Joyous. I think that’s the word we’d use to describe Seussical.


From little Eve Thomas-Yates, just ten, (that’s her showing her heels centre picture) to Rachel Bell, the new old guard (directly above Eve, flickin’ her pigtails) we have a cast in this show that bring great pride to all of us at FCT.

And joy.

This is a joyous show.


Sold out two nights running


The 36 strong cast of FCT's Seussical the Musical

The 36 strong cast of FCT’s Seussical the Musical

Seussical is a triumph.  We sold out on opening night and again tonight.  We couldn’t have squeezed another body into the wonderful Pleasance Theatre.  (Have we mentioned how truly wonderful this theatre is and how brilliant the staff are Chris and Tom in particular.  No?  well they’re magic.)

Friday night is approaching sell out so get your orders into the hotline quick but there is still availability on Saturday strangely.

Alice, Niall and Steph have done an incredible job in their first ever FCT show and they really are part of the #FCTfam now.  We love them all.

After a tough year financially last year this looks like getting us well back on track (which is just as well as we had to spend a lot replacing the doors at Bangholm this week.  Thanks to Rene for sorting that.)

Seriously, you need to see this show.  Don’t be the one in awkward conversations where people say “Remember Seussical” and you say.  “That’s so annoying I never went but I went shopping instead.”

And one last thing.  We need a poll.  WE haven’t had one for ages.  So fill this one in…


We’re up and running and really rock and rolling.

13 features a great, great band. I have to say that before anything else.

One of our best ever, and this is appropriate because tonight was a tribute night to Fiona Pirrie, one of our (non rock) stalwarts who so tragically passed away last year just after The Chess Game.

She’d have loved it.

We also raised nearly £200 for Maggies Centre on her behalf which, I’m sure, will make her husband Bill very happy.

But tonight was about our cast.

What a magnificent, epic performance.

The comments on leaving were ridiculously positive.

We have a great show, a memorable one, on our hands guys.

Make the most of it.

Sell it to whoever you know because everyone’s going to love this.



The final rehearsal at Bangholm

It was a long shift yesterday from 12 till 6.30 but boy do we have a show.  In every department, dialogue, movement and singing it’s great.  Really funny throughout with a cracking script.  Tickets are going well so far with nearly 600 sold.  If you want them you can call the ticket hotline on 07794 144 372.  Adults £11.  Concessions £9.  Family ticket of 4 (max 2 adults) for only £30 and we have a cut price matinee where all tickets are £8 on Saturday 7th at 2.30.

This is why FCT is what FCT is…

Tonight’s dress rehearsal for The Chess Game was fantastic.  We need an audience now as Vic eloquently put it and tomorrow night we get one.  Not as big an audience as we’d like but an audience.

But this picture taken at the dress sums up what the whole thing is about.

We’re all dead proud of our gang.  Adults and kids alike .  Because so many people make so much effort for no personal gain.

Other than to say.  I helped make this photo happen.

Look at those faces and that commitment. Oggy Oggy Oggy...

I think a special thanks to Vic Laing and Kirsty Shaw is in order.

A blast from the past

Andy Johnston, who Directs the Gang Show these days sent us this heartwarming message in support of our 2011 production of The Chess Game, having starred in the 1985 premiere on The Fringe.

I have just found out this week that I have to spend  a full fortnight working in Boston – beginning on 31st July and not returning until 14th August, which – as I’m sure you’re aware – coincides completely with FCT’s production of the Chess Game. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it!

To say I am absolutely gutted is a huge understatement. A mere 26 years ago, The Chess Game was my first FCT show, and the profound effect that Peter and the company had on me back then is something I still work to recreate today.

I had worked with various companies before 1985, but there was a warmth and a genuine caring, family feel to FCT that was obvious from the very first auditions at Inverleith. Myself, Craig and Vincent were so taken by this unity that we created a little beast called ‘Marmalade Skies’ simply as a way to say thank you. It’s nice to see that – for better or for worse! – this entertainment slot has now become a tradition in itself.

I guess I would always have ended up working somewhere in theatre, but my experiences from 1985 to 1992, were invaluable in making me the Technician and Director I strive to be today. It was an honour and privilege to be a very small party of ‘Ya Beauty!’ and to be given the opportunity to pay tribute to a great company and, obviously, a great man.

If the new generation of ‘Chess Gamers’ can get a fraction as much out of the company as I have, they will be very lucky indeed.

All the very best to everyone involved in what I am sure will be another outstanding FCT production.

That's Andy in the White Waistcoat and thanks to Philip for the photo.