Forth Children’s Theatre brings a taste of the Caribbean to this year’s Fringe.

Forth Children’s Theatre is delighted to present a new production of “Once On This Island” by Ahrens and Flaherty for their 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe offering.

This vibrant and stunning musical is set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.  The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story intertwined with the fairy tale of the Little Mermaid.  With a range of imaginative characters and an innovative score, the production is an exciting challenge for the award winning Youth Theatre who presented an ENDA winning Ahrens and Flaherty show, Ragtime,  in 2009

This production boasts a cast of thirty eight ranging from the ages of ten to seventeen.  The company are proud to introduce a surge of new younger members as the cycle of the Youth Theatre continues to evolve.


Director Claire Stewart explains her choice of production; “I chose the piece after hearing the soundtrack several years ago and falling in love with it.  I have almost staged it several times over the years but it has never felt quite the right time.  This year, the company is at an exciting point where several of our younger members are starting to grow and evolve.  This piece has just the right balance of challenge that I feel allows them to flourish and develop as performers.  The storytelling and the totally unique score make it a very special piece of theatre and one that the entire company adore.”


Chairman, Mark Gorman added; ” FCT is always changing as our young cast come and go, often to begin careers in the professional theatre but it’s clear that this year’s offering is particularly strong with a show that’s always extremely popular no matter where it’s performed.  We’ve done some pretty special things too our beloved auditorium at Inverleith Church Hall this year so come prepared for pleasant surprises!”


Once On this Island runs at Edinburgh’s Inverleith Church Hall, Ferry Road Top of Granton Rd) from 3-11 August from 9-11 April at 7.30 pm with a 2.30 pm Matinee on Saturdays 4 and 11 August.


Tickets £12.00   Concessions £10.00  Family Tickets (2A 2C) £30.00

All tickets £8 on Saturday 4th at 2.30pm


FCT’s 2011 AGM

At our recent AGM Jane Sutherland was voted back onto the committee as an ordinary member for a further three years.

Kirsty Harrower also kept her Parent’s Representative position for a further year .

Claire Stewart ended her termas Secretary to be replaced by Roy Carter (an ex cast member).

We are extremely grateful to the immense amount of work that Claire has put in in her role as secretary and she will continue as a member of the Artistic Committee and is directing our Festival show which was also announced at the AGM.

The show will be Once On This Island and here’s a number from it from 1991 when the show was nominated for a Tony.  (Sorry but the quality is not good)

After an extended debate it was voted almost unanimously to increase the  cost of membership from the current level of £3 to £10.