Dance is a Feeling

December 8th, 2017 In usual style, we had a huge end of season party with many guests; People who have supported us joined classes and workshops, come to meet us, take class or talk, share practice and find out more about the world of Variety Theatre. Plenty of prosecco (now An Audience With… tradition), thanksContinue reading “Dance is a Feeling”

Style, Grace & Elegance

December 4th, 2017 “The highlight of today was Paul Hudson from Festival Theatre presenting Marie with her framed fully conserved Raymond Sister’s playbill. Usually kept rolled up in her suitcase of memorabilia this bright yellow hand-painted playbill, of which there is only one that we know of, was a total surprise for Marie. We hadContinue reading “Style, Grace & Elegance”

Sharing Practice

November 27th, 2017 “A day of presentations by two artists, Janice Parker Projects and the Saltire Society has supported (with bursaries) Abi Watson and Julia both quite different artists making different kinds of work in different parts of Scotland. A really interesting day, of sharing practice between different generations and another great day of hostingContinue reading “Sharing Practice”


October 30th, 2017 A well-deserved get-together to celebrate the success of our three shows. What a response we got, both from the audience and not to mention our five-star review from The Reviews Hub’s Lauren Humphrey. So glad we took the risk we did, it is always a risk making work for the public performanceContinue reading “Cake”

The Walls Come Alive

October 21st, 26th & 28th, 2017 We are sold out! All 3 shows! There is still a huge demand for tickets, even a personal letter to Paul HUdson to pleade for one from the Festival Theatre, to plead for one. The excitement is palpable. We opened our dress run to an invited audience and thisContinue reading “The Walls Come Alive”

The BBC and The Sunday Post

October 17th, 2017 We are excited that the BBC want to do a feature on us, this is thanks (I’m certain) to our wonderful publicist – the great Liz Smith. On the day of filming, we don our costumes, perform excerpts from the show, and June and Doreen are interviewed by arts journalist Pauline McLean.Continue reading “The BBC and The Sunday Post”

Tech Week

October 16th – 20th, 2017 “The week before the show – production and technical manager Fi Johnstone, assisted by Marissa Ferguson as stage manager, myself and Katie and Daisy, along with ‘outside eye’ Luke Pell, and MJ McCarthy working on sound with us, spend the week setting up and testing out the technical aspects ofContinue reading “Tech Week”

Costume, Tap Mats & Tap Shoes

October 2nd, 2017 We have ordered more Tap Mats for the performance so now have twelve in total, this is great as they are portable and can be used by the audience as well at the end of our show. We’re going to utilise the teaching style we have found works for complete beginners asContinue reading “Costume, Tap Mats & Tap Shoes”

Politics of the Practice

September 25th, 2017 I am feeling excited and a bit nervous, aware of how much I am asking of the women to value themselves and what they have to offer, and of how radicle and unusual it is to create a performance with women of this age (and of course remembering the other ‘d’ word).Continue reading “Politics of the Practice”