Pippin by Stephen Schwartz. August 4 – 12. Edinburgh Tabernacle.

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As rehearsals reach a high point it’s time to plan your ticket buying for Pippin.

Remember, each and every one of FCT’s last 37 performances has sold out and this show is yet another cracker. We’ve already sold well over 1/3rd of our tickets directly through cast members, but you can get yours direct from The Fringe Office (or their website) it’s a really slick site so don’t be alarmed.

Alternatively you can wait until July 3rd when our Ticket Hotline opens.  The number of that is shown in the poster above.

Expect a dramatic new stage setting for this show.  It really will blow you away.

Many of our patrons enjoy seeing our shows twice (and at the start of our ten show run and once at the end) to see how the show develops (just saying) but you’ll need to be quick to get late run tickets, they’re always the first to go.

Pippin is another fine Stephen Schwartz play (Godspell, Working and Wicked are all his shows) so you can be sure of good tunes and with Hayley Scott directing, Gus Harrower MDing and Natasha Rose choreographing you’ll have three FCT alumni making magical music all week long. (And Claire Stewart is never far away, acting as their mentor.)

Pippin booking information.

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Pippin opens tonight (4th August) and runs till Saturday 12th.

Edinburgh Tabernacle, Ferry Road Edinburgh (Top of Granton Road).

Every day (except Sunday) at 7.30 and Saturdays at 2.30.

Tickets £13 (Concessions £9) Family Tickets (2A, 2C) £35.

Call the ticket Hotline on 07794144372 or book online at The Fringe website.

On the Eve of Pippin we have encouraging news about Bangholm and our premises.

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There has been a ton of work done by the Bangholm Task Force in recent weeks in the lee of Pippin.

Great people, willingly giving up their time.

A few unexpected parental contributions of monumental help (thank you especially Rohan) have really made a difference.

And we’ve taken a non-confrontational approach.

The benefit of that, so far, was a meeting with a senior elected member of the City of Edinburgh Council showing very, very solid support for us today in a meeting that Tom Stewart and I requested.

FCT is important to this city and that was apparent.

Bat on.

Oggy Oggy Oggy Oi Oi Oi

Bangholm Update

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We have been overwhelmed with support and messages of goodwill about the plight of Bangholm and the ‘Bangholm Taskforce’ has meet twice to lay out a plan of action.

The timescale is our first big challenge and we are focussing on trying to resolve that initially.

The ‘task force’ comprises of the committee plus five others who have areas of specialism that can feed back to various interested parties (Claire Stewart, Vic Laing, Tom Stewart, Steve Phair, Nicola Pickavance) and we are extremely grateful for their time and effort and also to everyone who has sent us ideas.  Please keep them coming through markgorman@btopenworld.com.

We have a list of 15 or more contacts that could help and we are prioritising them for now.

The initial shock has worn off and I would describe the mood of the ‘force’ to be determinedly optimistic.

Thank you one and all once again and here’s to a brilliant run of Pippin.  The show’s looking great but we do have rather a lot of tickets still available so please spread that word too.

Bangholm News. Sad news at that. The end of an era.

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It’s many, many years that FCT has had its council property situated at Bangholm but from 1st September our beloved B1, B2 and B3 will be no more because in the wake of the terrible Liberton High School tragedy that saw a wall collapse on a young girl the Council has decided to take a zero risk policy and attitude towards its property portfolio.

Bangholm falls into the highest risk category of council property.  Each is rated 1 – 4 and DX.  We are in DX.  (That’s not good.)

That means we have 40 days to move out of Bangholm.

I have already heard talk and speculation about other reasons for our eviction.

Can I make it categorically clear that there is no reason that Bangholm is being condemned other than the building, that was designed to last 10 years and is now 69 years old, has been deemed unfit for habitation by the Council.

We hold no grudge against the Council.

This may be unwelcome but it is sensible really.

However it poses a challenge.

We need new premises, both storage and rehearsal space.

And we need them soon.

Anyone with any connections in this respect will be met with open arms (in the first instance you can email me at markgorman@btopenworld.com).

We have an amazing spirit.  An amazing team and great vim and vigour.  This may seem calamitous right now, but in the long run I expect it to open a new and positive chapter for FCT.

It will have zero and I mean ZERO impact on Pippin. So guys, please do not panic.

I met with a small group of people tonight to flesh out an initial strategy.

It was a hugely positive and energising meeting.

We will prevail.

Oggy, oggy oggy, Oi oi oi.  Ya beauty.