Treading The Borders

…great writing performed by professional actors in interesting venues

Audience Feedback

Some audience feedback from Towards Flodden - The Script, performed around the Scottish Borders during September 2013.

"Powerful, poignant production.  Much enjoyed. Thank you."

Robin & Carol Butler
Sept 7th, Lady Waterford Hall - The Script

"Thank you. It was brilliant, the acting, the writing and structure. I think it would benefit from being made into a film. A well funded project would be able to use CGI techniques to morph one character/spirit into another (but using different actors for many of the parts), though the actors at Ford were wonderful. Their accents and characterisations were brilliant. I loved the timelessness of the message about war, and references to today, and that aspect was enhanced by the wonderful circular framework, based on the idea that there is a person who carries on the message of Flodden like a baton, passing it on to the next unsuspecting visitor to the site. 

So often people say that the horrors of war and what it means for individuals, loved-ones and families, must be remembered, and what a brilliant way to encapsulate that sentiment."

Kate Bagenal-Lowe (The Tootlers)
Sept 7th, Lady Waterford Hall - The Script

"The play would make a great radio play. It is well written. It does need a little imagination to envisage two armies, a court and a bike ride on a stage built for a single speech but it all works verbally. A stimulating event. Nice to have a generous snack as we arrived. Good luck with the rest of your tour."

Chris Brotherston
Sept 13th, The County Hotel, Selkirk - One act plus ending

"Towards Flodden is a very interesting collection of writing which I first heard in the shortened version in the marquee at Branxton.  This introduction so intrigued me that I persuaded a friend to go along to the performance at Neidpath Castle. What an absolutely splendid setting for the performance – so suitable. We both thoroughly enjoyed the performance – very informative and thought provoking. Although the staged reading was very good I could imagine a full production would be very, very special."

Dinah Iredale
Sept 13th, Neidpath Castle, Peebles - The Script

"Atmospheric, excellent venue added to evening’s entertainment. More please!"

Sept 13th, Neidpath Castle, Peebles - The Script

"Very competent acting for the performance of TOWARDS FLODDEN – the script. Neidpath Castle was the perfect historical backdrop for this medieval event. Very spooky looking round the castle at night!"

Nick Biddulph
Sept 13th, Neidpath Castle, Peebles - The Script

"On coming to see the script reading of "Towards Flodden" at Neidpath Castle, I thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic interpretation and performance by the cast. The ambience of the venue added to my enjoyment of a most entertaining evening. I do hope the full production is not too far off in the future. I will look forward to it and will most certainly book a seat again after what was a most delightful night."

Douglas Morrison
Sept 13th, Neidpath Castle, Peebles - The Script

"Very powerful – especially significant, as tomorrow (21st September) is UN Day of Peace. Would love to see the finished production."

Pete & Lesley Snell
Sept 20th, Wauchope Hall, Yetholm - The Script

"Very strongly acted, with some very moving moments. I would like to see the full version now, without the scripts. The goddess of the Tweed was not only good 'light relief' but it also raised very important issues. I also appreciated it was very even-handed between Scottish and English interests."

Dorothy Sharpe
Sept 20th, Wauchope Hall, Yetholm - The Script

"A tight performance, both thought provoking and humorous. Well worth a second look."

Hans Waltl - originally seen at Neidpath Castle
Sept 20th, Wauchope Hall, Yetholm - The Script

"A very moving performance – well crafted and performed. Easy to suspend my disbelief. Good insight into the Flodden history and legacy and very interesting link to strife, struggle and violence that continues – Nations never learn. The pity of war. A full production is awaited!!’"

Malcolm Morrison
Sept 20th, Wauchope Hall, Yetholm - The Script

Some audience feedback on our performances of Marrakech and I Can't Remember Anything double bill from 2012.

"A quite superb staging and performance by new theatre company Treading The Borders. A small but very appreciative audience sat captivated in Lauder Public Hall by the standard of acting, direction and stage management. The choice of Marrakech by Graham Swannell and I Can’t Remember Anything by Arthur Miller provided funny yet disturbing settings to display the undoubted talents of Jacques Kerr and artistic director Jane Houston Green."

Graeme Donald
Letter to editor of Southern Reporter

"You served up those two poor characters with bells on. It was a terrifyingly believable premise for a play and beautifully executed... a cracking script and really nicely directed. How easy for it to veer into maudlin self-pity or mawkish sentimentality but it didn't. These productions deserve to be seen... tough work in the current environment but a fabulous thing to be taking great theatre like this to places that don't often get to see it so locally."

Claire Wood
at Barony Castle, Peebles

"What a great evening – the old coach house at Kailzie Gardens was a wonderfully intimate setting for both plays, complete with wood burning stove and log stacks – all very evocative.  The acting from Jane and Jacques was superb in both plays and totally absorbing.  I must add a word of congratulations to the Director and the sound and light engineers – all was spot on cue and added to the alternate realities that these productions created for a very appreciative audience.  The supper was delicious and an extra attraction that we all enjoyed enormously. More please!"

Heather Batsch
at Kailzie Gardens, Peebles

"Just a little note to say congratulations on Saturday night! A friend and I came to watch you and I was very pleased to see that you had nearly a full house - the pieces were excellent.  Just what the Borders need - looking forward to lots more of Treading The Borders."

Kirsty Jobling
at The County Hotel, Selkirk

"On the strength of their double bill, Marrakech and I Can't Remember Anything, this newly formed professional company brings the prospect of much interest and enjoyment to people in the Borders. Two well chosen plays, both combining humour with deeper messages, were stylishly performed by the two versatile players, Jane Houston Green and Jacques Kerr, who were applauded with enthusiasm by the audience at Smailholm Village Hall.  Performances of this quality, staged in the heart of our scattered communities, will enhance our cultural life very pleasantly - so all good wishes to Treading The Borders. I look forward to your next dramatic footsteps!"

Pamela Gordon
at Smailholm

"A double bill always packs additional oomph and the current tour of two plays by Treading The Borders is one definitely not to be missed. Marrakech by Graham Swannell and I Can’t Remember Anything by Arthur Miller, though very different, also complement each other. It was an evening of dreams… of fulfilment, angst, poignancy, fun, sadness, the comedy and tragedy of living, but above all, enjoyment. Performances by Jane Houston Green and Jacques Kerr show the complexity and profundity of the themes and bring the characters to life and into focus."

Dorothy Bruce
at Paxton House

"I was personally blown away by how good it was and actually plan to come again."

Amanda Cunningham
at Lauder Public Hall