Horse McDonald to tour Careful, her acclaimed biographical play

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 tri-umph over adversity through music, is collaboratively written with writer and comedian Lynn Fergu-son, directed by Maggie Kinloch and produced by The Gilded Balloon. It will tour to 18 venues throughout Scotland and comes to The Lemon Tree on Saturday 29 April.

Tickets for Horse McDonald: Careful are on sale online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at the His Majesty's Theatre and Lemon Tree box offices.

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 eve-ning’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 sur-vival, 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 veter-an, she's won the prestigious Fringe First Award for new writing and the Stage Award for Acting Ex-cellence. 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.

Posted on Wednesday 29 March

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