Next up: Loserville. ‘It’s Grease for the 21st Century.’

000442_hero.jpgFCT’s next show is Loserville by James Bourne of Busted and Son of Dork fame.  Directed by Alex  Gordon, Choreographed by Kirsten Macdonald and MD’d by Eilidh Park.  All three are ex cast members and debuting as a production team.

It’s a fast paced fun show about life as a teen in Loserville USA.

Here’s the trailer

At Edinburgh Academy 11th – 14th April, 2018 at 7.30 with a matinee on Saturday 14th at 2.30.

Tickets £13 A £9 Conc. Family 2A 2C £35.

AUDITIONS will be held at 10 am December 17th at Inverleith Rugby Club, Arboretum Road.

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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.)

Now that the amazing Pippin is over, an update on our Bangholm situation.

Things are moving along and there’s mixed news.

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First, the bad news.  B2 and B3 (the concrete buildings that begin at the left of the picture above have been condemned and will be demolished soon.  We will have to, and have offered to, vacate by 30th September).

However, we have been in high level discussion with the council who have granted a stay of execution for B1 – the wooden building that fills most of the picture.

This is potentially great news but it comes with caveats.  We have to make structural improvements, but that is well within our ken.

Steve Phair is a powerhouse of energy and is leading the fight on this front and Tom Stewart is leading the collaboration between FCT and City of Edinburgh.

It is possible that if we make a compelling case for how we can improve B1 we could enjoy quite a considerable extension of our lease.

That’s where you all come in.

We need a task force of volunteers to clear what remains of B2 and B3 and we’re looking at Sunday 24th September to further clear B1 to make space for the things we want to keep from B2. We will hire a huge skip to do this and we’re looking for helpers to fill it from 11am that day.  Please reply below if you are willing to give up some time.

Another really critical issue is that The Rugby Club is no longer available to us to rehearse, so we need to find new, affordable, rehearsal space within the vicinity.  We need you all to reach out to your networks to find affordable church halls, meeting rooms, Scout Halls, community spaces or whatever that we could hire from January to July next year.

Again, please leave your suggestions in the reply box, with contact details for hall curators etc if you have them.  We will evaluate each on merit.

In tandem, we are pursuing opportunities to partner with Trinity High and Victoria Primary (which is about to move) to be a community partner.

There has been a lot of discussion and negotiation going on behind the scenes.  A lot of people have offered a lot of great ideas, but we need to prioritise these in our strategy.

Thank you one and all for your contributions so far.  But, please, we need to take this step by step and we need all hands on deck.

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.