12th September 2014
A lot has happened at the Theatre Royal since “Rabbie” was moved to his temporary home. Thank you to the Globe Inn and Dumfries Howff Club who are looking after him for us.
We finally moved out of the Theatre lock, stock and barrel including shelves, rails, mirrors, sinks etc, etc. at the end of February. Unfortunately the start of the work was delayed by various factors outwith our control.
However, I am very pleased to say that the contractors moved in at the end of June and have been stripping out the Theatre prior to the remodelling. Passing the Theatre on many occasions it has been fascinating to see the huge number of skips that have been filled from what we thought was an empty Theatre!! In the stripping out process an old stone arch has been found between the Hopkin Room and the shop. We have decided to keep this as a feature and it will now form the entrance from the Foyer to the new Studio. You may also have noticed that scaffolding is now in place along the alleyway and the shop and that the outside fire escape is now disappearing. Exciting times.
Number 49 and 51 Queen Street have also had a facelift. As part of the Queen Street redevelopment we received a grant to help fund the replacement of the windows in these two buildings. They have also recently been re-rendered which has certainly enhanced their appearance.
While all this is going on we continue to work up at our temporary home at Criffel View. To date we have all the programmes, photographs, newspaper articles, council minutes, AGM minutes and newsletters in chronological order. Lucy and her team in props have been sorting, washing, photographing and repacking in order to keep a record of what we have in store. Work on the wardrobe continues slowly. We have new temporary rails which has made the job of unpacking much easier. The bad news is we need more! Sorry Iain.
We continue to work on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm (ish!) when luscious lunches are provided, for a small charge. Lasagne, macaroni cheese, homemade quiche, mince rounds, to name but a few, have been on the menu.
Last week we met with our mentor, who is employed by Heritage Lottery to help guide us through the task of creating our Heritage collection. An enormous amount of work is still to be done but with continued help from our members and new members I'm sure the task will be completed.
Our Junior Group continue to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we have just welcomed new members from our waiting list. We hope they all have a great time. I know there are interesting times ahead for them.
During July we took part in the National Theatre 5min play festival. Well done to script writer/director Lucy and her cast of Emma, Andrea and Lee. It was an exciting moment as we watched the performance being recorded, knowing that it was also been viewed by others around the country.
Next week sees a first for the Guild of Players. We are going on tour with “Bazaar and Rummage” by Sue Townsend. Thanks to the PR committee we have identified three venues for our first venture. Holywood Village Hall on 19 Sept, Lockerbie Little Theatre on 20 Sept and The Bridgend Theatre on 1,2 and 3 Oct All performances start at 7.30 and tickets can be obtained on the door or from Anne on 01387257136. Tickets priced £6 for members and £8 for non members. We hope to see you there.
We are supported by
Holywood Trust, D&G Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Robertson Trust, Monument Trust, DTDT, Historic Scotland and Public donations.
The oldest working theatre in Scotland
Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, Scotland DG1 2JH
Tel: 01387 254209