Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Safely stowed in a sewing box and found utterly by accident, join the cast of Miss Linsday’s Secret in the reading and exploration of love letters that have been hidden for over a century. The curator, the musician and the man. This trio takes us on an intrepid journey through the heather filled fields of Glenesk, past the promise of gold in Yukon, Canada and to the heart of the matter, Alexander and Minnie.

this play is a tender look at the pursuit of success and a love that endured, even from afar.

Told with tenderness, Maria MacDonnell reaches out for Minnie’s story through a catalogue of artifacts and research, piecing together the public and private life of Miss Lindsay. Though her outbound letters were never discovered, Minnie is given a voice after all these years through MacDonell's powerful storytelling, interwoven with Alexander’s heartfelt replies, voiced by the talented Alan Finlayson.

The ebb and flow of folk flowing through this play, performed by Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, mirrors the feverish search for gold and the longing for another letter as home sickness sets in. From jubilant jigs to tension building staccato, the thread of traditional song through this play binds the stories from both sides of the sea together beautifully.

In a culmination of great writing, wonderful direction and bewitching music, this story leaps off the pages of these long lost letters and out into the world for us to find. From gleam and promise of the gold beneath the earth to the treasure that’s left behind; this play is a tender look at the pursuit of success and a love that endured, even from afar. This play is a warm and charming testament to a chapter of Minnie’s life that’s lain dormant, until now.

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Come in. Shut the door. Open the box. What’s inside? Concealed for over a century, this intimate tale of a Scottish seamstress binds the gentle hills of Glenesk to Canada’s heady Klondike gold rush. Using original live music, drama and historical material from Glenesk Museum, a lively and moving local story, woven into Scotland’s national identity, reaches across time and continent. This compelling show grows from a deep respect for material culture, in an age when life stories are lost to the ether. Written and performed by Maria MacDonell with Alan Finlayson and musician Georgina MacDonell Finlayson.

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