Friday, 2 January 2009

THE REP THEATRE - LOCHEE ROAD

When the old original Rep Theatre in Nicoll Street burnt down in the early 60's, this church in Lochee Road became the Rep's 2nd home. It was only supposed to be a temporary base, but it remained in use right up until the opening of their present theatre in Tay Square in 1982.
I can remember visiting the Lochee Road Rep in the late 60's as a special school treat when my class went to see a "marionette show".
Being primary school age, we were used to string puppets on TV with shows such as Thunderbirds, Stingray, Pinky & Perky, Joe 90 and them all, so needless to say the show was a big hit with the kids.
I can't now recall the name of the puppet company or show title but what I can remember is they had to construct a small puppet stage onto the main stage for them to perform. All the drapery & cloth surrounding it was black, as was the puppeteer's clothing. This was to keep the puppeteers hidden during the performance of course, which meant we could concentrate on the puppet action better!

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  1. Many big names started at the rep- including Christopher Reeve (superman) . They also had a sideline in hiring out their costumes to the public for fancy dress nights.

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