Smycms Update 2017   Leave a comment

Smycms are no more, they have been assigned to that big stage in the sky, as of July 2016 the company that was formed in 1963 closed its curtains for the last time. Their last production was Bugsy Malone back in 2010, since then it has been a hard uphill task to kick start the company. Several attempts were made to stage a full production , then latterly a concert was planned but both succumbed to lack of company members and dwindling funds. wardrobe

Our Costume Wardrobe, which included lots of costumes hand made by our Wardrobe Mistress and volunteers, was broken up with many of the costumes ending up in landfill. This was the final and only option at the end as we couldn’t find a suitable home or someone who would take them off our hands, which was very sad as our wardrobe had been built up over a long period of time. We did manage to dispose of many costumes to other wardrobes/companies, so you may see them treading the boards some place in the future.

Thanks for the memories.

Tony McDonald,



Posted November 9, 2017 by tony mcdonald in Uncategorized

Madison’s Part 2   Leave a comment

Once again the Ol’ Cap’n was out on a Friday night at Madison’s Bar and Diner in Musselburgh tryin’ to  encourage fellow colleagues to come out to play after work. Friday 26 of  October was the first of a 3 month trial to instigate more social activities among me office crew. After much speculation only Ruth and Isabel joined the Ol’ Cap’n Rocket Ron for an evening of food, drink and chit chat followed by some good vibes on the dance floor, also The Hibbees were cuffin’ Motherwell by 4 goals to nil on the big screen, which was as big a surprise as the poor turnout, considerin’ they were playin’ mostly in the bottom half of the league last season.

Some how the Ol’ Cap’n has been roped in to organisin’ social shenanigans because  people complained that we were all work and no play, but then when you do they are reluctant to commit. Same ol’ story. Hopefully we’ll get a few more turnin’ up next time when we have our second visit to Madison’s at the end of November.  Our office Christmas Party on the 21st December will be well attended. However we had a pleasant evening and more importantly the Ol’ Cap’n went home on the bus rather than the usual stumble up the road.

Things on the boil include a quiz night, a pub treasure trail and watch out for our fifteen minute panto, i’ll be lookin’ for volunteers if not ye’ll be press ganged, oh no we won’t, oh yes ye will. Did I mention me big sausage, no, best not, you know how jealous some people get. Finally who has seen me sporting a reindeer posing pouch, Neigh-Neigh-body I hope.

Our 2012 Production Update.   Leave a comment

Sadly we had to cancel our production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers scheduled for Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April 2012. Basically we could not find enough guys who wanted to be a part of  this classic Hollywood musical.

This is the second year running this has happened as we also had to cancel our 2011 Production of Eurobeat which was a great shame as it is a fabulous show, a spoof on the Eurovision song Contest complete with audience participation including mobile phone voting to determine the winner, again we couldn’t get enough people on board to make it work, maybe someone is trying to tell us something.

This is a real shame as our previous productions have been excellent. I read an article recently that complained about Amateur Musical societies always playing it safe by constantly doing shows from the list of Hollywood classics, e.g. Carousel, South Pacific, Oklahoma etc and not choosing new or modern shows, well I  don’t hold with this view and from The Smycms point of view just doesn’t cut ice. Our 2010 production was an adult version of Bugsy Malone, then in 2008 we took a revue on the life of Cole Porter called Red, Hot and Cole and turned it into a full company show, now if that’s not being innovative and living dangerously (we even designed and built our own working splurge guns for Bugsy) then I don’t know what is.

We are currently trying to organise a concert for later in the year and as it will be our 5oth anniversary year in 2013 we are looking to hold a reunion of ex members of which there are many (details to follow), but as I have said on many occasions,  I can’t do this on my own, nor can Paul Findlay our current chairman (who is seriously considering his future involvement with the company he has been with since the early days)  or Paul Whyte, we need your support or will just become a tribute site to one of the better companies that have graced the Edinburgh Amateur stage.

