Flood­ing blow for Pav­il­ion

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY HOLLY LEN­NON

THE Pav­il­ion Theatre suf­fered an­other blow when its re­hearsal studio was wrecked by floods.

Hor­ri­fied staff found panto scenery, cos­tumes, props and tools un­der wa­ter at the unit in Park­house after tor­ren­tial rain on Satur­day.

The theatre has been shut since the Sauchiehall Street fire in March.

STAFF at the Pav­il­ion Theatre have been dealt an­other blow after their re­hearsal studio was de­stroyed by flood wa­ter.

The historic theatre has been closed since March as de­mo­li­tion work is car­ried out on prop­er­ties dam­aged by the Sauchiehall Street fire.

Theatre work­ers have since moved to a new space and stor­age unit in Park­house, where they are cur­rently re­hears­ing for up­com­ing shows, in­clud­ing the an­nual Christ­mas pan­tomime.

Fol­low­ing tor­ren­tial rain on Satur­day evening, the workspace was left sub­merged un­der three inches of wa­ter.

Staff were left hor­ri­fied when they turned up and found that panto scenery, cos­tumes, props and tools had all been drenched.

Gen­eral man­ager Iain Gor­don added: “Even the mi­crowave was flooded.

“So in­stead of fire, we are now deal­ing with ex­ten­sive wa­ter dam­age, thank good­ness for in­sur­ance and a great staff who ral­lied round over the week­end.

“We have man­aged to move half of the scenery to an­other dry space and with de­hu­mid­i­fiers and the wind be­hind us, hope­fully by Wed­nes­day we will be over the worst.”

The rain­fall has also added to con­cerns that the in­te­rior of the theatre may have been dam­aged by smoke, sub­se­quent ‘damp­en­ing’ by the fire brigade and heavy rain.

Mr Gor­don has once again re­quested access to the build­ing to ex­am­ine its con­di­tion and make a de­ci­sion on what will need re­paired be­fore they are able to re­open.

The theatre boss is con­fi­dent that they will be back up and run­ning in time for Celtic The Mu­si­cal which has been resched­uled for Sep­tem­ber.

“One ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment dur­ing all this was that we have a brand new sing-a-long com­edy called ‘ Rally Roon The Rangers’ which should have been on dur­ing July and was star­ring Stephen Pur­don and Grado.

“It would have been the ‘must see show’ for all Rangers fans but we will be keep­ing it un­til next year as it re­ally is one of the best scripts we have had for a long time.

“I re­ally feel sorry for a num­ber of busi­ness around the theatre that have now closed for busi­ness, prob­a­bly never to re­open, and I think this part of the city cen­tre will be a bit of a ghost town in the months to come.

“I urge the coun­cil to con­sider what im­pact this has had on a lot of th­ese small busi­nesses which are the heart of any city cen­tre and maybe look at rates re­lief or ad­di­tional fund­ing to as­sist th­ese busi­ness to come back to life as to date.”

I thank every­one for all their con­tin­ual sup­port

A spokesman for Glas­gow City Coun­cil added: “Given the very dan­ger­ous na­ture of the build­ings se­ri­ously dam­aged by the fire on Sauchiehall Street, this de­mo­li­tion re­mains by ne­ces­sity a labour-in­ten­sive, ‘brick by brick’ process at this time.

“This is a very com­plex scheme with the de­mo­li­tion re­main­ing on track to be com­pleted later in July.”

Iain Gor­don spoke of the lat­est set­back to hit the venue, leav­ing their re­hearsal space de­stroyed, above

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