Brechin Advertiser set for the stage

The front page of the Brechin Advertiser in 1930
The front page of the Brechin Advertiser in 1930

The Brechin Advertiser is set to take centre stage at Pitlochry Festival Theatre this summer as part of one of their latest productions.

The Brechiner recently received a request from the theatre for an example of how the paper looked in the 1930s.

When asked the reason behind the request, the theatre’s explanation revealed a pleasant surprise.

The theatre’s assistant stage manager, Heather Saunderson, explained that she was trying to source an image of an old copy of the paper for a production that was to be staged over the summer time.

“We are performing a play for our summer season called ‘Yellow on the Broom’ by Anne Downie which is about a Scottish Travelling family that moved around the local area and was in both Brechin and Pitlochry as well as other places,” said Heather.

“It is set in the 1930s and one of the props I have to make is an Angus newspaper of the time. As Brechin is mentioned specifically in the script I researched newspapers of the period and locality and yours came up,” she added.

She said that to make things as authentic as possible for the play it was important that headers and the paper’s style looked right.

Keen to help and delighted that the newspaper was to be on the stage at Pitlochry and visible to a wide audience, editorial staff did a bit of digging and came up with copies of the paper from the 1930s which we scanned and e-mailed to Heather. Staff are now looking forward to the summer and seeing the Brechin Advertiser on stage at Pitlochry.