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Kathryn Markey (Secretary) Avril McInnes (Hon President) and Wendy Turneer  (Chair) all of The Barony Theatre in Bo'ness at their open day
Kathryn Markey (Secretary) Avril McInnes (Hon President) and Wendy Turneer (Chair) all of The Barony Theatre in Bo'ness at their open day
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A enthusiastic Am-Dram group is staging one of its biggest ever productions as it bids to raise up to £1 million.

The Barony Players has been a fixture in Bo’ness for more than half a century but has outgrown its much-loved premises in Borrowstoun Road.

The Victorian former primary school has served the company well over the years but is now in need of some serious TLC if it is to continue to be fit for purpose.

It comes at a time when the Players’ star is in the ascendant thanks to its links with high-profile Scottish actors such as David Hayman who has indicated great fondness for the place and agreed to become patron.

On Saturday, the Barony Players held an open day to let the public see what the group has in mind.

It is the Players intention to seek National Lottery funding but that is contingent on a degree of self-motivated fundraising from other sources, according to honorary president Avril McInnes.

Ambitious plans include re-roofing the building and extending the coffee lounge and entrance foyer.

The proposals also include extra storage space for the formidable array of props and costumes amassed over the decades, many of which have been crafted by the Barony Workshop – the talented team which plans and constructs the stage sets.

Avril said: “We wanted to open up the theatre and invite the people of Bo’ness along to let them see what we are planning for the future.

“We displayed the architect’s drawings and ran conducted tours to explain how we propose to extend and improve the theatre.

“We were delighted at the turn-out and especially pleased to have Provost Pat Reid of Falkirk Council turn up because it is vital for us to have the local authority on side.”