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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

£700k plans for Keswick theatre development

Theatre by the Lake in Keswick Credit: ITV Border

A theatre in Keswick has announced plans for a £700,000 redevelopment.

Proposed plans for the Theatre by the Lake centre include a new restaurant and cafe building.

The Arts Council England awarded £400,000 to the creation of the development, which will be erected near to the current site.

New venue to bring live entertainment to Workington

*Workington's oldest live entertainment venue will open again on Friday 7th September to the strains of an AC/DC tribute band. It is hoped that the radically modernised Carnegie Theatre will bring more live music, theatre and entertainment to the town. *

The £220,000 revamp has seen removable seating, new flooring, and new sound and lighting systems. Considerable repair works have been undertaken to the roof and external fabric of the building. The theatre now seats around 325 people and accommodate around 490 people for a concert.

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