Acclaimed Fife bagpiper and actor David Colvin will deliver the world premiere of his one-man show Thunderstruck in the studio at Carnegie Hall as part of Outwith Festival‘s theatre programme.
Colvin, who was the original piper for the National Theatre of Scotland’s worldwide smash hit Black Watch, cut his teeth as a youngster playing with Lochgelly High School Pipe Band and Thunderstruck charts the band’s journey to the World Pipe Band Championships at a time when the piping world was being turned upside down by Perthshire binman Gordon Duncan who could play ACDC’s fast and furious Thunderstruck on the bagpipes with ease. David Colvin said: ‘As a piper I always knew someone would attempt to tell the story of how Gordon Duncan revolutionised bagpipes, how he affected the young pipers who loved his tunes, of which I was one, his conflict with the piping establishment and his end which came all too soon.’
Chris Foote of Dunfermline Delivers, one of the organisers of Outwith, said: ‘We are over the moon we’ve managed to get the world premiere by David Colvin. It’s set in Fife and about Fifers and it’s a brilliant story. ‘
The play, which is directed by Tom Freeman, took 18 months to write after a fellow actor challenged Colvin to articulate his passion for Duncan in performance. Olivier nominee Colvin said he was proud to be premiering the show in Fife. ‘My first ever performance on any stage was with Lochgelly High School choir in Carnegie Hall, so the building has history for me.’
There will be two performances of Thunderstruck – at 2pm and 8pm – on Saturday 9 September in the Studio at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are £10 and are available here.