Druimfin, the new home for Mull Theatre
PHASE ONE IS COMPLETE!
The first phase of construction of the new Production Centre for Mull Theatre has been completed. Situated just outside Tobermory, Druimfin has a rehearsal room, set workshop, costume room and administration offices, and the Production Centre will house all the processes for creating the shows for Mull Theatre tours. It is also a creative resource for community groups and professional theatre companies throughout Scotland.
Says Artistic Director Alasdair McCrone, “Up till now we’ve had to find rehearsal space where we can, and sets have been built on the mainland and shipped in. The old “Little Theatre” was charming and rustic – a little too rustic sometimes... Now, this unique purpose-built theatre Production Centre will give us first class facilities whilst its beautiful forest location means we will retain the rural character people expect from a visit to Mull Theatre."
Additional money still needs to be raised to complete the building to the desired standard and with the full range of facilities. To this end energetic fundraising continues. Says Gillian King, Chair of the Mull Theatre Board, “We have been planning this for more than 10 years and I'm thrilled that at last the first part of the project is complete. This, however, is only phase one and we still have a long way to go before we can have the complete package, including a modern, flexible auditorium.”
Architects – Edinburgh-based City Architecture Office (CiAO), Contractors - TSL, Isle of Mull
The company aims to work with and support artists across the range of theatre activity, encouraging others to become actively involved with the creative industries. It is envisaged that there will be education and community theatre programmes, new writing initiatives, creative apprenticeships and a diverse range of opportunities for individuals and groups to release their creative potential.
we hope this will be a hub of creative opportunity where work will be produced, new shows tried out, great projects conceived, skills acquired and nurtured, creativity encouraged, ideas developed, collaborations fostered and careers launched. we will provide support and facilities and/or work in collaboration with writers, directors, designers, musicians/composers, filmmakers, choreographers, actors, etc.
Provide support and facilities to train for future employment within the creative industries
Provide support and facilities to develop an environment of creativity and exploration, in education and the arts, touching all aspects of life as envisaged by the First Minister when he described "the next major enterprise for our society"
Scottish Arts Council Lottery
Argyll and the Islands Enterprise
European Regional Development Fund
Argyll and Bute Council
With additional support from the following
Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company
Garfield Weston Foundation
Scotbelge Charitable Trust
Steel Charitable Trust
Scottish Hydro Community Fund
WA Cargill Trust
Hugh Fraser Foundation
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
WA Mann Foundation
Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust