Veteran writer’s new musical takes
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.