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Top Hat


3rd November 2017


Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society


Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Type of Production



Kenny Christie & Carol Sinclair

Musical Director

Tom Wright


Kenny Christie & Carol Sinclair


Author: Mike Pendlowski

Take a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood with Top Hat. This sumptuous song and dance show is crammed full of well known melodies for example: “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “I’m Puttin’ All my Eggs in One Basket”, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Let’s face the Music and Dance”.

This production has been given true K.A.O.S. treatment in all aspects from sets to costumes and on to stunning performances from both principals and chorus!

The principals could not be faulted. Let us start with Scott Binnie as Jerry Travers. Having seen Scott in a totally different role in the last year, it was a pleasure to watch and listen to him in this major song and dance part. Partnering Scott was the lovely, elegant Wendy Tulloch as society girl, Dale Tremont. Wendy’s wide range of characterisations from feisty to “agreeable”, made this pairing a true Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers romantic comedy scenario.

Clark Graham as Horace Hardwick entertained as only Clark can, while his manservant Bates (Kieran Allan) was hilarious as the Jeeves-like valet.

Michael McFarlane also excelled as the over-the-top Alberto Beddini. Alberto, the exquisitely affected Italian dressmaker, could only be described as light years away from the last part that I had the pleasure of seeing Michael play – that of Jud Fry in Edinburgh G&S’s “Oklahoma!”.  A wide range of characterisations to say the least!

Madge Hardwick (Deirdre McFarlane), the matchmaking friend of Dale Tremont, succeeds in carrying the story along from London to Italy, albeit with some not-so-minor personality confusions in the latter country!

Congratulations to all of the Production Team!

Well done KAOS – roll on your next show!