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News round-up / Garrison productions, library busy behind the scenes, Covid fund open for applications, food and drink directors

A new group has been formed to explore the long-term future of Lerwick's Garrison Theatre.

FOUR productions have been selected to perform at the Garrison Theatre in April as part of Shetland Arts’ Refresh Now programme.

The performances will be staged according to Covid restrictions in place at the time, but at the moment they are planned to be filmed and screened online.

You Made Me is written by Stephenie Pagulayan, directed by Morag Mouat and presented by Islesburgh Drama Group.

The original one act play will explore the topic of misogyny, its definition and origins inspired by witnessing perceived misogynistic behaviour in the community.

Jacqui Birnie and Kathy Hubbard’s Deliver: For the Love of Che and How Did We Do? will also take to the Garrison stage.

The duo have chosen the theme ‘deliver’ for two short contemporary pieces, with one a “snapshot of life in a busy courier’s office the early days of the pandemic”.

John Haswell’s The Rag Tree was written for Shetland Youth Theatre in the 1990s and is notionally set in pre-Christian Scotland.

Shetland Arts said it is a “reaction to the intolerant, ignorant and reactionary attitudes surrounding AIDs”.

Live improv comedy group The Imposters will also perform a socially distanced show.

SHETLAND Islands Council says it is unable to say at the moment when the library in Lerwick will reopen to customers to browse the collection in person.

Under level three restrictions libraries can open with relevant Covid measures in place.

The library remained closed for browsing through the recent cluster of coronavirus cases in Shetland, but NHS Shetland said this week that the outbreak is now formally over.

A council spokesperson said the library’s learning centre is already open for computer use and the ‘connect and collect’ and delivery system for books is proving popular.

Through the connect and collect service people can order books online or by phone, and pick them up from the front door of the library.

More information on the services the library is currently offering can be found here.

THE COUNCIL has also now launched an application form for a new fund designed to support businesses which may have been ineligible for previous Covid government grants.

The fund aims to provide a one-off £2,000 grant to Shetland businesses experiencing immediate financial challenges from Covid restrictions.

Councillors approved the fund at a meeting this morning.

The application form can be found here.

SHETLAND Food and Drink Limited has made two new appointments to its board of directors.

Scoop Wholefoods business partner Kirsten Williamson and Jonny Sandison of Lerwick Brewery will extend the range of food and drink expertise represented at board level within the membership organisation.

This comes as former director Yvette Hopkins steps down to pursue other projects.

Shetland Food and Drink chair Marian Armitage said: “Having the diverse knowledge, skills and expertise that Kirsten and Jonny bring will be a real asset to the board.

“We’d also like to thank Yvette for her dedication, energy and enthusiasm, and wish her well for the future.”