Invitation in the Dunfermline Press

The cast of Iolanthe assembled in Limekilns Parish Church ready for a run-through … giving Dave Wardle some big smiles!

Good to see Sunday’s picture taken by Dave Wardle appearing as the first item in today’s Dunfermline Press briefing. Do go to the original post, which has more pictures of our noble lords and delightful fairies! Or read the article on p23 of today’s issue, which as always comes with lots of other local news and features.

We ran Iolanthe again last night, and enjoyed Michael Scott’s rather different take on an old favourite. Looking forward to next week’s run at the Carnegie Hall, starting a week tonight!
If you haven’t yet booked, do click the link at the top of the page to buy a ticket, though you can just turn up at the door (evenings 7:30pm; Saturday matinée at 2:30pm).

Viva l’amore (long live love)

Our friends at Opera Caledonia invite us to an evening of romantic operatic classics and song, complemented by fine wine and chocolates, at 7.30pm–9.00pm on Wednesday 14 February, at the Institut français d’Écosse, Edinburgh. Featuring Judith Howarth, soprano, with Derek Clark at the piano.

Limited tickets at £15 available via Eventbrite.

Jock and the Beanstalk

Anne Dolbear, our never-flagging Treasurer, invites us to enjoy Dalgety Players’ latest panto production at Dalgety Parish Church.

The bean first gets growing on Tuesday 23 January and the show runs until Saturday 27 January,  with Tuesday-Friday evening performances at 7.15pm, and Saturday performances at 11.00am and 2.15pm.

Tickets at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions (children under 16, students in full-time education, senior citizens) are available at www.dalgetyplayers.org.uk/boxoffice.

Booking is now open!


If you click the image on the left to get a larger view, you’ll see an intriguing image welcoming users to Thanolie Village Hall. To find out what that means, and to see more than just one coronet and pair of fairy wings, you will have to head for Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, where our production of Iolanthe will be playing from 22 – 24 February 2024, each evening at 7:30pm plus a Saturday matinée at 2:30pm.

All the wit and good humour you’d expect from Gilbert & Sullivan, sung and acted to our usual high standards, and with a full orchestra. As you’ll see from our synopsis, Iolanthe is sub-titled “The Peer and the Peri”, so you can expect a clash between Britain’s laws as interpreted by the House of Lords, and fairy law. Lots of sly political satire in this show!

Tickets are £18 (£16 concessions; £8 under-18s), and you can buy them here (or click the “Buy your tickets here” banner above). To help you choose your seats before going through the booking office process, you can view the Carnegie Hall seating plan here.

If you prefer to contact Anne Dolbear, our ever-friendly and helpful Treasurer, you can telephone or text her on 07703 483083, or email her at ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit. We recommend this option for group bookings or if you have accessibility requirements.

On the floor!

There’s an Iolanthe music rehearsal this evening (4 October), but please make every effort to be at Limekilns next week as our first floor rehearsal is on Wednesday 11 October. Such an opportunity will not occur again … Sorry! Wrong show!

Naturally Elementally – 1

Ellen invites us all to Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society’s first concert of the season at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 October in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. Their programme “offers a pleasant variety of orchestral music which includes the HMS Pinafore Overture, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, ‘The Baptism of Adam Smith’, a composition commissioned from the DGASS orchestra oboe player, John Gourlay, ‘By the Sleepy Lagoon’ (the ‘Desert Island Discs’ theme), Handel’s Water Music, and the Gold and Silver Waltz (Lehar). Details by clicking the image.

Concert rehearsals – change

Our final rehearsal for the concerts on 15/16 September will be on Wednesday 13 September, at the usual time of 7:30pm and replacing the Iolanthe rehearsal, with preliminary rehearsals on Sunday 3 September at 2:30pm in the Gelert Hall (behind the church) and on Sunday 10 September at 7:00pm (note the change!)

Meanwhile, don’t forget to sell the tickets that Anne gave you, and let her know how many you’ve sold for each concert so she can keep an eye on the numbers – wouldn’t it be lovely to have a full house!

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Next appearance


Your next chance to see the Society on stage will be on 22–24 February 2024, when we are back at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, for our production of Iolanthe.

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