Polmont mum’s starring role in show

May McPhee on stage in 1949
May McPhee on stage in 1949
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A proud daughter wrote to us about the feats of her mum, who was a popular performer treading the boards with a local amateur dramatics group.

Rhona Harman’s mother, May McPhee (nee Logan), from Polmont, was the lead role in Falkirk Operatic Society’s production of ‘Viktoria and her Hussar’ in the old Falkirk Town Hall in Newmarket Street in February 1949.

The show was such a success the Falkirk Herald carried a review of it, which Rhona also kindly sent in.

The story follows a Hungarian soldier’s escape from desolate Siberia and on to Tokyo and Petrograd.

The review said: “All this variety in settings, costumes, music combined with much fun and a sentimental seriousness gave us about the best show I have seen from an amateur company; and certainly the best post-war show of the Falkirk Society (of the pre-war productions I cannot speak).’’

Indeed May’s attire turned a lot of heads in 1949 for during the day she was a housewife who transformed into her wonderful dress to play a countess in the evening shows.

Rhona, from Falkirk, said: “My mum is now 94 and lives in Polmont and she has very fond memories the years she spent performing with Falkirk Operatic Society. The dress she wore for that show was just stunning and it’s always so nice to look back on them. A lot of local people helped make the dress.”