Doric Musical to be part of festival

Jill Hay and Yvonne Morton play the Slop Wifies
Jill Hay and Yvonne Morton play the Slop Wifies
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The North East has not produced many musicals for the stage, but two of the area’s best known theatre personalities have come together to create one which has been touring throughout the North east this summer. The musical comes to Inverurie on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 as part of the Garioch Theatre Festival, and marks the end of its 2011 tour.

The writers of the acclaimed musical comedy, Pond Life, have collaborated again to create this new Doric musical entitled ‘Catherine’, written by award-winning playwright Charles Barron, with music and lyrics by Aberdeen musician Winnie Foster.

Set in Aberdeen towards the end of the 18th century, Catherine’s witty script and tuneful songs seem set to rival the success of the pair’s satirical Pond Life which was set in the new Scottish parliament.

In recent years Barron has been writing mostly in the Doric which he loves and also, he says, allows him to recreate the very distinctive humour of North East characters. Winnie’s score for Catherine echoes the traditional music of the area.

The storyline concerns John Seafield, a successful Aberdeen businessman who has reached middle-age without losing his fear of women.

But surely the attractive and spirited Catherine can win him round? Or can she? The plot develops as a sparkling comedy enlivened by Winnie Foster’s foot-tapping melodies.

The two performances will be at the Wyness Hall, both starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8, concessions £6 and are available from Strachans of Inverurie, from Rhona Mitchell (01467) 621861 or at the door on the night.

This unusual and intriguing piece of musical theatre is put on by Fleeman Productions. For full details of other plays by Fleeman Productions, visit