Meet the writers of Appointment with The Wicker Man

Greg Hemphill and Donald McLeary discuss their involvement as co-writers of An Appointment with the Wicker Man.

Written by Greg Hemphill and Donald McLeary
Directed by Vicky Featherstone

Based on the Motion Picture The Wicker Man, Motion Picture Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, and the novel Ritual by David Pinner. And by Special Arrangement with StudioCanal.

On a remote Scottish island, the Loch Parry Theatre Players mount their am-dram version of The Wicker Man… When their lead actor goes missing in mysterious circumstances, they call on the services of a television cop from the mainland to step in and save their production. . .

The Wicker Man regularly tops “Best Horror Film of All Time” lists and is regarded as a true film classic. With an unforgettable sense of creeping dread, a wonderfully memorable score by Paul Giovanni, career defining performances from Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee it also has arguably the best ending in cinema history. Now, in an affectionate new adaptation, the National Theatre of Scotland gives a gallus round of applause to this immortal chronicle of strange goings-on in a wee village.

An Appointment with the Wicker Man features Greg Hemphill (Chewin’ the Fat) and Johnny McKnight (Little Johnny’s Big Gay Wedding) alongside a line-up of comic talent.

It is at once a deliciously wicked homage to, and a tender celebration of, a piece of cinema history that reveals for us the spooky undercurrents lurking just below the surface of Scottish village life.

The Loch Parry Players are messing with forces they can’t possibly comprehend but at the end of the night, only one thing is for sure . . . someone’s going to burn for this.

Running time: approximately 2hrs including an interval
Age guide: an age guide of 16+ is suggested for this production

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
18 February 2012

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
21 – 25 February 2012

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
28 February – 3 March 2012

Eden Court, Inverness
6 – 10 March 2012

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline
21 – 24 March 2012

Follow the Loch Parry Players’ company techie, Duncan, on Twitter @lochparryplayer. Tweet #WickerMan to join the conversation.