Pirates invade Oban!

Shipshape: The Walking Theatre Company gear up for Treasure Island.

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Shouts of ‘arrr!’ rang out around the streets of Oban on Friday as a sell-out walking performance of Treasure Island played out to hearties young and old with eyepatches and waistcoats galore.

The Rockfield Centre welcomed three performances of Treasure Island by actors from  The Walking Theatre Company, based in rural Argyll, who led a merry band of parents, grandparents and wee ones around some of the town’s famous landmarks in a retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.

Artistic director Sadie Dixon-Spain said the show’s three slots at 2pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm all sold out, with each having a maximum audience of 30 to comply with restrictions.

The Walking Theatre Company stages a jolly good show.

Sadie said: ‘We have met at The Rockfield and then gone off on a wee journey around the town to maximise the environment and the beautiful townscape Oban has.

‘The Rockfield has been amazing because it has just been a venue that has really embraced this and let us use the environment and get out there, and we couldn’t have picked a better day.’

Fee Shaw, culture and creative officer at the Rockfield Centre, said they were so grateful to the community for supporting the event.

Fee said: ‘It’s very exciting for us because it’s the first time we’ve got theatre connected to the new building and it has been a good few years since we have been able to have any live theatre.

‘We’ve had exhibitions inside and have one going on at the moment and, although this is not inside the building and is an outdoor walking performance, it means we’re edging closer to being able to have events indoors with larger crowds.’