The Smycms is an amateur musical society based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Established for over 45 years we present an annual show at the Church Hill Theatre in the city. 


As of September 2013 the future of The Smycms looks very bleak indeed, with the deaths of Paul Findlay our Chairman and most recently our President and co founder Elizabeth Fyfe it leaves the current Smycms committee, Paul Whyte and Tony McDonald with some tough decisions, namely should we restart the company or let it slide into oblivion. No doubt you’ll hear it here first.



In 1963, Elizabeth Fyfe and Colin MacDonald were asked to form a Musical Group from the youth club at St. Michael’s Church, Slateford Road, Edinburgh – and The Smycms were born. The name stood for St Michael’s Youth Club Musical Section. As this was a bit long winded someone had the bright idea of turning it into an acronym which could be said out loud and from then on they would be known as ‘The Smycms’, with the advancement of the years, the youth club element of the society has gradually faded but the original acronym remains.

From modest beginnings in the church hall with Swingalong in 1963, ten years later in 1973 the company had moved to the more grander surroundings of Edinburgh’s Church Hill Theatre  to present the Edinburgh Amateur Premiere of Fiddler On The Roof. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, 


William A, Turnbull – 1980 – 1995

Bill as he was more commonly known had a 25 year association with The Smycms, 15 years as President, he was also advisor, helper and friend, he could often be seen Front of House during show week.

Elizabeth Fyfe – 1995 – 2013

Betty took over the reins of President when Bill Turnbull through ill-health had to give up his Presidency


The Committee are responsible for making things run smoothly, well as smoothly as possible, from engaging a production team to supplying (and sometimes serving ) the tea and biscuits at rehearsals. They are also responsible for advertising, marketing, program design, ticket sales and would you believe it still find time to appear on stage.

 The Committee is made up of four company members and a Chairman,  and usually serve a minimum of 3 years after which they may stand for re-election for a further term. The current Committee is made up of the following sucke… ehr stalwart individuals.

Chairman – to be confirmed

Sadly with the untimely death of our Chairman Paul Findlay earlier this year, this position in the company is now vacant. Paul had been with the Smycms since their inception in 1963. He had a keen love for the group as an entity and for the individuals that made it up, even though the company changed from year to year. He’d seen a lot of changes since the beginning, but still felt strongly that the Smycms were the best Am-Dram group in Edinburgh, and worked innumerable hours to keep it that way.


 Treasurer – to be confirmed.

Currently this position is vacant.



Paul Whyte – Committee MemberPaul Whyte

Paul is the PR secretary, handling all the Smycms printed material, designing and arranging flyers, posters for issue to promote our productions. He also arranges the Programme selling advertising and making sure all the necessary information is in the right place before it goes into print. It is also usually Paul that will accost you to buy a raffle ticket for our weekly fundraising draw (here’s how it works – at rehearsals you pay £1 for a ticket and you get a tea or coffee and biscuits and the chance to win a bottle of wine.)




Tony McDonald- Committee Member Tony McDonald

Tony is the Smycms fund raiser and social secretary, spearheading and documenting many of the social events. Details can be found at  www.sonsofsmycms.wordpress.com



Committee Member – to be confirmed.

This position is currently vacant.


Committee Member – to be confirmed.

This position is currently vacant.





The Production Team take the words and notes of a script and magically turn them into a show that we’re all proud of by the time it hits the stage. The three components of our Production Team are – Artistic Director, Musical Director and Choreographer.    

Artistic Director – to be confirmed

The Artistic Director is in charge of the acting (Dahling) as well as managing the overall Production, arranging meetings with the other team members, as well as overseeing  the sound, lighting, props and much, much more, PHEW!!. Further details to follow.

Musical Director – to be confirmed

In charge of all the music and singing the Musical Director has the difficult task of taking a score and bringing it to life on the stage, during Show Week they can be found conducting the Orchestra in the Pit.

Choreographer – to be confirmed

The Choreographer’s job is a tough one. In a professional company you can put together a dance and expect the dancers to learn it quickly. With an amateur company, the Choreographer has the duties of creating the dances but also of  teaching them, often to non dancers. More details to follow.


Artistic Director

1963 – 1993     Elizabeth Fyfe

1993 – 1994     Dolores Reed

1994 – 1966    Eric Burns

1996 – 2010    Laura Reed

2010 – 2011    Malcolm J Burnett

2011 – 2012   Ian Hunter

Musical Director 

1963 – 1997    Elizabeth Fyfe

1997 – 2005   Jerry Gregson

2005 – 2012 Alison Rushworth


1963 – 1993    Jeanette Fyfe

1993 – 1994    Juliet Bennet

1994 – 1999    June Geissler

1999 – 2001    Calum Ingram

2001 – 2002    Zoe Bellamy

2002 – 2004    June Giessler

2004 – 2008    Janice Bruce

2008 – 2010    Laura Proudfoot

2010 – 2011    Louise Heatly

2011 – 2012  Gemma Lockhart 

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