‘Whisky Galore’ comedy in the Town Hall

The Kaims Players pictured at dress rehearsal for their production of Whisky Galore at Montrose Town Hall
The Kaims Players pictured at dress rehearsal for their production of Whisky Galore at Montrose Town Hall

The Kaims Players of Montrose are performing the well-known comedy play ‘Whisky Galore’ nightly this week in the Town Hall.

The play runs until Friday, November 14, with performances every evening at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets are still available from Henry Hogg Newsagents, on the High Street, The Barber Shop, on Market Street, or on the door, and are £10 for adults and £8 for concessions.

The show has been directed by John Buick of the Dundee Rep and is based on Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel.

The famous tale of how a group of Scottish islanders raided a shipwreck for its consignment of 50,000 cases of whisky has grown into a legend.

The SS Politician was bound for New York, but on February 5, 1941, during galeforce winds, she ran aground off the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides.

When the locals learned from the crew what the ship was carrying, a series of illegal, and later well organised salvage operations took place at night, before Customs and Excise officials arrived.

The island’s supplies had dried up due to wartime rationing, so the islanders periodically helped themselves to some 600,000 bottles of whisky. No islander regarded it as stealing, for them the rules of salvage meant that once the bounty was in the sea, it was theirs to rescue!

The Kaims Players are pictured at their dress rehearsal on Monday.