BORDERS RAILWAY STEPS BACK TO 1950s TO SUPPORT LOCAL DRAMA GROUP

Midlothian drama group, Pit Pony Productions, a beneficiary of the Borders Railway community fund, has high hopes of taking its production to next year’s Edinburgh Fringe following two sell out performances of its 1950s comedy stage play, The Steamie.

The drama group made its stage debut at the end of August which saw members of the group perform at NewbattleHigh School.

The funds received from the railway project helped to fund the stage set which replicated a public washhouse or a steamie.

Paul Wilson, founder of Pit Pony Productions, said: “We are overwhelmed with the support we have received from the local community and especially the Borders Railway project community fund which allowed us to create the perfect stage set for our play.

“We are all hugely excited about the railway opening next September and, who knows, if things keep going in the right direction for us, then we will hopefully be able to use the railway to travel to future performances!”

Craig Bowman, senior communications manager for Network Rail, said: “The community fund is all about supporting local causes which encourage community engagement and the drama group does exactly that. We wish them all the best for future productions.”

The drama group is one of 44 organisations from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders to have benefited from the Borders Railway community fund since it launched in 2013.

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