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Selkirk theatre company to close

The company is to close after 25 years.

A Scottish Borders theatre company is closing after 25 years.

The Selkirk-based Rowan Tree Theatre Company says it's due to funding running out and increased performance costs.

It says the theatre's been struggling to survive for some time.

The Duke of Buccleuch will host a farewell for the company at Bowhill Theatre next Monday.


'Tommy's Story' comes to Cumbria

A group of amateur actors in West Cumbria are rehearsing ahead of the opening night of their First World War commemorative play.

"Tommy's Story" opens at Dean School on Friday before moving to Workington's Theatre Royal.

Tickets are free after the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project almost £10,000 and those involved are hopeful that this will draw crowds.

Dumfries youth theatre group stage gritty sectarianism play

Dumfries Junior Guild in Unite Don't Fight Credit:

A Dumfries youth theatre group are staging a hard-hitting play in their home town tonight about the devastating consequences of a sectarian attack.

Dumfries Junior Guild is putting on 'Unite Don't Fight' at the Brigend Theatre at 7pm - and entrance is free.

The play, written, directed and acted in by Dumfries-based James Napper, tells the story of how four siblings have their family and home destroyed in a religious hatred attack. What starts as joshing results in arson and the death of their parents.

Unite Don't Fight has been touring Dumfries and Galloway this month alongside another sectarianism-themed play called Freedom Square put on by Stranraer's Ryan Youth Theatre.

The intention of the performances is to raise awareness of the damaging impact of sectarianism in Scotland's communities.

Both plays are supported by grants from the Voluntary Action Fund, Scottish Government’s Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Programme and have been assisted by the Kirkcudbright based South West Scotland Sectarian Project.

"Not only has the project provided the cast with an amazing platform to showcase their talents, it has educated them on the subject and given them a challenging subject and story to tell."

– James Napper, Unite Don't Fight writer and director

Bust of Robert Burns removed from Dumfries theatre during refurbishment

The bust of Robert Burns, which has been in the Theatre Royal in Dumfries since 1960, has been moved to his favourite pub in the town during the refurbishment.

'The Globe' pub will keep the bust of the Bard during the Homecoming celebrations this year and until the theatre re-opens.

Theatre Royal in Dumfries Credit: ITV News
Theatre Royal in Dumfries Credit: ITV News
Robert Burns bust is removed before refurbishment gets underway Credit: ITV News


Dumfries theatre to close for over a year

Scotland's oldest continuous working theatre has closed for major refurbishment.

The Theatre Royal in Dumfries will be shut for just over a year to complete a £2million upgrade.

A bust of Robert Burns, one of the original patrons of the theatre, which has stood overlooking the stage for five decades has been moved to the Bard's favourite pub 'The Globe' where it will stay until the theatre re-opens.

Victoria Wood play at Cumbrian theatre

Victoria Wood Credit: PA

Victoria Wood has chosen a part-time theatre in Cumbria as the venue for the premiere of a stage version of her award-winning TV drama Housewife, 49.

Wood is a patron of the Old Laundry theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere, which operates for three months a year.

The Old Laundry seats up to 280 people and is attached to the World of Beatrix Potter tourist attraction, which uses some of its income from visitors on the trail of the Cumbria-based Peter Rabbit creator, to subsidise plays.

The play begins today and runs until 5th October.

Major funding boost secures future of Keswick theatre

“The development of the new restaurant and cafe is of vital importance to Theatre by the Lake.

“A great deal has been achieved over the years but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.

"This proposed development has the potential to create a more secure future for this very important regional theatre.

“We are delighted that the Arts Council has backed the plan to the tune of £400,000 and the fact that they have done so speaks volumes.

"If everything goes according to plan, the new building would open in the summer of 2014.”

– Patric Gilchrist, Executive Director, Theatre by the Lake
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