Thanks for reading. Tony McDonald, The Editor.


Posted October 11, 2012 by tony mcdonald in Announcement

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Madisons   Leave a comment

Well it be a while since the Ol’ Cap’n put pen to paper but I haven’t been out much lately, sorry what I mean is I’ve been out but not much has happened. That is until the leavin’ do, the two Davids, movin’ on to new offices, decided to have a farewell drink at Madisons in Musselburgh on Friday the 28th September.

Naturally the Ol Cap’n would attend, just the one you’ll understand, to say a fond farewell to Messers Mclean  and Bryson.  Unfortunately it was a poor turnout with only six colleagues to chit the chat with David box 4 n’ David box 3, however we had a pleasant evening. We talked the talk and discussed the discuss, we also recounted the recount, then David box 4 told how he went all the way to Canada on holiday once only to bump into his next door neighboour, and David box 3 explained how he came to be known as Disco Dave, sadly he left before he could prove it on the dance floor, fortunately the Ol’ Cap’n Rocket Ron was on hand to burn the floor.

By this time only the lovely wench Ruth remained with the Ol’ Cap’n suppin’ the Ol’ Jack Daniels, the DJ  was startin’ to warm up and the Ol’ Cap’ns  feet were twitchin’, I should have left for home at this point but the music was startin’ to improve and then a blonde woman appeared beggin’ for a dance, well how could I resist a damsel in distress, unfortunately I hadn’t banked on her other 7 friends joining in. What followed next was a blur of baggy trousers and Madness and Neil Diamond, finally I escaped back to my seat and Ruth.

We decided to call it a night, but not before my new found friend Fiona had dragged me up again to do The Slosh, shouting shake yer bum several times, she was clearly drunk, then introducing me to her friends as we danced along. Now would be a good time to leave in one piece I thought and so Ruth and myself left and headed for home. You always leave the ladies wantin’ more. Till the next time, which will be an office night out on Friday 26th October at Madisons, hopefully Fiona and her pals won’t be there wantin’ more.

Posted October 9, 2012 by tony mcdonald in Pirate Page

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Oh well, it’s almost over.   Leave a comment

Saw this and thought of The Smycms.Need I say any more.

Posted April 12, 2012 by tony mcdonald in Announcement, Uncategorized

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Announcement from   Leave a comment

As you are no doubt aware The Smycms have been trying to stage Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Sadly for Smycms insufficient people were prepared to audition for the show and it is therefore not possible to continue with this production.

Those people who did attend the auditions last Monday evening are extremely keen to “do something” and have suggested performing a concert.

The concert would take the place of our show at the Church Hill Theatre during the week 17th to 21st April 2012, probably a two or three night run.

We plan to start rehearsals at the beginning of February on a night to be arranged at St Michael’s Church.

As a past supporter of Smycms We would like you to consider taking part – as without you the company may not be able to continue.

Whether you are able to help or not, could you please advise us of your intentions by 28th January 2012.

With regards to the future – only with your help can Smycms survive.

Posted January 20, 2012 by tony mcdonald in Announcement, Seven Brides

eurobeat meets its waterloo   Leave a comment

Posted on Dec 15th, 2010 by The Editor
Smycms are not doing a production of Eurobeat for 2011 as we had hoped instead we will be staging a couple of fund raising concerts, this will enable us to return in 2012 with a big flashy showstopper musical that everybody will want to be a part of (ED.we have had discussions about doing Seven Brides For Seven Brothers but don’t tell any one till its confirmed.), assuming there is anybody out there as we seemed to have frightened everyone away.EUROBEAT. Eurobeat however has been put on the back burner and will appear sometime in the next few years  if not by The Smycms then by some other company as it is too good a show not to be done, and in case you didn’t know, Liam Rudden, entertainment guru for the Evening News thinks it is a fabulous show, I totally agree but then what does little ol’ me know.

Posted November 30, 2011 by tony mcdonald in Eurobeat