The Tartan Pimpernel

Theatre (historical)

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The true story of a forgotten Scottish hero, the Reverend Donald Caskie, who was known as the Tartan Pimpernel, when the Germans invaded France in 1940. He fled Paris and reached southern France where he refused the chance of safe passage on the last ship bound for the UK and fled to Marseille instead. There, he ran a Seaman's Mission, living a double life and passing the close scrutiny of the Vichy Police, helping British and Allied soldiers to freedom across mountains into Spain. Dr Caskie was finally imprisoned by the Gestapo and sentenced to death.

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  • Accessible entry: There are four flights of stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Emerlist 31 days ago

A very good story, told in a gripping way. The interplay between the various actors was excellent and this was one of our best shows.

Kirsty R 32 days ago

Great story, faithfully retold.

Alison Harker 35 days ago

This is the inspirational story of the reverend Donald Caskie who helped over 2000 allied service men to escape from France under the noses of the gestapo. He was finally betrayed and sentenced to death before having his sentence commuted thanks to the intervention of a German padre. This story of quiet heroism is superbly retold in this very moving production. The writer cleverly uses the method of having Caskie interrogated by both the English and Germans at the same time. Both suspecting Caskie of spying for the other side. This allows overlapping of timeliness. The pathos is matched by the humour. The part of the German officer is played superbly with cold aryan charm by Bobby Bulloch while the British officer, played by William Speirs, is all British military efficiency, down to his moustache. The part of reverend Caskie is played with restrain and quiet courage by Graeme Dallas. His final, moving monologue is all the more powerful because he plays with quiet understatement that draws the audience in as he describes the horror of war. A powerful, emotional story about a forgotten Scottish hero. Superbly written and acted.

Christine McDerment 38 days ago

Concerned that I posted a review (a good one) yesterday morning but it has still not appeared.
This was an excellent show, well constructed and well performed. The writer has lovingly and faithfully taken extracts from Caskie's book (published way back in the 1950s) and moved them from page to stage. There Caskie must deal alternatively with interrogations from both a pseudo-jovial Nazi and a blustering, cynical British officer and the device is used to tell his remarkably heroic story which appears to be little known now. If you know the story you'll see it movingly brought to life (with touches of humour as well) and if you don't know it, then here's your chance to learn about it.
Can thoroughly recommend it.

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