Born in Aberdeen (quite a long time ago), Dorothy reckons she knew the words of
most of the G&S songs as well as she knew her nursery rhymes as both parents
were members of the Aberdeen Opera Company, so an interest in amateur theatre
was very much part of her upbringing. She too performed with Aberdeen Opera
Company and Aberdeen Lyric before moving to Hong Kong where she performed
with the Hong Kong Singers. Arriving in Edinburgh in 1980 she joined the Southern
Light Opera company and has appeared in all but 3 of their productions since then.
She has also appeared with Tempo, Allegro, Bohemians and the Twilighters. She
recently received a NODA award for 50 years active service to amateur theatre (she started at a very early age) and throughout her career has been fortunate in
playing many fabulous principal roles of varying genres in G&S, operetta and
musicals old and new.
In her younger days Dorothy enjoyed playing parts such as The Quaker Girl, the
red haired Anne (Anne of Green Gables), Mi (Land of Smiles), Adele (Die
Fledermaus), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Manon (Land of Smiles) and many
more but more recently has played mature character roles her favourites being
Anna (King and I), Mrs. Blitztein (Blitz), Felicia Gabrielle (Witches of Eastwick),
Yente (Fiddler on the Roof), Dorothy Brock (42nd Street), Mrs. Potts (Beauty and The
Beast), Mother Superior in the Scottish premiere of Sister Act, Vera (Stepping Out),
Mrs Tottendale (The Drowsy Chaperone), Mrs. Strauss (Titanic) to name but a very
few of her favourites.
One regret - she has never appeared in a production of My Fair Lady and would
loved to have played Eliza. Although SLO are presenting My Fair Lady in March,
alas the Eliza days are well past!!
Dorothy has always had a love for drama and has appeared in several plays in the
past with Leitheatre and Southern Light Drama including the dramatic Pack of
Lies, various Arthur Miller plays and the more light-hearted Alan Ayckbourn
comedies. She is very much looking forward to being part of Threepenny Theatricals
production of Dear Brutus.
Dorothy is the NODA representative for Edinburgh and Lothians and enjoys supporting amateur theatre in the District.