FRIENDS OF THE EASTGATE 

AUTUMN SEASON – October – December

As the evenings get colder and darker what could be better than to treat yourself to a visit to the theatre – catch live music, the best in drama, opera and ballet or even a Sunday film.   Click on the brochure to the left see all of the delights on offer.

THIS SEASON’S TWO FOR ONE OFFERS  –

2 FOR 1 OFFERS ……………….. especially for you! Please support these performances – bring a friend, partner, someone off the street……they will love it!

Music: Claire Hastings Thursday 25 October 7.30pm

Claire Hastings is a folksinger/songwriter and ukulele player performing songs of humour and poignancy, passion and social history “with a voice as fresh and clear as a Scots spring morning” The Living Tradtion

Originally from Dumfries, Claire was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.

Her debut album Between River and Railway was greeted with huge critical acclaim. “Between River and Railway…an album that touches the soul, and lifts the heart” Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio

Drama: This Evil Thing Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm

“This protest of yours, is it really worth losing your lives over?” January 1916: Bert Brocklesby is a young schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist church; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned upside down.

This Evil Thing, written and performed by award-winning actor Michael Mears, is the compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war.

“A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story” The List

Music:  Bruce Molsky Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm

One of the most revered ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, has recorded seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and had two Grammy-nominations. He’s also the classic “musician’s musician” admired by collaborators like Linda Ronstadt and Mark Knopfler and was dubbed “the Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddlers” by virtuoso violinist Darol Anger.

Molsky seduces audiences with his musical virtuosity and conversational wit – an approach that can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or intimate jam session.

“An incredible power of history and tradition in his vocal – Linda Ronstadt​

FUNDRAISING 
It’s a long time ago now (despite still being winter!)…..Before Christmas, Santa was visited by 70 children. It was a magical event and raised over £200
The theatre also laid on a wonderful Christmas party and we raised £322 from the raffle.

‘Friends Sharing Food’ is a wonderful fundraising idea, with various events taken place. One of the most recent was in Manor Village Hall, where a Soup Lunch was organised by Claire Garnett and friends. It raised over £400 , so well done to Claire, her friends and the musicians too!

So why not invite your friends and neighbours and provide cake and coffee, lunch, buffet, dinner, cheese and wine – you choose what to do! With the invitation explain it’s a fundraiser for Friends of the Eastgate. Ask people for a minimum donation e.g. £4-£5 for cake and coffee, dinner £10 plus. Get guests to bring drink! This is win win as money is raised, a good time is had and your guests may be inspired to hold an event. Please let Christine Bruce know if you are hosting an event.
ca.bruce@btinternet.com

MEMBERSHIP
For those of you who receive their invitations to renew their subscriptions, there is a slight change to the form. The membership stands at £25 at the moment and will remain so for the foreseeable future but for those who see themselves as ‘long term’ members and are happy to pay more now, there is the option available to pay for 5 years for only £100. When you complete the form,  please tick over the figure you wish to subscribe.

 GIFT MEMBERSHIP……….  Following on from the Christmas Gift pack idea, we are now introducing this all year round! So if you are stuck what to buy for a friend or family member, why not give them a year’s subscription to the Eastgate? Packs now available from the Box Office

DONATIONS TO THE THEATRE
Friends are paying for a part time administrator for 6 months. This is to support the development project at the Eastgate (£3000)
We are about to pay for boiler repairs, switch gear, torches for ushers and an A3 printer. Exact costings are not available as yet.  As we write this, the theatre also has another ‘shopping list’, all good things required to keep the theatre running!
PRIZE DRAW 
The prize draw has now taken place. The winner is ELIZABETH GRAY who will shortly be receiving her seasonal prize (a spring one, not a winter one!)

DATE FOR THE DIARY – ADVANCE NOTICE FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE EASTGATE AGM
A date of Wed.1st August has been set. This will be at 2pm in the theatre.
More information nearer the time, but there’s no excuse now, so please put it in your diary!

Please also keep an eye on the Friends noticeboard for up to date news. Remember we have a pigeon hole at the theatre and any ideas you have would be much appreciated.

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