SPOT­LIGHT

Vet­eran writer’s new mu­si­cal takes

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Sonja Ras­mussen

Charles Bar­ron’s lat­est work Cather­ine is a Doric mu­si­cal set in the 18th cen­tury.

CHARLES Bar­ron is one happy man – as long as he can keep writ­ing, he says. Now aged 75, he’s look­ing for­ward to see­ing his lat­est pro­duc­tion, the mu­si­cal Cather­ine, take to the stage of Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre this week­end as part of a North­east tour. And he says there are still plenty more ideas where that came from. The writer and di­rec­tor, who lec­tured in drama at the Univer­sity of Aberdeen un­til he re­tired, said: “I could give up on ev­ery­thing else as long as I can keep writ­ing. That is what is im­por­tant to me these days.” His lat­est work is de­scribed as a “rois­ter­ing com­edy sparkling with Doric hu­mour and catchy tunes” and started life as a meet­ing of minds – Charles’ own with Aberdeen mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and com­poser Win­nie Fos­ter. Cather­ine is per­formed by Flee­man Pro­duc­tions, with a cast of some of Aberdeen’s best-known ac­tors, in­clud­ing Sarah Alexan­der, Jill Hay, Scott Jamieson, Brian McDon­ald and Yvonne Mor­ton. The line-up is com­pleted by so­prano Pandy Arthur in the role of Cather­ine. The script, set in 18th cen­tury Scot­land, tells of John Seafield, who has reached mid­dle age with­out los­ing his fear of women. But surely the at­trac­tive and spir­ited Cather­ine can win him round? Charles said: “I wanted to do some­thing set in the 18th cen­tury in Aberdeen and I wanted to write a Doric mu­si­cal. There haven’t been many Doric mu­si­cals but there is quite a long tra­di­tion of mu­sic in the North-east so I thought it might work well.

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