Theatres enjoy growing audience

Frank Chinn'ON at Fife chief executive
Frank Chinn'ON at Fife chief executive
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AUDIENCE members are continuing to grow as Fife’s largest independent arts organisation celebrates another successful year.

Over 950 shows, films and site specific events were staged by ONAtFife in 2011-12 - and this year looks set to be “an exciting one” for the trust.

The organisation runs four venues across the Kingdom - Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy; Rothes Halls, Glenrothes; Lochgelly Centre, and Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline - with 126,221 people attending ticketed shows and events in the last financial year.

Frank Chinn, chief executive, hailed it as ‘‘a successful year’’ in his annual report.

He said: “Within our four venues, across local communities, in schools and on tour across Scotland we presented an ever expanding range of over 950 high quality shows, films and site specific events and saw audience numbers continue to grow. I’m delighted that so many people continue to enjoy the work we create.”

Among the highlights of the report were the figures for last year’s Christmas panto, Cinderella, at Adam Smith which saw audiences soar to 96 per cent capacity over the month long run.

At Carnegie Hall, the successful sponsorship deal with Robert Wiseman Dairies enabled ONAtFife to present a brand new production, ‘Sergeant Cracker’s Christmas Quest.

Mr Chinn added: ‘‘In February we re-opened Lochgelly Centre, following a two year £2.8m refurbishment. This coincided with the launch of one of our biggest community projects to date - The Band, a year-long project with Jazz Scotland, as part of the nationwide Year of Creative Scotland 2012.

“Our work in schools also took a major step forward, with a new partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.”

With change ahead for the organisation in the coming months, Mr Chinn believes there’s a bright future ahead.

He added: “October will see the launch of the new Fife Cultural Trust when we join forces with libraries, art galleries and museums to create new opportunities, and we fully intend to continue building on our successes.’’