Bo’ness drama group makes plans for the future

David Hayman, patron of the Barony Theatre.
David Hayman, patron of the Barony Theatre.

With their star in the ascendant, thanks to the patronage of professional actors such as David Hayman, Barony Players are on the up.

The renowned Scottish actor brought his one man show to the Barony prior to taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

He was delighted by both the response and the hard work being put into amateur drama by the local group.

Now the Bo’ness company is poised to unveil plans for the future at an open day in its Borrowstoun Road premises.

And it wants its patrons and other residents on Bo’ness singing from the same hymn sheet as plans progress.

To that end, an open day has been organised for Saturday, March 21, in the Barony Theatre, from noon-4pm.

Barony Players stalwart Avril MacInnes told the Journal and Gazette: “The Barony has blossomed in past years. David Hayman was delighted to become our patron and said so publicly.

“As well as our own award-winning shows, we have performances by professional companies and TV stars.

“Bo’ness is now firmly on the theatrical map and that is bringing benefits to the town.

“However, it means that we must improve and enlarge the building. We have full and generous backing from Falkirk Council but we also need local interest and approval.

“We will show our plans at the open day and want to hear local thoughts and, hopefully, get offers of support.”

Parking is available to the rear of the theatre and teas and coffees will be served.