Celebrating 20 years of song and laughter

Some of the members of Loadsaweeminsingin in rehearsals.
Some of the members of Loadsaweeminsingin in rehearsals.

Dundee Rep Theatre’s women’s singing group Loadsaweeminsingin is 20 years old and will celebrate as they know best.

An evening of singing with friends and special guests has been planned for Friday, June 6 when the group will be joined by Scotland’s leading traditional singer Sheena Wellington, The Ovarian Cysters, The Lazy Susans, Pauline Meikleham and up and coming prodigy Syann Gilrory on stage at The Rep’s Bonar Hall.

Tickets are £4 and on sale from Dundee Rep Theatre box office, call 01382 223530 or visit www.dundeerep.co.uk

The group was founded in 1994 as part of Dundee Rep Community Company performing in several Dundee Rep productions including ‘And The Women Kept The Bairns O’ Dundee Fed’, ‘If The Moon Can Be Believed’ and the hilarious ‘Lysistrata’.

From 1994 until 2004 Anna Newell led more than 350 women of all ages and abilities on a journey of musical discovery. Since then Sarah Harrop has continued to facilitate Loadsaweeminsingin encouraging and channelling their voices into the powerful, legendary sound they are renowned for.

Sarah said: “Loadsaweeminsingin has been described as a Dundee institution, and I think it is. A group of women that can keep singing, laughing and performing together over 20 years is certainly a phenomenon!

“It is fair to say we have had almost 1,000 women pass through the group over the years, and helped raise many thousands of pounds for various charities. We have sung in so many different places and for so many different occasions and events that we feel a very strong bond with each other. It will be so exciting to get together with everyone again and perform old repertoire and new songs too. We really hope women who have sung with us over the years and folk who have enjoyed our singing will come and share this celebration. It’ll be a wonderful night.”

Over the past 20 years Loadsaweeminsingin have performed in an assortment of and sometimes unusual venues throughout Dundee and the UK from a yurt tent in the middle of a field in Fife to a full house at the Caird Hall for Michael Marra’s honorary degree ceremony their talent and enthusiasm unites them.