Rothesay cinema to host brand new puppet production

The interior of the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre Cinema - venue for 'Cailleach Beira - Queen of Winter'.
The interior of the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre Cinema - venue for 'Cailleach Beira - Queen of Winter'.

A brand new family production is coming to the Discovery Centre’s cinema in Rothesay in the run-up to Christmas.

‘Cailleach Beira, Queen of Winter’ is a totally new production for puppets and actors, written by local storyteller Alison Clark.

The show, in conjunction with the Discovery Centre’s ‘Wintergarden Wonderland’ event, will be performed on December 20, 21, 22 and 23.

“It is based on an old Scottish legend of the Cailleach, goddess of storms and snow, and her struggle to keep the land in her icy grip – because her son, the god Angus, wishes to marry a maiden who will bring the spring,” said Alison.

“It’s quite scary in places, and the large puppets (some of them) certainly might frighten younger children, but it’s important to remind everyone that they are just puppets!

The characters themselves are a mix of rod and shadow puppets, and Alison hopes that people will find them new and exciting.

“If anyone has walked down Dean Hood Place recently and seen them being constructed, then they will already know a little about them,” she says.

Tickets will be available at the door and the performances commence at 5.30pm - except on Sunday the 20th, which is already given over to a charity night, and when the show begins at 7pm.

“The performance is approximately an hour in length, so for the other three days, folks should be free from 6.30pm, in time to attend some of the other entertainments on offer on the run-up to Christmas – especially the Bute Community Band concert on Tuesday!”