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July, 4, 1963 Advert - Burma Ball Room
July, 4, 1963 Advert - Burma Ball Room

The Kingdom’s dance hall days are being revived as part of a major new community theatre project which will be staged in Kirkcaldy.

And it’s open to everyone who spent their youth dancing the night away at famous venues such as the Raith, the Burma, the Palais in Burntisland, and even Kirkcaldy Ice Rink.

Billy Duffy & his Dance Band'Playing at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink 1951

Billy Duffy & his Dance Band'Playing at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink 1951

The project will be the inspiration for a new community theatre performance at Pathhead Halls, Kirkcaldy as part of Luminate - Scotland’s creative ageing festival - in October.

And the invite to get involved starts with a cup of tea and a chat early next month.

Organised by Fife Cultural Trust, and with funding from Creative Scotland, a new company is being formed by local writer Stuart Paterson, designer Neil Murray and director Alan Lyddiard, called the ‘Fife Performance Ensemble’.

It will be made up of local people who have reached the age of 60 and who have lots of stories to tell and creativity to share about the golden days of the region’s famous dance halls where the big bands entertained thousands every weekend.

The ensemble is now looking for volunteers to take part in this special event.

It has issued an open invitation to Fifers over the age of 60 who are interested any aspect of the production - and that covers everything including performing, writing, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, painting, craft-making, theatre installation, video, stage management, lighting, sound and all things technical, administration and organisation.

And there’s also a welcome for anyone who simply wants to join in and have some fun over the next couple of months.

The group’s first meeting is planned for Monday, September 9 at 6.00 p.m. in the Adam Smith Theatre when the organisers will be there for a cuppa and a chat.

Workshops, meetings and rehearsals will take place throughout September and October, with three performances planned at Pathhead Halls at the end of October as part of Luminate.

To register your interest simply turn up on the night or contact Alan Lyddiard at or call 07528 745 152.