A story of power - and the struggle for it.Robert Dawson Scotts new one-act play about one of Scotlands unsung heroes, the prominent Scottish socialist journalist turned politician, Tom Johnston. A radical thinker, land reformer, and scourge of the establishment, Johnston began his political career as a town councillor in his hometown of Kirkintilloch. He went on to enter Parliament as part of the Red Clydeside surge of MPs in 1922, alongside giants of socialism including James Maxton. John Wheatley, and Davey Kirkwood.Appointed Secretary of State for Scotland during the Second World War and frustrated by the migration of Scottish workers to the Midlands and South East of England, Johnston launched numerous initiatives for Scotland. As late as the 1950s most rural communities in the Highlands were still lit by paraffin lamps. The North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, a product of Johnstons vision and a triumph of engineering, brought electricity to the rural communities of Scotland and changed the Highlands forever. The play contrasts Johnstons early radical writings and beliefs with later compromises as he vies with Highland landowners for access to their land for the benefit of the people and the country as a whole.PlusBite-SizeA touring programme of rehearsed readings of new plays and works-in- process.progress, hosted by director Alasdair McCrone and playwright Peter Arnott with a cast of professional actors. Readings, encounters, questions answers, feedback and chat offer audiences the chance to be part of and enjoy the fun of the creativeReproduction of the Tom Johnston portrait by kind permission of Scottish Friendly Assurance.