The Players were
gifted part of the old Thurso water mill by Lord Thurso in 1960 and used
the premises as it was until 1980. The Players then embarked on a
project to restore a long-derelict part of the building alongside the
used part and turn the whole into a small theatre. The Mill Theatre was
re-opened in October 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen
Mother. In 2010 the theatre was extensively extended and refurbished
after the club was awarded a grant by the National Lottery Fund.
The management, running, cleaning and maintenance of the theatre is all
done voluntarily by members of the club.
There are 88 tip-up seats which for proscenium performance are raked.
There is a ramp allowing wheelchair access. Refreshments are served in
the lounge, where there is a small space available for sales.
Access is via a fire door with six steps or ramp approach. The theatre
has an internal phone system which can relay to all areas. There is also
a video and sound relay system. Black velour drapes are available (for
stage sides and rear).
The proscenium stage is 6.1 by 4.9m, or arena 3.7 by 7.9m. Proscenium
opening is 6.1 by 4.3m. The floor is painted plywood which has been
found suitable for dance. The rear wall can be used as a cyclorama, and
there is back-stage crossover.
There is access via back-stage doors to dressing room with hot and cold
water. Iron and board are available. Yamaha Clavinova is also available.
Refreshments can be provided for visiting companies on request.
Volunteers are available on call.
Please click on the
links below to get a detailed technical specification and floor plan for
The Mill Theatre.