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Outwith REVIEW: Thunderstruck - ★★★★

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

The tragic and comic tale of the greatest bagpiper who ever lived.

Fresh from its sell-out fringe run, Thunderstruck will be performing at Perth Festival of the Arts as part of Scotland's 'Year of Stories' 2022.

“Sensationally epic and brutally intimate”, Thunderstruck is an international award-winning production concerning the legacy and mythology of a Pitlochry bin man, Gordon Duncan, who flew beyond the summit of his art and changed Scottish music forever.

The history, rules and proud traditions of Scotland’s national instrument, so painfully learned and proudly maintained, are torn apart by an unruly, ostentatious, untameable musical talent.

The story of a tortured soul, but are the demons his, or Scotland’s?

Take whatever romantic notions you have of the bagpipes and leave them at the door.

Herald Angel Award - Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Written and performed by David Colvin and directed by Tom Freeman.

Age: 12+



Outwith Festival - Dunfermline - Carnegie Hall Studio - Thursday 8th September

Currently touring Scotland



Jennifer (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"Amazing and inspirational!"

Erin (Age 13) - ★★★

"Very loud show and definitely see this if you like the bagpipes."

Charlie (Age 14) - ★★★★

"Probably the best live performance with the bagpipes I have ever seen in my life. I thought the way it was centred around the binman Gordon Duncan was really good because it spread awareness about him and the charity created in his name 4/5 stars."

Daniel (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"Thunderstruck was an amazing show.

The acting was phenomenal and the music was perfect and it was hilarious but also had more serious scenes in it as well. The band guys were great and the main actor was amazing. I also really enjoyed the story I found it very interesting.

Overall this was a great show I could recommend to anyone."

Jasmine (Age 14) - ★★★★★

"Going into this show I was not expecting much, in fact I was not completely sure if I still wanted to go. However, I am SO glad I went. In a heartbreaking, funny, uplifting and ultimately Scottish way "Thunderstruck" delivered on all points for me. I would recommend this show to everybody as I think it could change a lot of people's perspective on bagpipes."

Adam (Age 12) - ★★★★

"Thunderstruck was good.

I liked the acting and the musicians were banging. Overall this was 4/5"

Kim - ★★★★

"Thunderstruck is a fantastic, foul mouthed, and quite frankly moving ode to bagpiping. One performer recounts his life growing up and how it became entangled with one of the greatest bagpipers in history, aided by two talented musicians. It’s part coming of age part music lesson and definitely a worthwhile show to watch!

Thunderstruck is continuing to tour in Stirling and Ayr."

Stewart (from Perth performance in May) - ★★★★

"Scottish humour and storytelling is on fine form in this fantastic one man (and an awesome band) show where Colvin recounts his finding his passion for bagpiping and the old timer who showed him new ways of playing. Colvin is a talented storyteller and paints his scenes vividly, the time flies by and the sparse use of music and the bagpipes themselves is interspersed throughout perfectly. With stories of his time at Lochgelly High School and entering competitions, it's all finely detailed and very funny stuff. Directed by Tom Freeman, who has clearly polished the show to get the timing of the whole production to the best it can be. The ending is an outstanding rendition of the title track on the bagpipes. Truly epic! One of these shows that makes you proud to be Scottish even if you have never touched a bagpipe in your life!"


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