The Barony in Bo’ness is a brilliant wee theatre run by locals who care about the arts in their local community. Wendy Turner and Sandy Queenan have been very good to me over the years. In 2012, they allowed me to put on a spoken word night to promote my self-published book, Killing a Spider. Later the same year, Barony regular Will Treeby and I were allowed weekly access to rehearse my one-man Fringe show, Secret Weapons, which Wendy and Sandy co-directed.
Two of the best theatre productions I’ve ever seen have been at The Barony, Lady Windermere’s Fan and Noises Off. Although The Barony Players are considered to be an amateur group, there was nothing amateur about either of these performances. I wouldn’t have been disappointed if I’d paid £20 for my ticket. The team, both on-stage and behind the scenes, work tirelessly to bring high quality productions to the people of Bo’ness and surrounding communities twice a year.
However, as the building is now over 100 years old, the theatre is in need of major repair work. There are also plans for an extension in order to provide more space to help serve the community’s needs. Whether a single or regular donation, please donate if you can afford to, so The Barony Players can continue to stage quality productions.
To donate to The Barony Theatre Restoration Fund, click here.