Celebrating the Pavilion’s People

Doors open to 'Pavilion People' at 6.45pm on Friday, September 25.
Doors open to 'Pavilion People' at 6.45pm on Friday, September 25.

Rothesay Pavilion will close its doors this weekend ahead of a multi-million pound refurbishment - but before it does, there’s a jam packed programme of events for you to take in, celebrating the building’s rich history 77-year history.

Kicking things off on Friday night is ‘Pavilion People’ - a show produced by local groups in collaboration with writer and director Linda Duncan McLaughlin.

The audience will be taken on a journey from the day the Pavilion first opened its doors in 1938 with cabaret-style productions and war-time entertainments through to current day activities, including the annual indoor football tournament and the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.

Produced by Achievement Bute and Bute Players with members of the local community and island community groups ranging in ages from five to 95, the show has used true stories as the basis for a work that celebrates eight decades of entertainment, escapes and events.

Bute Community Band will also be providing live musical accompaniment, under the direction of Tony Spencer, and a superb host of island vocalists are set to wow the audience with renditions of Etta James’ ‘At Last’, ‘Tea for Two’, ‘Let the People Sing’, as well as a few surprises thrown in for good measure!

Don’t forget your dancing shoes, either, as Bute Island Radio will round off the night with their Pavilion Playlist, playing the hits of the Pavilion through each decade of its life.

Sadly if you haven’t bought a ticket for ‘Pavilion People’ yet you’re too late - the last ones were snapped up on Thursday - although you can still buy tickets for the Pavilion Playlist at the Pavilion box office. Watch out for our Closing Weekend Festival coverage over the next few days!