THE Edinburgh Military Tattoo will reach
more people than ever this year thanks to a
big-screen version coming to the Capital.
Three screenings of last year's Tattoo
are to be shown in the city ahead of this
year's run of shows.
With tickets for the real thing now
regularly selling out seven months before
the event at the Castle Esplanade, visitors
to the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the
Royal Mile will enjoy high-definition
quality on cinema-sized screens. Organisers
say the experience will be like sitting in
the best seats in the stand.
Tattoo organisers agreed to let
Edinburgh-based firms TheatreHD and
PlaybackHD record last year's event and are
in full support of their bid to take it to
more viewers than ever before.
It will be the first time the show has
been screened for the public, and follows
two private screenings earlier in the year:
one to South African business leaders and
the other to Tattoo officials.
Talks have already started aimed at
taking the film on tour around the world,
with possible locations including the United
States, Canada and Australia.
Alan Downie, director of Bonaly-based
TheatreHD, said: "Last year's producer,
Mel Jameson, was one of the people who saw
one of the pilots and he said it was almost
as good as sitting in the best seats you can
"The film is specially created for
the big screen and we want to create the
effect of actually being there. We are
trying to capture an audience that has not
been able to get tickets. It's so popular
now, and it sells out so early, that it can
be difficult to get your hands on
The 80-minute screenings will all take
place on July 30, at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm,
with tickets costing £9 or £10.50.
It is being mainly aimed at local people
who could not get tickets and tourists in
the city too early to see this year's live
There are also plans to show the event on
big screens at rural locations across
Scotland, and it is hoped Tartan Week in the
US may feature a screening.
Mr Downie, 54, a former BBC Scotland
broadcasting director, said: "I've
spoken to VisitScotland and I think this
would be a great thing to help promote
Scotland around the world. We were too late
for Tartan Week last year but that's the
ideal place and we hope to be there next
The project has been supported by Tattoo
officials. Alan Smith, the Tattoo's
marketing manager, said: "It would be
great for members of the public but perhaps
some of the members of the cast who haven't
seen it before will enjoy going along too
for a taster. The quality of the production
is fantastic - something most of us will not
have been exposed to before."
• Residents of the Capital are getting
the chance to buy a last batch of tickets
released for a Tattoo preview show. The
tickets for the August 2 show go on sale on
July 23 and will be available from 10am at
the Tattoo Ticket Sales Office on Market
Street or by calling 08707-555 118 on the