The Ayr Fort Players have been entertaining people in Ayrshire, and across South West Scotland, since 1946. We have achieved many notable successes, including the first amateur production of Tony
Roper's "The Steamie", which played to packed houses during the 1997 Ayr Festival.
Over the years the Ayr Fort Players have built a reputation for entertaining the public with classic farces (See How They Run, Move Over Mrs Markham), quality modern drama (84 Charing Cross Road, Steel Magnolias), Scottish comedies (The Steamie, Whisky Galore) and stage productions of popular TV sitcoms (Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army).
In 2009 we celebrated the Homecoming with an uproarious Scottish comedy, Rikki Fulton's A Wee Touch O' Class. In 2010, we brought more sparkling comedy with our production of Alan Ayckbourn's "How The Other Half Loves". In 2011, we returned successfully to our greatest success, "The Steamie". And in June 2012, we presented three episodes of the much-lived sitcom, "The Vicar of Dibley".
Most recently, we've returned to the Gaiety stage with "Noises Off", "No Sex Please, We're British" and, in October 2015, "The 39 Steps". While the Gaiety's been having its facelift, we continued to perform, with a production of "Stepping Out" at Ayr Town Hall. And in September 2016 we returned to the Gaiety, celebrating its re-opening with our production of "The Ladykillers".
Our last production before the lockdown was the farce, "Don't Get Your Vicars in a Twist".
The company gives all the free proceeds from its productions to Cancer Research, and to date has handed over in excess of £50,000. After our most recent production, we were able to give over £700 to this worthy cause.
We put on one major production in the spring of each year, performing at venues in and around Ayr. For many years we were based in the Civic Theatre, but moved to Ayr's historic Gaiety Theatre when that venue was lost. We've also performed in the Belmont Academy theatre and in the venue that kindly hosts our rehearsals, the Holy Trinity Church.
We also get involved in Ayr's other cultural events, performing 'ladies only' productions as an essential part of the Septembayr Festival.
Our auditions are open to all, and we are always keen to welcome new actors, stage crew and technicians to help us produce excellent theatre. Everyone in the Ayr Fort Players can get involved in all aspects of our productions, on-stage and off. As a member, you could be playing the lead in one production and being stage crew in the next.
For each production we rehearse twice a week (usually Tuesday and Thursday evenings), most recently in the Holy Trinity Church, Ayr.
If all of this makes you want to become a part of our team, find out how to do so at Join us.