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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00966

Congratulating the Montrose Playhouse

Submitted by: Tess White, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, August 30, 2021

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Maggie Chapman, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Craig Hoy ( Registered interest ), Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, Douglas Ross, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Montrose Playhouse will open its doors to residents and visitors to Angus and South Aberdeenshire on 8 October 2021; understands that the new venue, which has taken nine years to come to fruition, is housed in the former swimming pool building situated on The Mall in Montrose; considers that this is an excellent example of community regeneration that will help to facilitate social and cultural events for a wide range of audiences while also boosting the local economy; notes that the venue includes three cinema screens, two activity rooms, a café bar and retail space, which, it believes, will provide a flexible environment for a range of activities, including events, workshops and classes; further understands that the Playhouse will be a not-for-profit facility run by managers employed by the Montrose Playhouse Project SCIO Trustees, who will retain overall governance; commends the Playhouse on its ethos of being a facility “which is truly for the community, by the community”; congratulates the Montrose Playhouse's founder, its team and its volunteers on driving the project through to completion despite the difficult circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and wishes the venue and staff well for the official launch.