Patience 2018

Love is complicated. Twenty heartsick maidens fight for the love of an overblown poet, but the poet pines for a milkmaid. A platoon of dragoons can’t stand the wafty wordsmith, but adores the maidens. The milkmaid doesn’t know what love is, but she’s learning... fast. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience aims its razor-sharp satire at the aesthetic movement (the hipsters of their day) in a tale of romance and the Romantic. Edinburgh company Cat-Like Tread returns for a fifth year at the Fringe, bringing Victorian operetta to life for a modern audience. ‘Careful execution and straightforward fun’ (




Colonel Calverley - Scott Thomson

Major Murtgatroyd - Michael McFarlane

Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable - Thomas Ware 

Reginald Bunthorne - Chris Cotter

Archibald Grosvenor - Geoff Lee

The Lady Angela - Clare Brady

The Lady Saphir - Caroline Hood

The Lady Ella - Debora Ruiz-Kordova

The Lady Jane - Harriet Beckett

Patience - Lindsey Cotter


Rachel Allan Gesine Argent

Sinead Black Bob Bowden        

Nick Clelland Nathan Dicks      

 Susanne Horsburgh

Erika Ishimaru Armstrong

Gary Ishimaru Armstrong

Andy Laing         Ben Morse

Keith Starsmeare Claire Turnbull

Katy Williamson


Producer - Vinca Russell

Directors - Rae Lamond & Sarah Whitty

Musical Director - Tom Paton

Pianist - Steven Segaud

Répétiteur - Janet Barbour

Lighting Design - Steven Robson

Costume - Rachel Allan & Susanne Horsburgh

Publicity Design - Farlane Whitty

Vocal Coach - Gillian Robertson


Ian McLennan -

"All the principals and the chorus were excellent and can’t wait till next year’s offering."

Chris Newman -

"Cat-Like Tread made an excellent job of it, fully up to the standard of their performances in previous fringe events. I look forward to seeing them back again next year!"

Rebecca Anderson -

"Cat-Like Tread back with another vibrant production of a G&S classic! The intimate nature of the venue meant you couldn't miss a second of the fantastically choreographed action, every word and note heard clearly - and not a beat out of place! "

Alex Rankine -

"Excellent singing, not a single weak point; imaginative direction, thoughtful characterisation and comic timing which had me laughing out loud."

Amy Sharman -

"It is always a joy to go and see what Cat-Like Tread has to offer; the a cappella overture alone is worth the admission!... A very polished performance, CLT always manage to bring the words and music of G&S right to present day, and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments."

Win Ewen -

"Superb show, full of fun and enthusiasm. Singing was excellent - especially enjoyed the a cappella overture."

Darren Coutts -

"The production races along with some some lovely stylish touches...If love G&S you will surely love this production."

Bob Martin -

"High energy performance with fine singing and acting, creative direction, and lots of good clean fun.