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The Cause of Thunder

As the star of the show said himself, it wasn't your typical theatre venue but last night (Thursday 9th February) David Hayman brought The Cause of Thunder to the Springbank Malt Barns.

There was not a spare seat to be had as he performed his one man show about life, loss, regret and hope which reintroduced the character of Bob Cunningham who is pondering life’s big questions in today’s, politically volatile, times.

A surprisingly funny show that had the Campbeltown audience laughing along on a cold, February night flowed seamlessly between the emotional contours of Bob Cunningham’s failed marriage and the politics of Scotland (and further afield) that have riled Bob and made him question the state of the world and his place in it. The Cause of Thunder focuses heavily on the changes and challenges that getting older brings (like walking faster than you can run!) and how, no matter what age we become, we should keep on trying to achieve our goals and make the world a better place.

With chairs and stage lighting occupying space where the barley is usually laid, David put on a passionate and dynamic performance on his 69th birthday and was presented with a cake and a bottle of Springbank Whisky after his climactic final scene.  David is a big Springbank fan and, as many of you will know, visited the distillery during the Campbeltown Malts Festival last year to film scenes for his BBC documentary, “Scotch! The Story of Whisky.” Back then he promised to return; a promise he has now kept.

The performance was followed by a question and answer session in which David talked about his career and the skills required to be an actor. Writer Chris Dolan also spoke about the process of making the play and his longstanding working relationship with David.

David also took a moment to talk about his charitable interests, including his organisation Spirit Aid which is a humanitarian relief organisation dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, lack of opportunity or humanitarian crisis -

Bob Cunningham is a conflicted soul, searching for the path forward, seeking answers to unanswerable quandaries and complex political turbulence; David Hayman appears to have no such concerns but he does share his character’s desire for political change.

And, of course, he promised to return to Springbank once again.