An iconic Scottish movie is to be made into a musical – and the cast and crew visited its original north-east set for inspiration.
Local Hero, which features the famous red phone box, put the village of Pennan on the map.
The film, which was shot around Scotland, including village scenes in Pennan and bar scenes in Banff, is a comedy drama about an American oil company that sends an employee to buy a small seaside village and build an oil refinery there.
The transaction doesn’t go smoothly with many twists and turns on the way. Eventually the employee, named Mac, falls in love with the village and has to choose between doing his job and saving the idyllic place.
The film was written and directed by Bill Forsyth and starred many well-known actors, including Burt Lancaster, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi, Rikki Fulton, Jenny Seagrove and Jennifer Black.
As the stage adaptation of the film is due to open at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh from March 14 until May 4, the crew paid a visit to Pennan.
They wanted to experience the coastal setting firsthand and see the place the production is based on.
David Greig, artistic director of The Lyceum and co-author of the musical with Bill Forsyth, said: “We took the whole cast on a trip to Pennan and Banff to see some of the locations for the film and we had an absolutely wonderful time.
“The story is so much about the location that to be able to see this beautiful region in person was a fantastic help as we set about celebrating the area on stage.
“A special thanks goes to everyone who made us feel so welcome: to the lovely team at The Ship Inn, who let us in early and made us feel so welcome – it was like stepping into the film – and to everyone in Pennan who came to say hello and share their stories (and their tea!) with the cast.
“They could not have made us feel more at home and we look forward to returning the favour and welcoming them to The Lyceum when they come to see the show.”
The crew was welcomed by David Duguid, pictured inset, MP for Banff and Buchan, as well as Mark Findlater, the councillor for Troup.
David said: “I was delighted to welcome the cast and crew members to Pennan. I’ve always been a big fan of the film version of Local Hero.
“They were obviously very keen to see the village and talk to people locally.
“It was great to meet the whole team. The exposure for Pennan – and the wider Banff and Buchan coastline – from this musical production can only be good news for the local area.”