MAD members own Monifieth Theatre

Members of Monifieth Amateur Dramatics hard at work when the theatre was first purchased.

Members of Monifieth Amateur Dramatics hard at work when the theatre was first purchased.

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Monifieth Amateur Dramatics (MAD) have announced that their members now own the Monifieth Theatre having paid off the mortgage.

MAD initially made contact with the British Legion, Monifieth Branch, in January 2009 and a lease was agreed for a ‘peppercorn rent’ at £10/annum in May 2009. MAD was then able to make purchase in May 2012.

Members then went to work on refurbishing the property, with repairs to electricity components, moving pillars to form a stage, floor restoration and the ceiling was replaced. Since this time MAD have also installed a new gas central heating system, new seating and have managed to decorate the theatre twice. MAD were able to start their youth theatre, put on more shows, have new storage facilities and were able to generate income from theatre hire. Now, after six years, the mortgage is finally paid off.

MAD are planning to put improvements into place in the not too distant future by using their savings, new loan and available grants at a projected cost of £75,000. This will consist of building disabled toilets as a priority, a new roof at the back of the building and creating a bar/social area, along with raised seating.

Monifieth Amateur Dramatics was founded by Marion Goodfellow on October 15 2003 and has gone from strength to strength, performing full length plays, one act plays, an old time music hall extravaganza to raise money for Tsunami, Murder Mystery Evenings and various small performances for local organisations. They have also performed at the Edinburgh Festival fringe.

MAD performances have helped Monifieth Befriending Scheme, Ninewells Cancer Campaign, Monifieth Girl Guides, Monifieth Library, Medieval Fair and the British Heart Foundation, the Special Olympics, Leukaemia Research, Comic Relief.

A MAD spokesperson told the Gazette: “Thank you not only to our members but to you, our audience. Without you coming to see our shows, we couldn’t do any of this. We promise to make the theatre bigger and better!

“We currently have 50 members, headed by a 12 strong Management Committee. None of us get paid, as MAD is a registered charity. There’s more to the group than acting, so why not come along and see how you can help us. No previous experience necessary - see what new skills you could learn.”

MAD meet at the theatre on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.