The Swallow Theatre is, we believe, Scotland's smallest theatre. It is a gem we are in danger of losing.
After building it up from nothing in 1996, David Sumner is now looking for someone to pick up the baton and take it on further. Over the years, many established theatre companies have returned again and again to enjoy the unique atmosphere of The Swallow. But, we are in danger of losing this remarkable place.
A buyer is needed. For The Swallow to continue, we need to find someone with energy, enthusiasm and a love of the theatre!
It would be a tragedy if this place was converted into holiday homes. It is one of D&G's treasures, providing a unique experience for visitors. Someone somewhere will be waiting for such an opportunity to develop it. All we need to do is find them
The sale of the Swallow Theatre was recently reported on TV. Click here to view.
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 one of the smallest theatres in the country. 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’.