VIDEO: David Tennant Features In Poetic Celebration Of Edinburgh's Hogmanay

As we posted earlier this month, David Tennant will be one of the stars contributing to Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2020. The free online event is produced by Edinburgh City Council in partnership with Underbelly so that Hogmanay fans from round the world can see off 2020 and welcome in 2021 from the safety of their own homes.

David Tennant has been revealed as one of the readers of Fare Well, a new poem written by Jackie Kay, the Scots Makar (Scotland's Poet Laureate) especially for this year's Hogmanay celebration. The piece reflects on world events during this most unusual of years, before looking to the turn of the year and our hopes for 2021. 

The poem will be brought to life over three nights between 29th and 31st December, as an audio-visual extravaganza to be broadcast from into living rooms all around the world from 7pm each evening. David is just one of the cast lending his voice to the project; other talent includes Siobhan Redmond (Taggart, Grantchester) and Lorne MacFadyen (Tina and Bobby, The Outlaw King). Music comes from Skye-based Celtic fusion group Niteworks who provide a specially commissioned new piece of work for the event. Finally, visuals come from Edinburgh-based animator and illustrator Gary Wilson, whose work takes inspiration from his Scottish surroundings.

Between now and 31st December, the organisers will be releasing snippets of the poem. Watch the first extract, narrated by David, below: 


The film was produced by launching 150 drones - the UK's biggest drone swarm - in a remote part of the Highlands to create specially choreographed sequences. The drone effects will be superimposed on other scenes of stunning scenery and iconic townscapes to produce a breathtaking visual journey through Scotland.

Read an extract from the poem and sign up for exclusive Hogmanay 2020 content here.