Outrage at advertisement boards

Pictured here are the cast of the Forfar pantomime which will be Sleeping Beauty this year.

Pictured here are the cast of the Forfar pantomime which will be Sleeping Beauty this year.

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Musical societies in Forfar and Kirriemuir have expressed their outrage at an advertisement placed locally for a professional pantomime.

Each year Forfar Musical Society and the Kirriemuir Musical Society put on pantomimes for the people of each town while a professional show is produced at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath.

However, members of the local societies feel that the placement of a board on the Forfar-Kirriemuir road advertising the Arbroath pantomime is not fair on the two amateur outfits.

Writing on the Forfar Dispatch Facebook page, Susan Douglas said: “As President of Forfar Musical Society (FMS), I was angry and disappointed on seeing a very large banner as I entered Forfar from Kirriemuir, advertising Arbroath’s professional pantomime.

“As most of you will know, FMS perform a pantomime locally every year for the Forfar public and rely on the support of those who live in the town and outwith to be able to continue to raise the funds needed to entertain you all.

“As a society, we would never consider trying to display our flyers and posters advertising our pantomime in neighbouring towns such as Kirriemuir, who perform their own pantomime, due to respect for our fellow societies.

“I fully understand that every society, both amateur and professional, have to promote their own shows in order to encourage potential audience members, but we should all respect each other’s hard work that goes into each show by supporting local societies to perform to their public.”

Elizabeth Stewart added: “Supporting our local pantomimes is essential to ensure their continued success.

“It is always a financial challenge to put on a great show and Kirrie and Forfar do it year after year.

Concerns were also raised by members of each musical society that Angus Council was allowing the boards to be placed - even though they might be detrimental to the success of pantomimes by local groups.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Webster Theatre is run on a professional, commercial basis like similar venues throughout Scotland.

“We are delighted that the pantomime ‘Babes in the Woods’ is proving so successful and do not see it as conflicting with other pantomimes and other Christmas shows being staged in towns and villages throughout Angus.

“We hope that people will enjoy local amateur shows as well as the professional pantomime being performed at the Webster Theatre.”