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First performance for revamped Dumfries Theatre

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The first full performance is taking place at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries tonight since the historic venue closed last year for a £2million upgrade.

It re-opens with a pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast.

The Theatre Royal is Scotland's oldest working theatre and has been closed since last year for improvements including a refurbished stage and seating area, new bar, workshop, rehearsal studio and toilets.


Dumfries play tackles tough issues

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A new play written by young people in Dumfries is set to be performed at the town's Youth Beatz festival this summer.

"Our Toon" deals with difficult subjects like bullying, drug abuse, and teenage suicide.

More than 300 people have already seen it at Dumfries and Galloway Council's Youth Enquiry Service on Buccleuch Street.


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
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