Horse McDonald tours autobiographical play

Scottish singer-songwriter, Horse McDonald, is to take her award-winning one-woman play '˜Careful', to Eastgate, Peebles, on April 7.

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 9:26 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:37 am
Horse McDonald in Careful at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Horse McDonald in Careful at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, this poignant and compelling autobiographical story of her triumph over adversity through music, is collaboratively written with writer and comedian Lynn Ferguson, directed by Maggie Kinloch and produced by The Gilded Balloon.

After each performance, Horse will be joined on stage by director Maggie Kinloch for an intimate, ‘audience with’ Q&A session.

For her music fans, Horse will also weave into the second half of the evening a small selection of her favourite songs from her illustrious career, prompted by the evening’s questions.

There are times in life when you need to be careful... Growing up gay in Lanark in the 1970s; when the reward is half a pack of fruit pastilles; when the lady on the train tells you about the doctor you should meet... but you’ll always be saved if you use your voice.

Horse takes to the stage as an admirably frank and engaging teller of her own touching story of survival, from wearing two-tone velvet loons to becoming one of Scotland’s most celebrated singers; painting a vivid and powerful picture of those times when she had to be... Careful.

Horse is iconic. She has few peers, utterly unique, with breath-taking stagecraft. Her voice is a ‘finely honed instrument’. Since her studio debut in 1989 with single, You Could Be Forgiven, Horse’s power to reinvent and advance her musical style and prowess has been unshakable. She has released nine albums including The Same Sky and God’s Home Movie.

Lynn Ferguson has written for BBC, Pixar and CBS including her own sitcom. A Fringe Festival veteran, she’s won the prestigious Fringe First Award for new writing and the Stage Award for Acting Excellence.

She has used these same storytelling techniques to construct this show for Horse, collaborating with both Horse and Maggie Kinloch over Skype throughout the writing and production process.

Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £14/£12 from