"...In refusing to turn Slessor into
they have produced a work with a
ring of truth about it. This show is a
credit to her memory..."
Susan Mansfield, THE SCOTSMAN
Her grave in Calabar is still visited, almost 100 years
after her death, by dignitaries and royalty from around the world.
She is the only woman to appear on a Scottish bank note.
She is arguably the worlds most famous female missionary. And yet the
average Scot knows little of Mary Slessor, the Dundee mill girl who
devoted her life to living and working amongst the most primitive of
peoples in West Africa. She remains Scotland's forgotten heroine.
of All the Peoples will hopefully go someway to remedying that
situation. Based on the life of the Aberdeen born missionary, the
remarkable story of Mary's journey from the slums and mills of Dundee,
living in fear of a drunken and violent father, through her work in the
Dundee Mission Halls to her years in the deepest jungles of Calabar is
told with a mixture of humour and pathos. Features an original score by
Mike Gibb and Mairi Paton.
During 2004 the show enjoyed sell out runs in Aberdeen
(twice), Dundee and at the Byre in St Andrews raising more than £12000
for charities, most of the money going to the Mary Slessor Foundation
who are valiantly carrying on her work in Calabar, West Africa.
On 3 September 2005 three members of the Byre cast,
Lynne Binnie, Tricia Stewart and Caroline Wiseman, presented a showcase
of music from the show to 2000 delegates at the Church of Scotland
Women's Guild Annual Rally in the Caird Hall, Dundee while in June 2006
the show was produced at Dundee REP.
A potted version of the show was performed at the
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh on 7 March, 2007 and in
October 2008 the musical was performed at the Mitchell Theatre in
"...a little gem of a
work...engaging and without pretention..."
Joy Watters, THE COURIER