A new theatre company to bring community drama back to the islands, is starting up in Stornoway.
Phoenix Theatre is a new drama club as the successor to the late lamented Stornoway Thespians.
Everyone is invited to their launch night at 7.30pm this Tuesday, October 4.
Much groundwork has been done already and the new group is already applying to be a registered charity.
The big hope if it is well enough supported is to be in a position to put on a pantomime next year. However, they say they hope to do much more as well.
A big one would be to compete in one-act plays such as those run by Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA). If they manage to raise funds, they would like to take part in festivals like that. In the past the Stornoway Thespians took part in regional competitions in places like Plockton. Winners then go through to finals in the central belt.
The big issue which ultimately brought about the demise of the Stornoway Thespians was Covid and the lockdown. As in a lot of clubs, members were frightened to congregate so the group could not continue. They could not get people to be confident for rehearsals or performances.
Committee member Lily Hothersall explained: “We are now going for a clean slate to get community drama to rise again - hence our name. We need a team who can do many things. We are looking not just for actors, but also for designers, lighting assistants, costume people, make-up and anyone who can lend a hand.
“We need people who can organise things too. Anyone between 16 and 100 will be very welcome.”
The launch meeting will be 7.30pm at the New Street drama workshop (across from Kiwi’s Garage). Games and refreshments will be available to help break the ice for newcomers.