How do you condense a two-day battle into a 30 minute display? Malin Heen-Allan (pictured above), Clanranald director, has had to tackle this very problem for Bannockburn Live which takes place on 28 and 29 June to commemorate the 700 anniversary of the battle. The ‘brutally realistic’ display of the battle will take place three times each day at 12, 2 and 4pm during the two-day event. Clanranald has worked on battle scenes before for Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator, Robin Hook and Thor 2.
‘We want to try and re-create a sense of what it was like to be on the battlefield for those men, from the professional knight to the farmer that was drafted in’, explained Malin. ‘We also want to show what it took for an army to march, so we have a kitchen – children can’t believe that the army were fed without potatoes on the menu – this was ‘before potatoes’ in 1314 – we also have blacksmiths, a hospital – every aspect an army would need for a campaign like Bannockburn.
Live music including Dougie MacLean of Caledonia fame, Siobhan Wilson who was a big hit at this year’s Celtic Connections and Roddy Hart (pictured above) & The Lonesome Fire will be performing in the Music Arena and the Land of Food & Drink area will host some of Scotland’s best food producers.
Pictured above Pete Irvine of Unique Events, the company organising Bannockburn Live.
Tickets are £20 per adult, £12.50 for children (5-13) or £55 for a family ticket. Tickets and information are available at Bannockburn Live.