‘Every blessed thing – an evening with George MacLeod’
George MacLeod, the founder and first leader of the Iona Community was a complex, larger-than-life character. This one-man play, written and compiled by another former leader Ron Ferguson and performed by notable Scottish actor Tom Fleming won standing ovations from packed houses in London, Edinburgh, New York and Toronto.
As a gift during this time of lockdown Wild Goose Publication are making their audio version of the play – specially recorded in a state-of-the-art studio – available as a free download between now and and May 11th. The play comes as two downloadable mp3 files of 53MB and 61MB and is just under 2 hours in total.
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Ron Ferguson is a former leader of the Iona Community and the author of twelve books. A new edition of his best-selling biography of George MacLeod, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, is published by Wild Goose Publications.
Tom Fleming had an illustrious career in television, radio and the theatre until his death in 2010. His professional theatre debut was in a company led and directed by Edith Evans in 1945. In 1953 he co-founded the Edinburgh Gateway Company and from 1962-4 was a leading member of the Royal Shakespeare Company with whom he toured in eleven countries. His films include Mary Queen of Scots, Meetings with Remarkable Men and King Lear.
“George Fielden MacLeod, founder of the Iona Community, was one of the great churchmen of the twentieth century. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing him the memory remains bright and vibrant. For those of you who did not have that privilege, or who might have lacked the stamina to spend two hours in his company – an experience someone once likened to being mugged in the East end of Glasgow – my hope is that, as you listen to this, you will find yourself in the company of that remarkable, complex, endearing and uncomfortable human being.”