The Scottish Borders is not only rich in creative talent, it also boasts a wide variety of places perfect to host live theatre productions.
It is the aim of Treading The Borders that we utilise such venues to bring performances to locations that are not normally associated with such productions.
A few of the more unusual venues Treading The Borders have performed at:
A stunning country house and 80 acre estate located close to the border with England near Berwick Upon Tweed, the stunning Picture Gallery Room was an amazing location in which to perform the double bill of Marrakech and I Can't Remember Anything in 2012.
THE RESTAURANT AT KAILZIE GARDENS
Situated 2.5 miles from Peebles town centre, Kailzie Gardens in the Scottish Borders are open 7 days a week throughout the year and features wonderful gardens, including walled garden, greenhouses and burnside walk. You also have the opportunity to view the Ospreys from their nature centre. The Restaurant, situated in the old Stable Square, has been carefully converted to retain as many of the original features as possible and made for a wonderful venue to mix live theatre with a late supper.
For more than seven centuries the Scotts of Buccleuch have been part of Scottish Borders history and their principal house, Bowhill is today home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry and a part of the internationally renowned Buccleuch art collection.
Bowhill sits at the heart of an energetic country estate amidst the magical scenery of the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys near Selkirk.
Bowhill Theatre was skillfully converted from the old Victorian Game Larder at Bowhill. Sir Walter Scott, who would have known it as a cold game storage area, would surely approve of its transformation! For many years, the area was used as an informal lecture area with a mobile stage and then in 1989 it was transformed to a state of the art 72 seat theatre with full sound and light facilities. In the summer of 2006 the space was upgraded and now provides a new bar and foyer area, ideal for relaxing with a drink before the show or during the interval.
LADY WATERFORD HALL
This inspiring building was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, and owner of Ford Estate. It was the village school until 1957 and in its heyday had as many as 134 local children on the register. Now used as the village hall it is much more besides and really is a ‘must see’ on a visit to North Northumberland.
This stunning venue will be used for an upcoming performance of Towards Flodden on Saturday 7th September.
SMAILHOLM VILLAGE HALL
Smailholm is a small village in the Scottish Borders.
The village has about 40 households, yet despite its modest size and sleepy ambience, the village has many activities, mainly centred around the village hall. The hall consists of a large main function room, with a stage area at one end with both sliding doors and curtains; the stage system is flexible, allowing the stage to be moved and the area to be used as additional floor space when required. The hall can seat up to 100 people for performances or parties, and around 80 for a sit down meal, and the hall provides tables and chairs for that number. There is a connecting storage room, which can be used as a green room for theatre performances, with adjacent toilet.
A perfect venue for Treading The Borders performances.
Neidpath Castle is an L-plan rubble-built tower house, overlooking the River Tweed about 1 mile west of Peebles in the Borders of Scotland.
The Castle is perched dramatically above the River Tweed and has been the location for various films over the years. Its dramatic exterior aspect and wealth of different interior spaces make it ideal for many types of film and other events such as Medieval Fair, Walking Festivals, Burns Suppers, Musical Evenings and Historical Re-enactments.
Treading The Borders will be performing Towards Flodden at Neidpath Castle on Friday 13th September. Click here for more details.