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.

Just So Scores four stars in ‘the news’

Once again the Evening News comes up trumps with a great review.
The opening night of Just So was a very challenging affair all in.  Twice the power tripped and the theatre was plunged into darkness.  But on both occasions cast and crew showed the utmost professionalism and we reached the end amidst tumultuous applause.
This was reflected in Josie Balfour’s four star  review.
Just So ****

St Bride’s Centre

EACH night, oh best beloved, men will lay out their two shoes and their little stone axe all in a line. A ritual preparation in order to have them handy for throwing at the cat when he scratches at the door to get out at 3am.

It’s a right passed down from father to son since before the days of Fred Flintstone and laid down in literature by Rudyard Kipling in the perennial children’s favourite Just So stories.

But The Cat That Walked By Itself is another story. Last night was devoted entirely to the journey the Elephant’s Child had to take on his path to a little more wisdom and a far greater nose.

Performed by the Forth Children’s Theatre, Just So is a two-hour musical melding of several of Kipling’s stories into one extravaganza.

Taking on the weighty mantle of director for the first time was 19-year-old Cameron Dyer who, after the FCT’s award-winning Ragtime last festival, had rather a lot to live up to.

Acquitting himself well, Dyer shows an excellent eye for putting a production together. He handles the technical very well but may want to pull away from playing too much with the set and focus on the storytelling, particularly the moments when important props need to be highlighted and the audience needs to focus on a character’s solo rather than the moving set.

The leads were well cast and wore their characters confidently. Despite wonderful diction, accents and pronunciation, though, their vocal projection often didn’t have the strength or range to carry the score.

Rebecca Gilhooley’s feisty Kolokolo Bird played an amusing and thought-provoking foil for Andrew McDivitt’s endlessly inquiring Elephant Child, while Becki Clark’s Eldest Magician had the engaging touch of a rather posh bedtime storyteller.

Esther Scott and Gus Harrower’s double act as the hermit Parsee Man and Cooking Stove spent much of the night threatening to steal the show, only to be given a good run for their money by Kangaroo (Ronan Rafferty) and Dingo Dog’s (Kirsty Shaw) cautionary tale of wishful thinking. The real highlight last night, however, was the cast and crew’s absolute professionalism in keeping the show on track through two brief power cuts.