Diary 2016

Meeting June

March 30th, 2016 June walks into the Empire Rooms with a flourish, totally at home and knowing she belongs. This grand entrance of hers we come to know and love. She never misses a beat, always loved her audience and possesses a wit and comic timing that had me captivated. She is the consummate professional,Continue reading “Meeting June”

That Wee Black Box

April 16th, 2016 June arrives again with her sister Sylvia who brought a scrap book of family memorabilia. She has some lovely, precious stuff, including photos of June dancing, some of which I photographed along with some of the programmes. Again, spent well over two hours together. Showed June the footage of herself from lastContinue reading “That Wee Black Box”

Meeting Marie

April 28th, 2016 “Our first meeting with Marie (pronounced ‘Marry’) Duthie is set up through email correspondence with her daughter Morna. Marie was one half of the Raymond Sisters. I travelled by bus to her home where she and her home-carer graciously entertained me, sharing with me Marie’s wonderfully neatly packed, labelled, and organized suitcaseContinue reading “Meeting Marie”

An Unexpected Direction

May 4th, 2016 “A meeting with Paul Hudson from Festival Theatre today. Bowled over by the vivacity, skills knowledge and energy of June and Marie, we begin talking about the potential and possibility of making a film with and about them and of them creating a live performance. A bold and unexpected direction has unfolded! Continue reading “An Unexpected Direction”

Keeping Up

June 16th, 2016 “This was the second time meeting with Marie and another great one, managing to record some of our conversation. More singing and dancing, Marie is a brilliant and patient teacher and I promised I’d master the step she was teaching me for our next get-together.” “More information on The Raymond Sisters. ‘AnchorsContinue reading “Keeping Up”

Seizing the Moment

July 7th, 2016 “We welcomed Marie in the main foyer, her first visit with us at the Festival Theatre, there was a buzz in the building, and a delight to meet someone who had performed on the stage of the old Empire. Martin Clark was with us filming and caught the moment on camera –Continue reading “Seizing the Moment”

Behind the Tabs

July 26th, 2016 June and her family at the theatre today, making a grand entry through stage door and feeling totally at home. We stayed backstage and first visited a dressing room to see one of June’s father, Roy Don’s, drawing framed on the wall and part of Festival Theatre’s archive. The whole family wereContinue reading “Behind the Tabs”

Meeting Katie

September 19th, 2016 An exciting day as our new shoes arrive – both tap and ballet. Marie remarks that ‘they’re just like old friends’ and immediately starts dancing. June, who arrives once Marie has gone, decides to teach. It is Katie’s first day with us and she gets thrown in at the deep end, gettingContinue reading “Meeting Katie”

Working in the Now

October 10th, 2016 “Great to get dancing in Festival Theatre’s Studio Theatre today with Marie. An opportunity to really dance, because of space and the floor quality. What a great teacher Marie is, with clarity, precision, and patience. We tried to master the new steps, it will take some time though. It’s hard! Marie’s technical understanding andContinue reading “Working in the Now”

The Tap Mats Arrive!

October 17th, 2016 Hooray, our tap mats have arrived! We have purchased four, sturdy, hefty mets that are perfect for the carpet on the Empire Rooms floor. We can’t wait to get tap shoes on and give them a go! They sound great! Marie complains about no longer ‘having spring in her step’ and goesContinue reading “The Tap Mats Arrive!”

Meeting Doreen

October 24th, 2016 We had a few guests today, a PHD student in dementia studies at Stirling and Paula Lopez a producer from Brazil visiting Scotland as a delegate with Luminate. And we had the privilege of being on Festival Theatre’s main stage (a rare opportunity as it is so rarely ‘dark’) Marie again wasContinue reading “Meeting Doreen”

Meeting the Family

November 4th, 2016 Squeezed in an extra day this week as Marie’s family were up to visit and we organized a theatre tour for them with the wonderful Graham one of Festival Theatre’s multi-talented Front of House Staff. So many Festival Theatre staff love the building and its history it is a joy to beContinue reading “Meeting the Family”

The Barre & The Bar

November 7th, 2016 We were in one of the Festival Theatre bars today and practised some of the steps we’ve been doing for a while now with our ballet barre at the bar!  Marie’s tap dancing generates a lot of interest from cleaners, carpet fitters and any other Festival Theatre staff who happen to beContinue reading “The Barre & The Bar”

Down Memory lane

November 14th, 2016 Tap dancer and dance lecturer Jo Turbitt came in this morning to meet Marie. The chat and the dance was great. Jo is really knowledgeable about the history of tap and really enthusiastic to know details about tappers who danced before her. Marie was keen to know about Jo’s hoofer American rhythmContinue reading “Down Memory lane”

Pies & Prossecco

November 28th, 2016 Today was our ‘big finale’ as June’s son Gavin has been calling it. It was the final event of this year and we made it a big one, inviting friends and family, and Festival Theatre staff to join us. Quite a party!! We started off having a chat over a cup ofContinue reading “Pies & Prossecco”


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