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. Based in Ayr but travelling to wherever there is a theatre-goer, we have played to audiences in excess of one million over the past 44 years.
Our artistic policy of ‘entertainment with substance’ consists of two strands:
- Showcasing innovative new writing for the stage
- Re-imagined revivals of Scottish plays only once produced in the Central Belt for a limited time, touring them extensively to all parts of this bonnie wee country. From rural village halls to The Kings, from Fortrose to Selkirk (hopefully with a toilet break in Perth).
We’re dedicated to touring as a matter of principle. Above all, we’re passionate about enabling as many people as possible in Scotland to experience exceptional theatre. This especially means those who feel excluded and have not experienced tlive heatre before, in order to help build new audiences and ensure that our theatre sector flourishes. Through our tours, we want to broaden cultural access by extending the joys of theatre to Scotland’s existing and potential audiences. Borderline’s philosophy for making theatre accessible, entertaining and provocative has held true for 44 years.
Over the last four decades, we’ve toured over practically every inch of Scotland. Our audiences 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, Maureen Beattie and Alex Norton are just the start of an illustrious roll-call from the Borderline archive.
“Borderline have a unique attraction – a blend of quality theatre that not only has popular appeal but challenges and entertains. As a director and producer, Borderline’s achievements and audiences on the touring circuit are something we all aspire to.” – Simon Sharkey, National Theatre of Scotland
“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
Borderline Theatre Company are…
Rishaad Ait El Moudden // Producer
Dave Shea // Producer
Jeremy Wyatt (Chairperson) // Chief Executive, Ayr Gaiety Partnership
Rishaad Ait El Moudden // Trust Fundraising Manager, Scottish Opera
Robin Jackson // Investment Manager, Business Gateway
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