A Grand Publication

Following the successful conclusion of the Oral History and Digitisation Project, the Friends of Doncaster Grand Theatre, City of Doncaster Council and Theatres Trust, have launched the publication of ‘The Grand Theatre: A Past, A Present and A Future’.

This booklet tells the history of the theatre, current developments and future hopes for its use. It contains a number of fascinating recollections from local people who either worked there, volunteered or attended performances.

Bill McHugh, author and editor of the booklet, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to capture some of the theatre’s past before it was irretrievably lost. This work is an important step in considering and deciding its future as an iconic Doncaster landmark. It also reflects the enormous passion and enthusiasm local people have in their desire to revitalise this hidden gem.”

The collaborative nature of the previous digitisation project led to the idea of producing something like the booklet, which would not only memorialise The Grand’s history, but serve as a platform on which to explore future hopes and aspirations for the building as a venue which will enhance Doncaster’s status as a city.

Theatres Trust supported the Friends of Doncaster Grand throughout the digitisation project, through their Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities Programme.

Sian Eager, Theatres at Risk Adviser, said: “The digitisation project has successfully brought to life the rich cultural heritage of the Grand Theatre and its value to the community. The celebratory booklet is a great way to mark the end of the project and share the Grand’s story with others as a way to encourage support for the long-term aim of restoring and reopening the building.”

Ken Waight, Chair of the Friends said, “This excellent publication, neatly summarises the history of Doncaster’s Grand Theatre, whilst pointing to the theatre’s future. The booklet includes extracts from the oral memories recorded on video, from some of those involved with the Grand since the early 1950s. They provide valuable insights in to and a record of what has gone on before.”

Helen Wallder, City of Doncaster Archives, who sourced many of the images for the booklet and helped interview contributors to the Oral History work, said: “It is satisfying to know that we have designed a tangible product which will be available to people for generations to come.”

A limited number of hard copies are available and can be purchased at the Danum Gallery Library and Museum, Waterdale, Doncaster shop, or via: Cultural.ResourceTeam@doncaster.gov.uk. for £2.50 +pp.

To find out more regarding the digitisation project or to receive updates on the Grand Theatre, visit Doncaster Grand Theatre.

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Last updated: 31 May 2024 11:58:02