New co-ordinator to promote theatre

TOP TEAM:  Recently appointed theatre co-ordinator Lesley Wilson is keen to get to work to promote the events along with Graham Wall and Bob Strachan.
TOP TEAM: Recently appointed theatre co-ordinator Lesley Wilson is keen to get to work to promote the events along with Graham Wall and Bob Strachan.

PETERHEAD Theatre Users Management Group has appointed a new co-ordinator in a bid to boost the profile of the venue.

Lesley Wilson (33), who was born and bred in Peterhead, has returned to the Blue Toon to take up the exciting new post after spending the past five years in Durham.

Speaking to the Buchanie on Wednesday, Lesley said: “I was working in Durham setting up theatre companies, but life has taken me back full-circle to Peterhead and I’m relishing the challenge that this new post will bring.

“I will be looking to help promote and develop the use of the theatre and the venue itself and make people aware of what is here in the town, including the cinema, which is a fantastic asset to Peterhead,” she said. “Something I am keen on setting up is a community amdram group. I was part of such a group in my previous job so it would be great to see something like this in Peterhead, to bring the whole community together.”

Group chairman Graham Wall said that the post has been funded by the Community Development Group for a period of one year primarily, but it is hoped that funding will be found to enable the post to continue for a longer term.

“As well as promotion, Lesley will be involved in trying to find sponsorship for the cinema and the various shows that are staged in the theatre,” said Graham.

The group has been desperately trying to promote its cinema for more than a year, with numbers dwindling in 2011 to the point where it was not viable to offer the service. However, a series of blockbuster movies over the past six months has managed to attract reasonable audiences to the theatre and things are slowly turning around.

“The children’s movies are doing particularly well and we had a sell-out for the recent Alvin and the Chipmunks film,” said Graham.

“We had to turn people away for that so we have re-thought our strategy and for the more popular kids’ films we will be doing two screenings at 12 noon and 3pm with the adult film at 6pm.”

Meanwhile, a Friends of Peterhead Theatre group has recently been established and new members are being encouraged to join and help with fundraising. A new automated ticketing machine has also been introduced for the cinema, which will be extended to theatre shows in the near future. Theatre and cinema-goers can also pay for their tickets by card over the telephone.

Movies coming up over the next few weeks include The Lion King (U) at 12 noon and 3pm on Saturday, March 24, with the evening show being The Descendants (15) at 6pm.

The Muppets Movie (U) will be in the Blue Toon on March 31 at 12 noon and 3pm, with The Vow (12) screened at 6pm.

On Saturday, April 14, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG), will be showing at 12 noon and 3pm, with This Means War (12A) at 6pm.

Saturday, April 28, will see the screening of We Bought A Zoo (PG) at 12 noon and 3pm and The Best Marigold Hotel (12A) at 6pm.