Fiona has been on stage her whole life from dancing in old folks homes with her sister and 2 family friends as part of the Delaney Dancers to being flown into the Festival Theatre stage as the Fairy Queen in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe or a whistle-stop trip to Northern Ireland to sing with the 3 Scots Tenors. She has also been involved in critically acclaimed recordings, including the role of Dorcas in Sullivan's Haddon Hall with the Prince Consort on the Divine Art Label and soprano soloist for Sullivan's Festival Te Deum.
She has been very lucky to have been given the opportunity to perform a huge variety of Principal roles in musicals, G&S and operetta in some wonderful theatres and halls throughout the UK. There are too many favourite roles to mention, but Anna Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (Dunfermline Musical Theatre Company) probably heads up the list with Nellie Forbush in Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society), Sarah-Jane Moore in Stephen Sondeheim's Assassins (Alan Borthwick and Friends), Desiree Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music (VoiceArc), Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society), Anna Glavari in Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow (Southern Light Opera Company), Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman's Hello Dolly (The Bohemians), Rosalinda in Strauss's Die Fledermaus (Opera Camerata), Dogberry in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group) and of course, not forgetting the parts played so far with her own Threepenny Theatricals.
In 2018 Fiona was asked to take on the role of Mrs Scot of Arden in the world premiere of Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham's opera The Tumbling Lassie and was delighted to reprise that role in a public performance in 2019. 2019 also saw her take on the role of Dandie Dinmont's wife in another world premiere McCall Smith and Cunningham collaboration, Dandie Dinmont, based on the Sir Walter Scott novel 'Guy Mannering'. In April 2022 she reprised both roles in special public performances in The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh.
2021 brought a trip to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate to perform the role of Lady Sangazure in the Festival Production of The Sorcerer before rehearsals began for Threepenny's 2021/22 season.
With the formation of Threepenny Theatricals Fiona also began directing her own productions beginning with Elephants at the Assembly Roxy and continuing with J.M. Barrie's Dear Brutus at in 2019 and Agatha Christie's The Hollow in 2020, both in the Church Hill Theatre. In 2018 she was invited to direct Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of The Sorcerer and was invited back for their 2020 production of H.M.S. Pinafore in the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline. Last year Threepenny performed not one, but two productions in the Church Hill Theatre - Enchanted April, adapted from the Elizabeth von Arnim novel of the same name by Matthew Barber, and The Herd, a thought-provoking contemporary piece by acclaimed actor and playwright Rory Kinnear.
Fiona is delighted that Threepenny Theatricals can bring another theatrical gem to the Edinburgh stage in 2023 in the form of the wonderfully funny and gripping The Lady Vanishes.
- Biography taken from the programme for Enchanted April (2022)