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.

 

Next up… Pippin.

Steven Schwartz’s (Godspell, Wicked) Tony Award winning  latest offering , the 33rd longest musical in Broadway history no less, is our Fringe 2017 offering.

It’s a first for FCT, indeed may be a first production in Scotland, and is directed by Hayley Scott, our MD is, once again, Gus Harrower and Choreography is by Natasha Rose.  It’s something of an FCT dream team.

First up though, we have the matter of auditions…

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JCS ticket availability is extremely limited

Of the 1,800 tickets we had for sale this is the latest update.

We only have 120 tickets left across both the Fringe Box office and the Ticketline. If you need tickets you better move fast as we are 93% sold out.
 
Here is EXACTLY what is left at the time of writing
 
Friday 5th                        17 at Hotline
Sat mat                             28 at Hotline
Sat night                          SOLD OUT
Monday                            29 at Fringe and 7 at hotline
Tuesday                            1 at Fringe
Wednesday                     SOLD OUT
Thurdsday                       SOLD OUT
Friday                               SOLD OUT
Sat mat                            35 at Hotline
Sat night                         2 at Hotline.
 
And that my friends is your lot. We will start to run waiting lists (there is already quite a long one for the second Friday for returns) Please if anybody has sold tickets that are being left at the door and you know the recipient will not turn up let the HOTLINE know now.