Kitty Fyfe

By Christopher Bretz

 

Catherine Ross Fyfe (1884-1951), who went by the name Kitty Ross from her early days on stage, was an amateur and professional performer of some note in Aberdeen at the turn of the 20th century. She appeared with the Aberdeen Amateur Opera Company and the Arthurian Company of Players for many performances between 1902 and 1904 (ages 18-20). She likely preformed beyond these dates, but we can be only certain of these based upon newspaper reviews.

Kitty also sang at various events, including two of the Aberdeen City Concerts, the Trades Council Concerts, and at least two of the Gordon Highlander's formal presentations. She also traveled to several small towns outside Aberdeen to perform including, Dundee, Inverurie, Cults, and Turiff. Many warm newspaper reviews were written about Kitty, often proudly proclaiming her as a local rising star. Some of these reviews were kept by her and are viewable here. The original reviews are kept by Bobbie Prawdzik, her granddaughter.

After she was married and living in St. Just, Cornwall, in 1908 she drew upon her experiences to help organize and perform at least one local concert event to some acclaim.

 

Her stage appearances included:

 

The Bohemian Girl

Played the part of the Gypsy Queen

Performed by the Aberdeen Amateur Opera Company
Played in Turiff, Aberdeen
Noted performances: Love Smiles But To Deceive

Old music box example

 

Fun On The Bristol

Played the part of Nora, one of the daughters
Worked with Lulu Bonney who was in the role of the daughter Dora

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Dundee, 22 July 1902 - her first appearance in town

Noted performances: A Merry Little Maiden, Japanese Love Song

 

East Lynne

Played the part of Suzanne

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Aberdeen

 

A Lion's Heart

Played the part of a Sister of Mercy

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Aberdeen, 21 June 1904

 

Freedom

Played the part of Alfa, a Nubian slave

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Aberdeen, 30 July 1904

   

The Two Orphans (example cites later 1915 film version)

Played the parts of Florette and Genevieve

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Aberdeen, Dundee
Played in Dundee, 25 June 1903

 

The Ticket-of-Leave-Man

Played the part of Emily St. Evremond / Green Jones

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Aberdeen

 

The Hue and Cry

Played the part of Miss Holmes

Performed by the Arthurian Company of Players
Played in Aberdeen, 25 June 1904

 

A Kiss In The Dark

Played the part of ?

Played in Aberdeen

 

 

Songs which she was noted for included (soprano):

 

Language of Love from the play Country Girl

When The Birds Go North Again

The Enchantress

A Merry Little Maiden

Japanese Love Song

Oh Dry Those Tears - example

The Island of Dreams

A Lesson with the Fan

Love Smiles But To Deceive from the play Bohemian Girl