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Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Thursday 29 September @ 7:30 pm

Portgordon Village Hall

Thursday 29 September 2022 


Maria MacDonell

Ages 12+


A curator has found, in her museum, a hidden box of letters, from a young Scotsman, Alexander Middleton, gone to the Klondike Goldrush. He writes to his childhood sweetheart, Minnie Lindsay, a seamstress, left behind in their glen in the early 1900s. As The Curator explains, this is a true story from The Glenesk Folk Museum, Angus. She decides to reveal the letters’ content and, in doing so, carries the audience with her into the two worlds of a close-knit early 20th-century glen community and the heady exploits of Canada’s famous goldrush; and she also carries the audience into her dilemma about sharing the material at all and the consequences of becoming too involved in it.

Miss Lindsay’s Secret tells a universal story of friendship, love and separation. In this time of invaded privacy, it questions the morality of reading private mail and turning it into a play. This moving story is evocatively told through an ebb and flow of music, drama, dance and the original letters. The cast of The Curator, The Musician and The Man conjure an onstage alchemy in which the unknown story of long-ago lovers becomes a quietly powerful allegory of global forces continuing to shape our lives and identity. Miss Lindsay’s Secret brings the past to the present, Scotland to the world, shining a light on Scotland’s diaspora and the things that bind us to home.

The play reveals a complicated relationship between two young people, ringing true for contemporary couples. It shows a snapshot of long-distance displacement so significant to Scotland’s story and comes from a deep respect for the potency of material culture to release this story of scale and passion, while current life stories are being lost to the ether. It tells three intertwined stories: the engrossing historic story of a young couple; an archivist’s dilemma in finding, sharing and becoming too immersed in letters purposefully hidden; the activity of three performers publicly sharing this tale in this space, now.

Written and performed by Maria MacDonell with Alan Finlayson and Georgina MacDonell Finlayson.


****‘powerful’ (Broadway Baby)

**** ‘A delight’ (British Theatre Guide)

**** ‘confidently sweeps us away’ (Wee Review)

‘An outstanding and heartbreakingly beautiful play’ (@JennyGilruth, Scottish Culture Minister 2021)


Ticket Prices

Adult £10

Under 18s / Full Time Education £7

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Thursday 29 September
7:30 pm
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Portgordon Village Hall
Cross Street
Portgordon, Buckie, Moray AB56 5QW United Kingdom
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