Flooding blow for Pavilion
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.”
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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