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Third Angel presents

Cape Wrath


  • Written and performed by Alexander Kelly
  • Directed by Rachael Walton
  • Dramaturgy Placement & Publicity Photography: Elliot Roberts

An epic journey in a stationary minibus.

Third Angel presents a story of family, of fellow travellers, of whisky and chocolate, of the longest bus journey in Britain. Told to an audience of just 14. Heartfelt, moving, compellingly intimate, Cape Wrath takes you on a journey to the edge of the island.

“After he retired, my Grandad went on a trip from the Midlands up to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of his native Scotland. He sat, looked at the sea, and thought about his life. Then he got up and went home. Over 20 years later, I got on a coach and followed in his footsteps. This is what I learned.”

Alexander Kelly

Some Background

In September 2011, Third Angel’s Alexander Kelly travelled from his home, roughly in middle of England, to Cape Wrath, the most North-westerly point of the British mainland. He took public transport the whole way there and back: coach, bus, ferry, minibus, train.

In September 1988, Alex’s granddad had undertaken the same journey, also travelling by public transport and hitch-hiking. He got to Cape Wrath, sat and looked at the sea and thought about his life. Then he went home. 

In Cape Wrath Alex will tell the story of retracing his grandfather’s footsteps, family histories, family myths and the longest bus route in Britain.

Read more about the making of the show on the blog.

“the most wonderful story…a joy to be part of…a master story teller.”​

Supported by:

Leeds Met University, ARC Stockton, Northern Stage and by a private donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Touring Archive

20 May 2018, 19:00
Tennyson d'Eyncourt Memorial Hall, Tealby, Lincs
21 Apr 2018, 17:00
Outside Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, NG5 7EE, Nottinghamshire
21 Apr 2018, 14:00
Outside Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, NG5 7EE, Nottinghamshire
07 Oct 2017, 16:00
The Dog Inn, Belthorn
07 Oct 2017, 12:00
The Dog Inn, Belthorn
06 Oct 2017, 17:00
Halton Mill, Halton, Nr Lancaster
06 Oct 2017, 14:00
Halton Mill, Halton, Nr Lancaster
05 Oct 2017, 14:00
Cherestanc Square, Garstang, Lancashire
05 Oct 2017, 11:00
Cherestanc Square, Garstang, Lancashire
28 Sep 2017, 19:30
University of Worcester, St John's Campus


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