A real gem of a musical

CELEBRATING great and the wealthy Scots, Catherine is a Doric musical telling the tale of a young woman who was brought up to be a charming ‘English’ lady of taste and style.

When her father died she went to live with her Aberdonian lawyer uncle, Alexander Forrest, who planned to indulge her in the short term but also to marry her off.

His wealthy friend John Seafield, a bachelor of around 50, has an uncontrollable fear of women.

Catherine meets him for the first time when he appeals to Alexander to make a will leaving his fortune in trust to benefit poor widows and their children.

Catherine has different ideas and sets out to befriend and to tame him.

He appears to be cured and agrees to marry Catherine but after the objections of housekeeper, Peggy he decides, after all, not to marry her and leave his fortune as originally intended.

One of the servants has a brilliant idea, suggesting that he leave half his fortune to the poor and indulge his bride-to-be with the other half.

After negotiation, Catherine’s portion is beaten down to one third but the servant is sure that, once married, Catherine can swing it round.

The regular Fleeman actors never fail to entertain, to bring tears of laughter to ones eyes, but Pandy Arthur was a brilliant Catherine.

Charles Barron has once again produced a gem – a piece of musical theatre to enjoy again and again, and with a full house at the Wyness Hall, what a perfect end to their North-east tour and to the 2011 Garioch Theatre Festival.

SB