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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.

The Theatre
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.

Technical Facilities
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.

       
     
           
       
           
       
     

 Technical

 

 Floor Plan

     

Thurso Players - registered Scottish Charity (No. SCO7865)