Lovesick maidens a-plenty

Click on the image to enlarge it, and you’ll recognise a number of these young ladies … ‘heavy dragooned’, as one might say, into being the acolytes of a certain Reginald Bunthorne. His poetry might be pompous rubbish, but Cat-Like Tread’s production certainly won’t be!

As they put it: “Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience aims its razor-sharp satire at the aesthetic movement (the hipsters of their day) in a tale of romance and the Romantic.” To see what Rae Lamond and her team make of this complicated thing called love, head for Venue 18 (Apex Grassmarket Hotel, EH1 2HS) at 7:30pm any night from 20–26 August. It will be popular, so think about booking in advance at this link.

Cromlit’s are back

Our indefatigable orchestral leader Vince Gray invites us to St Margaret’s Memorial RC Church in Dunfermline for another evening of master works from the Baroque at 7:30pm on Friday 24 August.

Details of the programme are on the poster linked to the image and on the Cromlit’s Lilt Facebook page.

Sorcerer starting soon

With all the action focused on that Festival over the water (!), perhaps it’s time for a reminder that we start bringing out the rollicking buns later this month. The only firm date so far is the first musical rehearsal, which will be at Whitefield on Wednesday 29 August at 7.30pm. If you’re interested in auditioning for a principal role, then the musical items have been decided upon and appear at this link.

Apart from noting the date (and the dates for the show, which are 21–23 February 2019), please give thought to whom you might entice along to be one of the villagers of Ploverleigh … as always, men would be particularly welcome.

One day to launch!

Don’t forget that Her Majesty’s Ship Pinafore will be ready to sail tomorrow evening (Friday 22 June) at St Margaret’s RC Memorial Church, East Port, Dunfermline. Our maestro, Willie Campbell, and accompanist, Janet Barbour, will be in position, and Little Buttercup will be there to welcome aboard both the crew and all Sir Joseph’s female relatives.

Whether you want to sing or listen, just bring yourself, your voice (or hands to clap), and £10 to St Margaret’s to enjoy a fun evening!

Book a place on the boat!


HMS Pinafore is sailing soon, to be precise at 7.30pm on Friday 22 June, when we invite you to come to St Margaret’s RC Memorial Church, East Port, Dunfermline. All you have to do is navigate to KY12 7JB, part with £10, and enjoy an evening of G&S. It’s your choice whether to sing along with the choruses – bring a score, or we’ll provide one – or just sit back and enjoy the results of the efforts of others!

If you prefer to buy a ticket in advance, talk to any member of the Society, or contact our ticket hot-line by phone (07703 483083) or email ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit. Most importantly, turn up on the night – you can pay at the door.

Happy 140th!

Our Society isn’t yet quite 50 (though we’re starting to plan to celebrate that), but today (25 May) it’s 140 years since the first performance of HMS Pinafore.  This show opened at the Opera Comique in London on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances, the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time.

Why not wish Pinafore a Happy Birthday by coming along to our Singalong on 22 June? A £10 ticket buys you an evening of fun, either to sing – bring your own score, or we’ll lend you a copy – or just to listen to. Tickets from members, or contact our ticket hot-line by phone (07703 483083) or email ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit. You too will then be able to “whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense, Pinafore”, which you’ll remember as one of Major-General Stanley’s qualifications for his exalted rank!

Getting ready to launch!

Only a month to go before our Pinafore singalong. Don’t forget our next chorus rehearsal, which is at Whitefield on Wednesday 30 May.

In case you missed the announcement, we now have a full crew of principals:

 Sir Joseph PorterRobin Ożóg 
Captain CorcoranMichael McFarlane
Ralph RackstrawChris Cotter
Dick DeadeyeMatthew Sielewicz
Bill Bobstay 
(Boatswain's Mate)
Martin Tarr
Bob Becket 
(Carpenter's Mate)
David Alexander
Josephine 
(The Captain's Daughter)
Claire Turnbull
Cousin HebeLiz Landsman
Mrs Cripps 
(Little Buttercup)
Susanne Horsburgh

Next appearance

Sorcerer 2019

Save the date – we’ll be on stage at Carnegie from 21–23 February 2019 with our production of The Sorcerer.

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