Open days at Forfar’s Studio 132

The doors of Forfar Dramatic Society’s new studio in East High Street will open to the public this weekend after years of planning and a major refurbishment.

Society members are delighted to unveil Studio 132 at their renovated clubrooms.

Work is almost complete at the new studio space which already has a packed programme lined up for the coming months.

The first performance in November will be a production of Compton MacKenzie’s Scottish comedy, ‘Whisky Galore’, which was adapted for the stage by Paul Godfrey.

But members of the public won’t have to wait until November to view the refurbished venue; the society is keen to show off its new theatre and is throwing the doors open to the public to ‘drop-in’ this weekend to see the transformation that the building has undergone.

There are three times when anyone interested can pop in to see for themselves the changes that have taken place over the past six months.

The sessions are on Saturday (September 17) between 10am and noon and 1pm and 3pm followed by a session on Sunday between 11am and 1pm.

The building is now available for hire to any suitable group or organisation and the weekend drop-in sessions are an ideal opportunity for a representative of any local group keen to rent the premises to see the facilities that are available and to make contact with the Dramatic Society.

In addition, new members are always necessary to keep the Society going and any budding thespians will be made very welcome.

The society is indebted to many people for their help and support in this exciting venture, especially the main contractors, Milnbank Developments as well as the principal funders, Angus Council Common Good Fund.

Over the summer members have been busy with paint brushes giving the space a fresh look and a good clean following the substantial renovation work which included a complete rewiring of the premises, the installation of toilets in addition to all the necessary health and safety requirements stipulated by planners.

Work is still ongoing and the next stage is to attract further funding to purchase comfortable seating as well as infrastructure for proper theatre lighting.