Easter 2020. Oliver is back!

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It’s been a few years, 16 in fact, since we last presented Oliver!

But it’s back for Easter 2020.

Directed by Kerry Lewis , MD’d by Will Rowse and Choreographed by Jude McLellan it promises be be as much fun as ever.

Auditions are at Madelvic House, Granton Park Ave, Edinburgh EH5 1HS on Sunday 12th December at 10am.

The show runs at Edinburgh Academy, April 15th – 18th.

Email Kerry at FCTOLIVER@hotmail.com if you are intending top audition.

 

2019 AGM notification

Because of a technical hitch with our email server we are having to serve notice (within the prescribed 14 days) of the FCT AGM on our social platforms.

The meeting will take place at 7pm (for 7.30) at Madelvic House (EH5 1HS) on Thursday 14th November.

The Agenda is as follows:

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  1. Present/ apologies
  1. Matters arising from 2018 AGM
  1. Chair’s report
  1. Finance report
  1. Risk Register
  1. Election of Trustees 
  • Chair – 3 year term
  • Secretary – 3 year term
  • Treasurer – 3 year term
  • Welcome Jane Sutherland formally to honorary Trustee role
  • Trustee – 1 position vacant

Membership to be collected by Kate

Please join us afterwards for refreshments

Please would you share this information with friends and interested parties top let them know of the meeting.

Please also can you advise of your attendance by emailing markgorman@btopenworld.com

Whistle Down The Wind Tickets on sale from 1st March.

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Our Easter 2019 show is another first for FCT with second-time director Ben King taking the helm to direct one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lesser known works (a brilliant one nonetheless).

Whistle Down The Wind features a massive UK number one hit for Boyzone “No Matter What” and, performed by FCT’s chorus, it is a heart-stopping moment in a beautiful show penned by none other than Bat Out Of Hell‘s Jim Steinman.

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

It’s at Edinburgh Academy, Hamilton Place, 10 – 13 April at 7.30 with a matinee on Saturday 13th at 2.30 (All Tickets £8).

Call the Hotline on 07794 144 372  from 1st March.

Chris Lewis, Founding Father of FCT. A Tribute.

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It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing, yesterday, 10th July 2018, of Chris Lewis.

Chris is a giant in the history of FCT.

He was the groundsman at Trinity Secondary and was responsible for finding our beloved Bangholm, but, more importantly, with a small gang of volunteers was one of the founders of FCT itself and worked with us from day one.

Not only that, his extended family have been lifelong FCT volunteers.   They include his daughter Geraldine (and her husband and son, Angelo and Matthew, Deponio) and his son, Philip (and Philip’s daughter Kerry and son Michael, as well as Kerry’s daughter Kali).  So four generations of Lewis’s, and of course, Steve Phair.

That’s quite some legacy.

Chris has supported FCT from its very inception and was a staunch friend to the very end and could always be seen, walking stick in hand latterly, at each and every FCT show.

Chris could always be relied upon to voice his opinions and was welcome at many an AGM and at many, many a social occasion in the early days where he, Peter Gorman and Vic Laing formed a formidable ‘Stary’ trio.  It’s fair to say they did not always agree with one another’s opinions but together were the very backbone of FCT.  Their good natured banter was responsible for thrashing out many of FCT’s key decisions and they established and policed FCT’s unique, and much admired, culture and ethos.

Chris, affectionately known to so many of us for so many years, will be deeply missed and our condolences go out to Geraldine, Philip, Di and their families.

Goodbye Chris.  Love from all of us at FCT.

Oggy, Oggy, Oggy, Oy, Oy, Oy, Ya Beauty!

 

 

 

Ticket Hotline now open for Loserville.

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Our next show is Loserville by James Bourne of Busted and Son of Dork Fame and Elliot Davis Directed by Alex  Gordon, Choreographed by Kirsten Macdonald and MD’d by Eilidh Park.

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

Tickets £13 A £9 Conc. Family 2A 2C £35.  All tickets £8 Saturday matinee @2.30

Tickets are now available from our Hotline: Call 07794 144 372

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.