3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William McRae

Theatre (drama, true-life)

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Willie MacRae – anti-nuclear campaigner, SNP politician and successful lawyer. His death prompted speculation that he was murdered by the state. MacRae was found dying in his car on a Highland road in 1985 with a single gunshot wound to the head, apparently fired from his own gun. Was he under surveillance the day he died? Was he killed to protect government interests? Now in its fourth year of touring, this is a moving and thought-provoking play, offering a reminder of dark political times that resonates today.

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Peter Doherty 109 days ago

For those not familiar with McRae, an interesting introduction to a complicated and perhaps contradictory man. But there's too much conspiracy theory for me in this show, with the manner of his death all but presented as fact, and his own failings glossed over.

Shelagh McComiskey 109 days ago

I like when I go along to a show not knowing really what it is about. I was attracted to this play as I am a MacRae. We were mesmerised for this hour, so clever and gripping. Absolutely engaging. Hoping to fit in another of his plays. Get yourself along.

Stephen Keane 113 days ago

3 words- go to it! Do not need to be SNP supporter or weird conspiracy theorist to enjoy this story which has never been fully explained. Time passed so quickly during play had to look at my watch at end.Just go and see for yourself.

Caroline 117 days ago

A captivating performance. Great story telling of a time and political feeling in Scottish politics. I didnt know who McRae was - this didnt matter. I ll come next year if you do another one

Gillian 123 days ago

A wonderful storyteller. I was captivated from start to finish.

Elle 124 days ago

I really enjoyed this show. The performance given was brilliant. You don’t need to know who Willie McRae was to enjoy it as the story is told from his perspective. Thought provoking and interesting.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

'A Jacobite in the dress of a Glasgow lawyer’ is the self-description of Willie McRae; SNP bigwig, anti-nuclear campaigner and the man who was found dead in his car with a bullet in the back of his head on a remote Highland road 34 years ago. The gun responsible was...

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