Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Theatre (storytelling, true-life)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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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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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There is level access into the Centre from the John Knox House entrance. If entering using the main SSC entrance there are 9 steps up. Once inside there is a lift that can take customers down to the -1 floor which is the top of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps down to the top of the raked seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Signed performances

  • Dates: 25 August
  • Interpreter: Rachel Amey - Stage Right
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 23 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: There will be a chance to meet the performers and see the performance space before the show.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Characters expressing anger
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Bingo Little 147 days ago

There is quite a lot to like about this show. It has an interesting, if somewhat unfocused, story. And the two actors gave engaging performances. But for me the music was not particularly engaging, and sometimes distracted from (and made less audible) the speech.

Alastair Adams 148 days ago

Beautifully crafted piece of theatre, all the more poignant because it's true although because the record is incomplete, it allows room for the viewer to contemplate various aspects of the story, rather than absorbing stark facts. The production and presentation is compelling and along the way we also learn about the daily existance of the Glen populations of the time. Go see it.

Graeme King 150 days ago

A love story across 10 years and 2 continents. A tight well paced script that tells a heartfelt story; makes us think; and creates a great sense of place. The music enhances the experience as do the direction and set. Maria McDonnell’s performance holds everything together beautifully. A highlight of this year’s Fringe.

David Boyd 151 days ago

Lovely show. Uses original historical material to tell the story of two real people whose lives opened a window to their times. A brilliant e ample of what can be do e with local historical materials. The show was very professional done. I was surprised to discover that the performers weren't stage professionals. We were both moved and enlightened.

Simon Price 154 days ago

This was a lovely show. It created a beautiful atmosphere in which to tell its tale through narration and music. I saw three shows at this venue and all of them were of a really high standard and immensely enjoyable. I highly recommend this show.

Steve Miller 160 days ago

We loved this fascinating and true story. It was emotional and shone a light on a slice of history which we certainly didn't know about. Excellent performers - the music added an extra dimension. Beautiful and comfortable venue. We'd certainly recommend this show.

Cathy Mulcahy 162 days ago

The story of Minnie and Alex is engaging and witty. We would highly recommend this atmospheric, professional performance. We loved it.

Trevor Williams 162 days ago

Emotional and moving true tale of love across continents. Told as a story centred on letters with a musician, a reader and a museum presenter and various props. Really enjoyed this. Well presented, clearly read and really brought an image of Scottish glens in the early 1900s and the harshness of gold mining to life.
I give this 5 stars.

Martin burroughs 162 days ago

A rather tragic true (Scottish) story, told in a storytelling style with a musician and also, unusually, a third person voicing one character.
The story is well delivered, makes good use of props and the teller also uses the stage well. The story is funny and somewhat heartbreaking in turn. Came away very happy with this one, and contemplative about those that leave Scotland...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 158 days ago

Fascinating historical chronicle of love and loss

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 158 days ago

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.

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Corr Blimey (4/5 stars) 158 days ago

Aided tremendously by the remarkable talents of musician Georgia MacDonell Finlayson, the folk composition of the soundtrack is as equally marvellous as the writing, the two entwining one another, the use of varied string and percussion matching the cadence of Maria’s spoken word, lifting the emotional integrity of each sentence.

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