The Follies began in 1996 when Andrew Threipland, the new owner of Fingask, decided it would be fun to reinstate his ancestor’s tradition of entertainment. Each show has the same format: four professional singers, two actors and a piano but a different title, theme and content which are conceived annually at Fingask Castle. We pride ourselves that the shows are slick, funny and thought provoking: Cole Porter, Plato, Milton and Mozart. In 2011 Stuart Barr celebrated a decade, as artistic director of the Follies. Will Stuart took over as MD in 2012 and Chris Clyne, fashion designer and stylist, created an exciting new look on the theme of travel incorporating stars and stripes.
Andrew Threipland has also been responsible for one splendid addition to the social life of Fingask and the Surrounding area, an addition of which his ancestors would surely have approved. The Fingask Follies is an annual revue. It involves four professional singers and two actors, and is performed in late May and June both at Fingask itself and at big houses and small theatres throughout Scotland and England. ‘It’s a return to the tradition of drawing-room
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entertainment’, says Helen Threipland, its producer. ‘It’s not just Verdi to a piano, but an entirely original revue, which includes some old songs and poetry, but also some new and specially commissioned pieces.’ Each year, there is a new theme. The one for 2006, for example, was ‘Crumpet – or We Are What We Eat,’ whose theme was ‘food, with an occasional swipe in the direction of sexual desire!’ Country life dull? A joke, surely”.
Here is a full list of our shows to date:
Ossian – 1996 Moonstruck – 1997 Love All – Tennis, Eros and Agape – 1998 My Fair Lady? – from Oestrus to Ascot – 1999 The Framing of the Shrew – 2000 $Spondulicks$ Galore! – 2001 Briefs Galore! – 2002 The Fouler Sex? – 2003 Genes Galore – 2004 Facts and Fallacies – 2005 Crumpet Galore We are what we eat – 2006 Having a Good Time It’s now or never – 2007 Heavenly Bodies Fact or fantasy – 2008 Animal Farm – 2009 Eau Yes! Water Matters – 2010 Some Like it Hot, Hot, Hot – 2011 Going Places – 2012 Growing Things in preparation for – 2013 FOLLIES 18th BIRTHDAY
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