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”

Missing June

October 21st, 2019 Great to all be in the room together today, tapping and chair ballet. Doreen brought in photos she found of herself performing, with a massive feather fan, and oh, those legs! Wonderful to see them and add them to the collection. Much talk about June of course and how much we areContinue reading “Missing June”

June Don Murray – 1927 – 2019

October 7th, 2019 “We got news earlier in the week that dear June has passed away.” “How we shall miss her. What a bright light in the world. In her words, she has gone to; “The Big Cabaret in The Sky”. Thinking of that, and knowing she will be in good company, is a bigContinue reading “June Don Murray – 1927 – 2019”

Another Five Star Review!

May 25th, 2019 Our second show, another full house and everyone was with us. The feedback and response from last week were exceptional, which meant we could enjoy this one more. Monday last was Marie’s 96th birthday. It was great to celebrate with her and also to debrief, and take-in how good we felt aboutContinue reading “Another Five Star Review!”

Show Day

May 18th, 2019 What a brilliant success, nerves were running high, but of course, everyone surpassed their expectations of themselves. It never ceases to amaze me how much the women rise to an audience! True professionals and troupers, never shrinking violets. Marie danced as the audience entered, June led everyone in a seated dance andContinue reading “Show Day”

It’s In The Bag

April 8th, 2019 “Filming day and what an occasion, it was great having all four women in the same room at the same time and of course all four loved being ‘on’ for the camera. Our prep paid off and Jude from Hot Button and her crew were excellent at giving the women agency andContinue reading “It’s In The Bag”

Doctors Orders

April 1st, 2019 “A busy hectic day. Gavin, June’s son, brought pies, of course, that he cut with a Stanley knife much to everyone’s enjoyment. Took a fabulous photo of Marie with a pie in one hand and a sandwich in the other. It was great to have June with us after her spell inContinue reading “Doctors Orders”

Preserving History

February 25th, 2019 Lots of chat and sharing today while working on naming, and uncovering information on folks in the archive. Fi Johnstone our production manager joined us to discuss and begin planning our May performance event for the Luminate Festival. Catherine Bromley also came to chat to us about an idea for us toContinue reading “Preserving History”

Dyspraxic Dancing

February 18th, 2019 Another good tap lesson today with Euan and Laura, our brilliant and dedicated ‘pupils’, and I finally mastered the the time step! As a dyspraxic dancer, tap is a massive challenge for me, and of course I haven’t practised. But by breaking the step down into tiny incremental components, I have atContinue reading “Dyspraxic Dancing”

Popping Up Again

December 10th, 2018 “As usual, we finished the year in style, inviting everyone we had worked with over the past year to join us for prosecco and cake, conversation, conviviality and dancing. We even had a piper, our production manager Fi Johnston’s partner Caileen piped for us. Thinking of the highlights of the year: ttheContinue reading “Popping Up Again”