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The Sunday Play: The Secret Commonwealth


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John Purser's play is set in the late 17th century and takes its inspiration from the old Scots ballad Mill
O'Tiftie's Annie, based on the true story of a miller's daughter who fell in love with the trumpeter at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.
The play's title comes from a work of the period by the Rev Robert Kirk about the world of elves and fairies.
Music by John Purser performed by Hamish Moore , Mary Ann
Kennedy, Rick Bamford and Nigel Boddice Director Patrick Rayner


Unknown: Robert Kirk
Music By: John Purser
Unknown: Hamish Moore
Unknown: Mary Ann
Unknown: Rick Bamford
Director: Patrick Rayner
Annie Smith: Vicki Masson
Helen: Anne Kristen
William: Derek Anders
Donald: Kenneth Glenaan
Andrew Lammie: Jimmy Chisholm
Lord Fyvie: Andrew Dallmeyer
Lady Fyvie: Anne Lacey
Rev Kirk: Paul Young
Gregory: Robert Paterson
Spirit Voices: Gerda Stevenson
Spirit Voices: Kern Falconer

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The Sunday Play: The Secret Commonwealth

BBC Radio 3, 5 May 1996 21.25

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