The Swallow Theatre is a restored and converted byre at Moss Park, Ravenstone, about three miles from Whithorn. Seating just forty-eight people, it is the smallest theatre in Scotland. The programme has grown over the years, to include more than twenty events a year. The Swallow Theatre aims to provide a wide range of events: drama (including productions by local actors and visiting professional groups), music (classical, folk and jazz), poetry and play readings, and ‘theme nights’.
An unusual feature of the ‘Swallow’ is that all the lighting is powered from renewable sources four solar panels and a wind turbine.
Several well-known musicians, actors and music groups have visited the Swallow; but a vital part of the theatre is the contribution made by its members and audience. ‘Home grown’ events including a pantomime, Christmas play and several other plays written especially for the small space at the Swallow, have been very popular.
Because the theatre is small and intimate, visitors often comment upon its ‘unique atmosphere’.
David Sumner is now looking forsomeone younger to take over the theatre. Over the years, many established theatre companies have returned again and again to enjoy the unique atmosphere of The Swallow and we hope that this will continue. We need to find someone with energy, enthusiasm and a love of the theatre! Meanwhile events are being arranged for 2015 and there will be the usual eclectic mix of theatre and music.
The sale of the Swallow Theatre was recently reported on TV. Click here to view.