'Curious case' of Inverewe Garden trailblazer Osgood Mackenzie set for Edinburgh Fringe Festival as women in life take spotlight
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A PLAY centring on three women in the life of a man who transformed an area of Wester Ross into a world-known visitor attraction is to be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
And hopes are high that Rob Mackean, the writer behind The Curious Case of Osgood Mackenzie, might also be tempted to bring the production north for a show.
Mackenzie is best known as the creator of a famous garden at Inverewe, near Poolewe.
He first concentrated on establishing shelter belts of native and Scandinavian pines and built a walled garden.
He also created woodland walks and within 40 years had established one of the finest collections in Scotland of temperate plants from around the world. Inverewe Garden is now looked after by the National Trust for Scotland.
The Curious Case of Osgood Mackenzie was written by Rob Mackean, who has connections to Melvaig. It will be showing as part of the Edinburgh Fringe at Arkle Theatre Company, from August 15-19 (Venue 241, The Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place)
The play is understood to concentrate on three women in Osgood's life – his mother, daughter, and, his unhappy marriage to Minna.
The couple had a daughter, Mairi, who passed on custody of the garden to the Narional Trust for Scotland in 1952.
Posting about the Edinburgh run for anyone who might be interested, Gairloch Museum added: "Maybe we can persuade them to come north for a show locally too?!"