ABOUT BORDERLINE THEATRE COMPANY
“As a writer, as well as an audience member, I think without Borderline my life and prospects would be so much the poorer. Borderline produces the best of contemporary and consistently popular work. Accessible, thought-provoking and entertaining – never merely populist. And takes seriously the lives, dreams and concerns of its audience as it takes its product on the road and touches parts other companies cannot, or cannot be bothered, reaching.” // Liz Lochhead
Borderline Theatre Company was established in 1974 and has grown into the longest-running touring theatre company in Scotland. Over these 46 years we have presented 132 productions to audiences of over one million people, across all of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities. We are based at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr but tour to theatres, village halls and community centres in cities, towns and villages to reach Scotland’s disparate population.
Borderline delivers accessible, entertaining and thoughtful theatre to develop new audiences. We are passionate about enabling people who feel excluded from attending the theatre to experience our exceptional art-form.
Our artistic policy of ‘entertainment with substance‘ consists of two strands:
- Showcasing innovative new writing for the stage, having commissioned over 45 new plays since 1974
- Re-imagined revivals of Scottish plays that have only been produced once to limited audiences in the Central Belt or elsewhere.
We tour our productions extensively across Scotland: from rural village halls to The Kings in Edinburgh, from Wick to Wigtown.
Our audiences of one million plus have been entertained by a veritable who’s who of Scottish talent. Alan Cumming, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Gerard Kelly, Gregor Fisher, Elaine C. Smith, Bill Patterson, Phyllis Logan, Andy Gray, Maureen Beattie and Alex Norton are just the start of an illustrious roll-call from the Borderline archive.
“If Borderline did not exist, the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Parliament would be trying to invent a similar company to deliver everything that it delivers.” – John Scott, MSP
Jeremy Wyatt (Chair) // Chief Executive, Ayr Gaiety Partnership
Rishaad Ait El Moudden // Trust Fundraising Manager, Scottish Opera
Robin Jackson // Programme Manager for Early Learning and Childcare Services, Highland Council
George MacShannon // Director, Mclay, McAlister & McGibbon (Ayr) Ltd
Graham Peterkin // Retired Depute Chief Executive, South Ayrshire Council
Dave Shea // Production Manager, Tron Theatre
Ian Welsh OBE // Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland