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THEATRE


STAGE productions by the Inverness Amateur Dramatic Society were a highlight of the cultural calendar in Inverness in the 1920s and 1930s, and Andrew Paterson interested himself in these locally produced theatricals, even ably playing the part of Captain Thornton in stage versions of Rob Roy. The performances, which raised money for various


charities, were often held in the Central Hall Picture House, and many of the performers gathered in the Paterson studio to pose for publicity and promotional pictures. It was from this group of friends that he was able to cast his 1912 film, Mairi: The Romance of a Highland Maiden. The film’s leading man, Tom Snowie played Rob Roy


for many years in several Andrew Paterson-produced versions of the play, and the cast usually included several notable local characters. Alexander Dallas’s performance as Baillie Nicol Jarvie was often acknowledged as a highlight, as was that of Donald Dallas (also a Mairi participant) as DougalCratur. “A perpetual source of amusement,” reported The Inverness Courier of the 1922 performance of Rob Roy.


Miss Eve Macguire as Mattie in the 1932 production of ‘Rob Roy.’ 43


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