Methil piper back on stage in searing drama

Cameron Barnes as Macca in the play 'Black Watch'
Cameron Barnes as Macca in the play 'Black Watch'
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AN ACCLAIMED Methil piper is once more in the cast of a powerful stage play on its return to Scotland.

The award-winning ‘Black Watch‘ is currently playing for two weeks before touring in England and the USA.

The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of the play, written by Gregory Burke and directed by John Tiffany, features ex-Kirkland High School pupil Cameron Barnes.

He has featured on previous tours since 2010 after winning an open audition – helped immeasurably by his prowess on the pipes. He is an award-winning bagpipe player and his grandfather served in The Black Watch.

The “visceral, powerful and explosive” production tells the story of what it means to be connected to the famous regiment, to be part of the Iraq war on terror, and to make the journey home again.

Cameron (22), a former apprentice electrician, told the Mail when he landed the rold he’d had “unbelievable” treatment from the National Theatre of Scotland and he felt like “the luckiest boy in the world”.

A run at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes in 2011 was particularly special, he said, because of the Black Watch’s strong links with Fife.

The play is at the SECC in Glasgow until April 13, before going to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival later in April, and then Seattle and San Franccisco until the middle of June.

The production has now played to over 212,000 people, across four continents, winning over 20 awards.

Hurtling from a pool room in Fife to an armoured vehicle in Iraq, ‘Black Watch’ is based on interviews by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq.

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, ‘Black Watch’ makes inventive use of movement, music and song to create a complex and urgent piece of theatre.

Most recently, ‘Black Watch’ made its Asian debut at the National Theater of Korea, Seoul, in October 2012, having previously toured the US, visiting Washington DC and Chicago.

The play has also been showcased at festivals and venues in Wales, Australia, New Zealand, New York, London, Toronto, Virginia, Los Angeles, Dublin, Salford, Coventry, Pitlochry, Aberdeen, Dumfries and Edinburgh.