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Theatre opens doors to public as part of national celebration

The Garrison TheatreThe Garrison Theatre.

THE GARRISON Theatre will be open to the public on Saturday (29 September) as part of the national Doors Open Day festival.

During the open day, facilitated by Friends of the Garrison with support from Shetland Arts, there will be tours of the public, backstage and technical areas of the building.

The tours will begin at 10am, 12pm and 2pm, and will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Martin Summers, who is the vice-chairperson of Friends of the Garrison, said: “Come along and visit the foyer, auditorium, lighting box, stage area, props room, store and dressing rooms”.

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free cultural festival. It celebrates the built environment and gives free access to around 1,000 venues across the country throughout the month of September, every year.

Visitors to the Garrison will find out about the history of the building and can take part in a range of activities. Photographs of the building and its usage will be featured in the foyer, while an activity sheet for children will also be available.

Summers added: “We look forward to joining with other venues across Scotland in the Doors Open Day initiative. We know how well loved the Garrison is in our community, and we wanted to provide members of the public with the opportunity to see where the magic is created for popular performances whether that be music, dance or drama.

“This will be an opportunity for us to tell the story of this important community facility from its important role in history right up to the present day. We encourage everyone young and the young at heart to come along and show their support for our beloved theatre.”

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