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The Yellow On The Broom

The Yellow On The Broom
Berry picking, neap pulling, basket making: Scotland`s travelling folk stayed close to the land, following the changing seasons from place to place, sleeping beneath the stars, selling the wares they made. But by the mid-1930s, this centuries-old culture – and an entire way of life – was under threat . . . For young Bessie Townsley, travelling the roads of Perthshire and Angus with her family and friends is education enough. But the law says otherwise and the Townsleys have to winter in Brechin in order that Bessie can attend her compulsory 100 days of school. And from her fellow students, Bessie soon learns that the travelling life she loves prompts very different reactions in others . . . Yet Bessie turns out to be an excellent student and, encouraged by a sympathetic teacher, becomes a candidate for a high school scholarship. But if Bessie is to fulfil her potential, the Townsleys may have to abandon life on the road for good. For her parents, it`s a sacrifice worth making. Others, however, will do anything to stop a “dirty tinker” from succeeding . . . Heart-warming, poignant and funny, Annie Downie`s superb adaptation of Betsy Whyte`s classic novel takes audiences on an enthralling journey along the rural roads of pre-war Scotland, using music and traditional song to recreate the now vanished world of Scotland`s travelling folk.

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Discover our history "When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"… John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

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