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At a Crossroads

The original Adam Lyal (deceased), Cadies Director Robin Mitchell, described his recent visit to Loretto School in Musselburgh to deliver the Loretto Lecture as 'a real joy'.

In front of an audience of 125 good souls, Robin's theme for the evening was 'crossroads' (and we're not talking about the 1970s British television soap opera based in a Midlands motel). His 'crossroads' related to people who were important and pivotal in the formation and continual development of the Cadies & Witchery Tours since its inception in 1984. Explaining that this was not an exact science, Robin selected eight key people or 'crossroads' during his lecture at the historic Painted Gallery in Pinkie House (now part of Loretto School).

Robin's eight 'crossroads' were his parents Rollo and May Mitchell (fairly important to him being here), inspiring high school history teacher Mrs Leitch, hotelier Mr Gourlay (who encouraged Robin to apply to college in Edinburgh), friend and colleague Ruari Mackenzie (whose flat served as the business's first headquarters in 1984), fellow co-founder Colin Macphail (a partner until 1992), restaurateur James Thomson (from The Witchery restaurant), filmmaker Jim Hickey (co-producer with Robin on a number of films with Cadies Productions) and theatre impresario Liam Rudden (Director of a successful series of plays based on Robin's debut children's book Princess Pumpalot).

The lecture was a finely tuned mix of business development, historical stories and tour anecdotes mixed with Robin explaining how his activities have diversified over the years from walking tours to publishing books, producing films and writing plays. During the lecture there were a few timely surprises in the form of 'jumper ooters'. It's fair to say that this is the first time the Mad Monk of the Cowgate has visited Loretto School!

Guests attending the lecture were greeted at the entrance to Pinkie House by two talented Loretto pipers (Chris and James). The event was organised by Communications Director Jonathan Hewat, and all the attendees were made warmly welcome by Jonathan and Headmaster, Dr Graham Hawley.

Previous speakers at the now well-established Lecture Series have included peace activist Colin Parry, Edinburgh artist Richard Demarco, former Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore, and broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch.

And the next crossroads? We'll have to wait and see.

The Super-Farting Bean Mystery

BOOK TWO in the Princess Pumpalot series - Princess Pumpalot: The Super-Farting Bean Mystery is to be published in May 2017.

Can Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess and her best friend Guffy solve the mystery of the missing priceless purple super-farting bean?

Aided by a set of clues from some of Wiffyville's more unusual residents including a werewolf, a mummy and a prisoner that isn't a prisoner, Princess Pumpalot and Guffy embark on a quest to solve this mystery. On route, the brave duo are confronted at regular intervals by Wiffyville’s arch enemies – Prince Nastavia and the Low-Flying Gnomes. Will they succeed in their mission?

Written in the style of a screenplay (by Robin Mitchell), Princess Pumpalot: The Super-Farting Bean Mystery is the second in the Princess Pumpalot series.



Back On Set

Great to be back on set last weekend making another film for Relationships Scotland. It's another co-production with Jim Hickey of Freedonia Films.

We were filming with a cast of seven in two houses in Edinburgh. A BIG thank you to Film Edinburgh for their advice on relevant filming locations. I'd imagine we'll see the results of our labours in 2017.

Check out our previous films for Relationships Scotland HERE.

Having A Blast

We've had a blast this year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe performing Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show – Live on Stage! at Sweet Venues in the Grassmarket.

A BIG thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 show. We had great audiences including a number of "regulars" or "Pumpalites" as we sometimes call them.

The cast of #Fart2016 was Julie Heatherill as Princess Pumpalot, David Mairs as Guffy, Robin Mitchell as Cookie Crumble and The Toilet of Truth as himself.

The Director was Liam Rudden of LRStageworks (who was partaking in his 33rd Edinburgh Fringe) and the Stage Manager was the fantastic Sabina Smith.

The 2016 show was a Cadies Productions/LRStageworks production sponsored by Mandragora Productions and Arcus Animation Studios.


Bedlam Film Festival

Our documentary film Breadmakers is to be part of the Bedlam Film Festival during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Breadmakers will be screened on Thursday 18th August 2016 as part of a Scottish Documentary Institutes' Night of documentary films.

More details on the Bedlam Film Festival Site.

A Morphing Cast

Our colleagues at the Princess Pumpalot site have been having fun and games playing with an APP called Morphy.

Three actors (Niloo-Far Khan, Lindsey Lee Wilson and Julie Heatherill) have played the part of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess since its inception at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2013.

Check it out here:

The Changing Face of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

They have also compiled:

The Changing Face of Guffy

The Farting Princess Cast (2013)

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess Cast (2014)

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess Cast (2015)

Tickets are NOW on sale for the 2016 Cadies Productions / LRStageworks Edinburgh Festival Fringe production of Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show - Live on Stage!

The show will be performed at Sweet Venues, Apex Grasssmarket (4th to 16th, 20 & 21st August) at 11.30am. This is a NEW show for 2016 and stars Julie Heatherill, Carole Andrew and Arron Usher. The Director is Liam Rudden.

Get your tickets HERE.




Welcome Our New Guffy

We are thrilled to have David Mairs debuting as Guffy in our NEW production of Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show - Live on Stage! at Sweet Venues, Apex Grasssmarket (4th to 16th, 20 & 21st August).

David is perhaps best known as a member of top One Direction tribute band - One and Only Direction.

David has appeared in a number of productions including Broadway in the Bar (Inside Out Productions/Arta Glasgow), Songs for a New World (Gillian McLaren Scott/SWG3), Grease (Alan Currie/Hamilton Town House), Sleeping Beauty (Richard Gray/Hamilton Town House, Rutherglen Town Hall) and Prince Niceavia in the 2015 production of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess (Cadies Productions/LRStageworks).



One of a Kind: Monarch and Mercury Handmade Film Magazines

This is an article by Fidan Gasimova of St Andrews University entitled One of a Kind: Monarch and Mercury Handmade Film Magazines.

The article, published in May 2016, relates to our 2004 documentary And So Goodbye.

Read the full article HERE: