Forfar Dramatic Society is looking to boost fund-raising with a view to opening a brand new performance space in the town.
The society owns clubrooms in East High Street which it has used as a rehearsal and storage space since the 1970s.
The intention over the years has been to transform the space into a performance venue. However, lack of funding and necessary maintenance has prevented the plans ever coming to fruition.
Now, the situation has become so acute, with hire costs for performance venues becoming unrealistic, that the society has decided to forge ahead with its plans.
It intends to do this on a phased basis and hopes to open the space to the public next May.
Before then, the society is presenting a series of performances in various venues throughout Forfar. October 18 and 19 will see ‘The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)’ being staged in the East and Old Parish Church, followed in November by ‘Factory Girls’ in the Strathmore Cricket Club.
‘Things that go Bump in the Vine’, a collection of ghost stories, will be performed in the Vine and Monkey and there is to be a double bill of two one-act plays in February in The Plough.
The society is indebted to these local businesses for their valued support.
To realise these plans, substantial funding is required and the society is hoping other local businesses will become involved.
A new business member’s initiative is being launched whereby local firms are invited to be associated with the society.
There will be four levels of membership from bronze through to platinum.
The society would be delighted to hear from any businesses which would like more information about the plans for the new theatre or the business membership scheme by contacting the business members’ convener, Ewan Phillip, on 077834 81259 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org