A selection of the latest media releases and general news from the Eastgate.

Scotland’s Deer Dilemma Debated on Screen

The thorny issue of how to manage Scotland’s vast population of red deer will take centre stage on the opening night of this year’s Peebles Outdoor Film Festival (13-15 Aug), with a screening of multi-award-winning film The Cull: Scotland’s Deer Dilemma.

Cowboys and Cupcakes

Four very different westerns make up the new season of Classic Films – cowboys and cupcakes - at the Eastgate. At the very end of July Butch and the Sundance Kid consider heading for Bolivia. In August The Man with No Name stands scarily still before more cowboys and a young girl chase frantically across huge panoramas of the Badlands in True Grit. The feature for early September is the true and very moving story of a young, battered rodeo cowboy facing a very uncertain future.  Tea and cupcakes will be served in the café after the films – all included in the ticket price.

Film Festival Makes Summer Switch

Peebles Outdoor Film Festival has always included opportunities for outdoor adventures but this year a move to August has increased the range and number of adventures on offer – participants can run, ride, paddle, climb, camp and more as the Festival’s summer-friendly format designed to   make the most of the long days.

Interested In Contemporary Dance?

We’re looking for up to 12 people (age 16+, not necessarily with dance experience) to take part in the dance section of an exciting new performance project for January 2021.

A Tale of Two Towns

Two different towns in two different parts of the Borders, but how have Peebles and Selkirk changed in character down the years? Those changes, both within and between them, are the focus of a new exhibition at the Eastgate Theatre by an artist with an intimate knowledge of each. Running until Christmas Eve, Philip Hutton’s new exhibition, Peebles and the Other Place, comprises a wide range of oil and watercolours depicting atmospheric scenes from the two towns.

Cinema returns to the Eastgate

Film lovers have a double treat in store this weekend as the Eastgate not only reopens for films on the big screen but does so with comprehensively upgraded projection and sound systems that bring sharper, brighter images to the screen, and a much richer surround sound in the theatre. This latest upgrade of the Eastgate’s facilities was made possible when, just before lockdown, the theatre made a successful application to Screen Scotland and received a significant grant towards upgrading its film projection and sound systems. Additional, and substantial, contributions from the Friends of the Eastgate and the Benson family ensured that top-quality equipment could be installed, albeit with a six-month delay due to Covid.

Wild Walls at the Eastgate

Scotland’s rich and often dramatic landscape inspires in many different ways – and that’s no more apparent than in the approach of two Peebles-based artists whose work is currently on display at the Eastgate Theatre.

The Eastgate Plans for the Future

The Eastgate Theatre received welcome news on 24th September, when it heard that its application to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund had been successful.  A grant of £70,000 has been awarded by Creative Scotland to allow the theatre to protect jobs and continue to employ artists and freelancers between now and the end of March 2021 so that it can continue to deliver the arts experiences so appreciated by the community.
Beautiful arms - ballet class

New Classes in Dance, Combat, Drama and Yoga

October sees the welcome return of arts classes in dance, drama, yoga and medieval combat offering something for everyone from 3 to 93.