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Horse McDonald to tour Careful, her acclaimed biographical play

Scottish singer-songwriter, Horse McDonald, is to take her award-winning one-woman play, Careful, on the road for a Scottish spring tour.


First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, this poignant and compelling story of Horse’s triumph over adversity through music, is collaboratively written with writer and comedian Lynn Ferguson, directed by Maggie Kinloch and produced by The Gilded Balloon. It will tour to 20 venues throughout Scotland from Thursday 16 March to Saturday 27 May 2017 [Giffnock, Dunkeld, Musselburgh, Dundee, Stirling, Inverness, Peebles, Greenock, Motherwell, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Paisley, Aberdeen, Dunoon, Uig, Cove, Ayr, Wick and Glasgow. See full venue listings below].


After each performance, Horse will be joined on stage by director Maggie Kinloch for an intimate, ‘audience with’ Q&A session. For her music fans, Horse will also weave into the second half of the evening a small selection of her favourite songs from her illustrious career, prompted by the evening’s questions.


There are times in life when you need to be careful…


Growing up gay in Lanark in the 1970’s;

When the reward is half a pack of fruit pastilles;

When the lady on the train tells you about the doctor you should meet;


… but you’ll always be saved if you use your voice.


An Education Resource pack, a resource for teachers, trainers, community workers and lecturers, that explores the themes and issues raised in the play, has been produced.


Maggie Kinloch, director of Careful, said: “The Education Resource Pack which accompanies the tour of Careful written by Lynn Ferguson in a collaborative process with Horse McDonald, was created by Jason Sweeney. It is designed to provide a resource for teachers, trainers, community workers and lecturers to explore the themes and issues raised in the play. Horse’s lived life experience, growing up gay in Lanark in the ’70’s, provides a starting point for exploration of LGBTQ history and rights, themes of bullying, bereavement, grief, parental relationships and the universal theme of finding ones voice.”


Horse takes to the stage as an admirably frank and engaging teller of her own touching story of survival, from wearing two-tone velvet loons to becoming one of Scotland’s most celebrated singers; painting a vivid and powerful picture of those times when she had to be… Careful.


Horse is iconic. She has few peers, utterly unique, with breath-taking stagecraft. Her voice is a ‘finely honed instrument’. Since her studio debut in 1989 with single, You Could Be Forgiven, Horse’s power to reinvent and advance her musical style and prowess has been unshakable. She has released nine albums including The Same Sky and God’s Home Movie. As well as touring in her own right, she has toured with international artists like Tina Turner, BB King, Bryan Ferry and Burt Bacharach.


Lynn Ferguson has written for BBC, Pixar and CBS including her own sitcom. A Fringe Festival veteran, she’s won the prestigious Fringe First Award for new writing and the Stage Award for Acting Excellence. In mid-2015, Lynn founded, a successful storytelling school in California. She has used these same storytelling techniques to construct this show for Horse, collaborating with both Horse and Maggie Kinloch over Skype throughout the writing and production process.


Maggie Kinloch has been Artistic Director at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews, Associate Director at TAG Theatre and Deputy Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A founding director of the National Theatre of Scotland, she now serves on the board of Creative Scotland.




Media contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: / M: 07913 951717


For show and tour information:

For downloadable images and video trailer go to:

To view Careful tour trailer –


To find our more information about and get hold of a copy of the Education Resource Pack please e-mail Maggie Kinloch:



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Review quotes Careful – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016:

“An honest and, at times, painful play” – The Scotsman ★★★★

“Haunting, compelling, candid, fearless” – Musical Theatre Review ★★★★★

“Touching, truthful, bold, and true” – TV Bomb ★★★★★

“We cannot be anything else but enchanted by this powerful human being” – Arts Award Voice ★★★★★

“Sixty heart-felt/warming/breaking minutes” – The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★★

“Charming and insightful” – The Stage ★★★★


2017 Tour Venue Listings Information (subject to change):


Duration: 1 hour – Interval – 45 mins (subject to change)

Age – 16+ / PG


Thursday 16 March

Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Rd, Giffnock, G46 6UG

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £14/£12

Box Office: 0141 557 4956


Friday 24 March

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices – 12/£10/£5

Box Office: 01350 727674


Thursday 30 March

The Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AA

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £14/£12 (including booking fee)

Box office: 0131 665 2240


Friday 31 March

The Gardyne Theatre, Gardyne Rd, Dundee, DD5 1NY

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices – £13.50/£11.50 (including booking fee)

Box Office – 01382 434 940

Box Office & show Info Online –


Saturday 1 April

MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £12.50/£10.50/£5.50

Box Office – 01786 466666

Box Office Online –

Show Info –


Sunday 02 April

Eden Court, Bishops Rd, Inverness, IV3 5SA

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £12/£10

Box Office: 01463 234 234

Box Office & Show Info Online –


Friday 7 April

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £14/£12

Box Office – 01721 725 777

Box Office Online –

Show Info –


Saturday 8 April

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1EQ

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £12/£10

Box Office – 01475 723723

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Sunday 9 April

Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill St, Motherwell ML1 1AB

Performance start time – 19.30

Ticket Prices: £15/£14

Box Office – 01698 403120

Show Info –


Thursday 20 April

Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Rd, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ET

Performance Time – 19.30

Ticket Prices- £14/£12 (including reservation fee)

Box Office – 01592 583 302

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Friday 21 April

The Studio, 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Performance Time – 19.30

Ticket Prices – From £15

Box Office – 0131 529 6000

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Thursday 27 April

Falkirk Town Hall, Westbridge Street, Falkirk FK1 5RS

Performance Time – 19.30

Ticket Prices – £14 / £12

Box Office – 01324 506 850

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Friday 28 April

Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ

Performance Time – 19.30

Ticket Prices – £12/£10 plus booking fee

Box Office – 0300 300 1210

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Saturday 29 April

The Lemon Tree, 5 W N St, Aberdeen AB24 5AT

Performance Time – 19.00

Ticket Prices – £12/£10 plus booking fee

Box Office – 01224 641 122

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Friday 5 May

Uig Hall, Benmore, Near Dunoon PA23 8QJ

Performance Time – 20.00

Ticket Prices – £9.00

Box Office – 01369 706591. Tickets also available in person from Bookpoint, Ferry Brae, Dunoon.


Saturday 6 May

Cove Burgh Hall, Shore Road, Cove G84 0LY

Performance Time – 20.00

Ticket Prices – £10

Box Office –

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Saturday 13 May

The Gaiety, Carrick St, Ayr KA7 1NU

Performance Time – 19.30

Ticket Prices – Premium: £17.00/£15.00 / Standard: £14.00/£12.00 / Economy: £11.00 / £9.00

Box Office – 01292 288 235

Box Office Online –

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Thursday 18 May

Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth, Wick, KW1 4UD

Performance Time – tbc

Ticket Prices – £14/£12

Box Office – 0195 564 1434

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Friday 26 & Saturday 27 May – as part of Mayfesto

The Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

Performance Time – 19.45

Ticket Prices – tbc

Box Office – 0141 552 4267

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