the play o’ the wather


Written by John Heywood

Translated by Edwin Stiven

Directed by Kate Nelson

The Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe | 2002

Traverse (Edinburgh), Tron (Glasgow) | 2003

The great God Jupiter is fed up with everyone moaning about the weather, so he hires Merry Courant, a ‘Master of the Revels’, to find out what the people want.

On comes a cross-section of the public to have their say, each prepared to use bribery, seduction and even fancy biscuits to get their own way. 

A mix of fast funny Scots dialogue, original music and songs, the play has a bawdy energetic charm which went down a storm with audiences of all ages. 


Nutshell Director Kate Nelson was a drama student when she first read this morality play written by John Heywood in the early 1500s. She was keen to put it into Scots, and engaged Inverness-shire writer Eddie Stiven who made an exceptional translation of the piece.

After a successful world premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2002, the show was revived the following year for a short Scottish tour featuring six of the original cast members.

Cast & Crew

Jupiter - Douglas Russell (2002)
                John Austin (2003)

Merry Courant - Stephen Docherty (2002)
                              Harry Ward (2003)

The Merchant - Victoria Balnaves

The Wather Girl, The Dame - Eileen Buresh

The Boy - Colin Ferrie

The Laird, The Launder - Mary Gapinksi

The Keeper, The Wind Miller - Lynne McCallum

The Water Miller - Caroline McKellar

Designer – Lucinda Meredith

Production Manager – Rebecca Whiteman

Lighting Design – Simon Wilkinson & Neil Hobbs

Costume Designer – Lisa Cochrane

Music – Fiona Young & Lori Watson

What the Press Said

“…tremendous…a thoroughly enjoyable theatrical curiosity.”


“A ribald and raucously fun play, with more than a hint of modern relevance, performed with infectious, unbridled joy.”


“…so exuberant and so clever in its use of folk music, fizzy movement and rough design… exhilarating to watch.”


“Kate Nelson has …created a voluble, excited and exciting production.”