Feast for the senses along Tweed

On The River Tweed near Paxton.
On The River Tweed near Paxton.

Well Road Productions are taking their latest creation, Tale O’ Tweed, on a tour of the eponymous river, visiting Longformacus Village Hall on Friday, May 29.

Featuring stunning film and images, poetry, narration and music specially composed by local musician Ian Lowthian, Tale O’ Tweed promises to be a feast for the senses.

Well Road Productions is a registered charity whose aim is to contribute to the preservation, promotion, education and understanding of the cultural history and heritage of our homeland.

This latest venture, which has the financial backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the rich and varied story of the River Tweed as it journeys from its source in the Peebleshire hills to its meeting with the North Sea at Berwick.

A mix of narrative, recitation, stunning visual images and haunting music is used to illustrate a fascinating story.

The running time of the performance is just over 90 minutes. The three scenarious are Upper Tweed, Middle Tweed and Lower Tweed.

Charlie Robertson, one of the team of three enthusiasts behind Well Road, explains that the story of the river, with its beautiful scenery, excellent fishing and the rich history of the textile industry, is one that deserves to be better known.

However, he is keen to stress that Tale O’ Tweed is not a lecture, or a slideshow: it is a multi-media experience that seeks to engage with its audience on an aesthetic and emotional level, as well as an intellectual one.

“We want people to be entertained,” says Charlie.

The Tweed has inspired musicians, poets and craftspeople, among others, for generations.

The organisers hope to give their audience a flavour of this.

Tale O’ Tweed received a positive response when it was premiered at Well Road’s home ground of Eckford.

The performers are all local and are well known throughout the Borders. They have been involved in Well Road’s productions from the very beginning.

Due to popular demand, the Well Road team of Charlie, Norrie Fraser and Bruce Kinloch have already added some extra dates to the planned tour which will take in The Maltings Theatre in Berwick on July 9. For more details contact info@wellroadproductions.org.uk