Remembering Leith Theatre

Thanks to a grant from Leith Decides, we are running a series of reminiscence sessions this spring to capture memories of the theatre. Leith Town Hall and Theatre has had a chequered history, but one that is worth remembering as it is part of the story of Leith. The building has been sadly forgotten in recent years. We want to put that right!

Whether you went to the pantomime, the opera, the school concert, the ballet, the circus, the BB Dazzlers, Madame Ada’s Dance School, took part in Theatre Workshop’s play ‘The Lightening Plebiscite’, saw some of the top rock bands in the 1970s, worked there, performed, worked backstage or were in the audience, or or anything else – we would love to hear from you.

Tea Room Sessions

Our first Tea Room Session at the Thomas Morton Hall on 16 February was well attended and a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon. Tea and coffee and delicious home-made cakes made by our Venue Manager, Ian, were followed by a short illustrated presentation on the history of the theatre and lots of discussion.

The next sessions are on Wednesday 19 April (7 – 9 pm) at the Thomas Morton Hall (drinks and nibbles) and Sunday 30 April (2 – 4 pm) at the Leith Dockers Club (tea, coffee and cake). Look out for posters, leaflets and notifications on social media about these sessions.

We are running the sessions in partnership with the Citadel Arts Group. The group works with people of all ages to create theatre and collect living memories of older people, and plans to produce a book based on the memories of Leith Theatre.

Photos, programmes, tickets, souvenirs?

Do you have any ‘memorabilia’ you could share to bring back memories and give younger folk a glimpse into the past? If you want to hang on to the originals, (you probably do!) we can scan items or you can scan them yourself and send them in by email to stories@leiththeatretrust.org.

Can’t make any of the sessions?

If you have memories of Leith Theatre that you’d like to share, but you can’t make any of the sessions, you can write them down. It doesn’t need to be long – What did you do / see? What year was it? What was particularly memorable? Send to stories@leiththeatretrust.org.

or post to

The Leith Theatre Trust,
Thomas Morton Hall,
28-30 Ferry Road,
Edinburgh,
EH6 4AE

Exhibition and Digital Archive

We plan to have an exhibition in Leith Theatre during Leith Festival in June and through the summer. This will feature historical information and some of the archive photos we have unearthed, accompanied by memories of the many different shows and events that took place in the hall.

We will also put together a digital archive so that people can view information on the theatre for years to come. The Citadel Art Group’s Living Memory book will also provide a lasting legacy.

21 March 2017