung by farm labourers in the region.

“I became really interested in what they were used for. They are highly political, partly because they contain tips from one farm worked to another about whether this boss or that is decent to work for. In that way, they represent a sort of democracy - except the woman’s voice is often absent.

“I realised that interpreting and performing them as a woman living today can in itself quite politically charged.”

Tickets can be bought at R & S Dyga Newsagents, Broad Street, or at the door.