Lights, camera and action as doors open
A behind-the-scenes look at how Dumfries Theatre Royal operates and its history was enjoyed by visitors on Saturday.
It was part of Scotland’s largest free festival, Doors Open Days, which celebrates heritage and the built environment.
A total of 14 properties in the region took part and offered free access, guided tours and other extras.
The Guild of Players, who operate the theatre, were on hand to show guests around the £2 million renovations which have breathed new life into the oldest working theatre in Scotland, founded in 1790.
It was a chance to look around the warren of spaces in the building, visiting the bar, foyer, balcony, mirrored dance studio, practice rooms, dressing-rooms, costume Shiela Howat store, stage and finally the basement where all the props are stored.
The guided tours were led by members of the Junior Guild and there was an exhibition on its fascinating and illustrious history and the chance to find out about volunteer work.
Another popular local venue for this year’s Doors Open Days was the A-listed Gothic cathedral-style Crichton Memorial Church created by Victorian architect Sydney Mitchell.
Other venues which took part were Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura; John Paul Jones Museum at Arbigland, Kirkbean; Mossburn Community Farm at Hightae near Lockerbie; The Newbarns Project Excavation Dig; Stewartry Museum; Kirkcudbright Galleries; Creetown Heritage Museum; Kirkpatrick Durham Church; Kirkmaiden Old Kirk, near Drummore; Stranraer Museum and Castle of St John; The Whithorn Roundhouse; and the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.
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