Opera house finds

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

“The pic­ture of the leaflet (left) for the Vic­to­ria Theatre was found when we were ex­plor­ing the Dun­fermline Opera House in 1982,” says Wil­liam Gourlay.

“We re­ceived the keys from the de­vel­oper, Cru­dens, af­ter we con­tacted them about pho­tograph­ing the in­te­rior be­fore they de­mol­ished the theatre. We were plan­ning to make a film about the Opera House as it had rich the­atri­cal his­tory and we felt it should be recorded be­fore de­mo­li­tion. The Scot­tish Arts Coun­cil had de­cided that the in­te­rior should be saved and stored for use else­where. Luck­ily most of the plas­ter­work had been screwed to the walls, which meant that around 60% was re­us­able in an­other theatre shell – with the re­sult that Dun­fermline’s loss was the Asolo Theatre’s gain, fully re­stored to its for­mer glory in Sara­sota.

“The Vic­to­ria Theatre leaflet was stored in the at­tic of the Opera House along with lots of odds and ends, mostly rub­bish. We were re­ally hop­ing to find more Opera House-re­lated ma­te­rial, but it wasn’t to be. I take it the build­ing has now been sadly de­mol­ished? Var­i­ous as­pects within the leaflet showed what was on at that time along with the var­i­ous pubs, ho­tels, lo­cal busi­nesses at the time.

“I was in­ter­ested to see Gron­bach Pork Butcher advertising – is this re­lated to Gron­bach the Butcher in Cow­den­beath, I won­der?”

If you can help with this query or have any more in­for­ma­tion or pic­tures of the Opera House, do let us know.

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