The Kilted Tommy

This Historical Interpretation is based on the life and times of Harry Kay (Simon’s maternal grandfather), a volunteer in Kitchener’s Army during the First World War.

The dramatised monologue is the story of an ordinary Englishman who joined a Highland Regiment, the Seaforth Highlanders, and, surprisingly joined thousands of other Englishmen who fought in kilts for their country.
Spoken and acted in a way to include the audience in his reminiscence, we hear about why Harry joined up, his training, his first battle at Loos, his other battles, the nature of comradeship, and how his experiences influenced his life in the aftermath of the Great War.

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Cressing Temple feedback, April 2018 – ‘It really was a privilege to hear you give the kilted tommy talk on Saturday. Thank you for crafting your words so well. Time travel at its best. My eyes are less leaky now’.

Performances across England during 2014, included:-
• St Georges Art Festival, Beckenham, Bromley, Kent on 25th June 2014The_Harry_Kay_Story-page0001
• Historical Hereford Remembered 1914, July 2014
• Lowestoft Revisited 1914, July 2014
• Commemoration of the start of WW1 at Eastbourne Museum, Redoubt Fortress, August 2014

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• Melford Hall, Suffolk for the National Trust in August 2014Melford Hall poster
• Beckenham Theatre Centre on Remembrance weekend November 2014THE_KILTED_TOMMY_LR(1)


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  • November 2016 – A performance in St Mary’s Church, Menai Bridge.
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“At last nights Congregational meeting I was asked to write to you to thank you very much for your writing and performance of The Kilted Tommy play on Remembrance Sunday 2016. Everyone who attended was full of praise.” from The Secretary, St Mary’s Church, Menai Bridge.

  • August 2017 and 2018 – Bateman’s, Sussex for the National Trust and Pike and Shot events, I performed an amended Kilted Tommy, concentrating on him befriending Jack Kipling and the Battle of Loos that they both fought in, relatively close to one another, and about meeting his father, Rudyard Kipling after the war and recounting our friendship
  • September 2018 The Kilted Tommy is attending an event, Heroes at Highclere Castle. (Downton Abbey) Telling stories about WW1 hospitalisation for the wounded and about Highclere as a hospital.