Our most recent show

For reasons that we explain in this post, and following a further delay from February to May caused by the pandemic, our most recent appearance on stage was a semi-staged production of Princess Ida, performed on Friday 13 May at Gillespie Memorial Church, Dunfermline, and Saturday 14 May 2022 at Limekilns Parish Church. Willie Campbell (left) was our MD, and the production was directed by Rae Lamond (right). Reports on this show are currently being prepared, and arrangements put in place for our twice-delayed 50th anniversary performance of The Pirates of Penzance, which will take place at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, from Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 February 2023 … unless, of course, a new strain of Covid appears to wreak havoc!

As this page originally said:

“We know from Rae’s 2012 concert version of Princess Ida how much she can achieve with limited resources but limitless vision and originality! Piano will take the place of orchestra, and there won’t be hired scenery, but there will be appropriately-themed costumes supplied by members, and we’ll have as much of John Allen’s legendary lighting as the venue allows.

“Despite the ongoing and uncertain COVID-19 situation, we’re now able to meet in person, though socially-distanced, and we’ve been rehearsing the show in our new home at Limekilns Parish Church since September. We have a full cast of principals, both well-kent faces and fresh voices from across the Forth, and a number of new chorus members – the sound is amazing!

“Princess Ida isn’t a particularly well-known opera, though it’s deservedly popular with G&S aficionados, and not often performed because its three acts and three sets make it expensive to stage. However, it does have some of the best music that Sullivan wrote for the Savoy Theatre, and some excellent Gilbertian dialogue. The opera is a satire on the Women’s Rights Movement, which was one of the most disturbing and absorbing questions at the time – and a topic that is just as current today.”


Next appearance

Pirates 2023

Your next chance to see the Society on stage will be on 16–18 February 2023, when we are back at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, for our twice-delayed 50th anniversary production of The Pirates of Penzance.

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