10th - 15th November 2003
Photographs by John Tustin
Production Officials
Director Nora Howcroft
Musical Director Marjorie Hough
Choreographer Barbara Martin
Tommy Albright David Reeves
Fiona MacKeith Adrienne Wormald
Jeff Douglas Mike Taylor
Meg Brockie Kathy Turton
Jean MacKeith Helen Popplewell
Charlie Cameron Clive Green
Harry Ritchie Paul Hancox
Maggie Abernethy Shirley Ann Hill
Mr Murdoch Don Fairclough
Andrew MacKeith Bill Steel
Donald Ritchie Andrew Turton
Jane Jane Bickerstaffe
Sandy Mike Fallon
Stuart Cameron David Witt
MacGregor Bill Sharples
Townsfolk of Brigadoon
Carole Brooks, Alison Buckthorpe, Ann Coleman, Catherine Dunning, Karen Evans, Lucy Finney, Hazel Gray, Doreen Healey, Julie Kirby, Jean Maden, Rita Margiotta, Yvonne Neary, Lisa Oldbury, Dorothy Pitfield, Caroline Burke, Glenys Poole, Ruth Prescott, Mary Pycroft, Michelle Sale, Helen Savage, Maria Sharrocks, Margaret Steel, Eileen Taylor, Janet Witt, Mike Bailey, Ross Dunning, Ron Finney, Robin Foster, Alan Hitchen, Kevin Ogden
  • Townsfolk of Brigadoon Townsfolk of Brigadoon
  • Charlie Cameron "Bonnie Jean" Charlie Cameron "Bonnie Jean"
  • Fiona and Tommy Fiona and Tommy
  • Meg, Fiona and Jean Meg, Fiona and Jean
  • Harry and Jean Harry and Jean
  • Meg tries to seduce Jeff Meg tries to seduce Jeff
  • Charlie, Andrew and Maggie Charlie, Andrew and Maggie
  • Mr Murdoch Mr Murdoch
  • Jean and Charlie's wedding Jean and Charlie's wedding
  • Mr Murdoch tells of the miracle of Brigadoon Mr Murdoch tells of the miracle of Brigadoon
  • The Wedding Dance The Wedding Dance
  • Charlie and Townsfolk Charlie and Townsfolk
  • Tommy and Jane Tommy and Jane
  • "My Mother's Wedding Day" "My Mother's Wedding Day"
  • Wedding Guests Wedding Guests
  • Wedding Dance Wedding Dance
  • The men gather around Harry The men gather around Harry
  • Brigadoon appears out of the mist Brigadoon appears out of the mist

  • Bolton Evening News Review
  • NODA North West News Review
Bolton's rich theatrical tapestry has unforgiving drama and unrestrained escapism. Of the latter, there can be few better examples than Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon. The story of a romance that blossoms between a lost New Yorker and a girl from a Scottish village which only appears every hundred years is a romantic treasure.

Nora Howcroft's production, with musical direction by Marjorie Hough and choreography by Barbara Martin, gives us a world as enchanting as we hoped it would be.

As the two lovers, Adrienne Wormald (Fiona) and David Reeves (Tommy) are marvellous, as are Clive Green as Charlie and Helen Popplewell as Jean. Mike Taylor, as Tommy's friend Jeff, is a lovely comic portrait in New York acidity, and Paul Hancox's embittered Harry is a nice counterpoint that demonstrates that no idyll is quite as it appears.

A fantastic, barnstorming Meg Brockie is created by Kathy Turton and there is lyrical, soulful expression in the dances of Shirley Ann Hill. There is fine support from Don Fairclough, David Witt and Bill Steel, as well as superb backing from the chorus of townsfolk.

Nigel McFarlane
The story of the blessed village that appears once every one hundred years and the two American hunters who become embroiled in village business was well presented by the society. The atmosphere was created by excellent sets, good lighting effects, costumes, props and more than acceptable accents from all concerned.

Mike Taylor was the very essence of the laid-back New Yorker Jeff, ever ready with the sharp riposte, whilst David Reeves and Adrienne Wormald blended well as Tommy and Fiona who provide the love interest in the storyline. Two well judged and finely drawn performances.

Kathy Turton created a memorable character as the fiesty, effervescent Meg Brockie (enough to scare the trews off any man) whilst Don Fairclough came across well as the diplomatic, dignified Dominie Mr Murdock who told the story of the miracle with due reverence. Both of Charlie Cameron's numbers were well sung by Clive Green and Paul Hancock's hostile, embittered Harry Ritchie was well portrayed.

Generally the chorus work was good giving a depth to the show whilst the choreography by Barbara Martin, despite the limited space, was quite expressive.
The whole production, under the direction of Nora Howcroft, was well conceived and Marjorie Hough's orchestra, including a 12 year old maestro at the keyboard, Ben Smith, played very well. An excellent evening's entertainment one has come to expect from this society.

Glyn Neary

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