Barony gets cash boost for renovation

Wendy Turner and Kathryn Markey, of Barony Players, receive a donation from Jeanette Muirhead and Stewart McIlwraith, of Persimmon Homes
Wendy Turner and Kathryn Markey, of Barony Players, receive a donation from Jeanette Muirhead and Stewart McIlwraith, of Persimmon Homes

A housebuilder is stepping into the spotlight to help an amateur drama company refurbish its home.

The Barony Players received £945 from Persimmon Homes East Scotland’s community champions initiative.

It has a pot of £24,000 to donate to local groups and charities.

The group, based in the Barony Theatre in Borrowstoun Road, has played an active part in the town’s arts community for over 50 years.

However, the building is now showing signs of wear and in need of renovations.

Wendy Turner, Barony Players chairperson, said: “The theatre has been our home since 1964 and it is a fantastic hub for the community and our work in Bo’ness.

“It was last fully renovated in 1966, and despite the best efforts of our volunteers, the building is now in desperate need of repair”.

“We are currently running a project to renovate the entire theatre, with the first phase of renovations costing over £300,000. Persimmon’s kind donation will fund a new fire alarm system, which is very high on our list of priorities.”

The theatre plans a complete overhaul to its facilities, including a replacement roof, new heating and drainage systems, a new community room and level access into the building.

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director for Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support The Barony Players with a £945 donation, which we know will help contribute towards their wonderful community facility.”

The Players next production is My Boy Jack which runs from November 28 to December 3.